Meet the Experts

Claudine McCarthy

Claudine McCarthy brings more than two decades of extensive and varied experience in journalism and publishing to College Athletics and the Law. She has had frequent articles published in many national and regional publications. And she’s edited everything from e-books to graduate-level textbooks for major publishing houses and individual authors. Claudine fondly remembers the first article she wrote as a budding high school journalist: The community newspaper sent her to cover a local baseball game.

Now she aims to provide athletics directors and athletics administrators with timely and practical advice, best practices and proven strategies for handling the many pressing legal and regulatory issues they face at colleges and universities around the country.

She keeps up with the ever-changing world of higher education by staying in close contact with highly respected experts in the field and by attending professional conferences.

As an editor in the Higher Education Newsletters group at a previous employer, Claudine received corporate Outstanding Achievement and Editorial Honor Roll Awards. And in the Higher Education Newsletter group at Jossey-Bass, her student affairs articles earned the APEX award for Best Writing Series in 2013 and for Best Individual Profile in 2011, plus awards from The Newsletter on Newsletters’ national competition in 2010 and 2011. Claudine holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Media from Douglass College at Rutgers University

The Advisory Panel

Elizabeth "Betsy" Alden, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
Alden & Associates

Betsy Alden founded Alden & Associates, Inc. in 1999 with the goal of serving the needs of intercollegiate athletics through executive search and consulting services. Serving many NCAA Division I, II and III institutions, Alden & Associates is a nationally recognized leader in executive search and consulting services for intercollegiate athletics.

Prior to establishing Alden & Associates, Betsy served as the director of athletics at several intercollegiate athletics programs. Those experiences gave her the unique ability to help institutions seeking change.

She served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and chair of the American Council on Education’s Executive Search Roundtable. She now serves on the Advisory Council of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. Betsy has had numerous articles published in athletics publications. She’s also presented at national conventions and conferences for various athletics and higher ed organizations. 

Betsy received her bachelor’s in physical education from the State University of New York, College at Cortland, her master’s from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in athletic administration and sports studies from The University of Iowa.

Betsy serves on the board of the Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY, and volunteered with the animal rescue efforts in Baton Rouge, LA after Hurricane Katrina. She’s developing a healing garden for cancer survivors and has a strong interest in landscape design, gardening, watercolor painting, walking and biking.  

Tricia Turley Brandenburg, J.D.
Deputy Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator
Towson University

Tricia Turley Brandenburg, J.D., is the Deputy Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator at Towson University. She has also served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student Services at Ohio University, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Services at the University of Massachusetts and Associate AD for Compliance and Enrollment Services/SWA at Northeastern University.

Tricia also worked in enforcement at the NCAA, on the Executive Board of the Women's Basketball Foundation as part of the local organizing committee for the 2006 Women’s Final Four, and was an Operations/Scouting Intern for the Washington Redskins.

She is currently the Second Vice President of the National Association for Athletics Compliance, a member of the Board of Directors for NAAC, and the former chair of the NAAC Professional Standards and Ethics Subcommittee. She also serves on the NCAA Institutional Performance Program Committee and the National Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Board. She is a graduate of the NCAA Fellows Leadership program and the NACWAA Executive Institute.

Tricia received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and earned her M.S. in Leadership from Northeastern University.

Maureen Harty, M.B.A.
Associate Director
NCAA Indianapolis, Indiana

Maureen Harty, M.B.A., is an Associate Director with the NCAA.
She formerly held several different roles at Northwestern University, including Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Academic Services and Student Development, Director of Athletics Compliance, Assistant Athletics Director, and Assistant Director in the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
She also worked as Assistant Athletics Director at Saint Mary’s College and Northeastern Illinois University and the Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students at Dominican University. She has coached at both the high school and collegiate levels.
She is the former chair of the NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Waiver Committee and has been a Peer Reviewer on three occasions.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Sports from Colorado State University. She completed coursework in the Master’s in Recreation Administration program at the University of Kentucky, and was awarded a Master’s in Business Administration from Dominican University. In 1996, she completed the NACWAA/Hers Institute for Administrative Advancement.
Jody Mooradian, J.D.
Athletic Director
Salve Regina University

Jody Mooradian, J.D., is the Athletic Director at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.
Previously, she was the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Boston College for more than eight years. She came to Boston College after serving in the same capacity for six years at Northeastern University.

As a member of the senior management team for Boston College’s Athletic Department, Mooradian was involved in all facets of running the programs for 750 student-athletes from 31 sports with 160 staff members. Many sports reported to her as well as the support areas of Life Skills, Sports Medicine, and Strength and Conditioning. She also handled many other internal functions of the Athletic Department and works with various areas on campus.  

Jody served on many national and conference committees, including the ACC Women’s Basketball Committee, Field Hockey Committee, and Volleyball Committee. She was the former chair of the NCAA Women’s Rowing Committee and has served on the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Committee. She also was a member of the board for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and is a member of the Collegiate Women Sports Foundation, chairing the Honda Inspiration Award.

