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Res Helfer - Executive Director


  • M.A. – Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Previous Work Experience:

  • ACCET – Senior Accreditation Coordinator
  • Brandon College, San Francisco – Owner/Director
  • Brandon College, San Francisco – Academic Director

Mr. Helfer’s ACCET journey spans 30 years, first as a student at an ACCET accredited school, then as an instructor, and ultimately as the owner for 20 years. He served as a Commissioner and Chair of the ACCET Commission. Finally, after successfully selling his school, he joined ACCET as a Senior Accreditation Coordinator. Mr. Helfer has participated in numerous site visits to vocational, avocational, and Intensive English Schools. He is widely known and respected by ACCET staff and members and has a deep understanding of accreditation, ACCET standards, and the ACCET culture.
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(202) 984-2202

Linsay Oakden - Director of Accreditation

(202) 984-2895

Emily Keegan - Director of Operations


  • B.A. – French, Bowling Green State University

Previous Work Experience:

  • The Language Company (Toledo) – Center Director, Director of Admissions, Instructor
  • Wood County Humane Society – Board Vice President, Fundraising Chair, Outreach Coordinator
  • French Ministry of Education – English teaching assistant

Co-Chair — Application Review Committee (Reaccreditation Applications)
Co-Chair – Branching Review Committee (IEP)
Co-Chair – Financial Review Committee
(202) 984-2250

Scott Faulstick - Senior Accreditation Coordinator


M.S. – Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University B.S./B.A. – Linguistics and French Literature, Georgetown University

Previous Work Experience:

      • SOME CET – Assistant Director/Job Developer
      • Technical Education Center – Director of ESL Instruction/Curriculum Specialist
      • LADO International College – ESL Instructor
      • University of Warsaw, Foreign Language Teacher Training College – Lecturer
      • Nagy Lajos Gimnazium – English (EFL) Teacher

Co-Chair – Application Review Committee (Initial Applications)
Co-Chair – Change of Ownership Committee

(202) 984-2210


Beth Hepler - Senior Accreditation Coordinator


  • M.S. – Counseling Psychology, Gannon University
  • B.A. – English, York College of Pennsylvania

Previous Work Experience:

  • Cyanna Education Services, LLC – Consultant, Director of Accreditation and Licensure
  • NT Holdings LLC d/b/a Cortiva Institutes and Hollywood Institutes – Director of Accreditation and State Licensure
  • Steiner Education Group d/b/a Cortiva Institutes – National Director of Accreditation and State Licensure and ADA Coordinator
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) – Accreditation Specialist

Co-Chair – Completion and Placement Committee
Co-Chair – Complaint Review Committee
Co-Chair – Annual Conference Committee
Co-Chair – Financial Review Committee (Financial Stability)
(202) 984-2290

Donna Hutchison - Senior Program Review Specialist


B.S. – Business Education, James Madison University (formerly James Madison College)

Previous Work Experience:

      • ACCET – Commission Representative
      • Southern Careers Institute – Corporate Director of Education
      • and TechSkills – Director of Compliance
      • ACCET – Associate Executive Director

Co-Chair – Program Review Committee
(202) 984-2889

Derek Kerr - Program Review Specialist


  • M.A.- Cross-Cultural and International Education – Bowling Green State University
  • B.A.- Spanish- Bowling Green State University
  • International TEFL Certificate- Canterbury Consulting, Spain

Previous Work Experience:

  • The Language Company (Fort Wayne)- Center Director/PDSO/Instructor
  • ELS Language Centers (Bowling Green)- Director of Academics/Instructor
  • Canterbury Consulting, Spain (Madrid)- English as a Second Language Instructor

Co-Chair – Program Review Committee (Avocational & IEP)
Co-Chair – Financial Review Committee
(202) 984-2220

Andre McDuffie - Accreditation Coordinator


  • M.S. in Human Resource Management
  • B.A. in Communication

Co-Chair – Branching Review Committee (Vocational)
Co-Chair – Completion and Placement Committee 
(202) 984-2266

David Moser – Accreditation Coordinator

Education: BA, Classical Civilization, Beloit College

Previous Work Experience:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) – Accreditation Content Editor
  • UDC Community College – Curriculum Developer
  • Prince George’s Community College – Adjunct Professor
  • World Bank – English Language Trainer
  • Video Idiomas, S.A. (Madrid, Spain) – English (EFL) Instructor

Co-Chair – Building & Facilities Committee

(202) 984-2899

Floreda Mary – Accreditation Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

(202) 984-2228 

Kaitlyn Gough - Senior Operations Assistant


B.A. – Anthropology, Ithaca College

Previous Work Experience:

  • On Our Own of Maryland – Administrative Assistant
  • The Human Rights Campaign’s All Children, All Families Project – Intern

Assistant – Accounts Receivable (sustaining fees, visit fees, application fees, etc.)
Assistant – Initial Applications
Chair – Annual Report and Enrollment Statistics (ACCET Documents 12a and 12b)
Co-Chair – Financial Review Committee
Liaison – Databases
(202) 984-2885