Educational 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.


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.



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.



Mary Margaret Coughlin

Mary Margaret Coughlin has over 10 years of compliance experience, specifically in postsecondary accreditation. Before consulting, she was Manager of Programs at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 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 the 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.

Karen Whalen

Karen has worked in post-secondary education for over 20 years. Her primary responsibilities were compliance with regulatory agencies and the general administration of an institution’s Education Department. Karen has met these responsibilities through the roles of College Academic Dean, College Registrar, and accreditation evaluator. Karen holds a Master of Business Administration, with a Minor in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science Business Administration from Sullivan 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.

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

National Association of Schools of Art and Design