Board of Directors

BROOKS DOHERTY – CHAIR

Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation, Rasmussen University

BIO
Brooks Doherty is Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation at Rasmussen University. He is completing a doctorate in education at St. Mary’s University, earned an MA in literature from University College London, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Political Science and English. His central areas of interest are competency-based education, developmental education, workforce preparedness, the relationship between liberal learning and professional learning, and Irish literature. Prior to his current work, Doherty taught remedial and college-level writing courses for students of varying disciplines.

JENNIFER GRAEBE – VICE CHAIR

Director, Primary and Joint Accreditation, American Nurses Credentialing Center

BIO

Jennifer Graebe has a professional nursing career spanning 22 years and has a wealth of education and clinical experience. Jennifer received her master of nursing in leadership and health systems management from Drexel University, her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Villanova University; and a certificate in healthcare management, accounting and economics from Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer holds the ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certification.

In August 2015, Jennifer joined the American Nurses Enterprise in their subsidiary the American Nurses Credentialing Center as the Senior Operations Manager of Primary and Joint Accreditation. In October of 2017, Jennifer was promoted to the role of Director of Primary and Joint Accreditation. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for the strategic and daily operations of over 450 accredited organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education.

Jennifer is a published column author and has presented at several conferences nationally. Jennifer is adjunct faculty at Capella University in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and is a PhD candidate in education and public health. Before her role at the ANCC, Jennifer has held positions in leadership at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as the Clinical Educator and Clinical Manager in the Emergency Department. While at MGUH, Jennifer was recognized as Nurse Leader of the Year (2014) and Nurse of the Year in Nursing Education (2010). Jennifer also holds instructor certificates in basic and advanced cardiac life support.

Jennifer has experience as a board-certified forensic nurse. Jennifer provided interprofessional continuing education in leadership and human trafficking. Until recently, Jennifer continued to work with patients clinically in the Emergency Department and teach courses on High-Reliability Organizations and Medication Safety.

RAY RICE — TREASURER

President, University of Maine at Presque Isle

BIO
Raymond J. Rice has served as President and Provost at the University of Maine at Presque Isle since July 2016. He has also served UMPI as its Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs as well as the Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Ray arrived in Presque Isle in August 1997 as an Assistant Professor of English; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and Professor in 2006. He has been involved in multiple campus-wide initiatives at Presque Isle towards the implementation of a proficiency based curriculum, the development of an academic learning commons, revisions to the General Education curriculum, and dual-enrollment early college partnerships with Aroostook County high schools. He has co-chaired and/or served on a number of University of Maine System committees, including the General Education Task Force, the Distance Education Task Force, and the Chief Academic Officers of the University of Maine System. Most recently, he coordinated the successful regional accreditation approval process for delivery of competency-based (CBE) degree-completion programs in Business Administration, soon to be expanded into other disciplines. Family members include wife Rachel (who has also worked at UMPI for over a decade) and his children Zachary (21), Naomi (9), and cat Fritz (who we think is 13).

EMMA L. MILLER

Program Chair for Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership, South Texas College

BIO
Dr. Emma L. Miller has been in higher education administration in the state of Texas for over 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Science with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University. Currently, Dr. Miller is the program chair for the Competency-Based Education Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership program at South Texas College. As a researcher, she has focused on mentoring examining how it relates to student retention and attrition and its impact on the institution as well as Competency-Based Education. She has also served as Assistant Dean for the Bachelor Programs. In addition, Dr. Miller began serving as Board Member of the national organization Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) fall 2019.

Jamie Fasteau

Vice President for Policy and Advocacy and the Executive Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy and Practice at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

BIO
Jamie is the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy and the Executive Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy and Practice at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). In that role, she leads policy development and engagement efforts on an equity-focused and practitioner-informed agenda. Previously, she served in numerous leadership positions in education and civil rights policy, including in Congress and philanthropy. Jamie served as Director of Policy, Education at Emerson Collective where she focused on policy development and advocacy for Emerson’s education priorities. Prior to joining Emerson Collective, Jamie served as Director of Education Policy for Congressman George Miller, Senior Democrat, on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, where she oversaw the Committee’s full education agenda. She also served as Legislative Assistant for Senator Patty Murray on education, issues affecting children and families, and civil rights. Jamie is on the Board of SchoolHouse Connection, which seeks to overcome homelessness through education.

