Board of Commissioners
The ABHES Board of Commissioners consists of fifteen members, seven appointed by the commissioners themselves (either ABHES members or non-ABHES members) and eight elected by the accredited members from among its accredited institutions and programs. At least three of the Commissioners represent the public, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, and have no affiliation with an ABHES-accredited institution or program. Care is taken to include in its mix academic and administrative personnel, and educators and practitioners. Each Commissioner serves a defined term and is held responsible to a strict Code of Ethics.
Chair: George GrayebElected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: President/CEO, Ross Education, LLC
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mr. Grayeb has been part of postsecondary education for the past 20 years.. Currently, he serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ross Education, LLC. Ross provides health related programs in 30 communities throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Mr. Grayeb holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Math, Computer Science and Political Science from Anderson University.
Vice Chair: Guy EulianoElected Seat – Commissioner at Large: Director and Board Member, Institute of Medical and Business Careers
Mr. Euliano is currently the Director and a Board Member at the Institute of Medical and Business Careers in Erie, Pennsylvania and former president of Tri-State Business College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Euliano has served as an ABHES Commissioner in the past, including service as Chair and Past Chair. Mr. Euliano has nearly 30 years of postsecondary education experience, including administrative oversight, management, and ownership of nationally-accredited institutions, as well as multiple years of service on various accrediting and state association boards. Mr. Euliano holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.
Secretary: Christallia StarksElected Seat – Academic in a Healthcare Related Area: Regional Staff Development Educator-Perioperative Services at Baptist Health System
San Antonio, Texas
A retired 20-year military officer and healthcare professional, Ms. Starks serves as the Regional Perioperative Educator at Baptist Health System, School of Health Professions, in San Antonio, Texas. Along with Ms. Starks’ numerous health-related affiliations, publications, and awards, she has an extensive background as a professional presenter in the field of surgical technology and perioperative nursing. In addition, she has served as textbook reviewer for various national publishing companies. Her work with ABHES includes service as an evaluator and as a member and, most recently, Chair of the Programmatic Accreditation Committee for Surgical Technology. Ms. Starks holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, and a MSN in Administration (major) and Education (minor) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Treasurer: Dennis StoverElected Seat – Ownership Representative: President, Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, Inc.
Mr. Stover began his career in 1986 at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where he trained as an emergency medical technician and surgical technologist. He has worked as a surgical technologist and first assistant since 1990; and, in 1999 launched a surgical assisting educational program. He currently serves as president of the Association of Surgical Assistants and holds both the Certified Surgical Technologist and Surgical First Assistant credential. Mr. Stover has served ABHES in such areas as appeal panelist, site visitor, and as a member of the Preliminary Review and Annual Report committees. Mr. Stover is a graduate of the Emergency Medical Technician and Surgical Technology programs from Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
At-Large: Buddy HoskinsonAppointed Seat – Public Member: Quality Assurance and Accountability Director, Department for Aging and Independent Living, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Mr. Hoskinson is the Quality Assurance and Accountability Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the Department for Aging and Independent Living. He was appointed to the Education and Workforce Cabinet under Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. During that administration he led efforts in employment and training and vocational rehabilitation. He has also served as Chairman of Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance Commission during the last administration and through the first part of current Governor Bevin’s administration. Mr. Hoskinson was selected and his currently serving with other state and national leaders on a Work Matters Task Force in Kentucky. Prior to his roles in Kentucky state government he spent 23 year in education with the majority of those years being in post-secondary education. Mr. Hoskinson holds a Bachelor of General Studies (emphasis in education) and Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University.
Matthew CalhounElected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: Vice President, Regulatory Affairs &Student Finance, Arizona College
Mr. Calhoun has worked in higher education for 16 years since graduating from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 15 of those years have been dedicated to the students of Arizona College. After completion of a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, he was promoted to Campus Director and later to Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Student Finance which is the position he currently holds. Matt has served ABHES as a team leader for many accreditation visits and he has sat on the ABHES conference committee since 2010 and also the Preliminary Review Committee from 2011 – 2017.
Jill CarlsonAppointed Seat - Practitioner in Specialty Area: Office Manager, The Center for Vital Health
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ms. Carlson has an extensive background as a medical assisting practitioner and as an educator and administrator, formerly working in postsecondary institutions. She has been a Registered Medical Assistant with the American Medical Technologists (AMT) since 1989 and is this year’s recipient of the AMT’s prestigious Medallion of Merit Award. Ms. Carlson has served ABHES as a Medical Assisting program specialist on site visits. Ms. Carlson holds an Associate of Occupational Studies from IntelliTec Medical Institute, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a diploma in Medical Assisting from PPI Health Careers School, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Douglas ClarkeAppointed Seat – Public Member: Educational Consultant
Mr. Clarke possesses over 21 years of experience in higher education, including faculty positions and senior level administrative appointments as a Director of Education, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chief Academic Officer. Additionally, he served as the Associate Director of Accreditation (PTA programs) for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) for 8 years. During the last three years, he has served as the Director of Accreditation for the American Telemedicine Association and the inaugural Executive Director for ClearHealth Quality Institute. Mr. Clarke continues to consult with educational institutions and programs on issues related to curriculum design and development, program assessment and review, institutional effectiveness, and faculty development. Mr. Clarke received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the College of William & Mary and his Master of Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland.