Jody formerly served as the Director of Athletics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was a Compliance Assistant at The University of California-Los Angeles.

Jody is also an attorney and member of the Bar in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, having practiced law in both states. She received her Juris Doctorate from Widener University Law School. Prior to her career in athletics, she practiced law for seven years and served a term as a New Hampshire State Representative.
Timothy Neal, M.S., ATC
Sports Medicine Consultant
TLN Consulting

Timothy Neal, M.S., ATC, is assistant professor at Concordia University Ann Arbor, and a sports medicine consultant with 35 years of athletic training experience at the Division I level.
He’s also a member of the New York State Board of Athletic Training and received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2010. Tim also received the 2013 New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association Thomas Sheehan Award for his achievements in the athletic training profession in New York State.

Tim authored the “Catastrophic Incident in Athletics” guideline and revisions in the “Mental Health: Interventions for Intercollegiate Athletics” guideline in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook.

He served on the panel for the NCAA Concussion in Sport Medical Management Summit, on the NCAA Student-Athlete Mental Health Task Force in 2013, and as NATA Liaison to the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 2004–2009, writing language for the helmet contact penalty, defenseless opponent penalty, and the horse collar tackle penalty in college football. Tim also wrote passages in the “Points of Emphasis” section of the NCAA Football Rules Book on concussions, hydration and MRSA.

Tim chaired the 2013 NATA Recommendations in Developing a Plan to Recognize and Refer Student-Athletes with Psychological Concerns at the Collegiate Level Consensus Statement, and serves as the chair of the NATA inter-association consensus statement, "Recommendations in Developing a Plan to Recognize and Refer Athletes with Psychological Concerns at the Secondary School Level." He served on the writing groups for the “NATA Pre-Participation Physical Examinations and Medically Disqualifying Conditions Position Statement” and the “Return to Participation Following Musculoskeletal Injury Position Statement.” He served on NATA panels on Spearing in College Football, and the Preparedness and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in High School and College Athletic Programs. Tim also serves on the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics judicial panel.

Tim has presented at many national, state and local sports medicine conferences and written articles on athletic training, catastrophic incident preparedness, risk management and psychological concerns among student-athletes for many national publications. And he is a subject matter expert for the Human Performance Resource Center for the U.S. Department of Defense.

A graduate of Ohio University, Tim earned his master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Michael Scarano, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Compliance
California Baptist University

Michael Scarano, Ed.D., is associate director of athletics and director of compliance at California Baptist University, a four-year liberal arts institution, where he oversees athletics compliance for the 20 combined men’s and women’s sports.


At California Baptist University, Michael has responsibility for providing strong compliance leadership for 20 sports, including ensuring compliance with institutional, conference and national regulations. He’s also responsible for advising internal and external stakeholders on compliance-related issues, and serves on the Athletics Compliance Committee and Leadership Team.

Before joining California Baptist University in 2013, Michael was AD at Waldorf College for three years, and associate AD at the University of California, Riverside for five years (2005-10) and assistant AD there from 1998–2005. In that role, he was the department’s liaison to the Big West Conference and NCAA on enforcement and compliance issues.Michael served in a variety of coaching capacities at California State Polytechnic University, Cerritos College, University of California, Irvine and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He transitioned into athletics administration at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as the assistant AD, focusing on compliance issues.He earned a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State Polytechnic University.

His hobbies include training for multi-sport competitions. He has completed many road races, triathlons and duathlons.


John P. Sullivan, Psy.D.
Clinical Sport Psychologist, Applied Sport Scientist, Founder/CEO
CSCS-Sport Science

John P. Sullivan, Psy.D., is a clinical sport psychologist, applied sport scientist, and the founder/CEO of CSCS-Sport Science, with more than 20 years of clinical and scholarly experience.

John is the clinical sport psychologist/sport scientist for Providence College and the University of Rhode Island, the assistant director of the South County Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic in Wakefield, R.I., and an instructor/supervisor for Brown University Medical School Sports Medicine Fellowship. He also works with the NFL to coordinate clinical care and human performance technology and to provide consultation on issues related to well-being and performance, and is a member of its mental/behavioral health advisement group. And he’s an expert consultant on the welfare and performance needs of the elite members of the military.

John previously worked with the NBA, Major League Soccer, the British Premier Soccer League, The (English) Football Association, the Premier Rugby League, and Olympic national teams.

John has established expertise with psychophysiological profiling and developing cognitive abilities (e.g., decision-making, complex reaction time, and read-and-react abilities) of elite performers.    

John was one of five national experts identified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to provide expert contribution for new guidelines in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook, and he is the co-lead author for the interdisciplinary consensus statement "Recommendations in Developing a Plan to Recognize and Refer Athletes with Psychological Concerns at the Secondary School Level,” sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers Association and the NCAA. John is a frequent contributor writing on sport science and sports medicine for peer review journals and popular press. 

