2021 Presenters

Please note that this is a tentative list and more conference presenters will be added before the conference. Check this web page for updates.

Alexander (Sandy) R. Bilus, J.D. Partner
Saul, Ewing, Arnstein and Lehr

Alexander (Sandy) R. Bilus assists clients who are facing complex litigation or who need legal advice on issues involving cybersecurity and data privacy, particularly in the higher education industry. As a core member of the firm’s Higher Education Practice, Sandy understands the concerns that colleges and universities face when crises unfold on campus. His experience includes helping higher education institutions address legal issues involving campus unrest and protests, sexual abuse, First Amendment/free speech issues, data privacy and cybersecurity issues, hazing, and criminal acts committed by employees.

 

Marybeth Boger, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dean of Students
New Jersey Institute of Technology

 

Ainsley Carry, Ed.D. Vice President for Students
University of British Columbia

Ainsley Carry is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida earning his doctorate in Higher Education Administration. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Auburn University and Masters in Study of Law from the University of Southern California. He is a respected higher education administrator with more than two decades of service and leadership at Southern Methodist University, the University of Arkansas, Temple University, Auburn University, the University of Florida, and the University of Southern California. Ainsley currently serves as the Vice President for Students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of Executive Transitions in Student Affairs: A Guide to Getting Started as the Vice President. In his new book — Washington Next? Disputed Monuments, Symbols, and Honorees on Campus — Ainsley examines the rapid rise of disputed memorials on campus between 2015 and 2020. The book includes an analysis of twenty-five disputed memorial cases on campus and essential themes and strategies for negotiating these disputes.

 

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

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 Organizational Change & Development at the University of Iowa.  Upon completion of her graduate work, Eva joined the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) where she held several positions within the Office of Residence Life.  In the summer of 1997, Eva joined Bennington College, first as the Associate Director of Student Life and later transitioned to the Dean of Students at Bennington, in 2006.

At W&J, Eva continues her commitment to creating a holistic and robust student experience.  She supports a team in the Division of Student Life whose work resonates with the values of student and community development: developing leaders of uncommon integrity.  The work of the division includes athletics, campus & public safety, dining, residence life, accountability & conduct, student health and counseling, and professional and career pathways.

Since March of 2020, Eva has lead COVID planning efforts at W&J, in both strategic and day-to-day management of the work to support the health and well-being of the W&J community. In addition to her board role on the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, Eva serves as the NCAA ADR Institute Facilitator; on the NASPA James E. Scott Academy Board; as a member of the NASPA Annual Conference VSPA Initiatives Subcommittee; and, on the NASPA Law and Policy Conference Planning Committee.

 

Kristie Damell, Ed.D. Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Dr. Kristie Damell is currently the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator at New Jersey Institute of Technology; she has extensive and diverse experience in higher education as a Student Affairs scholar and practitioner for over fifteen years. Prior to her time at NJIT, she served over 10 years at Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), most recently as the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator, and previously as Associate Director of Student Life among other positions. She is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University’s graduate program for higher education (NJ) and presents regularly at conferences.  Most recently, she presented “Doctorates and Diapers: Women’s journeys navigating the doctoral degree with children,” and, “Changing our Campus Culture by Speaking Up: A collaborative approach to bystander intervention.” She received her EdD from Fordham University in Educational Leadership, MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University, and her BS in Community Health Education from East Stroudsburg University. Kristie is the proud mother of two children and moonlights as a singer in a wedding band as well as has a background in vocal performance.

 

Gary Derr, M.A., Ed.D. Vice President for Operations and Public Safety
University of Vermont

Gary L. Derr began working in the executive offices at the University of Vermont in July 2000. During that period, he served in a variety of roles, including Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice President and Director of Operations/Chief of Staff to the President and Provost, before being named to his current position as Vice President for Operations and Public Safety. In his current role he oversee Risk Management and Safety, Police Services, University Events Services, Emergency Management, and CatCard Service Center. Before coming to UVM he served as Dean of Students at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont (1990–2000), Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Hartford (1984–1990), and Director of Housing at Alliance College (1980–1984).
Mr. Derr earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Vermont in 2002, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1984, and Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Thiel College in 1980. The topic of his doctoral research was how spirituality shapes presidential leadership.

 

Megan Farrell, J.D., MBA Advisor and Consultant 

Megan C. Farrell is an advisor and consultant to educational institution clients with a focus on Title IX compliance.  Ms. Farrell’s approach focuses on providing practical, reasoned advice to universities, colleges, and schools who are implementing change and bringing her legal, business, and education expertise to unique challenges.

Ms. Farrell’s background includes working as Title IX Coordinator at Palo Alto Unified School District and Notre Dame of Maryland University.  She has also served as in-house counsel, faculty member, and graduate program director.  Aside from these in-house positions, Ms. Farrell also has provided risk and litigation management counseling to institutions, developed internal policies and procedures for education clients, and designed customized training programs for schools across the country.

Ms. Farrell holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Loyola University, a Juris Doctor from Widener University, and a Masters of Business degree from University of Maryland.  She also holds certificates in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and Mentor Coaching through the Coach Training Alliance, an International Coach Federation (ICF) program.

 

Janet Elie Faulkner, J.D. Founding Attorney
Faulkner Legal LLC

Janet Elie Faulkner was Emerson College’s first general counsel and also was in-house counsel for Northeastern University for over ten years.   Janet conducts independent investigations of Title IX, employment, faculty, discrimination, disability, and athletics matters.   She recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article on accommodating disabilities in the Title IX process.  Janet has held leadership roles in the Boston Bar Association’s College and University section, is a member of the NACUANOTES Editorial Board, and has developed training modules for the Student Conduct Institute.  She was a co-author of SCI’s Joint Guidance on the 2020 Title IX regulations, including the article on the intersection between Title IX and Title VII.  Janet recently served as interim Employment Counsel for Cengage Learning.  She also teaches Education Law and Public Policy at Boston College.

Janet established Faulkner Legal in 2014.  Faulkner Legal is a boutique firm with a focus on the areas of employment, education, disability & privacy law. Faulkner Legal provides legal advice to colleges and universities, non-profits, education vendors, & small businesses.  Faulkner Legal is a member of the Partner Network of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.

 

Barbara Fienman, Ed.D., Ph.D.  Student Affairs Professional

Barbara M. Fienman is a student affairs professional with over thirty years of experience in higher education administration. During her career Fienman held full time positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Suffolk University (MA), Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA) and Mount Ida College (MA), in the offices of residence life, student activities, and student affairs administration. Since 1995, Barbara has served as an independent contractor conducting department, program and division reviews and has developed a specialty serving in interim positions for colleges and universities who are seeking temporary assistance. Fienman has served as an interim associate provost for student affairs, dean of students, director of graduate programs, registrar, dean of enrollment management, director of a career center, regional admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, director of student conduct, director of residence life and director of international student services. In addition to interim management Fienman is a frequent presenter on Gallup Strengths, Generations in the Workplace and professional development for staff. Fienman is also on the board at Spelman Johnson an executive search firm assisting higher education institutions with identifying senior leadership. Barbara received her Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an Ed.M. from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Boston College in Higher Education Administration where her dissertation focused on suing colleges for negligence. Fienman is involved in a number of professional associations including NASPA, ASCA, ACPA, and NAFSA. Fienman has taught in the masters degree programs at Salem State University (MA), and Northeastern University (MA), Merrimack College (MA) and at Suffolk University (MA) where she has taught for 30+ years. In 2012 Fienman was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award from NASPA Region I, was named a Pillar of the Profession at the 2013 national NASPA conference and in 2017 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA). Barbara is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and is certified to administer and interpret Hogan Assessments.

 

Marjory Fisher, J.D.  Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
Columbia University

Associate Vice President Marjory Fisher is Columbia University’s Title IX Coordinator, responsible for monitoring the university’s policies and procedures for resolving sexual and gender-based misconduct, harassment, and other complaints under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally-funded educational institutions.  In addition, Ms. Fisher provides guidance on investigations, oversees Deputy Title IX Coordinators at the University, and is responsible for training University staff and others on Title IX issues.

Ms. Fisher brings extensive legal and investigative experience to her post. She joined Columbia from T&M Protection Resources, where she served as Senior Managing Director of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations Division. Ms. Fisher was formerly Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau in the Queens District Attorney’s Office for 22 years, and prior to that served for eight years as Assistant District Attorney in the Sex Crimes Bureau and supervising Trial Attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office.

In her capacity at T&M, Ms. Fisher conducted sensitive investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct as well as provided Title IX trainings for investigators, adjudicators, faculty, administrators, staff and students at a wide range of colleges, universities and K-12 private and public schools. She also provided sexual harassment and investigations training for various private businesses and non-profit institutions.

Ms. Fisher has been a St. John’s University Law School Adjunct Professor, where she taught a course on Sexual Assault and Family Violence.  She is the recipient of multiple awards for excellence in trial work and the pursuit of justice, including recognition from the Mt. Sinai Rape Crisis and Intervention Program and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

She earned her juris doctor from George Washington University’s National Law Center.

