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Our Team

Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance

All of the staff within the Office of Investigation and Civil Rights Compliance are Designated Reporters.


Nicole Commissiong

Nicole Commissiong
Associate Vice President, Chief Civil Rights Officer, & Title IX Coordinator
Office of the President



Vanessa Crakes

Vanessa Crakes
Manager of Investigations


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Deborah Berman-Montaño
Data Analyst & Case Coordinator


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Shane Lesher
Compliance Specialist


Sam Rutledge

Samuel Rutledge
Senior Investigator


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Vivian Wright
OICRC Operations Manager


Yi-Yi Younkin

Yi-Yi Chang Younkin
Senior Investigator

The Office of Investigation and Civil Rights Compliance also retains the services of external investigators as needed and appropriate.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

All deputy Title IX Coordinators are Designated Reporters.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators serve an integral function in supporting the work of the Title IX Office among various constituencies and across campuses. Reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence can be made directly to Deputy Title IX Coordinators, who will connect students and employees with appropriate resources as well as the Title IX Coordinator. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are Designated Reporters.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators can may also assist with training on Title IX reporting obligations, can serve as a resource for questions and concerns related to Title IX policies and processes procedures, and can connect individuals with accommodations and resources both on and off campus. Deputy Title IX Coordinators meet regularly with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss concerns related to their constituencies and bring important issues to the attention of senior leadership.

Chief Deputy Title IX Coordinator


Vanessa Crakes

Vanessa Crakes, Chief Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Manager of Investigations
Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance


Deputy Title IX Coordinators

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Connie Brady, Deputy for Lundquist College of Business
Associate Dean
Lundquist College of Business


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Nedzer Erilus, Director of Housing for Residence Life & Educational Initiatives
University Housing

Jimmy L. Howard

Jimmy L. Howard PhD., Deputy for Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Dean of Students for Prevention and Response
Office of the Dean of Students

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson, Deputy Athletic Director
Intercollegiate Athletics

Sarah Keiski

Sarah Keiski, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
School of Law

Sarah Kutten

Sarah Kutten, Deputy for UO Portland
Director of Students Services 
UO Portland

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tia north, Deputy for Graduate Studies
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Division of Graduate Studies
Pronouns: she/they

Anna Schmidt-Mackenzie

Anna Schmidt, Deputy for SSEM
Associate Vice President & Chief of Staff
Student Services and Enrollment Management


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Maya Watts, Education Program Coordinator
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Appellate Officers for Title IX Student Conduct Processes

All appellate officers are Designated Reporters.

Appellate Officers are faculty and staff tasked to review final outcomes from sexual misconduct student conduct processes on the procedural grounds specified in the Student Conduct Code and Standard Operating Procedures for Appeals.

Appellate Officers serve on a voluntary basis and receive training on Title IX, sexual harassment and sexual violence, procedural due process, and administrative review. Appellate Officers review student conduct cases for procedural fairness and error, potential bias, sufficiency of information, whether sanctions were commensurate with findings, and new information not known previously that could alter the outcome. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in serving as an Appellate Officer, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Currently Serving Appeals Officers

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, PhD/J.D., Vice President of Equity and Inclusion
Bill Clever, J.D., Executive Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance
Jennifer Espinola, J.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Law School Dean of Students
John Inglish, J.D., Program Director, Conflict and Dispute Resolution
Anna Schmidt, Associate Vice-President & Chief of Staff, Student Services and Enrollment Management
Kathie Stanley, Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff, Student Life
Sandy Weintraub, Senate Secretary and Advisor to the President

Office of the Dean of Students (Non-Confidential)

The Office of the Dean of Students is a multi-dimensional group of administrators, organizations, programs, and support staff designed to provide resources and spaces for everyone to be supported throughout their college experience. For more information on how the Dean of Students serves students, please visit dos.uoregon.edu. The staff in the Dean of Students offices are a mixture of Designated Reporters, Student-Directed Employees and Confidential Employees. Please look at the individual reporting status of the employee with whom you seek to connect to understand their reporting obligations. You can find out more about Designated Reporters on the Designated Reporter page.

Confidential Resources

Multiple entities comprise the Title IX team including our critical partners that are confidential resources across campus. For a complete list of crisis intervention and support services related to Title IX, including other confidential resources, please visit safe.uoregon.edu/about. To learn more about confidential resources please visit What is a Confidential Resource? page.