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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.


Tim Bilodeau, Deputy Chief
University of Vermont, Police Services 

Tim Bilodeau is currently the Deputy Chief of the University of Vermont Police Services and has been a certified police officer in the state of Vermont since 1988. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Vermont. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Johnson State College and graduated in 2008 from the FBI National Academy. Deputy Chief Bilodeau is a member of the University of Vermont’s Bias Response Team, Sanctions Group, Community Coalition and Behavioral Intervention Team (CARE Team).

Deputy Chief Bilodeau recently received instructor certifications through the Fair and Impartial Policing program and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program. He is an adjunct instructor with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and alumni of the IACP Vermont Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence against Women that took place in 2014. Deputy Chief Bilodeau has been a police self-defense instructor for over 20 years. He is an active member of the IACP University and College Police Section and lives in Colchester, Vermont with his family.


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

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

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

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


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

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


Courtney Cioffredi, J.D. ADA/504 Coordinator
University of Vermont

Courtney Cioffredi joined the University of Vermont in October of 2014 as the ADA/504 Coordinator.  Prior to coming to UVM Ms. Cioffredi received her Bachelors in Sociology and Education from Mount Holyoke College, her Masters of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University, and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. It was at Stetson that Ms. Cioffredi became aware of her future career combining Higher Education and Law, through many conversations in and out of classes with Professor Peter Lake. Ms. Cioffredi has been working on a number of projects across campus, is involved in reviewing building plans for new construction or alterations, and has been the chair of the Accessibility Review Committee which is assessing UVMs technology accessibility this fall.


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

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


Ann Franke, President
Wise Results, LLC

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


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

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


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


Captain Lyn Hammer, USM. Program Manager, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
US Naval Academy

Captain Lyn Y. Hammer graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Minor in Russian language. In June 1999 she earned a Masters of Science Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College. She is has been a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute since 2004.

Her professional military education includes the Defense Language Institute, where she graduated with proficiency in the Italian language; the Italian Joint War College, earning a dual Masters degree from this war college and from the University of Milan in International Military Strategic Studies, as well as Joint Military Professional Education Phase I. In June 2009 she graduated from Joint Forces Staff College, earning JPME Phase II from the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. Captain Hammer’s first duty assignment was Naval Station Pearl Harbor, where she served as the first OIC of Transient Personnel Unit Pearl Harbor. After returning to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1995 to serve as an Admissions Officer, CDR Hammer was then assigned to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI, as the Training Support Department Head. In 2002 she transferred to PERS-4, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN, where she worked as Placement Officer.

In 2006, following her studies in Rome, Italy, CDR Hammer transferred to The Joint Staff, Washington, DC, in the J1 Manpower and Personnel Directorate. She next served as Officer in Charge of the Navy Mobilization Processing Site Norfolk, VA, during which she was responsible for over 12,000 IA/GSA naval personnel in deploying and redeploying status. In 2011 she transferred to Naples, Italy, serving as Chief of Protocol to the Captain, Allied Joint Force Command Naples until her current assignment Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Manager for the U.S. Naval Academy.

She is married to Trygve Hammer, Major, USMC (ret), and they enjoy an active life with their three children, Midshipman First Class Adam Hammer, Alexandra (19), and Francesca (13).


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

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

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

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

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

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


Steven Healy, Managing Partner
Margolis, Healy & Associates

Steven J. Healy is a managing partner and co-founder of Margolis Healy and is a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety, Title IX and the Clery Act. From 2003 through 2009, he was the Director of Public Safety at Princeton University where he led the University’s safety, security, and law enforcement programs and is credited with enhancing and expanding the department’s overall professionalism and capabilities through improved leadership, additional personnel, significant strategic investments in training, updated equipment, new computer systems and a relocation to a technologically advanced facility. Prior to Princeton, Steven was the Chief of Police at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. He also served as Director of Operations at the Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University for five years.

A past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Steven served as a member of the association’s Government Relations Committee for 13 years, and was the IACLEA Regional Director for the North Atlantic Region during his tenure at Wellesley. As president of IACLEA, Steven contributed significantly to the national dialogue about campus safety and security in the aftermath of the tragic rampage-shooting incident at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. As the Immediate Past President of IACLEA, Steven led an IACLEA special panel reviewing post-Virginia Tech challenges and concerns for the higher education community. He also served as IACLEA’s representative to the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) “National Campus Safety and Security Project” and to EDUCAUSE’s “The IT Role in Campus Safety” project. He was a featured speaker and panelist with Dr. Margolis on emergency response and recovery at the NACUBO annual meeting. In 2009, he was named a Fellow at the Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. Steven is also a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Steven J. Healy serves as a subject-matter expert for the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. He testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the topic of “Security on America’s Campuses” and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on the topic of “Best Practices for Keeping America’s Campuses Safe.” At the request of the U.S. Department of Education, he was asked to serve on a special working group developing emergency management planning guidelines for the higher education community.

