IACET Board of Directors

The IACET Board of Directors provides governance and oversight in furthering the our mission and vision. Board members reflect IACET’s membership and constituent groups. They come from IACET Accredited Providers or hold an individual membership in the association, with a majority elected by the IACET general membership.

The IACET Board of Directors includes IACET Board Officers and not more than fifteen other members. The Chief Executive Officer, Chair of the IACET Council on Standards Development, and the Chair of the IACET Commission serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.

Andrew Kauser Chairman
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021

Delray Beach, FL

Andrew Kauser is the President and CEO of Telemedia, Inc., a privately held international company specializing in workforce technical knowledge and skill development for industrial, government, and educational clients. Telemedia achieved IACET AP status in 2011. Since the company was founded in 1969, Telemedia's products and services have been used at more than 30,000 client sites around the world to train more than 4,000,000 skilled workers. Prior to his current role, Andrew served as the President of Lachesis Solutions, a business-to-business Internet application service provider for the test, survey, and assessment market. In the 1990's, Andrew was involved in the development of the Prudential Training Network awarded the

Kristopher Newbauer Member (Executive Committee)
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021

Rotary International
Evanston, IL

Kristopher Newbauer, EdM, MHRM, SPHR, CPLP, CPT is Chief Human Resources Officer/Head of Global People & Talent at Rotary International, the world's oldest—and one of the largest—humanitarian service club organizations in the world. Mr. Newbauer holds a Masters of Education (EdM) in Global Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM). He holds certificates in human resources from Cornell University, DePaul University, and the American Management Association. Newbauer serves on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Newbauer has a long history of service with IACET.  He was first elected as an IACET Board Member in 2009 and served as IACET President in 2013-2014.  He has served on the ByLaws Committee, the Personnel Committee, and currently chairs the Nominations and Elections Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. In 2018 IACET recognized his valuable contributions, exceptional service, and major leadership to the association by awarding him the Distinguished Service Award.

Paul Cypher Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

CypherWorx, Inc.
Rochester, NY

Paul Cypher is the founder and CEO of CypherWorx. Paul first discovered a love for learning and software programming as a self-described "tech geek" at a young age. In his early teens, he built computers and programmed simple machines by assembling mail-order computer parts. Through his career as a nonprofit executive, Paul managed several projects that included technology and software development, and also managed teams that required annual certifications and training. In 2009, Paul became a true entrepreneur and married his two loves—learning and software—when he founded CypherWorx to provide annual required training to those who need it. CypherWorx provides a unique holistic model for training and professional development. Paul's team of talented professionals provides content and systems to make it easier for organizations to assign, create, and track required training needs. CypherWorx is proud to support universities, K-12 educators, child care providers, cultural and social service agencies, fire and EMS providers, unions, and small business clients that have a need to constantly train their members and employees. This focus allows Paul and the team at CypherWorx to accomplish their goals of making their passion their work, and making a difference in the world.

Jennifer Hofmann Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

InSync Training
Portsmouth, NH

Jennifer Hofmann, virtual classroom and blended learning pioneer, is Founder and President of InSync Training. Her entirely virtual consulting firm specializes in the design and delivery of engaging, innovative, and effective modern blended learning. Under Jennifer’s expert leadership, Inc. 500|5000 named InSync training the?10th?Fastest Growing Education Company in the U.S. in 2013, the?20th?Fastest Growing Education Company in 2014, and to their Inc. 5000 list for four consecutive years. Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network,?Forbes Most Powerful Women Issue, The?NativeAdVantage, and Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses have all recognized her entrepreneurial drive.

Jennifer has written, and contributed to, a number of well-received and highly-regarded books including:?The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live Online Courses, Meetings, and Events,?Live and Online!: Tips, Techniques, and Ready to Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom, and?Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits?with Dr. Nanette Miner. Her latest book, Blended Learning (ATD, 2018), introduces a new instructional design model that addresses the needs of the modern workplace and modern learners.

Jennifer frequently presents in-person and online for leading learning organizations including Training Magazine, The Association for Talent Development (ATD), eLearning Guild, Training Industry, and Training Mag Network. Subscribe to Jennifer’s blog?Getting InSync?and connect with her on?LinkedIn?for new content and timely insight.? 

