2017 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.


Karl F. Brevitz, J.D. Consultant
Karl F. Brevitz Consulting

Karl F. Brevitz provides consulting services to institutions of higher education in matters of policy governance and compliance, including Title IX and distance education state authorization.  He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and has recently served on the Committees on Web Page Legal Resources, Annual Program, and the NACUANOTES Editorial Board.   From June 1999 – August 2013 he served as Director of Legal Resources for NACUA in Washington, DC where he managed the legal resources and programming of the Association and served as a staff liaison to the Annual Program, Legal Education and Web Page Legal Resources Committees, as well as to the Journal of College and University Law and NACUANOTES Editorial Boards . Prior to joining NACUA he served for 12 years as Director of Education at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Michigan Law School, and for six years as college attorney for Ferris State College, a public institution in Michigan. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Adrian College and J.D. magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference.


Mike Brody, Vice President for Student Services
Reed College

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


Charles Carletta, J.D. Senior Associate Counsel
Albany Medical Center

Mr. Carletta is respsible for resolving many of the legal issues confronting the faculty and staff of the Albany Medical College. Prior to this part-time appointment, he had served for sixteen years as the first Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Formerly in private practice of law, Mr. Carletta represented institutions of higher education serving as outside general counsel to several private, public, two and four year institutions including community colleges. He also served as special counsel to several other higher-ed institutions, including the NCAA, as well as those from the for-profit sector. He currently serves as a founding member of the advisory board of the Stetson University College of Law, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy as well as a founding member of the Advisory Board for Legal Issues in Higher Education at the University of Vermont.


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

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

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

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

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


Dave Closson, M.S. Owner
DJC Solutions LLC

Dave is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, “Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police.” He is an EIU Alumni with a BS in Biology and a MS in Technology, Training and Development. His master’s degree work focused on motivational interviewing for campus police. Dave served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 6 years and was deployed under Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was award two Army Commendation Medals, one for valor and one for meritorious service, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Dave previously worked as an EIU Police Officer and served as the department’s Crime Prevention Officer. While serving in this role, EIU was identified in the top 10 nationwide for evidenced-based crime prevention programming based on a survey conducted by Margolis Healy LLC, on behalf of the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Dave also gave presentations to over 7,500 students, faculty and professional staff on topics ranging from Motivational Interviewing, Bystander Intervention, Alcohol/Drug Safety, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Conflict Resolution.

Dave is currently a CAPT Associate for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. He provides targeted training and technical assistance on alcohol and other drug prevention to campus and communities across the country. He was previously the assistant Director at the Illinois Higher Education Center (IHEC) where he provided professional development, assessment, program planning, evaluation, consultation visits and hosted training related to alcohol, drug and violence prevention.

Dave is currently the owner of DJC Solutions LLC, a national training and consulting company and a founding member of Prevention Leaders, Inc. He is also a speaker with ForCollegeForLife. Training, speaking, and helping others is what he does best!


Leigh Cole, J.D. Director
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.

Leigh Cole is a director with the law firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., in Burlington, Vermont. She also serves as Immigration Counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP with offices in San Francisco and Santa Monica, California. A member of Dinse’s Education practice group, she represents colleges and universities, private secondary schools and public school systems in immigration and compliance matters. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). She is a frequent speaker for NACUA and has co-taught NACUA’s online course on immigration since 2011. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration & Naturalization Committee of the International Section. She serves as a Senior Editor of AILA’s annual Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook. She earned a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review. She holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University.


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.


Susan DuMont,  J.D. Associate
Miles & Stockbridge

Susan DuMont is Associate at Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore, MD. Prior to this role, Susan spent six years serving as the Coordinator for Fraternities & Sororities at the University of Maryland Baltmiore County, where she was responsible for all aspects of the 20+ chapter community. Her interest in risk management and hazing litigation led her to pursue her J.D. in the evening. Before attending graduate school, Susan worked as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Alpha Phi, traveling to chapters full time on behalf of the sorority.

Immediately after law school Susan clerked for the Honorable Judge Alexander Wright, Jr. on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

She received her B.A. from Lake Forest College, her M.A. in College Counseling from the University of Delaware, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland.