 

Tom Fontana, M.A. Alchohol, Cannabis, and Other Drugs Initiatives Manager
University of Vermont

Tom Fontana (he/him) is the Alcohol, Cannabis, and Other Drugs Initiatives Manager for the University of Vermont.  He coordinates prevention, education, and the brief intervention model BASICS, which is designed to assist students in exploring their relationship with substance use in a shame-free environment.  This provides the opportunity to talk with hundreds of students each year individually.  Additionally, Tom meets with student groups, including FSL and Athletics.  Tom is a member of UVM’s CHIP team, which helps steer AOD policy and best practice.

Tom is author of the ‘T-Break Guide’ a resource to help people take a tolerance break from cannabis.  He is Principal Investigator of a research study seeking to gage the effectiveness of cannabis harm reduction resources.

 

Susan D. Friedfel, J.D. Principal
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Susan D. Friedfel is a Principal in the White Plains and New York, New York offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. and co-head of the firm’s Higher Education group. Susan provides advice and counsel on employment and student affairs matters.

An experienced litigator, Susan regularly defends academic institutions against complaints brought by students, faculty, and staff in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the EEOC. These matters include claims of harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate, and wage and hour violations as well as challenges to promotion and tenure decisions and student academic and disciplinary determinations.  Ms. Friedfel also defends litigation alleging gender equity violations in athletics.

Susan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

 

Zach Gall, M.A. Prevention Education Specialist and Staff Therapist
The College of New Jersey

Zach serves as Prevention Education Specialist and Staff Therapist at The College of New Jersey. Under the umbrella of Counseling and Prevention Services, he provides specialized care to survivors of interpersonal violence and supervises efforts for the prevention of the same. In collaboration with TCNJ’s Office of Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, Zach co-authored TCNJ’s workshops for respondent education and has facilitated that process since its inception. Zach also teaches courses in both Gender & Sexuality Studies and Psychology. Zach hold an MA in Mental Health Counseling from TCNJ and licensure as a Professional Counselor.

 

Jason Garvey, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jason C. Garvey (he/him/his) is the Friedman-Hipps Green and Gold Professor of Education and Program Coordinator for the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Vermont. His research examines student success primarily using quantitative methods, with particular attention to uplifting queer and trans collegians. Jay’s approach to scholarship and professional practice is rooted in positive affect and love, recognizing the grounding and uplifting role of emotions and relationships in higher education. Prior to his faculty appointment, Jay worked in student services across a variety of functional areas, including academic advising, LGBTQ student involvement and advocacy, undergraduate research, and student affairs assessment.

 

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

Seth F. Gilbertson is Associate Counsel for the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel. Mr. Gilbertson serves as labor and student affairs counsel for SUNY’s six Western New York campuses (“Westcam”) and specializes in records management, applied learning, and international programs issues for SUNY on a system-wide basis. He earned his B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University and his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review.

 

Howard Gillman, Ph.D. Chancellor
University of California

Howard Gillman became the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in September 2014. He is an award-winning scholar and teacher with an expertise in the American Constitution and the Supreme Court.

Under Chancellor Gillman’s leadership, UCI has accelerated its ascendency among globally preeminent research universities. It has been consistently ranked in the top 10 of all public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; received special recognition for advancing student success and promoting social mobility; fostered regional economic development; and expanded its capacity to improve lives in our region and around the world.

A native of Southern California, Chancellor Gillman was a first-generation college student, earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in political science at UCLA

 

Leslie M. Gomez, J.D. Vice Chair
Institutional Response Group

Leslie is the Vice Chair of the Institutional Response Group at Cozen O’Connor. She is a former career child abuse and sexual assault prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Leslie focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and criminal conduct.  She assists institutions in designing effective institutional responses that integrate the complex federal and state regulatory framework with the unique dynamics of trauma and the impacts of interpersonal violence on individuals and communities.

Leslie helps institutions develop comprehensive policies, procedures, systems, and training programs in compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, as amended by VAWA, and state and local laws. Leslie conducts policy audits, advises on Title IX informal resolution, investigations, adjudication and appeals, conducts investigations, and assists schools in meeting federal compliance obligations and responding to investigations by OCR and the Clery Compliance Division.

Leslie is also nationally recognized for her knowledge and experience related to child sexual and physical abuse, child protection, and child protective services laws.

Leslie received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, magna cum laude, and her law degree from Yale Law School.

