OTC Team

Office of Title IX Compliance Staff 

Picture of Ellen GrulkeEllen Grulke

Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
grulkeep@appstate.edu | she/her/hers

Ellen Grulke 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.

Ellen joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the fall of 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science at University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in College Student Development at Appalachian State University, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership at Appalachian State University. Ellen comes to the Office of Title IX Compliance from the Appalachian State University Office of the Dean of Students where she served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director and supervised case management staff.  


Picture of Josh CutchensJosh Cutchens

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

 Josh plays an integral role in the prompt, thorough, and fair response to reports and investigations of complaints of sex-based misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence, involving students and employees at Appalachian State University. As the Assistant Director of Title IX Compliance / Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Josh provides the Director of Title IX Compliance support to ensure compliance with University Policy, Title IX, VAWA and the Clery Act.

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.  


Picture of Amy CarsonAmy Carson

Case Coordinator
carsonap@appstate.edu | she/her/hers

Amy is the central administrator for case management in the Office of Title IX Compliance. 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. Amy also coordinates data collection and reporting processes to ensure departmental and campus-wide compliance with System-, state-, and nation-wide policies, mandates, and laws. Amy provides leadership and oversight for online employee training on Title IX, including providing technical assistance and running reports on completion rates. She provides resource management support, including oversight for all financials and procurement.

Amy graduated from Appalachian State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She worked in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance for nearly two decades prior to the Office's reorganization. 


Picture of Grace FrazierGrace Frazier

Administrative Support
frazierge@appstate.edu | they/them

Grace acts as the primary triage point for all walk-in and telephone communications for the office. They provide primary office management including the provision of administrative support. In addition, Grace reviews and edits transcripts of client interviews and is responsible for updating/maintaining the office’s website.

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 is currently pursuing 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.     



Position Vacant 

Civil Rights Investigator

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

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Darron 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 is the Director of Student Affairs and Emergency Management at the Academy at Middle Fork. He works with the lab school’s administrative team to support and manage the behavioral, social, and academic needs of students, campus emergencies, and implement restorative justice practices. 

Darron graduated from Elon University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications with a concentration in Criminal Justice Studies. He enrolled in Appalachian State’s Distance Education program for graduate studies in fall 2019.


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Angie Miller

Deputy Human Resources Director

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.


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Makini Thompson

Senior Associate Athletics Director / Senior Woman Administrator

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

As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Makini 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. Makini also collaborates with OTC to coordinate training regarding Title IX to all student-athletes and athletic staff. Makini serves as a point of contact for reporting incidents of Sexual Misconduct / Title IX related incidents in athletics and ensures all those incidents are reported to OTC. 


Picture of Erin BuntonErin Bunton

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct

Erin Bunton is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct.  As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Erin 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 Sex-Based Misconduct incidents. Erin is a key member of the Title IX Team that is available to provide guidance to decision-maker(s) or hearing panel members regarding history and precedent in any Sex-Based Misconduct-related matters involving students.





Title IX Liaisons

Picture of Maranda Maxey

Maranda Maxey

Director of the Office of Disability Resources/ADA Coordinator

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

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.

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

As interim 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. 


Picture of Beth HolcombBeth Holcomb

Director of  Campus Activities
holcombba1@appstate.edu |

Beth Holcomb is the Director of Campus Activities.  She assists in connecting with Fraternity & Sorority Life and student clubs and organizations through training and events to help increase awareness around Title IX. 

A two-time graduate of Appalachian State University, Beth received her Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education, and her Master's Degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. Beth's favorite part of her job is working with students!  When she's not in the office, you can find her fishing, hiking, gardening, practicing yoga, watching movies, or playing with her dogs!



Picture of Karen Binger MarshallKaren Binger Marshall

Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach

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.