The Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools

MSA-CESS accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial, charter, non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, systems of schools, and learning services providers. Historically, MSA-CESS accredited schools only in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia) however, over time membership has grown to include schools in 39 U.S. States and 112 countries around the world.

MSA-CESS is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and works with volunteers across the country and around the world to support school improvement through accreditation.

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The Commissions

The work of MSA-CESS is overseen by two governing bodies, the Commission on Elementary Schools and the Commission on Secondary Schools. The Commissions are made up of educational leaders from across our region, representative of our membership in terms of geography and type of educational institution. Commissioners serve three year terms and are elected by a ballot sent to the full MSA-CESS membership. Commissioners meet twice a year in Philadelphia, where MSA-CESS is headquartered, to review each accreditation report, and review the organization’s finances, policies, and strategic plan.
Both Commissions build on the rich history of the Middle States Association by working to improve the quality of education in the region and around the world.

Members of the Commission on Elementary Schools

Commission Chair
Clay J. Petry
Executive Director
National Council for Private School Accreditation
Seattle, WA

Carol Aversa
Accreditation Director
Colorado Springs, CO

Ted Beal
Executive Vice President
AXA Advisors
Edison, NJ

William (Bill) Crist
Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
Oswego, NY

John J. D’Adamo
Head of Middle & Upper School
York Country Day School
York, PA

Bro. Tyrone A. Davis, C.F.C., J.D
Executive Director
The Cultural Diversity Apostolate
Archdiocese of New York
New York, NY

Louis P. De Angelo, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Wilmington
Wilmington, DE

Carol A. DeFuria
President & CEO
VHS Learning
Maynard, MA

William Fleming, M.Ed
Interdistrict Public School Choice Program
Bergenfield Public Schools
Bergenfield, NJ

Brian Hayden
Pennsylvania Cyber Charter HS
Beaver, PA

Andrew Hoover
Head of School
The American International School Chennai
Chennai, India

Suzanna Jemsby
Head of School
Washington, International School
Washington, DC

Nabil Michel Kaldas
High School Principal
New Generation International Schools
Cairo, Egypt

Peggy Pelonis, Ed.D., MBA, LFT, P.P.S.
American Community Schools
Athens, Greece

Timothy Purnell, Ed.D.
NEXT for Autism
New York, NY

William Stevens
Executive Director
Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association
Elkins Park, PA

Malika Savoy-Brooks, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Support Officer
School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

John Sturges
Former President and Managing Director
Siebrand-Wilton Associates
Morganville, NJ

Maria Sweeney
Head of Center
LeMan Manhattan Preparatory School
New York, NY

Alexis Torres
Forward Learning
San Juan, PR

Tara Weber
G. Harold Antrim Elementary School
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Members of the Commission on Secondary Schools

Commission Chair
Brian A. Zychowski, Ph.D.
North Brunswick Board of Education
North Brunswick Township Public Schools
North Brunswick, NJ

Ligia Alberto, Ed.D
Director of Assessment, Data Analysis and Alternative Program
Bergenfield Alternative School
Bergenfield, NJ

Jennifer Beckwith, Ph.D.
American United School of Kuwait

John Coble
Saint Francis Academy
Reading, PA

Ron Davis, Ed.D.
Asst Superintendent
Mount Lebanon School District
Pittsburgh, PA

Stephanie Morgan Davis, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Olney, MD

Jim Evans, Esq.
Barclay Damon, LLP
Syracuse, NY

Jay Fund
Hunter Business School
Massapequa, NY

Sarah Gallagher
Head of School
Marymount International School
Rome, Italy

Christopher Irving, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Teaneck Public Schools
Teaneck, NJ

James Kraft, Ph.D.
Administrative Director
The Berks Career and Technology Center
York, PA

Michael D. Kuchar, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
South Bergen Jointure Commission
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Jennifer Mallet
Head of School
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy
Boalsburg, PA

Sister Maureen McDermott, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Secondary Schools
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Springfield, PA

Kevin McNulty
Saint Joseph Regional High School
Montvale, NJ

Frank Preston
President and Director of Education
ACI Medical and Dental School
Eatontown, NJ

