Programmatic Accreditation Team Leaders
The accreditation visiting team consists of two members. One with years of experience as an HVACR instructor, the other with years of experience as a school administrator.
They are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program.
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.
Tom Meyer, DES, CSEM GDP CBCP, QCxp, EBCP
Mr. Meyer has over forty years of experience in the HVACR industry.
He received his formal training in the United States Marine Corp, and Air Force. He has a B.S. in engineering from the Ohio State University.
Mr. Tom Meyer has served as: Director of Technical Programs for the National Environmental Balancing Bureau, President of Praxis Green, Executive
Director of the Green Mechanical Council, liaison to the US Green Building Council for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers.
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.
Mr. Murphy has served the HVACR Industry over 45 years and the Accreditation Industry 20 years.
He has a BS in Accounting and Financial Management from Pace University, New York City. He also is NATE certified in 13 specialties and holds a CM from RSES.
A commercial HVACR contractor, specializing in supermarkets, he transitioned to education and then served in leadership positions with several industry trade associations,
including NATE and RSES. He currently serves as a contract assessor for the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) performing assessments for Certified Food Protection (CFP)
and ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity Assessment.
Bruce Nelson, M.Ed., CMHE
Mr. Nelson has been involved in the HVACR industry for over forty years.
He holds a Masters' degree in Technical Education and is a Certified Master HVACR Educator.
Mr. Nelson served as a field technician (residential, multi-family, commercial), and foreman. After transitioning to the classroom,
he served as an HVACR instructor, Department Chair, and state HVACR Chair with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (26 years).
Lem Palmer, CSME
Mr. Palmer has over forty years of experience in the HVACR industry.
AAS in technical education, and B.S. in education from Western Kentucky University. He is a Certified Subject Matter Educator in HVACR.
Mr. Palmer served as a professor of HVACR at Bowling Green Technical College for fifteen years. He has served on the Kentucky HVAC curriculum committee, curriculum
review committee at Bowling Green Technical College, Chairman of the Program Standards for COE (Council on Post-Secondary Education).
Randy Petit, Sr., CMHE
Mr. Petit has over 45 years of experience in the HVACR industry.
He has a certificate in HVACR from Jefferson Technical College, AAS in Applied Science from Louisiana Technical College, and is a Certified Master HVAC Educator.
He spent twenty-three years in HVACR Education, with the Louisiana Technical College System, having served as an instructor, Program Chair for Technology Programs.
Mr. Petit was instrumental in establishing the first successful incumbent worker HVAC training program through Louisiana workforce development and the Department of Labor.
He is the co-author of several HVACR text books.
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.