The IACET Board of Directors provides governance and oversight in furthering the mission and vision. The Directors reflect IACETs constituent groups with 60% of the thirteen-member Board elected by eligible voting stakeholders. The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chair of the IACET Council on Standards Development serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.
International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training
Casandra Blassingame, MEd is the President and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) for the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training. Casandra is responsible for organizational oversight. She operationalizes the strategic plan by engaging the Board of Directors, Staff, Standards Development Council, Commission, and Committee members. Casandra’s goals are to maintain the ANSI Standard, create strategies to better communicate who we are, engage our stakeholders, identify and increase business opportunities, create meaningful partnerships, and make a positive, growth-oriented impact on the continuing education and training industry.
Casandra has served IACET in other capacities. She joined the organization as a Commissioner in 2017 where she evaluated training organizations who sought IACET accreditation. She served on the organizations finance committee, other ad hoc committees, and the Board of Directors. In January 2019, she became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) bringing several vantage points and experiences within the organization which contributes to the organizations continued success. In July 2022, Casandra officially assumes the position of President and CEO.
Before joining IACET, Casandra had a 21-year long career in higher education as adjunct and associate faculty, coordinator, director, vice-president, and chief academic officer in the community college and both public and private colleges and universities. In 2016, she began her career in the non-profit trade association space as the vice-president of education services at the American Gear Manufacturers Association.
Casandra is a graduate of Talladega College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. She earned her Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she is a doctoral candidate. She has three sons and four grandchildren and currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Kristopher Newbauer, EdM, MHRM, SPHR, CPLP, CPT is Chief Human Resources Officer/Head of Global People & Talent at Rotary International, the world's oldest—and one of the largest—humanitarian service club organization in the world. Mr. Newbauer holds a Masters of Education (EdM) in Global Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM). He holds certificates in human resources from Cornell University, DePaul University, and the American Management Association. Newbauer serves on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Newbauer has a long history of service with IACET. He was first elected as an IACET Board Member in 2009 and served as IACET President in 2013-2014. He has served on the ByLaws Committee, the Personnel Committee, and currently chairs the Nominations and Elections Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. In 2018 IACET recognized his valuable contributions, exceptional service, and major leadership to the association by awarding him the Distinguished Service Award.
Global Occupational Safety and Health Academy, LLC
Jim Barnes is Chief Executive Officer for the Global Occupational Safety and Health Academy, LLC (Global OSHA), an international occupational safety and health training organization which provides training programs and courses on a global basis. He is responsible for strategic planning and directly oversees marketing, branding, and partnerships for Global OSHA. Jim has been employed by headquarters divisions for the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Postal Service. He served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Assistant Secretary for the Department of Labor - OSHA, where he directed agency-wide talent management initiatives, including succession planning and executive development programs. He previously served as Director of the Office of Training Programs and Administration for OSHA, where he was responsible for the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers Program, a national network of OSHA training sites; the OSHA Outreach Training Program, which trains workers in the basics of occupational safety and health; and the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program. These programs combined to train more than 950,000 workers during 2015. Jim was responsible for accreditation and evaluation for all OSHA training programs, and also served as Administrative Officer. He directed the development and implementation of new training courses and programs, and has been recognized with numerous DOL Secretary's Exceptional Achievement awards. In 2017, Jim received the Assistant Secretary's Commendation Coin, which is the Agency's highest employee honor. Jim has been an adjunct faculty member at W.R. Harper College since 2006. He teaches business, human resources, and management classes. Jim earned a BSBA in Marketing and an MBA in Management (cum laude) from Roosevelt University. He is an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow and has attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jim was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) in October, 2015 and currently serves as an officer.
The Climbing Wall Association
Paula currently serves as the Executive Director with the Climbing Wall Association (CWA), partnering with the board of directors to strategically meet the needs of the indoor climbing industry. With over 15 years in management and executive leadership, Paula has built and lead diverse teams on the grounding principles of building strong relationships, respect, and individualized support.
