Meet Our Team

Our team works to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all individuals who seek services through our office.  We understand that your GVSU experience may be impacted, and we’re able to provide assistance through supportive measures, or campus modifications, designed to protect your safety and preserve or restore your ability to participate in GVSU’s programs and activities. 

Some individuals prefer a supportive response only, others choose to request a university investigation, and some choose both.  We’re here to help inform your decision and which path feels right for you.

We invite you to an informational meeting with a member of our team to discuss your options and how we may be able to assist.  Neither reporting to our office nor discussing with a member of our team obligates a course of action.  The choice to file a formal complaint with GVSU is yours to make. 

Kevin Carmody


Kevin Carmody began serving as the university's Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator on January 4, 2022. Kevin is incredibly passionate about working to eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination from the community. Prior to joining Grand Valley, he served as Civil Rights & Title IX Coordinator; Equity/AA Coordinator at Alma College and the Title IX Coordinator/Associate Dean of Student Life for Ferris State University. He also has worked at Youngstown State University, Endicott College and was the Mitchell Hall director at Alma College from 2008-2011. Kevin earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University, and will defend this summer his doctoral dissertation — a phenomenological study of the experiences of sexual assault survivors who participated in a Title IX investigation — from the same institution.

You can reach Kevin by phone at (616) 331-9530 or by email at

In the absence of the Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) will assume all responsibility for compliance relative to Title IX.

Ann James


Dr. James is a Senior Solutions Specialist at Grand River Solutions. She brings 21 years of experience in higher education, most of which has been spent leading institutional efforts in Title IX and gender equity compliance. She has served as a Title IX Coordinator, chief conduct officer, and has investigated and adjudicated cases involving faculty, staff, and students. Dr. James received her Ph.D. in college student personnel from the University of Louisville. Her doctoral research was related to the impact of sexual violence on first-year college students, specifically related to perception of campus climate and engagement. Dr. James has received extensive training on recent changes to federal and state regulations related to sexual misconduct, which can be viewed here.

You can reach Ann by phone at (616) 331-9530 or by email at

Tracy Maggin


Teresa "Tracy" A. Maginn is of counsel in the Labor and Employment Department in Barnes & Thornburg's South Bend, Indiana office and has been retained to provide investigative and other services to the Office of Title IX and Institutional Equity. Previously, Tracy was the Assistant Vice President and Counsel for the University of Notre Dame, Office of the General Counsel. During her time with the university she provided advice on issues related to employment discrimination and harassment, employment policies and procedures, wage and hour issues, employee benefit plans, workers' compensation, and disability accommodation issues. She was also involved in dispute resolution via participation in settlement negotiations and arbitrations; drafting and negotiating release agreements; engaging in contract negotiations of virtually all types, including intellectual property; and advising the university in a variety of matters regarding discipline and privacy issues.

You can reach Tracy by phone at (574) 237-1172 or by email at

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Title IX Advisory Group

Partnership and collaboration across the university is essential for the review and response to reports related to sexual misconduct. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity has maintained an advisory group which meets weekly to discuss cases and trends. Members of the group include:

Core Team:

  • Kevin Carmody, Director & Title IX Coordinator
  • Ann James, Anti-Harassment & Title IX Consultant
  • Tracy Maginn, Anti-Harassment & Title IX Consultant
  • Brandon DeHaan, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
  • Pat Smith, General Counsel
  • Ann Jbarra, Associate General Counsel
  • Deb Sanders, Director of Compensation and Staff Relations (Human Resources)
  • Kathleen VanderVeen, Associate Vice President & Deputy Inclusion and Equity Officer


Additional team members (as needed):

  • Ed Aboufadel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Jesse Bernal, Chief of Staff & Vice President for Inclusion and Equity
  • Rachel Dziabuda, Victim Advocate
  • Kristen Evans, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life
  • Emily First, Student Support Manager with the Dean of Students Office
  • Aaron Haight, Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Students
  • Jessica Jennrich, Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • Marlene Kowalski-Bruan, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach and Deputy Inclusion and Equity Officer

Our Professional Training

Members of the Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity Team, as well as members of the pool who assist in carrying out the grievance process, receive regular training based on their respective roles on topics including sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of impacted parties and promotes accountability.

A list of recent training is included below.

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Page last modified January 16, 2022