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

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

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


Adam Jussel, 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.  He recently authored the piece “Finding Equity and Empowerment in the Adjudication Process,” and has spoken on issues ranging from due process to academic integrity.


Alyssa Keehan, J.D. Senior Risk Counsel
United Educators Insurance

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


Amy Kiger, M.S.C.P. Director, Violence & Substance Abuse Prevention
University of Central Missouri

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


Alison Kiss, M.S.C.J. Executive Director
Clery Center for Security on Campus

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

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

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


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

Peter Lake is professor of law, Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. In 2015, he served as the Interim Director of Title IX Compliance at Stetson University.

Professor Lake teaches and writes in the areas of torts, higher education law and policy, insurance, and jurisprudence, and has won several awards for his teaching and scholarship. He is an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy and has been quoted or referred to in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Time, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, various reported legal decisions including the supreme courts of Virginia and Florida, and the most recent Restatement of the Law of Torts. He has appeared on several major media networks including NPR, ABC and CNN.  Professor Lake has authored numerous law review articles, four books, and other publications. Professor Lake is a highly sought after speaker and he has served as a presenter or keynote speaker at several hundred international, national, regional, and local meetings.

Professor Lake is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.


Gary Margolis, Ed.D. Co-Founder, President and CEO
Margolis, Healy & Associates, LLC, 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.


Karen McAndrew, J.D. Attorney
Dinse, Knapp, McAndrew

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


Troy Perdue, J.D. Associate Counsel
East Tennessee State University

Troy J. Perdue is Associate Counsel at East Tennessee State University, where he frequently handles First Amendment, employment, and transactional matters.  Prior to joining ETSU, Mr. Perdue was in private practice for over ten years.

Mr. Perdue holds a J.D. from the University of Tennessee where he was graduated cum laude in 1999, and earned his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1992.  He has presented on various legal issues in higher education, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, immigration law and commercial transactions.

Most recently, Mr. Perdue has presenter on transgender rights at multiple National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) conferences, has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), and has represented higher education institutions at a table discussion with the Department of Education (DOE) to discuss transgender rights and related issues on college campuses.  In addition to acting as legal counsel for ETSU, Mr. Perdue enjoys teaching Ethics and related courses at the University.


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

Holly Rider-Milkovich currently serves as the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the nationally recognized sexual and intimate partner violence response and prevention program at the University of Michigan. As the Director of SAPAC, Ms. Rider-Milkovich provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. Ms. Rider-Milkovich co-authored University of Michigan’s newly revised sexual misconduct policy and is providing institutional leadership in implementing the undergraduate and graduate student education efforts related to this policy institution-wide. Ms. Rider-Milkovich also co-chairs the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a cross-campus effort to address the effects of domestic violence in the workplace and connect survivors to appropriate campus and community-based resources.

Under Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s direction, SAPAC received commendation from the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention for its excellence in developing and implementing a comprehensive sexual and intimate partner violence prevention education program on campus.  She has contributed her expertise to the development of Haven, the nationally-recognized sexual violence prevention on-line educational program currently implemented on over 150 campuses nationally. She is a frequently-sought consultant and speaker on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses and has provided expert guidance to many institutions of higher education and to media outlets such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomsberg News Group, USA Today, and local and regional media outlets. Most recently, Ms. Rider-Milkovich has provided expertise to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts. The Department of Education recognized Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s expertise by appointing her to represent four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization 2013.

Ms. Rider-Milkovich is the former Executive Director of a three-county domestic violence prevention and services program and emergency shelter in southeast Georgia and provided state-level leadership while serving on Executive Board of the Georgia Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.  She has worked in teams with law enforcement as a Police Response Advocate and has experience as an Emergency Room Advocate for an urban SANE program. Ms. Rider-Milkovich has taught women’s studies courses at the college level and has expertise in curriculum development and evaluation as well as program development, implementation and evaluation. She brings two decades of experience in sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response and in higher education to her role at SAPAC.


Gina Smith, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP 

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


Lianne Tuomey, M.S.W. Chief of Police
University of Vermont, Police Services 

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

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

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

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


Dorian Van Horn, Senior Consultant
SIGMA Threat Management Associates 

Dorian Van Horn is a Senior Consultant with SIGMA Threat Management Associates and a nationally recognized leader in threat assessment and threat management.  She provides threat assessment consultation and training to businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, foundations, and high-profile individuals. Before joining the private sector, Ms. Van Horn served over 25 years as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  Ms. Van Horn was the NCIS Division Chief in charge of the Threat Management Unit/ Insider Threat program as well as the Family and Sexual Violence program.  She also oversaw the Death, Violent Crime, and the Cold Case Homicide Unit. She is a contributing author in the recently published The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, Oxford University.  Ms. Van Horn was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as a Government Advisor to the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Predicting Violent Behavior and co-authored the Final Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Predicating Violent Behavior,


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

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


Josh Whitlock, J.D. Partner
McGuire Woods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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