Four Elected to Hazing Prevention Network Board

The Hazing Prevention Network (HPN) is excited to welcome four recently elected directors to the board who add representation from the performing arts, athletics, professional and recreation organizations.

New board members include Adam Cantley, University of Delaware; Mary Ellen Gillespie, Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association; Karen Katz, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity; and Colleen McGlone, Coastal Carolina University.

“Each of these individuals brings a breadth of experiences and perspective that adds to our conversations as we work to prevent hazing across many different types of membership organizations and athletic teams,” said HPN Board President Marc Mores. “Their backgrounds and skill sets should further enhance our efforts to empower people to prevent hazing.”


Adam Cantley serves as the Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Advocacy and Support at the University of Delaware. He also serves as the chair of the Behavior Intervention Team and is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In 2020 he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Division of Student Life at the University of Delaware. He received his B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University in 2003 and an M.S. from Oklahoma State University in 2008. Cantley is a current doctoral student at the University of Delaware in Educational Leadership.

“I am excited to engage in conversations with leaders from a variety of areas around hazing prevention,” said Adam Cantley. “This is not simply a college issue, or a Greek letter organization issue, and I appreciate the holistic approach of the organization.”

As a student, Cantley was a member of both marching concert bands at West Virginia University and was initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. He began service on the National Council for Kappa Kappa Psi in 2005 and was national president from 2011-2013. He served as member of the Board of Trustees for Kappa Kappa Psi from 2013 until 2023 and received the Stanley G. Finck Memorial Award for contributions to Kappa Kappa Psi and their sister organization Tau Beta Sigma in 2019. Cantley served six years on the board for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) and has volunteered with Sigma Phi Epsilon, The Blacksburg Master Chorale and other community organizations. He is a recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and has been recognized as an outstanding campus professional by several organizations.


Mary Ellen Gillespie was named the Deputy Director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) in January 2020. She came to the WBCA from the University of Hartford where she served as Director of Athletics. As Deputy Director, Gillespie oversees the day-to-day operations of the association for over 4,000 coaches of girls’ and women’s basketball at all levels. Prior to Hartford, Gillespie enjoyed a successful tenure as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Under her direction, Green Bay earned 11 conference championships. Most notably, the Phoenix earned its first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appearance since 1996 with a Horizon League Championship in 2016. Women’s basketball also earned three NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT bid in her four years. Prior to Green Bay, Gillespie was on staff for seven years at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she ascended to the title of Associate Athletics Director for External Relations.

“Ensuring young men and women have safe and exceptional experiences in student organizations and athletics is important to me,” said Mary Ellen Gillespie. “I look forward to serving HPN as it continues to lead the way in hazing education and change advocacy.”

Gillespie, a native of Sayville, N.Y., holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s in counseling-student affairs practice from SUNY Plattsburgh where she is also a Distinguished Alumna. She also has a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Fund Raising School. She is a member of Alpha Phi and currently serves on the advisory board for the chapter at the University of Georgia.


Karen Katz is the Chief Executive Officer of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity. Since 2005, she has been responsible for rebuilding the foundation and brand for the organization, developing leadership education for premedical and medical students, and creating operational models for all constituencies. Katz works with the International Board in the formation of the Fraternity’s strategic direction, policies, and procedures to achieve its goals.

“It’s an honor to serve on the Hazing Prevention Network board. Having been in the fraternity and sorority community for 25 years, it’s a passion to help eliminate hazing to ensure dignity and respect for all humans,” said Karen Katz.

Katz is a Past President of the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) and the Professional Fraternity Executives Association (PFEA), and a twenty-year member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). She started working with Greek-letter organizations during her graduate career at Western Illinois University and moved to Miami to oversee the fraternity and sorority community at Florida International University. Katz was a Lead Facilitator for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) for 15 years. She serves the University of Evansville as a director on the Alumni Board. She has been a national volunteer and chapter advisor for Sigma Phi Epsilon since 2005. Karen is a proud member and long-time volunteer for Chi Omega.


Dr. Colleen McGlone is the Founding Dean of the Conway Medical Center College of Health and Human Performance and Professor of Recreation and Sport Management at Coastal Carolina University. She serves as the chief academic administrator for the college, its personnel, programs and administration. Prior to being Dean, she was the Department Chair of Recreation and Sport Management, Chair of the Army ROTC program and Director of the Sport Management graduate program.

“I am honored to have been elected to the board of directors of the Hazing Prevention Network,” said Dr. Colleen McGlone. “I am particularly excited to be able to work with our campus communities in advancing opportunities to foster healthy and safer environments and foster positive outcomes for all.”

Dr. McGlone earned her B.S. in Exercise Science, has a master’s in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with concentrations in both Sport Administration and Exercise Science, and a doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Sports Administration with a minor in Exercise Science research. Dr. McGlone’s research interests include being a nationally recognized expert on athletic hazing, organizational culture and leadership, consumer behavior in sport, collegiate athletics, Title IX, and legal aspects of sport and recreation. In addition, Dr. McGlone served as President of the National Sport and Recreation Law Association. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a research coordinator for the veteran’s association and served in the United States Navy.

“The addition of these four individuals builds upon a board that is focused on students’ safety and success,” said HPN Executive Director Todd Shelton. “I look forward to working with them all and hearing their perspectives.”

Hazing Prevention Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention and building partnerships with others. Major initiatives of the organization include National Hazing Prevention Week™, the Hazing Prevention Institute™ and Prevent.Zone™ educational online courses that touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals, organizations, campuses and communities. Learn more at

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(March 25, 2024)