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Credential Engine Board of Directors
President and CEO
American National Standards Institute
Joe Bhatia has served as president and chief executive officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) since 2006. Previously he held the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer of the international group at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). His areas of responsibility included engineering, governmental and congressional liaisons, external affairs, follow-up (certification) services and direction of UL’s $300+ million international operations.
In 2013, Bhatia was elected to serve as president for the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT); he previously served as COPANT vice president for four years. He also serves as vice chairman of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC 16), a joint program of the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative.
A member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Council and its Standing Committee on Strategies, Bhatia also holds a seat on the Oakton Community College Education Foundation Board and recently retired as a member of the National Fire Protection Association Board of Directors. In addition to numerous professional affiliations, Bhatia is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and around the world on topics such as international trade, technical developments, commercial market access, and health, safety, and environmental concerns. Bhatia holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in business management.
Rio Salado College
Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., has served as president of Rio Salado College since 2010. Rio Salado is the largest of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The college serves nearly 56,500 students annually with nearly 29,000 students online.
Bustamante previously served as the college’s interim president, vice president of community development and student services, and dean of academic affairs. He also served in senior level government affairs positions for the Maricopa County Community College District, as assistant to the superintendent for community and government relations for the Phoenix Union High School District and as legislative aide in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Bustamante is a well-known advocate for increasing access to higher education and degree completion, and for forging transformational partnerships with business, government, and other educational providers. He serves on many national and state boards. For a full list of Dr. Bustamante’s board associations, please click here.
Research Professor and Director
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Anthony Carnevale, Ph.D., has served as research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce since the Center was created in 2008. Previously, he served as Vice President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
While at ETS, Carnevale was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education. Before joining ETS, Carnevale was Director of Human Resource and Employment Studies at the Committee for Economic Development (CED). While at CED, President Clinton appointed him to Chair the National Commission on Employment Policy. Carnevale was the founder and President of the Institute for Workplace Learning (IWL) between 1983-1993, working directly with consortia of private companies to develop high performance work systems and more effective work and training systems. While at the IWL, Carnevale was appointed by President Reagan to chair the human resources subcommittee on the White House Commission on Productivity.
Prior to founding IWL, Carnevale also served as Director of Political and Government Affairs for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union in the AFL- CIO. He has also served a senior staff member in both houses of the U.S. Congress (Majority Staff Director on the Public Financing Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Government Operations, senior economist for the Senate Democratic Leadership Council).
In 1993, President Clinton appointed Carnevale as chairman of the National Commission for Employment Policy, and in l994, Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown appointed Carnevale to the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2013, Carnevale received the Truman award from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Morris T. Keeton Adult and Experiential Learning Award by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Carnevale received his B.A. from Colby College and Ph.D. in public finance economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Barbara Gellman-Danley, Treasurer
Higher Learning Commission
Barbara Gellman-Danley, Ph.D., assumed the presidency of the Higher Learning Commission in 2014. Previously, Gellman-Danley was the president of University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, vice chancellor at the Ohio Board of Regents, president at Antioch University McGregor, vice president at Monroe Community College, and vice chancellor at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Her past involvement with the Higher Learning Commission includes serving as a peer reviewer for 10 years.
Gellman-Danley has served on several boards and commissions, including the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Council of Presidents, the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on Education and Attainment, the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) board, and the ETS National Community College Council. As president at two institutions, she served on the boards of local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups. Gellman-Danley has consulted at over 30 institutions on strategic planning, the role of technology in higher education, distance learning and related topics.
Gellman-Danley holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, a Master of Library Science from Simmons College, a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. She also did post-graduate work at New York University and earned continuing education from Cornell University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. Gellman-Danley earned her credential as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) in 2016, as well as certification as an Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner (assessment tool). Combined with her doctoral training in communication, her focus is executive coaching.
President and CEO
Goodwill Industries International
Jim Gibbons is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Prior to Goodwill®, Gibbons served as the president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind as well as Campus Wide Access Solutions, a division of AT&T.
