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Leadership

The National Student Clearinghouse has a longstanding commitment to being a trusted agent and partner to the secondary and postsecondary institutions that we serve, as well as the education finance industry, government agencies, and other organizations that rely on our services. In order to ensure that we continue to provide information and services that meet the needs of the nation's education community, the Clearinghouse seeks insight and guidance from our boards of directors and advisory committees, who represent multiple disciplines across the constituents we serve. Under the direction of our CEO and president, the Clearinghouse's knowledgeable and accomplished executive management team is responsible for all operational areas, services, research initiatives, and client support.

Management Team

Our senior management team is comprised of experienced and dedicated professionals committed to providing high-quality services to the organizations that rely on the Clearinghouse.

Ricardo D. Torres

Ricardo D. Torres
President and CEO
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Tracie MacMahon

Tracie MacMahon
Chief Operating Officer
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Mary Chapin

Mary Chapin
Chief Legal Officer
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Doug Falk

Doug Falk
Chief Information Officer
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George Levathes

Mike Ketcham
Chief Financial Officer
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George Levathes

George Levathes
Vice President, Compliance & Education Finance Industry Relations
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George Levathes

Jonell Sanchez
Vice President, Education Services
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Dave Pelham

Dr. W. David Pelham
Managing Director, Foundation Relations
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Larry Hatch

Larry Hatch
Vice President, Industry & Workforce Services
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Doug Shapiro

Dr. Doug Shapiro
Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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Roberta Hyland

Roberta Hyland
Chief of Staff
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Boards of Directors

Clearinghouse Board of Directors



The National Student Clearinghouse is governed by a board of directors comprised of a cross-section of the constituencies that it serves, including representatives from educational institutions, educational associations, and the education finance industry. The makeup of the Clearinghouse's board reflects its status as a trusted, neutral, and reliable source for educational information and services.

Clearinghouse Research Center Board of Directors



The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse and is governed by a board of directors who are experienced in higher education, including education research and policy.

Advisory Committees

The services offered by the Clearinghouse have been provided at the request of our participating institutions to enable them to better serve their students. Our advisory committees meet several times a year to provide feedback to the Clearinghouse on ways to improve our existing services and recommend new areas of development.

Clearinghouse Advisory Committee (CAC)

  • Elizabeth Acree, Assistant Vice President for Scholarships and Financial Aid & University Registrar, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Ivan Davila, Registrar, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
  • Robert Fitzgerald, University Registrar, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • John Fletcher, Associate Provost for Enrollment Services, East Carolina University
  • Veronica Garcia, Vice President of Student Affairs, Paradise Valley Community College
  • Darin Hobbs, University Registrar, Western Governors University
  • Karen L. Chico Hurst,, University Registrar, University at Albany, NY
  • Carrie Jeffers, Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services, Macomb Community College, MI
  • George Levathes, Ex Officio (Committee Liaison), Vice President, National Student Clearinghouse, Herndon, VA
  • Mike Lorenz, Executive Director, Academic Records and Registrar, Kaplan University
  • V. Shelby Stanfield, Chairman of the Committee, Vice Provost and University Registrar, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Dawn Terkla, Associate Provost, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Data Access Advisory Committee (DAAC)

The Data Access Advisory Committee guides the Clearinghouse in its use of data as a neutral information provider, reviewing the Clearinghouse's data system, security policies, and role in research analysis. The committee is comprised of education professionals who have extensive experience in student database management, research, and risk management.

  • Doug Shapiro, Chairman of the Committee, Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, Herndon, VA
  • Chris Broughton, Executive Director, Bottom Line, Chicago, IL
  • Shane Karcz, Director, Office of Enrollment Research Northeastern University. Boston, MA
  • Hans L'Orange, Vice President, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), Boulder, CO
  • Craig Schoenecker, System Director for Research, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Paul, MN
  • Peter Smith, PhD, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategies and Development, Kaplan University, Fort Lauderdale, FL