 

Joshua Grubman Associate General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design

Joshua Grubman is Associate General Counsel at Rhode Island School of Design, focusing on regulatory compliance, policy development, employment, and operational matters. Prior to his role at RISD, he served as General Counsel for Mount Ida College. Joshua counseled Mount Ida through the closure process in 2018, handling the transfer of students, termination of faculty and staff, program closures and adoptions, accreditation, closed-school discharge liability, asset purchase agreement, final audit, modification and transfer of restricted funds, defense of trustees, executives, and senior management in litigation and investigations, wind down operations, and other issues. He continues to share his experience in this area with other institutions in transition. His practice prior to in-house positions included outside counsel for post-secondary education, regulatory compliance, and government relations.

 

Steven J. Healy Chief Executive Officer
Margolis Healy

Steven J. Healy is Chief Executive Officer 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 and Chief of Police 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. Gary Margolis, co-founder of Margolis Healy, 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 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 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 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.

 

Patrick Hromisin, CIPP/US, CIPP/E 

Patrick Hromisin handles privacy and data protection compliance, internal investigations, and related litigation for a broad array of clients. He has guided dozens of clients on compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). He also helps clients prepare for cybersecurity incidents; respond to potential breaches and conduct related internal investigations; and provides representation in related litigation. Patrick is credentialed as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

 

 

James Hudziak, M.D. Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families
UVM Medical Center and UVM’s College of Medicine

Dr. James Hudziak is the Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families at the UVM Medical Center and UVM’s College of Medicine. He is a Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Communication Sciences & Disorders, and the Thomas M Achenbach Chair of Developmental Psychopathology, holding Professorships at Washington University, Dartmouth, and Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. He is known internationally for his work in genetic and environmental influences on developmental psychopathology and wellness, and for his work in developmental neuroimaging of adversity and wellness outcomes. Dr. Hudziak has created clinical and health strategies aimed at developing healthy brains, so that healthy bodies will follow. He is the creator of the Vermont Family Based Approach, an innovative health promotion and illness prevention model for children and families. He created the innovative Wellness Environment (WE) program at UVM which has garnered national and international attention for the approach of incentivizing young adults to pursue healthy lifestyle choices. He has been identified as being a member of the top 1% of Doctors in the United States, has over 240 peer-reviewed publications, and is considered a leader in the field of promoting brain health as a strategy to deal with life’s stresses.

 

Chelsea L. Jacoby, Ed.D. Director for Title IX Compliance & Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Coordinator
The College of New Jersey

Dr. Chelsea Jacoby serves as the Director for Title IX Compliance & Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Coordinator for The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Being
responsible for overseeing the College’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other laws and rules relating to discrimination and sex or gender-based violence, Chelsea receives and monitors all reports of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination at the College, and oversees the implementation of supportive measures, the receipt of Formal Complaints, and the handling of both formal grievance processes and informal resolution options grounded in restorative practices. Notably, Chelsea has maximized her professional experience and educational background to foster the informal resolution option by intentionally creating learning environments designed to encourage self-reflection, skill-building, and the acknowledgement of accountability amongst Respondents, and the reparation of harm for Reporters. Additionally, Chelsea coordinates the development of comprehensive training, education, and awareness programs around responding to sexual violence; monitors developments in the law/best practices to inform changes to applicable policies/procedures; and provides leadership in all areas implicated by Title IX and other related laws to both TCNJ in her current role, and to other institutions, as a consultant with Title IX Consult, L.L.C.

 

Janet P. Judge, J.D. Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

Janet P. Judge is a higher education and employment law attorney who focuses her practice in the area of sports and civil rights law. Based in Boston, she has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, intercollegiate sports, and labor and employment law. She recently was named the 2022 Sports Lawyer of the Year (Boston) by Best Lawyers in America, an honor she also received in 2019 (Boston) and 2013 (Portland). She has been recognized in Best Lawyers every year since 2006.

Ms. Judge provides guidance across a broad range of sports law and higher education matters, including NCAA compliance and eligibility advice, policy development and implementation, including those addressing NIL and recent antitrust developments, and compliance with civil rights laws, including Title IX’s athletic equity and sexual misconduct protections, and compliance with the SafeSport Code of Conduct. Janet works collaboratively with schools to develop strategic plans, to evaluate compliance status, to assess pay equity, and to design and implement proactive training designed to engage community investment with a compliance focus. She has worked with more than 500 educational institutions and conferences spanning all three NCAA divisions across the country.

Ms. Judge serves on the boards of the National Associate of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and HazingPrevention.Org. She may be contacted at Janet.Judge@hklaw.com.

