Educational Advisors


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Joanne Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

For more than 30 years Joanne Rose-Johnson has worked in education with an emphasis in school management, operations, and compliance. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing public relations strategies, operating programs funded through local, state and federal sources, and oversight of institutional compliance with state and national standards. She has been Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs of a large corporation that owned as many as 17 schools.

In 2000, Joanne established Educational Advisors with the mission of providing independent support, guidance and solutions to educational entities in all matters of compliance, accreditation and regulatory. Joanne has worked with start-up organizations, single-campus and multi-campus schools, distance learning schools, privately owned and publicly traded institutions.

In addition to her many years in the vocational education field, Joanne has also been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her impact on disabled individuals, public assistance recipients and ex-offenders through the presentation of professional development seminars. She has served as a gubernatorial appointee under two California governors, served as a regional panelist for 4 years for the White House Fellowship Program, and has served on evaluation review teams for the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). For several years, Joanne also participated on the ABHES Annual Report Committee and Preliminary Review Committee; she is a past member of the Accreditation Committee of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS).

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Kim Rust


Kim Rust is the President of Educational Advisors Inc. Kim has more than 25 years’ experience in the private postsecondary sector at schools, the corporate level, and as a key member of EAI management team since 2008. She supports the Educational Advisors team while still directly partnering with clients. Educational Advisors clients are provided guidance, tools, and recommendations regarding state and accreditation compliance areas. Kim works closely with sector Allied Members to provide resources and specialized support to Educational Advisors clients. Kim has taken a lead role on Allied Member activities, such as securing sponsorships and developing activities to introduce Allied Members to schools. Kim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Fresno.

Chris Del Santo

Project Manager

Chris Del Santo has more than 20 years’ experience in the private postsecondary sector. He has worked in marketing and regulatory compliance at the corporate level. His experience includes marketing compliance, admissions call monitoring, operational compliance audits, process development and assessment, and workflow management.

Chris provides review and recommendations of marketing and admissions material based on current best practices and customized to the client’s specific regulatory bodies. He provides assessment and documentation of current-state operational processes and recommendations for future-state implementation. In addition, he also works on projects pursuing accreditation renewal and initial state licensing applications.

His most recent role was as Vice President of Risk and Compliance with oversight and direct support of State Licensing, Accreditation, Compliance Monitoring, and Compliance Reporting for 110 education institutions offering academic programs in creative & applied arts, behavioral sciences, education, health sciences, and business; culminating in the award of associate’s through doctoral degrees as well as non-degree programs.

He has helped schools develop a university-wide catalog process with trafficking schedules; compliance review and monitoring programs for marketing, social media, and admissions activity at both the campus level and company-wide.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design Management from DePaul University, Chicago.

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