CSAPAL Leadership Team
Research & Development
Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety, sexual misconduct and social media issues. She appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine at age 18 as the first victim of “Date Rape” to speak out nationally and publicly about what had been a crime of silence. With appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, and over 100 other national television programs, she is a sought after public speaker and activist. She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 3500 schools in North America and around the world, including numerous visits to MIT, Brown University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Amherst College, Harvard College, and Princeton University. Her largest audience was 250,000 people on the Mall in Washington, DC. Ms. Koestner writes for the Huffington Post and the US Department of Health & Human Services. She the author of over 100 publications and research articles. She has worked with the US Department of Defense to educate our most senior military officers and enlisted soldiers at over two dozen bases. In 2010, the US Ambassador to India invited Katie to keynote and lead a 19-day campaign in India to address sexual violence. She has assisted the US Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high risk communities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation. In 2015, the US Department of State chose Katie to work with a delegation of Chinese diplomates at the United Nations on strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence. Katie is the Executive Director and Founder of the Take Back The Night Foundation and the Founder and President of Campus Outreach Services. She has planned and directed over 15 conferences on sexual misconduct at such institutions as Stanford, Fordham, Oglethorpe, St. Louis University and Harvard. She has partnered with Avon, the Girl Scouts of America, The Good Wife, CSI, the producers for the movie, ROOM; and many others to raise awareness about sexual violence. In 2016, Ms. Koestner is directing the first ever international conference to end sexual violence in New York City on July 10-11th. Katie’s Respect My Red Campaign is fast becoming the developmentally appropriate educational mantra for imbuing our children with the belief that they deserve respect at all times. Katie’s energy, leadership, and determination are infectious and inspiring to the hundreds of thousands around the world.
Matthew W. Colpitts
Vice President for Services and Operations
Matthew W. Colpitts has worked in higher education and K12 independent school leadership for over 10 years. He has served in residence life, housing, student conduct, campus safety and security, emergency management, and student affairs in colleges and universities as well as in independent boarding schools. Matthew currently serves as the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. His doctoral research is in emergency management in higher education. Matthew is also actively involved in the local fire and EMS departments.
Sandra Miles, Ph.D.
Vice President for Higher Education
Dr. Sandra Miles is the Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University – Columbus (IUPUC). Within her role she serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, oversees all student success services (student involvement, athletics, career services, disability services, ombudsman services, and tutoring services), and serves as the chief diversity officer. As the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Miles serves on the IUPUI Diversity Cabinet and as Chair of the IUPUC Diversity Council. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Miles conducts diversity and inclusion trainings for campus faculty and staff and is heavily involved in strategy development to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce at IUPUC.
Further, she is the Co-Director of the IUPUC Leadership Studies minor, teaches upper division courses within the Women’s Studies department, and has published within her field. Her research interests include issues of women and minorities in higher education and the 21st century White male experience. Dr. Miles presents her research annually at national and regional conference meetings.
Dr. Miles completed her doctoral work at Florida State University in 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Public Administration and an emphasis on Women’s Studies. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Honors in the Major) at the University of Central Florida where she also earned a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration.
In addition to her career achievements Dr. Sandra Miles is a board member for the NASPA Center for Women; the Vice President for Higher Education for the Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law; a consultant and public speaker for Campus Outreach Services; serves on a host of community boards in Bartholomew County; is the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc; and is an active member of the Louisville (KY) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Tim Healy is a Senior Associate with the Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law. Tim serves as the Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s School, an all-girls Boarding-Day School in Raleigh, NC. Including his work at Saint Mary’s School, Tim has spent his career working in nearly every aspect of independent boarding schools. His positions have included time spent as a classroom teacher, coach, dorm head, residential life director, and senior student affairs officer. Tim’s passion for residential education has lead him to work at IMG Academy, Worcester Academy, Tilton School, and Georgetown Prep. Tim’s undergraduate degree is from Fairfield University and his master’s degree from American University. In addition to his expertise in cyber-misconduct, his specialties include cultivating healthy boundaries, athletics, handbook policies, liaising with law enforcement, and building residential communities.
Jake Sumner is an Associate with the Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law. Jake is currently the Upper School Dean of Student Life at Worcester Academy, a 6-12 Day and Boarding School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jake has worked in independent schools for eight years and has held coaching, teaching, residential, and advising roles along with administrative roles as an Associate Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life, and Dean of Student Life. Prior to his work in independent schools, Jake attended Randolph-Macon College where he majored in History and Secondary Education and then earned his master’s degree from University of New England in Education Administration. Jake’s passions in independent schools center on student leadership, diversity and multiculturalism initiatives, residential life curriculums, advising, and grade level programmatic initiatives.
Debbie Offner, Ph.D.
Dr. Debbie Offner is a Senior Consultant with the Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law. Debbie is currently Director of Student Life at The Commonwealth School, an independent, coeducational secondary school in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also taught or counseled students in numerous higher education settings, including Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Emerson College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, and Tufts University.
A child and adolescent psychologist by training, Debbie maintains a private counseling and educational consulting practice in Newton, MA, where she specializes in the interface of academic and social-emotional issues. Her other interests include health education/primary prevention, faculty-student boundaries, and adolescent development. She is also experienced in the effects of trauma on both individuals and school communities.
Debbie received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Psychology at Boston University in 1997. Her undergraduate degree is from Wesleyan University, where she completed a joint major in Psychology and Sociology. She also studied Social Psychology at London School of Economics and Political Science.