Tamra English, J.D. Senior Associate General Counsel & Managing Attorney
University of Texas System

Tamra J. English is the Managing Attorney of the General Law Section and provides legal counsel to UT System and UT institutions on a broad range of issues. The General Law section is also the primary liaison to the Office of the Attorney General in matters on which the Attorney General represents UT institutions and UT System in court.

With more than 23 years of experience in both private practice and government service, Ms. English provides legal advice on a broad range of areas, including faculty and staff employment matters, student affairs, torts, law enforcement and campus safety, Title IX compliance, and other business-related matters. Ms. English began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office, then practiced employment and tort law at a private firm in California. Before joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. English was employed as a Senior Associate with the Austin law firm of Ewbank & Harris, P.C., specializing in employment law, tort law, and general civil litigation.

Ms. English received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School. Ms. English is licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and California, and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Southern District of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California. She is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and has served on the Legal Education Committee for the National Association of College and University Attorneys since 2015.


Megan Farrell, J.D., M.B.A. Compliance Consultant
MCF Consulting

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


Janet Faulkner, J.D. Founding Attorney
Faulkner Legal

Janet is an attorney with extensive experience in higher education. She has served as in-house counsel for Emerson College & Northeastern University. She previously practiced employment law in private practice & the public sector. Janet established Faulkner Legal in 2014 with a focus on the areas of employment, education & privacy law. Janet serves as an independent investigator for Title IX, employment, faculty, and athletics matters. Janet also focuses on student & employee disability issues. Faulkner Legal also provides legal advice to non-profits, education vendors, & small businesses.
Ann Franke, M.A., J.D., LL.M. President
Wise Results, LLC

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

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

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

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


Stephen Gahagans, M.P.A. Chief of Police
University of Arkansas Police Department

Chief Gahagans currently serves as Chief of Police for the University of Arkansas Police Department. He currently holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Oklahoma State University where he started his career. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Associates, Session 194. He is also a graduate of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Command Course. He has served on numerous committees throughout his career on a variety of issues.


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

Seth F. Gilbertson is an Associate Counsel for the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel.  Seth handles labor and student affairs matters for SUNY’s western campuses (Westcam) and specializes in records management and international programs issues for SUNY on a system-wide basis.  Before joining SUNY, Seth was a court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.  In a previous life, he was the Mountain Manager of Apple Mountain Resort in Freeland, Michigan.  Seth earned his B.A., cum laude, from Saginaw Valley State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review.  Seth is active in both the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Leslie Gomez, J.D. Vice Chair, Institutional Response Group
Cozen O’Connor

Leslie, vice 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. Leslie 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. Leslie regularly advises presidents, boards, senior leadership, counsel, student affairs, human resources, campus law enforcement, Title IX Coordinators, and other campus partners in implementing trauma-informed, fair, and impartial processes.

Leslie helps institutions develop comprehensive policies, procedures, systems, and training programs in compliance with Title IX, Title VII, the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and state and local laws. Leslie conducts comprehensive policy audits; drafts policies, procedures, and internal operating protocols; develops and trains multi-disciplinary teams; serves as an expert adviser to campus task forces and working groups; consults and advises on Title IX investigation, adjudication and appeal proceedings; and assists educational institutions in meeting federal compliance obligations and responding to investigations by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Clery Compliance Division. She served on the stalking subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and has been designated as an approved equity consultant by OCR.


Terry W. Hartle, M.A. Senior Vice President
American Council on Education

Specialization: Accreditation, college costs, federal policy, federal student aid, higher education finance, immigration, legislative issues, tuition.

Terry W. Hartle is one of America’s most effective and experienced advocates for higher education. At ACE, where he has served for more than 20 years, he directs comprehensive efforts to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues including student aid, government regulation, scientific research and tax policy. His work involves representation before the U.S. Congress, administrative agencies and the federal courts. As an expert voice on behalf of colleges and universities, he is quoted widely in the national and international media on higher education issues.

Given ACE’s historic role in coordinating the government relations efforts of some 60 associations in the Washington-based higher education community, Hartle plays a central part in developing public policy positions that impact all colleges and universities, and also oversees the Council’s external relations functions.

Prior to joining the council in 1993, Hartle served for six years as education staff director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, then chaired by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Prior to 1987, Hartle was director of social policy studies and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research scientist at the Educational Testing Service. Hartle has authored or co-authored numerous articles, books, and national studies and contributes regular book reviews to The Christian Science Monitor.

