AICE Experts are individuals with dozens of years of deep technical experience collaborating with global educational leaders. They have authored thousands of publications, chaired numerous conference sessions, and liaised with leaders in the field of applied comparative education to provide direction to the international educational community. These individuals are routinely relied upon to provide their expertise to ministers of education, diplomatic officials, and global leaders.
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|Alan A. Saidi
Alan Saidi is the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI). He has been involved in the on-going development and enhancement of ACEI’s electronic database on world education systems and credential equivalencies. He holds a BS in Electronics Engineering and has more than 20 years of experience in evaluating international educational credentials. Alan has regularly led training workshops and presented on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international educational credentials at various professional conferences. He is a frequent contributor to the blog “AcademicExchange,” and prepared the recent profile on the education system of the Republic of Korea for NAFSA’s Online Guide to Education Systems from Around the World.
Aleks Morawski joined Foreign Credits in 2013 as Director of Evaluation Services. Originally from Poland, Aleks earned a BA degree from Marquette University and an MA degree from San Diego State University, both in Political Science with emphasis on international and comparative politics. His professional experience includes credential evaluation at private agencies, international undergraduate and graduate admissions and recruitment at major US universities, and training and consulting on various topics in international education. Aleks gained national recognition in NAFSA leadership as the ACE Network Leader and has served on NAFSA Trainer Corps since 2009, training hundreds of international education administrators each year on international academic credential evaluation. Additionally, he has also served on the WAIE (Wisconsin Association of International Educators) leadership team as the Recruitment, Admissions and Preparation representative.
Aleks has authored the NAFSA Online Guide to Education Systems Around the World country profile on Myanmar and consults NAFSA Trainer Corps on credential evaluation training, including his tenure as Workshop Dean of the on the Foundations of Foreign Credential Evaluation curriculum. He is also a regular presenter at local, national, and international professional conferences. Beyond credential evaluation, Aleks co-developed a mentorship program in 2013 and continues to offer advising and leadership to new professionals in international education.
Alex Popovski is the President and Senior Evaluator at Ucredo LLC. He has been working in the field of international education since 2006. Prior to starting a credential evaluation business, Alex held leadership roles at several public and private colleges and universities, most recently as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at Binghamton University (SUNY). Alex has presented at AICE symposia, NAFSA, TAICEP, and AACRAO conferences, credential forums and webinars. He is a contributor to the NAFSA Online Guide to Educational Systems Around the World, and the author of the Macedonia profile in AACRAO EDGE. He wrote a chapter for the 2021 AACRAO publication Bogus Institutions and Documents. He was involved in setting up the TAICEP certificate, a training program for new credential evaluators.
|Barbara B. Glave
Barbara B. Glave began participating in international education when she transferred in 1965 to the Universidad de las Américas, Mexico City, from which she graduated in 1967, with a B.A. in Spanish, with minors in French and Linguistics. At LSU, she earned an M.A. in Spanish and Romance Philology in 1969, plus 24 additional credits in the same fields. From 1972 to 1983, she taught Spanish and English / ESL at the University of Houston – Downtown. In 1982, she passed the ATA Spanish-to-English certification exam. In 1980, she co-founded SpanTran Educational Services, Inc. in Houston; she remained until 2012. In August, 2013, she joined Credential Consultants, Inc., as a Translator, Senior Editor, and Research Adviser.
Barbara is a longtime member of ATA and NAFSA: Association of International Educators; she is a charter member of TAICEP, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals. For four years, she chaired the Membership Committee of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services / NACES. Additional professional service includes: (1.) Admissions Section representative for the NAFSA Region III Team; (2.) member of the Committee on Records Fraud and Abuse of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; (3.) member of the Fraudulent Documentation Committee of the Southeast Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; and (4) two terms on the NAFSA Trainer Corps for Core Education Program workshops in Foreign Educational Credential Analysis.
Barbara has authored/co-authored nine country profiles for the NAFSA Online Guide to Educational Systems Around the World: Albania, Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Sudan. In addition to the accomplishments detailed above, she has over 75 activities as a consultant, panelist, moderator, session presenter, and workshop leader in comparative international education.
