Presenter Biographies

ESCon Bios 2012

Bruce M. Bachman is vice president of the information services division and chief information officer of LSAC. Mr. Bachman earned his bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy and his MA from Pepperdine University. At LSAC, he is responsible for software development, local and wide area network management, computer operations, user and law school support services, user training, product documentation, and quality assurance. Prior to his position at LSAC, Mr. Bachman was vice president of workstation development for First Data Corporation’s card processing group. He had previously held the position of senior director of applications development for Automatic Data Processing’s brokerage services division.

Christine Bailey is a senior member of technical staff at the Law School Admission Council. She earned her BS degree in information systems at Drexel University. Ms. Bailey joined LSAC as a quality assurance consultant, later becoming a developer in the ACES² group. She has worked on developing Web, data exchange, and data processing applications specifically as they relate to ACES², as well as on the development and support of statistic and statistic history reports for the law schools in ACES². She is currently continuing to develop new ACES² functionality.

Don Balsiger is assistant director of admissions, internal operations at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to joining the admissions staff at Lewis & Clark, Mr. Balsiger was a long-term technical consultant for Qwest Communications.

Ed Beaudet is a technical and software specialist for the law school support services’ Western region at the Law School Admission Council. He earned an associate’s degree in computer programming at Pennco Tech. Prior to his position at LSAC, Mr. Beaudet worked in information technology at Lenox.

Mark Blake is manager of technical staff in the software services group of the Law School Admission Council. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science at Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. Mr. Blake began his association with LSAC as a software developer, participating in the development of many of LSAC’s systems such as ACES, Online Services, and most recently ACES². He currently manages a team of software developers in support of ACES². Prior to his tenure at LSAC, Mr. Blake worked as a software development professional in the software services and retail industries.

Brian Brillman is a training and education specialist for the Northeastern region at LSAC’s law school support services group. He earned both his BA in marketing and his MS in computer information science from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his position at LSAC, Mr. Brillman worked for TREND (multiple listing service), where he managed a team of account executives implementing multiple technology projects.

Nancy Cárdenas is the associate director of admissions at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She earned her BA from California State University, Northridge, and her MA in counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to becoming a member of Loyola’s admissions team, she had the opportunity to work with students at the community college and undergraduate levels.

James Cooper is chief information officer at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in linguistics from Western Washington University and a master of science in information management from the University of Washington Information School. Prior to coming to Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Mr. Cooper worked as an information architect, blueprinting large-scale websites for clients including Seattle International Film Festival, Target, and Chicago’s Lyric Opera. He previously operated his own consulting business, icebox500, providing information architecture and content management services to clients including Boeing, Los Angeles County Law Library, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. As director of instructional technology and media services for Seattle University School of Law, Mr. Cooper developed and implemented broad technology change including network implementation, classroom management software, and interactive touch screens.

Jasmine Crowe heads both the recruitment efforts of the admissions department at the Phoenix School of Law and the school’s diversity and events initiatives. Her work has garnered national attention and awards for the ABA-approved law school, including the Law School Admission Council’s 2011 Diversity Matters Award. In her role at Phoenix, she created the school’s diversity committee, the annual high school law day, and the dean’s diversity council. Ms. Crowe also leads the social media efforts of the admissions and marketing teams, including interactive Twitter campaigns. Prior to her position at Phoenix, she used her public relations skills to create events and fundraising initiatives for nonprofit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Miss Black Arizona Scholarship Foundation, which she founded.

Angela Dalfen is director of admissions at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU). She earned a BA from McGill University and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law. Ms. Dalfen began her work at GGU as assistant director for public interest and student leadership programs. In addition to her work in admissions, she has counseled students and alumni who are considering public interest and government employment, coordinated and promoted pro bono opportunities, directed both the Public Interest Law Scholars and the Loan Repayment Assistance programs, and supervised the Peer Mentors program.

Jamie West Dillon is the assistant dean for admissions at the University of Houston Law Center. She earned a BA in political science from the University of Tulsa and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center. Dean Dillon is currently on the executive board of the Southwest Association of Prelaw Advisors (SWAPLA) and serves on LSAC’s National Recruitment Calendar Work Group.

Timothy DiVito is web services manager at Rutgers—The State University School of Law—Camden.