Hartle received a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University (DC), a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (NY) and a bachelor’s degree in history (summa cum laude) from Hiram College (OH). He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Northeastern University (MA). He has received the Hiram College Alumni Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Steven Healy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Margolis, Healy & Associates

Steven J. Healy is a managing partner and co-founder of Margolis Healy and is a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety, Title IX and the Clery Act. From 2003 through 2009, he was the Director of Public Safety 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. Margolis on emergency response and recovery at the NACUBO annual meeting. In 2009, he was named a Fellow at the Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. Steven is also a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Steven 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.


Deborah Hunter, Ph.D. Higher Education Faculty
University of Vermont

Dr. Hunter, long time Coordinator of UVM’s renown graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs, has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Services and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences. She and her UVM graduate students are active in hosting the annual Legal Issues in Higher Education conference.


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

Cheri Jack is the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Investigator for Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus. Her role is to advocate for student success, support the teaching and learning environment, address student discipline issues, and serve as a Title IX investigator.

Currently, Cheri serves as a board member for the University of Vermont (UVM) Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, and she has worked in higher education for more than twenty-five years at both community colleges and four-year institutions. Her background includes professional experience in the areas of Discipline, Title IX Investigation, Advocacy, Academic Advising, Student Life, Counseling, Student Unions, Career Services, Housing, and Leadership. In addition, she has taught as an associate faculty member for ten years, and conducts faculty training and development seminars.

Cheri 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 Legal Conference, and the UVM 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.


Rachel Jeris, J.D. Senior University Legal Counsel

Rachel Jeris is Senior University Legal Counsel. Her primary areas of practice are employment law, political activity, student misconduct and privacy, and legal issues related to campus programs for children and youth. Rachel represents the University in proceedings before administrative bodies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division. She also provides counsel to physicians employed by the School of Medicine and Public Health and advises student academic and non-academic misconduct hearing committees. Prior to joining OLA in 2011, Rachel clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and spent several years in private practice representing colleges and universities in litigation and counseling matters. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003, where she was a member of the Illinois Law Review and selected for the Order of the Coif.


Lawrence Johnson, J.D.

From 2014 to 2018, Larry served as Westfield State University’s Director of Non-Discrimination Compliance, acting in the capacity of the University’s ADA, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator.

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

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

Larry received his B.A. from Saint Michael’s College, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).


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 Dean for Administration
University of Arkansas School of Law

Tamla J. Lewis serves as Associate Dean for Administration for the University of Arkansas School of Law.  Prior to joining the law school, Ms. Lewis served for ten years as an Associate General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.    Ms. Lewis received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a M.Ed. in Workforce Development Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; she is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, with a B.A. in English.  During law school, Ms. Lewis 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 office of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, where her practice focused on civil litigation, including employment and business litigation.  Prior to law school, Ms. Lewis was employed by the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office and the Cross, Kearney & McKissic law firm in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


Gina Maisto Smith, J.D. Chair, Institutional Response Group
Cozen O’Connor

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 is frequently called upon to advise institutional clients including presidents, boards, senior leadership, and counsel on the complex intersections of trauma-informed, fair, and impartial processes with the intersecting legal landscape.

She 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. She 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.


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

Dr. Gary J. Margolis is the President & CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc. and co-founded Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC. He has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in law enforcement and public safety, and over a decade in higher education safety and security. Under his leadership as Chief of Police at the University of Vermont (1998 – 2009), UVM Police Services became a three-time internationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition, he has served as a police executive, police academy administrator, police officer and deputy sheriff.

A highly-respected and sought after consultant, speaker, educator, and trainer, Dr. Margolis’ areas of expertise include crises response and communications; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing sexual and gender violence. He is called upon by the US Departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security as a campus security expert and has testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedies, Dr. Margolis was appointed by former Vermont Governor James Douglas to serve on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Dr. Margolis traveled to Israel as an invited guest of the Israeli Government and Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) to study terrorism and share his expertise with the Israel National Police and Israel Defense Forces. He has led or been involved in several national and international initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Dr. Margolis is on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and is a Past General Chair of the University & College Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the oldest and largest police association in the world. He is a former member of the association’s executive committee, and a founding faculty member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women sponsored by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Dr. Margolis has been a featured presenter for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS); The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); and the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). His work has been featured in American Council of Education (ACE), Police Chief magazine, the Campus Law Enforcement Journal magazine, and Campus Safety Magazine.  He has appeared in the New York Times and various nationally recognized media outlets, including National Public Radio.

