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Kathy Zoner

Kathy Zoner joined the Margolis Healy team as the Director of Organizational Assessment in March of 2019. She has 27 years of experience in higher education law enforcement, including nearly a decade as the chief of the Cornell University Police after ascending through the ranks therein. She has proven expertise and leadership in public safety, physical security, community engagement, cultural awareness, event and emergency management, sexual assault prevention, mental health awareness, and behavioral and threat assessments.

She was instrumental in guiding her prior agency into achieving and maintaining IACLEA accreditation, and was awarded the Michael Padula Award by the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission for her efforts in collaborations within the Cornell and Ithaca, NY, law enforcement communities. She was recognized by special legislative resolutions in both county and higher ed institutional governance for her consistent work in creating law enforcement agencies that are accessible to the communities they serve, while creating environments of safety and mutual respect. She has distinguished herself on many local boards, community committees, and campus diversity initiatives, and facilitated numerous forums on police and community relations.

In 2014, Washington D.C. she provided testimony before the senate subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement regarding campus sexual assault investigations. She has presented on issues pertinent to law enforcement at conferences, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

She is a founding member (2001) of her former institution’s committee on student behavioral assessment, and served over ten years on their Threat Assessment Team. She presented for the New York State Committee on Counter Terrorism and remains active with her zone counter terrorism subcommittee.

She is a graduate of the Ohio State University and the FBI National Academy. She is certified in multiple FEMA incident command courses, including several on Incident Command for Executives and Senior Officials. She is a current member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACLEA), the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and several New York state and local law enforcement associations. She chairs the Tompkins Cortland Law Enforcement Administrators Group, serves as an IACLEA Accreditation Commissioner since 2010, and as chair of the IACLEA Communications Committee since 2016.

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