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Kate Zulaski - Deputy Executive Director

Kate Zulaski brings experience in teaching, school administration, non-profit management, and accreditation to her role with ACCET.

As the Deputy Executive Director, she supports the Executive Director in the implementation of the ACCET Commission’s vision for the organization.


Corey Rosso - Chief of Staff


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 – Directior 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


Res Helfer - Senior Accreditation Coordinator


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

Previous Work Experience:

  • Brandon College, San Francisco  – Owner/Director
  • Brandon College, San Francisco – Academic Director
  • Cordast Elementary School – Head Instructor

Co-Chair – Financial Review Committee
Co-Chair – Complaint Review Committee
Co-Chair – Branching Review Committee (Avocational)
Co-Chair – Change of Ownership Committee

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 – Financial Review Committee
Co-Chair – Annual Conference Committee

Donna Hutchison - Senior Accreditation Coordinator


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



Michael Oswald - Manager of Training, Development, & Events

  • B.S. – Business Management and Marketing, University of Phoenix.
  • M.A. – Management and Leadership, Webster University.
  • D.B.A. (est. 2023) – Business Administration with a focus on Strategy and Innovation, Capella University.

Previous Work Experience:

  • The Walt Disney World Company – Manager, Operations/Talent Planning & Training (1988-2009).
  • Strayer University – Director, Learning & Development (2009-2021).


Emily Keegan - Accreditation Coordinator


  • 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)

Derek Kerr - Accreditation Coordinator


  • 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)

Andre McDuffie - Accreditation Coordinator


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

Co-Chair – Branching Review Committee (Vocational)
Co-Chair – Conference Committee
Chair – Completion and Placement Committee 

Kaitlyn Gough - Administrative Assistant and Database Liaison


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)
Liaison – Databases