Dr. Margolis held a Research Associate Professor appointment in the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services, and an adjunct professor at Norwich University for many years. He has taught leadership and policy studies for masters and doctoral students in UVM’s Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program, and organizational development and policy administration for master’s students in Norwich University’s Masters of Justice Administration program.

Dr. Margolis has a Masters Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. He is a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program.


Matt McCoy, J.D. Associate General Counsel
University of Arkansas

Matt joined the University of Arkansas’s Office of General Counsel in 2009. He has represented numerous public officials, institutions, colleges and universities for more than seventeen years as a litigation attorney with the law firm of Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division, and in his current position. Matt’s primary practice is litigation, athletics, education, employment and constitutional law. As Arkansas’s lead attorney on education matters in the Attorney General’s Office, he successfully defended the State’s education system and advised the House and Senate Joint Education Committees on matters related to education policy and adequacy.

He received his B.S.B.A. in International Business and Economics and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas.


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

Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at Rhode Island School of Design. He previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University, and he began his legal career in private practice at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. 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 also is a Fellow and a 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 Steve 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.


Kim Monteaux De Freitas, Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisor
University of Vermont

Kim Monteaux De Freitas has served as the primary Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor at the University of Vermont since 2006. In this role Kim is responsible for all facets of the fraternity and sorority community. Kim provides leadership, training and support to members in regards to chapter development, risk prevention, safety response, social justice, community relations as well as officer responsibilities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communication & Electronic Imaging from Northern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Education, College Student Development and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Vermont’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. She volunteers for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) and her own fraternity, Phi Sigma Sigma.


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

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

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


Kimberly Novak, CEO

Kimberly Novak, CEO NovakTalks is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development.  Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Health & Safety. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, organization conduct, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country and has served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including HazingPrevention.Org’s institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.

Kim served as a Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center and on several national advisory boards. She has served on the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org, and The Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Kim currently serves as the Fraternity Executive Association’s Dean for the Interfraternity Institute (IFI) and on the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Higher Ed Law Conference. In 2008 Kim served as an advisor on the national Response-Ability Bystander Intervention Project, a national fraternity and sorority educational initiative. Additionally, she served as the lead editor of the Student Risk Management Compendium published by NACUA in 2006.

Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the development of and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the new urban campus.  She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University’s internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.

Kim has been awarded countless honors for her work with college students and professionals. Including Interfraternal accolades from Kappa Alpha Order, Zeta Beta Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Phi Beta.  In 2013 she was honored with the Silver Medal By the North American Inter-Fraternal Conference for her leadership in advancing the fraternal movement and for her hazing prevention work.

Kim approaches her work with college students and those that support them with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.


Debbie Osgood, Partner
Hogan Marren Babbo, & Rose, Ltd.

Debbie Osgood is a Partner in the Education Group at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose.  Debbie represents public and private colleges and universities on a wide range of educational policy and legal issues, including civil rights issues such as Title IX sexual harassment and violence, athletics, transgender students, and accommodations. Her area of specialty is advising colleges and universities on how to best position their institution to avoid claims of discrimination and how to effectively respond to any claims.

Debbie is a nationally recognized expert and frequent speaker on educational civil rights issues. Prior to joining HMBR, Debbie was an attorney for 25 years with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  She most recently served as National Enforcement Director in OCR Headquarters and previously as the Director and Chief Attorney of the OCR Chicago Office. Debbie’s OCR career spanned four different Presidential administrations.

She began her career at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. specializing in federal administrative law. Debbie graduated from Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and D.C. Debbie grew up in Massachusetts and is very happy to be back in beautiful New England for this conference.


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.


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

Troy J. Perdue is Deputy Counsel at East Tennessee State University, where he frequently handles First Amendment, employment, and transactional matters.  Prior to joining ETSU, Mr. Perdue was a business and real estate attorney for over ten years.

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

Mr. Perdue has been a guest on National Public Radio (NPR) in Charlotte, North Carolina, to discuss transgender rights on college campuses, and is a frequent presenter on higher education issues at the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and higher education conferences.  In addition to acting as legal counsel for ETSU, Mr. Perdue enjoys teaching ethics and law-related courses at ETSU.


