2020-21 NASASPS Board of Directors
Ms. Crystal Puderbaugh is the Director for Academic Affairs with the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR). In her current position, she provides leadership to the private and out of state postsecondary education (PPS) division of KBOR, a fee-funded unit responsible for the oversight and approval process for any private or out-of-state postsecondary education institution wishing to operate within the state of Kansas. Ms. Puderbaugh’s responsibilities also include the management of the division budget and analysis of operating activities to ensure the division operational goals are met. She is a graduate of Washburn University, Friends University and is currently in the dissertation phase of the Doctorate of Educational Administration program at Kansas State University. Ms. Puderbaugh has served on the NASASPS Board of Directors previously in the following roles:
President 2019 – present, Vice President 2018 – 2019, Treasurer 2017-2018, Director 2015-2017
Ms. Lorna Candler is the Director of the Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) with the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Ms. Candler has been an attorney for over 20 years and has served the state in various roles; most recently as an Assistant Colorado Attorney General advising DPOS (and other educational and healthcare agencies) and for the past six years has directed the Board & Division of Private Occupational Schools who oversee the state authorization of both for-profit and non-profit private occupational education (both degree and certificate programs that are two years or less). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Vermont and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Denver College of Law.
This is her second term serving as Vice President on the NASASPS Board of Directors. She previously served as a Director from 2017 – 2019.
Ms. Cathie Maeyaert is the Director of Private Postsecondary Institutions with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Ms. Maeyaert has worked for the Coordinating Board since 2012, primarily overseeing authorization of private postsecondary educational institutions operating in Texas. Prior to that, she worked in the areas of compliance, accreditation, and licensing for a private for-profit multi-state educational system. Ms. Maeyaert has been an adjunct instructor at both a for-profit college and a non-profit private university. Throughout her career, Ms. Maeyaert has served on boards of directors for various non-profit charitable organizations. In a previous life, Cathie practiced intellectual property and employment law and developed continuing legal education seminars. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University and a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Ms. Maeyaert joined the Board as a Director in 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer.
This is her second term serving as Treasurer on the NASASPS Board of Directors. She previously served as a Director from 2017 – 2019.
Dr. Laura Vieth is the Deputy Director for the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC). She has worked at GNPEC since 2011. Her current work is focused on State Authorization, operations management, and agency process improvement initiatives. She earned a Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia in 2017, completing a dissertation focused on the evaluation of unaccredited postsecondary institutions. Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University in 2010.
This is Laura’s first term on the NASASPS board.
Kevin LaMountain is currently the State Administrator at the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. Prior to Kevin’s position with Arizona, he served in numerous roles in the private postsecondary space for over 30 years. Kevin’s experience in education ranges from service roles in career services, student services, and financial aid through Dean of Student Affairs and culminating in a Divisional President position for a large postsecondary institution. Kevin has dedicated his career to serving those individuals who seek to reach their goals through higher education. A graduate of Northern Arizona University’s educational leadership program, Kevin has dedicated his career to serving those individuals who seek to reach their goals through higher education. He advocates for always doing the “right thing” for students, faculty, and staff in these institutions.
Kevin is also the past president of the Arizona Private School Association and currently serves on the board of Caurus Academy, a small charter school system based in Anthem, Arizona.
This is Kevin’s first term on the NASASPS board.
Prior to Dr. Michael Marion, Jr. arrival to state government, he was the Associate Vice Provost and adjunct professor at Drexel University. He was most recently appointed by the Governor of California Jerry Brown to be the new Bureau Chief of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education. During Dr. Marion’s time with Drexel University he was also appointed by the Governor to the California Student Aid Commission. He is also a facilitator for the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter. As a senior administrator in higher education and government, Dr. Marion’s responsibilities and expertise span a wide-spectrum of areas in education and leadership across an array of professional settings. Not only has Dr. Marion established himself as a leader in higher education, serving students in private and public colleges and universities, but also in the community. Dr. Marion promotes a strong commitment to civic engagement and recruitment and retention initiatives within the region, and has sat on many, committees, boards and commissions throughout his professional career.
This is Dr. Marion’s first term of service on the NASASPS Board of Directors.
Ms. Rhesa Rudolph is the Assistant Executive Director of the Commission for Independent Education with the Florida Department of Education. For the past 20 years, Ms. Rudolph has served the state of Florida as an attorney in various capacities, including her former role as Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Corrections. In addition to her service on the NASASPS Board of Directors, Ms. Rudolph is a member and serves as the general counsel for the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, is former President of the Capital City Duke Alumni Association, former member of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and a current member of the Florida Bar Association.
This is her second term serving on the NASASPS Board of Directors.
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The board of directors generally holds meetings on the third Tuesday of each month via teleconference. Any NASASPS member interested in attending a board meeting should contact the NASASPS president.