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Our Team

NEASC is made up of three Commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students in public, independent, and international schools, districts, and centers around the world. NEASC has a central staff and a global network of thousands of volunteers. Professional staff is available to ensure full participation at all levels ranging from accreditation to educational collaborations that strengthen education.

NEASC Staff

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President/CEO

Cameron Staples headshot Cameron C. Staples, President/CEO of NEASC since 2011, manages a staff of 40 employees and a volunteer base of over 8000 individuals. As the leader of the organization, Staples develops and implements the Association’s strategic direction, ensures the value and relevance of the NEASC accreditation process, and builds partnerships with education agencies, as well as domestic and foreign government leaders, to strengthen the role of accreditation as a mechanism for educational accountability and institutional improvement. [View profile]

Board of Trustees

NEASC is managed by a Board of Trustees, which oversees the affairs of the Association. The various NEASC Commissions are empowered to manage their own accreditation processes and procedures and apply their standards, once approved by the Association Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Board of Trustees is empowered, upon the recommendation of a Commission, to grant candidacy or initial accreditation and to serve as a mechanism through which institutions may appeal an adverse action regarding their affiliation.

2022 Board Meetings: February 3-4, May 19-20, September 8-9, December 1-2

Board Officers

Chair

Celeste Bowler
Assistant Superintendent
East Providence Public Schools
East Providence, RI

Theodore N. Scontras, Immediate Past Chair
Saco, ME

Treasurer

Gregory B. Myers
Superintendent
Millbury Public Schools
Millbury, MA

Secretary

Elizabeth W. Huergo
General Director
American Institute of Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico 

Commission Chairs

Independent Schools

Angela Pohlen
Executive Director
Catholic Academy of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT

International Education

Howard Thiery
Superintendent, Regional School District 10
Burlington, CT

Public Schools

Sharon Cournoyer
Chair, Commission on Public Schools
Superintendent, Regional District 19, Storrs, CT

William Lucci
Chair, Committee on Career and Technical Institutions
Assistant Director for Adult Education, Stafford Technical Career Center, VT

Members-at-Large

Independent Schools

Thomas E. Hassan
President, School Year Abroad
North Andover, MA

International Education

Paul M. Fochtman
Head of School
Frankfurt International School
Oberursel/Wiesbaden, Germany 

Christine L. McGrath
Director of Operations
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Gloucester, MA

Public Schools

Robert N. Baldwin
Executive Director
MSAA/MIAA
Franklin, MA

Kevin McCaskill
Executive Director
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Hyde Park, MA 

Public Members

CONNECTICUT

James W. Abrams
Judge, Connecticut Superior Court
Meriden, CT

MAINE

Laura G. Warner
Vice President, Business Banking Officer
Biddeford Savings Bank
Biddeford, ME

MASSACHUSETTS

Paul Daigle
North Falmouth, MA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

To be announced 

RHODE ISLAND

To be announced 

VERMONT

Eileen M. Illuzzi
Newport, Vermont

NEASC Commissions

NEASC is made up of three commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students in public, independent, and international schools, districts, and centers around the world.

Commission on Independent Schools - About

The NEASC Commission on Independent Schools (NEASC-CIS) is made up of school heads, senior administrators and public members. Members are selected for three-year terms (renewable once) at the December annual meeting of delegates. In drawing up a slate, the Commission reviews nominations submitted by heads of school, and takes into consideration such factors as the balance between elementary and secondary schools, representation of all six states, and a mix of types of school – single sex and coed, boarding and day, religious and secular, large and small, etc. – that reflects the membership. 

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The NEASC Commission on Independent Schools meets three times a year to review reports from schools and Visiting Teams.

Upcoming Commission meetings:

  • November 7-8, 2022
     
Responsibilities
  • Oversee the accreditation process, policies and procedures.
     
  • Recommend changes in Standards to the Board of NEASC.
     
  • Receive reports from visiting teams and from schools throughout the decennial cycle.
     
  • Decide on accreditation status of schools.
     
  • Report to the Board of NEASC concerning candidacy, initial or continued accreditation, or removal from accreditation.
Meetings/Reviews:
  • The Commission typically holds two-day meetings in February, June, and November.
     
  • Schools are reviewed by one of two committees consisting of both elementary and secondary members.
     
  • One member reviews the Self-study, financial data and Visiting Team Report and makes a recommendation to the Commission.
     
