John Spitler Chair
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020

Independent Agent, Aflac
Orangevale, CA

John retired from Golden State Water Company in 2015. John is working part time as an Electronics Technician at Wal-Mart. He continues as a volunteer with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and with IACET as a Commissioner. John has thoroughly enjoyed being an IACET Commissioner since 1999, and he has had the opportunity to help many California organizations become Accredited Providers. 

At Golden State Water Company (GSWC), John was involved in curriculum development for over 20 years, including serving as Employee Development University (EDU) Curriculum Development Specialist, Senior Employee Development Specialist, and E-learning Administrator, where he ran all the organization’s web-based training. John served as the Security and Emergency Preparedness and Coordinator/LMS Administrator  where he was one of the lead members of the Training and Exercise Committee. Besides curriculum development consultant responsibilities, he designed, implemented and maintained the organization’s emergency preparedness training programs.

As Douglas Aircraft Company’s Academic Subsystem Manager and Instructional Designer, he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of ground-based training for the T-45 Training System (T45TS), which was the first training system built in the United States.  In 1984, John completed his Master of Arts degree in Education at CSULB, specializing in Instructional Media. John worked for many of the Southern California aerospace and technology companies (Ford Aerospace, Teledyne Systems, McDonnell Douglas) before transitioning to the water company.

Tara Orlowski Vice-Chair
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Florida Center for Interactive Media - FSU
Tallahassee, FL

I have been a member of IACET since 2005. I currently serve as the Commissioner Chair and a Standards Council member. Previously, I served as the chair of the Council and represented the Council on the IACET Board of Directors.

I have more than 20 years in early childhood education as well as instructional design, which includes a majority of that career dedicated to providing career and technical training. I am currently the Manager of Instructional Development at Florida Center for Interactive Media at Florida State University, leading a team of instructor designers. I am pursuing my doctorate, which focuses on professional development systems. Currently, I am the President of the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA), which is a professional association serving professionals dedicated to strengthening regulatory programs to protect individuals in out-of-home-care. I work as a consultant for the Florida Departement of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulations and previously worked there as the statewide training specialist and quality assurance specialist. I currently serves as the vice chair of the local Early Learning Coalition, member of the Tallahassee Community College Early Childhood Education advisory board and serve on the statewide Career and Technical project advisory board. I am a current instructor and former Early Childhood Education Program Director at a community college, which offered both degrees and certificates for early childhood education.

Jennifer Saleta Site Visit Chair
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Northwell Health
Lake Success, NY

Jennifer M. Saleta, EdD, MBA, FACHE is the Vice President of Administration for Northwell Health’s corporate university, the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI).  In this role, Dr. Saleta is responsible for overseeing the administrative functions and financial operations for the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), the Patient Safety Institute (PSI), the Emergency Medical Institute (EMI), and the Bioskills Education Center.  She oversees the planning and development of programmatic directions and goals, and supports Human Resources, Finance, Compliance, Quality, and Service Excellence initiatives in collaboration with the Chief Learning Officer.  She provides administrative oversight for grant awards, including the financial budget and procurements.  Dr. Saleta oversees the development, coordination, integration, communication, implementation, and performance evaluation of the Center for Learning and Innovation to ensure efficient and compliant operational performance.

Dr. Saleta has been appointed as the Assistant Dean for Administration and Assistant Professor of Nursing for the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.  In this role, she is responsible for the administrative functions for the graduate nursing and physician assistant programs.  Dr. Saleta is an Assistant Professor of psychology at Hofstra University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Saleta is board certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She received her Doctor of Education, with a concentration in instructional leadership, from St. John’s University in 2012.  She received her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in human resources from Adelphi University in 2007, and her Bachelor of Science in healthcare administration from St. John’s University in 1999. 

Dr. Saleta serves as a Commissioner for IACET and Site Visit Chair on the Executive Committee of the IACET Commission.  She also serves as an Accreditation Site Reviewer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

Ted Kenney Commissioner at Large
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Medway, MA

Ted Kenney currently serves as education advisor and special projects manager for New England Water Works Association (NEWWA). Previously, he served as the Association’s deputy executive director and manager of education for 28 years. 

Ted holds BS and AB degrees from Boston College and an MA degree from Framingham State University. He also holds several professional certifications in education. 

Ted served as the NEWWA primary contact and responsible party for IACET for 20 years. He has served as a commissioner for IACET since 2008.

Collectively, Ted has nearly 40 years of experience in education, training and professional development, and more than 30 years of direct experience in the training and professional development of adult learners.

Vanessa Almony Commissioner at Large
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

National Highway Institute
Orwell, VT

Vanessa Almony has nearly 20 years of experience in all aspects of training and development, with an emphasis on identifying and targeting creative solutions to performance needs. She has extensive experience managing development teams as well as independently producing instructionally sound products that satisfy customers' needs for timely, technically accurate, and cost-effective training that works.

Vanessa has produced more than 150 training products addressing diverse topics such as executive leadership development, medical records confidentiality, and wastewater and drinking water plant operations. For the past ten years, Ms. Almony has focused on producing traditional and virtual classroom training and e-learning packages for federal, state, and municipal transportation engineers.

Vanessa Almony holds an M.Ed. in Training and Development from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Behavioral Science from York College of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the national and Vermont chapters of Association for Talent Development (ATD), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the e-learning Guild. She is a Federal Highway Administration/National Highway Institute Master Trainer and an NHI-certified instructor. Vanessa has served as an IACET Commissioner since 2014.

Valerie Bland Commissioner
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Society of Women Engineers
Chicago, IL

Casandra Blassingame Commissioner
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

American Gear Manufacturers Association
Alexandria, VA

Kathleen Carroll Commissioner
September 2, 2014 – September 30, 2019

US Army Installation Management Command, G 357 Training Division, MG Robert M. Joyce School for Family and MWR
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX

Kathleen Carroll is the Chief, Learning Solutions at the US Army Installation Management Command, College of Installation Management, Major General (MG) Robert M. Joyce School for Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (SFMWR).  The SFMWR provides training to approximately 30,000 US Army Civilian Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) and Family Program employees world-wide.  Ms Carroll has been a SFMWR staff member since September 2011.  She has a multi-faceted background as a nurse, training instructor, instructional systems specialist, and educator.  Her diverse background includes 24 years with the US Army serving as medic, licensed practical nurse, and instructor-trainer.  Upon retirement from US Army she accepted a position at US Army Medical Command Center and School (AMEDD) where she served as a training instructor and an Instructional Systems Specialist, US Army Practical Nurse Course (68WM6), Department of Nursing Science, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  In her work as an instructional systems specialist, Ms Carroll implemented on-line training for approximately 700 nursing students at six locations across the country, saving the US Army $100,000 per year in cost.  This centralized testing model created real and relevant experiences for all students; resulting in a 98% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN.  In her work as an instructional systems specialist she introduced innovative and effective ways to improve efficiency and productivity through curriculum revisions, quality management, and training. From AMEDD Center and School she joined the SFMWR where she has held the role of Instructional Systems Specialist-Quality Assurance, Supervisory Instructor, and Supervisory Instructional Specialist for the Learning Solutions Team.

Education:  AA: Paralegal, San Antonio College; BS: Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University (Magna Cum Laude); MED: Organizational Learning, University of the Incarnate Word; currently pursuing an EDD: E-Learning –Doctoral Candidate (66 Semester Hours), Northcentral University.  

Memberships:  ATD, E-Learning Guild, IACET Commissioner

Certifications:  Conflict Management (MTI), Instructional Design and Delivery (Langevin), Master Training (Langevin), Performance Consultant (Langevin), Test Design and Delivery (ATD), Tom Peters WOW!, and ROI Methodology


Norina Columbaro Commissioner
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Performance for Life Consulting

Dr. Norina Columbaro has nearly 20 years experience serving as a talent development leadership partner in assessing business needs, identifying competency gaps, and uncovering program flaws in order to customize blended solutions that lead to measurable improvements.