Since 1997 Ms. Cotter has provided credential evaluations for individuals, law firms, and employers representing clients from over 140 countries seeking nonimmigrant business-related visas issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The credentials represent secondary school to post-doctoral levels of education and areas of specialization such as engineering, law, and medicine. The CIS, U.S. and State of Georgia Departments of Labor, and institutions of higher education accept her evaluations as authoritative. Ms. Cotter is currently President and CEO of Foreign Credential Evaluations (FCE), Inc. Ms. Cotter had nine years of corporate experience and eight years of teaching and administrative experience in curriculum development at the post-secondary level prior to joining FCE. She regularly attends state, regional, and national conferences dealing with foreign admissions and credentials. She presents at both GAIE (Georgia Association of International Educators) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators conferences and at the NAFSA Summer Admissions Institute. She has been a member of NAFSA and of GAIE since 1999, and was a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers from 1999 to 2009. Ms. Cotter holds an undergraduate degree in German from Wake Forest University (B.A. 1974), an MBA from Georgia State University (1983), and has pursued graduate studies in German at the University of North Dakota.
• 1976 – 1981 Accountant and Credit Manager, AJC International, Inc., Atlanta, GA.
• Presenter, “Review of the Educational Systems of Brazil and Colombia,” NAFSA Region VII Conference, Fall 2004.
|Dale E. Gough
Dale E. Gough has worked in the field of international credential evaluation and admissions for more
From 1974 until 1990 at the University of Maryland, College Park he was in charge of undergraduate and
He has participated in overseas workshops that produced reports on foreign educational systems: the
First established in 1999, SDR Educational Consultants is currently owned and operated by Hany Arafat, who has been working in the field since 2005. Hany Arafat has authored and co-authored highly-referenced research such as country profiles for the Palestinian Territories, the Sudan, Dominican Republic and El Salvador for NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems Around the World, and presented on a variety of topics at professional conferences in the field. Moreover, Hany Arafat has been a major contributor to Credential Connection, a comprehensive proprietary database of comparative education research.
Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert is the founder, President and CEO of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI), incorporated in the State of California since 1994. She was the former Executive Director of the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. She is recognized as an authority on world education systems and is actively engaged in international educational and exchange. She has authored the Country Guide Series Reports on Senegal (2000) and Cameroon and co-authored the 1998 book on the system of education of Hong Kong. She has contributed to PIER Reports on the systems of education of Central America (1987), Canada (1987), and the United Kingdom (1990). She served as Chair of the Admission-Section (ADSEC) Committee of NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors: Association of International Educators) from 1999 to 2001, as Chair of NAFSA’s Region XII Southern District committee from 1995 to 1999, and served on AACRAO’s Publication and Reviews Committee from 1990-1993. She has provided training and made frequent presentations on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international credentials at conferences and symposiums in the United States and abroad. She is frequently called on by US government, academic institutions, state licensing boards, private enterprise as well as institutions and educational ministries abroad for assistance with international academic credentials. Shet completed her secondary education in the United Kingdom, holds the B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. She was the past Board Chair of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc and is currently serving on the Board as President and Treasure. She is also serving on the International Education Standards Council (IESC) for EDGE (Electronic Database on Global Education) of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
|Jodi K. Blecher
Jodi K. Blecher is cofounder of International Evaluation Services (IES), LLC. During her 10-year tenure as Deputy Director of Applications Processing at the City University of New York (CUNY), she supervised the centralized evaluation and admission cycles of both entering freshman and transfer domestic and international undergraduate applicants to CUNY’s 17 campuses. Since 1989, she has served as International Evaluation Services Executive Director of educational evaluations; her responsibilities have included the review and assessment of international educational evaluation requests, verifying accreditation of all international educational institutions as well as reviewing all transfer-credit educational evaluation requests (“course-by-course”) to determine their US equivalencies in terms of semester credit hours at the undergraduate and graduate level.
|Johnny Kent Johnson
Johnny Kent Johnson, Executive Director of the California Office of Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA), and Professor Emeritus and former Director of International Programs at Monterey Peninsula College, has more than 40 years of administrative and teaching experience at both public and private institutions in the US, Malaysia and Aruba.
Mr. Johnson has served on numerous boards of directors and held many professional leadership positions, including AACRAO Vice President for International Education, NAFSA Vice President for Regional Affairs and Vice President on the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) board of directors.
