Educational Advisors

Advisors

A team of advisors provides a custom approach to reaching goals and problem solving for each of its clients.

A network of professionals from across the country who are experts in specific accrediting agencies, state regulatory bodies, operational components such as admissions, marketing, financial aid, completion, retention and placement, administrative functions and compliance matters. Educational Advisors is NOT a “one-size-fits-all” company; rather, its team of advisors provides a custom approach to reaching goals and problem solving for each of its clients.


SCHOOL OPERATIONS

Kristina Strom

Financial Aid

The owner of Choice Consulting & Training Services, Inc., located in Cleveland, Ohio, Kristina Strom has worked in financial aid for more than 30 years. Ms. Strom has assisted diverse types of institutions across the United States, including for-profit, private and public institutions with varied educational offerings, from cosmetology to computer to flight schools, to graduate-level institutions. She has worked with clock hour, non-term, non-standard term and term programs, and has provided consulting to many institutions initially seeking Title IV participation. Choice Consulting specializes in training, file review, and ongoing policy and procedure evaluation and development.


DISTANCE EDUCATION

Dr. Inna Lisker

Distance Education, Online Teaching & Learning

Dr. Inna Lisker has 20 years of administrative, management, consulting and teaching experience in Online Education and Postsecondary and Higher Education. Her most recent administrative experience includes such positions as AVP of Education and AVP of Career Services with International Education Corporation; and Associate Director of MOOCLab with UC Berkeley. Her faculty experience includes developing and teaching face-to-face and online courses with the University of California, Long Beach; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Phoenix; and The Los Angeles Film School. Dr. Lisker is a Board Member at Columbia College Hollywood; she has served on the Information Technology Committee with CSULB’s College of Health and Human Services, and as a Distance Education Specialist with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Dr. Lisker received her BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; her M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine; and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from Capella University in Minnesota.


ACCREDITATION AND COMPLIANCE

 

Kimberly Walsh

Kimberly Walsh has over 20 years of experience in accreditation, compliance and regulatory affairs.  Kim began her regulatory affairs career as the Office Assistant at a School of Law during the ABA accreditation process.  Kim advanced her career to become the Executive Director of a non-profit juvenile diversion program, and Campus Director for a small for-profit college in the Ohio River Valley with several national accreditations and several state licenses.  In the last 10 years, Kim held several positions in regulatory affairs area for one of the largest for- profit entities in the United State with multiple regional and national accreditors, programmatic accreditation and over 160 state licenses for ground and online institutions.  Most recently, she held the Assistant Vice President for Federal and State Regulatory Affairs position. Kim has successfully navigated the for-profit and non-profit institutional areas of corporate restructure, asset purchase agreement and assignment of equity.

 

Mary Margaret Coughlin

Mary Margaret Coughlin has over 10 years of experience in compliance, specifically specializing in postsecondary accreditation. Prior to consulting, she was Manager of Programs at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) where her primary roles were processing program related applications, on-site accreditation visits and staff liaison for programmatic advisory committees. She has also served as human resources and compliance for wealth management firm, Morgan Stanley and transportation management company Coughlin Inc. Mary Margaret graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

 

Cassandra Shaffer Johnson

Cassandra has over 15 years of experience working in postsecondary education focusing on health sciences, student services, and accreditation. Prior to joining Educational Advisors, Cassandra served as a manager of graduate medical education in a for-profit hospital setting after working for several years as a health education program coordinator at a public university. Cassandra also has experience working in research and compliance, and she has 20 years of experience in editing and writing. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Latino Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in English.

 

Dedra Daehn

Dedra Daehn has over 30 years of higher education administrative experience in academic program and operations management, outcomes assessment, regional and specialized accreditation, and strategic planning.  She has served in administrative roles with institutions such as Colorado State University-Global Campus, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Indiana Wesleyan University and Clark College, the largest community college in the state of Washington. In addition, Dedra has extensive experience teaching undergraduate business courses.  For nearly 10 years, Dedra ran a successful, independent consulting business working with numerous colleges to develop and enhance their strategic planning processes, student and institutional assessment programs, and regional and specialized accreditation initiatives.  She currently serves as a site evaluator for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Dedra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in Business Education from Fort Hays State University.

 

Ana Shasha

Marketing Projects

A Miami native and graduate of Florida National College in business administration and accounting, Ana successfully handled complex international transactions as administrative director for an export company.  Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is an expert translator.  She has experience working with clients in international export transactions, hospitality industry, commercial real estate investment.

 

Angie Montanez Blain

Events Assistant

Angelyn Blain has more than 5 years’ experience in the Hospitality & Events Industry. Her experience includes planning, developing, and executing a wide variety of successful events, programs and activities while ensuring success.

Before joining Educational Advisors in June 2021, Angelyn served as an Event Operations Manager, and dedicated her time and skills to participate in numerous volunteer and fundraising events. Through these opportunities has strengthen Angelyn’s desire to serve her community.

Angelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Florida International University. She is also certified in Wedding planning, Event Coordination, and Event Management.

We have worked with schools across the nation who are accredited by national and regional agencies such as:

abhes
accet
accsc
ACICS
coe
deac
naccas
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASM
tracs
wasc