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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.

Tim Bilodeau, Deputy Chief
University of Vermont, Police Services 

Kathleen Conn, Of Counsel, Adjunct Professor
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Widener University
School of Law, Delaware and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA

Kathleen Conn, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. currently serves as Of Counsel to the law firm of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Widener University School of Law, Delaware, and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Before joining KingSpry, Conn worked in public education for 18 years, as a high school teacher, K-12 curriculum supervisor, and building principal.  After retiring from public education, she joined the faculty of Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania, where she taught in the Ed.D. program and guided student dissertation work for seven years. Conn is the author of three books, numerous book chapters and journal articles, webinars, and DVDs in the areas of bullying and cyberbullying, sexual harassment and Title IX, First and Fourth Amendment issues, and school and administrator responsibility and liability. She has presented on these topics regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Courtney Cioffredi, ADA/504 Coordinator
University of Vermont

Art Coleman, J.D., Partner
EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Art Coleman is a managing partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. With a background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators, Mr. Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability and completion in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Mr. Coleman’s work centers on:

  • The development of college and career-ready policy development, with a focus on issues of accountability and assessments; accreditation and systems improvement;  and access for students with disabilities and English language learners
  • The development of higher education access and diversity policies, including a focus on enrollment-related and employment policies designed to enhance access and the educational benefits of diversity
  • The development of fully inclusive school and university safety and conduct policies, with a focus on student bullying and harassment policies, as well as on issues relevant to legally protected expression and speech
  • The design of strategies and the implementation of plans to support non-profit organizations that seek to align their educationally focused goals with policy, demographic, and related trends and developments
  • Providing legal advice and institutional guidance regarding federal non-discrimination laws, including those that provide protections against race, ethnicity, sex, disability and language-based discrimination

Art Served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (June 1997 – January 2000) following his three-and-a-half year tenure as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. He was responsible for the development of federal civil rights policy in education and enforcement of relevant federal laws centered on issues relating to standards reform, test use, students with disabilities, English language learners, affirmative action, desegregation, sexual and racial harassment, and gender equity in athletics. Art is also a “recovering litigator,” having begun his legal career as a lawyer with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (1984 – 1993). He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, speaks and writes on topics regarding legal and policy issues in education, and has served as an adjunct professor at two law schools and at one graduate school of education.

Mark DiBona, Sergeant
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

Mark DiBona started his Law Enforcement in 1985 in Massachusetts. He currently a Sergeant with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (FL) assigned to the Traffic Unit. During his career he has been a Field Training Officer, Public Information Officer, DUI Enforcement, a member of the Disaster Relief Team and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Mark is a Police Academy Instructor at Seminole State College, where he instructs Line Supervision, Traffic Stops, Driving, Police Officer Stress and Suicide and DUI. Mark is on the Board of Directors for Badge of Life and a Staff Member of Code 9 S.H.A.R.E. Project, Station House Retreat and MADD. Mark is heavily involved with Law Enforcement Officer mental health issues. Mark is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and Rock and Roll music.

Ann Franke, President
Wise Results, LLC

Renee Ford, Instructional Designer
Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business 

Dr. Renee Ford is an instructional designer with Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business.  She is the lead designer of numerous hybrid and online courses offered at the Smeal College of Business in University Park, PA and at Penn State’s World Campus, globally.  Her portfolio includes courses that range in size from under 50 students to over 2000 students and are delivered to over 5000 Penn State students per year.  In her role, she ensures that all courses adhere to accessibility and copyright guidelines.  Renee is passionate about educational equity and believes that well-designed courses of all delivery formats (face-to-face, hybrid, and online) present opportunities to create excellent, engaging learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners.​

Seth Gilbertson, Associate Counsel
State University of New York, Upstate Medical University 

Leslie Gomez, Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Leslie M. Gomez is a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office.  Ms. Gomez is co-chair of the firm’s Child Advocacy Practice Group and the Pepper Latino/a Caucus.  Ms. Gomez focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual misconduct.  She provides consulting, counseling and legal advice on all issues related to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and retaliation.  Ms. Gomez helps institutions develop comprehensive policies, procedures, systems and training programs in compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization  Act of 203, FERPA and state and local laws, directs internal investigations, coordinates parallel civil, regulatory and criminal investigations, and assists in the design and implementation of disciplinary processes.  Ms. Gomez is also a nationally recognized expert in child abuse and child protection, including the dynamics of child abuse, child protective services laws and the coordination of investigations with child protective services and local, state and federal law enforcement.  Ms. Gomez has nearly two decades of experience investigating sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and stalking.  Prior to joining Pepper, Ms. Gomez served as an assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for 14 years, including five years as the assistant chief and chief of the Juvenile Court Unit.  She handled complex child abuse, kidnapping, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault cases for more than 11 years.  Ms. Gomez is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D. 1995) and Brown University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1992).

