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In 2013, four individuals interested in youth protection in higher education got on the phone and discussed current issues and questions.  

At the end of the call, they agreed to meet again the following month.  Each month brought more people to the calls as word spread.  In 2014, a google group was formed in able to facilitate a listserve and house resources and we became known as the Youth Protection Network for Higher Education (YPNHE).  Word continued to spread and the google group quickly reached over 100 members.  Around this time, the monthly calls transitioned into a combination of guest speakers presenting on pertinent topics in addition to the open forum.  

In 2016, it was decided that it was time to become a national organization so that we could better support and serve those supporting and serving minors in higher education.  Just before becoming a national association, we had over 250 members in the google group and membership for the Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet) opened on May 15, 2017.






We seek to advance the interactions of higher education institutions with children and youth. We serve as a coordinated voice promoting good practices for protecting vulnerable populations and providing programming and resources appropriate to their needs.

To fulfill our mission, HEPNet has an active and dedicated Board of Directors.  Please feel free to contact them.

Omar Andujar, MBA, CCEP

Minor Protection Coordinator

Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics

University of Connecticut

Depot Campus, Brown Building
9 Walters Avenue, Unit 5084

Storrs, CT 06269-5084

(860) 486-5682

Lindsay Meyer Bond, M.Ed, MA

Youth Policy and Special Projects Coordinator

The Ohio State University

Office of Human Resources

ERLR and Background Checks

1590 North High Street, Suite 300

Columbus, OH 43201-2190

(614) 688-8643


Ann Franke, JD

Wise Results LLC

2555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Suite 218

Washington DC 20037

(202) 725-5044

Anne Koester, MA, JD

Senior Compliance Specialist

Protection of Minors Policy Manager

Office of Compliance and Ethics

Georgetown University

417 Gervase

37th and O Streets, N.W.

Washington D.C. 20057

(202) 687-3199


Greg Linke, MA


Pre-Collegiate Programs Office 

Clemson University

2039 Barre Hall

Clemson, SC 29634

(864) 656-5716


Dawn Riddle, MS

Director, Protection of Minors

Office of Risk and Insurance Management

Vanderbilt University

2100 West End Avenue

Suite 700

Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 936-5935



Caroline Shelton, MSW          


Office for Youth Programs Development

and Support

University of Washington

Box 352800 Seattle, WA 98195-2800

(206) 616-5153  



Sandy Weaver, MA

Youth Programs Compliance Specialist

Office of Ethics and Compliance

The Pennsylvania State University

James M. Elliott Building

120 South Burrowes Street

Suite 333

State College, PA16801

(814) 865-8785

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Steven A. Wieneke    

risk management specialist

Office of risk management

iowa state university

1700 Administrative services building

2221 Wanda daley drive

ames, ia 50011-1004

(515) 294-6849