CSPEN 2019 Annual Conference

August 21 – 23, 2019


Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL


Tuesday, August 20th

Golf Tournament – Seven Bridges Golf Course

Bus leaves at 8 am

Tee off at 10 am

Separate registration required


Redshelf Rooftop Event 6 – 9 pm

500 N. Dearborn Ave, Chicago

Sponsored by Redshelf


Wednesday, August 21th

Not Your Typical Career Services Workshop 10 am – 12 pm Burnham

Employer and Alumni Engagement – a 360 Degree Approach

  • Rebecca Marrs-Elgharib, Associate Dean of Career Services, SAE North America
  • Vilondra Fleets, Corporate Career Services Director, Pima Medical Institute
  • Micaela Alpers, President, Education Division, Career TEAM


Accrediting Agency Panel: 1 – 2 pm Burnham

  • ABHES – Amy Rowe, Associate Executive Director and Eileen Brennan, Director of Accreditation
  • ACCET – Dr. Bill Larkin, Executive Director
  • ACICS – Dr. Michele Edwards, President
  • ACCSC – Dr. Michale McComis, Executive Director
  • COE – Gary Puckett, President
  • DEAC – Dr. Leah Matthews , Executive Director


Sponsored Session: 1 – 2 pm – Wright

The Future of Search Engine and Social Network Student Generation

  • Thomas Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Level Agency
  • Forest Baker, Sr. Account,  LinkedIn Marketing Solutions


Welcome:  2:15 – 2:30 pm – Empire Ballroom

Negotiated Rulemaking Panel:  2:30 – 3:30 pm Empire Ballroom

  • Ashley Ann Reich, Full Committee Accreditation & Innovation, Liberty University
  • Dr. Leah Matthews, Distance Education Subcommittee, DEAC
  • Aaron Lacey, Borrower Defense to Repayment & Financial Responsibility, Thompson Coburn
  • Chris DeLuca, Title IX and Borrower Defense to Repayment & Financial Responsibility, DeLuca Law
  • Dr. Michale McComis – Full Committee Accreditation & Innovation, ACCSC
  • Dr. Terry Hartle – Full Committee Accreditation & Innovation
  • Daniel Elkins – Full Committee Accreditation & Innovation


Sponsored Session: 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Wright

Two Guys and Some Solid Marketing Advice

  • Greg Gragg, Chief Executive Officer, Gragg Advertising
  • Darryl Mattox, Chief Operating Officer/President, Gragg Advertising


Break: 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Institutional Compliance Panel:  3:45 – 5:00 pm Empire Ballroom

  • John Carreon, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Concorde Career Colleges
  • Sue Edwards, Chief Compliance Officer, Ultimate Medical Academy
  • Stacie Hendrickson, Chief Operations Officer, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture
  • Kate Osio Ed.D. , Chief Compliance Officer, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Audrey Kaplan (moderator) – Partner, HMBR



Sponsored Session:  3:45 – 4:45 pm – Wright

Cocktail Welcome Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 pm Grand Ballroom


Thursday, August 22nd  

Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 am Grand Ballroom

Opening Keynote: 8:30 – 9:45 am Empire Ballroom

Learning Analytics that Enable Institutional Intelligence – Jenna Olsen, Data Analyst, Western Governors University and Jason Lokkesmoe, AVP, Big Data Analytics Business Development, Pearson

Sponsored by Pearson


Break: 9:45 – 10:15 am Grand Ballroom

Concurrent Sessions: 10:15 – 11:15 am

Burnhum – Changes to Borrower Defense to Repayment: The Impact on the Composite Score Ratio & Financial Responsibility Standards – Michael Wherry, Shareholder/Director, McClintock & Associates & Jonathan Tarnow, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Sullivan – Women in Skilled Trades: Obstacles and Opportunities – Janice Hanna, Director of Education, New Castle School of Trades

Holabird – Adaptive Learning 3.0 & Future of On-line Education – Joel English, Vice President of Operations, Centura College Allied Health and Trades/Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Patrick Weir, CEO, Fulcrum Labs, and Craig Joiner, Creative Director, Fulcrum Labs

Wright – How to Increase the Value of Your Business by 71% – Eileen Keller, Director of Career Services, Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates, Ron Salmon, Founder/Partner, Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates and Roy Croff, Managing Partner, Turtle Creek Financial

Concurrent Sessions: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Burnham – Arbitration: What’s All the Fuss About? – Ben DeGweck, Shareholder, Maynard, Cooper & Gale PC and Tres Cleveland, Shareholder, Maynard, Cooper & Gales PC

Sullivan – TBD

Holabird – Ten Traits of a Highly Effective Instructor – Mike Lanouette, Regional Director, Centura College Allied Health and Trades/Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Wright – How Library Career Databases Assist Students with Gainful Employment – Natasa Hogue, Product Specialist, Library & Information Resource Network

Networking Lunch – 12:30 – 1:45 pm Michael Jordan’s Steak House

General Session: 2 – 3 pm Empire Ballroom

Top 10 Effective Ways to Convince Your State Regulator Your School Belongs In Their State – Paul Shuler, Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Break: 3 – 3:30 pm Grand Ballroom

Concurrent Sessions: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Burnham – Higher Education – How High? ; Understanding the Parameters of Marijuana Possession – Yolanda Gallegos, Gallegos Legal Group

Sullivan – The Latest on State Authorization – Nick Michiels, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC  & Dan Brozovic, Associate, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Holabird – Why Your Front Line is Crucial to the Bottom Line: Developing Front Line Leaders – Haydn Shaw, Founder, People Driven Results

Sponsored by Franklin Covey


Wright – Inclusive Access: Why Day One Access to Course Materials is So Important – Bruce Schneider, VP of Business Engineering, Ambassador Education Solutions

Concurrent Sessions: 4:45 – 5:45 pm

Burnham – Marketing Panel – TBD

Sullivan – What Owners/Management Need to Know About FSA, Brenda Scherer, National Director of Student Financial Aid, CliftonLarsonAllen and Jeff Aalbers, Director, Higher Education, CliftonLarsonAllen

Holabird – How to Keep Your Campus Academic Operations 100% Compliant, Dr. George Mikluscak, Director of Academic Compliance and Support, West Virginia Junior College

Wright – Apply Effective Learning Techniques: Ed Tech that Really Works -Eric Evans, President – Bryan University and Jake Watkins, Instructional Designer – Bryan University

Cocktail reception: 5:45 – 7:30 pm Grand Ballroom


Friday, August 23rd

Breakfast: 7 – 8 am Grand Ballroom

Keynote General Session:8 – 9 am Empire Ballroom

How to Survive and Thrive in the Current Higher Education Contraction

Dr. Wallace Pond, Educator and Higher Education Trainer

Break: 9 – 9:30 am Grand Ballroom

Concurrent Sessions: 9:30 – 10:30 am

Burnham – Cutting Edge Human Resources Strategies for Managing Through Challenging Times – Jim Tolbert, CEO, Vista College

Sullivan – Cash Management: Understanding the Requirements and Impact of Including All Essentials In Your Enrollment Agreement, Sally Samuels, Director of Compliance, FAME

Holabird – Accounts Receivables Management & Responsibilities: Orientation and Beyond Graduation – Bill Benham, CFO and Managing Partner, JBB Education Partners  

Wright – How to Rework Lean Management Process for Manufacturing for Enrollment Management, Gregg Meilkejohn, Co-founder, Enrollment Resources

Keynote Closing: 10:45 – 11:45 am Empire Ballroom

Sponsored Workshops:  Noon – 2 pm Sullivan

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