TTAM Members by School/Department
Arts and Sciences, & Engineering
Dean of Student Affairs Office
- John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students – 617-627-4239
- Marisel Perez, Associate Dean of Students – 617-627-3158
- Chris Rossi, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs– 617-627-3158 – Read bioChris Rossi serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering. Through this role, Chris acts as the primary point of contact for all first-year students looking to connect with the Dean of Student Affairs Office. He sits on the assessment team, providing his expertise in how crises impact the broader, residential, living and learning community. He has been in this role with Tufts University since 2015.
- David Harder, Professor of Psychology – 617-627-2523 – Read bioProfessor 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 bioLorin 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.
- Sarah Richmond, Department Manager – 617-627-5753 Read bioSarah Richmond serves as the Department Manager for the Department of Computer Science on the Medford/Somerville campus. In this role, she is responsible for running the day-to-day operations for the CS department and heading the team which supports the 25 faculty and 500+ students in the department. Sarah serves as an assessment team member representing the School of Engineering and lending her 11 years of experience in dealing with faculty, students, and staff at Tufts. She has been in this role at Tufts University since 2014.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- Barbara Berman, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs – 508-887-4725
- Joe McManus, Executive Associate Dean – 508-887-4734
- Mary Dulatre, Registrar/Manager of Student Academic Programs– 617-627-5997 – Read bioMary Dulatre serves as Registrar and Manager of Student Academic Programs at The Fletcher School on the Medford/Somerville campus. In her role, Mary works with students to create a program that meets their overall academic and career goals. Mary serves as an assessment team member, providing her expertise in student interaction and behavior. She has been at Tufts since 2012 and in this role since June 2015.
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
- Matt Hast, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs– 617-636-6719
- Julien Carter, Vice President of Human Resources – 617-627-3271 – Read bioJulien Carter serves as the Vice President for Human Resources. In that role, he or his team assists the university community with a wide-array of services connected to their employment or benefits with the university. It is important to have Human Resources on the TTAM team because often issues first arise as employee relations or possible training issues. Human Resources is called upon by supervisors and managers to offer solutions or coaching that help address workplace issues. As head of HR, Julien will be able to quickly identify resources or strategies that may prove useful by the TTAM committee in reviewing cases.
- Christine McColgan, Human Resources Business Partner – 617-626-3906 – Read bioChristine McColgan serves as Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) for the University. As an HRBP she acts as a strategic partner to business leaders by providing advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including organizational development, workforce planning, and employee management. Christine continuously aligns Human Resources mission and objectives to customer business goals and strategies, acts as a conduit to core Human Resources services, and also manages the recruitment cycle for a wide range of positions. In addition, she collaborates with managers and employees to resolve complex and sensitive employee relations issues. Christine serves as an assessment team member, providing her expertise in employee relations and university policy interpretation. She has been in this role with Tufts University since 2011.
- Maureen Sonnie, Director of HR Strategies– 617-627-6272 – Read bioMaureen Sonnie is the Director of HR Strategies, focused on mentoring and guiding HR Business Partners and Recruiters in developing strategic plans for University clients, assuring the delivery of high quality HR services that are aligned with the mission of the university. As a working HRBP, Maureen partners with her own portfolio of internal clients to identify needs and implement customized solutions that tie into each client’s strategic plan. She has over twenty years of HR experience and has been employed by Tufts since 2008. With that knowledge of Tufts, Maureen offers resources or strategies that may prove useful in the course of participating in TTAM case reviews.
School of Dental Medicine
- Mark Gonthier, Executive Associate Dean – 617-636-2749 – Read bioMark Gonthier is the Executive Associate Dean at the School of Dental Medicine. He has served in this role since 2012 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). These positions serve a critical role in the work associated with his TTAM undertaking, as Mark has prior experiences with assessing the risks and behavioral threat levels of predoctoral and postgraduate students in distress.
- Robert Kasberg, Associate Dean Admissions & Student Affairs– 617-636-6539 – Read bioDr. Robert H. Kasberg serves as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine on the Boston campus. In his role as Associate Dean, Dr. Kasberg oversees all aspects of admission to the Dental School and all phases of student affairs, including professionalism and mind and body wellness. He also serves as the school’s chief diversity officer and is responsible for student diversity. Robert serves as an assessment team member, providing his expertise in student affairs and conflict resolution. He has held his position at Tufts University since March 2012.
School of Medicine
- Janet Kerle, Associate Dean of Students – 617-636-6534 – Read bioJanet 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 bioAmy Kuhlik has served as the Dean of Students at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) since 2001. 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 bioCarol 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 since 2002 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 Student 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 bioGeoffrey 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 bioMark 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 bioKevin 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 learn, work, and live. 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 bioLinda 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 department’s 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 bioLee 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 assists 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 bioMichael 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 bioDr. 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 bioDana 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 bioLili 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.
- Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs – 617-627-3158 – Read bioMary Pat McMahon serves as the Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Arts and Science and the School of Engineering. With broad responsibility to oversee student life beyond the classroom for all graduate and undergraduate students in these schools, Mary Pat serves as an advisory team member, providing her expertise in individual student support, residential life, judicial affairs, and student crisis response. She has been in this role with Tufts University since April 2014 and has over 15 years of experience in supporting students in residentially-based learning communities.
- Julie Ross, Ph.D., Director of the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service Read bioDr. 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.
- Perah Kessman, Ph.D., LMHC, Tufts Threat Assessment and Management Case Manager Read bioPerah 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.
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.