TTAM TEAMS

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TTAM Members by School/Department

Arts and Sciences, & Engineering

Dean of Student Affairs Office

Faculty

  • David Harder, Professor of Psychology – 617-627-2523 – Read bio
    Professor Harder is a member of the Tufts Psychology Department faculty and a clinical psychologist with an outpatient private practice.

School of Engineering

  • Lorin Polidora, Department Administrator - 617-627-2553 Read bio
    Lorin Polidora serves as the Department Administrator in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She has been in this role in the School of Engineering since 2005, coordinating the academic, financial, and administrative operations of the department. She works closely with faculty, fulfilling the Department’s mission to provide educational experiences through integrated teaching and research, thus giving students a sound basis for professional practice and a career of lifelong learning. Lorin serves as a TTAM team member providing her practical understanding of the student experience, and specific knowledge of the issues and challenges faced by the students in the School of Engineering.

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Fletcher School

  • Nora McMillan, Registrar/Manager of Student Academic Programs– 617-627-2405 – Read bio
    Nora Moser McMillan serves as the Registrar/Manager of Student Academic Programs at The Fletcher School, on the Medford/Somerville campus. She has been in this role with Tufts University for 19 years. Nora works with students to create a program that meets their overall academic and career goals while at the same time meeting Fletcher School degree requirements. Her relationships with both the students and faculty can provide valuable insight into student behavior. Nora also serves as a student advocate and works to ensure that students are receiving the resources necessary to be successful at The Fletcher School.

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

  • Terese Daly, Senior Director of Administration and Finance – 617-636-3708 – Read bio
    Terese (Terre) Daly serves as Senior Director of Administration and Finance at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy on the Boston Campus. She has been in this role for six years and at the School for twelve years. Prior to this she was employed in Advancement, Finance and at the University Library. As the senior administrator at the Friedman School, Terre interacts with faculty, staff and students at the school as well as with administrators across all of the schools and central divisions. Having been employed at the University for over thirty years, Terre has an extensive network in place. Her varied background gives her a well-rounded ability to respond to multiple scenarios.

Human Resources

School of Dental Medicine

  • Mark Gonthier, Executive Associate Dean – 617-636-2749 – Read bio
    Mark Gonthier is the Executive Associate Dean at the School of Dental Medicine. He has served in this role for two years and has been an employee at Tufts for 27 years. Prior to his current role, he served as first Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine (1995-2001) and then as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs (2001-2011). This position serves a critical role in the work associated with this undertaking, as Mark has prior experiences with assessing the risks and behavioral threat levels of predoctoral and postgraduate students in distress.

School of Medicine

  • Janet Kerle, Associate Dean of Students – 617-636-6534 – Read bio
    Janet Kerle serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Tufts University School of Medicine on the Boston campus. She has worked at Tufts in various administrative positions for 33 years, with 22 years as associate dean. In this capacity she oversees many of the functions of the Office of Student Affairs and provides academic and personal support for students as they move through the rigors of medical school. Janet is an ex-officio member of the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee.
  • Amy Kuhlik, Dean of Students– 617-636-6534 – Read bio
    Amy Kuhlik has served as the Dean of Students at Tufts University Medical School (TUSM) for the past 13 years. In this capacity she oversees the many functions of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and the Student Advisory Health Administration office as well as the administration of the clinical phase of the MD student curriculum. Amy serves as an ex-officio member of the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee, and was also involved in the committee that advised the University on its TTAM policy. She is available for consultation from students or faculty members who may have concerns about an individual.
  • Carol Duffey, Assistant Dean for Student Enrollment/Registrar – 617-636-6568 – Read bio
    Carol Duffey serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Enrollment/Registrar at Tufts University School of Medicine on the Boston campus. She has been at Tufts for 12 years and has more than 25 years of experience in student administration. In this capacity, she oversees and manages student academic records and clinical scheduling. Carol is also responsible for supporting all privacy requirements of students within the school and enforcing FERPA compliance. She is a member of the Students Affairs leadership team, an ex-officio member of the Student Ethics and Promotions Committee, and serves as a University Information Steward. Carol serves as a TTAM team member, providing her knowledge regarding student enrollment status and academic progress.