  • All Commission members have access to the Visiting Team Report and participate in discussion.
Follow-up Actions:
  • Schools that fail one or more standards at the time of the visit must document their compliance within one year.
     
  • All schools must file a 2-Year Interim Evaluation Report, addressing the major recommendations in the self-study and visiting committee report, and providing information on finances.
     
  • All schools must file a 5-Year Interim Evaluation Report, updating the Commission on changes, reviewing compliance with the standards, presenting current long-range plans, and submitting financial information.
     
  • The Commission may request a Special Progress Report on any subject and timetable.
     
  • The Commission may schedule a Focused Visit to the school following a Special Progress Report. All schools must file an Annual Report with data on enrollment and tuition, and information on any substantive change.
Possible Actions Concerning Schools:
  • Initial or Continuing Accreditation
     
  • Tabling of Initial Accreditation
     
  • Continuing Accreditation on Warning (Special Report and Focused Visit within One Year)
     
  • Probation Recommendation to Drop from Membership (if terms of Probation are not met)

Commission on Independent Schools - Members

Chair of the Commission

Angela Pohlen
Executive Director, Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

Commission Members

Noor Ali 
Principal, Al-Hamra Academy, Shrewsbury, MA

Linda Brodeur 
President, Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH

Charles Cahn
Headmaster, Suffield Academy, Suffield, CT

Brian Cordeiro 
Principal, Saint Philomena School of the Sacred Heart, Portsmouth, RI

Laurie Hurd
Bath, ME
[Former Director of Development, Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, ME]

Lisa Lanni
Principal, Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton, CT

Arthur Lisi
Principal, Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Regional School, Wakefield, RI

Lisa Mahar
Keene, NH
[Retired Director of Development, Monadnock Waldorf School]

Erin Mayo
Head of School, Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, ME

Doris Messina
Stonington, CT
[Retired Principal, St. Michael School, Pawcatuck, CT]

Nancy Naimey
Principal, Saint James School, Biddeford, ME

Jeffery Philbrick
Headmaster, Jesse Remington High School, Candia, NH

Ryan Plosker
Headmaster and Founder, New England Academy, Beverly, MA

Jennifer Rowe
Portland, ME
[Retired Head of School, Friends School of Portland]

Jennifer Roy
Head of School, Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton, MA

Randall Smith
Assistant Head of School and CFO, The Putney School, Putney, VT

Mark Tashjian
Headmaster, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, VT

Margaret Williamson
Principal, St. Mary's School, Simsbury, CT

Carrie Wilson
Head of School, Bishop John A. Marshall School, Morrisville, VT

Katherine G. Windsor
Head of School, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT

Alex Zequeira
Head of School, St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, MA

Commission on International Education - About

The NEASC Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE) is a 16-member panel of professional educators and one public member selected to represent our diverse membership. Commission members serve for three-year terms (renewable once).

Responsibilities

Using the established NEASC-CIE Standards and Principles, Commission members meet three times a year to review Visiting Team Reports for continued and initial accreditation, along with other reports from school accreditation visits around the world. The Commission members also assist NEASC in discussing topics of relevance to current and future member schools.

Commission on International Education - Members

Chair of the Commission

Howard Thiery
Superintendent, Regional School District 10
Burlington, CT

Commission Members

Dr. Shalini Advani
Director, Pathways Noida
India

Dr. Thomas J. Banks
Vice President, Education/Head of Schools
USA

Nikolas Bishop
Director, International School of Stavanger
Norway

Pilar Cabeza de Vaca
Partner, Educators' Collaborative

Tim Carr
Head of School, Avenues: The World School
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Jean Claude Chalouhi
Superintendent, English Modern School
Qatar

Brad Choyt
Former Head of School, Crossroads Academy
Lyme, NH, USA

Jonathan Costa
Assistant Executive Director, EdAdvance
Litchfield, CT, USA

Melania Horcajuelo Torres
Director, Madrid Active School
Spain

Ji Han
Director of Curriculum, Graland Country Day School
USA

Andreas G. Koini
Head of School, The Antwerp International School
Belgium

Jeremy Lewis
Head of School, ACS International School - Egham
England

Kelly M. Lyman
Superintendent‎, Mansfield Public Schools
Mansfield, CT, USA

Nancy Meislahn
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Emerita, Wesleyan
Middletown, CT, USA

Kathleen Naglee
Head of School‎, International School of Helsinki
Finland

Richard Pacheco
International Educator
Madrid, Spain

Mark Schulz
Deputy Director, Zurich International School
Switzerland

Commission on Public Schools - About

The NEASC Commission on Public Schools (NEASC-CPS) is a panel of 40+ professionals selected to represent our diverse membership from across New England. Individuals on the Commission include school and central office administrators, teachers, and members from the public sector. Commission members are nominated by member school principals or may self-nominate. A nominating subcommittee brings nominations forward for vote by the entire Commission. Any openings on the Commission are made public and announced to the member schools.