Patricia I. Donnelly is chief information officer and director of information systems and technology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia. During Ms. Donnelly’s extensive career at Berkeley Law, she has served on numerous campus technology governance committees. Ms. Donnelly's involvement with the Law School Admission Council began with her service on the LSAC Information Services Division Advisory Group.

Anna Donovan is the admissions/communications assistant at Washington University School of Law. Ms. Donovan earned her BFA in visual communications from Washington University.

Doug Edmunds is assistant dean for information technology at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Dean Edmunds earned his BA in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MS in information science from the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Prior to his work at the law school, he was a systems administrator and computer support specialist for UNC’s School of Education before becoming its IT director.

Keith Frasier is a programmer/analyst at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He previously worked in the information technology department at Saint Catherine University, also in Saint Paul.

Cristina A. Gapasin is the senior associate director of admissions and financial aid at Northwestern University School of Law. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science at the University of Iowa. She earned her JD at Chapman University School of Law, where she also began her admissions career as assistant director of admissions. After leaving Chapman, Ms. Gapasin went on to become the assistant director and then, subsequently, the associate director of admission and outreach at University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall). She is a frequent speaker and presenter on behalf of LSAC at the Electronic Services Conference (ESCon), the Newcomers Workshop, and LSAC forums. She currently serves as a member of the Services and Programs Committee.

Lisa M. Gear is the assistant dean for admissions at Southwestern Law School. Dean Gear earned her bachelor's degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She began her work at the Admissions Office as assistant director, having previously worked at Southwestern’s Offices of Student Affairs and Career Services. She has been involved in migrating the Admissions Office from Datatel Colleague to Admit-M, and then later, to ACES². Under Dean Gear’s leadership, the Admissions Office has also gone paperless. As the primary resource at the law school for ACES²- related information, she has also assisted the various LLM program offices with their installation of ACES² for LLM.

Gayla Hamik-Beckley is the associate director of admissions at City University of New York School of Law (CUNY). Ms. Hamik-Beckley earned her BA from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and will earn her MPA from Baruch College in 2014. Before joining CUNY, she was on staff at Southwestern Law School and at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She currently serves as a reviewer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and is on the Young Professionals Leadership Committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Meagan P. Hannigan is the regional support manager for the Western region at LSAC's law school support services group. She earned her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently working on her master’s degree in education at Temple University, with a focus on adult organization and development. Ms. Hannigan began her career with the Law School Admission Council as a training and education specialist before becoming a regional support manager. Prior to working at LSAC, she managed the training and education department for a franchise company located in the Philadelphia area.

Michelle Heck is director of admissions at the University of Missouri School of Law working in admissions, financial aid, and student services. She earned her BSBA in marketing from Union University and is currently completing her MA in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri. Ms. Heck has served on many committees at Mizzou, including the campus-wide Status of Women Committee. During her time in law admissions, she has served on the LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group and on many forum panels.

Ed Henn is an IT application developer at the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall). He earned his BS in computer science from California State University, Sacramento, and previously worked in IT for the City of Davis and the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento.

Robin C. Ingli is director of admissions at Hamline University School of Law. Ms. Ingli earned her BS in sociology from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and her MA in management from Hamline University. Prior to working in the law admission field, she held various administrative roles at the University of Minnesota and the William Mitchell College of Law. Ms. Ingli has served LSAC as a panelist and moderator at several LSAC annual meetings and as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Subcommittee.

Charles Killam is New England Law|Boston’s chief information officer. He earned his BA from Oglethorpe University, his MBA from Northeastern University, and will complete a doctorate in law and policy (LPD) this spring. Prior to his work at NEL|B, Mr. Killam worked for Sybase and VISA International. He also operates his own nonprofit organization, EHR Research, Inc., based on his LPD thesis.

David Kirschner is the director of admissions at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Mr. Kirschner earned his BA in film production cum laude from the University of Southern California and earned his JD cum laude from California Western School of Law. He was an alumni recruiter at California Western School of Law before becoming assistant and then associate director of admissions at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a frequent presenter at LSAC meetings and conferences and currently serves on the Services and Programs Committee and as the chair of the Forum Work Group.

