OTC Team

The Office of Title IX Compliance Staff

Picture of Josh CutchensJosh Cutchens

Interim Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
cutchensjb@appstate.edu | he/him/his

Josh Cutchens is responsible for overseeing institutional compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and other federal and state laws and mandates. The Coordinator provides leadership and support to all institutional Title IX efforts including, but not limited to, policy and procedure development and maintenance, investigation oversight, federal and state compliance, prevention, training, and response management.

Josh joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the spring of 2022.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Florida, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida, and is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Appalachian State University.  Josh comes to the Office of Title IX Compliance from the Appalachian State University Office of the Dean of Students where he served as the Associate Director in the Office of Student Conduct.  

 

small_kelli.jpgKelli Matar

Report and Response Coordinator 
matarkh@appstate.edu | she/her/hers

Kelli serves as the first point of contact for students and employees who have concerns regarding incidents of Title IX and Sex/Gender-Based Misconduct and ensures individuals are aware of their options for access to support, resources, and reporting processes. Kelli works closely with the Title IX team to assist with the implementation of supportive interim measures including but not limited to academics, housing, transportation, and safety support options. Kelli contributes to the team's compliance efforts by providing regular, ongoing Title IX training for members of the campus community.

Kelli joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the Summer of 2022. Kelli is a proud two-time AppState alum and a holds a Bachelor of Science in Pscyhology and Master of Arts in Higher Education Teaching. Prior to joining the Title IX team, Kelli served as a counselor in the addiction treatment field and was most recently a member of the Case Management team housed within the Office of the Dean of Students at Appalachian.

 

 

 

 

Picture of Grace FrazierGrace Frazier

Case Coordinator
frazierge@appstate.edu | 

The Case Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Director of Title IX Compliance / Title IX Coordinator with managing the tracking and resolution of all complaints from the beginning to the end of each documented incident. Grace conducts research and coordinates data collection and reporting processes to ensure departmental and campus-wide compliance with system-, state-, and nation-wide policies, mandates, and laws. Grace works in conjunction with the Civil Rights Investigators on Title IX cases, and provides case management and administrative support in all areas. Grace is also responsible for serving as the Hearing Facilitator for hearings, as well as training and conducting meetings with all parties involved in hearings. 

Grace joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the Summer of 2022. Grace earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Master of Social Work degree from Appalachian State University in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Prior to this, Grace has done macro-level social work with multiple advocacy organizations, including Equality NC, as well as public school systems and community libraries.

 

Picture of Anita McGowanAnita McGowan 

Civil Rights Investigator
mcgowanak1@appstate.edu | she/her/hers 

Anita conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into allegations of sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault involving students, faculty, staff, or administrators, pursuant to federal legislation and guidelines. Such allegations may encompass sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or the creation of a hostile environment for another based upon that person’s gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. At the close of each investigation, Anita prepares an investigative report that becomes the basis for further University action.

Anita joined the Office of Title IX in July 2021, after serving as a paralegal in the Office of General Counsel since February 2009. Prior to that, she worked in a corporate law office after transitioning her career from law enforcement. Anita served as a sworn law enforcement officer in South Carolina and is an Army veteran who served as a Special Agent with U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command. Anita received her Bachelor of Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Catawba College and a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education - University Leadership at Appalachian. Anita serves on the Athletics Council, co-chairs the Compliance Subcommittee, and is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals, Higher Education Law Managers, and the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division. She maintains her professional memberships and volunteers in the community.     

 

 

 

Maury BowenMaury Bowen

Civil Rights Investigator
bowenm1@appstate.edu | she/they

 Maury conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into allegations of sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault involving students, faculty, staff, or administrators pursuant to federal legislation and guidelines. Such allegations may encompass sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or the creation of a hostile environment for another based upon that person’s gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. At the close of each investigation, Maury prepares an investigative report that becomes the basis for further University action in compliance with Title IX.

Prior to joining the Office of Title IX in August of 2022, Maury practiced law with a focus on Civil Rights in the employment setting. Maury has been licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia since 1994 and has represented both claimants and respondents in Federal Court involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. In addition, Maury has two decades of experience conducting internal investigations as well as developing and delivering harassment/discrimination prevention training programs. Maury graduated from Sewanee (The University of the South in Tennessee) and The University of Georgia School of Law.  



