Advanced Campus Prevention Summit

Department of Health and SUNY Advanced Campus Prevention Summit

July 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207

Join us in Albany

The $45 registration fee is inclusive of all meals during training.

Open to campus and community professionals from public and private colleges in New York State as well as State agency and community organization professionals who work with such institutions, the Advanced Campus Prevention Summit will help participants take prevention efforts to the next level. Part education, part technical assistance, and part networking and capacity building, this one-day conference will bring together leadership and staff from cutting-edge prevention organizations, including bystander training, with New Yorkers dedicated to preventing sexual and interpersonal violence on college campuses and communities.

Intended Audience: SUNY, CUNY, independent and proprietary college prevention/health promotions, Title IX, and student affairs staff; State agency personnel working with colleges in prevention; coalition and local community organization personnel working with colleges in prevention.

This event is generously funded by the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program.


View Tentative Schedule
Opening and Welcoming Remarks:

Joseph B. Porter, Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Secretary of the University, SUNY System Administration

Keynote Speaker:

Jane Clementi, Co-Founder, The Tyler Clementi Foundation
Why Prevention Matters: A Personal Story

Confirmed Presenters/Topics:
Plenary Speakers:
  • Emily Altschuler, Director of Campus Safety, SUNY Student Assembly
  • Ricardo Azziz, Chief Officer, Academic Health & Hospital Affairs, SUNY System Administration
  • Michael Bauer, Section Chief, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, NYS Department of Health
  • Paul Berger, Commissioner, State University Police, The State University of New York
  • Elizabeth Brady, Project Director, Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, The State University of New York
  • Michelle Carroll, Director of Campus Projects for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)
  • Chantelle Cleary, Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, University at Albany
  • Marc Cohen, President, SUNY Student Assembly
  • Elizabeth Cronin, Director, NYS Office of Victim Services
  • Courtney D'Allaird, Founding Coordinator, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, University at Albany
  • Sally Dreslin, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Health
  • Saben Durio, University at Albany, Class of 2016, Graduate Intern, Office of General Counsel, The State University of New York
  • Kevin Gagan, Executive Deputy Superintendent and Counsel, NYS Police
  • Connie Neal, MPA, Executive Director, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Brittney Richardson, Graduate Student, Binghamton University Student Affairs Administration
  • Saswati Sarkar, Assistant Director of Prevention Programs, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
  • C. Gregory Sharer, VP for Student Affairs, SUNY Cortland
  • Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Albany, NY
  • Joseph Storch, Associate Counsel, State University of New York
  • Edward Suriano, SUNY Brockport, Class of 2017, President of the SUNYAC SAAC
  • Donovan Swanson, Uiversity at Albany, Class of 2016, Graduate Intern, Office of General Counsel, The State University of New York
  • Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence by Governor
 
Speakers/Presenters Bios
 
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Emily Altschuler, Director of Campus Safety, SUNY Student Assembly

Emily is a Senior at SUNY Cortland majoring in Inclusive Special Education. She later plans to pursue Education Policy. Working with the Student Assembly, Emily strongly advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and brings mental health and education on these concerns to the forefront of the conversation.
At her campus, Emily fights these issues as a student representative on SUNY Cortland’s Its On Us Action team and as a student leader for the One Love Foundation. Emily has been a speaker at the Take Back the Night March at SUNY Cortland for three years, a speaker at the SHAPE Training Workshops, and a facilitator for the Escalation Workshop. Among other roles, Emily is the Risk Management Chair of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.

Prior to attending SUNY Cortland, Emily founded the Children of Substance Abusers Group at Patchogue Medford High School where she now works as an advisor to the teens who attend. She grew up in Medford, Suffolk County.