He was the 2010 recipient of the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association Service Award for distinguished service and education in the area of sports medicine. 



Troy Tucker, M.S.
Director of Athletics
Northhampton Community College

Troy Tucker, M.S., is Director of Athletics at Northampton Community College where he oversees the management of 11 intercollegiate sports. In addition, Troy serves as the President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators.

Since his arrival in 2008, the Spartans have become a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), launched, had 43 student-athletes named All-Region and renovated several facilities, including a softball complex. Each of Northampton’s teams has advanced to their respective Regional Final Four, with four teams earning national top-10 rankings.

Troy is a member of the Executive Committee of Region XIX, which oversees the operations of the region’s 32 NJCAA member colleges. He also is Assistant Chair of the Region XIX Basketball and Standards & Ethics Committees, and was instrumental in developing the region's new website,

He volunteers with the Moore Township Athletic Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Via of the Lehigh Valley, a nonprofit human service agency benefiting children and adults with disabilities.

Troy was the Associate AD at the University of Maryland from 2004–2008 and the AD at three institutions: Jamestown-Olean Community College, D’Youville College, and Herkimer County Community College.

He graduated from SUNY Geneseo and Springfield College, where he earned his Master’s in Athletic Administration.
Kelley Walton, J.D., SPHR
Instructor, Professional MSA Program, Department of Sports Administration, Interim Director, Professional Master of Sports Administration Program
Ohio University

Kelley Walton is an Instructor in the Department of Sports Administration for Ohio University where she teaches graduate level courses in Sport Law, Sport Governance, Human Resources and Leadership.  She also is the Interim Director of Ohio University’s Professional Master of Sports Administration Program. She is an attorney and consultant specializing in Human Resources and Career Counseling in the sports industry.
She has more than 10 years of experience working in the sports industry, including serving as the Director of Human Resources for the Columbus Blue Jackets. She is author of the book Prepare for Opportunity: A Practical Guide for Applying for a Job in Sports.
Kelley is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, North American Society for Sport Management, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, Society of Human Resources Management, Sport Lawyers Association, and Human Resources Association of Central Ohio.
She received her B.S. In Interpersonal Communications from Eastern Michigan University and her J.D. from Capital University Law School. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Melody A. Werner, Ed.D.
Title IX Coordinator
Easter Michigan University

Melody A. Werner is Title IX Coordinator and Sports Management Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where she recently retired from her role as the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Administration. She also previously served as EMU's Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator, the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance, and the Coordinator of Athletics Rules Compliance.

Melody joined Eastern in 1994 to develop and implement a training program for faculty and staff on the online student information computer system. Before that, she worked as a training consultant for The Pace Group and an Accounts Manager and Sales Trainer for GTE in both Muskegon, Mich., and Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Melody is a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Athletics Compliance and the Chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of Women Athletic Administrators. She also serves as Chair of the NCAA Research Committee.

Melody received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications in 1979, a master’s in Organizational Communications in 1998, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2006. She earned all her degrees with honors from Eastern Michigan University. Melody is the author of Protecting University Integrity: Managing Risks in Intercollegiate Athletics.
Mark Wilson, J.D.
Managing Director
Harrison Kent Advisors, LLC

Mark Wilson is the founder and managing director of Harrison Kent Advisors, LLC. Previously, he served as Northeastern University’s associate athletics director for administration and finance before relocating to central Ohio in 2005 and joining The Ohio State University’s department of athletics. While at Ohio State from 2005-2012, he initially served in an NCAA compliance role before becoming the director of sports camps and clinics for the department of athletics.

His career began at Price Waterhouse, LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a CPA before attending law school. Then Mark practiced corporate law as an associate in the Boston office of Day, Berry and Howard, LLP (now Day Pitney, LLP) and was Assistant General Counsel and General Counsel at, respectively, Fresenius Medical Care and WBT Systems. Mark is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

He’s a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mark has been an adjunct faculty member in Drexel University’s Sport Management Program and its Thomas R. Kline Law School.

Contributing Authors

Timothy O'Brien, Esq.
O'Brien Sports Group and Libby O'Brien Kingsley & Champion

Timothy J. O'Brien, Esq., is a partner in O'Brien Sports Group. He is also a partner with the law firm of Libby O'Brien Kingsley & Champion, where his primary practice areas include Sports Law and Labor/Employment Law.

His expertise in Sports Law includes advising college and university athletics departments across the country on legal issues ranging from Title IX to drug testing. As a trial attorney, Tim has also worked with a number of universities on Title IX litigation matters.

Tim has been active nationally in sports law matters with the American Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee and as co-author of a monthly column in College Athletics and the Law.

He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the New England School of Law. Tim has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2009) and was distinguished by his peers as a "New England Super Lawyer."
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