 

Adam Jussel, J.D. Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Adam serves as the Dean of Students for University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Before UWM, Adam was the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct/Community Standards at Washington State University. He previously represented WSU as an assistant attorney general, and has a certification in higher education law and policy from NASPA Adam served as a faculty member for the Foundations Track at the 2018 Gehring Academy, and has been fortunate to speak at a number of conferences about how to better serve students, including the National Conference on Law and Higher Education, University of Vermont Legal Issues Conference, the Higher Education Alcohol Other Drug & Wellness Summit, and the National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault and Violence. Adam was also a member of NASPA’s Culture of Respect CORE Constructs Advisory Board, advising NASPA on creating best practices regarding sex and gender based violence. Adam received his juris doctorate from Seattle University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from California Lutheran University. He is a member of the Washington bar, and soon to be Wisconsin.

 

Jason Katte, M.A., LPC  Assistant Director of University Counseling Services
University of Wisconsin

Jason serves as the Assistant Director of University Counseling Services for University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In his role, Jason is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and clinical oversight of the counseling center as well as providing direct therapeutic and outreach services to students. Prior to his role at UWM, Jason was the Director of Outpatient Services for Volunteers of America – Ohio and Indiana where he was responsible for the oversight and management of their outpatient behavioral health services. Jason is credentialed in Wisconsin as a licensed professional counselor and received his master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.

 

Sara Kelly, M.Ed., Ph.D. Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
SUNY Brockport

Dr. Sara Kelly is the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at SUNY Brockport. Overseeing recruitment and retention efforts, Dr. Kelly has the following areas within her portfolio: Residential Life/Learning Communities, Academic Success Center (Orientation, Student Retention, Advising, Transition Programs, Tutoring, Student Accessibility), Career Services, the Educational Opportunity Program, Registration & Records, Financial Aid and Assessment. Prior to this role, she served as the Associate Dean of Students.

Since March 2020, Dr. Kelly has served on the college’s Emergency Operation Center leadership team, which includes development and implementation of pandemic-related operations, policy, and programming.

Dr. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish: Multicultural Studies & Bilingual Education, and a Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum Specialist with a Concentration in Students with Disabilities from SUNY Brockport. Dr. Kelly also earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, as well as her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo.

 

Rebecca Kieffer, LCSW-R Director of the Health and Wellness Center
St. John Fisher College

Rebecca Kieffer, LCSW-R is the Director of the Health and Wellness Center at St. John Fisher College, which is the medical and counseling center. St. John Fisher College is a small to moderately sized, private college in upstate New York.

Prior to beginning in her career in higher education in 2016, Rebecca worked for 16 years in the community mental health setting both as a direct care provider and in leadership role.

In her role as Director, Rebecca was involved in the COVID response on campus first as a member of the emergency response group convened in March of 2020 and then as a member of the return to campus planning group that began meeting in the summer of 2020. Subsequently, Rebecca has been involved in the management and oversight of the COVID surveillance testing clinics and continues to be involved with quarantine and isolation protocols that continue into the fall of this year.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Tamla Lewis, J.D., M.Ed. Associate General Counsel
The Pennsylvania State University

Tamla J. Lewis is Associate General Counsel at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Tamla served for three years as Associate Dean for Administration, Compliance and Special Initiatives for the University of Arkansas School of Law. Prior to her Law School tenure, Tamla served for ten years as an Associate General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she was lead attorney on matters involving Title IX, Student Affairs, and campus safety, including Clery compliance. She conducted extensive trainings on student conduct and student records, contract compliance, and sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Tamla 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. Immediately after law school, she practiced 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 as a paralegal by the Jefferson County, Arkansas, Public Defender’s Office and the Cross, Kearney & McKissic law firm in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

 

Adam Malcolm, J.D. Assistant Attorney General
Washington State University

Adam has been at the WSU Division of the Attorney General’s Office since March 2012. Prior to coming to the Attorney General’s Office, Adam was a deputy prosecuting attorney with Walla Walla County for five years where he was responsible for the juvenile and district courts criminal dockets. Adam was also an instructor at Walla Walla Community College where he taught a criminal law course.

 

Steven J. McDonald, J.D. Retired Higher Education Counsel

Steven J. McDonald served as general counsel of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2002 to 2021. In that role, he was the college’s primary legal counsel and managed 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, the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. 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.

 

Stephanie M. Merabet, J.D. Litigation Attorney
Holland & Knight

Stephanie M. Merabet is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight’s Boston office and a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Group and Education Team. Ms. Merabet devotes her practice to representing public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and related litigation.

Ms. Merabet has significant experience defending allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, contract disputes, whistleblower claims, and wage and hour violations. She zealously represents clients in a wide range of industries in state and federal court, and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Merabet routinely counsels clients on crisis management and a variety of workplace issues, including personnel and disciplinary matters, employment disputes, internal investigations, reductions in force, terminations, the development and administration of employee policies and handbooks, and compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

In her education practice, Ms. Merabet advises private educational institutions on a broad range of matters, including crisis management, reports of Title IX sex discrimination and sexual assault, tenure disputes, student privacy issues, student conduct, intercollegiate athletics, policies and handbooks, and regulatory issues.  Her experience includes conducting independent and internal investigations of misconduct, sexual assault and harassment, involving students, athletes, faculty and other staff.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Merabet practiced at a prominent, boutique labor and employment law firm and in the legal department of a nationwide government contractor.

 

Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. Senior Counsel
Holland & Knight

Jeffrey J. Nolan is an education and labor and employment attorney with Holland & Knight who represents, advises, educates and helps clients throughout the United States manage conflicts, enhance the safety of individuals and environments, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by educational institutions and employers. Mr. Nolan is based in Holland & Knight’s Boston office.

Mr. Nolan represents and advises colleges, universities and independent schools 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. He also conducts system-wide compliance assessments and helps clients develop Title IX/Clery Act and other policies, practices and training programs to minimize risk and enhance compliance with those laws. In 2018-19, Mr. Nolan served on the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Title IX Working Group that prepared ACE’s comments to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations, and his work on fair, equitable trauma-informed investigations was cited 8 times in the Preamble to the final Title IX regulations issued by the Department in May 2020. Mr. Nolan also advises higher educational institutions on the governance, faculty relations and related challenges that they face in the current economic and regulatory environment.

In the employment law area, Mr. Nolan assists employers in dealing with the full range of employee relations issues, advises them on how to comply with applicable employment laws, and helps them to create effective employment policies and training programs.

Mr. Nolan has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Mr. Nolan has successfully argued many cases that created favorable precedent in the higher education and employment contexts.

In client-sponsored and public venues, Mr. Nolan has trained thousands of education, human resources and law enforcement professionals throughout the country on best and promising practices in Title IX/Clery Act compliance, witness-centered/trauma-informed fair investigations, how to conduct hearings under Title IX regulations, threat assessment and management, ADA issues and other education and employment law issues.

Mr. Nolan advises clients on threat assessment practices, which use a proven methodology to assess and manage potential risks of targeted violence in the higher education and workplace settings.

Mr. Nolan also provides independent investigations of sensitive campus and workplace issues, such as reports of alleged sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence or stalking, alleged sexual harassment, faculty misconduct and other workplace misconduct. Jeffrey Nolan is a Certified FETI® Practitioner (CFP-B).

Mr. Nolan is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Vermont and Virginia, and practices in other jurisdictions as appropriate under state practice regulations.

 

Olabisi “Bisi” Okubadjejo, J.D. Associat Vice President of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Compliance
Georgetown University

Olabisi “Bisi” Okubadejo currently serves as Associate Vice President of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Compliance at Georgetown University. Prior to transitioning to Georgetown, Bisi was Of Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP, where her practice focused on civil rights and employment issues in higher education, particularly on matters arising from alleged discrimination on the basis of race, disability, religion, age, and sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. She has experience both as an attorney in private practice and as a supervisory attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Ms. Okubadejo has advised colleges and universities on their compliance with federal laws, including Title IX, the ADA, Section 504, the Clery Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination Act, FERPA, and Title VII. She has experience working with educational institutions and business entities on digital accessibility issues, including compliance with government settlement agreements and ensuring the accessibility of websites and course materials. Ms. Okubadejo’s experience includes providing interactive training on civil rights issues to coordinators, administrators, hearing panels/judicial boards, campus safety departments, and students. She also has significant experience conducting and overseeing internal investigations and program reviews of educational institutions and other employers, and reviewing policies and procedures.

 

Jennifer L. 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 represents, advises, and educates her institutional clients to proactively identify and manage legal risk, enhance the safety, security, and well-being of individuals and the campus community, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by educational institutions.

Jennifer is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to student conduct, distressed and disruptive students, admissions practices, the First Amendment, Title IX, the Clery Act, FERPA, and the ADA.  She has spoken at national and regional conferences of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), as well as at the University of Vermont higher education legal issues conference.  Jennifer is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), a member of the UVM Legal Issues Board of Directors, and a contributor to the SUNY Title IX Joint Guidance Initiative.

Before coming to UVM, Jennifer 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).  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.

 

Lorena Peñaloza, J.D. Chief Campus Counsel
UC Santa Cruz

Lorena joined UC Santa Cruz in 2017.  She provides advice to the University on a broad range of legal issues, including employment, police, academic affairs, Title IX, Clery, land use, environmental health and safety, and student affairs. She reports jointly to Chancellor Cynthia Larive and UC system Senior Vice President and General Counsel Charles Robinson and serves on their respective leadership teams.

Prior to joining UC, Lorena worked for the Office of General Counsel for the California State University system, where she first served as a litigator and then as University Counsel for two of the system’s twenty-three campuses.  She also served as Assistant City Attorney with the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Santa Ana, and began her legal career with the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Maryland through the Presidential Management Fellowship (formerly known as Presidential Management Internship) program.  Lorena earned her B.A. in Sociology and Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

Meghan Rapp, M.A. Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection
University of Virginia

Meghan Rapp serves as the Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection at the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on creating the procedural elements associated with program compliance, and she specializes in systematizing complex processes and creating infrastructure across the institution.

In addition to Clery Act compliance, Meg established and oversees the Office of Youth Protection, which acts as a central repository for policies, training, and program registration for youth programs and activities associated with UVA. She also currently serves as the membership committee chair for the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet), an organization linking those that seek to advance the interactions of higher education institutions with youth.

Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Meg’s work focused on local and state adolescent sexual health and rights advocacy via several non-profit organizations in Washington, DC. Meg also served on the board of the Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Action Fund. She graduated with summa cum laude distinction from Old Dominion University and was named Outstanding Graduate of Political Science. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Human Rights from the University of Leicester.

 

Steven Richard, J.D. Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP

Steven Richard is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP and leads its national Title IX and Higher Ed teams. Mr. Richard has over twenty-five years of experience representing colleges and universities nationally. He has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in Title IX and student conduct cases in federal and state courts. Subsequent to the issuance of the 2011 Dear Colleague letter, Steven has defended colleges and universities in Title IX lawsuits filed by complainants and respondents. Steven has also counseled institutions extensively on faculty matters, including issues relating to shared governance, academic freedom, and tenure revocations and denials. Steven is a frequent writer and speaker on higher education administrative and judicial developments. He was recently selected by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly as the state’s “Go To Lawyer” in Education Law.

Steven earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University, his law degree from Notre Dame Law School where he was a member of its Law Review, and his master of business administration from Bryant University.

Steven is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a Trustee of Bryant University.

 

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

Josh Richards is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, where he is the ViceChair 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 issues involving employment, student conduct, faculty relations, Title IX, Title VI, the Clery Act, disability issues, board governance, financial exigency, 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 is a trustee of Peirce College in Philadelphia

 

Hannah S. Ross, J.D. General Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Secretary to the Corporation
Middlebury College

Hannah Ross was appointed as the first General Counsel of Middlebury College on December 1, 2016.  She serves as the General Counsel to the liberal arts college in Vermont, as well as the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Middlebury’s Language Schools and Schools Abroad.  She provides legal and strategic advice to the President, the Board of Trustees, and senior administrators.  As Chief of Staff, Hannah serves as an advisor and thought partner to the President and her senior leadership team, organizing, coordinating, and translating initiatives and plans into action. Ms. Ross has practiced in higher education since 2003, when she joined Princeton’s Office of the General Counsel.  Ms. Ross supervises litigation and provides advice and counsel on a number of state and federal regulatory and compliance matters.  She has particular expertise in issues of student health and safety, including threat assessment, managing students in crisis, and self-harming situations, as well as issues of open expression, campus speech and protest, governance and policy development, privacy, and copyright. Ms. Ross is actively involved in the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and regularly writes and speaks on higher education legal issues. She also serves on the Steering Committee of Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers (HEREL) and hosted the 8th HEREL conference in 2010. Before coming to Middlebury, Ms. Ross served as university counsel at Princeton University for 13 years, and prior to that served in private practice as a civil litigator and employment lawyer with Hill & Barlow, P.C. and Goulston & Storrs in Boston.  After law school, she clerked for Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court.  Ms. Ross received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University.

 

Scott Schneider, J.D. Partner
Husch Blackwell LLP

Scott advises companies and educational institutions nationwide on a variety of complex legal issues with a focus on particularly sensitive matters.

He is a prominent litigator as well as a sought-after advisor on Title IX, labor and employment law issues, and various risk management concerns. He has led numerous investigations of serial sex abuse allegations, allegations of misconduct involving senior leadership and other acts of institutional misconduct, as well as high-profile program reviews of institutional response.