Her experience includes:

  • Providing one-on-one leadership and supervisory coaching for professionals in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, higher education, and non-profits.
  • Developing and delivering programs for scientists and engineers to improve their scientific and technical communication skills.
  • Conducting and analyzing needs assessments for organizational and learning development.
  • Customizing, delivering, and evaluating instructor-led and web-based courses on topics such as business writing, time management, communications, coaching, mentorship, train-the- trainer, performance management, technical writing, presenting technical information to non-technical audiences, supervisory, and coaching skills.
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research in adult learning, higher education, and talent development.

Her research and work have been published in Adult Learning, The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and on   

Mary Ellen Hable Commissioner
September 2, 2011 – September 30, 2019

Arlington, VA

Mary Ellen Hable has a strong adult educational and experiential background with professional work, specifically as an Administrator and Manager of Adult and Continuing Education. Mary Ellen is highly skilled and proficient in presentation techniques and  evaluation methodology; developing learning objectives and outcomes including group dynamics, and  team building; managing a diverse multi-cultural staff, conflict management and resolution; and implementing training development and design.

Mary Ellen was a civilian member of the U.S.United States Department of Defense (DOD) for over 30 years and where she served in a myriad of Quality Assurance positions throughout the world. Previous adult education experiences involved presentation and development of learning events for both military and civilian members of the DOD. Her assignments included extensive travel to and residence in international location points such as Germany, the Philippines, Asia, South and Central America and various other locations throughout the United States.  Currently, she is a key associate with Training and Consulting, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, a forward-looking organization  which provides support and training for the executive level on professional development and other management philosophies.

During her tenure as an IACET Commissioner, Mary Ellen has served in numerous positions, including Commission Co-Chair (2010-2012) and Commission Chair (2012-2013) and the Commission Executive Committee (2008-2013). In 2015, she proudly received the IACET 2015 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service.


Mary Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science (BS), Management; Master of Human Relation (MHR); Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Adult Education. She continues her quest to visit 100 countries.


Charlotte Hicks Commissioner
September 2, 2014 – September 30, 2019

Upper Mohawk, Inc.
Tallahassee, FL

Charlotte Hicks is the Chief Operating Officer and Training and Development Manager for Upper Mohawk, Inc., a Native American owned small business providing Federal government administrative and management support services. Prior to joining UMI she worked for the State of Florida in child protection services holding various operational positions before moving to training and  development.   As the Training and Development Manager for UMI she is responsible for ensuring compliance with the continuing education standards and criteria for all training programs. She has been an IACET Commissioner since April 2014.


Amy Hyams Commissioner
September 2, 2015 – September 30, 2019

Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Amy Hyams has over 20 years experience in continuing education, specializing in instructional design, accreditation, and program assessment.  She has had the opportunity to work in the K-12, community college, university, and corporate training settings.  Amy has served as an IACET Commissioner since 2008. 

Stuart Karasik Commissioner
September 2, 2011 – September 30, 2019

San Diego, CA

Consultant in workforce issues for water and wastewater utilities and other organizations Dr. Karasik has over 30 years' experience in the field of Adult Education, Continuing Education/training and Education Program Administration. His experience is in the industries of Healthcare, Water and Wastewaters Utilities, and Higher Education. Retired as Training Program Manager from the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department where he was responsible le for all education and training needs for over 2,000 department employees.

Dr. Karasik is the Past Chair of the Workforce Strategies Committee of the American Waterworks Association where he worked with other professionals to develop and implement strategies to increase entry into and retention in the industry. He is also the member of various Boards of Directors of Non-Profit organizations in the San Diego Area. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and attending local sporting events and concerts.

Pete Knoetgen Commissioner
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Azimuth Associates
Johns Creek, GA

Pete Knoetgen began his role as an IACET Commissioner in October 2017,  He is owner and senior consultant at Azimuth Associates, LLC, specializing in technical training, accreditation and performance improvement projects primarily in the electric utility industry.  He has over 40 years of experience in power plant operations, engineering and training, and was part of the team that led PJM Interconnection in achieving IACET accreditation in 2016.

