Accreditation Commission Nominee Bios

The following professionals have been nominated to serve on the Accreditation Commission. Please take a look at their bios below. Reminder, only accreditated members can vote.

Four-Year Public Postsecondary Institutional Representative

Mike Altomari

Job Title: Director, PSEO Department

Organization: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Years in DE/CE: 15 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with the commission over the last two years. During that time I've worked with the Training Sub-Committee and overseeing accreditation applications.

At my institution, we have focused our attention on access and equity initiatives and have been successful in securing multiple grants tied directly to expanding concurrent enrollment into low-income and rural school districts. The work done on these grants is also aimed at increasing access to historically underserved student populations while working collaboratively with our high school partners to align course offerings with the needs of their districts.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

Over the last two years, I have served as a four-year representative. I've enjoyed the opportunity to learn from experts across the country about the intricacies of NACEP accreditation. During the past cycle, I was assigned three pre-applications and two accreditation applications. I learned a lot about NACEP accreditation, and as a newer member of the commission, was able to bring a new voice to help improve the process and put applicants in a better position to have a successful application.

Locally, I serve as the campus expert on NACEP standards, lead our campus efforts in meeting NACEP standards, and work with our internal and external stakeholders in developing efficient and innovative procedures to improve our program and student success initiatives.

A brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

I am excited for the opportunity to represent four-year institutions again. I've thoroughly enjoyed the conversations over the last two years and am looking forward to working with the commission to ensure the continued quality of dual enrollment programs across the country.

 

Two-Year Public Postsecondary Institutional Representative

(Two-Year Term)

Kay-Leigh Malzi

Job Title: Associate Dean of School Partnerships

Organization: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Years in DE/CE: 5 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

I have worked in concurrent enrollment since January of 2016. My role began as Assistant Director of School Partnerships at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and later, as the Associate Dean of School Partnerships. In both of these roles, I have been involved with the day to day operations of our concurrent enrollment program and ensuring the program aligns with the NACEP standards. In my current role as Associate Dean, my work has also included preparation for the re-accreditation process. When I began my career in concurrent enrollment, my institution was already NACEP accredited, however, I have spent the last 5 years ensuring we uphold the integrity of the college and NACEP.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

After becoming the Associate Dean of School Partnerships at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, I wanted to take a more active role with NACEP. I became a peer reviewer and have served as once since the 2018-2019 cycle. Both overseeing our concurrent enrollment program and serving as a peer reviewer has given me an active knowledge of the NACEP standards.

A brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

I am very interested in serving on the accreditation commission and in helping other institutions through accreditation. NACEP provides a clear set of standards for concurrent enrollment that help provide students with access and opportunity to college credits early in their educational careers. I would be honored to serve NACEP in this capacity.

 

Two-Year Public Postsecondary Institutional Representative

(Three-Year Term)

Karen Landry

Job Title: EvCC Director of College in the High School and Continuing Education Operations

Organization: Everett Community College

Years in DE/CE: 20 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

Karen Landry has worked in dual and concurrent enrollment at Everett Community College (EvCC) for 20 years. She has grown their program from two high schools and six high school teachers to 31 high schools and 380 high school teachers. EvCC’s program was awarded NACEP accreditation in 2014.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

  • Karen was appointed to the NACEP Accreditation Commission in October of 2015 and resigned from the position due to a long-term work absence in April 2018. Karen was then elected to the Commission in 2019.
  • Karen was an Accreditation Commissioner during the Standards Revision from start to finalizing the standards and required evidence.
  • Karen has also served on many NACEP Accreditation Commission sub-committees including Elections and Sanction and Policy.
  • She has served as the Accreditation Commissioner on many new and re-accreditation applications.
  • She has co-presented on several NACEP webinars and at the Kentucky Summit and Idaho Dept. of Education Dual-enrollment conferences in 2016. Additionally, co-presented at several Accreditation Institute Training.
  • Karen has also served as both a lead reviewer and team member on many accreditation application review teams.
  • Karen also performed a program site visit at Boise State University with Lynn Burbank.

Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

  • Karen is committed to quality dual and concurrent enrollment in the State of Washington and has been involved in the development of legislation for both quality assurance and program funding. She continues to be a consultant to state agencies that influence dual enrollment programs in Washington state. She has been focused on access and equity for the past several years and her program is considered innovative in moving the needle to serve historically underrepresented students.
  • Karen volunteers her time consulting with other Washington State programs in program start-up and guidance.
  • Everett Community College has hosted the NACEP Accreditation Institute and hosted a Washington State NACEP Accreditation Training in February 2019.
  • Karen is committed to serving on the NACEP Accreditation Commission

 

Private Postsecondary Institutional Representative

Randy Hill

Job Title: Vice President of Academic Affairs

Organization: Baker College

Years in DE/CE: 7 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

I currently serve as the faculty liaison coordinator which includes training faculty liaisons and ensuring they have the resources needed to support faculty. I oversee faculty credential qualifications for the college which includes concurrent enrollment faculty. I also develop and facilitate our annual Concurrent Enrollment Professional Development for faculty. I, along with a colleague, presented our faculty liaison model at NACEP's inaugural Virtual Accreditation Institute in November 2020.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

While I have not yet served as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, I am intimately familiar with the NACEP standards in my role as a faculty liaison coordinator and working with our concurrent enrollment team and partner institutions. In addition, I have significant experience with other accrediting agencies. At Baker College, I currently serve on our internal Higher Learning Commission accreditation steering committee which serves to author our institutional portfolio and other Higher Learning Commission initiatives. In addition, as Vice President of Academics, I am involved with all programmatic accreditations on campus, including the review/editing of annual reports and self-studies, participating in accreditation site visits, and working with program directors and campus leadership to ensure accreditation standards are met.

A brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

I am very passionate about concurrent enrollment and providing our high school students and partners a quality educational experience while giving these students a head start with college credits before graduating high school. I'm extremely proud to work for a NACEP-accredited institution which shows the dedication and passion we have for ensuring our program is a quality program. As we continue to grow our program I feel it is important that I become more involved with NACEP and the accreditation commission so that I can assist the commission whenever possible while helping our institution and others continually improve to better serve our students and partners. I'm applying to represent private institutions so would be willing to serve either length of the term.

Sandra Wald

Job Title: Assistant Dean

Organization: Central Methodist University

Years in DE/CE: 9 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

Sandra started working with dual credit at Central Methodist University in 2012. Prior to that, she was an instructor in the English Department at CMU. She worked with the dual credit coordinator to take CMU through the self-study year, and the process of applying for accreditation with NACEP. In addition, Sandra served as a representative for CMU on Missouri's Early College Advisory Board, and dual credit steering committee. She served as the MoACEP secretary (the Missouri state chapter of NACEP) for three years and also assisted with organizing a dual credit conference for Missouri dual credit practitioners.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

In addition to serving as a NACEP peer reviewer and a lead reviewer several times, Sandra serves on CMU's steering committee for the Higher Learning Commission. For the last year, she worked as part of an advisor group for the Missouri Math Pathways Project, collaborating with college math faculty and high school counselors to establish a stronger understanding of math placement and options for high school, dual credit, and college.

A brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

Sandra is running for the Private Post-secondary Institutional Representative to embrace the opportunity to help institutions understand and implement best practices for concurrent enrollment. As an administrator at a private institution, she has an awareness and understanding of the unique challenges that independent institutions face and is committed to meeting those challenges with creative solutions.