Alan Saidi is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of ACEI. Since the inception of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI) in 1994, Alan has been involved in the on-going development and enhancement of ACEI’s electronic database on world education systems and credential equivalencies. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering with prior experience in both academe and business, Alan’s automation of ACEI’s evaluation services and client database provides ACEI’s evaluators and support team with immediate access to country specific credentials that help promote consistency and accuracy in educational equivalency reporting.
Alan has regularly led training workshops and is a presenter on foreign educational systems and international credential evaluation standards at webinars and various professional conferences.
Alan is a frequent contributor to ACEI-Global.blog, and authored updates for publications, including the NAFSA On-line Guide to Education Systems Around the World.
Kathleen Hylen’s passion for Diversity and Inclusion began as a young girl growing up in a very multi-cultural Cambridge, MA. Her formal career began as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz studying Community Studies with a focus on Anti-Bias. She completed her field-study with the National Conference for Community and Justice (then the National Conference of Christians and Jews) and wrote an addendum to their anti-bias curriculum, Green Circle Goes Home. Later, in 2003 she served in the Peace Corps in Moldova as an English teacher, after which she worked in international education management with ELS Education Centers for 14 years. Never one to do things chronologically, in 2017 Kathleen began her master’s program as a Peace Corps Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in International Education Management with an emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. Kathleen speaks intermediate Italian, French, and Romanian but is fluent in Francoitalromanish.
Michael is the Director of Acquisitions and Sales for Video Project, a
documentary film distributor since 1983. He leads the team’s efforts to
acquire high quality environmental and social issue documentaries, and to
sell those films into broadcast and digital markets. He also develops and
drives impact campaigns with the goal of having the film have deep and long
His work with impact campaigns has developed into a media promotion and
sales specialty concentrated on students and educational institutions, with
focus on writing and producing student targeted video blogs.
His award-winning documentary SAVE THE FARM is about activist’s 11th
hour attempt to save the largest urban farm in America. The film appeared
on Netflix, The Doc Channel, and PIVOT, and features Daryl Hannah,
Alicia Silverstone and Amy Smart. He has produced over 20 short films.
Previously, Michael was the co-owner of a commercial production company
in Los Angeles, where he oversaw all aspects of production on hundreds of videos and commercials for Fortune 500 companies.. He was also the CFO and partner in charge of overall business management.
Michael is the co-founder and Executive Producer of Shanti Generation, a
leader in teen yoga and mindfulness content creation.
Prior to entering the film business, Michael enjoyed a successful career as a
finance and sales professional in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Laura Sippel, President, Laura Sippel Dynamic Consulting, has more than 25 years of experience in marketing in higher education. She is an expert in social media marketing, identifying trends, setting marketing strategies, providing client relations, and building partnerships to this unique audience.
She has served on several committees and has presented webinars and conference sessions pertaining to international education and higher education NAFSA V Team Member (2000-2016), Recipient of NAFSA V Award of Excellence 2007, NAFSA V Conference Co-Chair 2009, Wisconsin Association of International Education (WAIE) Conference Planner 2017, AACRAO Annual Meeting Session on International Student Recruitment, (2017, 2018) Member of the AACRAO Data Protection and Privacy Taskforce (2018 – present), Director of Marketing and Communications for The Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) (2016 – present).
SoCal Native. Digital Creator. Avid fan of all things Media. Brian has a BA in Cinema & Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and completed a Certificate in Marketing, Social Media and Digital Analytics through UCLA Extension. He is a team-player with a spirit for creativity and innovation.
Abby Wills, MA has dedicated over twenty years to integrating mindful practices for social emotional health into a wide diversity of school settings through direct service to learners and educators throughout Los Angeles and internationally. She brings her expertise in developmental education as well as extensive studies in yoga and mindfulness to her work as a teacher and writer. She has contributed to dozens of online and print publications including edutopia, Mind Body Green, and LA Yoga Magazine and her work has been featured in various platforms including PBS and Yoga Journal. Abby is Co-Founder and Program Director of Shanti Generation, a digital media company specializing in mindful yoga for early adolescents. She has written, directed and produced top-selling teen programs including Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers. Currently, Abby leads the mindful practice program of Project Silver Lining for Barnsdall Arts, a Los Angeles based non-profit. She serves as Movement, Mindfulness + Social Emotional Development Specialist for Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc. for whom she facilitates professional development to early childhood educators, supervisors and continuing education coaches. Abby’s approach is informed by academic studies in social justice, trauma informed interventions and non-violent communication. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Abby is a mother to two energetic boys whose school PTA has nearly become a second job.