Featured Speakers / Panelists

Updated 5/17/2010
Mid-American Conference Diversity and Inclusion Intercollegiate Forum
Featured Speakers / Panelists

Kelly Andrews

Sr. Associate Athletic Director, University of Toledo
Kelly Andrews was named senior associate athletic director last year and has served as the Rockets' senior woman administrator since June of 2002. Andrews' duties include serving as the reporting administrator for 13 designated sports programs, as well as overseeing many aspects of the department's internal operations, such as strength & conditioning and equipment services. Andrews recently served on the NACDA Executive Committee and the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee. She also was recently appointed to the NCAA Division I Student Athlete-Awards, Benefits and Financial Aid Cabinet.

Dr. George B. Cunningham
Director, TAMU Laboratory for Diversity in Sport
Dr. Cunningham is an Associate professor of Sport Management and also serves as the Director of the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, has written an award-winning textbook (Diversity in Sport Organizations), and has received external funding for his research from a variety of entities, including the NCAA. Cunningham served as President of the North American Society for Sport Management during the 2009 - 2010 academic year.

Alfreeda Goff
Senior Associate Commimssioner, Horizon League
One of the most highly respected women in intercollegiate athletics today, Alfreeda Goff is in her 12th year at the Horizon League and currently serves in the role of Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief of Staff. In the summer of 2005, Goff was honored as the Black Coaches Association's Administrator of the Year. She is a Board member of the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA), an affiliate organization of NACDA, and serves on NCAA's Life Work Balance Task Force and Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee. Goff also was president of the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators in 2004-05.

Dr. Derrick Gragg
Director of Athletics, Eastern Michigan University

During his career, Gragg has published several articles and editorials on intercollegiate athletics as well as a nationwide study on sports-related gambling. He is a former member of the NCAA's Minority Opportunities & Interests Committee, having served as co-chair of the committee in 2004-05. Gragg also served as a member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas Board of Directors and as a member of the American Heart Association, Northwest Arkansas Board of Directors. He currently serves as a member of the NCAA's Legislative Council and is a member of the NACDA Division I-A Athletic Directors Scholarship Ad Hoc Steering Committee.

Dr. Pat Griffin
Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst Social Justice Education Program

Pat Griffin is former Director of It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Sport (www.ittakesateam.org), an initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation. Dr Griffin is also a Professor Emerita in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research and writing interests focus on heterosexism/homophobia in athletics. Dr. Griffin has written a book entitled, Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbian and Homophobia in Sports, published by Human Kinetics, 1998. She is also co-editor of Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Trainers, (second edition) Routledge, 2007. In 2007 Dr. Griffin was named one of the top 100 sport educators in the United States by the Institute for International Sport.

Dr. Emmett Gill
Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Social Work

Dr. Gill has worked in college and professional athletics for eight years including work with student-athletes at Rutgers, the University of Maryland and the United States Military Academy Prep School. Emmett has conducted National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Life Skills seminars for numerous colleges and universities. Emmett has also served as an Academic Progress Rates (APR) consultant for the NCAA and he is on the NCAA Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Bob Heller
Associate Director of Athletics, Kent State University

Heller has worked in various capacities of intercollegiate athletics at both Division II and Division I institutions (intramurals, event/facility management, compliance, sports supervision). Currently serves as Senior Associate Athletic Director at Kent State University, as part of the director of athletics senior staff, overseeing baseball, men's basketball, women's volleyball, compliance, and assists with the day-to-day operation of the athletic department.

Carol Iwaoka
Governance/Legislative Analysis Consultant

Iwaoka is a former Associate Commissioner for Governance and Legislative Systems at the Big Ten Conference. During her 19 years of service, her responsibilities ranged from compliance to serving as the first female officer as Secretary to the Big Ten Board of Directors. She served as primary staff liaison to Faculty and Administrators constituent groups with emphasis on academics, student-athlete welfare, legislative analysis, gender equity, and diversity issues. She has an expertise in governance processes and developing and tracking policy issues and served on various NCAA bodies, including chairing the Division I Financial Aid and Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement committees. She remains actively focused on the social and cultural elements of intercollegiate athletics and its integration/balance within the broader educational milieu and advancing and instituting policies responsive to reform agendas.

Tim O'Connell
Sr. Associate Director of Athletics, University of Dayton

O'Connell currently serves a vice chairperson for the University's Emergency Management Steering Committee, is the past chair the institution's Public Safety Advisory Committee, and has sat on the Visitors and Facilities Committees. Tim currently serves as one of four grievance officers for the University and is the past coordinator of the Life Skills course for the 1st year Student Athletes. He is a graduate of the first Leadership UD cohort, a program designed to identify and develop up and coming leaders within the University of Dayton's faculty and administration. In 2010, he will become president of the NACDA affiliated Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association after serving on its board since 2007 and was given the Community Ambassador Award by the Dayton & Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau for his work in securing large public events to the community.

Andrea Williams
Associate Commissioner, Big Ten Conference

Williams manages the operations of both the men's and women's conference basketball tournaments as well as the Football Kickoff Luncheon. In addition, Andrea serves on the television management team, administers the Women's Basketball Officials Consortium and is liaison to the league's Advisory Commission. In her spare time, Andrea serves as a mentor with NACWAA and WISE (Women in Sports and Events) and is a board member of CEFMA (Collegiate Event and Facility Managers Association) and NABSP (National Association of Black Sport Professionals). Williams, a San Antonio native, graduated from Texas A&M in 1997 where she was a student-athlete in both women's basketball and volleyball.

Dr. Jenny Lind Withycombe
Withycombe Consulting

Dr. Withycombe is the provider of the NCAA's Advanced Diversity Education Workshops covering such topics as gender, race, sexual orientation, and culture within intercollegiate athletics. In addition, Dr. Withycombe conducts her own diversity workshops, talks, and planning sessions all over the United States. Prior to working as a diversity education consultant, Dr. Withycombe served as an educator in the fields of psychology, women's studies, and sport studies. Her primary teaching focus was on the intersectional identities (e.g. gender, race, class, and sexual orientation) of student-athletes. In 2008, Dr. Withycombe received the A.W. Hobt Memorial Teaching award for teacher excellence within the University of Tennessee's College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.