He has also consulted with colleges, universities, government and private sector organizations. Educational research, professional presentations and employment have take Mr. Johnson to 85 countries. And, he has written and/or edited 26 publications and made more than 100 conference presentations in the fields of international education and student affairs.
AERC’s associate director, Mrs. Martha Alvarez, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the evaluation and translation service. With more than two decades of experience in the academic field as well as a firsthand knowledge of numerous languages and foreign educational systems, Mrs. Alvarez is a unique position to oversee the activities our AERC’s team of senior education analysts and international panel of recognized translators. She also enjoys her role as senior client liaison helping candidates gain a deeper understanding of their educational status.
Nancy Katz has over 30 years of experience in international credential evaluation and international admissions. Her background includes working at academic institutions and private, not-for-profit organizations. Nancy’s expertise is the evaluation of all levels of education and higher education majors from educational systems around the world. Nancy is known for her extensive background in authoring and making presentations at national and international conferences, hosting and organizing seminars and workshops on such topics as: Education in South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), The Middle East, Basics of Credential Evaluation and How to Detect Altered and Forged Documents. In addition, she is the co-author of the publication, The Educational System of Thailand (2000) and a frequent contributor to a number of publications on international credential evaluation, including, most recently, the AACRAO Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).
|Nora K. Saidi
Nora Saidi is the Executive Director of A.C.E.I. since 2006. She served as Director of University Placement at ELS Language Center (USA) from 1982 to 2006. She was the founder and President of EDWAM Services in Tehran, Iran (1975-1980) and Director of AFME/AMIDEAST (1963-1975) in Tehran. With business degrees from Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Nora Saidi has over four decades of experience in international education, international student counseling and placement, and has worked closely with U.S. admissions officers and international student advisors in their efforts to effectively recruit and admit foreign student candidates to their institutions.
Ravi Kallur is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Education for Texas A & M Health Science Center at Temple, TX. He was an Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Director of E. Grey Dimond MD Program in International Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He was also the Director of International Student Affairs at UMKC. Ravi holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration and a MPA in health care administration and has 15+ years of experience in international recruitment, admissions, advising, immigration, programming and office administration. He has presented at regional and national meetings of AACRAO and NAFSA on topics of Indian Higher Education to best practices in developing international programs office.
Robert Watkins is Assistant Director of Admissions in the Graduate and International Admissions Center where he has been involved in international admission and credential evaluation for more than 40 years. He is a frequent presenter at AACRAO and NAFSA Conferences and is currently on the AACRAO International Education Standards Council (IESC) which determines credential advice in AACRAO EDGE. Robert has served as a Past Chair of the former Admissions Section (ADSEC) of NAFSA and Vice President for International Education at AACRAO. He served as member and chair of the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials 1992-2000 and chaired the NCAA International Student Records Committee from 2002-2011. He is the recipient of the 1998 NAFSA Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service and the 2015 AACRAO Award for Excellence in International Education.
Dr. Paver was responsible for developing the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) at
Dr. Paver has also held top positions in the major professional organizations in the field, including board
Mario Caruso is the founder and President of International Evaluation Services. He is the former Director of International Educational Evaluations for the admission of undergraduate students at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) seventeen (17) campuses. Since 1990, he has been the Director of Graduate Admissions at one of CUNY’s largest and most prestigious institutions. Over the last 35 years, he has evaluated undergraduate and graduate educational credentials from over 150 countries in the nation’s most ethnically and culturally diverse city. He has also served on various regional and national committees in such not-for-profit national organizations as the National Association for Foreign Student Advisers’ (NAFSA), wRAPUP Newsletter Admissions Research & Resource Committee, and as a Member of the Newsletter Editorial Board, as well as the International Credentials Co-Editor of the IEM Spotlight Newsletter. He has been a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) – International Admissions Committee, and the Baltic East/Central European Assistance Awards Program (BEEP), a scholarship foundation promoted by the United States Information Agency (USIA). He has several publications in international educational equivalencies (NAFSA’s wRAPUp Newsletter, NAFSA’s IEM Spotlight Newsletter, and AACRAO International Educational Handbook), and coauthored a volume on the Hungarian Educational System and its US equivalencies.
