ACCET Commissioners

Ms. Peggy Tiderman - Commission Chair/Executive Committee/Commissioner (Public)

Public Commission Member

Previous Work Experience:

  • DCI Career Institute – Executive Director
  • Kaplan Career Education – Director of Admissions
  • ITT Technical Institute – Director of Recruitment

Mr. Paul Dunlop - Commission Vice Chair/Executive Committee/Commissioner (Public)

Public Commission Member

Dean of Summer Session Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL

Education:

M. Ed. – Linguistics & ESL Education, Rutgers University

B.A. – Philosophy & Religious Studies, Wagner College

Previous Work Experience:

  • Lake Forest Academy – Associate Dean of Admissions
  • American Language Academy – Program Director
  • American Language Academy – Instructor, Assistant Director, Director

Mr. Derek Kindle - Commission Treasurer/Executive Committee/Commissioner (Public)

Public Commission Member

Executive Director of Student Financial Services

Howard University

Washington, D.C.

Education:

  • M.A. – Organizational Communication Research in Communicating Long-Term Strategic Plans, Howard University 
  • B.A. – Legal Communications, Howard University

Previous Work Experience:

  • Howard University – Director, Financial Aid
  • Howard University – Assistant Director For Compliance, Student Financial Services
  • Howard University – Financial Aid Officer For Compliance, Financial Aid

Commissions/Boards:

  • The CollegeBoard National College Planning Advisory Board
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Advisory Group

Ms. Yadexy Sierra - Commission Secretary/Executive Committee/Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

Mech-Tech College Chief Operating Officer

Caguas, PR

Education:

  • B.A. – Business Administration, Columbia Centro Universitario

Previous Work Experience:

  • Mech-Tech College – Executive Secretary
  • Mech-Tech College – Executive Assistant

Mr. Res Helfer – Commission Past Chair/Executive Committee/Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

Owner/Director Brandon College San Francisco, CA

Education:

M.A. – Education, Multi-Subject Teaching Credential, College of Teacher Training, Switzerland

Business English Certificate – Brandon College Cambridge Certificate and Advanced English, St. Giles College

Previous Work Experience:

  • Brandon College – Academic Director
  • Brandon College – Student Advisor
  • Cordast Elementary School – Head Teacher

Dr. Donnell Bayot - Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

Director of Academic Affairs and Faculty Member

The International School of Hospitality

Las Vegas, NV

Education:

  • Ph.D., – Workforce Development and Organizational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.Ed., – Instructional Technology, Regis University
  • B.S., – Applied Psychology, Regis University

Previous Work Experience:

  • The International School of Hospitality – Director of Student Affairs
  • Hospitality Experts Consortium, LLC – Hospitality Workforce Development Consultant
  • Roman Catholic Bishop of Las Vegas – Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
  • Roman Catholic Bishop of Las Vegas – Safe Environment/Victims Assistance Coordinator

Commissions/Boards:

  • Certified Meeting Professional Governance Commission, Convention Industry Council – Public Commissioner
  • National Association for Catering and Events – National Second Vice President
  • Innovations International Charter School of Nevada – Board Member
  • Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association – Advisory Board Member

Mr. Peter Mikhail - Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

President/CEO

Mikhail Education Corp dba Advanced Training Institute and Institute for Business & Tech

Education:

  • B.S. – Business/Finance, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Previous Work Experience:

  • Mikhail Education Corp – Board Member/Director
  • Instructional Fitness.com – Founder/President/CEO
  • National Career Education – Vice President

Dr. Timothy Mott - Commissioner (Public)

Public Commission Member

Director of Off Campus Programs

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Cincinnati, OH 

Education: 

  • Ph.D.,– Curriculum and Supervision, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.Ed.,– Elementary Science Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S.,– Elementary Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Previous Work Experience:

  • Union Institute & University – Professor Emeritus
  • Union Institute & University – Associate Provost, Distance Learning
  • Union Institute & University – University Registrar
  • Union Institute & University – Assistant Vice for Academic Affairs, and Director of Office of Licensure and Compliance
  • Union Institute & University – Dean
  • American Council on Education, Ohio State Affiliate Office – Director and National Coordinator
  • University of Cincinnati – Assistant Professor
  • Thomas Edison State College – Coordinator Liberal Arts Degree Programs

Commissions/Boards:

  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission – former Public Member of the Board
  • American Council on Education

Dr. Carl Person - Commissioner (Public)

Public Commission Member

Retired NASA Program Manager

Education:

Ph.D. – Higher Education Administration, Virginia Tech University M.A. – Education, Howard University B.A. – Political Science, Fayetteville State University

Previous Work Experience:

  • NASA – Director of Aerospace Research and Career Development
  • NASA – Manager of Minority University Research and Education Program
  • U.S. Department of Education – Chief of Accrediting Agency Evaluation Branch
  • U.S. Department of Education – Chief of Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Branch
  • U.S. Department of Education – Education Service Director
  • U.S. Department of Education – Director, HBCU Capital Financing Program

Commissions/Boards:

  • Virginia State Bar – District Committee on Legal Discipline (Lay Person)

Ms. Sophia Perkovich - Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

Cortiva Institute – Scottsdale Campus President/Education Manager

Education:

AAS – Clinical Massage Therapy, RainStar University Diploma – Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy Coursework – University of Windsor

Previous Work Experience:

  • Cortiva Institute – Director of Education
  • Phoenix Therapeutic Massage – Campus Director
  • RainStar University – Dean of Education
  • Toronto General Hospital – Education and Management Consultant
  • Absolute Wellness Clinics – Clinic Director

Certifications

  • Registered Massage Therapist

Ms. Shenaz Shaffee - Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

LADO International Institute Academic Director

Education:

BA – Business Management, The Catholic University of America TEFL Certificate, LADO International Institute

Previous Work Experience:

  • LADO International Institute – ESL Teacher Trainer and Practicum Observer

Mr. Rick Wood - Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

Senior Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer

Select Education Group, LLC

Arvada, CO

Education:

  • B.A. – Management & Organizational Development, Fresno Pacific University
  • Teaching Credentials – National University
  • B.A. – Grace Bible Institute

Previous Work Experience:

  • BrightStar Education Group – Vice President of Compliance, Vice President of Compliance & Real Estate, Corporate Director of Branching
  • Institute of Technology – Director of Operations, College President, Director of Education
  • San Joaquin Valley College – Associate Corporate Director of Faculty Training

Professional Associations:

  • California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) – President 2011

Ms. Alexandra (Sasha) Zilovic - Commissioner (Institutional)

Institutional Commission Member

Vice President, Operations & Business Affairs ELS Language Centers

Princeton, NJ

Education:

M.A. – Master of Teaching (equivalent), University of Zagreb, Croatia

Previous Work Experience:

  • ELS Language Centers – Senior Director, Operations & Business Affair/Director of Operations & Business Affairs/Director of Analysis & Business Systems
  • Berlitz On Campus – Managing Director/Director of Operations
  • Language Institute for English – Executive Vice President/Executive Director/Director

Professional Memberships:

  • NAFSA
  • TESOL
  • AIEA