Meet Our Staff

Sarah Garner, J.D.
Ethics and Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator
815-753-5560 | sadamski1@niu.edu titleixcoordinator@niu.edu

Responsible for the development, coordination and leadership of the university’s ethics and compliance program. Identifies compliance mandates and collaborates with campus partners to ensure implementation. Provides direct oversight of Title IX compliance and investigations.


Cherry Adams
Records Management Specialist
815-753-4273 | cadams3@niu.edu

Administers the university's records management program by guiding the creation, maintenance, storage, retrieval, retention and disposal of records. Coordinates with divisions and departments to develop and update records inventory and retention schedules. Serves as the liaison to the Secretary of State's Office regarding records.


Kristin Good, J.D.
Ethics Investigator
815-753-2434 | kgood1@niu.edu

Investigates ethics complaints. Responds to inquiries related to potential violations of the IL Ethics Act. Conducts applicable legal research as it relates to laws governing ethics in higher education. Identifies effective communication methods for the dissemination of information to campus constituencies. Assists with the development and implementation of applicable policies and response procedures.


Lindsay Hatzis, J.D.
Director of Investigations and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
815-753-1649 | lhatzis@niu.edu

Manages the day-to-day responsibilities of internal administrative investigations and related policies to ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws. Serves as the chief internal investigator for the university and deputy Title IX coordinator for investigations. Conducts and manages investigations of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation in addition to identifying and developing best practices for conducting internal investigations.


Rebecca Hunt, M.L.I.S., Ph.D.
University Policy Librarian
815-753-9021 | rhunt@niu.edu

Coordinates the collection and maintenance of all university policies. Provides guidance on how to develop university policies and procedures. Collaborates with campus units on drafting, revising and updating policies.


Theresa Melidis
Title IX Investigator
815-753-9364 | tmelidis@niu.edu

Investigates Title IX/sexual misconduct complaints; conducts applicable legal research as it relates to the current trends and laws governing sexual misconduct in higher education. Identifies effective communication methods for the dissemination of information to campus constituencies. Assists with the development and implementation of applicable policies and response procedures.


Manuel Valdez, J.D.
Civil Rights Investigator
815-753-0810 | mvaldez2@niu.edu

Conducts investigations and interviews concerning incidents of possible discrimination, harassment, retaliation or other violations of various federal, state and university laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Researches, gathers, preserves and analyzes evidence/information to determine the outcome of the investigation and recommended corrective action and/or resolution.


Katharine Whitelaw
Information Technology Accessibility Officer
815-753-5467 | kwhitelaw@niu.edu

Promotes the accessibility of NIU’s electronic and information technology as required by Illinois and federal law. Works with Procurement Services to purchase accessible products. Responds to issues regarding inaccessible technology and helps identify short-term and long-term solutions. Educates the campus about what makes technology accessible and the benefits to everyone.