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MAERB Members
   Jennifer Spegal   
 Vice Chairs
    Mary Dey
   Diane Morlock      
    Judie Alessi
  Tina Broderick
   Hal Buntley
   Joyce Hardee
   Mary Frances Hash
   Margaret Lentz
   Barbara Marchelletta
   Diane Morlock
   Hallie Nagel
    Cheryl Vineyard
   Rebecca Walker
Cheryl Startzell, Ex Officio
 MAERB Member Responsibilities


Welcome to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

Medical assisting program directors seeking initial or continuing CAAHEP Accreditation for a medical assisting program, MAERB/CAAHEP Surveyor, and faculty and administration from institutions with CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs will find a variety of useful information and resources here to help work through the process and continue to meet requirements.

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board is an autonomous unit within the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment. They complete program reviews, based on the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting.  As the medical assisting Committee on Accreditation of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the MAERB makes accreditation recommendations for the status of accreditation of medical assisting programs.  

Additionally, the MAERB fulfills these functions:

  • Ongoing review of program compliance and achievement of outcome thresholds
  • Regularly reviewing Standards for medical assisting education accreditation
  • Development and revision of the core Curriculum for Medical Assistants
  • Conducting accreditation workshops for medical assisting educators
  • Conducting workshops for MAERB/CAAHEP surveyors to promote consistent review of programs
  • Providing medical assisting educators with current information about CAAHEP and MAERB policies and practices for accreditation

Membership on the MAERB includes educators from both public and private institutions, administrators from institutions with accredited medical assisting programs, practicing medical assistants, the public and representatives of their sponsoring organizations, AAMA and AMA. A position description for members of MAERB can be downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink in the left hand pane.

Accreditation Department

The MAERB Accreditation Department provides staff support to the MAERB in the following activities:

  • Developing and implementing strategic plans and policies
  • Developing agendas and following up on actions taken at MAERB meetings
  • Monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Developing and interpreting accreditation standards
  • Coordinating accreditation workshops
  • Coordinating the recruitment of volunteers to serve as MAERB/CAAHEP surveyors
  • Coordinating training and evaluation of surveyors to promote consistent application of the Standards
  • Editing policies, procedural guides and forms for coordination of revisions
  • Providing assistance to programs undergoing accreditation


CAAHEP is a nonprofit, allied health education organization whose purpose is to accredit entry-level, allied health education programs. For more information, go to


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Contact MAERB

 Executive Director, MAERB
     Sarah R. Marino
Assistant Director of Accreditation
   James Hardman
 Accreditation Case Managers
    Jamie Harris
    Tasha Harris
     Irene Lau
     Judy Liptay
 General Information: