Meet the Team
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 has 20 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 has nearly 10 years of civil rights experience and 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 institutions on managing safety issues and addressing climate concerns during civil rights investigations. She has particular experience with Title IX and Section 504 investigations, conducting parallel investigations with law enforcement, and handling employment investigations. Melissa speaks frequently on Title IX at both the state and national level.
For over 25 years, Warren has assisted with misconduct investigations. He is trained as a civil rights investigator and has handled complex sexual harassment and racial, age and sexual discrimination claims. Warren has also participated in the prosecution of Medicaid, workers compensation and defense industry fraud cases. He has a special interest in cases involving confidentiality rights, acceptable use policies and interactions with law enforcement.
As a former chief compliance officer for a large state university, Rachel King has conducted multiple civil rights investigations and compliance audits. She regularly works with institutions of higher education on key compliance issues involving Title IX, Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and more. Rachel has a particular expertise with regard to minors on campus, international travel, immigration and free speech.
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.
Katy worked in public accounting for 10 years, giving her an eye for detail. Due to her legal training and experience, she is knowledgeable with regard to both employee and student misconduct. She works regularly with students and is the coach of a very successful mock trial/moot court program for high school students.
Lindsey is a trained civil rights investigator with experience navigating complicated sexual assault cases. She is equipped to handle misconduct investigations, with a special interest in those involving potential fraudulent activities, conduct against minors and allegations of defamation.
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. Rico is experienced in student-on-student investigations, as well as investigations into the climate of particular departments.
Kate Davis is an attorney with over 14 years of experience representing educational and other public institutions. She advises public sector clients on a variety of subjects, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, FMLA, Title IX, Clery Act and FERPA. She also represents public clients in labor and employment matters, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and representing employers before the State Employment Relations Board and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Kate frequently partners with school districts and higher education institutions on a variety of issues, including administration of policies, public records issues, student affairs and constitutional issues. Additionally, she participates in employment and labor-related litigation involving Title VII, FMLA, ADEA, ADA, FLSA and R.C. Section 4112 issues. She has conducted independent investigations for public entities and assists clients with policy revision and training. In the past, Kate served as in-house counsel at a large public university in Ohio.
Dane was formerly a county prosecutor with responsibility for trying special victims’ cases including sexual assaults. For the past 15 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.
Michael has broad experience with investigating and resolving conflicts in the education landscape and is trained as a Title IX investigator. He has previously performed research relating to undergraduate student interaction and behaviors and has studied how university students interact with one another in various settings.
With almost 20 years of experience working as a college administrator and as legal counsel representing higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, Josh is an experienced civil rights investigator who focuses on Title IX and hazing investigations. He trains campus constituents across the country on best investigative practices, conducting student conduct hearings, complying with Title IX, and adhering to VAWA and Clery Act requirements.
Prior to joining INCompliance, Brandi was a Leadership for Educational Equity Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education and a middle school English teacher. She was also a judicial extern for the EEOC, where she analyzed sexual harassment investigations and drafted decisions for the Administrative Judges. Brandi is a trained civil rights investigator with a special interest in cases involving discrimination.
Melissa has over 15 years of civil rights experience and 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 multiple investigations and has extensive experience defending educational entities against harassment and discrimination claims raised under federal civil rights laws.
Nicole has investigated multiple civil rights complaints involving complainants of all ages, from elementary school students to adult employees over the last 15 years. 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.
For nearly 30 years, Susan has focused on civil rights disputes. Susan frequently trains clients on issues relating to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other areas of civil rights compliance. She is a trained Title IX/civil rights investigator with particular expertise in cases involving the intersection of disabilities and other protected traits.
Joëlle has over 25 years of experience assisting with cases involving misconduct and civil rights concerns. She manages policy revisions on a regular basis on everything from accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to medical marijuana. Joëlle frequently conducts trainings on a variety of topics and has a special interest in cases involving employees.
Susan has spent 20 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. Susan is particularly experienced in cases involving union members.
Noor is a trained civil rights investigator with special expertise in near eastern religion and culture. She is conversational in Spanish, Bengali and Levantine Arabic. Prior to joining INCompliance, Noor worked at the Education Advisory Board, where she advised higher education institutions on sexual assault and harassment policies.
Jason began his career in the Ohio Attorney General’s office in the Civil Rights Section, where he led a team of investigators on charges of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII. He regularly works on cases involving allegations of harassment and discrimination and is specifically trained to conduct Title IX investigations in the higher education context.
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