Public and Environmental Safety

  • Geoffrey Bartlett, Director of Emergency Management – 617-627-3149 – Read bio
    Geoffrey Bartlett serves as the university’s Director of Emergency Management, leading efforts to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, and recover from major emergencies, and also oversees the Public Safety Communications Center and is advisor to Tufts Emergency Medical Services. Geoff has been a member of the Tufts community for almost 20 years.
  • Mark Keith (Medford/Somerville), Deputy Chief, Tufts Police – 617-627-3978 – Read bio
    Mark Keith is a Deputy Chief for Tufts University Police Department with primary responsibilities on the Medford/Somerville campus. Deputy Keith is a twenty-five year member of the Department with an additional seven years of law enforcement experience with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in California. Deputy Keith participates in the planning and coordination of large events held on campus and works closely with the Office of Student Affairs to address students of concern.
  • Kevin Maguire, Director of Public and Environmental Safety – 617-627-3572 – Read bio
    Kevin C. Maguire serves as the Director of Public and Environmental Safety (DPES) at Tufts University. In this role, Kevin provides leadership and direction for the department charged with assuring that Tufts remains a safe place in which to live, work and learn. For TTAM, Kevin guides case discussion and communicates with other threat assessment team members and senior university officials. He also assists in managing cases and in creating and updating relevant university policies. Kevin has over 30 years of Public Safety/Law Enforcement experience serving municipal, state and higher education communities.
  • Linda O’Brien (Boston/Grafton), Deputy Chief, Tufts Police – 617-636-6847 – Read bio
    Linda O’Brien is Deputy Chief for Tufts University Police Department with primary responsibility for the Boston and Grafton campuses and administrative responsibilities on the Medford campus. Deputy Chief O’Brien oversees the departments training, recruiting and compliance issues as well as the day to day operational functions of the University’s police and security needs.
  • Lee Romprey, Deputy Director of Public Safety Operations – 617-627-0692 – Read bio
    Lee Romprey serves as the Deputy Director of Public Safety Operations.  His role as the Deputy Director of Public Safety Operations is to provide direction and leadership to Police Operations and Administrative Services. Lee serves as an assessment team member, providing his expertise in best practices in policing and will assist the team by coordinating law enforcement activities and public safety services as appropriate. He has 25 years of professional experience in campus law enforcement and joined Tufts University in December 2014.

Advisory to the Teams

  • Michael Baenen, Chief of Staff, President’s Office Read bio
    Michael Baenen serves as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President.  In this role, he provides managerial support to President Monaco, represents him on University-wide committees, coordinates initiatives with other offices across Tufts, and undertakes special projects. Michael serves as an advisory team member, providing his expertise in policy development and communications.  He has been in this role with Tufts University since 2007.
  • Linda Escoll, Psy.D., Ed.M.,  Associate Director of the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service Read bio
    Dr. Linda Escoll serves as Associate Director of the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS) on the Medford/Somerville campus. Dr. Escoll serves as an advisory mental health consultant to TTAM. In this role, she provides expertise about mental health issues, needs, and concerns when these are relevant. A mental health consultant is one of the positions generally required on a threat assessment team.
  • Dana L. Fleming, Esq., Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment, University Relations – University Counsel Read bio
    Dana L. Fleming serves as Assistant General Counsel for the University.  Her role as Assistant General Counsel is to advise administrators, faculty and staff on a wide variety of matters including employment, student affairs, and legal compliance work.  Dana serves as an advisory team member, providing her expertise in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and years of experience as a litigator.  She has been in this role with Tufts since she joined the University in 2015.
  • Lili Palacios-Baldwin, Esq., Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment, University Relations – University Counsel Read bio
    Lili Palacios-Baldwin serves as the University’s Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment. In this position she advises senior administrators, offers guidance on relevant federal and state laws, and represents the University in a variety of matters.
  • Julie Ross, Ph.D., Director of the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service Read bio
    Dr. Julie Ross is the Director of the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS) on the Medford/Somerville campus. Dr. Ross serves as a consultant to the team when issues related to mental health are a concern. A mental health professional is one of the positions generally required on a threat assessment team.

Case Management

  • Perah Kessman, Ph.D., LMHC, Tufts Threat Assessment and Management Case Manager Read bio
    Perah is the Case Manager for the Tufts Threat Assessment and Management (TTAM) program. In this capacity, Perah conducts TTAM investigations, documents case information, facilitates team meetings and trainings, conducts outreach presentations, and creates and updates relevant university policies. Case management is critical to TTAM operations, as it ensures that cases are managed and reviewed in a timely manner. Perah has nearly 10 years of professional experience in mental health and has been in this position since April 2014.

Licensed risk assessment professionals as advisory team members

Each TTAM team has one advisory member trained and licensed to provide the team with a written evaluation and risk assessment of substance abuse and/or a clinical assessment of dangerousness regarding the person of concern, where such evaluation(s) appear warranted. Written assessments will be used in conjunction with TTAM team deliberations when evaluating threatening and/or potentially violent behavior.

Confidentiality

TTAM team members are responsible for treating their work confidentially. While a TTAM team member cannot promise confidentiality during the intake or reporting process, information will be shared only with those who need to know. TTAM members may not disclose confidential material to anyone outside of the TTAM process, unless the team determines that disclosure is warranted because the individual receiving the information is a university official or emergency responder with a need to know.