Dr. Marijo Russell O’Grady has been a student affairs leader and practitioner for 30 years developing her professional identity at public, private, and religiously affiliated universities Since 1998, Dr. Russell O'Grady has served as the Associate Vice President/Dean for Students, reporting to the Provost at Pace University’s New York City campus. She has served on the NASPA Region II Advisory Board since 2011 as the former liaison for graduate and new professionals, former Chair of the Careers in Student Affairs Conference, and presently as the NYC Metro Representative.
In 2011, Dr. Russell O’Grady was awarded “Top 100 Irish Educators” by the Irish Voice and in 2015, received the Academic Key Who’s Who in Senior Administration in Higher Education. In 2016, Dr. Russell O’Grady received Pace University’s Bronze Medal Jefferson Award for the highest degree of personal, sustained commitment to service and the spirit of the university.
Dr. Katie L. Treadwell researches and writes extensively about the aftermath of university crises and the subsequent experiences of campus first responders. She developed her professional identity in higher education through roles in Oklahoma City, Waco, Texas, and New York City, three cities deeply altered by terrorism and the aftermath of disaster. Her father was a medical first responder to the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. As a new student affairs professional, she encountered a high-profile suspected active shooter situation and served on the institution’s review team to improve emergency management and communications. Inspired by her own experience with campus and community tragedy, Dr. Treadwell primarily researches the personal experiences of higher education administrators who encounter high-profile campus disasters.
Dr. Treadwell has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education administration, including significant roles in crisis response, residential life, sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention and response, alcohol risk reduction, and mental health outreach. In 2015, she was recognized as one of Teachers College’s outstanding graduates and new alumni to watch.