Abby Perer, J.D. Associate General Counsel for Litigation and Compliance
Syracuse University

Abby Perer is Associate General Counsel for Litigation and Compliance at Syracuse University. In that role, Abby defends the University against threatened and filed legal or administrative claims, conducts internal investigations, assists with regulatory compliance, and counsels University administrators on legal issues ranging from federal anti-discrimination laws to not-for-profit corporate and tax laws. Prior to joining Syracuse, Abby was an associate in the New York City offices of DLA Piper LLP where her practice centered on commercial litigation and regulatory and criminal investigations. Abby received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from Hamilton College.


Hillary Pettegrew, J.D. Senior Risk Management Counsel
United Educators Insurance

In her role at United Educators (UE), Ms. Pettegrew focuses on research, writing, and presenting on a variety of education-specific issues that create liability exposure for colleges and universities, with a heavy emphasis in recent years on the prevention of and response to campus sexual harassment and violence.  She has conducted or participated in several UE claims studies on these topics — including the two most recent, which examined respectively UE’s student- victim sexual assault claims with losses and student-perpetrator claims with losses — and has written multiple publications on compliance with Title IX and VAWA/Campus SaVE Act requirements.   Before moving to the risk management department, Ms. Pettegrew was a UE claims attorney, handling hundreds of claims brought by employees and students against UE member institutions.    Prior to joining UE, she was a writer-editor for the RIA Group, advising employers on compliance with federal and state laws governing HR and benefits, and practiced employment law with a Washington, DC firm.   Ms. Pettegrew received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Colgate University and her law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, where she was an Articles editor for the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology.  She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).


Hannah S. Ross, J.D. General Counsel
Middelbury College

Hannah Ross serves as the first in-house general counsel at Middlebury.  Ms. Ross provides legal and strategic advice to the president, board of trustees, and senior administrators.  She is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of all of Middlebury’s programs, in Vermont, Monterey and overseas.  As general counsel, Ms. Ross provides legal advice and counsel covering the full breadth of legal and compliance issues that abound in higher education today, including personnel matters, faculty issues, student affairs, litigation, governance, and international operations, to name a few.

Prior to arriving at Middlebury, Ms. Ross spent thirteen years at Princeton where she provided advice and counsel in almost every area of higher education law over the years, with emphasis on facilities and construction, access and inclusion, privacy, and copyright issues.  She also represented the university in litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Ms. Ross is a frequent speaker and actively involved in the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).  She is currently Vice-Chair of the NACUANotes Editorial Board.  In addition, she serves on the Steering Committee for the Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers (HEREL) conference and hosted the 8th HEREL conference in 2010 at Princeton.

Prior to her work at Princeton, she was an associate in the trial department at Hill & Barlow, P.C., and an associate in litigation at Goulston & Storrs, LLC, both in Boston.

After law school, Ms. Ross 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.  She now resides in Weybridge, Vermont, with her two daughters, husband, and chocolate Labrador.


Jody Shipper, Founder/Principal
Project IX, Inc.

Jody Shipper has been working in the field of higher education, Title IX, Clery/VAWA, and employment law and has conducted workplace and academic investigations for more than twenty years. Ms. Shipper works with Project IX, Inc., a non-profit organization she founded, conducting compliance reviews and assisting smaller and under-resourced schools with policy development and implementation relating to forms of gender-based harm, Title IX, and VAWA, at low cost, so that financial resources are no longer a barrier to getting help in addressing these issues. Previously, she has served as Systemwide Director for Title IX/VAWA/Clery and Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence for the University of California system and before that as Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Southern California, where she also served as the university’s chief Title IX administrator. Prior to this work, Ms. Shipper served a broad range of private and non-profit employers in California as outside counsel, litigating employment and education matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.


Lucy Singer, J.D. Vice President and General Counsel
University of the South

Lucy Singer joined the University of the South as Vice President and General Counsel in November 2017. She is responsible for providing, managing and coordinating legal services for the University, for advising University officials on legal matters related to the performance of their duties, including compliance with university policies, and state and federal laws and regulations affecting higher education.

Prior to her appointment at Sewanee, Ms. Singer served as Senior Associate General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the University of Vermont from 2005 to 2017 and as Senior Associate General Counsel at Southern Illinois University from 1999 to 2005. Prior to serving in-house at higher education institutions, Ms. Singer was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri, representing colleges and universities among other clients.

