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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 Bakaly, Senior Consultant

A strategic communications counselor who has served as a former government official and lawyer, Charles applies his more than 35 years of experience to helping clients navigate enterprise, reputation and legal risks to make good decisions in a complex external environment. At Edelman, he conceives and executes campaign strategies for organizations to promote and protect their reputations. He regularly works with higher education entities on a variety of high-profile situations, counseling university leadership and boards of directors on governance and reputation management issues.

Charles and his team have, for example, assisted major public and private institutions, including Penn State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale University and the Yale-New Haven Health System. Charles is a frequent speaker among higher education audiences, addressing administrators and general counsel on crisis and reputation management issues.

Charles and his team’s work for one client won several prestigious industry awards in 2011, including the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil for Public Affairs (Association/Non-Profit Organization Category), PRWeek’s Public Affairs Campaign of the Year Award and PRWeek’s Crisis/Issues Management Campaign of the Year Award.

Charles received his bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College and his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School. He attended Georgetown Law’s graduate program and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.


Karl F. Brevitz Consultant
Karl F. Brevitz Consulting

Karl F. Brevitz provides consulting services to institutions of higher education in matters of policy governance and compliance, including Title IX and distance education state authorization.  He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and has recently served on the Committees on Web Page Legal Resources, Annual Program, and the NACUANOTES Editorial Board.   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.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference.


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.


Lillian Burroughs, M.S. Director of Operations
Bryn Mawr and Haverford College

Lillian Burroughs is the Director of Operations at Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Campus Safety Departments.

Lil was Director of Public Safety at Cabrini College from 2007 until 2012. Prior to Cabrini, she was the Associate Director of Safety & Security at Philadelphia University after serving as a police officer for the City of Philadelphia.  Lil has a Master of Science in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

A resident of Huntington Valley, PA, Lil is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley, and a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement (IACLEA), and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Lil is also a certified RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor. Lil has served as the Women in Security Liaison (WIS) for the ASIS Delaware Valley Chapter for over two years.


Charles Carletta, J.D.

Charles Carletta, JD, is retired former 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, VP 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.


Kathleen Conn, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. 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

Scientist, educator, consultant, and attorney, Kathleen Conn is currently Of Counsel with the Education Law Practice Group of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ms. Conn earned her B.S. in Physics from St. John’s University, New York, an M.S. in Medical Physics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a dual Ph.D. in Physics/Biology at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. degrees at Widener Law in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Conn’s professional experience includes full-time college and university teaching, most recently for seven years in the Graduate Education program at Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania. Before her appointment at Neumann, she served for 18 years in public school districts in Pennsylvania, as a high school science teacher, K-12 curriculum supervisor, and elementary school principal. She is also a consultant and expert witness on issues of school safety, students’ First Amendment rights, bullying, cyberbullying, and sexual harassment. Conn currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Public Health and Biology Departments at Muhlenberg College

Conn has authored three books, as well as an ever-increasing list of invited book chapters, articles and commentaries in peer-reviewed law journals. She is on the Authors’ Committee of West’s Education Law Reporter. An annual presenter at the national Education Law Association (ELA) Conference, Conn has also served on the Executive Board of ELA. She has presented on both scientific and legal topics at various international conferences in Europe, China, New Zealand, and Australia.


Mary Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM 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.


Robert Donin, General Counsel
Dartmouth College

Robert Donin is General Counsel of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, a position he has held since August, 2000.  Previously, he was Deputy General Counsel of Harvard University.  Before joining the Harvard legal staff, he was a partner with the Washington, D.C. firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard & McPherson, where he practiced litigation and administrative law.  Bob received his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, his A.B., cum laude, from Colgate University, and an LL.M. from the University of London, where he was a Fulbright/Hays Scholar.  From 2012-2015, he was a member of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Thomas Dorer, J.D. Principal
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Thomas Dorer is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing colleges and universities in student and academic affairs and in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. Mr. Dorer serves as co-lead of Jackson Lewis’ Higher Education Group.

Before arriving at Jackson Lewis, Mr. Dorer served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at the University of Hartford, where he was responsible for the full scope of legal issues impacting higher education, including employment law, student and academic affairs, regulatory compliance, Title IX, intercollegiate athletics, risk management, privacy law and corporate governance. As a member of the University President’s senior management team, Mr. Dorer provided leadership in policy formation and consensus-building on a range of issues critical to the University mission.

Prior to joining the University of Hartford, Mr. Dorer served as general counsel at West Virginia University (WVU). At WVU, he played a lead role in situation management, external and governmental relations and policy development, and advised the administration, board and faculty on a wide range of legal matters, such as employment law, student and academic affairs, public record and open meeting laws, constitutional law, athletics and legislative analysis. Mr. Dorer was previously an associate counsel for the University of Massachusetts, an associate attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, DC and a law clerk to the Hon. Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Before attending law school, Mr. Dorer served in university administration at Brown University and Ohio University.

