Staff

Judith S. Eaton,

Dr. Judith S. Eaton is President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the largest higher education institutional membership organization in the United States. A national advocate and institutional voice for academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. The CHEA International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) provides a forum to address issues related to accreditation and quality assurance around the world.

Prior to her work at CHEA, Dr. Eaton served in leadership positions with university systems, colleges and universities and community colleges. She also has taught at institutions including Columbia University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University and has authored numerous books and articles on higher education and accreditation-related topics. A sought-after speaker on higher education, accreditation and quality assurance, Dr. Eaton addresses several dozen organizations and meetings each year throughout the United States and internationally.

Caroline Chang, Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis, joined CHEA in November 2018. Most recently, she served as Director of Operations in the Washington, DC office of the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Wharton Public Policy. She previously held positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. Department of Education.

Joél Espinoza, Special Assistant to the President, joined CHEA in December 2011. He has served as an executive assistant at companies including Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, Russell Reynolds Associates, Opus8, Inc. and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Previously, he served as Senior Knowledge Analyst, Program Management in the Global Office of Knowledge Management at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Kathleen Ford, Website Manager, joined CHEA in December 2017. She previously was Creative Director of Health Affairs, a nonprofit organization for whom she served in a number of Website management and design capacities for nearly 15 years. She has also worked for organizations including Heath Strategies Network and Kaiser Permanente. 

Jan Friis, Vice President for Government Affairs, joined CHEA in May 2006 from Final Analysis Communication Services, Inc. where he was Vice President of Administration and Director of Government Relations. Jan has served as chief of staff for two former Members of Congress (Mr. Fox of Pennsylvania and Mr. Forbes of New York) and served as district administrator for a third Member, Mr. Schulze of Pennsylvania. Jan has also been in private law practice.

Jasmine Rose, Print and Digital Content Administrator, joined CHEA in February 2019. She previously served as Manager, Digital Content, for the Advanced Medical Technology Association. She also has held digital content and graphics positions at the South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston Public Media and the University of North Texas.

Lori Schroeder, Vice President for Recognition Services, joined CHEA in April 2019. Most recently, she served as Director of Accreditation Services for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Prior to her tenure at CCNE, she served as Associate Director of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and as Director of Accreditation Services for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Earlier in her career, she worked for Goodwill Industries International and was a special education teacher at the secondary level.

Eric Selwyn, Membership and Information Administrator, joined CHEA in May 2011. He previously served as Production Manager for Bulls Eye Marketing, Inc., where he handled day-to-day operations for a data management company. He also has served in administrative positions for the George Mason University School of Management, Washington Gas, First Union and Bank of America.

Tim Willard, Senior Director of Communications, joined CHEA in January 2009. He previously worked at several nonprofit associations.

James Willis, Executive Vice President, joined CHEA in April 2019. He previously served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Discovery Learning Alliance. He has held financial leadership positions at the New America Foundation, the American International Health Alliance and the Academy for Educational Development, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania.