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ACCSC Leadership Team

The ACCSC Leadership Team is committed to supporting the Accrediting Commission's strategic vision to enhance the student educational experience and student achievement outcomes through the peer-review process.

Michale S. McComis | Executive Director 
(B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Virginia)

As the Executive Director, Dr. Michale McComis serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Accrediting Commission, managing the day-to-day operation of ACCSC's Arlington, Virginia office, and overseeing the accreditation process for 700 post-secondary institutions.

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Alicia DeMartini
Director of Accreditation

(B.S. Old Dominion University; M.A. Argosy University)

Alicia DeMartini joined the Commission in April 2010 as a Senior Analyst. In her current position as the Director of Accreditation, Alicia is charged with overseeing the operations for the Accreditation Department of ACCSC. This primarily includes the management of the application for accreditation processes, the execution of onā€site evaluations, and all of the reporting and responses the Commission will need as a result.

Prior to joining ACCSC, Alicia worked for eight years at a postsecondary higher education provider working at both the corporate and school level holding various positions in academics and compliance and, prior to that, for two years as a Home/Hospital Teacher for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Alicia earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a Masters of Art in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Argosy University.

Karen Marcinski
Director of Commission Affairs
(M.S., Ed.S., Radford University)

Karen Marcinski has been with ACCSC for 16 years and in her current role as the Director of Commission Affairs, she is responsible for oversight of Commission Actions, Member Services and Events, as well as ACCSC's Petition for Re-recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. Karen is responsible for responses to requests from the Department of Education and other agencies as well as leading the Commission's Standards Committee including drafting policies and ensuring the publication and implementation of new policies and standards.

Karen also provides support for schools in implementation of strategic plans and changes to school operations such as closures, teach-out plans, teach-out agreements and consolidations.

Anne Santalla
Director of Operations

(B.A., Marymount University)

Anne Santalla joined ACCSC in the fall of 2003. As the director of operations, Anne is responsible for the management and oversight of the administrative and fiscal operations of ACCSC. She has more than 18 years of nonprofit management experience and is a member of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Society for Human Resources Management.

Prior to joining the Commission, Anne served as the director of finance and administration for the American Association of University Professors. Anne also previously served as the director of administration and membership for the American Industrial Health Council.