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Meet our Staff

La Vonne I. NealLa Vonne I. Neal, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Operations

Areas of responsibility include operations management, risk management, enterprise risk management and process re-engineering projects.

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Emily HochstatterEmily Hochstatter

Director of Risk Management

Emily began her career with NIU in 2009 working in Human Resource Services processing medical leaves and workers’ compensation claims. For the last six years, Emily has primarily focused on Risk Management operations at NIU, including service on the core Enterprise Risk Management Team, and is actively pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. 


Eugene MasseyM. Eugene Massey, M.S.Ed.

Operations Coordinator

Eugene Massey began his career with NIU as a police officer in 1985, and has since progressed to his current role working in the Office of Operations. Eugene focuses on compliance, financial audits and process re-engineering and serves on the core Enterprise Risk Management team. Eugene received his Master of Science degree in higher education from NIU. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

Contact Us

Office of Risk Management
riskmanagement@niu.edu
815-753-8510