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AACAP is led by a group of individuals with extensive leadership experience in high school guidance and higher education.

Dr. Joe Sallustio has become one of our nation’s foremost online higher education experts. He has led a broad range of educational institutions including a regionally accredited non-profit university (online), a regionally accredited for-profit university (online), and a nationally accredited for-profit college (online/hybrid), giving him a unique and effective breadth of knowledge in on-ground and online higher education administration. In today’s ever-evolving and competitive online higher education landscape, this diversity of experience is necessary to successfully lead a university into the future. With nearly two decades of experience in higher education operations, Joe has led teams in marketing, enrollment, finance, financial aid, student services, student affairs, human resources, accreditation/Title IV compliance, business-to-businesses relationships, and product strategy for on-ground/hybrid and online universities. Specifically, his extensive experience in scaling marketing and enrollment activities have driven the success of many of the institutions he has served. Joe received his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. He also holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership (Strategic Human Resources Management) from Regis University and a B.S. in Speech Communications from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Dr. Joe Sallustio
Executive Director

Shannon Gormley Secretary / Former Executive Director

Shannon Gormley has the unique combination of experience in high school guidance counseling and for-profit and non-profit higher education. Ms. Gormley has over 17 years of experience in higher education serving as an admissions advisor, student activities director, student advisor, director of admissions, and executive director of graduate recruitment. Shannon has also worked as a director of training providing compliant and effective admissions training and coaching to thousands of admission professionals across the country and in Puerto Rico. After earning her Master’s degree in School Counseling, Shannon worked in secondary education as a school counselor, assisting students in the development of their academic, social, and career pursuits, with a focus on college and career readiness. Ms. Gormley holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling, from Lewis University and is a licensed school counselor. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Carla B. Cheatham, M.Ed, LCPC, NCC, GCDF, is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Governors State University. She received a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Georgia State University, and an Ed.M. in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She has over 25 years of experience in school counseling. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC- IL) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has earned the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential and the Certified School Career Development Advisor (CSCDA) credential. Ms. Cheatham’s areas of experience include Academic, Career, and Social/Emotional School Counseling, Advocacy and Social Justice, Cultural Competency, Multiculturalism, Inclusion, Diversity and Antiracist School Counseling. She has presented nationally on topics regarding antiracist school counseling, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues for school counseling. She is the immediate past president for the Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling (IAMC).

Carla B. Cheatham
Executive Committee

Dr. Jean Norris
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Norris is an awarding-winning author and speaker advocating for the college admissions profession. In her 30+ years in higher education, Jean served in the role of admissions representative, dean of admissions, faculty member, academic dean, vice president of marketing, vice president of enrollment management, and vice president of organizational development.

Currently Jean is a managing partner at Norton|Norris, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in mystery shopping and faculty/staff training.

Jean began her own educational pursuit in a 10-month medical assisting diploma program and went on to earn a B.A. in Management from National Louis University; a M.A. in Communication and Training from Governor’s State University and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. Jean is also a Licensed Master Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner.

Dr. Norris is the founder and Chairman of the Board for AACAP and also serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Illinois (JDRF).

Dr. Opperman has over 16 years of experience as a senior administrator at institutions of higher education, and her specialty is admissions and enrollment. She is currently the Associate Vice President of Admissions at Presidio Graduate School, and prior to that served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment at California University of Management & Sciences. Dr. Opperman also spent three years as an admissions consultant, supporting admissions departments and campus leaders at colleges and universities throughout the United States. She has a passion for making higher ed more accessible to folks from all walks of life, and she enjoys helping people achieve their dreams through education. Her thought leadership has been published by Forbes, Career Education Review, and The STEAM Journal. She has also provided live training and continuing education for organizations such as EDUCAUSE, OLC Innovate, CECU and institutions that include San Diego State University, Purdue University, and Education Design Lab. Dr. Opperman earned her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Social Justice from Claremont Graduate University / San Diego State University’s joint doctoral program. She also holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from San Diego State University. Dr. Opperman believes that education has the power to change lives, and that once you learn something, it can never be taken away from you.

Dr. Amanda Opperman
Executive Committee, Credentialing Chair

Bill Ojile
Executive Committee, Legal

Bill is a Partner in the Denver office of Armstrong Teasdale LLP who specializes in resolving difficult legal, policy and compliance issues for highly regulated entities. For the 10 years prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale in 2015, Bill served as the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for Alta Colleges, Inc., a multi-campus private career college. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specialization in Accounting, from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a JD from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Bill serves on several non-profit boards, including: board chairman of The Wayfaring Band, an organization dedicated to creating travel adventures for adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities and neuro-typical leadership fellows and as Treasurer and a board member of Rocky Mountain Human Services, an organization serving residents of the City and County who experience disabilities.

Susan Lange brings a wealth of experience at all levels of business operation and management, from chief financial officer to human resources to start-up funding and budgeting. Susan is a Certified Public Accountant with expertise in a wide variety of financial matters from, tax, financial, and estate-planning for individuals, to small and mid-sized businesses, and charitable organizations. A native of Northwest Indiana, Susan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management (with an accounting emphasis) from Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond and began her career as a tax professional in 2001. She received her CPA designation in 2002.

Susan serves as a board member and treasurer for Camp Manitoqua, a Christian retreat, camp and outdoor education center in Frankfort, a member of her church’s finance team and the Illinois CPA Society.

Susan Lange
Executive Board Member

Dr. KL (Shunda) McGriff
Executive Board Member

Dr. KL (Shunda) McGriff is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has worked as a college counselor for nearly 20 years with low-income, first-generation, and minority student populations. Prior to becoming a counselor, she had myriad student affairs positions for both universities and a for-profit/technical institution.

Shunda is passionate about multicultural and social justice topics. Her most recent research has focused on single African American women. Additionally, her areas of specialty include: advocacy, college populations, and college student retention of vulnerable populations (undocumented/DACA and African American males).

Shunda received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arizona. She received her Master of Science in Counseling from Eastern Illinois University and her Doctorate in Counseling and Supervision from Governors State University.

In 2014, Shunda had the honor of being selected as a fellow for the prestigious National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). This award remains one of her greatest achievements.

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Our member schools provide skills-based education opportunities to nontraditional students, particularly veterans, working mothers, and parents, to help them open doors and secure employment in today’s workforce. These schools equip students with the career skills they need to succeed – from allied health and nursing, to mechanics, welding, culinary arts, cosmetology, truck driving, veterinary medicine and beyond!

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