Elvis Kennison

Elvis Kennison

Administrative Support Associate
kennisonec@appstate.edu | he/him/his

Elvis serves as receptionist/customer service support.  He prepares budgets, reconciles purchasing cards, and reconciliations.  Prepares travel authorization and reimbursement requests and maintains office supplies. He manages the work-order process. He maintains the Office of Title IX Compliance website; compiles records, and organizes and maintains files. He also works on designing OTC brochures and maintaining office bulletin boards

Elvis joined the Office of Title IX  Compliance in October 17, 2022. Elvis has worked with the Department of Social Services for 8 years in Rutherford County North Carolina.  He assisted with billing and data entry in the foster care and adoption department.  He has worked with a non-profit organization that assisted individuals with a disability in assisting them with employment opportunities in the community and provided on-the-job training.  He also worked with transitioning high school students into the workforce.




Deputy Title IX Coordinators

 

Darron DanielsDarron Daniels

Director of Student Affairs and Emergency Management/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the Academy at Middle Fork
danielsdl1@appstate.edu | he/him/his

Darron Daniels, Jr. is the Director of Student Affairs and Emergency Management at the Academy at Middle Fork. He has worked at Middle Fork since 2017 and serves as a member of the Academy’s administrative team, where he works to manage the school’s positive behavior intervention support system (H.I.K.E), climate and culture, restorative practices, and emergency response protocols. 

Darron graduated from Elon University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications with a concentration in Criminal Justice Studies. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Media from Appalachian State in 2021.

 

 

 

Gillian HillGillian Hill 

Assistant Principal for Instruction at the Academy at Elkin/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
hillgd1@appstate.edu |

Gillian Hill is the Assistant Principal for Instruction at the Academy at Elkin. She began serving the Academy in August 2022, and provides instructional coaching to faculty and staff, manages the school's positive behavior intervention support system (H.I.K.E), climate and culture, restorative practices, and is the school testing coordinator. Gillian Hill is the Assistant Principal for Instruction at the Academy at Elkin. She began serving the Academy in August 2022, and provides instructional coaching to faculty and staff, manages the school's positive behavior intervention support system (H.I.K.E), climate and culture, restorative practices, and is the school testing coordinator.

Gilly graduated from Appalachian State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to working at the Academy, Gilly worked as a teacher and teacher leader with the Guilford County School District.

 

 

Picture of Angie Miller

Angie Miller

Deputy Human Resources Director 
millerad@appstate.edu 

As Deputy HR Director, Angie oversees Employee Relations, Benefits, and Leave Management.  In addition to her HR work,  she is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, who works in collaboration with the Office of Title IX Compliance involving all reported incidents of alleged sexual misconduct involving EHRA and SHRA non-faculty employees, to assist with the initial assessment of the reported incident(s) and to help with the resolution of the reported incident(s). Angie works with the OTC to coordinate supportive measures for the involved parties (Complainant / Respondent), decisions involving placing employees on administrative/investigatory leave, and ensuring informal or formal grievance procedures are followed in compliance with ASU and State policy and procedures.

 

Erika Cheung

Senior Associate Athletics Director / Senior Woman Administrator 
cheungee@appstate.edu | 

The Senior Associate AD/SWA serves on the Athletic department’s executive leadership team and is responsible for overseeing various areas of the department, including multiple sports, student-athlete support, and human resources. The Senior Associate AD/SWA also serves as the department’s liaison to the Chancellor’s office and works closely with the Office of Title IX Compliance, general counsel, student affairs, and other campus groups.

As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Associate AD/SWA works in collaboration with the Office of Title IX Compliance (OTC) to ensure compliance with Title IX by monitoring the athletics department's efforts for gender equity in athletic opportunities to all student-athletes. The Senior Associate AD/SWA also collaborates with OTC to coordinate training regarding Title IX to all student-athletes and athletic staff. The Senior Associate AD/SWA serves as a point of contact for reporting incidents of Title IX and Sex/Gender-Based related incidents in athletics and ensures all those incidents are reported to OTC. 

Erika came to Boone from the University of Louisiana, Monroe, where she served as the Assistant Athletic Director of NCAA Compliance and the Senior Woman Administrator for ULM Athletics. Prior to her arrival at ULM, Erika was the Associate Director of NCAA Compliance at Tulane University in New Orleans. Erika is a graduate of Tulane Law School, where she earned her Sports Law Certificate, after graduating from the University of Texas with her Bachelors in Political Communication and a Business Foundations Certificate. Erika is a former softball athlete and is originally from Mission Viejo, California.

