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Our Team

NEASC is made up of three Commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students in public, independent, and international schools, districts, and centers around the world. NEASC has a central staff and a global network of thousands of volunteers. Professional staff is available to ensure full participation at all levels ranging from accreditation to educational collaborations that strengthen education.


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Cameron Staples headshot Cameron C. Staples, President/CEO of NEASC since 2011, manages a staff of 40 employees and a volunteer base of over 8000 individuals. As the leader of the organization, Staples develops and implements the Association’s strategic direction, ensures the value and relevance of the NEASC accreditation process, and builds partnerships with education agencies, as well as domestic and foreign government leaders, to strengthen the role of accreditation as a mechanism for educational accountability and institutional improvement. [View profile]

Board of Trustees

NEASC is managed by a Board of Trustees, which oversees the affairs of the Association. The various NEASC Commissions are empowered to manage their own accreditation processes and procedures and apply their standards, once approved by the Association Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Board of Trustees is empowered, upon the recommendation of a Commission, to grant candidacy or initial accreditation and to serve as a mechanism through which institutions may appeal an adverse action regarding their affiliation.

2022 Board Meetings: February 3-4, May 19-20, September 8-9, December 1-2
For more information on the meetings, please contact Kathy Willis at kwillis@neasc.org or 781-425-7706.


Celeste Bowler, Chair 
Assistant Superintendent
East Providence Public Schools
East Providence, RI

Theodore N. Scontras, Immediate Past Chair
Saco, ME

Gregory B. Myers, Treasurer
Millbury Public Schools
Millbury, MA

Elizabeth W. Huergo, Secretary
General Director
American Institute of Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico 

Commission Chairs

Independent Schools

Angela Pohlen
Executive Director
Catholic Academy of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT

International Education

Howard Thiery
Superintendent, Regional School District 10
Burlington, CT

Public Schools

Sharon Cournoyer
Superintendent, Regional School District #19
Storrs, CT


Independent Schools

Thomas E. Hassan
President, School Year Abroad
North Andover, MA

International Education

Paul M. Fochtman
Head of School
Frankfurt International School
Oberursel/Wiesbaden, Germany 

Christine L. McGrath
Director of Operations
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Gloucester, MA

Public Schools

Robert N. Baldwin
Executive Director
Franklin, MA

Kevin McCaskill
Executive Director
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Hyde Park, MA 

Public Members


James W. Abrams
Judge, Connecticut Superior Court
Meriden, CT


Laura G. Warner
Vice President, Business Banking Officer
Biddeford Savings Bank
Biddeford, ME


Paul Daigle
North Falmouth, MA


To be announced 


To be announced 


Eileen M. Illuzzi
Newport, Vermont

NEASC Commissions

NEASC is made up of three commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students in public, independent, and international schools, districts, and centers around the world.

Independent Schools

The NEASC Commission on Independent Schools (NEASC-CIS) is made up of school heads, senior administrators and public members. Members are selected for three-year terms (renewable once) at the December annual meeting of delegates. In drawing up a slate, the Commission reviews nominations submitted by heads of school, and takes into consideration such factors as the balance between elementary and secondary schools, representation of all six states, and a mix of types of school – single sex and coed, boarding and day, religious and secular, large and small, etc. – that reflects the membership. 


  • Oversee the accreditation process, policies and procedures 
  • Recommend changes in Standards to the Board of NEASC 
  • Receive reports from visiting teams and from schools throughout the decennial cycle 
  • Decide on accreditation status of schools; for example:
    • Initial or Continued Accreditation
    • Tabling of Initial Accreditation
    • Continued Accreditation on Warning 
    • Probation Recommendation to Drop from Membership (if terms of Probation are not met)
  • Report to the Board of NEASC concerning candidacy, initial or continued accreditation, or removal from accreditation


  • The Commission typically holds two-day meetings in February, June, and November 
  • Schools are reviewed by one of two committees consisting of both elementary and secondary members 
  • One member reviews the Self-study, financial data and Visiting Team Report and makes a recommendation to the Commission 
  • All Commission members have access to the Visiting Team Report and participate in discussion


International Education

The NEASC Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE) is a 16-member panel of professional educators and one public member selected to represent our diverse membership. Commissioners serve for three-year terms (renewable once).

Using the established NEASC-CIE Standards and Principles, commissioners meet three times a year to review Visiting Team Reports for continued and initial accreditation, along with other reports from school accreditation visits around the world. The Commissioners also assist NEASC in discussing topics of relevance to current and future member schools.

Public Schools

The NEASC Commission on Public Schools (NEASC-CPS) is a panel of 40+ professionals selected to represent our diverse membership from across New England. Individuals on the Commission include school and central office administrators, teachers, and members from the public sector. Commission members are nominated by member school principals or may self-nominate. A nominating subcommittee brings nominations forward for vote by the entire Commission. Any openings on the Commission are made public and announced to the member schools.

Using the Standards for Accreditation, the NEASC-CPS Commissioners meet regularly throughout the year to review accreditation reports submitted by and about member schools, and provide commendations and recommendations specific to each school. This feedback serves as a roadmap for individualized and ongoing school growth and improvement for student learning. In addition, Commissioners determine the accreditation status of each member school.

Commissioners serve on one of the NEASC-CPS Committees which are divided in order to focus on the specific needs of:

  • elementary, middle, and high schools (NEASC-CPEMHS)
  • career and technical schools and centers (NEASC-CTCI)


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