Office of Title IX Compliance Staff
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Jeff 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.
Jeff joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the spring of 2020. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration/Criminal Justice from California State University-Chico and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. Jeff began his career in law enforcement but transitioned to the field of Title IX Compliance in the spring of 2016.
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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.
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Courtney provides primary office management functions for the Office of Title IX Compliance including the provision of administrative support and customer service. Courtney assists investigators with case documentation, and scheduling hearings when an investigation is complete. She is responsible for assisting the Director of Title IX Compliance / Title IX Coordinator by researching best practices in the area of Title IX and Sex-Based Misconduct, and assists with other duties as assigned. Courtney compiles records, organizes and maintains office files.
Courtney joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the fall of 2020. She previously graduated from Appalachian State University with both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Psychology. She also completed her Juris Doctor degree in May 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Tim Koch ("Cook")
Civil Rights Investigator
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Dr. Koch conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into allegations of sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault involving students, faculty, staff, or administrators, in accord with 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, Dr. Koch prepares an investigative report that becomes the basis for further University action.
Dr. Koch joined the Office of Title IX Compliance in the Fall of 2018. Prior to this position, he worked as a federal attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in New York City and Chicago. In addition to being a licensed attorney in three states (including North Carolina) and past Editor-in-Chief of Arizona State University’s Law Journal for Social Justice, Dr. Koch holds a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Director of Student Affairs and Emergency Management/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the Academy at Middle Fork
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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.
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.
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.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Case Management
Ellen Grulke supervises case management staff in the Office of the Dean of Students. As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ellen assists with the implementation of supportive measures related to student safety including incidents involving Title IX / Sexual Misconduct concerns. Ellen collaborates with the Office of Title IX Compliance to ensure case managers offer supportive measures and resources to the students (Complainant / Respondent). The support offered through case management is available to students whether or not they participate in a grievance process, and is provided based on the student's desired level of support.
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
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.
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.
Shannon Jordan, Ed.D
Senior Associate Director for Residence Life
Shannon Jordan is a part of the Student Affairs staff that supervises staff in University Housing. As a Title IX Liaison, Shannon serves as the point of contact for the Office of Title IX Compliance involving any Title IX / Sexual Misconduct concerns in housing. Shannon assists with the implementation of housing accommodations as it relates to Title IX / Sexual Misconduct incidents involving students (Complainant / Respondent). Shannon collaborates with the OTC to ensure the Residential Housing staff receives annual Title IX training and incidents of Title IX / Sexual Misconduct are promptly reported.
Coordinator for Student Social Wellness
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.
Director of the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs
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.