Over the last decade, Scott has provided training nationally to thousands of personnel on a variety of issues, including Title IX; labor and employment law; faculty hiring, promotion and tenure processes; and Greek Life risk management. Scott regularly presents to national organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the National Association of Independent Schools and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Scott is an award-winning professor at Tulane University and also serves on the faculty for the State University of New York’s Student Conduct Institute. In addition, Scott has been retained by the National Center for Campus Public Safety to serve as a faculty member for its Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication training program for campus officials.

 

Cara Palumbo Schrantz, J.D. Assistant Deputy General Counsel
State University of New York Office of General Counsel

Cara Palumbo Schrantz is currently serving as Assistant Deputy General Counsel in the State Univeristy of New York Office of General Counsel (OGC). Cara first joined SUNY OGC in 2016. Prior to joining SUNY, Cara was an Assistant Counsel to the Governor in the New York State Office of Counsel to the Governor, where she concentrated on K-12 education and higher education issues. She also previously worked as a law clerk to Judge Lawrence E. Kahn, Northern District of New York, and as a senior legislative budget analyst in the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee, concentrating on education budget issues. Cara received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and received a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, College of Human Ecology.

 

Jody Shipper, J.D. Managing Director
Grand River Solutions, Inc.

Jody Shipper is a Managing Director of Grand River Solutions. Jody has more than 25 years of experience in Title IX, equity and diversity, and related fields. She is known for her insight into best-in-class programming, policies, and community outreach aimed at addressing sexual misconduct on campus. She lectures extensively at universities and conferences throughout the U.S. on Title IX, VAWA, harassment, and implementation of best and emerging practices. Jody also co-founded Project IX in 2014, a nonprofit focused on Title IX-related services to schools with a mission to provide effective solutions for preventing and responding to sexual violence.

Jody previously served as the systemwide director for Title IX/VAWA/Clery compliance for the University of California system. Prior to that, she served for 11 years as executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at a large research university where she also held the post of chief Title IX administrator. In these roles, she provided direct, hands-on experience in the fields of Title IX, civil rights, employment law, and workplace and academic investigations. Her responsibilities included focusing on diversity efforts, sexual assault prevention and training, affirmative action, and protecting minors on campus.

Previously, Jody served as outside counsel to businesses and nonprofits in California, litigating employment and education matters.

 

Gina Maisto Smith, J.D. Chair
Institutional Response Group

Gina Maisto Smith, Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group, focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and criminal conduct. Gina provides consulting, counseling, and legal advice on all aspects of the institutional response to misconduct. She assists institutions in designing effective institutional responses that integrate the complex federal and state regulatory framework with the unique dynamics of trauma and the impacts of interpersonal violence on individuals and communities. Gina regularly advises educational and child-serving institutions including public and private K-12 schools and colleges and universities about policies, changes in the law, and investigations into allegations of child abuse and sexual misconduct, including sexual violence. She regularly conducts policy audits and assists in the development of policy and the design and implementation of internal operating procedures. In addition, Gina conducts training for K-12 administrators and multiple university constituencies, including Title IX coordinators, sexual assault response teams, judicial hearing boards, investigators, and members of the campus community. Before entering private practice, Gina spent nearly two decades in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she investigated numerous cases, handled more than 100 jury trials, and developed unmatched experience in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence.

 

William Stackman, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Bill Stackman is currently the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously served for seven years as the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Notre Dame University.  Dr. Stackman has been working in student affairs for 38 years and has held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M University, Dean of Student Affairs at Rhodes College, Associate and Acting Dean of Students at Oberlin College, Director of Student Activities/Mayer Campus Center at Tufts University, Associate Director of the Illini Union and Program Director 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. He is currently completing a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in Positive Psychology with an emphasis in Positive Coaching.

 

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 recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for NASPA—the world’s leading association for Student Affairs professionals.

 

Josh Whitlock, J.D. Principal
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Josh Whitlock is a principal in the Charlotte office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  He focuses his practice on meeting the legal needs of higher education institutions.

Josh has extensive experience defending colleges and universities in broad range of litigation and investigations, as well as counseling them on a variety of issues, including Title IX, FERPA, Clery, and disability-related compliance; the handling of sexual misconduct allegations; and student discipline and faculty tenure matters.  He frequently interacts with the U.S. Department of Education, having successfully represented schools in dozens of federal investigations, and is a national thought leader on Title IX- and disability-related claims and compliance.

Josh is particularly focused on delivering comprehensive, cutting edge, practical, engaging, and cost-effective Title IX team training. He has conducted hundreds of trainings for a broad range of institutions and has helped dozens of schools design and enhance their annual Title IX team training programs.

He also has developed an innovative and interactive Title IX Video Training Series that combines carefully-designed recorded modules with unlimited on demand access and other features to deliver a versatile solution at tremendous value.