Paula is the former executive director of education and events for the National Association of RV Park and Campgrounds where she leads the development and implementation of online and blended learning opportunities for members of the outdoor hospitality industry. She also served as the executive director of the ARVC Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Foundation offers educational scholarships to promote growth and learning in the outdoor hospitality industry and Disaster Relief grants to those in theindustry impacted by natural disasters.
Passionate about providing opportunity for others to find success, Paula’s work over the past 20 years has focused on providing accessible learning that is immediately applicable and leaves a lasting impact. Paula earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Design from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, as well as an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Denver. Paula will begin her Doctoral studies in 2020.
Paula has served on the IACET Board of Directors since 2019; has served as the Nominations and Elections Committee Chair for three years; is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee 2022; and has served as Board Secretary substitute when needed.
Paul Cypher is the founder and CEO of CypherWorx. Paul first discovered a love for learning and software programming as a self-described "tech geek" at a young age. In his early teens, he built computers and programmed simple machines by assembling mail-order computer parts. Through his career as a nonprofit executive, Paul managed several projects that included technology and software development, and also managed teams that required annual certifications and training. In 2009, Paul became a true entrepreneur and married his two loves—learning and software—when he founded CypherWorx to provide annual required training to those who need it. CypherWorx provides a unique holistic model for training and professional development. Paul's team of talented professionals provides content and systems to make it easier for organizations to assign, create, and track required training needs. CypherWorx is proud to support universities, K-12 educators, child care providers, cultural and social service agencies, fire and EMS providers, unions, and small business clients that have a need to constantly train their members and employees. This focus allows Paul and the team at CypherWorx to accomplish their goals of making their passion their work, and making a difference in the world.
Site Safety, LLC
New York, NY
Maria is currently the Director of Training and Development for Site Safety, LLC , one of the top safety consultants in the United States, which offers site safety management, safety plans, safety programs, training, and fire safety. Their firm specializes in high-rise construction and major construction projects such as hotels/resorts, airports, commercial complexes, and stadiums.
With over 10 years of experience in the construction safety industry, Maria transformed their entire training department into a state-of-the-art facility and is responsible for the professional development of the organization's workforce and general public. She is responsible for the research, design, and development of the training courses to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal agencies. Maria and Site Safety's passion for adult learning in the construction safety industry extends across the nation, where they work with local community groups and non-profit organizations to offer free training for their members.
Maria attended the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where she majored in Business Administration and Marketing, and obtained a Human Resources Certification from PACE University. She is an active member of the NYC Chapter of The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and serves on IACET's Finance Committee. In addition to serving on the Finance Committee, she collaborates with other Board, Committee, and Council members, contributing her input to the growth of IACET.
Leigha Jansen, EdD, CPACC, is the director of educational technology for continued, a national provider of continuing education in the fields of early childhood education, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology. Her 20+ year career has spanned from clinical care to education. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests focus on the use of emerging technologies and effective continuing education methodologies for adult learners. She recently earned the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential and is passionate about website accessibility relative to learning.
Dr. Jansen serves on the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Board of Directors and is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University School of Business and Technology in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Jansen resides in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with her husband and the family dog, Wilson.
DesignThinkers Academy Singapore
Daryl is responsible for the implementation and advocacy of design thinking training and consultancy services for Asia. Daryl Lim brings over 15 years of experience in designing and creating a wide range of people related solutions. He has designed and co-created business and people management strategies working around employee career journeys.
His design solutions include skills maps, evidence-based goal management, personalised skills profiles, career progression pathways, training and assessment systems and courseware. He also helps individuals to design and build their own personal branding while enhancing their own career progression.
His advocacy of design thinking extends across organisations in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Uganda, Myanmar, Azerbaijan, etc; with multi-national companies including Daimler, S-Three, Coca-Cola Company, Myanmar Breweries, Hewlett Packard, Great Eastern Life, Manila City Government, Bloomberg Philanthropies, AIG, BECA, etc.
