About us

jody-shipper

Jody Shipper

Executive Director

Jody brings more than two decades of education and employment law and human resources experience to her position at USC. Her work includes experience as both a director of human resources and as outside counsel on employment matters for a broad range of employers in California, including universities and large research hospitals. She has conducted and overseen countless investigations, lectured extensively on investigative procedures and employment law, and provided counsel to employers on risk management, employment practices and legal compliance. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. Ms. Shipper was appointed as director of the office in May 2004.

 

Roxanne-RoskeRoxanne Roske

Senior Complaint Investigator, Equity and Diversity

Roxanne joined USC as a senior complaint investigator in the fall of 2007. Prior to joining the university, she was employed in various health-care related organizations, and the entertainment industry. Roxanne has twenty years of diverse human resources experience that includes employee relations and investigative work. Roxanne received her master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) in 1998. She has completed mediation training through the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is an active PIHRA Board Member. Roxanne teaches human resources curriculum at two local colleges.

 

Karen-Nutter

Karen Nutter

Senior Complaint Investigator, Equity and Diversity

Karen joined USC as a senior complaint investigator in 2011. Prior to arriving at USC, she worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated violations of federal employment discrimination statutes. Karen received her J.D. from USC’s Gould School of Law, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Grinnell College.

 

Karen-CarrKaren Carr

Senior Complaint Investigator, Equity and Diversity

Karen joined USC as a senior complaint investigator in 2013 after practicing primarily in the area of employment law with private and public entities, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In addition to her legal practice, Karen served as a certified secondary instructor and Peer Mediation Coordinator in the L.A. area. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, and her bachelor’s degree from USC.

 

Kegan-AlleeKegan Allee

Title IX Investigator, Equity and Diversity

Kegan joined USC as a Title IX investigator in 2013. Prior to joining the university, she was the Assistant Director for Women’s Center programming and Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education at UC Santa Barbara. In this capacity she oversaw student-initiated programming, and also directed advocacy services for survivors of interpersonal violence and harassment. She received her PhD and second master’s degree from UCSB in Sociology, her first master’s degree in Women’s Studies from San Diego State, and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. She developed and taught six university courses, and has lectured extensively on university responses to interpersonal and gender-based violence. Kegan holds certifications from national organizations on Title IX investigations, bystander intervention trainings, and danger assessment.

 

danica-myersDanica Myers

Title IX Investigator, Equity and Diversity

Danica joined USC as a Title IX Investigator in 2014. Before coming to USC she worked for ten years at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) rising to the role of college-wide Student Affairs Director. Her duties included acting as FIDM‘s Title IX coordinator, conducting investigations, developing compliant institutional policies, and creating preventive education programming for students. She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from UCLA, and also received her Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification from UCLA Extension.

 

lauren-helsperLauren Elan Helsper

Equity and Diversity Investigator

Lauren began working at USC in 2011 as student crisis case manager in the Division of Student Affairs. She transitioned to the Office of Equity and Diversity in 2014 as an investigator and project specialist. Lauren earned her master’s degree in postsecondary education and student affairs at USC and earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA. She is currently working on her doctorate at USC in higher education administration.

Erica Gutierrez

Administrative Assistant, Employee Relations

Erica Gutierrez joined Employee Relations in 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA from Mills College. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and received her Professional in Human Resources certification through their Human Resources Certification Institute. Prior to joining USC, Erica worked in an accounting firm as an assistant for their audit department.