Meet the Team

Knowledgeable. Trusted. Effective.

INCompliance consultants have decades of experience within the education environment, navigating the issues that are critical to today’s schools, colleges and universities. Because all of our consultants are attorneys, we combine legal knowledge with a deep understanding of education operations. Offering practical advice and effective solutions to complex compliance issues, we have become trusted advisors to satisfied clients across the country.

Laura Anthony

Laura has twenty years of experience working on civil rights matters for education institutions. She frequently trains educators on student conduct issues, trauma-informed practices, investigation techniques and procedures for handling discrimination claims and she regularly presents to state and national audiences on education and disability law. Laura has extensive experience as an investigator and an adjudicator in student conduct matters and regularly defends educational institutions in complaint investigations at the federal and state level. In addition, Laura conducts discrimination and harassment investigations and provides audits of special education and student conduct procedures.

Melissa Carleton

Melissa regularly works with institutions of higher education on civil rights and Clery Act compliance and conducts frequent training workshops for investigators, adjudicators and other administrators involved in the conduct process. She also works with public schools districts on managing safety issues during civil rights investigations. She has particular experience with Title IX and Section 504 investigations, special education requirements and employment investigations.

Beverly Meyer

Beverly has been assisting educational institutions in investigating civil rights matters for many years. Prior to her current career, she spent time representing individuals against those institutions, giving her a unique perspective in risk management and compliance issues. She has extensive investigative experience and has undergone specialized training in Title IX investigations and trauma-informed practices.

S. Courter Shimeall

Courter has a significant amount of experience assisting educational institutions with civil rights matters regarding race, sex, disability and religion. He has attended multiple Title IX investigator training sessions and regularly assists educational institutions in matters of Title IX compliance. He also assists with both administrator and student Title IX training.

Federico Barrera

Rico is a trained civil rights investigator with more than five years of experience interviewing witnesses and conducting investigations. He has undergone special training on trauma-informed investigatory practices in sexual misconduct investigations, as well as training for other civil rights investigations. Rico regularly helps entities with the drafting and review of policies and procedures and specifically works with executive-level administrators to solve problems within the cultural expectations of a particular entity.

Nicole Donovsky

Nicole has investigated civil rights complaints involving complainants of all ages, from elementary school students to adult employees. She trains administrators on compliance with Title IX/VAWA and Clery compliance and has specific experience with regard to adult education programs receiving Title IV Higher Education Act funding. In addition, Nicole has investigated claims alleging race, gender, religious and disability discrimination.

Joshua Nolan

With almost twenty years of experience working as a college administrator and as legal counsel representing higher education institutions, Josh is an experienced civil rights investigator who focuses on Title IX and sexual misconduct investigations. He trains campus constituents on conducting student conduct hearings, complying with Title IX, and adhering to VAWA and Clery Act requirements. Josh is a member of the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys and served on the editorial board of the Journal of College and University Law.

Melissa Martinez Bondy

Melissa frequently interfaces with the Office for Civil Rights during investigations related to Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI. She regularly trains administrators on Title IX issues, including but not limited to accommodating transgender students, equity in athletics, sex discrimination/harassment and sexual misconduct investigations. She has conducted several investigations and has extensive experience defending educational entities against harassment and discrimination claims raised under federal civil rights laws. Melissa is also well-versed in special education procedures for K-12 schools and trains regularly on disability-related issues.

Dane Gaschen

Dane was formerly a County Prosecutor with responsibility for trying special victims’ cases including sexual assaults. For the past thirteen years, he has worked with educational entities conducting investigations and overseeing compliance with federal and state civil rights laws. Dane has specific experience working with law enforcement when there are concurrent criminal investigations, as well as handling employment and labor issues that may arise during an investigation.

Susan Oppenheimer

Susan has spent twenty years working with educational institutions and other public sector entities on a range of civil rights matters, including race, national origin, sex, religion, and disability cases. She has conducted, overseen and prepared reports on harassment and discrimination investigations, as well as other types of misconduct investigations. She is familiar with both employment and student issues in the context of educational institutions and has undergone trauma-informed investigative training specific to Title IX requirements.

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