About Us 

Our mission: Working together with college and university communities to create safer campuses. When institutions of higher education seek guidance on campus safety regulation, they turn to Clery Center. 

We are a national nonprofit dedicated to helping college and university officials meet the standards of the Jeanne Clery Act. By equipping professionals with the training and resources they need to understand compliance requirements, we strive to make campus safety a universal reality.

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Constance Clery | Co-founder & Chairwoman Emerita
Constance (Connie) Benjamin Clery, along with her husband Howard K. Clery, Jr., changed the face of crime safety at colleges and universities across the United States after the 1986 brutal on-campus rape and murder of their only daughter, Jeanne, at Lehigh University by a fellow student whom she did not know.

The Clerys discovered a history of violent crime on the campus and a long record of problems with propped-open doors of the type Jeanne’s killer had used to gain access to her residence hall room. After the killer was convicted of murder, and a civil lawsuit against Lehigh was settled, the Clerys wanted to make sure that no other family had to endure the tragedy they had. 

Connie and Howard co-founded the nonprofit organization Security On Campus, Inc. (now Clery Center) in 1987. They secured passage of campus crime reporting legislation, first in their home state of Pennsylvania, then in a dozen other states. Connie soon realized that state-by-state legislation would be time-consuming and difficult, and so pushed efforts to the federal level. Her perseverance resulted in the 1990 passage of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act—that is now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or more simply, the Clery Act. As of 2008, the Clerys’ leadership has led to the passage of a total of 28 state and 6 federal laws designed to improve campus safety. Connie was responsible for running Clery Center until 2003 and continues to serve as Chairwoman Emerita of the board.

Sheilah D. Vance, Esq. | Chairperson
Sheilah is an attorney with a primary focus in education law, literary and entertainment law, employment discrimination, and estates and trusts. She is also an affiliated consultant for TNG Consulting, an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law, and a published author. She has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Communications, magna cum laude, from Howard University. Sheilah has published and presented extensively in the areas of public and legal education, including at conferences at Oxford University in England, the National Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools, the Education Law Association, the Law School Admissions Council, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. In 2006, Sheilah received the 2006 Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, the local affiliate of the National Bar Association, for “exemplary service to the community through the practice of law” and “impressive personal accomplishments as an African American attorney.” Sheilah is also a member of the Advisory Board of ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators) and co-chair of the Education Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Andrew J. Cagnetta, Jr. | Vice Chairperson
Andrew J. Cagnetta is the owner and CEO of Transworld Business Advisors, LLC. Transworld is the number one business brokerage franchise in the world with hundreds of offices in many countries. He has served on numerous profit and nonprofit boards including BBX Capital, United Way of Broward County, Junior Achievement of South Florida, Legal Aid Service, Broward Workshop, International Business Brokers Association, and Business Brokers of Florida. He is a 1987 graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor of science in business and economics. He is married to Allison and has two daughters Lauren and Rachel. Andrew was a classmate and friend of Jeanne’s at Lehigh University. 

Ben Clery | Treasurer
Ben Clery is the brother of Jeanne Clery who was murdered at Lehigh University in April 1986. From August 1994 to September 1997 Ben served as vice president of Clery Center (then “Security On Campus”). He developed the Campus Watch newsletter and wrote the organization’s first grant proposals. He lobbied the U.S. House & Senate to support the Accuracy in Campus Crime Reporting Act and testified before the U.S. Education & Workforce Subcommittee about campus crime and disclosure problems. Ben is the owner of Penn-Del Appraisals, LLC, is a graduate of Tulane University, and resides in suburban Delaware.

Roger Carolin
Roger Carolin has been a venture partner at SCP Partners since 2004 and has over 25 years’ experience in working in technology related businesses. Prior to joining SCP, he was CEO for 10 years at CFM Technologies. Earlier, he worked in the defense and aerospace industries at Honeywell and General Electric. He is currently a director of Amkor Technology, Innovative Solutions & Support, and he serves as a director of several private companies. Roger was previously Clery Center’s board chairperson, is a former board member of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, and he currently serves on the board of Big Picture Schools Philadelphia. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Duke University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Gary DeVercelly
Gary DeVercelly, along with his wife, Julie, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of hazing since the death of their oldest son, Gary Jr., as a result of a fraternity hazing ‘ritual’. The DeVercellys enacted unprecedented change at Rider University, where Gary Jr. was enrolled at the time of his death, revolutionizing the way Rider manages their Greek organizations. In 2014 the DeVercellys, with Clery Center, produced the award-winning documentary, We Don’t Haze. They speak at high schools and universities across the country about hazing and advocate in Washington, D.C., for a federal hazing bill. Gary is self-employed and serves on Clery Center’s board of directors. The DeVercellys live in Long Beach, CA, where they raised their three children, Gary Jr., Emily, and Noah.

