Dr. Manfred (Manny) Straehle, GISF


Manny is available for speaking opportunities. In some cases, he does speak for free depending on the mission of the organization. For more information, please contact him at manny@aerexperts.com.

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Manny is a consulting assessment, educational and research expert with a number of work experiences with licensure and certification organizations, and over 10 years of experience in the credentialing industry.

Previous Work Roles. Manny has held roles at the Advertising Research Corporation (ARC), Media Broadcasting Company (Pharmaceutical Marketing), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Genesis Healthcare, Prometric, and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), and Founding Partner and Chief Assessment Officer at International Credentialing Associates (ICA). He is currently employed as the Senior Psycometrician at Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) where he oversees almost 30 information security certifications, where he has maintained ANSI /ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation for 11 of these certifications. In addition, he leads the technical development of GIAC’s information security aptitude exam, which is aimed to be an employment selection tool. In these positions, Manny has led psychometric and testing activities, marketing and survey research, aptitude and employment selection testing, and other research and evaluation projects

Leadership Committee Roles. Manny serves in several leadership positions for credentialing and standards industry associations. He was a committee member that drafted the American Society for Testing and Material’s (ASTM) Performance Standards and Assessment Accreditation. Manny currently sits on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Committee on Education and is Vice Chair for the Association of Test Publishers’ (ATP) Clinical Division and Founder and Previous Co-Chair for the Association of Test Publishers’ Cross-Divisional Committee. He was former Chair for the Association of Test Publishers’ Certification and Licensure Division. Manny sits on the European Association for Test Publishers; Steering Committee. He also serves as a reviewer for ICE’s ACAP 1100 Standard. He is also a board member of ANSI’s ACAC (food safety standard which is parallel to 17024). Finally, He sits on the Advisory Board for Sparked, a microvolunteering nonprofit organization.

Education. Prior to entering the credentialing field, Manny pursued his doctorate in counseling psychology (earning an M.A. in Counseling from New York University), which focused on personality assessment. He has studied and practiced with experts in group therapy, leading to a post-graduate degree in group therapy from the East Side Institute for Short-Term Therapy. With a depth of knowledge of people and groups, Manny applies these counseling techniques to AERE’s consulting functions, emphasizing the importance of connectivity in relationships while expertly facilitating groups to meet test development requirements. Manny received his doctorate degree from Temple University in Educational Psychology.

Teaching Experiences, Publications, and Presentations. Manny has taught various courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at Penn State University, Saint Joseph’s University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California, and George Washington University. He has published two books, several articles, and has presented at numerous conferences.

Professional Societies. He is a current member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and Association of Test Publishers (ATP).

– Dr. Manfred (Manny) Straehle, GISF – Founder and President