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Anticipated Conference Presenters

Please note that this is a tentative list and more conference presenters will be added before the conference. Check this Web page for updates.

  • Charles Carletta, J.D. Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Seth Gilbertson J.D., Associate Counsel for the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel
  • Steven Healy Managing Partner, Margolis Healy & Associates
  • Jeffrey L. Hirsch Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
  • Steven Healy Managing Partner, Margolis Healy & Associates
  • Corinne Kowpak Ed.D. Dean of Students, York County Community College
  • Linda Langford, Evaluation Scientist, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Steven McDonald, J.D. General Counsel, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Gary Margolis, Ed.D. Managing Partner, Margolis Healy
  • Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. Attorney at Law, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.
  • Kimberly Novak, CEO, NovakTalks a campus safety & student risk management consulting firm
  • Dr. Gina Lee Olukoya, Associate Dean of students at University of Illinois
  • Daniel Pascale, Senior Director of Security & Emergency Management Services, Margolis Healy & Associates
  • Dr. Brent Paterson, Vice President of Student Affairs Illinois State University
  • Helen Stubbs, Vice President of Higher Education
  • Denzil Suite, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Southern California
  • Wynn Smiley, Chief Executive Director Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity – NIC Board Member and President Elect Fraternity Executive Association
  • Larry Stanton Weise, Executive Director, Kappa Alpha Order

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Charles F. Carletta, J.D.

Charles Carletta, JD, is Secretary of the Institute and 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.

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Seth Gilbertson, J.D.

Seth F. Gilbertson is an Associate Counsel for the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel.  Seth handles labor and student affairs matters for SUNY’s western campuses (Westcam) and specializes in records management and international programs issues for SUNY on a system-wide basis.  Before joining SUNY, Seth was a court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.  In a previous life, he was the Mountain Manager of Apple Mountain Resort in Freeland, Michigan.  Seth earned his B.A., cum laude, from Saginaw Valley State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review.  Seth is active in both the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

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Steven Healy

Steven J. Healy is a managing partner and co-founder of Margolis Healy and is a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety and the Clery Act. From 2003 through 2009, he was the Director of Public Safety at Princeton University where he led the University’s safety, security, and law enforcement programs and is credited with enhancing and expanding the department’s overall professionalism and capabilities.

A past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Mr. Healy served as a member of the association’s Government Relations Committee for 13 years. As president of IACLEA, Mr. Healy contributed significantly to the national dialogue about campus safety and security in the aftermath of the tragic rampage-shooting incident at Virginia Tech University in April 2007.

Mr. Healy serves as a subject-matter expert for the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. He testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the topic of “Security on America’s Campuses” and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on the topic of “Best Practices for Keeping America’s Campuses Safe.”

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Jeffrey L. Hirsch, J.D.

Jeff Hirsch is an experienced attorney, author, and teacher who has practiced management labor and employment law for 32 years. During that time, Jeff has advised and represented hundreds of employers in many diverse fields, with a special focus on higher education, healthcare, and human services. Since 1990, Jeff has been the author of widely-used book Labor and Employment in Massachusetts, and he has written similar books analyzing the laws of Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Jeff also wrote the Occupational Safety and Health Handbook, which was distributed nationally. Jeff’s books are relied upon by thousands of lawyers, executives, and human resources professionals around the United States. Jeff is a member of the National Association of College & University Attorneys and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. In 2013, The Best Lawyers in America named Jeff “Lawyer of the Year” for the Boston area in Labor and Employment law. In 2011, Jeff was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Jeff regularly represents employers in labor negotiations, union organizing drives, wage and hour cases, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. He has appeared on behalf of his clients before dozens of state and federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, New Hampshire Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York State Department of Labor and state and federal courts.

Jeff also represents unionized employers in arbitration proceedings pursuant to various collective bargaining agreements in matters involving disputes regarding contract interpretation, employee discipline, and employee discharge. These proceedings are usually administered by the American Arbitration Association or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Like all HRW lawyers, Jeff also believes in effective proactive partnering with clients, and he spends a significant amount of time providing in-house professional educational programs to help his clients avoid costly disruptions and disputes.

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Corinne P. Kowpak, Ed.D.

Corinne P. Kowpak has served five different higher education institutions in the last 40 years. Her career began at the University of Vermont where she served for 17 years, most of which was as the Assistant or Associate Dean of Students.  In 1990, Dr. Kowpak became the senior student affairs officer at Springfield College, MA. After eight years, she returned to her native New York to serve as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development at York College/City University of New York. In 2000, Dr. Kowpak was named Vice President for Student Affairs at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She was appointed Dean of Students at York County Community College in Maine in 2008.   She has taught in Student Affairs and Higher Education graduate programs at UVM and Springfield.  Currently, Dr. Kowpak teaches online courses in student affairs and higher education  for Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Kowpak was a first generation college student who earned her B.A. in physical education at Hunter College/City University of New York and completed her M.Ed. and Ed.D. at the University of Vermont.


