Dr. Kathleen Carroll has been appointed as the new Chair of the IACET Commission and Mr. Pete Knoetgen has been appointed as the new Chair of the Accreditation Review Committee. Andrew Kauser, IACET Board Chair, stated that “I am pleased to announce the appointment of two of our Commissioners to leadership positions within the IACET Organization. Our volunteer leaders are very important to the current state and the future of IACET. Please join me in congratulating Kathleen and Pete.”
Kathleen began her role as an IACET Commissioner in September 2014. Kathleen is the Chief, Learning Solutions at the US Army Installation Management Command, 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. Dr. Carroll has been with the SFMWR since September 2011. She has a multi-faceted background with more than 37 years serving the US Army, both as Active Duty (24 years) and as a Department of Defense Army Civilian (13 years). Dr. Carroll has served in various position during her tenure: medic, licensed practical nurse, training instructor, instructional systems specialist, and educator. She continues to introduce innovative and effective ways to improve efficiency and productivity through curriculum revisions, quality management, and training.
Pete 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.