The IACET Board of Directors provides governance and oversight in furthering the mission and vision. Board members reflect IACET’s membership and constituent groups. They come from IACET Accredited Providers or hold an individual membership in the association, with a majority elected by the IACET general membership.
The IACET Board of Directors includes IACET Board Officers and not more than fifteen other members. The Chief Executive Officer, Chair of the IACET Council on Standards Development, and the Chair of the IACET Commission serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.
International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training
Casandra Blassingame, MEd is the Chief Executive Officer 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 where she evaluated training organizations who sought IACET accreditation. She served on the organizations finance committee, other adhoc committees, and the Board of Directors. She then became CEO of IACET bringing several vantage points and experiences within the organization which contributes to the organizations continued success.
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.
Jennifer Hofmann, virtual classroom and blended learning pioneer, is Founder and President of InSync Training. Her entirely virtual consulting firm specializes in the design and delivery of engaging, innovative, and effective modern blended learning. Under Jennifer’s expert leadership, Inc. 500|5000 named InSync training the 10th Fastest Growing Education Company in the U.S. in 2013, the 20th Fastest Growing Education Company in 2014, and to their Inc. 5000 list for four consecutive years. Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Forbes Most Powerful Women Issue, The NativeAdVantage, and Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses have all recognized her entrepreneurial drive.
Jennifer has written, and contributed to, a number of well-received and highly-regarded books including: The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live Online Courses, Meetings, and Events, Live and Online!: Tips, Techniques, and Ready to Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom, andTailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits with Dr. Nanette Miner. Her latest book, Blended Learning (ATD, 2018), introduces a new instructional design model that addresses the needs of the modern workplace and modern learners.
Jennifer frequently presents in-person and online for leading learning organizations including Training Magazine, The Association for Talent Development (ATD), eLearning Guild, Training Industry, and Training Mag Network. Subscribe to Jennifer’s blog Getting InSync and connect with her on LinkedIn for new content and timely insight.
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.
The Climbing Wall Association
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.
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
Learning and Development professional with 20+ years of experience in instructional design, training facilitation, and educational leadership
Gulf Breeze, FL