Lyn Hammer, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Manager
Naval Academy

John “J.P.” Hasman, Partner
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

John “J.P.” Hasman is a former National Labor Relations Board attorney who has unique insight into the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and conducting NLRB supervised elections. Now, J.P. uses that insider’s perspective to effectively represent corporate clients before the NLRB and in their labor relations.

His extensive experience includes serving as chief negotiator in union negotiations and representing numerous clients before the NLRB and in their labor relations. J.P. successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by appointing three people to the board while lawmakers were on break—bypassing Senate confirmation.

In his practice, J.P. negotiates union contracts, handles ULP charges, resolves grievances, represents clients at grievance arbitrations, and manages secondary picketing issues and other strike related litigation and matters. In additions, J.P. assists non-union employers with union avoidance efforts, and advises and counsels employers during union campaigns.

As co-chair of the firms’ Higher Education industry group, J.P. helps lead the firm’s multidisciplinary representations of some of the country’s largest and most esteemed colleges and universities. J.P. has counseled multiple higher education clients regarding adjunct faculty organizing efforts and all of their traditional labor needs.

Furthermore, J.P. counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship and defends them in state and federal courts against discrimination claims and other workplace-related allegations. In addition to his litigation successes, J.P. keeps clients out of the courts, while helping them accomplish business goals, manage workforces, and grow their business.

Steven Healy, Managing Partner
Margolis, Healy & Associates

Steven J. Healy is a managing partner and co-founder of Margolis Healy and is a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety, Title IX 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 through improved leadership, additional personnel, significant strategic investments in training, updated equipment, new computer systems and a relocation to a technologically advanced facility. Prior to Princeton, Steven was the Chief of Police at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. He also served as Director of Operations at the Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University for five years.

A past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Steven served as a member of the association’s Government Relations Committee for 13 years, and was the IACLEA Regional Director for the North Atlantic Region during his tenure at Wellesley. As president of IACLEA, Steven 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. As the Immediate Past President of IACLEA, Steven led an IACLEA special panel reviewing post-Virginia Tech challenges and concerns for the higher education community. He also served as IACLEA’s representative to the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) “National Campus Safety and Security Project” and to EDUCAUSE’s “The IT Role in Campus Safety” project. He was a featured speaker and panelist with Dr. Margolis on emergency response and recovery at the NACUBO annual meeting. In 2009, he was named a Fellow at the Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. Steven is also a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Steven J. 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.” At the request of the U.S. Department of Education, he was asked to serve on a special working group developing emergency management planning guidelines for the higher education community.

Steven has been a featured presenter at several ACE Annual Meetings, addressing various issues of related to campus safety, security, emergency management, and regulatory compliance. He served as chairperson of the National Center for Campus Public Safety Advisory Board and was responsible for leading the development of a strategic plan and framework for the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Steven is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Campus Public Safety, which was funded by Congress with bipartisan support in 2013.

Steven is a frequently requested and nationally recognized consultant, presenter, and trainer who speaks on issues related to campus safety and security. He has appeared on numerous national news programs and talk shows including CNN, ABC Nightly News, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Steven was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry” by Security Magazine.

Steven J. Healy is a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He spent 10 years on active duty with the United States Air Force as Security Police Officer. From 1992 to 1995, He was the Operations Officer for the 95th Security Police Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base.

Adam Jussel, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct
Washington State University 

Adam Jussel is an assistant dean of students and director of student conduct for Washington State University (WSU). He previously represented WSU as an assistant attorney general, and his clients included disability services, athletics, student affairs, and student conduct.  Jussel received his juris doctorate from Seattle University and a certification in higher education law and policy from NASPA.  He recently authored the piece “Finding Equity and Empowerment in the Adjudication Process,” and has spoken on issues ranging from due process to academic integrity.