An active volunteer and current Board member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Mr. Dorer regularly presents at national and regional conferences on topics such as academic affairs, legal ethics, risk management and disability law.  He has also served on the NCAA General Counsel Advisory Board (2004-2007, 2011-2016), and the steering committee of the Boston Bar Association, College and University Section (2000-2002).  He received a BA from Brown University, an EdM from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.


Melissa L. Evans, Of Counsel
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Melissa L. Evans is Of Counsel the Pittsburgh, PA office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  Prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 2011, Ms. Evans was an Associate with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP, where she concentrated in the field of labor and employment litigation, including specifically individual and class/collective action discrimination and wage and hour claims. Because the majority of her work at her prior firm involved representation of plaintiffs, Ms. Evans brings to Jackson Lewis a unique and valuable perspective in the practice of employment law on behalf of employers.

 Ms. Evans’ practice is currently focused exclusively on representing employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on the state and federal levels, as well as client counseling on issues of compliance and litigation avoidance.  Her practice includes representation of employers in litigation arising under Title VII, the ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, EPA, and comparable state laws.  In addition to individual claims, Ms. Evans has extensive experience litigating complex class and collective actions, including wage and hour claims involving misclassification of employees as independent contractors, misclassification of non-exempt employees as exempt, and failure to pay overtime for all compensable work.

As part of her extensive commercial litigation experience, Ms. Evans has developed considerable expertise in the area of electronic discovery, which makes her uniquely qualified to develop effective and efficient approaches to case management. Because of her extensive experience with and knowledge of e-Discovery, she serves as the firm’s e-Discovery Coordinator for the Pittsburgh office. In addition, Ms. Evans was specifically asked by members of the federal bench in the Western District of Pennsylvania to serve on an advisory committee to the Court as part of its development and implementation of an innovative Electronic Discovery Special Masters Program, in direct response to the challenges currently posed by e-discovery to parties across the nation.  After the launch of the program, and following a careful application and review process, Ms. Evans was approved by the Court to serve as an E-Discovery Special Master.

Ms. Evans is a member of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in all Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Evans received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was active in the Women’s Law Association and an officer of the Student Bar Association. While in law school, she clerked for the Honorable William K. Sessions, III, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.  Ms. Evans has been designated as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for 2011 and 2012.


Megan C. Farrell, M.B.A., J.D. Of Counsel
Hirschfeld Kraemer

Megan C. Farrell serves as Of Counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP in their San Francisco office, where she provides advice to educational institutions across the country on legal and compliance matters.  Megan has been working in the higher education sector for over fifteen years and has served both private and public institutions as University Counsel, full-time Faculty, and Title IX Coordinator.  She also worked with universities and K-12 schools nationally as Claims Counsel for United Educators Risk Retention Group and as an Education Practice leader for Marsh, Inc.  Megan holds a law degree from Widener University, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University.  She is a member of the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.


Ann Franke, M.A., J.D., LL.M. President
Wise Results, LLC

Ann H. Franke provides consulting services to colleges and universities through her firm Wise Results LLC. Her expertise spans academic issues, risk management, student affairs, and governance. Clients value her depth of knowledge and practical approach.

Ms. Franke previously held senior management positions with United Educators Insurance and the American Association of University Professors. She earned tenure at AAUP and, during a sabbatical year, received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to study the development of private universities in Australia. She is a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and received a national award from the Stetson University College of Law for her innovative approach to campus risk management.

Among her interests, Ms. Franke works on the protection of minors, consulting with colleges and universities nationwide to safeguard the vulnerable populations with whom they interact. In 2013 she founded the Youth Protection Network for Higher Education and serves pro bono as its coordinator.

Ms. Franke received her B.A. (magna cum laude, general honors), M.A., and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.M. from Georgetown University.


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

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.


Leslie Gomez, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Leslie M. Gomez is a partner is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, based in Philadelphia.  She is a member of Pepper’s Education Counseling, Litigation and Investigation Services and White Collar Litigation and Investigations Groups, and  is co-chair of the firm’s Child Advocacy Practice Group and the first 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 child abuse.

Ms. Gomez helps institutions develop comprehensive policies, procedures, systems and training programs in compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and state and local laws. Ms. Gomez has more than two decades of experience investigating sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and stalking, first as a career prosecutor and Chief of the Juvenile Unit with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and later as counsel to colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other institutions.  Ms. Gomez directs internal investigations, coordinates communications and interactions with law enforcement, assists in the design and implementation of disciplinary proceedings, and provides advice about the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings. She has led numerous highly complex investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct at educational and religious institutions.  Ms. Gomez also assists colleges and universities in meeting federal compliance obligations and responding to investigations by the Office for Civil Rights.

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.   She is a faculty member for ChildFirst Pennsylvania, which teaches forensic interviewing to multi-disciplinary team law enforcement and child protective services teams.  Ms. Gomez served as an expert on the stalking subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.  She is a volunteer child advocate attorney through the Support Center for Child Advocates and a member of the boards of the Center City Crime Victims Services and the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a nonprofit providing outpatient assessment and treatment in the area of sexual abuse. Ms. Gomez is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D. 1995) and Brown University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1992).


