Onsite Evaluation Team
The onsite evaluation team generally consists of two assessors assigned to evaluate the program(s) seeking accreditation.
One assessor brings years of experience as an instructor in the specific discipline for which accreditation is being sought. Their background as an instructor equips them with a deep
understanding of the subject matter, curriculum, instructional methods, and industry standards within the discipline.
The other assessor has significant experience as a school administrator. Their background in educational administration provides valuable insight into the administrative aspects of the program,
including governance, policies, resources, and overall program management.
The onsite assessors are seasoned professionals who possess the necessary knowledge, training, and experience to conduct a thorough evaluation of every aspect of the program(s) under consideration
for accreditation. Their combined expertise enables them to comprehensively assess the program's adherence to accreditation standards, curriculum effectiveness, instructional quality, administrative
practices, and overall program quality.
Steven Allen, M.Ed. LEED AP
Mr. Allen has over forty years of experience in the HVACR industry.
He has a Masters' Degree in Education with a Certificate in Instructional Technology.
He has worked as a HVACR service technician, instructor, curriculum writer, school director, state director of HVACR apprenticeship,
and Director of Sustainable Technology for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices.
Abigail Carter, Ed.D.
Dr. Carter has over thirty years in career and technical education.
She received her formal training in from the United States Army, Bachelor of Science from Auburn University Montgomery, Master in Business Administration from Brenau University,
Specialist in Education from Liberty University, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
Dr. Carter has worked in career and technical education as an instructor, Dean, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of Academic Affairs.
James Crisp, Ph.D.
Dr. Crisp has been involved in career and technical education at the secondary, post-secondary and state level for over 30 years.
He received his B.S. and Masters’ degree in Trade and Industrial Education at Georgia Southern University and his Ph.D. in Vocational Leadership from Georgia State University.
His teaching experience at the secondary level includes classroom instructor for Construction Trades, Industrial Arts, and Industrial Technology. In addition, Dr. Crisp has
administrative experience as an Instructional Coordinator at Heart of Georgia Technical College, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Griffin Technical College and
State Coordinator for Educational Programs while employed by the Technical College System of Georgia.
Mr. Lupson has been involved in the HVACR industry for over fifty years.
He received his formal training in HVACR, from the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Lupson has served as a technician, contractor, instructor, and key leadership roles with organizations such as the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI),
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), North American Technical Excellence (NATE), and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).
Jay Mullis, M.Ed.
Mr. Mullis has been involved in career and technical education for over 25 years.
He received his AAS in Personnel Administration from the Community College of the Air Force, his B.S. In Human Services from Mercer University and his Masters’ in Education from
the University of Georgia.
Mr. Mullis currently works in Career and Technical Education as a college administrator. He began his career teaching aviation related courses. In 2012, he retired from the
US Air Force Reserve after serving for 33 years.
Eugene Silberstein, M.S., B.E.A.P., CMHE
Mr. Silberstein has over 35 years of experience in the HVACR industry.
He holds a Master of Science in Energy and Environmental Science from the State University of New York, and dual Bachelor degrees. He is a Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE),
and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP).
Mr. Silberstein has worked in education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, having served as an instructor, professor, program coordinator and department chair.
He worked as a field technician, system designer, administrator, consultant and is the author/co-author of several text books.
Dennis G. Soukup, CSME
Mr. Soukup has been involved in the HVACR industry and career and technical education for over forty years.
He received his formal training first in the United States Air Force, then at College of Southern Nevada he received his degree in HVACR technologies.
Mr. Soukup proudly served in the United States Air Force, having served in Vietnam, and finishing his career at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has worked as a contractor,
teacher, program director, and department chair for applied technologies.
Thomas Tebbe, M.Ed., CMHE
Mr. Tebbe has been involved in the HVACR industry for over forty years.
He received his formal training in HVACR, from the United States Air Force and the Jefferson Technical School. He earned his B.S. in Trade and Industrial Education, and Masters'
Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from University of Holy Cross and is a Certified Master HVACR Educator.
Mr. Tebbe has served as a technician, contractor, teacher, school director, and regional director over five colleges for the state of Louisiana.
Louis Vendrell, M.S. CMHE
Mr. Vendrell has been involved in the HVACR industry and career and technical education for over 20 years.
He has AAS in HVACR Service Management from Lincoln Technical Institute, B.S. and Masters’ Degree from Liberty University, and is a Certified Master HVACR Educator.
Mr. Vendrell served multiple roles in his twenty-year career in technical education. Lou has held roles as Instructor, Director of Education, National Director of Education,
and Assistant Vice president for product development for Skilled Trades. Lou now serves as Director and Operations and Education for Universal Technical Institute Orlando Campus.