Jennifer Flowers, MBA, Founder & CEO
As an expert accreditation consultant, Jennifer has devoted her career to working in the accreditation and nonprofit management fields. Her more than 20 years of accreditation experience includes serving as Director of Volunteer Services and Accreditation Commission at the Council on Accreditation (COA), as well as working with a variety of nonprofits in the education, health care, religious, and social services sectors. Jennifer’s background gives her firsthand knowledge of what peer reviewers look for during an onsite survey and what commissioners need to make an informed accreditation decision. Her expertise will give your agency an inside track on its road to accreditation.
Jennifer is exceptionally qualified to lead client organizations through the initial accreditation process, as well as to guide those already accredited to successfully earn and maintain reaccreditation. Her professional knowledge offers clients additional expertise in organization-wide long-term strategic planning, board of director’s development, retreat facilitation, quality improvement, risk management, the creation of policies and procedures necessary to comply with accreditation and licensing standards, and the development of effective volunteer management programs. As a professional speaker, Jennifer designs and delivers customized training workshops on a variety of governance topics, including board roles and responsibilities, exceptional governance practices, and accreditation preparation techniques, among others.
Prior to founding Accreditation Guru, Inc. in 2009, Jennifer has held key management positions in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Jennifer is also certified in Nonprofit Board Education by BoardSource.
Diane Barnes, Accreditation Consultant
Throughout her career, Diane has played an integral role in the (re)accreditation of many nonprofit organizations while serving as a manager, as a board member and an independent consultant. She has successfully led organizations to become (re)accredited through her internal roles as a hospital director and as the COO of a mental health and substance abuse center, among others.
Diane is widely recognized for her ability to effectively work with and guide personnel from within all levels of an organization, including staff, managers, board members, and volunteers, to successfully earn (re)accreditation while maintaining focus on the agency’s mission. Her experiences with the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO), and the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) provide her with the distinct ability to assist organizations in determining appropriate accreditation needs. Diane’s workshops in the fields of strategic planning, cultural diversity, team building, and board development have received rave reviews nation-wide..
Diane has constructively consulted with organizations of varying budgets and sizes, both faith-based and secular, local agencies, and those providing services in multiple states across the country. She believes that developing and maintaining the highest standards of excellence are essential characteristics for every productive organization. She approaches her client organizations as true partners throughout the (re)accreditation process – before, during, and after accreditation is achieved.
Bobbie Lison, Accreditation Consultant
As a peer reviewer and team leader for the Council on Accreditation (COA) for more than ten years, Bobbie has reviewed a variety of agencies, including nonprofit, religious, and military organizations, among others. Bobbie’s concentrations include, but are not limited to, Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) programs and Financial Education and Counseling Services (FEC.) During the past 17 years, Bobbie has served as operations manager, program manager, and PQI chair for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI. She has led the agency through two consecutive successful reaccreditations as the reaccreditation point person. Bobbie holds certifications as a consumer credit counselor, student loan counselor, and housing counselor. She currently chairs the National Asset Development Committee for Catholic Charities, USA, where she also serves as a national trainer. Bobbie presently sits on several local boards, committees, and collaborative efforts. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. A strong supporter of the accreditation process, Bobbie believes that earning and maintaining accreditation allows agencies to affirm what they are doing well and offers organizations the opportunity to strengthen their services through nationally accepted best practices.
Debbie MacCarry, MS, Special Education Accreditation Consultant
Debbie is a seasoned accreditation expert with more than 35 years of experience working in the nonprofit arena. Throughout her 10 years as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation (COA), Debbie shared her extensive knowledge about the accreditation process and accompanying standards, participating in numerous team reviews. Debbie’s focus is to assist organizations seeking (re)accreditation to reach their greatest potential, including the demonstration of extraordinary ethics and standards befitting of accredited agencies.
Presently serving as the Associate Executive Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance for a large human services agency in New York, Debbie’s responsibilities include coordinating all accreditations, certifications, and audits throughout the organization. She has earned a reputation among her colleagues for her capacity to collaboratively bring together and lead staff from various levels within organizations to work toward, and ultimately earn, the shared goal of (re)accreditation.
Debbie also serves as a team leader for the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES), is a lead visitor for the American Camp Association (ACA), and has coordinated the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation for a nursery school.
Maddi Noleen, MSW, Accreditation Consultant
In addition to earning a master’s degree in social work, Maddi has more than 25 years of accreditation experience in areas including child welfare, behavioral health, and adoption; she also serves as executive director for a state-wide, faith-based child welfare agency for 15 years. Maddi currently is a Peer Reviewer, Team Leader, Hague Evaluator and Military Reviewer for Council on Accreditation (COA). She volunteers her services to private and public organizations in the US and abroad with a focus on multiple program best practices within the social services, private, and intercountry adoption realms. Maddi has provided technical assistance and implementation recommendations, including the organization and reviewing of documentation, to complete the accreditation process for several of her employers. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about US Department of State regulations for intercountry adoption (Hague Accreditation Standards).
Maddi’s experience and expertise allow her to partner with organizations in a variety of areas, including policy and procedure development, staff training, administration and management standards implementation, and self-study compilation and review. Maddi received her BSW from the University of Southern Colorado and holds her MSW from New Mexico Highlands University with a concentration in Administration and Family Services.
Carol Smith, Accreditation Consultant
Throughout her 35-year career working in the behavioral health field as a clinician, supervisor, administrator, and consultant, Carol brings a variety of human services experiences serving others to Accreditation Guru. Her experiences include working in prevention and education, outpatient and intensive outpatient care, residential and inpatient care, sub-acute detoxification, and psychosocial and vocational programs. She also has worked in programs dedicated to special populations, including adolescents, those in the criminal justice system, and persons with co-occurring disorders. Ms. Smith presently serves as the clinical director for Catholic Human Services, Inc., a Catholic Charities organization that provides services throughout 21 counties in northern Michigan.
Ms. Smith’s experience as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the past 24 years provides her with an exceptional foundation from which to guide our clients through the accreditation process. In addition, she is a survey report editor, trainer and mentor, and serves on the appeals board for CARF.
Carol received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor.
Mary W. Weaver, MSW, Accreditation Consultant
Mary has served those in child welfare for more than 30 years. As a human service program representative specializing in child welfare, she works at the state level to improve and ensure transparency, internal best practices, and quality and efficiency for numerous nonprofit agencies and consumers of services. She is a peer reviewer and Hague lead evaluator for the Council of Accreditation (COA). Mary also has extensive experience in overseeing and monitoring compliance of child welfare regulation, providing technical assistance, conducting site surveys, and evaluating private and public agencies to ensure the safety of children and families. She was instrumental in developing a quality service review tool that is currently applied to measure organizational programs and services and identify inconsistencies with systems that are directly related to service outcomes. Mary has specialized in domestic adoptions for an historic child welfare agency in Pennsylvania, which required direct communication with prospective adoptive families and partnering with numerous social service agencies. This collaboration included developing and writing home studies and child profiles and coordinating legal services with child advocates and attorneys.
Mary received her Master of Social Work Administration, Policy, and Planning degree from Rutgers State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University.
Our team has professional experience working with the following accreditation organizations, in addition to numerous other international, national, and state accrediting bodies:
COA - Council on Accreditation
The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO)
Hague - Intercountry Adoption Accreditation
IACET - International Association for Continuing Education and Training