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  • 04 Dec 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 1200 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

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CNG Washington, D.C. Event 

December 4, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
1200 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


New and Small Certification Programs

Are you interested in learning about the efforts of the Professional Certification Coalition – an industry group dedicated to promoting credentialing programs to local, state, and federal governments? Get the latest updates from Julia Judith, Special Counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s.

Do you plan on creating a new certification program, or maybe have a question or two about your small-volume program? 

The December CNG meeting will focus on new and small certification programs. At this meeting you’ll have an opportunity to join four roundtables, each discussing one of  the following topics:

  • Accreditation: Pre-planning to meet accreditation requirements; Cynthia Allen, MA, SeaCrest
  • Governance: Establishing the governance perimeters to avoid potential conflict of interests and other legal concerns; Dawn Crowell Murphy, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Psychometrics and analyses: Required data for approved psychometrics; Ellen R. Julian, Ph.D.
  • Quality management, quality assurance, and improvement systems; Allison Barton-Kramer, Director of Certification, ASBO International

Cynthia Allen 

Cynthia co-founded SeaCrest in 2006 with partner, Janice Moore. Utilizing more than 16 years of experience in certification program development and maintenance, accreditation, project management, and marketing/communications, she provides strategic guidance to organizations seeking ways to improve their programs and communicate better with stakeholders. She supports SeaCrest’s overall belief that certification programs, no matter the size or scope, can make a positive impact.

Cynthia’s focus at SeaCrest is to build relationships with clients, serve as a strategic partner to volunteer and staff leaders, and provide experienced project management. As an active member of the credentialing community, she believes in sharing knowledge and experience to build a stronger and connected credentialing community. Cynthia is a long-time member and volunteer of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Certification Network Group (CNG), and has shared her experience through speaking engagements at conferences and webinars hosted by ICE, the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Cynthia studied marketing and communications at Virginia Tech and earned a Master’s degree in journalism at New York University. She is a fierce fan of the Virginia Tech Hokies and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children (also loyal Hokies fans). While she may live inside the DC Beltway, collaboration and teamwork with clients and staff are essential to her working style and to delivering top-notch results.

Allison Barton-Kramer

Allison is the Director of Certification for the Association of School Business Officials International, has served the association industry for more than 20 years, including extensive experience in the development, management, and administration of certification programs.  Additional expertise includes compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 certification accreditation requirements; American Council on Education (ACE Credit) review process for competency requirements; and Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2003 (SAFETY Act) liability protection for products and services.  Allison authored “Put Your Certification to The Test,” featured in Associations Now, published by the American Society for Association Executives, and contributed feature profiles for ASIS Security Management magazine. She earned her Master of Science in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Dawn Crowell Murphy 

Dawn advises nonprofit organization clients on a wide variety of legal matters, including governance, tax, regulatory compliance, antitrust, intellectual property, contract and transactions.

With association in-house experience, Dawn brings a comprehensive perspective to counseling trade associations, professional societies and other tax-exempt organizations. Dawn assists with all aspects of nonprofit organizations, including formation, policies and practices, tax exemption and implications, event and vendor agreements, and major transactions such as mergers or joint ventures. She is also experienced in matters of privacy and protection of intellectual property.

Julia Judish 

Julia is special counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Employment and Nonprofit Organizations practices, with over two decades of experience serving as a trusted advisor on all facets of the employment relationship and on nonprofit governance.  Julia regularly advises certification organizations on legal compliance, credentialing, governance, ethics and disciplinary codes, ADA accessibility, fiduciary duties, and related areas.  Julia is a co-author, with Jerry Jacobs, of the Due Process and ADA chapters of the Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (3rd ed.), co-authored the Certification Law chapter of Certification: The ICE Handbook (3rd ed.), serves on ASAE’s Legal Advisory Council, and is a legal advisor to the Professional Certification Coalition, a national coalition of certification organizations and professional societies.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and has received multiple honors for excellence in legal services.

Ellen R. Julian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen Julian has been fascinated by tests since the second grade and has been trying to figure them out ever since. Trained as a psychometrician, she graduated from crunching the numbers to running testing programs and now is a consultant, helping testing programs grow and make transitions.  Ellen was the 2018 President of the Performance Testing Council and started the DC-area Testing and Certification Salons.


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