Speaker Bios: Best Practices in High-Stakes Testing Conference

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Speaker Bios

Learn more about the speakers, moderators, and panelists at the Best Practices in High-Stakes Testing Conference.

Bill Adams

William E. Adams, Jr. is the deputy managing director of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at the American Bar Association. Prior to his current position, he was dean of Western State College of Law at Argosy University and vice-chancellor of Argosy University. He also served as the associate dean for international, online, and graduate programs at Nova Southeastern University—Shepard Broad College of Law, where he was a professor for 19 years and director of the school’s clinical programs for 8 years. Adams was a legal services attorney prior to his law school career. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law and Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, as well as the Florida Bar's Public Interest Law Section. He graduated cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington.

Mark Albanese

Mark Albanese is the director of testing and research for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and emeritus professor of population health and educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and Education. From 2003 until 2009, he was a professor in the Schools of Medicine and Education at UW–Madison, where he taught statistics and conducted a variety of research, and prior to that, he was the university’s director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development as well as a professor. Among other awards, Albanese received the 1998 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for "significant contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine." He holds an MS in statistics and measurement from the University of Nebraska and a PhD in statistics and measurement from the University of Iowa.

Susan Davis-Becker

Susan Davis-Becker is a partner with ACS Ventures, where she specializes in strategic planning and operational support for launching and sustaining assessment programs. She earned her doctorate in assessment and measurement at James Madison University and has advised on the design and redesign of numerous testing programs, overseen test development operations for large- and small-scale programs, and conducted high-stakes audits and evaluations, including the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress evaluation and the 2016 evaluation of educator credentialing policy and practice in Nevada. In her current role, Davis-Becker focuses on helping program sponsors tackle the challenges that accompany the development and maintenance of testing programs. She has served on several volunteer committees for the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, and is the lead editor for the upcoming NCME-sponsored volume on credentialing. Her research interests include test design/redesign, standard setting, data analysis, and score reporting. However, her favorite part of her role is collaborating with others who are equally passionate about their work.

Camille deJorna

Camille deJorna is deputy for legal and global higher education at the Law School Admission Council, where she serves as the CEO’s ambassador to leaders in legal and higher education. In this role, she advises, mentors, and supports law school deans and faculty. She also develops and strengthens strategic relationships and partnerships globally with organizations that are aligned with LSAC’s vision and goals. Prior to her current position, deJorna was associate deputy managing director of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at the American Bar Association, where she focused primarily on law school accreditation activities. In this role, she managed the law school site-visit process, including the recruiting, assigning, and training of over 200 volunteers per year. She also managed the reviews of foreign programs offered by ABA-approved law schools and the non-JD and LLM programs. Prior to her work at the ABA, she oversaw admission and student affairs offices at Columbia University School of Law, Hofstra University—Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law. A respected and trusted national leader in legal education who influences policy and practices, deJorna has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of diversity and inclusion. She was awarded the 2017 Legacy in the Law Award by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago at its National Summit for Black Women Lawyers. She has served as a member of LSAC’s Board of Trustees and as chair of its Minority Affairs (now Diversity) Committee, during which time she developed the Sophomore Institute pipeline program model, now known as the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program. deJorna earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.

Josiah Evans

Josiah Evans is the director of assessment sciences at the Law School Admission Council. He earned his BS from Presbyterian College, his MA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and his PhD from Rutgers University. Prior to working at LSAC, Evans worked at Baruch College-CUNY, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In previous positions at LSAC, he has worked as a research scientist and assistant director of social science research.

Judith Gundersen

Judith A. Gundersen is president and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. She has been with the Conference since 2000, most recently as director of test operations, and before that as deputy director of testing. Prior to working at the Conference, Gundersen worked in the Madison, Wisconsin, office of Foley & Lardner, LLP at US Bank (formerly known as First Wisconsin National Bank) and as an assistant district attorney in the Dane County District Attorney's Office. As an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 2009–2012, she cotaught a course on crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Gage Kingsbury

G. Gage Kingsbury is a private psychometric consultant providing advice and development work in the application of technology to practical assessment situations. He has over 30 years of experience in the development of measurement solutions for use in education. Kingsbury designed the first adaptive tests used in educational settings and helped to design computer-based tests that are currently administered to K–12 students throughout the United States. He also served as a developer of the ACE standards for computerized adaptive testing and the ATP guidelines for computerized test development and use. A former president of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing, he has also held roles as an associate editor for the Journal of Computerized Adaptive Testing and as a research fellow for the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He received the award for Outstanding Contributions to Educational Assessment from the National Association of Test Directors and founded the Center for Research on Academic Growth at the Northwest Evaluation Association. Kingsbury currently serves on technical advisory committees for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the State of Hawaii Department of Education, the Northwest Evaluation Association, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Lily Knezevich