Paula Horwitz Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

The ARVC Foundation- working as ARVC
Centennial, CO

Paula is the executive director of education and events for the National Association of RV Park and Campgrounds where she leads the development and implementation of online and blended learning opportunities for members of the outdoor hospitality industry.  Paula also serves as the executive director of the ARVC Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit offering educational scholarships to promote growth and learning in the outdoor hospitality industry, as well as Disaster Relief grants to those in the industry impacted by natural disasters.

Passionate about providing opportunity for others to find success, Paula’s work over the past 20 years has focused on providing accessible learning that is immediately applicable and leaves a lasting impact.

Paula earned an M. in Curriculum and Instructional Design from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, as well as an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Denver.  Paula will begin her Doctoral studies in 2020.

David Ortner Member
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022

Self
Brookfield, WI

David Ortner is a learning, organization development, talent management, and human resources professional with over ten years of related experience, including global practice. Currently working for Pentair as an HR Manager, Ortner holds a Master of Education (EdM) in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Ortner previously served as the lead accreditation specialist for Rotary International's Global Headquarters (an IACET accredited provider), where he led professional development activities, including a comprehensive management development certificate program. In addition to his experience working with an IACET accredited provider, Ortner also served on the IACET Board of Directors, IACET Council on Standards Development, IACET Commission, and served on the IACET Communications Taskforce. Previously, Ortner was also an adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern College.

Mark Posada Member
June 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
College Station, TX

Mark Posada serves as Assistant Agency Director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). As part of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX focuses on public safety, security, critical infrastructure and economic growth through workforce training, technical assistance, and emergency response programs which serve over 190,000 individuals a year around the world. Within his role as Assistant Agency Director, Mr. Posada serves as the Director of Strategic and Education Services and is responsible for directing a staff of over twenty individuals dedicated to providing veterans services, student records, educational initiatives, curriculum oversight, international student services, ethics and compliance, export control and legislative affairs.   

Prior to serving as Director of SES, Mark served as Manager for Education and Training Initiatives where he oversaw an $8.5 million curriculum review and revision project which included the overhaul of over 550 training courses. Additionally, his primary responsibilities included acquiring college credit for TEEX developed curriculum through articulation agreements or American Council on Education review, managing continuing education accreditation efforts in a variety of professional fields, and analyzing and reporting agency performance measure data to the state Legislative Budget Board. In 2008, Posada was first selected to serve as a Commissioner for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). He has over 23 years of experience working in curriculum and training development.

Before being appointed Education and Training Initiatives Manager, Mr. Posada served as Training Project Coordinator for the Director's Office within TEEX. As Coordinator, Posada provided operational management support for the development of the agency's capabilities in the areas of training, technical assistance, and technology transfer. Posada also served as a field engineer for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), a consortium comprised of six universities and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce that serves Texas manufacturers with training and technical assistance. Finally, Mr. Posada served as project manager for the Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center, a NASA-sponsored center focused on the delivery of technology commercialization services in a 12 state region. 

Mr. Posada is a graduate of Texas A&M University, earning his Masters of Science in Educational Human Resource Development and his Bachelors of Arts in English. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, a Certified Training Professional (CTP) and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).   

Bryan Wollam Member
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021

Wollam Groups, LLC
Houston, TX

Bryan Wollam is one of the world's most respected professionals in the Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry, known for his unmatched track record of success, desire for winning, partnerships, value propositions for clients, passion to improve the industry and drive to make the world a better place. He is an accomplished professional with broad experience and recognition in operational excellence, quality, reliability, and HSE in multiple industries. He has expertise in leading organizational transformation resulting in profitability and shareholder value. He is also known as a distinguished speaker, effective communicator and trusted advisor to all segments of the petroleum & natural gas industry. In his 24 years in the industry, he served in leadership positions for Halliburton and Weatherford and as CEO for Wollam Groups, working with more than a hundred of the world's most successful oil and gas companies. He supports professional Trade Organizations (API, IADC, IACET, IME) and has worked with US Government Entities (BSEE, OHSA, DHS, EPA, DOT, BATFE) over his career.  

Casandra Blassingame CEO
January 21, 2020 – September 30, 2021

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

Casandra Blassingame, MEd, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  She is a recognized leader in adult and continuing education and has over 20 years of experience in higher education, continuing and professional studies, and workforce development.  Prior to joining IACET as CEO, Casandra was the Vice President of Education Services for the American Gear Manufacturers Association where she led the organization’s effort in achieving and maintaining IACET accreditation.  She has also served as an IACET commissioner, reviewing dozens of applications, and an IACET Board Member.

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