Diane M. DeBacker

Assistant Vice Provost for Jayhawk Flex overseeing the program development of competency-based education at the University of Kansas


BIO
Diane M. DeBacker, EdD, serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Jayhawk Flex overseeing the program development of competency-based education at the University of Kansas. Dr. DeBacker began her tenure at the University of Kansas in 2021 when she was named the Founding Director of the Center for Certification and Competency-Based Education, C3Be, a research center within the Achievement and Assessment Institute. She continues to serve in this role in addition to that of Assistant Vice Provost of Jayhawk Flex. Dr. DeBacker’s passion for education has taken her from her first high school classroom in Manhattan, Kansas, to advising the education system in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, to Chief Academic Officer in Seattle Public Schools, to serving as Commissioner of Education for the state of Kansas, and as Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation for the Kansas Department of Commerce. In her 40 plus years in education, DeBacker has provided clarity to complex education issues including state education governance structures, school finance, federal education legislation, education policy, and workforce development and training.

NATALIE JONES

Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice and Innovation at Prolink

BIO
Dr. Natalie Jones serves as Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice and Innovation at Prolink (a nationally recognized workforce solutions company). In this role, she is responsible for the engagement, experience, innovation, and quality for the clinical team. As a board-certified nurse executive and professional development practitioner, Jones is recognized locally and nationally for being a thought leader in workforce development, clinical practice and retention innovation, and best practices. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Jones has held executive leadership roles in nursing operations, workforce planning, and human resources, including talent acquisition, recruiting, and retention. Prior to joining Prolink, Jones served as the system nurse executive for nursing workforce development and academic practice partnerships for Wellstar Health System. Jones earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Georgia State University; a Master of Science in nursing with a focus on healthcare systems management from Loyola University; and a Bachelor of Science in nursing science from South Carolina State University.

STEPHANIE BERNOTEIT – SECRETARY

Executive Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)

BIO
Dr. Stephanie Bernoteit serves as Deputy Director for Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). In this capacity, she oversees the agency’s regulatory work with approximately 400 postsecondary institutions, including public and private universities and private business and vocational schools. Dr. Bernoteit is responsible for the agency’s initiatives to promote postsecondary student success and workforce development. She serves on the Illinois P-20 Council, Illinois Early Learning Council, and the Illinois Attendance Commission and is co-chair of the state’s Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory Committee. Stephanie is currently engaged in work with the Illinois State Board of Education to connect Illinois institutions of higher education to a statewide pilot of competency-based education (CBE) among K-12 school districts. She also leads with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development and the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies a statewide effort to enact a competency-based system of educator preparation, professional development, and credentialing in the field of early childhood education in Illinois. Dr. Bernoteit is co-author of two publications about this effort (Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation and Advancing the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce: A Model College and Career Pathway). Prior to joining IBHE, Stephanie Bernoteit worked at Illinois State University as executive director for alumni relations and co-director of the School of Education’s National Board Resource Center. A National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood from 1996-2016, Stephanie spent several years at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as staff liaison to higher education. She also worked as an early childhood and elementary classroom teacher in the West Des Moines Community School District. Stephanie holds a doctorate in education from Illinois State University, a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in education from Drake University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood from Northwest Missouri State University.

CHRISTINA AMATO

Dean of eLearning, Sinclair College


BIO
Christina Amato is the Dean of eLearning at Sinclair Community College. Christi has dedicated her career at Sinclair to increasing student access, accelerating completion of college credentials, and redefining student experiences utilizing innovative practices in pedagogy and technology. Christi has implemented initiatives related to military student programming, online student case management and retention, and competency-based education, earning awards from the League for Innovation, Department of Labor, and Instructional Technology Council for her work. She is the co-chair of the Ohio CBE Network, a coalition in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and the Inter-University Council. Christi has a bachelor’s degree in English literature, and a master’s degree in public administration. She currently lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.