Michael Bauer
Michael Bauer, Section Chief, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, NYS Department of Health

Michael Bauer is the Section Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance in the Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention at the New York State Department of Health. He is committed to moving research to practice, working with injury program staff to assure data is included in all program work, is easily understood, and useful to practitioners. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and given numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He is the State Designated Representative (SDR) for New York and has had multiple leadership roles in the Safe States Alliance, including: previous Vice President, two terms as Member-At-Large, Chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting, Chair of the SDR Special Interest Group, and current Vice-Chair of the Policy Committee. Michael is also the Chair of the Injury Subcommittee for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

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Paul Berger, Commissioner, State University Police, The State University of New York

University Police Commissioner Paul M. Berger began his career with the State University of New York Police in July 1988. Since that time he has the ranks of Officer, Investigator, Night Commander, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Deputy Commissioner, and Commissioner. Commissioner Berger is responsible for administrative coordination between SUNY police departments and system-wide issues such as training, employee relations, and interactions with other state agencies. Commissioner Berger holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Alfred University.

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Elizabeth Brady, Project Director, Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, The State University of New York

Elizabeth Brady is the Project Director of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention at The State University of New York. Her professional background is in violence prevention education, victim advocacy, and peer education development on college campuses. She has developed and implemented several programming and educational initiatives for college aged students including a men’s initiative, focusing on engaging men in the efforts to end sexual and interpersonal violence, and an affirmative consent campaign.

Elizabeth has an MBA from Western Connecticut State University and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Scranton with her B.A. in Women’s Studies/B.S. in Counseling and Human Services.

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Michelle Carroll, Director of Campus Projects, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)

Michelle Carroll is the Director of Campus Projects for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA). She joined the NYSCASA team in 2016. In her role at NYSCASA, she developed and currently manages the statewide New York State Campus Consent Consortium program. Michelle organizes the Consortium’s in-person and webinar training and education program; including trainings on student rights in New York State, best practices in university conduct processes, and developing partnerships between rape crisis programs and colleges. Michelle also built and manages NYSCASA’s online collegiate resource guide. Prior to joining NYSCASA, Michelle worked in political consultancy and served as a Teach For America Corps Member. She has written on feminist issues for the online publications Guerrilla Feminism and The Radical Notion.

For more information on NYSCASA’s New York State Campus Consent Consortium, visit nyscasa.org/nysccc/ or email Michelle Carroll (mcarroll@nyscasa.org).

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Chantelle Cleary, Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, University at Albany

Chantelle Cleary is the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance and the Title IX Coordinator at the University at Albany. In this role, Chantelle is responsible for overseeing the university’s responses to unlawful discrimination, including sexual violence. This includes coordinating sexual violence prevention and education programs as well as conducting prompt, equitable, and thorough investigations into allegations of unlawful discrimination and sexual violence occurring within the campus community. Chantelle also serves as a faculty member for the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s trauma informed sexual violence investigation and adjudication institutes. In that role Chantelle travels to institutions throughout the United States to teach higher education professionals how to conduct sexual violence investigations in accordance with best practices.

Prior to joining the University at Albany in January of 2015, Chantelle spent a decade as an Assistant District Attorney assigned exclusively to the prosecution of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and crimes against children. In that role, Chantelle was able to develop expertise in conducting thorough and trauma informed sexual violence investigations.

Chantelle received her B.A. from Binghamton University and her J.D. from Albany Law School

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Marc Cohen, President, SUNY Student Assembly

Marc Cohen was elected President of the Student Assembly in April 2016 and took office as President and Trustee on June 1, 2016. In April of 2017 he was elected for a second term to end May 31, 2018. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany with a BA in Political Science, and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Rockefeller College. In addition to his service on the SUNY Board, Marc is a Trustee of the state’s Higher Education Services Corporation and an ex-officio member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Marc previously served the Student Assembly as Chief of Staff to President Thomas Mastro, acting as his principal advisor on internal and external affairs. He also held responsibility for overseeing the Cabinet and serving as a liaison to various external organizations on behalf of the President.

Marc was first involved with the Student Assembly as a Representative of undergraduate students at Doctoral Granting Institutions throughout the SUNY system, before spending one year as Senior Director of External Relations and then being appointed Chief of Staff. At the University at Albany, Marc served the Student Association for each of his four undergraduate years, as a Senator, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Chief of Staff before being elected Vice President for his junior year. In his final year Marc served as Counselor to the President and as the student representative on the University Council.

