Imagine America Foundation Newly Elected Board Members

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The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) has two new appointments to its board of directors. Foundation President Robert L. Martin introduced Jonathan Liebman, Chairman/CEO of the Specs Howard School of Media Arts, and Tracy Kreikemeier, Chief Marketing Officer of PlattForm Advertising, as board members for 2010-2011. The announcement came against the backdrop of the 2010 Career College Association Convention & Exposition at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Imagine America Foundation is career education’s largest provider of scholarships and also its primary research organization. As in previous years, IAF's board members will be responsible for guiding the research- and scholarship-providing arms for the career college sector throughout the coming year.

“Our board members provide invaluable insights and guidance to our organization, and we look for individuals who can step into these roles firmly,” Martin said. “Jonathan and Tracy both have significant experience in career education, and they’ve shown overwhelming dedication to the Imagine American Foundation, as well as other important career college organizations.”

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Liebman has worked in higher education for 20 years and currently serves as the Chairman/CEO of the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan. He was recently the Vice Chairman of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities in Washington. He is also past President of the Michigan Association of Career Colleges & Schools and former Chairman of the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, Liebman was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Higher Education Authority. Liebman has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Master of Music degree in Studio Music & Jazz from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Higher Education Journal Kreikemeier works with the Client Services, PR and Marketing departments of PlattForm Advertising to develop and implement highly successful, cost-effective advertising plans for a client base of nearly 4,000 campus locations across the United States and Canada. She also leads new product development and speaks as an industry expert at both investor conferences and state and national education conferences. Kreikemeier has been with PlattForm for almost 10 years and was formerly the Vice President of Client Services. Kreikemeier holds a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She has been a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 1998. She was recently included on Kansas City Business Magazine's fourth annual list of the 33 Most Influential Women in Kansas City.

IAF's board also includes: Robert L. Martin; Michael Platt, Ad Venture Interactive; Dennis Spisak, McGraw-Hill Career College Group; Russell "Wicker" Freeman, Coyne American Institute; Chris Cimino, Nelnet, Inc.; Danny Finuf, Brown Mackie Colleges; Piper Jameson, Lincoln Educational Services; Pat Kapper, formerly of Career Education Corporation; Keith Zakarin, Duane Morris, LLP; and Harris Miller, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

For biographical information on all board members, click here.