Alyssa Keehan, Senior Risk Counsel
United Educators Insurance

Alyssa Keehan is the Director of Risk Research at United Educators Insurance where she supervises a team of attorneys to produce written publications, webinars, and online courses on risk management topics impacting colleges and universities; topics include student sexual assault, threat assessment teams, Title IX, the Clery Act and its VAWA amendments, and contracts. Prior to working in risk management, Alyssa was a claims attorney where she handled hundreds of general liability claims filed against colleges and universities. Alyssa received her BA from Princeton University and her JD from Loyola University Chicago. Alyssa will be talking at the conference on the pre and post-DCL studies of UE’s student sexual assault claims. She will discuss claims trends and lessons learned.

Amy Kiger, Director, Violence & Substance Abuse Prevention
University of Central Missouri

Amy Kiger is the director of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Central Missouri.  During her 13 years at UCM, Ms. Kiger has led implementation of bystander intervention strategies addressing both high-risk alcohol use and gender violence as part of the institution’s comprehensive approach to prevention. She has served as Primary Investigator for externally funded projects from the US Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, the US Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and is currently the PI for a subcontract through the Missouri Department of Women’s Health’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rape Prevention Education grant. Ms. Kiger is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri–Columbia and has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Missouri.

Alison Kiss, Executive Director
Clery Center for Security on Campus

Alison Kiss is the Executive Director of the Clery Center for Security On Campus, Inc. and formerly served as Director of Programs at the Clery Center.  Ms. Kiss previously served as the Director of Wellness, Alcohol, & Drug Education at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Prior to her work in higher education, she served as the outreach and education program manager at the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc.  She currently serves as an adjunct instructor teaching in criminal justice and sociology programs throughout the Delaware Valley, PA. Ms. Kiss recently published a chapter on college campus safety in the recently published anthology, “Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse: Resources and Responses for Individuals and Families” edited by Dr. Michele Paludi, a chapter on campus safety policy for the 3rd Edition of “Campus Crime” edited by Dr. Bonnie Fisher and Dr. John Sloan.  She recently co-authored an article on community collaboration for the prevention of non-medical prescription drug use in higher education featured in the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.  Most recently, she co-authored a chapter on federal campus safety regulations and sexual assault and presented on her work as part of the President’s panel for the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference in Washington, DC.

Ms. Kiss served on the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee for the VAWA amendments to the Clery Act.  She has provided services as an expert witness in campus sexual assault civil cases and is affiliated with many professional organizations, including: Rapid Response Expert Network, Violence Against Women Online Resources (VAWNET), Expanded Partners Group, “Vision 21: Transforming Victims Services”, Department of Justice: OVC-sponsored project, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Ms. Kiss earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University.   She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D program in Higher Education Administration and Policy at Northeastern University with her dissertation focusing on a qualitative study of relational leadership and sexual assault prevention in higher education.

Peter Lake, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy
Stetson University College of Law

Gary Margolis, Managing Partner
Margolis, Healy & Associates, LLC

Dr. Gary J. Margolis is the President & CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc. and co-founded Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC. He has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in law enforcement and public safety, and over a decade in higher education safety and security. Under his leadership as Chief of Police at the University of Vermont (1998 – 2009), UVM Police Services became a three-time internationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition, he has served as a police executive, police academy administrator, police officer and deputy sheriff.

A highly-respected and sought after consultant, speaker, educator, and trainer, Dr. Margolis’ areas of expertise include crises response and communications; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing sexual and gender violence. He is 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. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedies, Dr. Margolis was appointed by former Vermont Governor James Douglas to serve on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Dr. Margolis traveled to Israel as an invited guest of the Israeli Government and Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) to study terrorism and share his expertise with the Israel National Police and Israel Defense Forces. He has led or been involved in several national and international initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Dr. Margolis is on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and is a Past General Chair of the University & College Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the oldest and largest police association in the world. He is a former member of the association’s executive committee, and a founding faculty member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women sponsored by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Dr. Margolis has been a featured presenter for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS); The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); and the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). His work has been featured in American Council of Education (ACE), Police Chief magazine, the Campus Law Enforcement Journal magazine, and Campus Safety Magazine.  He has appeared in the New York Times and various nationally recognized media outlets, including National Public Radio.

Dr. Margolis held a Research Associate Professor appointment in the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services, and an adjunct professor at Norwich University for many years. He has taught leadership and policy studies for masters and doctoral students in UVM’s Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program, and organizational development and policy administration for master’s students in Norwich University’s Masters of Justice Administration program.

Dr. Margolis has a Masters Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. He is a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program.