Ash Pugh
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Walter D. Reap, Sr.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Daniel Stabile, Ph.D.
College/Academic Counselor
Bishop O’Connell High School
Falls Church, VA

Amy Stella, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
Northern Burlington County Regional School District
Columbus, NJ

Frank Whelan
ASI Career Institute
Blackwood, NJ

Domestic Schools Advisory

Mr. Stephen Adams, M.Ed.
Assistant Principal
Christ the Teacher
Newark, DE

Mr. Chip Antonelli

Rob Arena
Senior Director of Online Programs
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Baltimore, MD

Virginia M. Burnett
Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas
San Juan, PR

Lisa Campisi
Director of Accreditation, Corporate Sponsor Liaison
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Budd Lake, NJ

Sr. Catherine A. Clark
Saint Barnabas School
Philadelphia, PA

Chuck Copt
Director of Education
Hunter Business School
Medford, NY

David Cosme
Director of Student Achievement
Renaissance Academy Charter School
Phoenixville, PA

Stephen Dicicco
Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School
Levittown, PA

Christine L. Garrido, MS
Special Education Teacher
Lenape Regional High School District
Medford, NJ

Mariesa Grado
Supervisor of Personnel Development
The Deron School of NJ
Union, NJ

Rodrick Green
Director of Partnership Development
Ideal Institute of Technology
Mays Landing, NJ

Phillip Harris
Work Based Education Coordinator
Berks Career & Technical School
Berks, PA

Mrs. Rita Hernandez
Head of School
Academia Maria Reina
Puerto Rico

Dr. Helen Hoffner
Holy Family University
Philadelphia, PA

Charles Keller, IV
Instructional Coach K-12
Renaissance Academy Charter School
Phoenixville, PA

Suzanne Kraai
Director of Enrollment
Eastern Christian School
North Haledon, NJ

Catherine Mayher
English Dept. Coordinator
Cherokee High School
Medford, NJ

Sherman Mcleod
President & CEO
Philadelphia Technician Training
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Michael Murphy
Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Lebanon School District
Lebanon, PA

Emily Parsons
Director of Community Engagement and History Faculty Member
Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA

Tracey Pritchard
Head of School
The Christian Academy
Brookhaven, PA

Frank Radzievich
Retired-English Teacher/Adjunct Professor
Schuylkill Area High School/Nova Southeastern University
Drums, PA

Ms. Viviam Salib
Head of School
Saint Francis School
Puerto Rico

Martha Serretta
Chief Operations Officer
Prestans Online Academy
Lyme, Connecticut

Niambi Stewart
Performance Specialist – Alternative and High Schools
Prince George’s County Public High Schools
Upper Marlboro, MD

John Student
ELA Teacher
Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School
Drexel Hill, PA

Michelle Tuorto-Collins
Asst. Headmaster for Academics
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School
Newark, NJ

George Vosburgh
Educational Consultant
Strafford, PA

Jennifer Whelan
Business Manager
ASI Career Institute LLC
Turnersville, NJ

Ms. Gloria Zakers
Co-Director of International Academy
Virgin Islands Montessori & International Academy
US Virgin Islands

Nicole Zernick
Career & Technical Education Coordinator
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
Altoona, PA

International Schools Advisory

Dr. Kapono Ciotti
American International School in Egypt

Ms. Debbie Downes
Accreditation & Child Protection Lead
Quality Schools International

Mr. Michael Emborsky
American Community School of Tunis

Dr. Roxanne Giampapa
Pinewood American International School

Dr. Michelle Kleiss
Head of School
Overseas School of Colombo
Sri Lanka

Mr. Larry McIlvain
American Community School Amman

Dr. Jeremy Moore
American International School of Johannesburg
South Africa

Mr. Nicolaas Mostert
Head of School
Carol Morgan School
Dominican Republic

Ms. Michelle Phillip-Mitchell
Ross Preparatory School
St. Kitts & Nevis

Ms. Sarah Putman
Head of School
The American School of Tangier

Dr. Michelle Remington
The KAUST School
Saudi Arabia

Mr. Michael L. Smith
American School of Valencia

Mr. Jeff Trudeau
International School of Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso