Karl Brevitz, J.D. Consultant
Institutions of Higher Education
Karl F. Brevitz provides consulting services to institutions of higher education. From June 1999 – August 2013 he served as Director of Legal Resources for NACUA in Washington, DC where he managed the legal resources and programming of the Association and served as a staff liaison to the Annual Program, Legal Education and Web Page Legal Resources Committees, as well as to the Journal of College and University Law and NACUANOTES Editorial Boards. He serves on the Advisory Board for the annual University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. 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. Since 2017 he has also served as co-leader of the Research and Intellectual Property planning group for the NACUA Annual Program Committee. He organized and moderated a session on “Foreign Academic Influence and Espionage and University Research and Intellectual Property” at the 2019 NACUA Annual Conference.
Mike Brody, Vice President for Student Services
Mike Brody has been at Reed College in a variety of roles since 2003. He began as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the college’s health center, went on to direct Reed’s health and counseling services and after a year away, during which time he and his wife traveled through Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America, he returned to eventually assume the role of Vice President and Dean of Students in 2009. Mike has served as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, and as of 2015 became Reed’s Title IX Coordinator. Mike, his wife Heather and their two children live in Northeast Portland and enjoy international travel, sports, and being outdoors.
Charles Carletta, J.D. Senior Associate Counsel
Albany Medical Center
Charles F. Carletta, Sr. has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Military Appeals and all local federal and New York State courts.
Upon graduation from law school in 1969, he served as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. In addition to criminal prosecution and defense litigation, he became a primary civil rights officer for the Air Force and participated in the formulation of the United States Armed Forces’ first inter-active training program on civil rights.
After military service, Mr. Carletta joined a law firm in the Capital Region of New York where he practiced law for twenty-seven years, both as a litigator and a practitioner specializing in the laws regarding banking, commercial real estate, hospitals, news media, and higher education.
During this time, he served as outside general counsel to several private and public, two and four-year institutions of higher education. He also published a chapter in a book on legal issues in higher education as well as over fifty papers or articles regarding education law and practice. He currently serves on two national professional boards centered on the interrelationship of law and higher education including as a founding director for the University of Vermont’s annual conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education. He enjoys presenting regularly as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at various colleges.
In 2000, Mr. Carletta became the first Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a position he maintained for sixteen years. During this time, he served for several years as one of twelve nationally chosen attorneys to advise the General Counsel of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Upon retirement from RPI, Mr. Carletta assumed the role of Senior Associate Counsel at the Albany Medical Center which he currently holds. During a leave of absence from that position, he served as the Vice-President and Chief of Staff at Siena College.
During his career, Mr. Carletta has served as a trustee on two hospital boards and the board of a medical college. He has also served as a director on the boards of two captive insurance companies as well as several not-for-profit or charitable organizations.
Mr. Carletta is the proud father of four children and grandfather of four grandchildren.
Eva Chatterjee-Sutton, M.A. Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
Washington & Jefferson College
Eva Chatterjee-Sutton joined W&J as the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students in July of 2013. Eva earned her BS in Sociology and Political Science at Kansas State University and her MA in College Student Development with a minor in Organization Change & Development at the University of Iowa. Upon completion of her graduate work, Eva assumed a position at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) where she held several positions within the Office of Residence Life. In the summer of 1997, Dean Eva joined Bennington College, first as the Associate Director of Student Life and later transitioned to the Dean of Students at Bennington, a role she held for 7 years.
In her tenure at Bennington College, Eva’s commitment to creating a student experience with a strong foundation in student development theory, a deep commitment to community development, and a dedication to creating support structures to provide students the opportunity to realize their full potential was realized. Eva grew the student affairs operation from having a limited focus to an operation that encompassed a broad range of supports and services for students. In addition to the work at Bennington, Eva grew the connection of Bennington College to the neighboring communities through partnerships and programs with community agencies and her own commitment to education and community development.
In 2006, Eva was elected to the School Board in North Bennington, VT and served in that capacity until 2011 when she transition to the leading the Board of Directors of The Village School of North Bennington. The Village School of North Bennington is only the second school in the nation to transition from a public school to an independent school. The process of this change was led by Eva with support from a committee of citizens from the North Bennington community. This work, 5 years in duration, encompassed a highly political and community based process which received state and national attention both during and at its successful conclusion.
Now at W&J, Eva has continued her commitment to creating a holistic and robust student experience. To date this has been marked in part by creating a team in the Division of Student Life whose work resonates with the values of student and community development. She is working to create connections and collaborations across the campus to assist in this effort. Eva has extensive experience with Title IX, division III athletics, student conduct, Greek life, student governance, community engagement, residence life, student activities, career services, student leadership, and student health and counseling. Eva serves a member of President Tori Haring-Smith’s cabinet and leads a division of over 90 dedicated staff members who are deeply committed to the mission of W&J. In addition, Eva serves on several non-profit boards. She resides in Washington, PA with her husband, two daughters and several rescued animals.
Mary Dewey, 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.
Tricia Fechter Gates, Ph.D. Deputy Executive Director
ACPA-College Student Educators International
Tricia Fechter Gates joined the ACPA-College Student Educators International staff in April 2013 as the Senior Director, Professional Development, Research, and Scholarship and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director. Tricia leads the professional development, marketing, and membership teams and oversees the strategy, creation, and execution of programs and products to drive the Association’s strategic efforts.
Prior to working at ACPA, Tricia served as the Director of Events & Programs at Synergos, an Association Management Company. She has previous work experience with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values, Rockhurst University, and the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Tricia earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.
Megan Farrell, J.D., MBA Title IX Coordinator and Civil Rights Officer
Palo Alto Unified School District
Megan Farrell is a recognized expert in legal and educational compliance. She currently serves as the Title IX Coordinator and Civil Rights Officer for Palo Alto Unified School District and also provides consulting services focused on Title IX to schools, colleges, and universities across the country.
Over the course of her career, Megan has served the education community in a variety of positions. She has been the Title IX Coordinator, University Counsel, a full-time faculty member, and graduate school program director. Aside from her in-house experience, she has also served as an external advisor to educational institutions while with United Educators, Marsh Inc., and the Hirschfeld Kraemer, LLP law firm.
Megan has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Loyola University of Maryland, a JD from Delaware Law School, and an MBA from University of Maryland. She also holds graduate certificate from Cornell University in Bias and Inclusion. Megan serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference and on the Strategic Planning Task Force for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Megan is frequent speaker on educational compliance topics throughout the country and also serves as a dispute resolution officer for Title IX matters.
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.
Deborah Hunter, Ed.D. Associate Professor
University of Vermont
I have been a UVM faculty member since 1985 with the graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration and served as Program Coordinator for most of those years. Along the way also served as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Services, Chair of UVM’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and currently as Chair of the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences.
Cheri Jack, M.S. Associate Dean of Students
Collin College Preston Ridge Campus
Cheri Jack is the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Investigator for Collin College, which is a multi-campus community college district serving more than 55,000 students. Her role is to advocate for student success, support the teaching and learning environment, address discipline issues, investigate Title IX complaints, and serve as a member of the Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI) team.
Cheri currently serves as a board member for the University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education conference. She has worked in higher education for more than thirty years at both community colleges and four-year institutions. Her background includes professional experience in the areas of discipline, Title IX Investigation, advocacy, academic advising, student life, counseling, student unions, career services, housing, and leadership. In addition, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member for ten years, and conducts faculty and staff training and development seminars.
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 Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Texas Higher Education Law Conference, and the University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education 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.
Adam Jussel, J.D. Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Nicholas F. Laino, M.S. Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance
Nicholas F. Laino is currently serving as the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY. He served as Interim President for twelve months in 2014-2015 and as Officer in Charge for four months in 2014 and six months in 2008. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority in Syracuse, NY and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. He also serves as a Community Director for the Bank of Cooperstown in Cooperstown, NY, and an Advisory Board Member of HNP Capital in Pittsford/Rochester, NY and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Utica College of Syracuse University, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, Cazenovia College and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Herkimer County Community College. Mr. Laino also served as a Former Treasurer for the Utica City School District and Former Councilman for the City of Utica – elected at age 23.
Mr. Laino received a Master of Science in Business Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business and Public Management from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration from SUNY College of Technology at Delhi.
Mr. Laino’s Professional Affiliations include President for the New York State Community College Business Officers Association where he formerly served as the Vice President and Chairman of the Education Committee, Evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, former Member of the SUNY Shared Services Steering Committee, and former Member of the SUNY Strategic Planning “Group of 200.”
Tamla Lewis, J.D., M.Ed. Associate General Counsel
University of Arkansas
Tamla J. Lewis is an Associate General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Ms. Lewis received a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and an M.Ed. in Workforce Development Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; she is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, with a B.A. in English. During law school, Tamla served for two years as a law clerk in the University of Arkansas General Counsel’s office. She returned to the University of Arkansas after serving as an Associate with the Rogers, Arkansas office of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, where her practice focused on civil litigation, including employment and business litigation. Prior to law school, Tamla was employed by the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office and the Cross, Kearney & McKissic law firm in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
In the Office of General Counsel, Tamla has the lead role on Student Affairs matters for the Fayetteville campus, including disciplinary matters and Title IX. Tamla also has the lead on campus safety matters, including the Clery Act, and on Freedom of Information Act matters involving student records and law enforcement records. She does extensive training work, especially with regard to student conduct and student records (FERPA), contracts, and sexual assault awareness and prevention. Tamla serves as legal advisor to the campus Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team (BIT-TAT) and also serves as joint Co-Chair for the Chancellor’s Commission on Women. Tamla has been a frequent presenter in legal education seminars for the University of Arkansas System on the topics of Title IX compliance, employment law, social media, transgender student issues and general issues in higher education.
Tamla is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the Eighth Circuit. Ms. Lewis is a member of the Arkansas and National Bar Associations, and the W. Harold Flowers Law Society. In addition, she is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebration Committee, serves as a volunteer for Arkansas Area III Special Olympics, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Lewis resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas; her daughter, Aricka, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Steven McDonald, J.D. General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design
Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at Rhode Island School of Design and previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University. He is the editor of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium; the author of articles on FERPA for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications; and a frequent speaker on FERPA. He began his legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case, and he also has taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School. He also is a Fellow and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In State, ex rel. Thomas v. The Ohio State University, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that he really is a lawyer. He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Thomas Mercurio, J.D. Appeal Officer
University of Vermont
Thomas Mercurio served in the General Counsel’s Office at the University of Vermont for twenty-eight years before retiring in early 2017. He now serves part-time as an appeal officer in the Division of Student Affairs at UVM. Before coming to UVM, Tom was a law clerk with the New Hampshire Supreme Court and an instructor at Vermont Law School. He was also a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid and legal counsel for the Vermont Department of Education. He has taught classes in education law, higher education law, and special education law. Tom has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Boston College.
Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. Senior Counsel
Holland & Knight
Mr. Nolan is an education and labor and employment attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as before federal and state administrative agencies.
Mr. Nolan advises, educates and helps clients to manage potential conflicts, enhance the safety of individuals and environments, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by institutions of higher education and employers. Mr. Nolan works with clients throughout the United States regarding situations that implicate Title IX, the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other laws that apply in the higher education context. In addition, he conducts systemwide compliance assessments and investigations, and helps clients develop appropriate policies and training programs. Mr. Nolan also advises employers on employment law compliance and helps them create effective employment policies, and he advises and trains campus personnel and employers on investigations, threat assessment and workplace violence prevention. He also conducts investigations for colleges, universities, employers and schools regarding reported sexual harassment and sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other sensitive campus and workplace matters.
Mr. Nolan has bar admissions in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. He earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Kimberly Novak, Founder and CEO, Director
Novak Talks, Health & Safety for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Kimberly Novak, CEO NovakTalks is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development. Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Health & Safety. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, organization conduct, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country and has served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including HazingPrevention.Org’s institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.
Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the oversight and development of administration and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the new urban campus. She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University’s internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.
Kim approaches her work with college students with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.
Jennifer Papillo, LL.M., J.D. Associate General Counsel
University of Vermont
Jennifer L. Papillo joined the University of Vermont Office of the General Counsel in August 2010 in the position of Assistant General Counsel, and was promoted to Associate General Counsel in July 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Elon University, a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, with a focus on tax exempt organizations and estate planning. Before coming to UVM, Ms. Papillo served as a tax law clerk for the American Cancer Society, Inc.’s Office of Corporation Counsel in Washington, DC, and a research assistant to Peter F. Lake in the writing of Beyond Discipline: Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc., 2009). Ms. Papillo also worked with Mr. Lake in planning and executing the National Conference on Law and Higher Education from 2008-2010, which is jointly sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law and NASPA. Ms. Papillo’s representation of UVM includes practice across a broad range of legal issues, including taxation, finance, gifts and estates, benefits administration, Clery Act, Title IX, and other regulatory compliance issues, student affairs, governmental relations, litigation, policy development and review, as well as execution of University affiliations.
Joshua W. B. Richards, J.D., B.A. Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Josh Richards is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, where he is the Vice-Chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice. Josh helps colleges and universities address legal issues through counseling, litigation, appeals and strategic responses to government enforcement. Josh provides mission-driven advice to his clients on a wide range of matters involving employment disputes, student conduct, faculty relations, Title IX and the Clery Act, disability issues, board governance, financial exigency, data security, accreditation, minors on campus, and civil tort claims, including student death and abuse matters. Josh received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Middlebury College. Josh serves as a member of NACUA’s Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference.
Kim Richmond, Director
National Center for Campus Public Safety
Kim Richmond is the Director of the National Center for Campus Public Safety. She facilitates the National Center’s mission of providing an array of services to campus public safety agencies, members of campus communities, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and government entities. Prior to joining the National Center, Kim spent over 30 years at the University of Central Missouri, retiring as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety. In addition to Kim’s deep experience with leadership initiatives, collaborative efforts, and professional organization involvement, she was a generalist instructor with the University of Central Missouri National Police Institute for nearly 20 years and adjunct faculty at the University of Central Missouri Department of Criminal Justice. Kim received her BS in criminal justice administration and her MS in security from the University of Central Missouri. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 235.
Dr. William Stackman, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Missouri-Columbia
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 as the Chair of the Board of Directors for NASPA—the world’s leading association for Student Affairs professionals.