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Res Helfer – Executive 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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  • M.A. in Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Previous Work Experience:

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

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 101
Direct line: 202-984-2202


Linsay Oakden – Director of Accreditation


  • M.A. in English Writing, University of Nevada, Reno

Previous Work Experience:

  • University of Nevada, Reno – Instructor
  • Truckee Meadow Community College – Lecturer
  • Western Nevada Community College – Instructor
  • Girl Scouts of Western Nevada – Director, Summer Day Camps

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 102
Direct line: 202-984-2895


Emily Keegan – Director of Operations


  • B.A. in 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

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 103
Direct line: 202-984-2250

Co-Chair – Application Review Committee (Reaccreditation Applications)
Co-Chair – Branching Review Committee (IEP)
Co-Chair – Financial Review Committee

Scott Faulstick – Senior Accreditation Coordinator


  • M.S. in Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • B.S./B.A. in 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

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 104
Direct line: 202-984-2210

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

Beth Hepler – Senior Accreditation Coordinator


  • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Gannon University
  • B.A. in 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

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 106
Direct line: 202-984-2290

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

Donna Hutchison – Senior Program Review Specialist


  • B.S. in 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

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 107
Direct line: 202-984-2889

Co-Chair – Program Review Committee

Derek Kerr – Program Review Specialist


  • M.A. in Cross-Cultural and International Education, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A. in 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, Madrid, Spain – English as a Second Language Instructor

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 109
Direct line: 202-984-2220

Co-Chair – Program Review Committee (Avocational & IEP)
Staff Liaison – Financial Review Committee

David Moser – Accreditation Coordinator


  • B.A. in 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

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 113
Direct line: 202-984-2899

Co-Chair – Building & Facilities Committee

Floreda Mary – Accreditation Coordinator

Over the years, whether as a teacher, equity in education advocate and trainer, vocational career advisor, program administrator, director of student affairs, or compliance specialist, Floreda has dedicated her career to meaningful opportunities and quality education for all students.


  • B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Education and Social Change, Antioch University

Previous Work Experience:

  • Vocational trade and allied health institution – Regional Director of Regulatory Compliance
  • Vocational allied health institution – Compliance Officer
  • Vocational allied health institution – Director of Student Affairs

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 119
Direct line: 202-984-2228


Hector Mañón – Accreditation Coordinator

A South Florida native, Hector found his passion in education and mental health, teaching culinary arts and working with programs benefiting children and families as well as individuals with disabilities and other life challenges. Prior to joining ACCET, he oversaw the vocational and avocational programs at Arc Educates in Sunrise, FL, an ACCET-accredited institution. In 2020, Hector founded the Association for Culinary Art Therapy (ACAT) and believes there is a deep-rooted connection between food, education, and mindfulness.


  • M.S. Student in Psychology, Lynn University
  • B.S. in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management with a Minor in Psychology, Johnson & Wales University
  • A.S. in Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University

Previous Work Experience:

  • Association for Culinary Art Therapy – Founder/Executive Director
  • Arc Educates – Director/Program Coordinator/Chef Instructor
  • Association for the Development of the Exceptional – Senior Chef Instructor
  • Mariano Moreno Culinary Institute – Chef Instructor
  • COYA Miami Restaurant & Members Club – Chef

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 121
Direct line: 202-984-2885 


Angie Chapman – Administrative Coordinator


  • M.A. in Geography, Ohio University
  • B.A. in Geography, Bowling Green State University

Previous Work Experience:

  • TRIO Student Support Services, Bowling Green State University – Interim Assistant Director and Retention Specialist
  • Career Discovery Groups, University of California, Davis – Mentor
  • By The Linden Tree – Owner/Artist

Extension: 202-955-1113, ext. 120
Direct line: 202-984-2240