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Staff & Advisory Group

Leadership Team

Headshot of Debra Duncan, Interim Director of Campus Safety

Debra C. Duncan

Interim Director for Campus Safety

Debra Duncan (she/her) has over 40 years of experience in both municipal and campus law enforcement, with a focus on community engagement. After retiring as chief of police for the City of Monroe, North Carolina, she was elected and served a four-year term on the city council as a council member and mayor pro tempore. The governor’s office awarded her with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is North Carolina’s highest civilian honor for community service. The governor also appointed her to the Private Protective Services Board, which is responsible for the licensing, training and censuring of security guards, security companies and private investigators. Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in justice and policies, a master’s in adult education and a Juris Doctor degree. She has been at Smith since September 2019, tasked with building the new campus safety department. Feel free to email Debra at

Jeremy Kenneson

Jeremy Kenneson

Senior Shift Supervisor

Jeremy Kenneson began his interest in policing and security work in 1996 when he graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice. He attended the Massachusetts Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy in 1996 and the full-time Special State Police Academy in 1998. Jeremy has been part of the Smith community since September 1999. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2004 and will continue in a supervisory role in the newly created Smith College Campus Safety Department. During his downtime, Jeremy and his wife enjoy taking care of their large array of family pets. Maybe you can ask him about those pets when you see him on campus? Feel free to email Jeremy at

Headshot of Smith College Campus Safety officer Irma Lopez-Gottlieb

Irma Lopez-Gottlieb

Shift Supervisor

Irma Lopez-Gottlieb (she/her) started her career with Smith College in 2003 as a cook at the Davis Center. She transferred to the Smith College Campus Safety Department and became a dispatcher. With the help of the department, Irma went to the academy and became a part of the patrol staff, a RAD instructor and part of the bike patrol. She loves being a part of the Smith community. On her own time, Irma enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, being in the woods, in the water and anywhere outdoors. Feel free to email Irma at

Headshot of Smith College Campus Safety officer Steve Mish

Steaphan Mish

Shift Supervisor

Steaphan Mish began his interest in policing, safety and service by earning his associate degree in law enforcement in 2000. Steve joined the Department of Public Safety at Smith College in 2006, and has remained dedicated to the Smith College community ever since. Over his years of service, Steve has attended multiple trainings and learning sessions to enhance his understanding and service to the Smith College community. During his time away from work, he enjoys being with his family, tabletop gaming, attending concerts, and watching movies with family and friends. Feel free to email Steve at

Officers and Dispatchers/Security


Nathan Cote
Sue Dawley
Aaron Dowd
Michael Kuilan
Tom McCabe
Jim Purcell
Eric Sergel


Emmie Martin
Matthew Morin
Demetrius Otey
Michael Rigali
Melissa Roberts-Cote

Campus Safety Staff Training 2020

In the interests of transparency, this section provides information on trainings our staff have attended and completed. The Campus Safety Department will continue to constantly train and learn as we strive to serve the community with the utmost integrity, respect, and care. Please return to this section often as it will be updated with new announcements of training that Campus Safety Staff have participated in.


The Clery Act Compliance Training Academy was attended by several members of Campus Safety Command Staff to better comply with our federal reporting requirements for campus safety.


Over the month of August, all Campus Safety Staff participated in Anti-Bias training for Campus Safety presented by Amy Hunter and Toby Davis of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.


Campus Safety Staff Training 2021


  • Members of the Command Staff attended Sexual Misconduct Investigation training
  • Members of the department attended Clery Act training
  • A command staff member attended Crowd Incident Management for Police Commanders
  • All sworn staff were recertified in Defensive Tactics training

Campus Safety Advisory Group

The purpose of the Campus Safety Advisory Group (CSAG) is to help strengthen connections between the Campus Safety department and Smith College students, staff and faculty; to solicit and provide community feedback; and to help advance the community-focused mission of the department. To further this purpose, the group will regularly consult and engage with the department, and meet at least once a semester.

  • James Gray, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations (co-chair)
  • Julianne Ohotnicky, Associate Dean of the College/Dean of Students (co-chair)
  • Debra Duncan, Director of Campus Safety
  • Kris Evans, Associate Director of Counseling Services
  • Raven Folks-Witten, Program and Outreach Coordinator, Office for Equity and Inclusion
  • Hannah Karpman, Assistant Professor, School for Social Work
  • Jen Malkowski, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies
  • Sam Masinter, Interim Vice President for Public Affairs
  • Ann Mayo, Manager of Security and Guest Services, Museum of Fine Art
  • Shanelle Whyte ’21
  • Vacant, student position appointed by SGA President
  • Vacant, student position appointed by SGA President