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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.

 

Mike Brody, Vice President for Student Services
Reed College

Mike Brody has been at Reed College in a variety of roles since 2003. He began as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the college’s health center, went on to  direct ​ Reed’s health and counseling services and after a year away, during which time he and his wife traveled through Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America, he returned to eventually assume the role of Vice President and Dean of Students in 2009. Mike has served as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, and as of 2015 became Reed’s Title IX Coordinator. Mike, his wife Heather and their two children live in Northeast Portland and enjoy international travel, sports, and being outdoors.

 

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.

 

Eva Chatterjee-Sutton, M.A., Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
Washington & Jefferson College

Eva Chatterjee-Sutton joined W&J as the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students in July of 2013. Eva earned her BS in Sociology and Political Science at Kansas State University and her MA in College Student Development with a minor in Organization Change & Development at the University of Iowa. Upon completion of her graduate work, Eva assumed a position at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) where she held several positions within the Office of Residence Life. In the summer of 1997, Dean Eva joined Bennington College, first as the Associate Director of Student Life and later transitioned to the Dean of Students at Bennington, a role she held for 7 years.

In her tenure at Bennington College, Eva’s commitment to creating a student experience with a strong foundation in student development theory, a deep commitment to community development, and a dedication to creating support structures to provide students the opportunity to realize their full potential was realized. Eva grew the student affairs operation from having a limited focus to an operation that encompassed a broad range of supports and services for students. In addition to the work at Bennington, Eva grew the connection of Bennington College to the neighboring communities through partnerships and programs with community agencies and her own commitment to education and community development.

In 2006, Eva was elected to the School Board in North Bennington, VT and served in that capacity until 2011 when she transition to the leading the Board of Directors of The Village School of North Bennington. The Village School of North Bennington is only the second school in the nation to transition from a public school to an independent school. The process of this change was led by Eva with support from a committee of citizens from the North Bennington community. This work, 5 years in duration, encompassed a highly political and community based process which received state and national attention both during and at its successful conclusion.

Now at W&J, Eva has continued her commitment to creating a holistic and robust student experience. To date this has been marked in part by creating a team in the Division of Student Life whose work resonates with the values of student and community development. She is working to create connections and collaborations across the campus to assist in this effort. Eva has extensive experience with Title IX, division III athletics, student conduct, Greek life, student governance, community engagement, residence life, student activities, career services, student leadership, and student health and counseling. Eva serves a member of President Tori Haring-Smith’s cabinet and leads a division of over 90 dedicated staff members who are deeply committed to the mission of W&J. In addition, Eva serves on several non-profit boards. She resides in Washington, PA with her husband, two daughters and several rescued animals.

 

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.

 

Lawrence Johnson, J.D., Director of Non-Discrimination Compliance
Westfield State University

Since October of 2014 I have been serving as Westfield State University’s Director of Non-Discrimination Compliance,acting in the capacity of the University’s ADA, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator.

I received my B.A. from Saint Michael’s College, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).  Prior to assuming my position at Westfield State, I worked for 19 years at Rider University in New Jersey, holding the joint positions of Associate Dean of Students at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus and Dean of Students at Rider’s Westminster Choir (Music) College in Princeton, New Jersey.  In addition, I served as Rider’s resource for FERPA related issues and oversaw risk management initiatives.

At both Rider and Westfield State I have facilitated trainings in Title IX and FERPA, developed campus policies around sexual misconduct and investigating complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault. As a member of Rider’s Organizational and Leadership Development program I taught, for several years, a graduate course in Higher Education Law, covering such topics as Free Speech, Academic Freedom, Title IX, Affirmative Action, Title VI, FERPA, and the ADA.

 

Adam Jussel, J.D. 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.  Adam has spoken in several venues, including the National Conference on Law and Higher Education, University of Vermont Legal Issues Conference, and the National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault and Violence.  Outside of work, Adam enjoys bluegrass music, Olympic weightlifting, and reading historical fiction.

 

Nicholas F. Laino, M.S., Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance
Herkimer College

Nicholas F. Laino is currently serving as the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY. He served as Interim President for twelve months in 2014-2015 and as Officer in Charge for four months in 2014 and six months in 2008. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority in Syracuse, NY and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.  He also serves as a Community Director for the Bank of Cooperstown in Cooperstown, NY, and an Advisory Board Member of HNP Capital in Pittsford/Rochester, NY and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Utica College of Syracuse University, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, Cazenovia College and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Herkimer County Community College.  Mr. Laino also served as a Former Treasurer for the Utica City School District and Former Councilman for the City of Utica – elected at age 23.

Mr. Laino received a Master of Science in Business Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business and Public Management from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration from SUNY College of Technology at Delhi.

Mr. Laino’s Professional Affiliations include President for the New York State Community College Business Officers Association where he formerly served as the Vice President and Chairman of the Education Committee, Evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, former Member of the SUNY Shared Services Steering Committee, and former Member of the SUNY Strategic Planning “Group of 200”

 

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.

 

Jennifer Papillo, LL.M., J.D.,  Associate General Counsel
University of Vermont

Jennifer L. Papillo joined the University of Vermont Office of the General Counsel in August 2010 in the position of Assistant General Counsel, and was promoted to Associate General Counsel in July 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Elon University, a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, with a focus on tax exempt organizations and estate planning. Before coming to UVM, Ms. Papillo served as a tax law clerk for the American Cancer Society, Inc.’s Office of Corporation Counsel in Washington, DC, and a research assistant to Peter F. Lake in the writing of Beyond Discipline: Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc., 2009). Ms. Papillo also worked with Mr. Lake in planning and executing the National Conference on Law and Higher Education from 2008-2010, which is jointly sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law and NASPA. Ms. Papillo’s representation of UVM includes practice across a broad range of legal issues, including taxation, finance, gifts and estates, benefits administration, Clery Act, Title IX, and other regulatory compliance issues, student affairs, governmental relations, litigation, policy development and review, as well as execution of University affiliations.

 

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.

 

Dr. William Stackman, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Services
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Bill Stackman began his role as Associate Vice President for Student Services at Notre Dame in August 2012. He oversees the University’s student health and wellness services, including the Office of Alcohol & Drug Education, the University Counseling Center, and University Health Services. In addition, Dr. Stackman chairs the University’s Care Team, serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and supervises the Program Director for Graduate Student Life.

Previously, Dr. Stackman served as Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stackman has been working in student affairs for 30 years and has held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including Dean of Student Affairs at Rhodes College, Associate and Acting Dean of Students at Oberlin College, Director of Student Activities at Tufts University, Associate Director of the Illini Union at the University of Illinois, and Associate Director of Student Activities at Temple University.

Dr. Stackman earned his doctorate at Boston University in Leadership, Administration, and Policy Studies. He also holds a master’s degree from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Parks and Recreation Administration, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in Parks and Recreation.

 

Denzil Suite, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
University of Southern California