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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
  • Ann Franke, J.D., 
  • 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
  • Steven McDonald, J.D. General Counsel, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Gary Margolis, Ed.D. Managing Partner, Margolis Healy
  • Chris Neuwirth, Manager of Emergency Management Services, Margolis Healy & Associates
  • Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. Attorney at Law, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.
  • Kimberly Novak, CEO, NovakTalks a campus safety & student risk management consulting firm
  • Daniel Pascale, Senior Director of Security & Emergency Management Services, Margolis Healy & Associates
  • Dorian Van Horn, Senior Consultant with SIGMA Threat Management Associates

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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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Ann Franke, J.D.

Ann Franke offers consulting services to higher education and other nonprofit organizations nationwide. Her expertise spans issues of employment, risk management, and governance. She is sought after as a speaker, commentator, and author. She is a Fellow of NACUA, a recipient of the national Facilitator Award from the Stetson College of Law, and grantee of a Fulbright senior scholar award. She previously held senior positions with United Educators Insurance and the American Association of University Professors. She received her BA, MA, and JD from the University of Pennsylvania and an LLM from Georgetown University. Clients value her depth of knowledge and practical approach.

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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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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.

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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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Chris Neuwirth

Chris Neuwirth is responsible for campus emergency management initiatives, including the development of all-hazard emergency operations plans, hazard and vulnerability assessments, discussion and operations-based exercises, and emergency management training. Prior to joining Margolis Healy, he served the State of New Jersey as a  representative in the state Emergency Operations Center coordinating resource management, information sharing, and private sector integration during disaster response and short-term recovery. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Chris was charged with managing the long-term public health recovery effort throughout New Jersey focusing on environmental health hazards, behavioral health and well-being, syndromic surveillance, and vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Earlier in his career, he served as an emergency management planner and oversaw a regional emergency operations center with an area of responsibility that included more than 200 public schools, two colleges, and a large university. Chris served as a Chief Officer for two career EMS agencies and as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.  He recently developed New Jersey’s first comprehensive emergency manager training program and serves as the lead instructor.

Chris is a recognized emergency management expert with more than 15 years of experience. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and completed a post-graduate, international disaster science fellowship with the Emergency Management Academy. Chris also successfully completed many professional and technical programs from institutions such as the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, and the New Jersey Regional Intelligence Academy.

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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

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 Risk Education and Prevention. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. 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 HazingPrevention.Org’s national hazing prevention institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.

Kim served as a Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center and on several national advisory boards. She has served on the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org, and The Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Kim currently serves as the Fraternity Executive Association’s Dean for the Interfraternity Institute (IFI) and on the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont and North Texas Higher Ed Law Conferences. Prior to embarking on her consulting career full-time, Kim served as the Director for Student Life at Arizona State University and she also worked at Texas A&M for 8 successful years. In 2008 Kim served as an advisor on the national Response-Ability Bystander Intervention Project, a national fraternity and sorority educational initiative. Additionally, she served as the lead editor of the Student Risk Management Compendium published by NACUA in 2006.

In 2012 Kim was presented the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and in 2013 she was honored with the Silver Medal By the North American Inter-Fraternal Conference for her leadership in advancing the fraternal movement and for her hazing prevention work.

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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.


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Dorian Van Horn

Dorian Van Horn is a Senior Consultant with SIGMA Threat Management Associates and a nationally recognized leader in threat assessment and threat management. Before joining the private sector, Ms. Van Horn served over 25 years as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Ms Van Horn was the NCIS Division Chief in charge of the Threat Management Unit/ Insider Threat program as well as the Family and Sexual Violence program. She also oversaw the Death, Violent Crime, and the Cold Case Homicide Unit. Her prior experience also includes working as a Probation/Parole Officer for Sexual Offenders in Chester County, PA. Ms. Van Horn was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as a Government Advisor to the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Predicting Violent Behavior. She is a contributing author in the recently published The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, Oxford University, 2013 as well as the Final Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Predicating Violent Behavior, USA005479-12, Sept 2012.


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