Executive Team

Jerikay Prochaska
Executive Director
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 deep understanding of the education industry through her extensive knowledge of admissions, accreditation and compliance accumulated over a period of two decades of working within the higher education sector.

Tom Netting
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

Michele Ernst – Chair
Term expires 2019

An education professional with over 20 years of experience in higher education serving adult students in an online, residential and blended environment, Dr. Ernst has a 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, and faculty/staff development. Dr. Ernst has devoted her career to helping students reach their educational goals. 


Joel English

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 (ACCSC) for six years, accepting the Chair 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 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 PhD. 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.


Jeanne Herrmann – Director at Large Term expires 2019

Jeanne Herrmann is the chief executive officer for the Broadview Education Consortium, which includes, Broadview University, Broadview Entertainment Arts University, the Institute of Production and Recording and the Minnesota School of Cosmetology.  Previously, she served as the chief operating officer for the Globe Education Network of Schools. In her role, she serves as the strategic leader in advancing career education to the residential and online communities served by this multi-campus organization.  She also continues to provide oversight of all areas of operations and works to improve communication, consistencies in process, outcomes and results, while continually striving to enhance the overall student experience. Ms. Herrmann has worked in the career college sector since 1991. She served as board member, chair-elect and Chair of the Board for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) from 2009-2015.  She is the past chair of the board for the Minnesota Career College Association (MCCA), and remains very active with state legislative efforts. Ms. 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 ACICS evaluator since 1998 as well as having served on the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) State Affairs Coordinating Council, Federal Legislative and Regulatory committees. She has presented nationally on many issues central to the career college sector as well as testified in front of Congress.  She lends her sector knowledge and expertise as a member of the advisory board for the Career Education Review publication. Ms. Herrmann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University and a Master’s in Business Administration conferred through Minnesota School of Business.

Aaron Edwards

Aaron Edwards is the Founder of Edwards Strategies, a higher education company focused on enrollment solutions. Aaron has over 12 years of experience developing high-impact enrollment strategies in marketing, admissions and research. Mr. Edwards has managed multiple aspects of education marketing and student life cycle innovation. His drive and focus for developing and implementing solutions has positioned his clients for long-term, sustainable success.  During his career he has served on boards, committees and counsels dedicated to enhancing the value and direction of higher education.

Tony Palmieri

Tony Palmieri is owner and CEO of Valley College, a 3-location career college in West Virginia that celebrates its 31st anniversary in 2018. Mr. Palmieri purchased Valley College in August 2011. Since then he has expanded and modernized the college with new facilities and programs supported by passionate, caring staff to best serve students and employers in each of its markets.  Prior to acquiring Valley College, Mr. Palmieri was Director of Sales for Campus Management Corporation (CMC) for three years. Before that, he co-founded a college which was later sold to a non-profit institution.  Mr. Palmieri holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in New York.


Alan Hensley 

Alan Hensley is McGraw-Hill Higher Education’s Vice President and National Sales Manager for Private Sector Colleges.  Entering his 30th year working with and within private sector colleges as a former college administrator and school owner, Mr. Hensley spent 17 of those years with McGraw-Hill working with client schools to find solutions for better student outcomes, college profitability, and operational excellence.  Mr. Hensley currently manages a team of over 40 talented individuals serving career colleges for McGraw-Hill.




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