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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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Stevie Chepko

Senior Vice President, Accreditation

Dr. Stevie Chepko has been a teacher educator for over 30 years in addition to her years teaching in the public schools. A hallmark of Stevie’s professional service has been the development of materials that engage practitioners, reflect best practices in the field, and provide guidance on the development of quality assessments. She served as the chair of the task force to revise the Initial Physical Education Teacher Standards, co-chaired the Eastern District Association Guidelines and Assessment project, and served on the SASB of NCATE and the National Curriculum and Standards Guideline Committee. She has served NCATE as a reviewer and auditor.

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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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