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Christopher A. Koch


Dr. Christopher A. Koch was appointed as President of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) October 2015.  He served as Illinois State Superintendent of Education from December of 2006 until May of 2015 and served in a variety of administrative capacities at the Illinois Education agency, including Director of Special Education and the states’ Chief Education Officer since 1994.

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Rhea Steele

Chief Operating Officer

I am an adaptive leader and proponent of transparency and creative disruption. I hold project and information management credentials as well as the Certified Association Professional (CAE) designation. I have over 12 years of experience in management, technology, and administration and blend strategic planning, evaluation, process improvement, and project management strategies to uncover and apply innovative business solutions. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Anthropology and a master’s in Museum and Field Studies

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Thanh Tran

Chief Financial Officer

In his role as chief financial officer, Tran is responsible for all aspects of the financial management for the organization, including overseeing the accounting, banking, budgeting, investment, risk management and financial planning and analysis functions.

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