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Career Paths to Credentialing (IN-PERSON OR ONLINE)

  • 28 Sep 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), 2001 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor North, Washington, D.C. 20006


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Career Paths to Credentialing

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

3:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Onsite check-in for in-person attendees
Breakout room networking for virtual attendees

3:30-5:00 p.m. ET
Program as described below for both in-person and virtual attendees

5:00-6:30 p.m. ET
Rooftop Happy Hour for in-person attendees


CNG is excited to host our first in-person education and networking event since the start of the pandemic! We hope you can join us; however, the in-person event has a limit of 75 people

Please only sign up for in-person attendance (using the link at left) if you are reasonably confident you can attend. Otherwise, please register for the virtual option (using the link below), which also includes some networking time in Zoom breakout rooms.

Only register if you can attend IN PERSON

This event is unique in that we’ve flipped our traditional format from morning to afternoon and swapped the order so that we can enjoy extended socializing and networking time on the venue’s rooftop after the program. CNG will offer hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar (note you must use cash – not card), and there will be sponsor stations so you can visit with representatives from CNG’s sponsor organizations.

Note that there are COVID-19 Protocols in place for in-person attendees and onsite check-in will require extra time. Please upload your vaccinations to CLEAR and sign our waiver in advance and/or arrive early to expedite this process. More information is listed below the program description.

Online Event Only:
Click here to register for the online event only.


Every credentialing professional's journey is unique. This CNG session will shine the spotlight on some amazing people in the credentialing industry and their unique professional journeys. We will introduce you to a panel of colleagues who did not take the traditional route to credentialing. Their educational degrees and backgrounds are unique, and their trajectories are exciting. 

I.C.E. Career Pathways Taskforce identified six career pathways with associated general and technical competencies. The pathways are:

  • Credentialing Associate or Coordinator

  • Exam Developer

  • Psychometrician

  • Vendor

  • Director 

  • C-suite Executive

Our panelists span the six career pathways, and they are eager to share the lessons they’ve learned along the way to help advance your career.

The discussion will be moderated by:

Ibidun Layi-Ojo - Director of Examinations at CFP Board

Alison Kramer Esq. - Sales Director at Caveon Test Security


Amy Smith Ressler
After fourteen years in law enforcement and three years in security and investigations with the local school district, Amy was ready for a change. Having returned to college at the youthful age of forty, Amy was equipped with a BS in Security Management and discovered the right environment for her skillset, education, and experience in the testing and credentialling industry. 

Four years later, there are no regrets. As Associate Director of Test Security at College Board, she completes complex investigations, data analysis, web, and social media monitoring, and supports policy improvements across multiple programs to ensure a secure and fair testing opportunity for all customers

Barry Porter
Having joined Surpass in 2010, Barry has supported many of BTL’s most prestigious clients in their adoption of Surpass platform. At the end of 2018 Barry and his family relocated to Pennsylvania and now Barry heads up our Account Management function that serves North America. 

Barry is well regarded within the Surpass community both in the UK and now in the US and regularly attends and presents at key events such as ICE Exchange and ATP along with many regional user groups including CNG. Barry enjoys the opportunity to network with certification bodies and partners and has built an extensive network of contacts during his time with Surpass.

Jennifer Naughton, MEd, CAE, ICE-CCP, SPHR
Jennifer is passionate about assessing and closing skills gaps at the industry and societal level in large part because as JFK once said, “raising the tide, lifts all boats.”

She is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Naughton Consulting, a firm that provides talent development, competency modeling, and certification solutions primarily to associations and not for profit organizations. Concurrently, she is the Director of Credentialing and Professional Development for the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), overseeing credentialing programs for professionals who regulate healthcare products and pharmaceuticals to make sure our food, drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective. 

She has 25+ years of experience in both learning and testing and has held Chief Learning Officer and Senior Certification positions at various associations throughout her career. 

She is a frequent industry volunteer. She is currently the chair-elect of the CNG Board and a member of the ICE micro-credentialing advisory task force.

Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE
Dr. Sheri Sesay-Tuffour is CEO of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She has committed over 20 years to the association sector, primarily with health care organizations, including the American College of Nurse-Midwives as CEO; the Heart Rhythm Society as vice president of operations and the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners as executive director. 
Additionally, she is a member of the American Society of Association Executives Board of Directors, the Institute for Credentialling Excellence Board of Directors, the West Virginia State University Foundation Board and the District of Columbia Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Alliance Board of Directors. 

She presents regularly on topics of strategy, leadership, inclusion, and talent management. She holds a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a master's in science administration from Trinity University, and a bachelor's in communications from West Virginia State University.

Benjamin Hunter
Benjamin Hunter plays a dual role within Caveon’s technology division. In his capacity as Technology Product Manager, Benjamin’s primary responsibility is to direct development of Caveon’s technology products in response to perceived market needs. As Caveon’s Vice President of Sales, he functions as the client-facing brand representative, and is directly responsible for all aspects of client intake, configuration, implementation, and ultimate satisfaction.

Benjamin brings a wealth of experience to his position at Caveon. Prior to joining the Caveon team, he began his career in the testing industry with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) where he developed PTCB’s security program from scratch and was responsible for the ongoing management and administration of PTCB’s program to ensure exam validity, reliable results, and a secure, consistent testing experience for candidates. His expertise in test development was acquired as the Senior Manager, Test Development and Maintenance at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), where he was responsible for oversight of all aspects of development and maintenance of the SAFE MLO exam program for Mortgage Loan Originators.

Benjamin has served previously as an officer on the ATP Security Committee (ATPSC) and was involved in the creation of the 2015 publication of the ATPSC’s “Legal Protection of Assessment Content” document, as well as serving as the lead analyst for the ATPSC 2015 Security Survey, published Q4 2015. He has presented at numerous industry conferences and was a speaker for the 2016 ICE Live Webinar series, where he presented on the creation and maintenance of a security plan for testing programs.

Benjamin is committed to matching clients with cutting-edge technology that will meet their individual program needs and to spearheading a push for new and innovative technology designed to benefit and protect the testing industry in the future.

In-Person Event Health and Safety:

For the health and safety of all of our in-person attendees please read CNG’s COVID-19 Protocols and sign our waiver. If you plan to attend this event in person, you will be asked to sign this waiver at the event or you can fill out the Google Form before the event.  For this event, the venue is using the CLEAR System to verify COVID-19 vaccinations, please see the information about this and complete this process before you attend the event.

Information Regarding Using the CLEAR system and Arrival Information for the Events at Smithbucklin HQ (I.C.E. office): September 28, 2022 CNG Event 

ARRIVAL: While DCHQ has a K Street address, the main lobby for our building is located at the corner of 20th and L Streets, NW. It is recommended to use that entrance.  It’s a large, two story glass atrium with Alexander Court signage over the entry. 

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:  As part of a commitment to health and safety, Smithbucklin currently requires all employees and guests in its space to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To help manage this requirement, Smithbucklin has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass.

  • If you are currently a user of CLEAR, please open the app on your mobile device tomorrow (i.e. the day of our event) prior to your arrival at our offices and complete the quick process to obtain a daily Heath Pass for access to our office. To do so, please look for the “Do you have a code” prompt and enter SmithbucklinDC in the open field. A Green Health Pass received at the conclusion of this process means you’re good to go! Please show it to me when you arrive.

  • If you are not currently a user of CLEAR, please click HERE (please access from your mobile phone) as soon as possible to download the app, register your personal information, and securely confirm your vaccinated status. To complete this process, the CLEAR app requires a valid state or government issued ID and a physical copy (not a picture) of your vaccination card. 

Please only sign up for in-person attendance (using the link at left) if you are reasonably confident you can attend. Otherwise, please register for the virtual option (using the link below), which also includes some networking time in Zoom breakout rooms.

    Online Event Only:
    Click here to register for the online event only.

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