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Office of the President/CEO

Jeffrey AldermanJeffrey Alderman (, President/CEO, joined ACBSP in February 2015 coming from the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his work at the Chamber, Jeff brings an extensive background in association management including serving as executive director of the Kansas Bar Association, the Camden County (N.J.) Bar Association and was the assistant executive director of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He also served as vice president for Visit Topeka, a destination marketing organization. View Jeffrey's full executive bio.


Vice President of Operations

Nathan EberlineNathan Eberline (, Vice President of Operations, joined ACBSP in May 2018. He previously served as the Associate Legislative Director and Legal Counsel for the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC). His career focus has included public policy, government relations, and municipal law. Nathan holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and a B.A. in English and Political Science from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. View Nathan's full executive bio.



Steve ParscaleSteve Parscale, Ph.D. (, Chief Accreditation Officer, joined ACBSP in 2004. Steve has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. He also has a Master of Science in Management degree and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management degree from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Steve has two associate degrees -- an Associate of Applied Science degree from Butler Community College and an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force. See his executive bio for more information.


Diana HallerudDiana Hallerud (, Associate Director of Accreditation, joined ACBSP in September 2003. Previously, she was a Research Analyst for the Missouri Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (MOICC) for 6 years. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Secretary for Institutional Research at Central Missouri State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Management and Human Relations from Mid-America Nazarene University and a master’s of Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Since joining ACBSP, she has also served as a state Baldrige Examiner for the states of Kansas and Washington as well as serving on numerous ACBSP site visits. 


Cari HunzikerCari Hunziker (, Accreditation Coordinator, joined ACBSP in February 2015. She previously worked as a customer service representative/social media manager for Born and raised in Fort Scott, Kansas, she now lives in Drexel, Missouri with her husband and two elementary age children and is heavily involved in their activities.  She is the Vice President of the Drexel Public School Foundation, which raises funds and helps to provide scholarships and teacher grants for supplies not provided by the district. In her spare time she enjoys running and weight lifting, as well as traveling with family and friends.


Latin American Operations

Wilfredo GiraldoWilfredo Giraldo, Ph.D (, Director of Latin American Operations, joined ACBSP in September 2013, and is based in Lima, Peru. Giraldo studied Industrial Engineering at the National University of Engineering. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Applied Science Peruvian University Business School and a Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance from the Graduated School of San Martin de Porres University, Lima, Peru. See his executive bio for more information.


European Operations

Emil GjorgovEmil Gjorgov, Ph.D. (, Director of European Operations, joined ACBSP in October 2016, and is based in Brussels, Belgium. Emil brings extensive knowledge and practical application attained through national and regional accrediting bodies in the US, including governmental and nongovernmental bodies in Europe. Emil is an experienced international program coordinator, trainer and evaluator in numerous fields of education, with an exceptional ability to implement international standards such as the Bologna Declaration for Higher Education in EHEA, Baldridge Criteria for Quality Standards, European Association for Quality Assurance Standards in Higher Ed.


Chinese Operations

Peng YanPeng Yan (Patty) (, Director of Chinese Operations, joined ACBSP in 2016, and is based in Beijing, China. Patty is a PhD student in Management Philosophy at Beijing Normal University. She also has Master of Philosophy in Molecular biology and BSc in Biology from Beijing Normal University. Patty brings her intelligence and international education working experiences to ACBSP operations within China. Prior to joining ACBSP, she had worked in senior marketing, operations, and business development positions at several academic institutions, including University of Hertfordshire, Kings College, and Northern University Consortium. She is able to adjust herself into different roles as well as aiming to achieve prosperous outcomes.


Member Services

Mary RileyMary Riley (, Director of Administration, joined ACBSP in October 2002. Born and raised in Kansas was previously employed with Coca-Cola Fountain Sales as the Assistant to the Comptroller. Mary is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and will continue with a Human Resources degree.


Melinda DorningMelinda Dorning (, Director of Marketing & Communications, joined ACBSP in October 2008. Melinda has lived in the Kansas City area for 13 years, having come from Birmingham, Ala. where she was born and raised. While in Birmingham, Melinda was public relations coordinator for Eastern Health Systems, Inc. and later public relations director for the American Red Cross, Birmingham-area chapter. She also did freelance work for Southern Living magazine and for AmSouth Bank. She earned a B.A. in mass communications with a specialization in public relations from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1987. She is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


Carmen HayesCarmen Hayes (, Director, Member Services, joined ACBSP as its Member Services Manager in April 2015. She comes to the organization with more than 15 years’ experience in the banking industry as well as work within the non-profit sector. She most recently served as a Client Relationship Manager at UMB Bank. Her educational background is in Bilingual Education and she is presently working on a degree in business administration. She has a passion to serve including involvement in numerous charitable organizations such as Connections to Success/Dress for Success Kansas City. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, spending time with her daughters, traveling with family and friends, and “dinner and a movie” with her husband.


Sherry WilliamsSherry Jean Williams (, Senior Coordinator, Administration, joined ACBSP in October 2004. Previously, she worked as an Executive/Administrative Assistant for HomePride Finance/CIT Group Sales Financing, Inc., for 22 years. Sherry, whose nickname is Peaches, was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She has one brother and five sisters. In her spare time, Sherry enjoys watching movies and hanging out with family and friends.


Giles RafolGiles Rafol (, IT Systems Administrator, joined ACBSP in September 2005 as the Member Services Manager. Giles was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a graduate of the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, with an Associates in Arts degree. His interests lie in web design and development, collaborative web systems, and other emerging technologies. In addition, he's an avid PC gamer, traveler, and self-professed "news junkie."


Danielle HarterDanielle Harter (, Member Services Coordinator, joined ACBSP in April 2017. She is passionate about helping others and most recently worked at The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) as a Donor Services Coordinator. In addition to work within the non-profit sector, she has more than 2 years’ experience in the banking industry having worked as a bank teller at both UMB Bank and Bank of the West. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ACBSP-accredited Park University School of Business. She has volunteered for many charitable organizations over the years, and is currently involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her friends and cat, Nelson.


Hallie WeberHallie Weber (, Accounting Assistant, joined ACBSP in January 2018. She is currently a junior at MidAmerica Nazarene University and is planning to graduate with a B.A. in Accounting next spring. She was born in Ohio and moved with her family to the Kansas City area in 2009. Hallie enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, running, watching baseball, and reading.

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