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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Malina Monaco

Senior Vice President, Accreditation

Dr. Monaco is the Vice President of Accreditation at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP). Having served as a site visitor and a lead site visitor on over 13 reviews, Dr. Monaco brings experience to her role ensuring that quality assurance policies, processes and procedures are designed and implemented with consistency and accountability at CAEP. Dr. Monaco has served on the faculty at both Georgia State University and North Carolina State University. Her teaching areas are in quantitative methodology and educational measurement.

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Matt Vanover

Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs

In his role as Director of External Affairs Matt is responsible for overseeing the communications efforts of CAEP and also directing its relationships with the state partners. He joined CAEP in April 2017 and has served previously as Deputy State Superintendent of Education at the Illinois State Board of Education, and held multiple communications leadership positions in Illinois State government. He is also an award winning journalist.

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Tim Finklea

Vice President for Membership Engagement and Board Services

In his role as Special Assistant to the President Tim will proactively engage educator preparation providers to develop resources and strategies to maintain and increase members and to meet current and future business needs.

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