Julie G. DeVercelly
Julie G. DeVercelly, along with her husband Gary, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of hazing since the death of their oldest son, Gary Jr., as a result of a fraternity hazing ‘ritual’. She and Gary enacted unprecedented change at Rider University, where Gary Jr. was enrolled at the time of his death, revolutionizing the way Rider manages their Greek organizations. In 2014 she and Gary, with Clery Center, produced the award-winning documentary, We Don’t Haze. Julie and Gary are Executive Producers of Protect the House, currently in production and founding members of NoMoreHazing.org. They started traveling to Washington, D.C., in 2014 advocating for an anti-hazing bill that is now known as the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing, or REACH Act H.R. 2525 and S.744. Julie and Gary spoke on Capitol Hill when the REACH Act was first introduced in July, 2017. In 2018, they were part of a hazing education briefing and panel discussion hosted by Congressman Alan Lowenthal, in Washington, D.C. They are actively involved in getting the REACH Act passed and continue to meet with legislators and travel to D.C. on a regular basis.

Julie has a master’s degree in secondary education and is a high school teacher and swim coach with Los Angeles Unified School District and serves on Clery Center’s board of directors. The DeVercellys live in Long Beach, CA, where they raised their three children, Gary Jr., Emily, and Noah.

George Dowdall, Ph.D.
George W. Dowdall is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives of the University of Pennsylvania. His research has examined issues such as mental health, substance abuse, and research methods. George received his doctorate in sociology from Brown University and was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA School of Public Health. In 2000, he was the American Sociological Association’s Congressional Fellow. He has held faculty or visiting positions at Indiana, Buffalo State, UCLA, Saint Joseph’s, Penn, Brown, and the Harvard School of Public Health. George currently resides in San Francisco.

Gail Minger
Gail Minger became an advocate for campus fire and life safety after the death of her son, Michael, at age 19 in an arson dormitory fire in 1998. She worked on legislation in Kentucky, the state in which Michael lost his life, and was successful in passing the Michael Minger Act in 2000. She was awarded the Jeanne Clery Award for her efforts to improve safety on college campuses and in 2002 she was awarded the Consumer Safety Award by the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys. In 2007 she was appointed as the chairperson to the Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Minger family established the Michael H. Minger Memorial Foundation in 2005, a nonprofit organization to promote campus fire safety through education and improving safety standards on campuses, of which Gail is president. Gail is also on the board of Common Voices, has made three documentaries — including The Alarming Truth with Clery Center — and has been a national spokesperson for campus fire safety for over 20 years. She was born in Washington, D.C., and has two children Michael and Melissa (twins) with her husband of 35 years.

Pearl Kim
Pearl Kim was formerly appointed to the Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General as a Senior Deputy Attorney General.  She served in the Executive Office as part of the senior management team and led the College Campus Safety Initiative across Pennsylvania.  Formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Pearl was Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division.  
As a special victims unit prosecutor, she handled Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.

Pearl served on the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and reported back to the PA Senate any recommendations for changes in state law, policies, and procedures and ultimately secured the first trafficking of persons conviction under Pennsylvania’s trafficking statute.

Governor Corbett and Governor Wolf appointed Pearl to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.  The Legal Intelligencer has recognized her as one of the 2011 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as one of the 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, and as one of the 2012 Women of the Year. The American Bar Association awarded Pearl the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award for her efforts as a special victims prosecutor, and she was the recipient of the Government Attorney of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2015.  Pearl obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. 

Beth Riley, M.D.
Dr. Beth Riley is a gynecologist in Portland, Oregon who has devoted her professional life to improving the health of women and families. She grew up in Pennsylvania, and was a close friend and tennis teammate of Jeanne Clery. After earning a B.A. from Harvard and M.D. from Stanford, Dr. Riley completed her OB/GYN residency at University of California San Diego. She has served as medical director of her group practice, served on multiple hospital committees, and volunteered at Outside In Clinic, caring for homeless and uninsured individuals. She has worked on several projects with Harvard Business School Association of Oregon, providing pro bono consulting services to local nonprofits. Beth is married, with two children in college. 

Anne Seymour
Anne Seymour is director of the “Fairness, Dignity & Respect for Crime Victims & Survivors” Project, and is a consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project. She began her career in 1984 as the director of public affairs for the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and, from 1985 to 1993, as co-founder and director of communications and resource development of the National Victim Center (now National Center for Victims of Crime). Anne has consulted with the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense, State and Health & Human Services, the Peace Corps, and all 50 state governments to develop policies and protocols that improve the sensitive treatment of crime victims and survivors, and promote justice reforms that improve individual and public safety. She is a member of many advisory groups, committees, and nonprofit boards, including the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Advisory Group and Clery Center. She has received numerous honors for her efforts, including the 2018 U.S. Congressional Victims Rights Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been a national advocate for crime victims and survivors for over 36 years.

Mary Swanson | Chairwoman Emerita
Mary Swanson graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Sociology and returned later for an M.A. and teaching license. She grew up in Villanova, PA, and attended the Agnes Irwin School, where she met Jeanne Clery, whom she describes as “the sister I never had.” In October of 1998, Mary adopted her daughter, Mei Li Olivia Jeanne, from Gaoming, Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China, the first of five adoptions for the Swanson family. Mary and her family lived and worked overseas in China and the Democratic Republic of Congo for several years and currently Mary lives in Bali with her daughter, Ella.

Emeritus Member
Frederick Whittemore

In Memory
Frank Carrington, Esq.
Thomas B. MacCabe, Jr.