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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:  Jeffrey Suzik, Director of Falk Laboratory School

Sharon Dupree, Head of School, Hope Partnership for Education
Matthew Evans, Head of School, St. Peter's School
Jan Gillespie, Head of School, Janus School
Jay Harvey, Faculty Member, Wyoming Seminary
Eric C. Jones, Head of School, Community Partnership School
Sally Keidel, Head of School, Agnes Irwin School
Carrie Kries, Head of School, Gladwyne Montessori School
Sharon Levin, Head of School, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
Gary J. Niels, Executive Director, PAIS
Amy Nixon, Director of the Middle School, Shady Side Academy
Michael O'Toole, Principal, La Salle College High School
Margaret van Steenwyk, Upper School Director, Shipley School
Michael Toohey, Chief Financial Officer, George School
Lucretia (Lukie) Wells, Director of Accreditation, PAIS
Sister Linda Yankoski, President and CEO, Holy Family Institute

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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