Meet the A-CAPP Team

Meet our A-CAPP Center staff, students, fellows, partners, advisory board and affiliated faculty.

STAFF
Saleem Alhabash

Saleem Alhabash

Associate Director of Research,
A-CAPP Center
Professor, Advertising & Public Relations, Michigan State University


Kari Kammel

Kari Kammel

Center Director and Senior Academic Specialist


Carrie Feeheley

Carrie Feeheley

Assistant Director of Education and Outreach


Sara Heeg

Sara Heeg

Business Manager

STUDENTS
Rahaf Ahmad

Rahaf Ahmad

Senior, Information Science; Criminal Justice


Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner

Senior, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy; Mandarin Chinese


Tiarra Hufford

Tiarra Hufford

Junior, Criminal Justice

2023-2024 Maher Scholarship Recipient


Amiya Jones

Amiya Jones

Junior, Criminal Justice

2023-2024 DEI Scholarship Recipient


Jacob Jones

Jacob Jones

Senior, Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy


Addison Keener

Addison Keener

Sophomore, Criminal Justice


Eric Kolar

Eric Kolar

Junior, Criminal Justice & Packaging

Rijul Mahajan

Rijul Mahajan

Supply Chain Management

Rory McMahon

Rory McMahon

Junior, International Relations

Ali Sandifer

Ali Sandifer

Senior, Constitutional Democracy and Political Theory 

Gabe Wrobel

Gabe Wrobel

3L, College of Law

ADVISORY BOARD

The A-CAPP Center Industry Advisory Board consist of brand-owning companies most interested in forming long-term, substantive, and mutually beneficial partnerships. The board provides advice and supports the development and application of strategic goals and specific objectives as its fundamental role, which helps fulfill the Center’s vision to be a trusted resource for industry.

President

Zach Toczynski

Senior Director, Global Brand Protection

Vice President

Members

Kevin Weaver

Senior Director Brand Protection Technology and Innovation

Pilar Toro

Brand Protection Manager, Americas

Michael Hecht

Legal Manager, Digital, E-Commerce & Marketplaces

Tony Zook

Assistant Vice President, Global Security Group

Liaisons

James Mancuso

Director of National IPR Center, Homeland Security Investigations

BP COUNCILS

The A-CAPP Center Brand Protection Councils are a group of professionals from a larger segment of the brand protection community, including not only industry, academia and law enforcement, but also law firms, technology and service providers, government, and e-commerce platforms who serve as expert advisory support on specific topic areas. The BP Councils sit under the A-CAPP’s Advisory Board by invitation to enhance the research and scholarship of faculty and staff, curricula of the A-CAPP Center’s education programs, information sharing and gathering through outreach activities, and placement and career opportunities for graduates.

BP Council: Technology, Online Impact & Policy

Brianna Feeney
Sonny Kilmer
Chris Mastroly

Kevin McKenna
Kevin Weaver
Richard Steinbrieser

Simon Baggs
Maria Molina

BP Council: Global Impact of Counterfeiting

Erin Lewis
Lucille Pezzulo

Andrew Masterson
Tom Nichols

BP Council: Consumer Behavior, Impact and Education

Tim Mohn
Ron Op De Beke
Ellary Pechauer

BP Council: Inclusive Brand Protection Education for Current and Future Workforce

Stephanie Hard
Ed McCusker
Erika Austin
RESEARCH COUNCILS

  • Engaging in research projects that involve A-CAPP Center partners, including global corporations, federal and local law enforcement agencies, and industry associations 
  • Participating in A-CAPP Center outreach activities including A-CAPP Center events and events hosted by our partners, and serving as invited speakers / subject matter experts 
  • Helping to build executive education programs that translate empirical research into courses, trainings and published materials that affect the practice of brand protection
  • Mentoring A-CAPP student interns through collaborative research projects and other meaningful engagements 


Xuemei Bian

Xuemei Bian

Marketing, Northumbria University


Matt Daum

Matt Daum

Packaging, Michigan State University


Marco Dugato

Marco Dugato

Illicit Trade, Transcrime – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano


Stanley Griffis

Stanley Griffis

Supply Chain, Michigan State University



Pat Huddleston

Pat Huddleston

Advertising & Public Relations, Michigan State University


Anastasia Kononova

Anastasia Kononova

Advertising & Public Relations, Michigan State University


Alexander Krasnikov

Alexander Krasnikov

Loyola University Chicago


Tim Mackey

Tim Mackey

University of California, San Diego


Aaron Tucker

Aaron Tucker

Packaging, Michigan State University

PARTNERS

Government Organizations

National IPR Center


U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office
Attache Program