Karl Brevitz, J.D., Consultant
Institutions of Higher Education
Karl F. Brevitz provides consulting services to institutions of higher education. From June 1999 – August 2013 he served as Director of Legal Resources for NACUA in Washington, DC where he managed the legal resources and programming of the Association and served as a staff liaison to the Annual Program, Legal Education and Web Page Legal Resources Committees, as well as to the Journal of College and University Law and NACUANOTES Editorial Boards. Prior to joining NACUA he served for 12 years as Director of Education at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Michigan Law School, and for six years as college attorney for Ferris State College, a public institution in Michigan. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Adrian College and J.D. magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.
Charles Carletta, J.D., General Counsel
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Charles Carletta, JD, is General Counsel at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he was with Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg & Griffin, P.C. in the Capital District of New York State. His practice was dedicated specifically to college issues including public safety, student affairs, administration, risk management, and government contracts. Mr. Carletta lectures nationally for ASJA and for the Stetson University College of Law at its Conference on Law and Higher Education. He is the author of a chapter in the book The Administration of Campus Discipline: Student, Organizational, and Community Issues. He received a BA from Manhattan College and JD from the Albany Law School of Union University.
Mary Dewey, Director of Risk Management
University of Vermont
Mary C. Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM, is Director of Risk Management & Safety at the University of Vermont, where she has worked since 1988. She oversees a comprehensive risk management program for occupational health and safety, fire and life safety, environmental health and safety, property protection, fleet safety, emergency preparedness, and environmental & safety compliance. Her office is also charged with management of the university’s self-insured property and casualty insurance program, administration of workers’ compensation, and claims management. Ms. Dewey is past president of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), past member of the URMIA board of directors, and past president of the Vermont Chapter of CPCU. In 2003, she received the Distinguished Risk Manager (DRM) award from URMIA. She has been a speaker at various conferences and workshops on topics such as Enterprise Risk Management, contractual risk transfer, and risk financing fundamentals. Ms. Dewey has earned the professional designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and earned her BA from the University of Vermont with a double major in Russian and Eastern European studies & Mass Communications.
Lori Fox, J.D. General Counsel
Teachers College, Columbia University
Deborah Hunter, Ed.D. Associate Professor
University of Vermont
I have been a UVM faculty member since 1985 with the graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration and served as Program Coordinator for most of those years. Along the way also served as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Services, Chair of UVM’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and currently as Chair of the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences.
Jeffrey Nolan, J.D., Attorney at Law
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.
Jeffrey J. Nolan is an attorney and partner with Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington, Vermont (www.dinse.com), where his practice focuses on representing and advising institutions of higher education and other employers with respect to employment law issues, representing and advising institutions of higher education with respect to student-related matters and compliance issues unique to higher education, and assisting institutions of higher education and other employers with the development and implementation of appropriate policies, handbooks and legal issues training programs. Jeff has practiced in these areas since joining the firm in 1992. Jeff is also a Senior Consultant to Sigma Threat Management Associates (www.SigmaTMA.com), and he collaborates often with Margolis, Healy & Associates (www.Margolis-Healy.com) on projects involving the legal aspects of campus safety and security issues.
Jeff often speaks at national, regional and local-audience seminars on legal issues related to student affairs and employment, threat assessment and management, and campus safety and security. Recent engagements include his work as a subject matter expert and instructor for the nationwide series of campus threat assessment training workshops developed by Margolis, Healy & Associates and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing office, presentations on campus security and threat assessment at national conferences of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association, and presentations at an upcoming national Advanced Employment Issues Symposium regarding Americans with Disabilities Act issues. Jeff is listed in Chambers & Partners America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor and Employment Law, in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment Law, and in New England Super Lawyers in the area of Employment and Labor Law.
Steven McDonald, J.D., General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design
Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at Rhode Island School of Design and previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University. He is the editor of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium; the author of articles on FERPA for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications; and a frequent speaker on FERPA. He began his legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case, and he also has taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School. He also is a Fellow and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In State, ex rel. Thomas v. The Ohio State University, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that he really is a lawyer. He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Thomas Mercurio, J.D., Associate General Counsel,
University of Vermont
Thomas D. Mercurio joined the UVM General Counsel’s Office in 1988 and currently serves as Deputy General Counsel. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from Boston College. Before coming to UVM, Mr. Mercurio was a law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court and an instructor at Vermont Law School. He was also a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid, Inc., and served as legal counsel to the Vermont Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education. Mr. Mercurio has taught courses in education law, higher education law, and special education law.
Kim Novak, Founder and CEO, Director
Novak Talks, Health & Safety for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Kimberly Novak, CEO NovakTalks is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development. Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Health & Safety. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, organization conduct, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country and has served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including HazingPrevention.Org’s institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.
Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the oversight and development of administration and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the new urban campus. She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University’s internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.
Kim approaches her work with college students with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.
Kim Vansell Richmond, Director
National Center for Campus Public Safety
Kim Vansell is the inaugural Director of the National Center for Campus Public Safety. She facilitates the National Center’s mission of providing an array of services to campus public safety agencies, members of campus communities, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and government entities. Prior to joining the National Center, Kim spent over 30 years at the University of Central Missouri, retiring as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety. In addition to Kim’s deep experience with leadership initiatives, collaborative efforts, and professional organization involvement, she was a generalist instructor with the University of Central Missouri National Police Institute for nearly 20 years and adjunct faculty at the University of Central Missouri Department of Criminal Justice. Kim received her BS in criminal justice administration and her MS in security from the University of Central Missouri. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 235.
Denzil Suite, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
University of Southern California