Marc has been involved with numerous governing organizations, including holding board and committee seats on the University Auxiliary Services Board of Directors, University Senate, Purple and Gold Ambassadors, and the Rockefeller College Dean’s Leadership Council. Marc is a former intern of both Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and former Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, and previously served the College Democrats of America as the National Deputy Director of Development and Advisor to the President.

Marc grew up in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. He graduated in 2012 from Williamsville East High School.

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Elizabeth Cronin, Director, NYS Office of Victim Services

Elizabeth Cronin is Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services. She was appointed in 2013 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Previously, Ms. Cronin was the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In that capacity, she was responsible for the operation of the Staff Attorney’s Office and Office of Staff Counsel (Circuit Mediation) and overseeing all of the legal work produced by the Office. Her duties included supervising staff, recruitment, training, budget, handling attorney and judicial misconduct cases, and overseeing the Pro Bono Panel, among other duties. In addition, Ms. Cronin is a published author and frequent public speaker on legal and administrative topics, including prosecuting domestic violence cases, immigration law, and evidence, among others. She served on a number of advisory groups including for the Administrative Office for the U.S. Courts. She is a past president of the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys.

Ms. Cronin was an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department at Pace University and taught classes to graduate and undergraduate students in the subjects of domestic violence, criminal justice, criminal law and law enforcement ethics. She also holds two certifications in coaching.

Prior to joining the Second Circuit, Ms. Cronin served as an Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Bureau Chief, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office where she specialized in the prosecution of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sex crimes. She tried all levels of felonies and worked closely with crime victims. Her experience included handling homicide, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, child abuse, physical assault, computer crimes, and others. She lectured and consulted extensively including with Victims Assistance Service, domestic violence shelters, hospitals, the police academy, and Lehman College among others. She also worked on developing grant proposals and assisted in drafting legislation. Ms. Cronin served as a law clerk after law school in the Connecticut courts and was an associate attorney for a Connecticut firm before joining the D.A.’s Office and finding her passion. She received a B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

After having spent almost her entire career in public service, Director Cronin will continue to serve the public by ensuring that OVS remains true to its mission of providing compensation to innocent victims of crime in a timely compassionate, and efficient manner; fund direct services to crime victims through its network of community based programs; and advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime. As Director, she will serve as the Office’s representative on numerous committees and task forces, including the: OVS Advisory Council; NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council; NYS Public Safety Accountability Task Force; National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards; and the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators.

As Ms. Cronin leads and works with the experienced and talented OVS staff and the advocacy community, OVS will continue its important mission of faithfully and effectively serving those who have been victimized by violent crime in New York State.

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Courtney D'Allaird, Founding Coordinator, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, University at Albany

Courtney D'Allaird is the founding coordinator of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at UAlbany and has done extensive work with college campuses across New York State in order to expand initiatives for LGBTQ+ student inclusion. Courtney works with college students in transitioning to campus life and provides interactive trainings, programs and class lectures across campus.

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Courtney is a nationally certified peer educator and trainer for NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute), DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) and Safe Space/Zone development. Courtney currently serves on the board of the Northeast LGBT College Conference and served as the Northeast Regional Rep for the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals from 2014-16. Courtney’s expertise is cross-curricular stemming from a background in sociology, women’s gender & sexuality studies and business administration. They are the faculty advisor to: UAlbany Pride Alliance, Trans* Action, Gamma Rho Lambda and a member of the UAlbany LGBTQ Concerns Committee.

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Sally Dreslin, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Health

Sally Dreslin, MS, RN, assumed the role of the New York State Department of Health’s Executive Deputy Commissioner at the end of 2014 after serving as Assistant Secretary for Health, under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Previously, Ms. Dreslin served as the Associate Director for Policy at the New York State Nurses Association where she advocated for New York State’s nurses on a wide range of topics, including state health policy, budget, and legislation relating to health care delivery, professional practice, nursing education, and patient care. She also has experience as an educator, teaching various aspects of nursing at institutions such as Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, and Maria College.

