Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Horace Tabor
Shari Miller became immersed in state authorization over two years ago. She currently is a member of the Arizona SARA Council (Arizona’s portal agency) and a SAN Mentor for new institutions learning about state authorization. Prior to serving in the compliance position, she was the student legal counsel for NAU and practiced health care and pharmacy regulatory law (including professional licensure) for two boutique health law firms. She still maintains her pharmacy technician certification.
Sharyl Thompson is the founder of Higher Education Regulatory (HER) Consulting with over thirteen years’ experience in state authorization, accreditation, and regulatory affairs. She has deep knowledge and understanding of the scope and complexity of state authorization across the United States. Thompson has led and participated in numerous national and regional conference presentations, webinars, and workshops. She was a member of the original drafting team for SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) sponsored by the President’s Forum and Council on State Governments. Sharyl is a former member of the WCET Steering Committee.
Jeannie Yockey-Fine joined the Higher Education Practice of Dow Lohnes (Dow Lohnes merged with Cooley LLP in 2014) as senior manager, State Regulatory Services in 2011. Yockey-Fine works with attorneys and other professionals in the firm’s Higher Education Practice to provide client institutions and organizations with assistance and guidance related to state authorization and regulation of higher education institutions as well as state-level professional licensure. Before joining Dow Lohnes, Yockey-Fine served as Licensure Manager and Educational Policy Analyst at the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education, reporting directly to the Executive Director. In that role she was responsible for overseeing compliance with Florida rules governing private postsecondary institutions as well as monitoring trends affecting postsecondary education in states around the country.
Cheryl Dowd is the new State Authorization Network project director. Dowd worked at Sinclair Community College from 2012 – 2015 managing state authorization complexities as they related to Sinclair’s out of state activities as well as working on one of the student completion initiatives, Connect 4 Completion. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond in Virginia, master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University in Virginia.