Institutional Equity Staff
Erin oliver, J.D., assistant vice president
Erin Oliver’s responsibilities include providing leadership, oversight and support in the areas of harassment, discrimination, affirmative action and equal opportunity. Working with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources, Erin will develop strategies and plans for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.
A Notre Dame alumna, Erin served as the director and Title IX coordinator at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she directed a team responsible for managing internal complaints of harassment and discrimination, including sexual assault and other Title IX complaints involving students, faculty and staff. Erin also provided guidance to senior university administrators to resolve discrimination and harassment issues.
A native of Peru, Indiana, Erin graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and a minor in anthropology in 2005. She earned her law degree from Michigan State University in 2012 and is a member of the Indiana state bar and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
Erin also brings extensive knowledge of Native American affairs garnered in her role as director of public relations for the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, for which she is a tribal council member. She recently served a four-year term on the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission, part of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission appointed by the governor. She currently serves on the board of advisors of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts in Indianapolis.
amber monroe, title ix Services, program manageR
Amber Monroe currently serves the University of Notre Dame as Program Manager for Title IX Services and Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Amber has worked for over 20 years as a Higher Education Administrator in the areas of Residential Life, Student Conduct, and Title IX.
Amber additionally serves the University on multiple committees, as a Moreau First Year Experience instructor, and advisor for the LEGO Club www.facebook.com/legoclubofnotredame of Notre Dame and the inaugural Gateway Club (G8WY) for students in the HCC/ND Gateway program admissions.nd.edu/gateway-program.
Amber received her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University in Psychology and Sociology-Criminal Justice and her Master's in Education-Higher Education Counseling and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
bernard akatu, J.D., sr. equity specialist and hr projects
Bernard Akatu serves as Sr. Investigator OIE/HR Projects.
Prior to his current role, Bernard served as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President, providing support in the development, implementation and review of a variety of strategic initiatives and projects, guiding major communications in collaboration with officers, campus partners and other constituencies, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Executive Vice President, among other responsibilities. Prior to that role, Bernard worked in the Office of Human Resources as a Human Resources Consultant. He provided comprehensive guidance and support to departments and employees in all three University divisions concerning strategic initiatives, and addressed personnel issues to help achieve organizational goals and objectives.
Bernard holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Prior to returning to Notre Dame, he worked as an attorney licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland for several years, most notably advising judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Baltimore County Circuit Court; counseling clients in private practice at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. and serving as a Fellow in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County, Maryland.
Concurrent with his duties, Bernard also serves as an instructor in the First Year of Studies, where he has been part of the inaugural Moreau First Year Experience since 2015. His work in the Moreau FYE focuses on helping new students make a meaningful transition to collegiate life at Notre Dame by integrating their academic, co-curricular and residential experiences.
lynn kalamaros, Sr. Equity and faculty affairs Specialist
Lynn Kalamaros serves as a Senior Equity, and Faculty Affairs, Specialist.
Previously, Lynn worked independently on Title IX and Title VII investigations for the University of Notre Dame and private employers from 2011 to 2017. Prior to her work as an independent investigator, Lynn was in private practice in South Bend focusing on civil litigation in the areas of civil rights actions, medical malpractice, product liability and negligence.
Lynn graduated from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude, with a B.A. in Government in 1990. She received her law degree from the Notre Dame Law School, cum laude, in 1993 and is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. Since 2009, Lynn has assisted with teaching the Deposition Skills course as an adjunct professor at the Notre Dame Law School.
Mike colonna, Sr. Equity Specialist
Mike Colonna serves as a Senior Equity Specialist.
Prior to working for the University of Notre Dame, Mike was responsible for GEICO’s defense and subrogation litigation for Northwest Indiana. Before GEICO, Mike served as a prosecutor in the Appellate Division and the Domestic Violence Unit for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Mike holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School at which he received his Masters in Employee Benefits Law with honors. While pursuing his law degree, Mike interned with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Post-Conviction Unit.
PATRICK CASSIDY, sr. equity specialist
Patrick Cassidy serves as a Senior Equity Specialist.
Patrick graduated from Boston College, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science in 2010. He then received his law degree from the Notre Dame Law School, summa cum laude, in 2014. While at Notre Dame, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review. He is a member of the bar in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Before returning to Notre Dame, Patrick was an associate at Jones Day, where he worked on various civil litigation matters and investigations out of the firm's Washington D.C. and Minneapolis offices. He also maintained an active pro bono practice, including representing immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Prior to his work in private practice, Patrick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
SHANNON SPARAZYNSKI, COMPLIANCE PROGRAM MANAGER
Shannon Sparazynski serves as the Compliance Program Manager serving the entire Human Resources department. She also serves as the HIPAA Privacy Official for the University.
Prior to working for the University of Notre Dame, Shannon held various HR and Benefits administration and management roles for AM General LLC.
Shannon received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University in both Business Administration and Human Resources Management and her Master of Business Administration from Bethel University. She is also a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
MONIQUE FRAZIER, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS PROGRAM MANAGER
Monique Frazier serves as the Equal Opportunity and Access Program Manager.
Prior to her current role, Monique worked with the Indiana Department of Child Services in St. Joseph County within the legal department and as a Case Manager until 2014. Monique joined the University of Notre Dame in 2014 as the Program Manager for the Office of Institutional Equity. As the Program Manager, she provided assistance and support to staff and faculty with disabilities with workplace accommodations. In addition, Monique provided training to campus in areas of discrimination, harassment and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In her current role, Monique will also serve as the Deputy ADA Coordinator.
Monique received her Bachelors of Arts from Purdue University in 2005 and her law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012. During law school, she was a legal intern with the South Bend City Attorney’s Office and the Family Law Firm of Beverly Peters and Associates.