Responsibilities
Using the Standards for Accreditation, the NEASC-CPS Commission members meet regularly throughout the year to review accreditation reports submitted by and about member schools, and provide commendations and recommendations specific to each school. This feedback serves as a roadmap for individualized and ongoing school growth and improvement for student learning. In addition, Commission members determine the accreditation status of each member school.

Commission members serve on one of the NEASC-CPS Committees which are divided in order to focus on the specific needs of:

  • elementary, middle, and high schools
  • career and technical schools and centers

Committee on Public Elementary, Middle, and High Schools - Members

The NEASC Committee on Elementary, Middle, and High Schools (NEASC-CPEMHS) is a subgroup of the Commission on Public Schools comprised of members drawn from across the six New England states. Formed in the fall of 2019 by merging the Committee on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) with the Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools (CPEMS), the Commission had the goal of increasing the Committee's diversity by adding more teachers, school counselors, library media specialists, and other educational professionals as members. The category of Educational Partners (e.g., representatives of state departments of education, higher education, public members, and members of partner organizations) was also added.

Committee members may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms on NEASC-CPEMHS. The chairperson is selected by the Committee for a two-year term.

Current Committee Members

CONNECTICUT

Christian Canfield
Science Dept. Chair, Newtown High School, Sandy Hook

Sharon Cournoyer
Chair, Commission on Public Schools
Superintendent, Regional District 19, Storrs, CT

Jade Gopie
Principal, Waterbury Career Academy High School, Waterbury

Anna Mahon
Principal, Amity Regional Senior High School, Woodbridge

Maria Christina (Tina) Rivera
Principal, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford

Nicholas J. Spera
Executive Director, ISAAC Board of Directors, New London

Catherine Sosnowski
Retired Assistant Principal, Bristol

Daniel P. Sullivan
Superintendent, Putnam Public Schools, Putnam

MAINE

Gretchen McNulty, Director of Learning 
Falmouth School Department

MASSACHUSETTS

Amy Cetner
Principal, Bourne High School

Michael Crowley
Teacher of Engineering & Robotics, Norwood High School

Christopher Lord
Assistant Superintendent, Peabody School District

Bruce Pontbriand
Human Capital Coordinator, Accreditation, Boston Public Schools

Andrew Stephens
Principal, Lexington High School

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Susan Bureau
Dean of Academics, Alvirne High School

Susan Schroeter
Principal, Unity Elementary School,

Brett Thompson
English Teacher, Merrimack Valley High School

RHODE ISLAND

Christopher Ashley
Principal, Tiverton High School

Lisa Leaheey
English Teacher, North Providence High School

Kevin McNamara
Assistant Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools

VERMONT

John Broadley
Assistant Principal, Bellows Falls Union High School

Justin Campbell
Principal, Middlebury Union High School

Committee on Technical and Career Institutions - Members

The NEASC Committee on Career and Technical Institutions (NEASC-CTCI) is a subgroup of the Commission on Public Schools. The Committee consists of faculty and senior administrators from member institutions, as well as representatives of the public who have worked outside education.

Committee members are selected by the membership and may serve two three-year terms. Public members may serve two two-year terms. Commission member perspectives are informed by their own experience and knowledge of education. They are bound by explicit ethical standards to prevent conflict of interest.

Current Committee Members

CONNECTICUT

Patricia Feeney
Principal, Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School

Richard Shellman
Principal, Oliver Wolcott Technical High School

MAINE

Robert Callahan
Director, Lewiston Regional Technical Center, Lewiston

MASSACHUSETTS

Kelly Fay
Coordinator of Curriculum & Staff Development, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School

Justin Kratz
Principal, Charles H. McCann Technical High School

Kevin McCaskill
Executive Director, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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RHODE ISLAND

William McCaffrey
Director of Secondary Education, Warwick Public Schools

VERMONT

Carolyn Dickinson
Assistant Director, Center for Technology, Essex, Essex Junction

William Lucci
Chair of the Committee
Assistant Director for Adult Education, Stafford Technical Career Center

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