Effie DubisElected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: Director of Financial Affairs/Operations, St. Louis College of Health Careers
St. Louis, Missouri
Ms. Dubis comes to ABHES with an extensive background in accreditation, having served as a team leader and subject specialist for many years on ABHES accreditation teams. She is the current Chair of the Financial Review Committee and a former member of the Preliminary Review Committee and the Commissioner Nominating Committee. She has been employed by St. Louis College of Health Careers since 1989. Ms. Dubis holds a Masters of Health Administration from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Mayville College, St. Louis, Missouri.
Thomas KennyElected Seat – Ownership Representative: Director of Regulatory Affairs, Northwest Career College
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Kenny, a licensed dentist, has worked at Northwest Career College in various capacities since 2004. He is passionate about education and has a proven track record of success in his current role as Director of Regulatory Affairs. He believes that a strong partnership between the education and compliance departments is critical to an excellent educational experience for administrators, educators, students, and businesses seeking successful outcomes. Dr. Kenny holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Southern California.
Sharon McCaughrinAppointed Seat – Commissioner-At-Large: Volunteer and Grant Writer, Big Family of Michigan
St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Ms. McCaughrin has more than 30 years of experience in post-secondary education, and has held faculty and administrative positions, such as Corporate Director of Education and School Supervisor, and Director of Compliance and Program/Curriculum Development. She has an extensive background in accreditation and has served as a team leader and subject specialist for Medical Assisting, Medical Billing, and Patient Care Technician programs on ABHES accreditation visits. She was recently appointed to participate on ABHES’ Preliminary Review Committee (PRC). Ms. McCaughrin is a Certified Medical Assistant and graduate of a medical assistant program from Ross Medical Education Center, Warren, Michigan
Robin NelhuebelElected Seat – Educator in a Specialty Area: System Director of Education, Riverside College of Health Careers
Newport News, Virginia
Dr. Nelhuebel is a Registered Nurse and Radiologic Technologist with 28+ years of clinical, instructional, and administrative experience. She is the System Director of Education for Riverside Health System and Campus Administrator of Riverside College of Health Careers in Newport News, Virginia and is a site visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Additionally, she holds appointments on the Virginia Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Executive Board, the Newport News Public School Educational Foundation Board, and the Thomas Nelson Community College Corporate Advisory Board. Robin serves on the ABHES Radiography Programs’ Advisory Board, the Substantive Review Committee, and the Distance Education Committee. Dr. Nelhuebel holds a PhD in Education – Leadership in Higher Ed., a Master of Education – Adult Education, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree in addition to graduating from Riverside School of Professional Nursing and Norfolk General School of Radiologic Technology.
Donna PayneAppointed Seat – Distance Education Specialist: Senior Director, Online Academics, Ancora Education
St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Payne began her distance education career in 1998 and over the years has helped to establish several distance education programs at colleges and universities. She has been responsible for providing corporate leadership in the development and implementation of new distance education programs and distance education compliance. Her background also includes significant experience in distance education instructional systems design, curriculum development, and professional development. Dr. Payne has a PhD from Colorado State University in Vocational Education and currently serves as the Sr. Director for Online Academics for Ancora Education.
Rafael Ramírez-RiveraAppointed Seat – Public Member: Chancellor of Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Ramírez-Rivera is the Chancellor of Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus and founder of the Academia Interamericana de Arecibo, a PP-K to 12 grade school. In 1984 he began his professional career as an Academic Dean at Caguas City College and then at Inter American University of P.R – Guayama Campus. Ramírez-Rivera was the president and CEO of three institutions of higher education: Humacao Community College, Columbia College and Huertas Junior College. He was Director of License and Accreditation of the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education and President of CSI, a consulting and management firm. Served three terms as a Commissioner for the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools in Washington, DC and has participated in more than 100 institutional reviews for several accrediting commissions in the USA, South America and Europe. Constantly, serves on several Ad-Hoc committees, task force, and community based organizations in P.R., Caribbean Islands, United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, to address themes in leadership, economics, business planning and strategies, merges and acquisitions of business and organizational culture and climate. Presently, Ramírez-Rivera is a member of the Board of Trustees of the College Board, New York. He holds his Doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Master in Arts and Bachelor in Arts in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Has participated and studied in several management schools in P.R. and the United States.
Ravi RathnamAppointed Seat – Higher Education Specialist: Associate Dean and Director of the School of Health Sciences, Stratford University
Falls Church, Virginia
Dr. Rathnam has been committed to advancing excellence for students, supporting educators, and improving academic outcomes. He currently serves as the University Director for Health Sciences at Stratford University, Falls Church, Virginia and shares an instructional philosophy of helping students gain skills and confidence, through a competency based, student-centered environment. Dr. Rathnam has served ABHES since 2012 as a program specialist, administrative team lead, distance education evaluator, appeals panelist, and a member of the Standards Review Committee. He has presented his research on “Enhancing Affective Learning Outcomes through the Use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations” and “The Effects of Role Play on Team Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.” He has worked with the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) taskforce to develop legislative recommendations on teach outs, the development of articulation agreements, and cohort default rates. Dr. Rathnam holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).