Ms. Dreslin began her clinical nursing career at various hospitals and health care facilities in cities across the nation, including Austin, Baltimore, New York and Albany. Between 1998 and 2012, Ms. Dreslin also served in the United States Air Force Reserve, Nurse Corps as a flight nurse.

Ms. Dreslin has a BS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, a MA of Social/Medical Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MS in Nursing Education.

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Saben Durio, University at Albany, Class of 2016, Graduate Intern, Office of General Counsel, The State University of New York

Saben Durio is a graduate student at the University at Albany. With most of his positions in student affairs he has a passion for working in higher education. He currently serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Vice President for Student affairs, working with the professional development committee for the division. This summer he has been working on a grant with SUNY’s Office of General Counsel to help educate as many people as he can about topics in Sexual Assault prevention and response. He is deeply humbled to have the opportunity to work with so many professionals on such an important topic.

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Darcie Folsom, Director, Sexual Violence Prevention & Advocacy, Connecticut College

Darcie Folsom is a Senior Trainer at Green Dot. She provides training and technical assistance in the domains of power-based personal violence prevention and contributes to prevention program curriculum development. Darcie discovered her passion for violence prevention as an undergraduate student in the Violence Prevention & Advocacy Services office at the University of Rhode Island and has been in the field for the past 14 years. After graduate school, Darcie worked as the Community Education & Involvement Coordinator and On-Call Advocate at Safe Futures in New London, CT and sat on multiple state-wide task forces through the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV). Most recently, Darcie was the director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy at Connecticut College which was one of the first institutions to start implementing Green Dot when she started back in 2010. She also coordinated the DOJ Campus Grant there from 2010-2013 and was an Adjunct Instructor in the Gender & Women’s Studies Department. Darcie stayed actively involved in the community as a member of the Board of Directors at Safe Futures.

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Kevin Gagan, Executive Deputy Superintendent and Counsel, NYS Police

Kevin Gagan serves as the Executive Deputy Superintendent and Counsel for the New York State Police. He has served a number of roles for the State Police, as a Prosecutor and at other State agencies. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School.

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Sarice Greenstein, Program Manager, Culture of Respect

Sarice Greenstein is the Program Manager for Culture of Respect, NASPA’s signature initiative to support institutions of higher education (IHEs) in their efforts to address campus sexual violence. Sarice brings over six years of rich public health experience including: managing an HIV prevention program in Texas; coordinating clinical training in New York State; and providing technical assistance to Planned Parenthood grantees in Guatemala. She is passionate about sex-positive approaches to healthy sexuality, evidence-based prevention, and rigorous program evaluation. Sarice recently completed her Master of Public Health with a certificate in Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wesleyan University in 2010.

Rebecca Harrington
Rebecca Harrington, SUNY Oneonta

Rebecca Harrington, MA is the Health Educator at SUNY Oneonta where she provides leadership to both the know violence interpersonal violence prevention committee and the Alcohol & Other Drug committee. She’s perhaps best known on campus for pushing the bubble on creative taglines. Rebecca has contributed many hours to the SUNY system’s initiatives including serving on the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention’s Subcommittee for Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education, contributing posters system-wide that illustrate aspects of the SUNY Sexual Violence Policy in student-friendly ways, and most recently in the development of the SPARC online training module.

She was recognized by the American College Health Association’s as a Best New Professional in 2009. She was the recipient of the SUNY Oneonta Fran Daley award in 2012 in recognition of excellence within the Student Development division.

Her life balance includes playing tenor saxophone and singing with the band Blues Maneuver, one of the busiest working bands in the Catskills. Current free time interests include baking biscotti, a wide variety of home improvement adventures and spending time with her 8-year-old Lego genius, Eli.

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Cameron Kinker, Engagement Coordinator, One Love

Cameron Kinker is an Engagement Coordinator working to build the Team One Love movement on college campuses across the country with a focus on New York state and Atlanta. A New York native, he graduated in 2016 from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Anthropology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Like all members of the One Love team, Cameron is passionate about giving all young people access to education about relationship abuse and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Contact Cameron at cameron.kinker@joinonelove.org.