Gibbons earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a Harvard MBA. Gibbons has received several awards and recognitions for his work, including being recognized by The Non Profit Times among their 2014 Power & Influence Top 50, the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue University, the 2010 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged and the 2010 SmartCEO EcoCEO award for organizational commitment to the environment. Gibbons recently served a two-year term on the White House Council for Community Solutions as appointed by President Obama. Gibbons writes for the The Huffington Post and tweets from @jdgibbons.
Liberty Munson, PhD, is the Principal Psychometrician for Microsoft’s Worldwide Learning Team’s technical certification, assessment, and curriculum programs. She is responsible for ensuring that psychometric standards are rigorously applied during all phases of the assessment and exam lifecycle and that the design and implementation of these programs result in valid and reliable assessments of candidate skills. She works closely with her team to design, develop, and evaluate innovative item types, design new delivery and development methodologies, implement strategic processes to proactively address piracy issues, and ensure the quality of the skills validation content from a psychometric and candidate perspective.
Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked at Boeing where she developed a wide variety of selection tests, including multiple-choice exams, team-based exercises, problem-solving activities, and structured interviews; she also assisted with the development and analysis of Boeing’s internal certification exams and acted as a co-project manager overseeing development, administration, and analysis of Boeing’s Employee Survey.
She received her BS in Psychology from Iowa State University and her MA and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with minors in Quantitative Psychology and Human Resource Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Eleni Papadakis, Chair
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Eleni Papadakis has served as the executive director of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board in Washington State since 2007.
Prior to this, Papadakis was the vice president for planning and advancement with the Commonwealth Corporation in Boston, where she also served as the vice president and director for the Center for Workforce Innovation and as the director for program services. Papadakis also owned and operated a small business, a restaurant, and entertainment venue in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her career as a therapist, career counselor, and Adult Basic Education instructor. Papadakis earned her B.A. in psychology from Clark University in 1980, and M.A. in counseling psychology from Assumption College in 1982.
Papadakis has served on the boards of a number of local, state, and national organizations dealing with educational access and workforce development. In her local community, she has served on the boards of theatre organizations, community action agencies, voters’ rights, and youth services organizations.
Carol Quillen, Ph.D., has served as the 18th President of Davidson College since 2011. Quillen’s “Transition to Impact” initiatives and her support of student-and-faculty collaborative research allow students to produce new knowledge, whether working with scholars in the classroom or entrepreneurs in the community. She has affirmed Davidson’s commitment to educational excellence by cultivating partnerships that help identify students from all backgrounds whose talents enrich the community and whose leadership as graduates will transform the world.
A respected scholar and accomplished administrator, she arrived at Davidson from Rice University, where she served as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives. Quillen has been tapped to lend her passion and skills to national efforts on college access and affordability. She was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. On the Davidson campus, she emphasizes that equal educational opportunity must be real and meaningful. Through the Davidson Trust, the college practices need-blind admission and meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all students through a combination of grants and campus employment, with no packaged loans.
Quillen serves on the board of directors of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the National Humanities Center. She earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with special and general honors, then received a Ph.D. in European history from Princeton University.
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD.
In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).
Before joining the OECD, Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement.” He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Elizabeth Shuler is the current secretary-treasurer/chief financial officer of the AFL-CIO, one of three top-level officers for the federation and the first-ever woman elected to the position. Coming from Portland, Oregon, Shuler has been at the forefront of such progressive labor initiatives as green jobs programs and the fight for workers’ rights for many years, starting as a political activist and an organizer at the local union level.
Prior to her election as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Shuler worked her way up through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), from Local Union 125 in Portland to the executive leadership at the international headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Today, as chief financial officer of the federation, Shuler chairs the AFL-CIO Executive Council Committee on Finance, oversees the federation’s internal operations, and leads the federation’s young worker and women’s initiatives and its repositioning efforts. Secretary-Treasurer Shuler also represents the AFL-CIO on various boards and committees, such as the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the Women’s Committee of the International Trade Union Confederation.