Brian Guarraci, J.D. Assistant General Counsel
University of Notre Dame

Brian Guarraci is Assistant General Counsel for the University of Notre Dame.  His primary practice areas include litigation and risk management, student affairs, campus safety and security, the Clery Act, and advising University departments on statutory, regulatory, and policy matters.

Prior to joining the University in 2014, Mr. Guarraci worked as Senior Counsel at POET, LLC, a privately owned renewable fuels company, where he was responsible for overseeing and managing all litigation, employment and labor matters.  In that role, Mr. Guarraci also advised Growth Energy, a trade association representing one-third of US ethanol production, and was responsible for defending and advancing its interests through oversight of its industry-impacting litigation and regulatory rule-making efforts.

Before joining POET, Mr. Guarraci practiced as an associate at the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he counseled employers on employment and labor-related issues, and defended employers in labor arbitrations and in employment lawsuits in federal and state courts.

Mr. Guarraci is a 1999 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, with highest honors.  Mr. Guarraci received his juris doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 2002.


John Hasman, J.D. Partner
Armstrong Teasdale

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 courts. J.P. successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the fourth 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 unfair labor practice charges, resolves grievances, represents clients at grievance arbitrations, and manages secondary picketing issues and other strike-related litigation and matters. In addition, J.P. assists nonunion employers with union avoidance efforts, and advises and counsels employers during union campaigns.

As co-chair of the firm’s Higher Education industry group, J.P. helps lead the firm’s multi-disciplinary 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.

J.P. began his career with the NLRB as an intern in the Office of the Solicitor for a year and half before becoming a field attorney in Region 14, St. Louis. After four years in that position, he practiced at another local firm exclusively representing management in labor matters.


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.


Michael J. Hill, CPP Director of Public Safety
Swarthmore College

Michael has been in the private security and public safety profession for 30 years.  He has served as Director of Public Safety at Swarthmore College since 2012.  He previously served the Public Safety Department at Bryn Mawr College, ultimately as Director and then Director of Operations, Campus Safety, at both Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.  Michael is focused on building and strengthening community partners, both on and off campus, as well as creating community training programs that focus on crime prevention and education, such as, RAD, emergency response, alcohol awareness, intimate partner violence, social media and identity threats.

In collaboration with Montgomery County (Pa.) Victim Services, he provided training for students and officers in domestic violence hotline services. For his work in victim support, he received the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County Matty Muir Award. Michael has presented and led panel discussions on issues around diversity and dealing with protest groups on campus.  In addition, he is an assessor with IACLEA’s Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program (LEMAP).

Michael earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania on a Kay Scholarship.  He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society of Industrial Security.  Michael is also a retired 25-year veteran from the United States Army Reserve. Among his assignments were Drill Sergeant, during which he taught basic soldiering skills and combat tactics. He was also selected to join the Warrant Officer Corps and served in Iraq as a Chief Warrant Officer during Operation New Dawn.  Throughout his military career, he was awarded numerous commendations, including two Meritorious Service Medals and the Adjutant General’s Corps President Theodore Roosevelt Medal.  He is currently president of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley.


Cheri Jack, M.S. Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean of Students
Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus

Cheri Jack is currently a deputy Title IX Coordinator and the Associate Dean of Students overseeing the daily operations for Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus. Her role is to advocate for student success, support the teaching and learning environment, serve as a conduct officer, and address Title IX complaints. Cheri has worked in higher education for more than twenty-five years at both community colleges and four-year institutions. Her background includes professional experience in the areas of Discipline, Advocacy, Academic Advising, Student Life, Counseling, Student Unions, Career Services, Housing, and Leadership. Cheri has also taught part-time for ten years as an associate faculty member.

She has presented at regional and national conferences including: the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA),   the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Texas Higher Education Law Conference.

Cheri earned a M.S in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she has a B.S. with a double major in psychology and communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


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

Since October of 2014, Larry has 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.

Prior to assuming his position at Westfield State, he worked for 19 years at Rider University in New Jersey, simultaneously holding the joint positions of Associate Dean of Students for Rider’s Lawrenceville campus and Dean of Students for Rider’s Westminster Choir (Music) College in Princeton, New Jersey.  In addition, he served as Rider’s resource for FERPA related issues and oversaw risk management initiatives.

Larry has facilitated trainings in Title IX, Risk Management and FERPA, and developed campus policies related to sexual misconduct. As an adjunct faculty member in Rider’s Organizational and Leadership Development Graduate program, he taught a course in Higher Education Law, covering such topics as Free Speech, Academic Freedom, Title IX, Affirmative Action, Title VI, FERPA, and the ADA.

Larry received his 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).


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.