Troy Lowry is director of software services at the Law School Admission Council. He earned a BA from Northeastern University and an MBA from New York University. Prior to working at LSAC, Mr. Lowry was vice president of technology and cofounder of Polaris Systems, which provides custom software solutions for large financial companies. In Mr. Lowry’s tenure at LSAC, he has been instrumental in the creation of electronic applications, the law school admission software ACES and ACES², online services, the letter of recommendation service, and many other services.

Jean E. Madden is relationship manager at the Law School Admission Council. Ms. Madden earned a bachelor of music degree in education and therapy from Immaculata University and a master of education degree in educational statistics and measurement from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She began her association with LSAC as a member of the test development and research group.

John Mayer is executive director at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).

Kay McDonnell is associate dean of information technology services and chief information officer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned her BBA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MSEd from the Wharton School. Dean McDonnell also serves as Penn Law’s privacy and security officer and is liaison to Penn’s Office of Security as well as the Office of Audit, Compliance, and Privacy. She is a member of the IT Roundtable and several other campus technology committees.

Wayne Miller is assistant dean for academic technologies at the Duke University School of Law. He earned his BA from Reed College and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dean Miller joined Duke as the director of educational technologies and assumed his current role after an administrative reorganization. In addition to his other duties at Duke, he coteaches a course on law office technology. Prior to joining the law school, he worked as an IT analyst and manager at UCLA with an adjunct appointment as professor in the German department.

Pablo Molina is associate vice president for information technologies and campus chief information officer at Georgetown University. Mr. Molina earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Saint Louis University, has done graduate coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in Saint Louis, and is pursuing a doctorate at Georgetown University. As a Georgetown adjunct faculty member, he teaches ethics and technology management as well as information security. Prior to that, he worked as director of information technology for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as lecturer/director of information systems at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and as senior lecturer for the University of Missouri Business School. Before Mr. Molina’s work in academia, he was MIS manager at the Saint Louis Zoo. Earlier in his career, he created and managed a technology company in his native Madrid, where he also served as editor in chief of computer magazines, authored several books on technology, and taught information technology at the Escuela de Hacienda Pública. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, a Certified Novell Engineer, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Susan Monsen is the director of IT services and the chief technology officer at Yale Law School, where she oversees the strategic direction, implementation, and support of information technology. She earned an MS from the University of California, Davis. In addition to her other duties at Yale, she has served on a number of university-wide technology committees and is a member of the University Technology Leadership Council.

Ray Morris is admissions coordinator at the University of Houston Law Center.

Zahra Nwabara is director of admissions at Valparaiso University Law School.

Vicki Ozarowski is a training and education specialist for the Western region at the Law School Admission Council. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education at Holy Family University in Philadelphia and her master of science in instructional systems design at Philadelphia University. Prior to her career at LSAC, Ms. Ozarowski was a teacher for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and, as a consultant for the Connelly Foundation, was responsible for training teachers to integrate technology in the classroom.

Krista Marie Parson is a training and education specialist for law school support services for the Southern region at the Law School Admission Council. She earned a BS in business administration at La Salle University, with a major in marketing. Prior to working at LSAC, Ms. Parson was a corporate education and training specialist and a corporate store manager at Rita’s Franchise Company.

Stephen M. Perez is the assistant dean for admissions and recruitment at Texas Tech University School of Law. Dean Perez earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and earned his JD from the University of Texas School of Law. Immediately after graduation, Dean Perez took the position of director of admissions at the University of Idaho College of Law. Following that position, he became the College of Law’s development officer until returning to the field of law school admissions at Texas Tech. Dean Perez has served LSAC as a member of the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop Planning Work Group and was involved in the early planning stages of the first ESCon.

Tami Renner is the assistant director of student affairs at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She earned her BA in elementary education from the University of Sioux Falls and her MA in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University. Before joining Adler, Ms. Renner worked as an international student and scholar advisor at Wayne State University and Northwestern University. She is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and currently serves as chair-designate for its Regional Affairs Committee and as regional liaison on the Training Coordination Subcommittee.

Anthony Ricciardi is a project manager with the Law School Admission Council. He earned both his BBA and MBA from Temple University, holds a master’s certificate in Lean Six Sigma, and is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Prior to his tenure at LSAC, Mr. Ricciardi worked for several organizations in the information technology industry.

