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Commission for Accreditation

Members on the PAIS Commission for Accreditation are appointed from among member accredited schools. For each school evaluation, the Commission considers the Report of the Visiting Committee and makes a recommendation for accreditation to the PAIS Board for ratification.

Commissioners and PAIS Board members often assume additional responsibilities that uphold and strengthen the quality of private academic schools. They may chair visitation committees, assist candidate schools in understanding the PAIS accreditation standards and processes, and at times provide mentoring to schools facing special challenges


Chair: Jeff Suzik, Ph.D., Director, Falk Laboratory School

Nancy Donnelly, Head of School, United Friends School
Matthew Evans, Head of School, St. Peter’s School 
Michael Gary, Head of School, Friends Select School
Jan Gillespie, Head of School, The Janus School
Carolyn Hapeman, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Westtown School
Jay Harvey, Faculty Member, Wyoming Seminary
Eric C. Jones, Head of School, Community Partnership School
Sally Keidel, Head of School. Montgomery School
Sharon Levin, Ed.D., Head of School, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
Gary Niels (2019), Executive Director, PAIS
Amy Nixon (2019), Director of Middle School, Shady Side Academy
Michael O’Toole Principal, La Salle College high School
Margaret van Steenwyk, Upper School Director, The Shipley School
Michael Waylett, Head of School, Linden Hall
Lucretia (Lukie) Wells, Director of Accreditation, PAIS

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) 37 East Germantown Pike, Suite 302 • Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
610-567-2960 • Fax 610-567-2963

PAIS is an equal opportunity employer. PAIS and its member schools comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in admissions and employment.
PAIS is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to accredit private schools in the State of Pennsylvania.
PAIS is nationally recognized through the National Association of Independent Schools Commission on Accreditation.

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