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Judith S. Eaton, President, joined CHEA in August 1997. Prior to her work at CHEA, she held various leadership positions in higher education, including serving as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and president of the Community College of Philadelphia, the Community College of Southern Nevada and the Council for Aid to Education.

Jeffrey S. Abbott, Vice President of Finance and Administration, joined CHEA in September 2015. He previously served in a variety of positions at The Clearing House, including Vice President of Finance, Controller and Assistant Controller.

Thomas J. Cornacchia, Vice President for Recognition Services, joined CHEA in May 2015. He previously served as Director of Operations and Program Development at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Earlier, he served as Director of Accreditation for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and held a variety of positions at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Jol Espinoza, Special Assistant to the President, joined CHEA in December 2011. He has served as an executive assistant at companies including Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, Russell Reynolds Associates, Opus8, Inc. and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Previously, he served as Senior Knowledge Analyst, Program Management in the Global Office of Knowledge Management at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Jan Friis, Vice President for Government Affairs, joined CHEA in May 2006 from Final Analysis Communication Services, Inc. where he was Vice President of Administration and Director of Government Relations. Jan has served as chief of staff for two former Members of Congress (Mr. Fox of Pennsylvania and Mr. Forbes of New York) and served as district administrator for a third Member, Mr. Schulze of Pennsylvania. Jan has also been in private law practice.

Brian “Blu” Christopher Kelley, Director of the CHEA International Quality Group, joined CHEA in September 2016. He previously served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment in Thailand. He has worked in China, Canada and the United States in positions related to education.

Ida Miggins, Database and Web Administrator, joined CHEA in December 2009. Ida previously served as Web Manager, Communications and Marketing, for Special Olympics International. She also served as Technology Director for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and as Network Administrator for Gifts and Kind International.

Craige Moore, Web and Electronic Communications Administrator, joined CHEA in March 2016. She has served as a digital marketing consultant and was Senior Web and Social Media Editor for Platts, McGraw Hill Financial. Previously, she was a Senior Copy Editor for Energy Intelligence, a leading energy information service.

Eric Selwyn, Membership and Information Administrator, joined CHEA in May 2011. He previously served as Production Manager for Bulls Eye Marketing, Inc., where he handled day-to-day operations for a data management company. He also has served in administrative positions for the George Mason University School of Management, Washington Gas, First Union and Bank of America.

Tim Willard, Senior Director of Communications, joined CHEA in January 2009. He previously worked at associations including the World Future Society.

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