Lily Knezevich is the senior vice president for learning and assessment at the Law School Admission Council. She earned her BA from New York University, majoring in mathematics and philosophy, and her MA in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. While completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh, she accepted a position as assistant professor of philosophy at the College of William & Mary, concentrating in logic and the philosophy of language. She subsequently worked in test development at the Educational Testing Service, where she was the test development coordinator for the Graduate Record Examination.

James Lorié

James Lorié is the director of assessment development at the Law School Admission Council. He earned his BA in philosophy from Yale University and his MA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lorié has worked in test development at LSAC for over 20 years, overseeing the reading comprehension section of the LSAT for most of that time. He also spearheaded the development of the most recent significant change to the content of the LSAT—the introduction of comparative reading into the reading comprehension section. One of his most recent projects was overseeing the development of the Spanish version of the LSAT, which is now offered in Puerto Rico.

Mark Raymond

Mark Raymond has worked for and advised credentialing agencies, professional associations, and universities for the past 30 years. He conducts research and consults on matters ranging from test design (job analyses, test blueprints, item development, and performance standards) to psychometric modeling (generalizability theory and scoring performance assessments). Raymond has authored or coauthored more than 150 publications and presentations, including the Handbook of Test Development (2nd edition, Routledge, 2016), and has served on editorial boards for scholarly journals in health care and testing.

Kellye Testy

Kellye Y. Testy is the president and chief executive officer of the Law School Admission Council, a 350-employee no-profit organization that serves as the leading assessment, data, and technology hub for law schools and their candidates in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world. Under her leadership, LSAC is committed to working collaboratively with its members, colleges and universities, leading organizations in legal education, business leaders, and, most importantly, potential law school candidates to build the future of justice. Named the nation's second most influential leader in legal education in 2017, Testy joined LSAC after leading the University of Washington School of Law for eight years as the school’s 14th dean and the first woman to hold that post. During her tenure, the school hired a new generation of outstanding faculty, established the endowed Toni Rembe deanship, launched both the Barer and the Gregoire Fellows programs, and secured the largest gift in the school’s history, a $56 million bequest from alumnus Jack MacDonald for student scholarships and faculty and program support. Testy also served as a professor and dean of Seattle University School of Law, where she founded several key programs, including the Access to Justice Institute and the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. Known throughout academic and legal communities for her dedication to the rule of law and its commitment to justice and equality, Testy served as president of the American Association of Law Schools in 2016, with the presidential theme "Why Law Matters," to focus on how the law plays a critical role in setting the foundation for justice and human prosperity. She also served on the Executive Committee of AALS from 2013–2017, cochaired the AALS Section for the Law School Dean, and served on the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students. In addition to her work with the AALS, Testy is a member of the American Law Institute and has served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, as well as on several committees and initiatives of the ABA Section on Legal Education. She currently serves on the boards of the Washington Law Institute, a leadership development program designed to promote diversity in the legal profession, and LSSSE, a research institute focused on understanding legal education from the student perspective. She is a nationally sought-after speaker and consultant on legal and higher education, leadership, diversity and access, and corporate law and governance. Testy has received numerous honors and awards for her teaching, leadership, and service, including, most recently, the CLEO EDGE Award for Greater Equality and the MAMA Seattle 2018 Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award. Testy is a first-generation college graduate who is proud to have obtained both her undergraduate degree in journalism and her law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, her hometown. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington, where she was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal. During law school, she worked for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan in Indianapolis. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

James Wollack

James A. Wollack is a professor of quantitative methods within the educational psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as director of Testing and Evaluation Services and the System Center for Placement Testing. Wollack's scholarly interests include test security, test construction, and item response theory. He was a contributor to the 4th edition of Educational Measurement (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and is coeditor of the Handbook of Test Security (Routledge, 2013) and the Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Detecting Cheating on Tests (Routledge, 2017). He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and regularly offers workshops and seminars for faculty and university staff on best practices in testing. Wollack currently sits on the Executive Committee for the Conference on Test Security and on the board for the Institute for Exam Security. He has been a member of the board of directors for the National Council on Measurement in Education and the National College Testing Association. He also serves on technical advisory panels for several educational and licensure testing programs and frequently consults with testing organizations on matters related to test security.