Equity and Access Services at VCU includes teams focused on the Americans with Disabilities Act; equal opportunity and affirmative action; the protection of minors on campus and responding to allegations of prohibited conduct under Title IX.
Accessibility and ADA Services
Dana O'Connell (she/her) assists in the interactive ADA process by reviewing accommodation requests and accessibility needs across VCU. She previously worked as a Vocational Counselor for 4 years. Dana graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree.
EAS Senior Specialist
Sara Roan (she/her) provides compliance project management and operations support for EAS. She has been with EAS since 2015, working extensively with three areas within the unit (Title IX, Equal Opportunity, and ADA). Sara graduated from the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts.
Discrimination / Harassment & Equal Opportunity
Alazzia Hasty, J.D.
Civil rights investigator
Alazzia Hasty (she/her) serves as a third-party fact finder, investigating allegations of discrimination with neutrality, as they relate to Equal Opportunity and Employment Equity. She previously worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IL. She has also clerked for the Federal Aviation Administration in the Office of Chief Counsel, Employment and Labor Law Division. Alazzia graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and from North Carolina Central University with a Master of Arts in English Literature. She received her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University’s School of Law.
Patrick Noonan, J.D.
Director, EEO and affirmative action programs
Patrick Noonan (he/him) oversees implementation, training, enforcement, and consultations regarding VCU's non-discrimination policies, and the university's equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs. He previously held positions at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA; the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA; and Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Patrick graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and earned a Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Ohio State University where he also received his Juris Doctorate.
Protection of Minors
Training and compliance manager
Charles Johnson (he/his) oversees compliance under VCU's Safety and Protection of Minors Policy. He brings more than 15 years of nonprofit experience working with youth to the position, including work in juvenile justice, public health and experiential education. Charles graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Educational Ministry.
Civil rights investigator
David Gardner (he/him) investigates allegations of prohibited conduct related to VCU's Title IX and Sex-Based Misconduct policies. David graduated from SUNY Empire College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Dana V. King, MSW
Intake and informal resolution specialist
Dana V. King (she/her) supports the intake and informal resolution processes for VCU's Title IX and Sex-Based Misconduct policies. Dana graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters of Social Work and a Graduate Gender Violence Intervention Certificate.
Civil rights investigator
Beth Paris (she/her) investigates allegations of prohibited conduct related to VCU's Title IX and Sex-Based Misconduct policies. From prior roles in Residence Life and Student Conduct, she brings a decade of experience working with students on university campuses to this role. Beth graduated from University of Central Florida with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Justice at VCU.
Title IX case coordinator
Melanie Pringle (she/her) manages the life cycle of Title IX and Sex-Based Misconduct cases to ensure statutory compliance. She has previously worked for government and nonprofit agencies that prioritize connecting marginalized populations with supportive resources to advance equity and justice. Melanie graduated from Guilford College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Spanish and from UNC-Greensboro with a Master of Arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies.
Malorie Yeaman, JD
Title IX coordinator and director of outreach and support
Malorie Yeaman (she/her) oversees the University's Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sex-Based Misconduct policies. She previously served as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX at East Carolina University. Malorie graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the University of Dayton with her Juris Doctorate.