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Lauren "LB" Klein, Program Manager, Lead Trainer/Curriculum Development Specialist for Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC)

Lauren "LB" Klein, MSW, MPA is a lead trainer and curriculum development specialist for Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire. At PIRC, she works most closely with the Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program. She has served as a consultant for organizations and coalitions nationally and internationally on gender-based violence prevention and advocacy with a particular focus on mobilizing college and university communities. LB is also a PhD student and researcher in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Her research interests include community and policy approaches to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting LGBTQ+ health. LB previously directed Emory University's Respect Program and served as their survivor advocate and has worked in community sexual and intimate partner violence agencies, a specialized domestic violence court, and healthcare. She received a master's degree in public administration in gender-based violence policy development and program management from the University of Colorado Denver as well as a master's degree in clinical social work and a bachelor's degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis. LB is also co-founder and principal consultant of Catalytical Consulting, LLC, a founding leadership council member and research and practice co-chair of the Campus Advocates & Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA), and Assistant Editor of Bisexual Women Quarterly. She lives with her partner in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. You can follow her work on Linkedin.

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Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director, Culture of Respect

Allison Tombros Korman, MHS, is the senior director of Culture of Respect, NASPA’s signature initiative to support institutions of higher education (IHEs) in their efforts to address campus sexual violence. In her role, Alli works to ensure that all IHEs have the resources they need to achieve this mission and the opportunity to apply evidence-based research and best and promising practices. Alli brings to Culture of Respect more than ten years’ experience in health policy, programming, and education with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has provided management, support, and technical assistance to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and served as the Associate Director of Education for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) in Washington, DC.

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Connie Neal, Executive Director, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Connie Neal was appointed Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence in January, 2013. She has over twenty years of experience in social justice movements, policy development, nonprofit management, and systems change initiatives. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of The Center for Community Justice and the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and was a staff member at NYSCADV from 2001-2008.

In addition to her nonprofit and program management experience, Ms. Neal is a nationally known trainer and has presented at numerous forums and conferences including the National Grants to Encourage Arrest and Enforcement of Protection Orders Conference, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Bi-Annual Conference, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management National Conference. She has also worked with the American Probation and Parole Association to create a national domestic violence training initiative for community corrections professionals.

Ms. Neal currently serves on numerous workgroups and committees including the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Advisory Council, NYS Office of Victim Services Advisory Council, and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services VAWA Advisory Committee. She is the author and co-author of articles published by Violence Against Women On-Line Resources, the American Probation and Parole Association, as well as the American Correctional Association.

Connie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration degree. Also, she holds training and curriculum development certifications from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the National Institute of Corrections.

In 2016, she was admitted as a Fellow in the New York State Academy for Public Administration in recognition of exemplary work to prevent domestic violence and dedication to improving public service.

Dara Raboy-Picciano, Senior Counselor and Co-Founder/Coordinator, 20:1 Program at Binghamton University

Dara Raboy-Picciano is a senior counselor and co-founder/coordinator of the 20:1 Program at Binghamton University. She currently is also coordinating the Mental Health Outreach Peer Education Program at Binghamton. Her areas of expertise include sexual trauma, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and bereavement. In addition, she has been a field instructor and adjunct professor to the Division of Social Work at Binghamton University. Ms. Raboy-Picciano has done extensive training and consultation in the area of sexual assault prevention with both staff and students at Binghamton University as well as nationally and internationally

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Brittney Richardson, Graduate Student, Binghamton University Student Affairs Administration

Brittney Richardson is a second year graduate student in Binghamton University's Student Affairs Administration program. She is currently the Graduate Assistant for Binghamton University’s 20:1 Sexual Assault Prevention Program and was previously the Graduate Assistant for the 20:1 Bystander Intervention Program. As an undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Geneseo, she participated in a research lab that focused on factors that influence bystander behavior and other topics surrounding interpersonal violence. For the past two years, Brittney aided in creating and facilitating an Interpersonal-Violence onboarding presentation that she co-presented to the incoming class of freshman at Binghamton University.

