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

Announcement: NC-SARA Board Nominations

The NC-SARA Board anticipates having several vacancies following its October 2019 meeting; therefore, are soliciting nominations to fill these positions on behalf of the Board.

Members of the Board – a diversified group of higher education leaders – are selected based on their knowledge of the field, ability to work across multiple perspectives, and commitment to the collaborative work and success of SARA and NC-SARA. Board members serve a three-year term, with possible re-election to an additional three-year term. Nominees will be reviewed by the nominating committee, which will then make recommendations for consideration by the Board at its October 2019 meeting.

If you are interested in serving, or would like to nominate someone, please send a letter to NC-SARA, 3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130, Boulder, CO 80301 or by e-mail to To ensure consideration, nominations should be received by Friday, August 2, 2019.

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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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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

Patricia Plummer, Senior Advisor, Office of Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts

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

Owen Donovan, Supervisor, Higher Education Programs, New York State Education Department

Rhode Island

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


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)


Carol Anderson, Vice President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

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*denotes Chair

Regional Compact Contacts


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


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


3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Marshall A. Hill, Ph.D., Executive Director
303.848-3283 | Marshall Hill
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 
Holly Martinez, Accounting Technician and Customer Support Specialist
303.848.3275 | Holly Martinez