Cory Robbins is a training and education specialist for the Northeast region at the Law School Admission Council, where his responsibilities include visiting and training at law schools. Mr. Robbins earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Lisa Robbins is a senior manager of technical staff for the software services group of the Law School Admission Council. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Arcadia University. Ms. Robbins oversees a staff of programmer/analysts and works primarily on programs that are used by the law school applicants, registrars, and prelaw advisors.

Charlene Lyn Ruell is an admissions coordinator for the graduate and international degree programs at Northwestern University School of Law. Having worked in various capacities since joining the Northwestern staff, she also manages the school’s social networking efforts.

Tom Ryan is director of information technology at Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey School of Law—Camden. Prior to joining the law school, Mr. Ryan was an independent consultant for various technological entities. An active developer and proponent of education technologies and open source methodology, he has presented on these topics at conferences for CALI, the ABA, and the JAG School for the US Army.

JoAnn Sabol is associate director of technical staff at the Law School Admission Council. She earned her BS in mathematics, with a concentration in computer science, from Pennsylvania State University. She earned her MBA, with a focus on MIS, from La Salle University. Ms. Sabol began her career at LSAC as a software developer and has worked on many of the applications developed by LSAC. She is currently leading the development team responsible for the creation and continued support and enhancement of the ACES² application.

Vanessa Saunders is a training and education specialist for the Midwestern region at the Law School Admission Council. In her position, she assists law school admission offices in their use of ACES² to collect, organize, and analyze data about their applicants and prospects. Ms. Saunders earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her master of education degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining LSAC, she worked in the education field for government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit entities.

Rebecca L. Scheller is the interim assistant dean for admissions and financial aid at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to returning to the law school, Dean Scheller practiced at DeWitt, Ross & Stevens in the areas of business, real estate, and family law. She currently serves on the LSAC Finance and Legal Affairs Committee.

Tracy L. Simmons is the assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and diversity initiatives at Chapman University School of Law. She earned both her BA in psychology (with a minor in African-American studies) and her MA in education from San Diego State University, and she earned her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. Prior to attending law school and working in law school administration, Dean Simmons was a social worker for a private agency in Northern California. She has served as law chair for the Access Group Advisory Board and is involved with the AALS Executive Committee for the Section on PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School and the Minority Network of Admission Professionals. Dean Simmons has been active with the Law School Admission Council, serving as chair of its New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop Planning Work Group and as a member of the Services and Programs Committee.

Loretta Spielmann is a project analyst in the project management group of the Law School Admission Council’s information services division supporting the ACES² application.

Richard Sulzer is the IT security systems engineer for the Law School Admission Council. Prior to coming to LSAC, he held positions at many of the Wall Street banks including Lehman Brothers, Credit-Suisse, CIT Group, and at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve. He was head of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve forensics investigation team and served as the systems architect for the Credit-Suisse Security Laboratory.

Kristin Theis-Alvarez is the associate director of admissions for outreach and recruitment at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley, earning her BA in rhetoric and Native American studies. She went on to earn her JD from Stanford University Law School. In addition to her admissions responsibilities at UC Berkeley, she is a member of the school’s Financial Aid Committee, the Scholarship Committee, the Native American and Pacific Islander Advisory Council, and the Admissions Committee of the UC Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute. Additionally, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Minority Network of Admission Professionals. In her service to the Law School Admission Council, Ms. Theis-Alvarez has served as a member of the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop Planning Work Group and is currently a member of the LSAC Services and Programs Committee.

Brad Wilkin is director of information systems at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He earned his BS degree from Lewis & Clark and has been with the information technology division since that time, providing software development, consulting for the Datatel ERP system, and leading the IS team. Mr. Wilkin served on Datatel's Technical Advisory Board and has presented at national and regional user conferences on a variety of technical topics.

Anne Wilson is special assistant to the dean at Southwestern Law School. Ms. Wilson earned her BA at the University of LaVerne. She began her career at Southwestern as associate director of financial aid and then became director of admission before moving to her present position. Her current responsibilities at the law school include admissions, registration, and academic counseling. She is also social activities coordinator for the general LLM program and is responsible for the administration of student exchange and study-abroad programs in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and the UK (IT Law Program in London). Ms. Wilson served as a volunteer for the Peace Corps. She is a member of the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Western Association of Student Financial Aid.