ACS is a psychometric consulting company that works with clients for the design, development and evaluation of their assessments. ACS has partnered with testing agencies in the education, credentialing, and licensure communities to help build new programs, enhance currently existing programs and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. We have experience in high-stakes professional credentialing, summative assessment in education, small sample size credentialing programs, assessment based certification programs, and all shapes and sizes in between. In all of our work, the ACS team is committed to providing practical solutions that help organizations ensure the validity, reliability, and fairness of their assessment programs.



Andrew Wiley Founding Partner Ph.D. ACS Ventures

Andrew Wiley, Ph.D.

Founding Partner

Drew has more than two decades of experience designing, evaluating, and working with education and professional credentialing programs including certification, licensure, and assessment-based certificates. He specializes in activities such as standard setting and practice analysis and working with programs to create custom solutions to address the unique nature of their programs.

Chad Buckendahl Founding Partner Ph.D. ACS Ventures

Chad Buckendahl, Ph.D.

Founding Partner

Chad has more than two decades of experience designing, evaluating, and working with certification, licensure, professional credentialing, and educational assessment programs. He specializes in evaluation and quality assurance at the intersection of psychometrics, policy, and practice.

Susan Davis Becker Founding Partner Ph.D. ACS Ventures

Susan Davis-Becker, Ph.D.

Founding Partner

Susan has spent two decades in the assessment industry working with numerous credentialing organizations and K-12 assessment programs before she co-founded ACS in 2016. She provided a full array of psychometric consultation including program design, practice analysis, test design, content development, alignment, standard setting, and program evaluation.

Deborah Schnipke Senior Psychometrician Ph.D. ACS Ventures

Deborah Schnipke, Ph.D.

Senior Psychometrician

Deborah has over 25 years of experience working in measurement, providing psychometric expertise for all aspects of the test development process in a variety of fields. She earned her B.S. in psychology and statistics at Bowling Green State University, Ohio and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Jamie Kavanaugh Psychometrician MS.Ed. ACS Ventures

Jaime Kavanaugh, MS.Ed.


Jaime joined the ACS team in January of 2017. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting psychometric and test development activities related to licensure and certification. She also has extensive experience in assisting organizations meet the standards required to achieve and maintain accreditation.

Kelley Slethen M.Ed. Psychometric Associate ACS Ventures

Kelley Stethen, M.Ed.

Psychometric Associate

Kelley joined the ACS team in 2019 after completing an internship and finishing her M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment through the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kelley has a background in K-12 education and taught forensics and NGSS biology at the high school level before relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada to pursue her career in psychometrics.

Myrna Bacurin Office Manager & Project Coordinator ACS Ventures

Myrna Bacurin

Office Manager/Project Coordinator

Myrna joined ACS in 2017 and brought her extensive experience with finances and financial reporting, including: preparing cash-flow statements, income statements, balance sheets, budget reports, billing, accounts receivable and payroll. She is also responsible for handling all human resource activities within the company.

Russ Keglovits MS.Ed. Assessment Specialist ACS Ventures

Russell Keglovits, MS. Ed.

Assessment Specialist

Russ joined ACS in 2019 after serving as a secondary mathematics consultant and accountability director at the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) where he was responsible for the design, development, and operation of the state’s school accountability systems. As director of accountability, Russ led the collection and reporting of the state’s education data.

Scott Russell Senior Assessment Specialist ACS Ventures

Scott Russell

Senior Assessment Specialist

Scott has over 20 years of experience with assessment development and validation projects for certification, licensing, education, and training programs. He has worked with clients across diverse disciplines, including information technology, digital marketing, medical, environmental, sales, project management, and architecture.

Kyle Killworth MS.Ed. Psychometric Associate ACS Ventures

Kyle Killworth, MS. Ed.

Psychometric Associate

Kyle joined ACS in October 2023 as a Psychometric Associate. He has a BA in Psychology from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and completed his MS. Ed. in Educational Research Methodology, Measurement Track, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kyle Killworth MS.Ed. Psychometric Associate ACS Ventures

Heather Misner

Project Manager/Client Portfolio Manager

Heather Misner has worked in federal and state public health for 15 years, managing projects related to pandemics, radiation readiness, and medical interprofessional collaboration.


Kyle Killworth MS.Ed. Psychometric Associate ACS Ventures

Sarah Alahmadi


Sarah has a diverse assessment portfolio comprising of assessment systems management, developing and maintaining psychometrically sound assessment programs—involving projects on instrument design, item development, program effectiveness studies, validity studies, and more.