The Faculty

(2012 Novak Faculty above)


The Institute is designed to address hazing as an environmental and cultural problem in communities by featuring top-notch faculty and hands-on participation. Using the principles of prevention-focused strategies, some of the best minds in the field facilitate a four-day intensive curriculum aimed at empowering participants to demonstrate a shared understanding of the issue, and the ability to act upon their willingness to communicate and work together to lead real change in the eradication of hazing practices within campus communities.

Institute Faculty & Staff

The Faculty


Kimberly Novak, CEO NovakTalks is an independent consultant for Campus Safety, Student Risk Management and Student Organization Development.  Additionally she serves Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity as the Director of Risk Education and Prevention. She is recognized as a national expert in student-focused risk management, hazing prevention, and involving students in campus safety efforts. She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campus around the country and served as faculty for several nationally sponsored professional institutes including the including HazingPrevention.Org’s National Hazing Intervention Institute, which was renamed in her honor in 2010 as the Novak Hazing Prevention Institute. Kim served as a Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center and on several national advisory boards. She serves as the FEA Dean for the Interfraternity Institute (IFI) and on the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont Higher Ed Law Conference. Prior to embarking on her consulting career full-time, Kim served as the Director for Student Life at Arizona State University and she also worked at Texas A&M for 8 successful years. In 2012 Kim was presented the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and in 2013 she was honored with the Silver Medal By the North American Inter-Fraternal Conference for her leadership in advancing the fraternal movement and for her hazing prevention work. She is an honored member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. Kim approaches her work with college students with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.


Independent consultant Dr. Linda Langford specializes in campus-based prevention, strategic planning, health communications and program evaluation, with special interests in violence prevention, environmental approaches to prevention, practitioner-researcher collaborations and translating research to practice. From 1998-2012, she served as an associate director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. During her time at the Center, Linda developed a framework for violence prevention in higher education based on a public health approach that promotes campus and community collaboration and systematic data-driven planning based on the best available prevention science. She authored a widely used working paper on campus hazing prevention and has consulted on the Institute curriculum, the Zeta Tau Alpha Award for Innovation in Campus Hazing Prevention and Education criteria and the National Agenda for Hazing Prevention. She currently works part-time as an evaluation scientist at the SAMHSA-funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), based at Education Development Center, Inc., in addition to running her own consulting practice, Langford & Associates. Linda holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health and from 1998-2006, taught a core course in the health communications program at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Independent consultant and IDirector of Residence Life at the University of South Carolina Keith Ellis has been recognized nationally for his efforts in hazing prevention, risk management education and leading change in fraternity and sorority communities across the southeastern United States. Keith brings passion to the topic of prevention education and community change and has led workshops for students and professionals at numerous regional and national conferences. In 2011, Keith joined the faculty of the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention where he engages participants in conversations of partnership, policy, research and applying prevention science to the topic of hazing. Keith is committed to the creation of environments where students, faculty and staff can come together in partnership and shared responsibility. Keith is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in educational policy evaluation from the University of Kentucky, focusing on issues relative to Greek letter organizations, hazing and the law.


RISE Partnerships Chief Executive Officer and Project Leader Dan Wrona runs a company that challenges fraternity and sorority members to step up, take action and use their values to change the world. In the 14 years since he co-founded RISE, Dan has trained student leaders on more than 150 campuses in the skills and strategies to create positive change in their organizations. He is the creator of From Hazing to Health, an educational initiative that transforms hazing from a complicated, confusing discussion about legal issues into a simple formula for building stronger, healthier organizations. His program was recognized by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors with the 2009 Excellence in Educational Programming Award. This year, Dan is also serving as the interim associate director for the University of Iowa's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership which allows him to put his expertise to work in a new and challenging way. Dan chairs the HazingPrevention.Org Program Committee and the Risk Management Standing Committee for Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.


Fred Dobry received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Indiana State University in December 2007.  Upon graduation, Fred began working for Sigma Nu Fraternity Headquarters.  He served as a Leadership Consultant from January 2008 – May 2009.  Beginning in June 2009, Fred began serving in his current role as Director of Risk Reduction.  In that role, Fred oversaw the implementation of a new evidence-based sanctioning program to address chapter misconduct.  Additionally, Fred co-created the annual #40Answers campaign – a social media campaign held each year to gather responses to the 40 most commonly heard hazing rationalizations. When not enjoying time at work and with his family, Fred serves as a volunteer for the local Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce.  Also, Fred is a member of the Programming Committee for HazingPrevention.Org. As a Novak Institute faculty member, Fred is committed to helping others incorporate an evidence-based solution to the challenges they face. 


Institute Staff

Ialtnstitute intern Anna Marie Carlson is a graduate assistant in the Center for Fraternity and Sorority life at Washington State University while she pursues a Ph.D in Educational Psychology. Originally from Fruitland, Idaho, she attended the University of Idaho where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  As an undergraduate, Anna Marie found a passion for higher education and student leadership development through her involvement.  A member of Gamma Phi Beta, Anna Marie took her leadership skills to the greater community as a Rho Gamma and later as the Panhellenic Vice President for Membership Recruitment. She was the President of the Student Alumni Relations Board, interned for both Idaho’s Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office and the White House in the office of the Public Liaison where she helped plan Presidential Events. Anna Marie recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology with research in student leadership development and experiential learning among fraternity and sorority students.  Her interests include student leadership development, fraternity and sorority life, assessment and evaluation, as well as the holistic development of college students. 





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