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Saswati Sarkar, Assistant Director of Prevention Programs, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Saswati Sarkar, MA, MS, is the assistant director of prevention programs at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (the Alliance). The Alliance is an organization committed to preventing sexual violence and reducing the harm it causes through training, advocacy and research. Saswati draws upon over a decade of experience as a national Technical Assistance provider, and a background in advocacy, systems change, and national and local anti-oppression program work to lead the Alliance’s sexual violence prevention programming. In this capacity, Saswati oversees the Alliance’s robust portfolio of prevention programs, directs a Regional Center for Prevention of Sexual Violence serving all five boroughs in NYC, and provides technical assistance and programmatic guidance to Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Programs as well as institutions of higher education in the state to address campus sexual violence.

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C. Gregory Sharer, Vice President for Student Affairs, SUNY Cortland

C. Gregory Sharer, is the Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNY Cortland, and has served as an officer for the SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers for 7 years, most recently as President. He is a certified Green Dot Trainer and serve on the College’s Green Dot and Title IX Committees.

Sharer came to campus from Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., where he began in 1994 as the associate dean of students and director of student and staff development. In 1998, he was named its dean of student services and also served as the chief student affairs officer in the absence of the vice president.

Sharer also taught at Butler University as an adjunct instructor in the College of Business Administration, a co-instructor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an instructor in the College of Education.

From 1989 to 1994, Sharer was assistant director of orientation at the University of Maryland at College Park. He began his career in student affairs at SUNY Albany, serving on the Residence Life and Orientation staff from 1986 to 1989.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa., Sharer grew up in Warwick, N.Y. He has both a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education and a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from University at Albany. Sharer earned his law degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinnie School of Law. Admitted to the Indiana Bar, he is a certified attorney mediator with the Indiana Bar.

He is married to Kathy Maguire Sharer, who grew up in South Setauket, N.Y., and is a graduate of Binghamton University. She is owner and president of an advertising/marketing consulting company. They have two daughters, Braeden (a 2017 SUNY graduate) and Marin.

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Anna Sotelo-Peryea, Assistant Director of Wellness and Violence Prevention Coordinator, University at Buffalo

Anna Sotelo-Peryea, MUP, is a public health planner serving as the Assistant Director of Wellness and Violence Prevention Coordinator for the University at Buffalo, and has developed and coordinated its award-winning Sexual Violence Prevention Program for Wellness Education Services since 2006. Her primary areas of focus are health promotion, cultivating student leaders, and engaging in targeted prevention education to create a safer, more welcoming environment of health and social justice, including leading coalitions at the University and regional levels. Anna has taught sexual violence prevention, survivor empathy, critical analysis, and community development to students in the allied health field, and has presented in both National and local arenas. Anna is the Advisor to two peer education groups, The UB Men’s Group and The Student Survivor Advocacy Alliance, as well as the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority (philanthropically focused on sexual violence prevention). Recent recognitions include the 2015 Outstanding Service Award, 2015 National Outstanding Advisor Award, 2017 National Prevention Excellence Award, and a formal resolution from the Student Assembly of SUNY celebrating her as ‘A Friend and Supporter of the Students of the State University of New York’ system for her work in advancing sexual violence prevention in higher education and in service of students.

Joe Storch
Joseph Storch, Associate Counsel, State University of New York

Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. He has testified before the United States Senate and regularly advises legislators and staff at the federal and state level on best practices in drafting and analyzing pending domestic and international campus violence prevention legislation. In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, the National Association of College & University Attorneys awarded him its First Decade Award. Starting in 2016, he coordinated the SUNY’s Got Your Back program which has donated well over 10,000 comfort bags to victims and survivors of violence. In 2017, the One Love Foundation recognized his work in relationship violence prevention with its Unsung Hero Award. Joe is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, of the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and of Cornell Law School where he served as Moot Court Board Chancellor. After graduating, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department. He is the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters in law reviews, practitioner journals, and popular media, most centering around campus safety or copyright law.