She received her J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law summa cum laude. She received her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) and a graduate degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. Singer is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Ryan Snow, M.Ed. Police Officer and Trainer
Prevention Leaders, Inc.

Ryan is a founder and lead instructor with Prevention Leaders, Inc. which provides training related to topics such as drug prevention and strategies for ethical enforcement. Ryan has participated in online and in person training workshops at many of the nation’s premier college campuses. He has been invited to speak at numerous state and national conferences and presented the largest webinar in the history of the Ohio State Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery. His trainings help guide police officers and higher education professionals as they work together to reduce the impact drugs have on students across the United States.

Ryan is a Police Officer with the University of Illinois Police Department where he educates the community about DUI and drug related issues. He is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and has completed hundreds of hours of training related to drugs and the impact they have on the human body. As a police officer, Ryan has firsthand knowledge of the danger drugs bring to communities. He utilizes this experience to inform others and empower them to help prevent tragedies in their area. Ryan has been featured in numerous television interviews and newspaper stories that focus on drug related topics.

Prior to law enforcement, Ryan graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Education with a focus on Middle School Math and a Masters in Educational Administration. While attaining his graduate degree, Ryan worked for the University Housing and Dining Services Office as the Coordinator for Student Security. He worked closely with Resident Advisors and Area Coordinators to develop a safe learning and living community for students. Ryan managed a staff of over 40 student workers and developed training to help maximize the impact the program had on the campus environment. He utilizes this experience to share a unique perspective that connects the worlds of University Staff to University Police.


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

Dr. Bill Stackman, Associate Vice President for Student Services, began working at the University of Notre Dame in August, 2012 He previously served as Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stackman has been working in student affairs for almost 35 years and has held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including Dean of Student Affairs at Rhodes College, Associate and Acting Dean of Students at Oberlin College, Director of Student Activities at Tufts University, Associate Director of the Illini Union 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.


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

Angelo A. Stio, III (CIPP/US) is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Stio is an experienced trial attorney who handles complex commercial disputes, class actions and derivative suits, corporate governance disputes, and college and university litigations.

Mr. Stio has litigated various issues including data breach class actions, shareholder class actions and derivative suits, UCC Article 2 disputes, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate waste claims, fraudulent transfer and avoidance actions, false claims act matters and breach of representation and warranty claims, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims. Mr. Stio also has helped clients comply with both federal and state laws related to data privacy and security issues.

A frequent writer and lecturer, Mr. Stio has published articles on data privacy and security, electronic discovery, class actions and corporate governance issues and has served as a speaker at numerous seminars.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Tom Sullivan, J.D. President
University of Vermont

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

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

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

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


Susan L. Wheeler, J.D. University Counsel
James Madison University

Susan L. Wheeler is University Counsel for James Madison University and Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She previously served as Policy & Legal Affairs Advisor at James Madison University, as Associate General Counsel, University Counsel, and Interim General Counsel at the University of Houston System, as a briefing attorney and research attorney for the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. Ms. Wheeler has presented at over thirty higher education law conferences, including those sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the Stetson University College of Law, the University of Vermont, the University of Houston’s Institute of Higher Education Law and Governance, the University of North Texas, the Texas Association of State University Attorneys (TASUA), and the Virginia Attorney General’s Office Education Section (VACUA). She has also made presentations on legal topics to numerous national, regional and state higher education professional groups, and has presented legal webinars for higher education training providers. She has served on numerous committees and as a member of the Board of Directors of NACUA, as the President of TASUA, and on committees of the Texas Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, and is licensed in Texas and Virginia.


Josh Whitlock, J.D. Partner
McGuireWoods LLP

Josh Whitlock is a Partner in the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods LLP and practices primarily in the areas of higher education and commercial litigation. In the higher education context, Josh defends and counsels colleges and universities in connection with a variety of issues, including Title IX, ADA, Section 504, and FERPA compliance; administration of international programs; and sexual misconduct, student lending, student discipline, tenure, and general employment matters. Josh has emerged as a national thought leader on student sexual misconduct-related and Title IX-related claims and compliance and frequently speaks and publishes on these issues. He also is the former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section, part of a McGuireWoods team that teaches the Higher Education Practicum at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, and an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.