Since 2014, NEBHE and its three peer regional compacts (WICHE, MHEC and SREB), along with the National Council SARA have played primary leadership roles in developing and implementing SARA. NEBHE has created a Regional Steering Committee that continually assesses the readiness of states to participate in SARA. Per charter, each of New England’s six member states and any affiliate states must be represented on the committee.

Meet our team

Rachael Stachowiak, Associate Director or 617-533-9503

NEBHE SARA Regional Steering Committee
NC-SARA team

Next generation for SARA

NEBHE engages and assists regional leaders in the assessment, development and implementation of sound educational practices and policies of regional significance. SARA is one step forward in the world of state authorization. Continual engagement of thought leadership in the next generation of SARA is key.

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Announcement: NC-SARA Announces Four Board Members and Names New Board Leadership

November 8, 2019

BOULDER, CO – The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) today announced four new board members and a new board chair who will each help support the nonprofit’s work to improve students’ access to quality postsecondary distance education opportunities.

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N-SARA Regional Steering Committee


Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College*

Jane McBride Gates, Provost & Senior VP Academic & Student Affairs, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities


Glenn Cummings, President, University of Southern Maine 

Angel Loredo, Higher Education Specialist, Maine Department of Education


Constantia Papanikolaou, Chief Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

New Hampshire 

R. Yvette Clark, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Southern New Hampshire University

Sara Cowall, Director of State Authorization and Grants, Granite State College

New Jersey

Eric Taylor, Director, Office of Licensure, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

New York

Leslie E. Templeman, Director, Office of College and University Evaluation, New York State Education Department

Rhode Island

Cynthia L. Parker, Vice President, College of Online Education, Johnson & Wales University

Roberta S. Pearlmutter, PhD., Interim Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rhode Island College


William Clements, Vice-President and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Norwich University

Eric Sakai, Dean of Academic Technology, Community College of Vermont (CCV)

Accreditation Representative

Carol Anderson, Vice President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE)

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*denotes Chair

Regional Compact Contacts

Emily Jacobson, Associate Director, M-SARA
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 450
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612.677.2771 | Emily Jacobson
Wanda Barker, Director, S-SARA
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
592 10th Street N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-5776
404.879.5558 |Wanda Barker


Christina Sedney, Director of Policy Initiatives and State Authorization
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
3005 W. Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, CO 80301
303.541.0238 | Christina Sedney


3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Lori Williams, President & CEO
303.848-3283 | Lori Williams
Mary Agnes Larson, M.Ed., Associate Director for Student and Institution Support
303.848.3288 | Mary Agnes Larson 
Marianne Boeke, Ph.D., Associate Director for Policy Research and State Support
(303) 242-5037 | Marianne Boeke 
Jeannie Yockey-Fine, Associate Director for Regulatory Relations and Policy Support
303.848.3275 | Jeannie Yockey-Fine