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Edward Suriano, SUNY Brockport, Class of 2017, President of the SUNYAC SAAC

Edward Suriano is a recent SUNY Brockport graduate recognized for academic excellence, leadership acumen, and commitment to community. His previous experience includes a part-time job as a Peer Educator for The College at Brockport Prevention and Outreach Services, a department which provides programs and intervention strategies that positively impact the psychological, biological, and social health of students and the campus community. He completed a 7-Week Internship at the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Westchester County as the sole intern for Supreme Justice Linda S. Jamieson. Ed distinguished himself as a leader and as an enthusiastic team player with his commitment to the College's NCAA football team as team captain and by holding the title of President of the College's NCAA Sponsored Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He served as the first President of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), Student Athlete Advisory Committee. As SUNYAC SAAC President, he led efforts among the 10 member colleges to run 25,748,427 yards (14,630 Miles) over the course of 10 days, to increase awareness of relationship violence. This ensured thousands of staff, students, faculty and community members learned relationship violence identification and prevention skills.

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Donovan Swanson, Uiversity at Albany, Class of 2016, Graduate Intern, Office of General Counsel, The State University of New York

Donavan Swanson currently serves as an Assistant Apartment Coordinator for University at Albany's Department of Residential Life, assisting in campus programmatic efforts and residential living. Donavan is currently a graduate student at University at Albany pursuing a M. S. in Educational Policy and Leadership; previously receiving a B.A. in Public Administration with a concentration in educational policy. His work with with sexual assault prevention and education has stemmed across his educational experience both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Working alongside campus offices he has facilitated 'Bringing in the Bystander" trainings; spoken on countless student panels addressing the need for education and intervention; been featured in campus promotional videos pertaining to sexual assault; and more. Donavan currently serves as a Graduate Assistant for SUNY's Office of General Counsel assisting in the planning and execution of SUNY and the Department of Health's grant on sexual assault prevention and response. Additionally, he serves as a District Coordinator for the Capital District YMCA's Youth & Government teen program inspiring young youth to pursue fields in civic engagement and policy through experiential learning. This Septemeber Donavan will be serving as a 2017-2018 Legislative Fellow with the New York State Senate and hopes to bring his passion and drive for sexual assault prevention and education to the forefront of policy discussions.

Elizabeth Sweeny, Office of the Title IX Coordinator, University at Albany

I'm originally from Long Island, I came to the University at Albany as a Freshman five years ago and have since earned a Dual Bachelors Degree in History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Masters Degree in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Feminist Theories of Justice. I came to work for the Office of the Title IX Coordinator this past January as Chantelle's Graduate Assistant for Education and Prevention and the online sexual violence prevention training for incoming freshman and transfer students has been my primary project. In the fall I will be starting at Albany Law School as a member of the Class of 2020.

Gwen Wright
Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Gwen Wright was appointed Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August 2013. Ms Wright has been with the Office for more than 20 years and has served in many capacities, most recently as Director of Human Services and Prevention. She has supervised training and policy programs in the areas of child welfare, social services and public benefits, substance abuse and mental health, health care and criminal justice. Ms. Wright was integral in the development and implementation of the NYS Domestic Violence and the Workplace initiative required by Executive Order in 2007. Ms. Wright has received numerous awards for her work in the field of domestic violence.

Ms. Wright has held numerous positions in the domestic violence field. She is the former Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide grassroots advocacy group. While there, she coordinated statewide legislative activities, organized regional domestic violence efforts, participated in numerous policy discussions with state lawmakers and made dozens of media appearances, both locally and nationally. Additionally, she has worked in local domestic violence programs in Ulster and Westchester counties where she was responsible for programs designed to support abused women and their children, and for the provision of legal and system advocacy.

Ms. Wright has served on many local, state and national non-profit boards of directors, most notably A Call to Men, NCADV, In Our Own Voices and The Pride Center of the Capital Region. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Empire State College. She currently serves as a member of the Hoyt Children and Family Trust Fund.