Brenda J. Bond-Fortier, PhD is Professor of Public Administration in the Institute for Public Service at Suffolk University. Dr. Bond-Fortier specializes in organizational change in criminal justice, systematic and collaborative approaches to organizational and community challenges, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of public safety policies and practices. Her book, Organizational Change in an Urban Police Department: Innovating to Reform (2020) analyzes changes in policy, practice and community relationships to understand innovation and organizational transformation in policing. She has conducted research across the United States, published her work in prestigious journals, and been cited in major media outlets. Bond-Fortier is a nationally respected and recognized policing scholar who is valued by practitioners and policymakers for her participation and contributions to police practice and management. She serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance Strategies for Policing Innovation initiative, and is a Senior Research Fellow for the National Police Foundation. She previously served as a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Program in Criminal Justice Policy & Management, as Research Advisor for the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, and as Director of Research and Development at the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department.
Dr. Bond-Fortier received a PhD and MA in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Christi Hurt serves as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Margolis Healy. Prior to assuming this role, she served in a number of leadership capacities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice Chancellor/Chief of Staff for Student Affairs, the Interim Title IX Coordinator, and the Director of the Carolina Women's Center.
Christi has a depth of experience in building pan-university efforts to foster student success, ensure campus safety, and promote equity and access for all students. Additionally, Christi brings more than 20 years of experience working on local, state, and national levels to eliminate interpersonal violence and develop responsive support systems. She in a national trainer on building comprehensive solutions to prevent and address sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse. Christi also supports nonprofit and higher education institutions as they work to build their strategic plans, organizational capacity, and succession planning. She frequently works with institutions during periods of significant transition to help ensure their growth and success over time. She served as the Member Services Director, Associate Director, and Interim Director of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs and worked with the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project. She started her work to end violence in 1991, when she began working as a crisis line volunteer at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She earned her Master in Public Administration and her undergraduate degree at UNC, and is slated to complete her Doctorate in Public Health at UNC in 2021.
Christi serves as an adjunct faculty member at UNC in the School of Government, where she teaches courses on nonprofit management and nonprofit/government relationships.
Kathy Zoner is the Director of Organizational Assessments where she assists clients with a range of specialized services, including Public Safety Management Studies™, physical security, community engagement, cultural awareness, event and emergency management, sexual assault prevention, mental health awareness, and behavioral and threat assessments.
Kathy Zoner joined the Margolis Healy team in March 2019. She has 27 years of experience in higher education law enforcement, including nearly a decade as the chief of the Cornell University Police after ascending through the ranks therein.
She was instrumental in guiding her prior agency into achieving and maintaining IACLEA accreditation, and was awarded the Michael Padula Award by the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission for her efforts in collaborations within the Cornell and Ithaca, NY, law enforcement communities. She was recognized by special legislative resolutions in both county and higher ed institutional governance for her consistent work in creating law enforcement agencies that are accessible to the communities they serve, while creating environments of safety and mutual respect. She has distinguished herself on many local boards, community committees, and campus diversity initiatives, and facilitated numerous forums on police and community relations.
In 2014 in Washington D.C., she provided testimony before the senate subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement regarding campus sexual assault investigations. She has presented on issues pertinent to law enforcement at conferences, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).