Prior to starting Azimuth Associates, Pete was Director of Training, at North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta managing the transmission system operator certification and continuing education programs for 6,500 operators across North America.   He chaired the Electric Reliability Organization Training Committee, and served on the Personnel Certification Governance and Personnel committees. He led NERC compliance auditor training, and assisted with implementation of ANSI SAT-based standards. 

Prior to NERC, he was Accreditation Director with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and secretary of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board.  As Director, his teams conducted accreditation visits at all US nuclear power plants, conducted workshops, provided assistance to members, and developed industry training guidelines.  Previous positions include accreditation senior management representative and team manager; INPO plant evaluation team member; manager, Future of Learning; and manager, National Academy for Nuclear Training e-Learning (NANTeL) where his team created and managed a system delivering training to 100,000 nuclear workers annually.  In addition, he led the development of the industry’s initial instructor training program, used by all US nuclear stations, using a blended distance learning and classroom approach.  Previously, he was a course manager and lead facilitator for the INPO Shift Manager and Engineering Supervisor professional development seminars. He also served as assistant to the CEO, and Corporate Board Secretary.

Education/Certifications:  Certification in Training and Human Resources Development, University of Georgia; MS nuclear engineering, Georgia Tech; BS mechanical engineering, U.S. Naval Academy;  National Academy for Nuclear Training certified Facilitator and Instructor. 

Earlier he was an Associate Professor of Naval Science at Georgia Tech/Morehouse College and was a qualified US Navy instructor.

Karen LaMarsh Commissioner
March 21, 2018 – September 30, 2021

Clayton State University
Morrow, GA

Karen holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a Masters and Doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. Her work experience includes eight years with the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. For two years, she was an internal auditor for the Board of Regents with the University System of Georgia. She is currently the Executive Director of Clayton State University Continuing and Professional Education. She served as the Chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Administrative Committee on Public Service and Continuing Education for three years. With the Georgia Adult Education Association, she has held the offices of Vice President for Programs, President, Past President, and Member-at-Large. As a staunch advocate for quality adult continuing and professional education, Karen is a commissioner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training and served as the Chair of the Commission. She has facilitated national workshops to help applicants successfully establish solid policies and procedures to meet compliance standards. Her passion is creating excellent educational experiences for adults that help them achieve their professional goals!

To stay relevant on current workforce and economic development issues, she serves on the Atlanta Regional Commission Workforce Development Board, and chairs the ARC NextGen (Youth) Committee. She also participates on committees with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, MAX, HDCI, One Henry Workforce, and Clayton County Schools CTAE.

Noel Naylor Commissioner
September 2, 2013 – September 30, 2019

Arlington, VA

I have had the great fortune of working in the field of training and education for more than 20 years.  I began as a public school teacher.  I was selected to participate in a post-graduate program at New York University focused on adult learning, coaching, developing and delivering continuing education for teachers.  I returned to Fairfax County, Virginia to work with teachers from across more than 100 schools, and also served as an adjunct faculty member of George Mason University to provide graduate-level instruction in teaching, literacy, and learning.  I learned a great deal from my colleagues as we designed, developed, delivered, evaluated, and continued to improve a Continuing Education and Training program for teachers in our district.  I transitioned from the instructional services department in Fairfax County to a management consulting company focused on providing high-quality human capital, training, and education opportunities primarily for the Federal Government workforce.  As a part of Abrams Learning & Information Systems, Inc, I have been able to participate in projects that include instructional design, training program management, curriculum maintenance, and leadership development.  I hold a Master's degree in Education from George Mason University.  

Mark Posada Commissioner
September 2, 2013 – September 30, 2019

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
College Station, TX

Mark Posada serves as Director of Strategic and Education Services (SES) for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). As part of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX focuses on public safety, security, critical infrastructure and economic growth through workforce training, technical assistance, and emergency response programs which serve over 170,000 individuals a year around the world. As Director of SES, Mr. Posada is responsible for directing a staff of over twenty individuals dedicated to providing veterans services, student records, educational initiatives, curriculum oversight, international student services, ethics and compliance, export control and legislative affairs.   

Prior to serving as Director of SES, Mark served as Manager for Education and Training Initiatives where he oversaw an $8.5 million curriculum review and revision project which included the overhaul of over 550 training courses. Additionally, his primary responsibilities included acquiring college credit for TEEX developed curriculum through articulation agreements or American Council on Education review, managing continuing education accreditation efforts in a variety of professional fields, and analyzing and reporting agency performance measure data to the state Legislative Budget Board. In 2008, Posada was first selected to serve as a Commissioner for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). He has over 23 years of experience working in curriculum and training development.

Before being appointed Education and Training Initiatives Manager, Mr. Posada served as Training Project Coordinator for the Director's Office within TEEX. As Coordinator, Posada provided operational management support for the development of the agency's capabilities in the areas of training, technical assistance, and technology transfer. Posada also served as a field engineer for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), a consortium comprised of six universities and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce that serves Texas manufacturers with training and technical assistance. Finally, Mr. Posada served as project manager for the Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center, a NASA-sponsored center focused on the delivery of technology commercialization services in a 12 state region. 

Mr. Posada is a graduate of Texas A&M University, earning his Masters of Science in Educational Human Resource Development and his Bachelors of Arts in English. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, a Certified Training Professional (CTP) and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).   

Lori Schnaider Commissioner
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Irvine, CA

Ms. Schnaider is a seasoned talent development professional with experience building programs that meet business objectives: growing leaders, improving performance, and increasing engagement all built on best in class structure. She helped her organization create a corporate university which first achieved IACET Accreditation in 2009. She has over eighteen years of experience in corporate, higher education, non-profit and research.

Anne Scott Commissioner
September 2, 2013 – September 30, 2019

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD

Keith Ussery Commissioner
September 2, 2014 – September 30, 2019

Automated Logic Corporation
Kennesaw, GA

Keith Ussery is the Training Project Manager and Ethics & Compliance Officer (ECO) for Automated Logic and AdvanTE3C organizations. Keith has been with Automated Logic for 18 years. Starting in engineering, he designed Building Automation/Energy Management solutions and provided technical training to customers world-wide. With his current role, Keith is responsible for managing projects that enhance and expand the growth of Automated Logic’s learning and development initiative, such as implementing e-learning solutions, providing quality assurance, and managing onsite and international training programs. Keith is also a United Technologies certified instructor for quality assurance courses and provides training/certification for those seeking to be corporate trainers. As the ECO, Keith provides employees with guidance, support, and training on any ethics and compliance policy related subject matter. This role also incluldes performing enterprise risk analysis, as well as, implementing risk mitigation programs and strategies.

Prior to Automated Logic, Keith worked for Siemens Building Technologies as a project engineer. In this role, Keith designed, implemented and trained on building automation and energy management solutions for SBT’s southeast region.  

Keith holds an Electrical Engineering Technology degree from Southern Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Shorter University. Keith is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and Sigma Beta Delta international honor society for business, management, and administration.

Outside of work, Keith spends his time with his beautiful wife, playing with his four wonderful daughters, and hanging out with friends.

Caroline Van Howe Commissioner
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

Assistive Technology Industry Association
San Rafael, CA

Mary Ann Wangemann Commissioner
October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2019

Ashburn, VA

Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann is President of EdJIT a mobile training platform and consultant in strategy, curriculum development, and competency-based learning. She has worked in education for 30 years in educational strategy, instruction, instructional design, program direction, and assessment.  She works across the private and public sectors in continuing education. She teaches across the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in academia. She currently serves as a consultant to Defense Acquisition University and numerous federal agencies and commercial clients. She is professor at the University of Phoenix, UMUC, and Strayer. She holds an Ed.D. from The George Washington University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from the University of Maryland. She has authored 15 textbooks. Previously she served as one of 12 fellows at EDS (a global IT company); product line manager for Management Concepts; developed project/program management competencies for the federal government; and started the company GovWin.

LaWanna Wooden Commissioner
September 2, 2014 – September 30, 2019

Onslow County Partnership for Children

LaWanna has over 15 years experience in the field of Professional Development and Training. She is currently serving in the Non Profit world with a focus on supporting early educators with their delivery of high quaility learning opportunities for the children and families they serve. LaWanna has served as an IACET Commissioner since 2014.


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