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Gary Margolis, Ed.D.

Dr. Gary J. Margolis is a managing partner and co-founder of Margolis Healy with more than 20 years of distinguished experience in public safety and over a decade in higher education. Under his leadership as Chief of Police at the University of Vermont from 1998 – 2009, UVM Police Services became a three-time internationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

A highly-respected and sought after consultant, speaker, educator, and trainer, Dr. Margolis addresses a variety of K-12 and higher education safety and security issues including crises response and communications; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing sexual and gender violence on campuses. He is often called upon by the US Departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security as a campus security expert and has testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Steven McDonald, J.D.

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 has handled a number of Internet-related legal matters, ranging from alleged infringements of copyrighted materials on student web pages to investigations of computer break-ins to an e-mail death threat to Socks the cat. He began his legal career in private practice 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 is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and is the editor of NACUA’s The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium. 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 in 1982 and his J.D. from The Yale Law School in 1985.

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Jeffrey J. Nolan, J.D.

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.


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Kimberly Novak

Kim Novak is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, hazing prevention, and campus safety. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campus around the country and served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including the including HPO’s hazing intervention institute which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Kimberly Novak Hazing Prevention Institute. Kim has served as a Center Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center for Alcohol Other Drug and Violence Prevention. She also serves on the advisory boards for the Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Ed Law Conference and SCOPE, School and College Organization for Prevention Educators.

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Daniel Pascale

Daniel Pascale is responsible for security technology and emergency management related services for MHA clients. Prior to joining MHA full-time in October 2012, Daniel Pascale was the Senior Director of Emergency Communications & Security Technology for the University of Chicago. In this role he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of physical security systems including the design, procurement and implementation of security technology. In addition, Dan oversaw the UC Communications Center which serves as the primary public safety answering point for the University and Medical Center Safety and Security operations. Prior to the University of Chicago, he served 9 years with Rutgers University in NJ where he held the position of Commander of Security Operations and later the Director of Emergency Management with the Division of Public Safety. Dan is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and was selected as one of America’s “Top 20 Security Professionals under 40” by Security Director News in July 2009. He has completed the Emergency Management Institutes Incident Command, Unified Command and Community Educator programs in addition to Basic and Enhanced Risk Assessment through the Department of Homeland Security and Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Dan has written several articles published in periodicals such as Security Management, Security Dynamics and Campus Security Report relating to event planning, risk analysis and physical security. He has also served as President of the NJ College & University Public Safety Association and as a member of the NJ Governor’s Campus Security Task Force.

Helen Stubbs

Helen Stubbs oversees EverFi’s Partner Education division, disseminating prevention research and best practices to campus members of The Coalition. The Coalition serves as the foundation for EverFi’s position as a thought leader in collegiate alcohol, other drug, and violence (AODV) prevention, with research and tools that enable campus administrators to evaluate and improve upon their efforts to promote health and wellness among their students.

Helen came to EverFi in 2008 having worked exclusively in the non-profit sector, most recently serving nine years at the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (HEC). For 19 years, HEC served as the national resource center to support campus administrators in promoting campus health, wellness, and safety. During Helen’s time there, HEC was instrumental in articulating and promoting a comprehensive framework for alcohol prevention termed environmental management, now widely embraced by campus practitioners as a standard of best practice. Helen also served eight years as associate director of the Center for College Health and Safety, based at Education Development Center.

Helen holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Vermont and earned a Masters degree from Harvard School of Public Health, where she focused her studies on health communications and the prevention of high-risk behaviors among youth. At HSPH, Helen was co-founder of the Violence Prevention Working Group, and received an Albert Schweitzer Urban Fellowship to support her work to prevent substance use and gang violence among urban youth. Her previous work has addressed such issues as women’s health, sexual health, international health and development, violence prevention, and public health communications.

Denzil Suite, Ph.D.

Dr. Denzil Suite is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Southern California.  In that capacity he has oversight responsibility for a wide range of offices directly involved in student life and leads the Division as a whole on those occasions when the Vice President is away from the university.

Dr. Suite has worked in Student Affairs at UC Berkeley, Cal State LA, and at UC Santa Cruz. He has been invited to speak about college student issues at several national conference and universities around the country.

In addition to his responsibilities in Student Affairs, Dr. Suite holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Education in the Rossier School of Education, where he teaches courses on the history of higher education and on intervention strategies in student development.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Policy and Organization from the University of Southern California.

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