Jeanne Kincaid, J.D.  Attorney
Drummond Woodsum

Jeanne Kincaid is a nationally known disability lawyer and consultant, representing colleges and universities nationwide and public and independent schools regionally on a host of disability and special education issues, including the physical accessibility requirements imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Jeanne has been a special education hearing officer and mediator for the State of New Hampshire, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire’s Graduate School of Education, Antioch University and the University of New Hampshire’s School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).

Jeanne worked in an advisory capacity with AHEAD, a national organization whose membership consists of higher education staff that coordinate services for students with disabilities. She has held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Oregon Department of Education, and served as a hearing officer for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and the New Hampshire Department of Education. She has been a contributing author to “Section 504, the ADA and the Schools” and “Disability Compliance for Higher Education.”

Jeanne represents institutions of higher education before the Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice. She has an active practice serving in a consulting capacity to the Office of General Counsel for numerous private universities throughout the country. An engaging presenter whose improvisational comedic background affords participants a unique approach to understanding complex legal issues, Jeanne has shared her expertise in dynamic presentations on hundreds of campuses from coast to coast.


Tom King, M.Ed.  Executive Director of Campus Safety
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

Tom is the Director Campus Safety at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. He has 40 years experience in law enforcement, including 20 as a police officer, detective, and detective supervisor with the Philadelphia Police Department.  For four years, he was one of two Deputy Chiefs at the University of Pennsylvania Police Department.

He has been Director of Campus Safety at Haverford College for the past 16 years, and assumed the oversight of Bryn Mawr College’s department 8 years ago.

Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Temple University, and an ME from Holy Family University.  He taught Education Law in the Graduate Education Department at Holy Family for 13 years.  He is a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society of Industrial Security, and a member of their School Safety and Security Council.  Tom is a past President of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley, and still serves on the Board.


Stacey Kostell,  Vice President for Enrollment Management
University of Vermont

Stacey Kostell was appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Vermont in September 2014. She develops and directs the University’s undergraduate recruitment and enrollment strategies, and coordinates functions and activities targeting undergraduate retention.

Prior to coming to UVM, Stacey was the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Illinois. She was instrumental in developing a robust admissions and enrollment management approach, including the extensive use of social media for recruiting, an area where Illinois is now a national leader. Under her leadership applications increased 51 percent and the average SAT of new freshmen increased by over 70 points. She also grew transfer enrollment by 50 percent.

Her 20 year career in higher education has also included positions at Arizona State University and Purdue University. Stacey currently serves on the College Board Colloquium Planning Committee and is a member of the Association of Chief Admissions Officers at Public Universities, the American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers, and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. She presents frequently at national, regional and state meetings on such topics as marketing and social media, recruitment strategy, and ethical admissions practices.


Matthew D. Lahey, Associate General Counsel
University of Notre Dame

Matthew D. Lahey is Associate General Counsel for the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Lahey’s practice primarily involves legal oversight and guidance regarding all staff-related employment issues and proceedings, Title IX compliance, Clery Act concerns, employment contracts and related contractual issues, and certain employee benefits matters.

Prior to joining the University, Mr. Lahey was a Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago. Mr. Lahey was a member of Schiff Hardin’s Labor & Employment Group for 13 years, where he counseled employers of all sizes.

Through his time in private practice and at the University, Mr. Lahey has extensive experience across a wide range of employment and traditional labor matters including discrimination and harassment prevention and counseling; discipline and discharge; wage, hour and classification issues; plant relocations and reductions in force; mergers and acquisitions; strikes and picketing; and employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Mr. Lahey has conducted all aspects of Federal and State court employment litigation, including trials and class actions, in addition to administrative proceedings before the EEOC, DOL, NLRB, and OSHA, among others. Mr. Lahey has also successfully conducted numerous labor arbitrations and collective bargaining negotiations, conducted internal investigations, and provided training on a multitude of labor and employment topics.

Mr. Lahey is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors and earned a varsity monogram in football. Mr. Lahey earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999, and went on to clerk for the Honorable Rudolf T. Randa, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. Lahey has frequently spoken and published regarding numerous aspects of labor and employment law. Mr. Lahey is a former Rising Star and Super Lawyer, as designated by Super Lawyer magazine, and is a former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.


Cynthia H. Love, Ed.D. Executive Director

Dr. Cindi Love is the Executive Director of ACPA, a professional educator, human rights advocate & activist, tenured Fortune 500 corporate executive, organizational consultant, award winning  entrepreneur and author.

Love is a tenured member of the Working Advisory Group to the US Secretary of State on Religion & Foreign Policy and served as plenary speaker at the final session of the United Nations UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT Human Rights.  Love also served as a thematic country specialist for LGBT human rights with Amnesty International and currently serves as one of 95 Content Experts globally for the Diversity Collegium Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks project (www.diversitycollegium.org). Love is the editor of the first customized edition of the GDIB for higher and tertiary education.

Love is the former senior executive of Soulforce and was an Executive Dean in the Dallas County Community College system. Love was a senior executive of publicly traded Toro Company (NYE: TTC) from 1996-2001. She was an inaugural member of MIT’s Birthing of Giants program and received the David Boehnett Fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program for State & Local Officials.

In 1981, Love developed the Shelton Family Foundation Advocacy Program for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene, Texas.  She has served as a Director of this program for 35 years.  Love is a Huffington Post blogger and has been the invited guest of three US Presidents in recognition of her advocacy work with underrepresented populations.  Stetson Law recently named Dr. Love recipient of its Facilitator Award for 2016.  Stetson created the Facilitator Award for educators who embody the values and principles articulated by professor Peter Lake and Robert Bickel in their book The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University. The Facilitator Model urges educators to be proactive about safety and risk-management and to develop organization environments that are reasonably safe, educationally relevant, and developmentally sound.


Gary Margolis, Ed.D. Founder, President and CEO
Social Sentinel, Inc

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.


Steven J McDonald, J.D. General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design

Steven J. McDonald has served as general counsel of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) since 2002. In that role, he is the college’s primary legal counsel and manages its legal affairs, providing legal services to trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, student leaders, and affiliated entities in connection with their activities on behalf of the institution.

For the decade before he came to RISD, Steve served as associate legal counsel at The Ohio State University. He began his legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where among other things he successfully represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case. He also taught at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School.

An active participant in the higher education legal community, Steve is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the editor of the NACUA publication The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium, one of the developers of its NACUANOTES legal information service, and a regular leader or member of its committees.

Steve also presents and writes frequently on issues of higher education law. He has spoken at ACE, AGB, CUPA-HR, EDUCAUSE, IAPP, ICPL, NACUA, NACUBO, NASAD, NASPA, NERCOMP, URMIA, and United Educators programs, among others, as well as at the Stetson, University of Vermont, and Valencia higher education legal issues conferences. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications. He served on the legal advisory boards for the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. At RISD, he often lectures on intellectual property law and artistic freedom.

In 2007, NACUA named Steve a Fellow in recognition of his “extensive scholarship in higher education law over an extended period of time.” In 2016, NACUA granted him its Distinguished Service Award for “extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time.”

Steve received his AB in political science from Duke University and his JD from the Yale Law School. In State, ex rel. Thomas v. The Ohio State University, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that he really is a lawyer.


Thomas Mercurio, J.D. Deputy General Counsel
University of Vermont

Thomas Mercurio joined the UVM General Counsel’s Office in 1988 and has most recently served 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, Tom 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.  Tom has taught courses in education law, higher education law, and special education law.


Constance Neary, J.D. Vice President for Risk Management

Constance Neary is responsible for all risk management education programs that UE provides to its members under the EduRisk banner.  In this role, Neary evolved risk management from a research and publication-based operation to a function producing a wide range of robust, multi-media online offerings.  To accomplish this, Neary manages a diverse staff of 28 subject matter experts, learning designers and technologists, and consultants to deliver risk management publications, webinars and workshops, online courses, and consulting services to meet the risk management needs of UE members committed to reducing risk.

Neary arrived at UE in 1993 as a claims attorney eager to assist educational institutions by evaluating legal claims and managing litigation services provided by outside defense counsel.  After assuming leadership positions in the claims department and acquiring deep understanding of unique risks that expose educational institutions to potential liability, UE asked Neary to develop a risk management “think tank” that would ground UE’s offerings in research and significantly expand the educational resources and services that UE provides to members. In 2009, Neary joined UE’s executive team and embarked upon a strategy to deliver risk management more broadly by providing online education to faculty, staff and student populations. Since the 2010 launch, over 600,000 learners have accessed risk management and compliance education using EduRisk online courses.

Neary serves as a trustee of Vermont Law School and presents regularly on liability and risk management topics to associations and insurance industry groups serving all segments of education.  In 2011, she was the recipient of Risk and Insurance’s “risk innovator of the year” award and has participated on various committees of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the editorial board of the Journal of College and University Law. Prior to joining UE, Neary practiced law at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.


Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. Director
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.

Jeffrey J. Nolan’s litigation and counseling practice with Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. (www.dinse.com) focuses on: representing institutions of higher education and employers before courts and administrative agencies in student and employment-related matters; advising institutions of higher education and employers on the resolution and legal implications of student and employment-related issues; and assisting institutions of higher education and employers in the development and implementation of appropriate policies, handbooks and training programs.  He often provides training for and consults with clients around the country regarding campus threat assessment, sexual violence prevention and response, Title IX/Clery Act compliance, workplace violence prevention and ADA issues.

Mr. Nolan is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Vermont. In 2014, Mr. Nolan worked with a team assembled by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Center for Campus Public Safety to develop the curriculum for the trauma-informed sexual assault investigation and adjudication training program that is mentioned in the First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.  Mr. Nolan is a faculty member for pilot presentations of the resulting curriculum that were presented throughout the U.S. in 2014 and 2015, and has been and will continue to be a faculty member for presentations of the final curriculum in 2016 and 2017.  In 2009-2011, Mr. Nolan participated as a subject matter expert in the development of the curriculum for a U.S. DOJ-funded program on best and promising practices for campus threat assessment teams, and co-presented that program at 10 locations throughout the country.  Mr. Nolan 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, which named him a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016.  More information about Mr. Nolan’s practice, presentations and publications is available at: (http://www.dinse.com/attorneys/jeffrey-j-nolan.html).


Kimberly Novak, CEO

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.

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 Higher Ed Law Conference. 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.

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 development of 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 has been awarded countless honors for her work with college students and professionals. Including Interfraternal accolades from Kappa Alpha Order, Zeta Beta Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Phi Beta.  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.

Kim approaches her work with college students and those that support them 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.


Marla N. Presley, J.D. Principal and Litigation Manager
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Marla is a Principal and the Litigation Manager of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Presley practices exclusively in the area of employment litigation, with a focus on issues affecting institutions of higher education. Her practice includes representation of employers in single-plaintiff litigation arising under Title VII, the ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, Title IX, and comparable state laws. She also has substantial experience defending employers in class and collective action disputes, including wage and hour litigation involving claims of allegedly unpaid rest and/or meal periods; unpaid overtime; and/or exempt status misclassification.

Ms. Presley frequently presents to colleges and universities on academic freedom, policies and procedures, and wage and hour issues affecting faculty and staff. She is admitted to practice before the state and appellate courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Presley is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and American Bar Associations. Ms. Presley is a Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a past council member of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of the ACBA’s Gender Equality Committee, Labor and Employment Section Council, and the Women in the Law Division Council. Ms. Presley actively volunteers with Neighborhood Legal Services handling Protection from Abuse hearings. She is an adjunct professor of Legal Research and Writing at Duquesne University School of Law, which has been recognized as one of the preeminent Legal Writing programs in the country.

In 2015, Ms. Presley was named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer, and since 2010, Ms. Presley has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine. She was also inducted as a Young Lawyer Fellow by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Young Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms. Presley was the recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s 2012 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award. Ms. Presley is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Presley received her B.A. from the University of Mount Union and her J.D.from Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society and the recipient of the Lynette Norton Award for Excellence in trial advocacy.


Joshua W. B. Richards, J.D. Partner
Saul Ewing LLP

Josh Richards focuses his practice on commercial and appellate litigation with a particular emphasis on matters involving higher education. Josh advises educational institutions in matters of litigation, compliance, and/or government investigations involving Title IX and other federal statutes, employment disputes, student conduct matters, faculty relations, board governance, minors on campus, and civil tort claims, including student death and abuse matters. Josh regularly conducts on-site training sessions for higher education clients regarding compliance with civil rights statutes and the Clery Act, and also advises them on policy matters.

In addition to his work representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes, Josh has also litigated a number of appellate matters, including cases before the Second, Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.


Kim 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.


Heather Ryan, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
University of Notre Dame

Heather Ryan began serving as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame in Fall 2015, overseeing the administrative investigation process, as well as resources for students reporting and responding to allegations related to sexual harassment, sexual violence and interpersonal violence. Heather joined the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life in October 2011. In that position, Heather served as a University Conduct Officer and assisted in the conduct process review and transition from the Office of Residence Life to Office of Community Standards. Heather is currently a member of the Green Dot Launch Steering Committee, advises the African Student Association, and is an instructor for the Moreau First Year Experience.

Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame, Heather worked primarily with residence life and crisis management at various institutions including Western Washington University, the University of Michigan, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education with an Emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University (MI) and a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan Univers


Lucy A. Singer, Deputy General Counsel
University of Vermont

Lucy A. Singer joined the UVM General Counsel’s Office in 2005 and currently serves as Deputy General Counsel. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State University; a graduate degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Louis University School of Law. After completing a federal clerkship with the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ms. Singer was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri, where her practice focused on education law for K-12 public school districts and private institutions and representation of institutions of higher education in Missouri and Illinois. In 1999, Ms. Singer became Associate General Counsel for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she provided legal advice and service to the University. Ms. Singer has given presentations on various legal issues affecting higher education at national and regional conferences, as well as through virtual webinars. She has also taught graduate students in the University’s Higher Education Student Affairs program.


Gina Smith, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP 

Gina Maisto Smith is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, based in Philadelphia.  Ms. Smith is a member of Pepper’s Education Counseling, Litigation and Investigation Services and White Collar Litigation and Investigations Groups. Ms. Smith developed and leads a national practice dedicated to the institutional response to all aspects of sexual misconduct matters. Ms. Smith assists hundreds of colleges and universities and other educational institutions in developing informed, coordinated and integrated responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and interpersonal violence and child abuse.

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. Her 30 years of experience in investigating sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence provides an unparalleled understanding of both the regulatory and legal landscape, and the dynamics of sexual and interpersonal violence and its impact on individuals and communities. Ms. Smith leverages this depth of knowledge to understand the unique culture, climate, history, resources, and personnel of each client in order to develop tailored and effective assessments and recommendations.

Ms. Smith conducts audits to inform the development of policies, procedures and practices; provides legal advice regarding the integration of Title IX, Clery and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; assists boards of governors and institutional leaders in understanding and assessing the complex regulatory and psychological issues attendant to the effective response to sexual and gender-based harassment and interpersonal violence; and represents institutions in responding to Office for Civil Rights investigations.

Further Ms. Smith conducts training for multiple university constituencies and helps institutions integrate the requirements of all federal, state and local regulations with policies and procedures to provide trauma-informed and effective practices. She also conducts internal investigations, interfaces with law enforcement, assists in the design and implementation of disciplinary proceedings, and provides advice about the interplay between education law and criminal process. She has led numerous highly complex investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct in higher education, K-12, and religious institutions.

Ms. Smith is recognized as a thought leader in developing solutions to the complex societal issue of sexual and gender based violence response. She advises state and federal government officials and is a frequent national speaker about effective institutional responses to all forms of interpersonal violence. 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 and participated in the development of AGB Advisory Statement on Sexual Misconduct. She is an advisor to the ALI Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus: Procedural Frameworks and Analysis and a faculty member for Futures Without Violence National Campus Leadership Institute. Ms. Smith has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and 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).


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.


Angelo A. Stio III, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Angelo A. Stio III is a partner in the firm’s Education Risk Counseling, Investigations and Litigation Services Team, resident in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices. Mr. Stio is an experienced trial attorney who has represented educational institutions in litigations involving board governance, fiduciary duty matters, wrongful death, Title IX, charitable trusts, endowment management, and the First Amendment. Mr. Stio also regularly counsels educational institutions on board governance, student code of conduct issues, and faculty discipline and tenure matters.  Mr. Stio is a former University administrator having served as a development officer, prior to attending law school, and is well versed in the challenges that Colleges and Universities face on a daily basis.


Joseph Storch, M.P.P., J.D. Associate Counsel, Chair
SUNY Office of General Counsel, Student Affairs Practice Group

Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety. Joe has provided technical guidance to several higher education institutions and organizations on the Clery Act and Title IX and served as an expert adviser to the VAWA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Counting Clery Crimes. He regularly advises legislators and staff at the federal and state level on best practices in drafting and analyzing pending domestic and international campus violence prevention legislation and provided expert testimony to the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the topic of campus safety.

Joe co-coordinated SUNY’s 2014 University-wide sexual violence prevention policies with the New York State Governor’s Office and stakeholders from inside and outside the SUNY system. The resulting policies were lauded by advocates, institutional professionals, media commentators and members of the U.S. Senate, House and New York’s State legislature.  In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, he served as a technical adviser to the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, developing comprehensive legislation that was enacted in July 2015 as 129-B of the Education Law (also called “Enough is Enough”).

Joe has trained thousands of higher education professionals on compliance with the Clery Act, Title IX, and related obligations, having presented in nearly half of U.S. states and moderates a well-regarded webinar series on preventing and responding to violence on college campuses. In 2015, the National Association of College & University Attorneys (NACUA) awarded him its First Decade Award.

Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, from the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and from Cornell Law School where he served as Moot Court Board Chancellor.  After graduating, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department.

He is the author of more than three-dozen articles and book chapters, most centering around campus safety or copyright law, including the chapter on police and security for the ABA volume Town Gown Relationships and articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law, the Albany Times Union, the Orlando Sentinel, the Albany Law Review, the Medical Trial Techniques Quarterly, and Court Review: the Journal of the American Judges Association.  He is author or co-author of several peer-reviewed Notes and White Papers published by NACUA and URMIA (the University Risk Management and Insurance Association) and co-authored a book review of Jon Krakauer’s book Missoula in the Journal of College and University Law. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, N.P.R., Politico, Daily News, N.Y. Post, Associated Press, P.R. Week, Yahoo! News, W.P.I.X. New York, BronxNet TV, Slate/Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other media sources. Links to the publications referenced above can be found on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/JosephCStorch).


Denzil J. Suite, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life
University of Washington

Dr. Denzil Suite, Vice President for Student Life, joined the University of Washington in July 2013. In that capacity, he provides leadership and direction for strategic planning, assessment, and staff development for a comprehensive division of student programs and services. He leads a team of approximately 1,000 professionals in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom, and through a highly collaborative relationship with other senior UW leaders.

Prior to joining UW, he served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California where he had oversight responsibilities for over 20 departments in the division. He also served and as an Associate Professor for Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. He taught master’s level courses on Student Development, the History of Higher Education, and on Intervention Strategies.

Suite earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Policy and Organization from the University of Southern California. His research for his doctorate centered on factors affecting student success in college. He is especially interested in how students from differing backgrounds are affected by the college environment. He chose this topic because of his long-standing commitment to college students and their success.

Dr. Suite has worked professionally in student affairs for over 20 years and has held positions of responsibility at UC Berkeley, Cal State L.A., and UC Santa Cruz. He is the recipient of numerous awards from national, local, and student organizations.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Front Porch Communities—a nonprofit company serving the elderly, indigent, and disabled.


Tom Sullivan, J.D. President
University of Vermont

Tom Sullivan became the 26th President of the University of Vermont in July 2012.  Prior to becoming President, he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota, 2004-2012.

He served as the eighth dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to full-time research and teaching. In June 2003, he received the J. William Elwin, Jr., Award from the American Bar Association Section for leadership and contributions to law school development. At the University of Minnesota Law School, he has received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has chaired the ABA Section of Legal Education, and has chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation.  On several occasions, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on judicial nominations to the Supreme Court, and to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on mergers. In 2015, he received the Robert J. Kutak Award from the American Bar Association for his contributions to the legal academy, the judiciary, and the Bar.  Since 1984, he has been an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 1994.

He is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law and complex litigation, having authored eleven books and over 50 articles. He and co-author Professor Richard Frase published Proportionality Principles in American Law: Controlling Excessive Government Actions (Oxford University Press, 2009).  He is the co-author, with Professors Herbert Hovencamp, Howard Shelanksi, and Christopher Leslie of Antitrust Law, Policy, and Procedure (7th ed., 2014) and co-author with Professor Jeffrey Harrison of Understanding Antitrust and Its Economic Implications (6th ed. , 2014). Most recently, he published Complex Litigation with Professors Richard Freer, Doug Floyd and Brad Clary (2nd ed., 2014).  He also published Private Antitrust Actions (Little, Brown & Co., 1996) with Douglas Floyd.  In 2013, he published The Arc of Due Process in American Constitutional Law with Toni Massaro by Oxford University Press.

On two occasions he has been a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He twice has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England. During the fall semester 2002, he was a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and in 2012 he was a visiting faculty member at New York University.  Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review. After law school, he clerked for a federal judge, in Miami Florida, and thereafter was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  Before entering Law School teaching in 1979, he was an antitrust litigator with the New York and Washington, D.C., firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton, and Irvine. In 1984, he was elected a member of the American Law Institute.  Throughout his career he has continued to serve as a consultant on antitrust, complex litigation, constitutional law, and Federal Court matters.


Michael N. Webster, Director for Regulatory Compliance
Margolis Healy

Mike joined Margolis Healy in January 2015 as Director for Regulatory Compliance. His responsibilities include assisting clients in the areas of the Clery Act and Title IX, and also contributing to Organizational Assessment Services. Since joining Margolis Healy in 2010 as an Associate, and a Senior Associate in 2013, Mike helped clients representing the spectrum of higher education institutions including: Swarthmore College, Penn State University, Seattle University, the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Emerson College, the University of North Carolina System, Claremont McKenna College, the University of Texas Pan American, Wilkes University, and California Western School of Law.

Prior to joining Margolis Healy full time, Mike served as the Director of Campus Safety at McDaniel College (founded as Western Maryland College) located in suburban Baltimore (Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland) from 1991 till 2014. Before his tenure at McDaniel College, Mike worked as the Assistant Director of Public Safety at Emerson College (1986 to 1991), and as the Operations Manager, Campus Police Sergeant at Wentworth Institute of Technology (1983 to 1986) both of which are located in Boston, Massachusetts. Each of these institutions’  public safety agency was broadly missioned with multiple roles including uniformed sworn law enforcement and non-sworn security, emergency medical services, fire prevention, community education, crime prevention and physical security technology. These private campuses were: urban and suburban, liberal arts, and specialized, largely commuter and residential, four-year undergraduate and master’s degree granting, and armed and unarmed.

Mike served as an adjunct lecturer at McDaniel College in the Sociology Department where he authored and taught “Practical Applications in Law Enforcement.” He enjoys teaching in a variety of capacities and has served as a presenter at numerous conferences for a several professional organizations and state criminal justice training authorities. For many years he served as the Government Relations Chair for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Mike has participated in all three Negotiated Rulemaking sessions hosted by the United States Department of Education for the Clery Act, the most recent being the Violence Against Women Act amendments of 2013. Mike also served as a content reviewer for both versions of the Handbook, published by the US Department of Education to facilitate compliance with the Clery Act requirements.

Mike was a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International from 1987 to 2014, a member of IACLEA since 1984, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) since 2004, and the Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators – Chesapeake Region since 1991. Attending multiple professional development courses from varied government sources including the US Departments of Justice, Education, Homeland Security and State, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a broad array of professional associations and private groups, Mike has ensured a comprehensive program of personal professional growth in a variety of areas including Title IX, violence against women, and trauma-informed investigations and adjudications.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Development from McDaniel College, where his graduate research focused on two problems plaguing campus law enforcement agencies, recruitment and retention, and morale and motivation.