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.
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.
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
Regulatory and Compliance
Teresa Speicher has nearly 20 years of experience in state regulatory, compliance, institutional accreditation, and programmatic accreditation. She has experience working with numerous state licensing agencies to obtain and maintain institutional state licenses for online and ground programs. Her background includes obtaining regulatory approvals for start-up campuses, changes of ownership, new programs, and location changes. Ms. Speicher has maintained ongoing institutional compliance with regulatory agencies by reviewing marketing, websites, catalogs, and activity of institutions to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations in each jurisdiction in which the institution operates. Her experience with national accrediting agencies includes preparing and submitting program and institutional level show cause reports, program approval withdrawal appeals, and quarterly financial monitoring reports. She has also conducted regulatory research for state licensing agencies, institutional accrediting agencies, and programmatic agencies. Throughout her career, Ms. Speicher has been involved in high-level department-wide projects, planning, decision making, and project management.
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.
Michele Zollner has spent 30+ years in private, postsecondary education, working in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She combines campus administration with state compliance experience, having worked with 40-plus state agencies submitting new and revised program applications, annual renewals and reauthorizations, and change of ownership paperwork. Michele is also experienced in writing accreditation self-studies and regional request for candidacy applications.
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, and as the liaison between EA management and client post-secondary institutions.