IACET Board of Directors

The IACET Board of Directors provides governance and oversight in furthering IACET's mission to advance the global workforce by providing the standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation. 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 no more than fifteen other members. The Chair of the IACET Council on Standards Development, the Chair of the IACET Commission and the Executive Director serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.

Andrew Kauser Chairman
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021

Delray Beach, FL

Andrew Kauser is the President and CEO of Telemedia, Inc., a privately held international company specializing in workforce technical knowledge and skill development for industrial, government, and educational clients. Telemedia achieved IACET AP status in 2011. Since the company was founded in 1969, Telemedia's products and services have been used at more than 30,000 client sites around the world to train more than 4,000,000 skilled workers. Prior to his current role, Andrew served as the President of Lachesis Solutions, a business-to-business Internet application service provider for the test, survey, and assessment market. In the 1990's, Andrew was involved in the development of the Prudential Training Network awarded the

James Barnes Interim CEO (Treasurer)
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020

Global Occupational Safety and Health Academy, LLC
Schaumburg, IL

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.

Sumi Deal Secretary
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020

POWER Engineers, Inc.
Hailey, ID

Sumi is a seasoned human resources and training specialist with over 20 years of experience in leadership development, learning management systems development, strategic planning, and project management. She is passionate about helping others learn and also helping organizations build and deliver high-quality training programs.

Sumi has worked with IACET-accredited organizations for about 10 years and joined the ISCD Council in 2016. In her free time, she spends time with her husband and son, and their yellow lab Lulu.

Leigha Jansen Member-EC
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Continued
Houston, TX

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. 

Casandra Blassingame Member
August 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021

American Gear Manufacturers Association
Alexandria, VA

Casandra is a recognized leader in adult and continuing education and has over 20 years of experience in higher education, continuing and professional studies, and workforce development.

As the Vice President of Education Services for the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), her primary responsibilities are to lead the delivery of quality education and training to global industry professionals by collaborating with subject matter experts in the gear industry to develop relevant education and training courses and programs for gear industry professionals worldwide. She is responsible for strategic initiatives and assists the membership director in providing "value added" benefits for our members. She also develops partnerships with academic institutions and workforce development agencies to promote gear education through manufacturing curriculum and training program opportunities.

In addition to her responsibilities at AGMA, she is a member of the City Colleges of Chicago Manufacturing Programs Advisory Board and a Board Member to other non-profit organizations serving the needs of families and youth.

Paul Cypher Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

CypherWorx, Inc.
Rochester, NY

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.

Jennifer Hofmann Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

InSync Training
Portsmouth, NH

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, and?Tailored 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.? 

Paula Horwitz Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

The ARVC Foundation- working as ARVC
Centennial, CO

Paula is the 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.  Paula also serves as the executive director of the ARVC Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit offering educational scholarships to promote growth and learning in the outdoor hospitality industry, as well as Disaster Relief grants to those in the industry 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. 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.

Marie Martin Member
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021

Chevron Enterprise Technical Learning
Houston, TX

Marie has focused her career on the intersection of worker technical development, safety and risk management in the energy sector. She is both a Certified Training and Development Professional and a Certified Safety Professional with a BS degree from LSU. Additional designations include Associate of Risk Management, Associate of Loss Control Management and ASSE Executive Program in Safety Management Certificate. Marie has published in Professional Safety Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers and has been a speaker at industry and professional conferences. She currently leads Chevron's development efforts for their health, environment and safety professionals globally as Technical Learning Manager.

Kristopher Newbauer Member
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021

Rotary International
Evanston, IL

Kristopher Newbauer, EdM, MHRM, SPHR, CPLP, CPT is Director of People & Talent (HR) at Rotary International, the world's oldest—and one of the largest—humanitarian service club organizations 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.

William Wallace (Ph. D) Member
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Army Management Staff College
Williamsburg, VA

Dr. Wallace has more than 37 years of experience and a unique blend of abilities in business (for and not-for profit), continuing education and training, operational and strategic level management skills and contacts, combined with expertise in curriculum and training development, threat and risk assessment and mitigation, safety, and applying best practices to everyday government, non-government and academic operations. As a consultant, William has over 14 years of government and international experience exploiting capabilities such as autonomy, diversity, technology, structure and key resources at international, federal, state, and local levels, as well as designing accreditation standards and programs.

Some distinguished services and accomplishments include over seven years with IACET, National Strategic Studies Program Graduate (2015), Harvard University Senior Executive Fellow (2014), Adjunct Faculty for Webster University Masters Programs (since 2012), Examiner (Inactive) for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (US Department of Commerce), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (2006), Kirkpatrick Evaluation Certification (2016) and former member US Army Quality Assurance Accreditation Team.

Education accomplishments include a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership and Organizational Change, Masters in Business Administration/Aviation, and Bachelors in Adult Learning and Technology and William is the published author of "Ethics: Do The Right Thing".

Bryan Wollam Member
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021

Wollam Groups, LLC
Houston, TX

Bryan Wollam is one of the world's most respected professionals in the Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry, known for his unmatched track record of success, desire for winning, partnerships, value propositions for clients, passion to improve the industry and drive to make the world a better place. He is an accomplished professional with broad experience and recognition in operational excellence, quality, reliability, and HSE in multiple industries. He has expertise in leading organizational transformation resulting in profitability and shareholder value. He is also known as a distinguished speaker, effective communicator and trusted advisor to all segments of the petroleum & natural gas industry. In his 24 years in the industry, he served in leadership positions for Halliburton and Weatherford and as CEO for Wollam Groups, working with more than a hundred of the world's most successful oil and gas companies. He supports professional Trade Organizations (API, IADC, IACET, IME) and has worked with US Government Entities (BSEE, OHSA, DHS, EPA, DOT, BATFE) over his career.  

Carol Martsolf Ex-officio, ICSD Chair
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020

Urban Engineers, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Martsolf directs the Training Institute of Urban Engineers, which provides internal and external training on a variety of topics.  Ms. Martsolf manages the process through needs analysis, course development, development of learning outcomes, development of learning assessments, and final evaluation.

Since its inception, the Urban Engineers Training Institute has held approximately 100 learning events including, “Cost Estimating”, “Scheduling”, “Engineering Ethics:  The Professional Engineer’s Challenge”, “Constructability Reviews:  Save Time, Money, and Resources”, “Stormwater Management”, and “Bike Trail Engineering Design.”

Ms. Martsolf supervises, organizes, and administers activities of the Training Department at the strategic and operational levels. Develops and implements policies and procedures related to corporate?wide training and professional development programs. Develops training objectives, strategies, policies, and programs that facilitate continuing education, professional development, leadership development, and continuous learning for employees. Manages and coordinates with other departments, e.g., IT, HR, etc. to record and digitally broadcast training activities. Manages the process of, and compliance for, the continuing education accreditations for engineering, including but not limited to, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Designs and develops training programs through the Urban Engineers Training Institute, including external programs. Performs needs analyses and reviews organizational resources to ascertain that learning and development resources exist and are developed to support learning needs.

David Ortner Director
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

Self
Brookfield, WI

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.

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