 

 

Picture of Alicia VestAlicia Vest

Interim Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct
vestad@appstate.edu

As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct works in collaboration with the Office of Title IX Compliance (OTC) to ensure compliance with Title IX by assisting with the reporting of all student Title IX and Sex/Gender-Based Misconduct incidents. As a key member of the Title IX Team the Assistant Dean determines sanctions and/or remedies when a student Respondent is found responsible for violating Policy 112.

 

 

 

 

Title IX Liaisons

Picture of Maranda Maxey

Maranda Maxey

Director of the Office of Disability Resources/ADA Coordinator
maxeymr@appstate.edu

As the ADA/504 Coordinator and Director for the Office of Disability Resources (ODR), Maranda Maxey is responsible for the oversight of institutional compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other relevant federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Resources is the designated office to assist eligible students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating academic adjustments or workplace accommodations. As a Title IX Liaison, Maranda is the point of contact for the Office of Title IX Compliance related to any requests for disability resources and providing accommodations determined appropriate by ODR. 

  

Picture of Bill McGowanBill McGowan

Clery Act Compliance Coordinator
mcgowanwj1@appstate.edu

Bill McGowan is ASU's Clery Act Compliance Coordinator.  He is responsible for publishing the University's Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report and Annual DAAPP Report. As a Title IX Liaison,  Bill collaborates with the Office of Title IX Compliance to ensure all Title IX / Sexual Misconduct incidents reported to ASUPD are promptly reported to OTC. Bill ensures all campus community crimes are accurately reported and published in the Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report. Bill McGowan is part of the Appalachian State University Police Department team. Bill assists with the implementation of timely warnings for the campus community whenever a safety concern is detected and ensures Campus Security Authorities (CSA) receive annual training.

Picture of Kyra PatelKyra Patel

Coordinator for Student Social Wellness
patelk@appstate.edu |she/her/hers

Kyra Patel currently serves as the Coordinator for Student Social Wellness within the Department of Wellness Prevention Services. As a Title IX Liaison, Kyra works to develop and implement peer education-based interpersonal violence prevention initiatives. Kyra serves as the advisor for the Red Flag Campaign, an IPV peer education group. Kyra collaborates with Title IX with the development of new online modules as well as serves as a referral resource for students with the goal of connecting them to the appropriate support resource. Additionally, Kyra conducts sexual health consultations with students to address any questions/concerns they may have about their sexual wellbeing. 

 

 

 

Picture of Lamont SellersLamont Sellers

Director of the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs
sellersla@appstate.edu |he/his/his

Lamont Sellers joined App State in July 2020, having served as Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Deputy at the University of South Dakota. As director of Intercultural Student Affairs (ISA), he has oversight of the Multicultural Center, Women's Center, and Henderson Springs LGBTIA+ Center. ISA and the Tri-Centers work to address the needs of students representing minoritized and marginalized communities with strategic programming and services. These four areas also provide education, resources, and engagement opportunities for students from majority backgrounds.

Sellers is committed to elevating student voices from minoritized and marginalized identities that may have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and other disruptive behaviors. Through collaboration, programming, education, and individualized interactions, Sellers hopes to help students understand their rights and be empowered to take action.

 

Picture of Jamie Anderson-ParsonJamie Anderson-Parson, J.D.

Chief Diversity Officer
andersonja2@appstate.edu |she/her/hers 

As chief diversity officer, Jamie advises the chancellor on diversity matters and is the lead implementer for the university's strategic plan. She leads the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Accountability Team, the Chief Diversity Officer’s Advisory Board, and the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board for Diversity Recruitment. Jamie collaborates with students, faculty, and staff regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as leading training efforts. As a Title IX liaison, she is responsible for leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts related to Title IX.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology-anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

 

Shaleeah SmithShaleeah Smith

Associate Director of Campus Activities
smithsr12@appstate.edu |

Shaleeah serves as the Associate Director of Campus Activities. In her role, she oversees the fraternity and sorority life community. In her role, she provides resources and education to fraternity and sorority members on topics such as Title IX to reduce and prevent harm in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of Karen Binger MarshallKaren Binger Marshall

Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach
marshallkb@appstate.edu

Karen Binger Marshall has served as Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach within the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) since 2015.  She spends much of her time advising international students and scholars at Appalachian with immigration, cultural, social, and other non-academic matters; and as well as coordinating support services and events for this group.  Karen loves working with our international student population, which usually consists of over 100 students representing 40-50 countries around the world.