Central States Private Education Network
c/o Akerman LLP
750 9th Street, NW, Suite 750
The Victor Building
Washington, DC 20001
Ms. Prochaska is Vice President of Higher Education Relations at TextAim, responsible for leading business development initiatives and the successful management of education clients. Jeri has a passion for the education industry, which is supported by her extensive knowledge of admissions, accreditation and compliance accumulated over a period of over two decades of working within higher education.
Executive Director – Federal Affairs
With more than 20 years of experience, Tom Netting has worked in the public policy arena with specific expertise in issues related to higher education and workforce development, health care, veteran affairs policies and the procurement of federal appropriations. His background and experience have afforded him the opportunity to view the development and implementation of federal higher education and workforce development policy in their entirety.
Board Of Directors
Joel English – Chair
Term expires 2018
Dr. Joel English is the Vice President for Operations of Centura College, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Tidewater Tech, where he supervises all operations over the 20 campuses across the country. Dr. English served as a Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges for six years and the Chair of ACCSC for two years, as well as chairing the Distance Education Committee. In previous positions, Dr. English served as the CEO for the Ohio Centers for Broadcasting, Illinois Centers for Broadcasting, and Miami Media School, a family of schools dedicated to technical education in radio, television, and internet media broadcasting. He also oversaw distance learning and school operations at several campuses as a Regional Director and Executive Director at Centura College, and he was formerly an Assistant Professor of English and Distance Learning at Old Dominion University. Dr. English recently published Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner through Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, as an extension of his dedication to supporting student success within online courses and programs. Dr. English holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University, and an M.A. and B.A. in Technical and Expository Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Gena Wikstrom – Vice Chair
Term expires 2018
Gena Wikstrom served as Executive Director of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation and its predecessor, the Washington Federation of Private Vocational Schools, since November 1, 1988. The Washington association organized in 1969. Idaho was added in early 2006 and Oregon came into the NWCCF late 2006. As Executive Director, Ms. Wikstrom was responsible for managing the Association’s functions and commitment to serve its members. Ms. Wikstrom now serves as a Resource Historian for the NWCCF after nearly 30 years of service.
Michele Ernst – Director at Large
Term expires 2019
Education professional with over 20 years of experience in higher education serving adult students in an online, residential and blended environment. Successful history of managing all functional areas of a college, with specific emphasis in academic affairs, including curriculum development, regulatory affairs and accreditation, student retention, training, faculty and staff development, service learning and faculty development. Excellent in multi-tasking, team building and leading others toward a common goal. Dependable and innovative leader dedicated to helping students reach their educational goals.
Jeanne Herrmann – Director at Large Term expires 2019
Jeanne Herrmann is the chief operating officer for the Globe Education Network of Schools. In her role, she oversees operations and works to improve communication, consistencies in process, outcomes and results, and continually strives to enhance the overall student experience. Herrmann has worked in the proprietary education sector since 1991. She is the past Chair of the Board for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the past chair of the board for the Minnesota Career College Association (MCCA) and remains very active with state and federal legislative efforts. Herrmann is a member of the Minnesota P–20 Partnership, Itasca Project for Workforce and Higher Education Alignment, and the Minnesota Longitudinal Data Study committee. She has been active as an evaluator for ACICS since 1998 as well as served on the Association for Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) State Affairs Coordinating Council and Federal Legislative committee. She has presented nationally on many issues central to the proprietary sector as well as testified in front of Congress. Additionally, she is a member of the advisory board for the Career Education Review publication. Herrmann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University and a Masters in Business Administration conferred through Minnesota School of Business.