During his 35 years in the field of international foreign educational evaluations, he has acquired considerable knowledge and recognition among his peers. He has participated and presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences, including a Fulbright Commission on International Education Exchange.
Mario Caruso holds a BA in History and Italian from St. John’s University, and an MA in History from the University of Connecticut; he has completed his coursework towards his PhD in History at CUNY’s University Graduate Center. Mario’s company is a Charter Member of AICE and was an Endorsed Member from 1998-2020.
|David A. Robinson
David A. Robinson, Ph.D. was President of the Association of International Credential Evaluators.
From 1963-1966, Dr. Robinson served as President of American Studies Press in Lima Peru. From 1967-1973 he was Assistant Dean of Admissions for International Students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA where he developed and implemented the Admissions Policy Manual for International Students. From 1973-1990, Dr. Robinson was the Executive Vice-President at ELS Language Centers, USA.
David A. Robinson held the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Arts in Anthropology from Stanford University and the Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American Studies from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Robinson presented topics on international student admissions at professional conferences. He was appointed as Administrative Director on the 1977 Latin American workshop project sponsored by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and led the research team in Uruguay and Paraguay. He also participated in the 1987 PIER Workshop on Central America and led the research team in Costa Rica.The two afore-mentioned research endeavors culminated in the following publications:
The Admission and Academic Placement of Students from Selected South American Countries:
The Admission and Placement of Students from Central America, A PIER Workshop Report,
Dr. Robinson was a life-time member of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
|George R. Fletcher
President, Globe Language Services, Inc., International Education Evaluation Division, New York, NY 1986- present (responsible for 180,000+ international educational credential evaluations, including work experience/professional opinion analyses);
B.A., Spanish/Russian/Education, Oklahoma University, 1963;
PUBLICATIONS (reverse chronological order):
Beginning Translators Survival Kit (with Susana Greiss, M.A.). Globe Language Services: NY, 2005;
Study/work/research in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela.
|James L. Clegg
From 1981 to the present, Mr. Clegg has been a consultant for applicants, law firms and employers representing clients seeking nonimmigrant business-related visas issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The CIS, U.S. and State of Georgia Departments of Labor, State of Georgia Department of Education, and institutions of higher education accept his evaluations as authoritative. Mr. Clegg currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Foreign Credential Evaluations (FCE), Inc.
• 1964-1967 Foreign Student Advisor, Mercer University.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
• 1964-Present NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Under the guidance of our founder, Dr. John Sheety, AERC’s team of educational experts couple their talents with a strong understanding of the U.S. educational system to assist individuals in their pursuit of higher education or career advancement. In addition to having more than 35 years of experience in foreign credential evaluation, Dr. Sheety possesses a doctorate in Education from Claremont Graduate University and is licensed as a marriage, family and child counselor. Given his tenure within this field, he is a frequent guest lecturer at several educational institutions within the state as well as serving as a consultant for various foreign educational ministries. Most recently he is credited with assembling one of the first instructional manuals aimed at assisting registrars in determining proper placement for Central and Latin American students with a high school education from their respective countries.
Dr. Mike Lisano has been heavily involved in International Education since 1985. From 1985-1998 he served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Auburn University, AL, where he was responsible for all International and domestic student admissions and credential evaluation processes. He has been a member of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators from 1985–to present, as well as a Member of NAFSA: AIE Region VII, Alabama Association of International Educators, and Georgia Association of International Educators. Dr. Lisano was a Member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) from 1985-1998 and the European Association of International Educators from 2000-2008. He served as a Member of the Milwaukee Symposium (1996) as well as a Member of the National Council for the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from 1996-99. He served as a Member of the NAFSA: AIE Trainer Corps and Advanced Trainer Corps, and has made many professional presentations on International Credential Evaluation and International Admissions at many State and Regional conferences. Dr. Lisano has been President of Lisano International since 1993.
|Sandra Dyson Rodríguez
Master of Arts, Spanish Linguistics
• SDR Educational Consultants, Inc.: Foreign Educational Evaluations and
Native Language: English
• Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE)
Highlights of Professional Activities
• Presentations at Regional and National NAFSA, ATA, National AACRAO Conferences since 1980’s