He represents the DesignThinkers Academy in strategising and implementing design thinking initiatives, trainings and projects in Asia.
David Ortner is a learning, organization development, talent management, and human resources professional with over ten years of related experience, including global practice. Currently working for Pentair as an HR Manager, Ortner holds a Master of Education (EdM) in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Ortner previously served as the lead accreditation specialist for Rotary International's Global Headquarters (an IACET accredited provider), where he led professional development activities, including a comprehensive management development certificate program. In addition to his experience working with an IACET accredited provider, Ortner also served on the IACET Board of Directors, IACET Council on Standards Development, IACET Commission, and served on the IACET Communications Taskforce. Previously, Ortner was also an adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern College.
Laura is a Human Resources Manager at Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Laura served as the IACET primary contact for Atrium Health from 2016 - 2020 and is currently an individual member of IACET (2020 – Present).
Laura was recently named a 2021 Fellow of the University of Oxford (UK) Saïd School of Business Social Impact Investment Measurement Programme. She earned the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix, Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Laura holds a Six Sigma Green Belt, is research certified by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), and is certified as an executive and organization leadership coach from Columbia University/Teachers College.
Committed to life-long learning, Laura initiated and led the processes to gain workplace education and training “accreditation” and national recognition for the Atrium Health Performance Excellence Center Lean Leadership Residency Program, including the accompanying Lean general education and training program. The rigor of the IACET process prepared us for our successful accreditation application to the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service.
Laura continues to lend her professional and volunteer commitments to the IACET Finance Committee, American College of Healthcare Executives, Levine Cancer Institute Community Diversity Outreach Advisory Council, Carolinas Simulation Center Advisory Council, Leadership Charlotte Past Presidents’ Council. She is currently a peer reviewer for the Journal of Leadership Studies and in 2013 co-authored “Cultural Competence at Atrium Health.” She was a Millennium Evenings guest at The White House in 2000, and a guest of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco in celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary in Monte Carlo in 2018. Previously, she has served on the Boards of Visitors for Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laura is a philanthropic supporter of several community organizations.
The Culinary Institute of America
HYDE PARK, NY
I am currently the Director of Consulting for The Culinary Insitute of America where I have been since 1999. My first 12 years were on faculty teaching a variety of courses in the culnary arts AOS degree program as well as in the Continuing Education department. In 2011 I moved full time to CIA Consulting where we create and execute custom training programs for a variety of industry clients such as college and university, healthcare and senior living, hospitality, and food manufacturing.
I have been on the IACET Board of Directors since April 2022
IBIS Educational Services
Sandheep Menon is a Partner and the Executive Director of Ibis Educational Services. He holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering from Government Engineering College, Kerala, India.
The growth of Ibis as a training provider was propelled by the implementation of ANSI/IACET standards. Securing IACET accreditation was instrumental in gaining not just the confidence of learners but also our hiring partners. The standards implemented in the design, development, delivery and assessment of our courses ensured that learners are not only proficient but also competent to face the challenges of real world. The joy of providing a second chance to thousands of learners and playing a pivotal role in reaching their goals is beyond words to articulate. Truly this delight is the obsession for CET industry and the adulation for IACET.
It is true that the CET Industry is growing rapidly across the world. However, outside US, this growth is not calibrated by authentic quality systems. This presents a unique opportunity for IACET. For example, a 1.3 Billion market like India is also one world’s biggest human resource exporter. However, there is not a single authentic and trustworthy accreditor here. Hence, this truly a virgin market for a quality CET accreditor like IACET and I believe that I am uniquely placed with my academic and professional experience from both sides of the globe to support IACET brand.
I am confident about the endless possibilities of IACET across the world and the positive impact it can bring in the lives of millions. I yearn to be part of this wonderful movement and contribute to my best in educating the world to bring out the best in each individual and develop global citizens that the world can be proud of.
Learning and Development professional with 20+ years of experience in instructional design, training facilitation, and educational leadership
Gulf Breeze, FL