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2021-22 NASASPS Board of Directors

Lorna Candler

Colorado Department of Higher Education

President

2021 – 2022

Ms. Lorna Candler has been an attorney for over 27 years and has served in various roles which contribute to her passion for seeking justice and improving education. In 2012 Ms. Candler took the position of Director of the Division of Private Occupational Schools and now serves as the Chief Occupational Education Officer of the Colorado Department of Higher Education & Director of the Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS). Previously, Ms. Candler served as an Assistant Colorado Attorney General advising educational and healthcare agencies. Previous roles include practicing as Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools and criminal litigation as a Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from University of Vermont and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Denver College of Law.

This is her second term serving on the NASASPS Board of Directors and first year as President after serving as Vice President the previous year and as a Director from 2017 – 2020.

Cathie (Cam) Maeyaert

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Vice President

2021 – 2022

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.

This is her first term serving as Vice President on the NASASPS Board of Directors. She previously served as a Director from 2016- 2019 and Treasurer from 2019-2021.

Kevin LaMountain

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Treasurer

2021 – 2022

Kevin LaMountain is currently the Executive Director 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 and his first term as Treasurer.

Laura Vieth

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Director

2021 – 2024

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 second term on the NASASPS board.

Sam Loftin

Washington Student Achievement Council

Director

2020 – 2022

Sam Loftin is the Director of Consumer Protection for the Washington Student Achievement Council. In his current role, Sam provides leadership and oversight of state authorization for degree-granting institutions operating in Washington State. He also manages the approval of distance education programs for Washington institutions participating in interstate reciprocity agreements and is responsible for agency efforts related to student loan debt relief. He previously practiced public interest law and has over a decade of experience as a community college instructor and administrative leader. Sam has a B.A. from Louisiana State University, a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and M.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Oregon State University.

This is Sam’s first term of service on the NASASPS Board of Directors.

Betsy Talbot

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Director

2021-2024

Betsy Talbot is Manager of Institutional Registration and Licensing for the Office of Higher Education, the SARA Portal Entity for Minnesota, and the Chair of MHEC’s Regional Compact Committee for SARA. She is responsible for the oversight of postsecondary schools including state authorization and student consumer protections, coordination between members of the triad, policy guidance for postsecondary regulation in Minnesota, and coordination between schools, the community, and students in the event of a school closure. She holds a B.S. from College of Charleston, a Master’s in Education in Post-Secondary Education from Argosy University, and Juris Doctorate from Seattle University.

This is her first term serving on the NASASPS Board of Directors.

John Ware

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools

Director

2021-2023

John Ware has served as Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools since 1997 and is responsible for the oversight and regulation of Ohio’s 230 career colleges and schools. In addition to the Board’s general oversight responsibilities, John is responsible for drafting and implementing Ohio’s rules and regulations governing career colleges including academic standards, admissions standards, and regulations governing the recruitment and solicitation of students.

Prior to joining the Board of Career Colleges and Schools, John served as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General for education, providing legal counsel to numerous state education agencies including the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education. While serving as an Assistant Attorney General, John was responsible for the implementation and prosecution of administrative enforcement actions against state licensed teachers, private elementary and secondary schools, as well as licensed career colleges. John received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University. John is also active on many state and national education organizations and previously served as President of NASASPS from 2009-2015. This is his first term on the NASASPS Board of Directors since serving as President.

Board Meeting Minutes are available upon request. Please email info@nasasps.org for more information.

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.