The Executive Office is comprised of the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Director At Large, and two Administrative Assistants. The office is responsible for administrative functions with and for the Board of Governors, Executive Committee, and Delegate Assembly. This office deals with all ACA Committees, the Commission on Accreditation, international relations and work, Federal Government relations, and presents and manages the budget of ACA. The Executive Director is hired by the Board of Governors and all ACA employees are hired by the Executive Director.

The Finance Director is responsible for the budget, receipt of all income and payments for all expenses. The finance office ensures ACA's outside audit is complete, all local, state and federal regulations/laws are in compliance, and taxes and fees are paid.
The MIS Director is responsible for all information technology systems, all in-house technology services, the web-page, and any other support services.

James Gondles

Executive Director

James Gondles has been Executive Director since 1991. Previous to this position, he served one year as ACA Executive Director Designee. He was an Arlington County, Virginia, deputy sheriff for eight years and served three terms as elected sheriff before resigning to join ACA. He is a member of many organizations and a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.

Jeffrey Washington

Deputy Executive Director

Jeffrey Washington has served ACA as its Deputy Executive Director since 1995.  Earlier, he served in the Standards and Accreditation Department as Acting Director, Administrator, Deputy Administrator and Regional Administrator dating back to 1986.  Prior to joining ACA, Mr. Washington served as a Program Coordinator for the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (1985-86) and as a correctional officer and staff person for the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections (1982-85).  Mr. Washington attended the University of Virginia and a member ACA.