Karen McAndrew, Attorney
Dinse, Knapp, McAndrew

Karen McAndrew is a shareholder and director of the Burlington, Vermont law firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, where her litigation practice includes representation of many of the colleges and universities in Vermont.  She has defended several schools in claims brought by respondents accused in campus sexual assault cases.  She is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Holly Rider-Milkovich, Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
University of Michigan

Gina Smith, Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP 

Gina Maisto Smith is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, based in Philadelphia.  Ms. Smith chairs a national practice dedicated to the institutional response to sexual misconduct.  Ms. Smith advises colleges and universities, K-12 schools and other institutions about policies, procedures, systems, education and prevention programs, coordination with law enforcement and investigations related to sexual assault, sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and child abuse.  Ms. Smith helps clients integrate the requirements of federal, state, and local authority, including Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, criminal law, HIPAA, and FERPA.  Ms. Smith spent nearly two decades in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she developed unmatched experience in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide. Ms. Smith served as an expert on the education, prevention and training subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.  She is an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a past adjunct professor at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.  Ms. Smith serves on the board of directors of The University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research and The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1987) and Saint Joseph’s University (B.A. 1983).

Lianne Tuomey, Chief of Police
University of Vermont, Police Services 

Chief Tuomey is a 33 year police veteran and has served in every facet of law enforcement. Chief Tuomey obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Vermont in the 1990s while serving with the Burlington VT Police Department – retiring in 2000 to join UVM Police Services.  She brings extensive skills and experience in many aspects of organizational and human behavior and interventions such as: police response to persons in crisis, hostage/crisis negotiations and threat assessment to name a few. Chief Tuomey currently serves as Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Diversity Coordinating Panel, and the Safe-Shield project focusing her skills on officer wellness and suicide prevention. Chief Tuomey is a presenter in the area of Fair and Impartial Policing as well as being versed in areas concerning Social and Procedural Justice. She is an adjunct instructor with IACP’s Violence Against Women Institute, as well as serving on UVM’s threat/risk assessment teams. Chief Tuomey is also an active member of the Green Mountain  Critical Incident Stress Management Team where she volunteers her time educating first responders on issues of critical incident stress and conducting stress debriefings.

As a trainer and consultant she has shared expertise with numerous state and private institutions in the domains of, stress management, organizational development and management, conflict resolution and workplace violence awareness/reduction, and policy development in the areas of personnel issues, and organizational change. She has also lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of Stress Management for emergency service providers, and issues around police suicide and “Suicide By Cop.”

Along with extensive training and research in Critical Incident Stress Management Lianne is EMDR Clinical Intervention Levels I & II certified, and has advanced training and experience as a Crisis/Hostage Negotiator. Lianne is also a certified Myers-Briggs consultant.

Prior to being promoted to Chief on May 18, 2009, Chief Tuomey served the University of Vermont Community as a Captain / Deputy Chief of the police department from September of 2000. She managed the  responsibility for all police and campus safety operations.  Prior to that she served as a member of the Burlington Vermont Police Department, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant.

Dorian Van Horn, Senior Consultant
SIGMA Threat Management Associates

Susan Wheeler, University Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General
James Madison University, VA

Susan L. Wheeler is University Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General for James Madison University in Virginia.   Ms. Wheeler has presented at many higher education law conferences and to higher education groups on legal issues. She has served on numerous committees and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  She previously served as Associate General Counsel, University Counsel, and Interim General Counsel at the University of Houston System, as a briefing attorney and research attorney for the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, and is licensed in Texas and Virginia.

Josh Whitlock, Partner
McGuire Woods

Josh practices primarily in the areas of higher education and commercial litigation.

In the higher education context, Josh defends and counsels colleges and universities in connection with a variety of issues, including Title IX, ADA, Section 504, FERPA, Title VII, and program integrity rules compliance; administration of international programs; and sexual misconduct, student lending, student discipline, tenure, and general employment matters.

Josh has emerged as a national thought leader on student sexual misconduct-related and Title IX-related claims and compliance and frequently speaks and publishes on these issues.

He also is the former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section, part of a McGuireWoods team that teaches the Higher Education Practicum at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, and an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

In the commercial litigation context, Josh represents and counsels clients in connection with contract and insurance coverage disputes, loan default collection matters, and electronic discovery issues.

Josh frequently uses his Spanish fluency and extensive experience living and working in Latin America to benefit McGuireWoods clients. For example, he often interviews and deposes Spanish-speaking witnesses and has repeatedly traveled to Latin America to represent and counsel clients in a variety of matters.

Additionally, Josh is actively involved in pro bono work, including the representation of Spanish-speaking immigrants in obtaining domestic violence protection orders and the representation of adults with mental health disabilities.


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