Meet the Team

STAFF
Jeff Rojek

Director and Associate Professor
rojekjef@msu.edu
(517) 353-2161

Jeff is the director of the Center Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and at Michigan State University. As director he is responsible for the strategic development and engagement in the center’s research, education and outreach efforts. This includes building relationships with industry and law enforcement partners to foster research and education efforts related to anti-counterfeiting and product protection and creating multidisciplinary collaborations with scholars from diverse disciplines from Michigan State University and other institutions. He received his doctor of philosophy in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to joining MSU, Jeff was the director of the Center for Law and Human Behavior and the University of Texas at El Paso, where is research career focused around partnering with the law enforcement community. He has received more than $3 million in research funding from federal, state, and local agencies as a principal and co-principal investigator to examine topics that include police practitioner-researcher partnerships, intelligence led-policing, violent crime, law enforcement response to disasters, officer decision-making, officer safety and police training.

Kari Kammel

Assistant Director of Education and Outreach
kkammel@msu.edu
(517) 353-2165

At the A-CAPP Center, Kari is the assistant director for education and outreach, where she works on program management and design, outreach to industry and government, professional training. She runs the Center’s executive education programming and the country’s first professional certificate in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting and the Center’s student internship program. Additionally, she maintains an active research agenda on legal issues pertaining to trademark counterfeiting. She has researched U.S. state anti-counterfeiting laws and case law, e-commerce liability for trademark counterfeiting, and the impact of culture in the Middle East on intellectual property and trademark enforcement. She enjoys working at the center because of its multi-disciplinary focus, creative solutions, and cutting-edge research. Prior to coming to the center, she spent a significant time working, traveling, and living in the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Jordan, and others. She was Deputy Chief of Party at DePaul College of Law’s Iraq office, where she managed rule of law programs; and Deputy Executive Director in the Chicago office. She is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Michigan with a J.D. from DePaul University, an M.A. in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. She is serving her second three year term on the Academic Specialist Advisory Committee at MSU, where she has been chair, vice-chair, and chair of the promotion subcommittee. She is also an adjunct professor of law at MSU’s College of Law, where she teaches Trademark Counterfeiting, Food Counterfeits, and International Intellectual Property. Additionally, she is a member of INTA and on the anti-counterfeiting sub-committee, AIPLA, AIPPI and the ABA.

Jay Kennedy

Assistant Professor
jpk@msu.edu
(517) 353-2162

Jay is an assistant professor jointly appointed to the School of Criminal Justice and the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection. In this role he is actively involved in research, education, and outreach efforts that focus on external partners including corporations, industry associations, and law enforcement agencies. His current research explores managerial and organizational responses to employee theft within small and medium enterprises, the incarceration and post-incarceration experiences of white-collar offenders, the sale of counterfeit goods on the Internet, and the structure of occupational pharmaceutical counterfeiting schemes. Jay’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, and his published research has appeared in a number of outlets, including American Behavioral Scientist, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Financial Crime, Security Journal, and Victims and Offenders.

Sara Heeg

Business Manager
heegsar1@msu.edu
(517) 432-2204

Sara is the business manager at the center, where she is responsible for the oversight of its finances and human resource activities, and administration of the center’s education, outreach and research program. She is also the managing editor of the center’s Brand Protection Professional, as well as its graphic designer and publisher. She earned her bachelor’s from the College of Natural Science and has been at the center for 9 years. She enjoys the variety of work the center offers and is appreciative to contribute to the fight against counterfeits.

Jocelyn Tucker

Communications Coordinator
tucker90@msu.edu
(517) 353-2165


Jocelyn is the communications coordinator at the A-CAPP Center. She graduated from Michigan State in Spring 2020 with honors, a B.S. in Advertising Management and a minor in advertising analytics.

STUDENTS
Tyler Armstrong

A-CAPP Student Researcher and 2020-2021 Matthew R. Maher Scholar
2L, Intellectual Property, MSU College of Law

Tyler is a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law and is in his third semester with the center. Tyler leads product takedown efforts to protect MSU’s registered trademarks in the United States and China through partnership with the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition’s MarketSafe program. Additionally, Tyler is researching the availability of legal remedies at different points of the supply chain in global trade and manufacturing. Tyler’s areas of interest include IP, food/pharmaceuticals, and international trade.

Paige Barnes

A-CAPP Student Intern
Junior, International Relations and Criminal Justice

Paige is a junior studying both international relations in the James Madison College and criminal justice and is in her first semester with the center. She is very interested in the transnational aspect of counterfeiting, as well as the field of brand protection. During her time with the center, she’s excited to expand her knowledge on these things.

Lucy Ching

A-CAPP Student Researcher and 2020-2021 Matthew R. Maher Scholar
Senior, Criminal Justice

Lucy is a senior studying criminal justice and is in her second semester with the center. She is originally from Ames, Iowa, home of the Iowa State University Cyclones. Lucy is extremely interested in the financial and physical impacts of counterfeiting worldwide. After she graduates, she hopes to work in the brand protection or insurance fraud investigation. In her free time, Lucy enjoys singing, playing card and word games, and ice skating.

Jeremy Contardi

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Senior, Criminal Justice

Jeremy is a senior studying criminal justice with minors in security management and international development and is in his second semester with the center. His goals are to gain and develop an understanding of law enforcement’s role in anti-counterfeiting activities, as well as gain a multi-disciplinary approach perspective on the problem of product counterfeiting

Tori Curtis

A-CAPP Student Researcher and 2020-2021 Matthew R. Maher Scholar
Junior, Supply Chain


Tori is a junior studying supply chain management and is in their second semester with the center. Tori hopes to learn about how product counterfeiting affects the global supply chain and enhance their professional skills. Following Tori’s graduation from MSU, they hope to work in the field of logistical product organization, distribution, and procurement.

Sarah Dipiazza

A-CAPP Student Intern
Senior, Criminal Justice

Sarah is a senior at MSU majoring in criminal justice with a minor in youth and yociety and is in her first semester with the center. Her goal while working with A-CAPP is to gain a deeper understanding of anti-counterfeiting and product protection. She looks forward to exploring every opportunity the center offers to achieve this. 

Kyana Donaldson

A-CAPP Media and Marketing Intern
Senior, Journalism

Kyana is a senior at Michigan State University, pursuing her B.A. in journalism with minors in public relations and leadership of organizations. She is the Media and Marketing Intern at the A-CAPP Center. Kyana looks forward to managing the social media accounts on behalf of the center. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in corporate communications and media relations.

Madison Gowell

A-CAPP Student Intern
Senior, Criminal Justice

Madison is a senior studying criminal justice with a minor in security management and is in her second semester with the center. During her time with the center, she hopes to learn how security professionals can defend their company and brand. After graduating from MSU, she hopes to work in global brand protection and security.

Anabelle Greseth

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Senior, Political Science and Health and Education


Annabelle is a senior studying political science with a minor in health and education and is in her third semester with the center. Annabelle is researching counterfeit MSU apparel abroad. 

Deepu Karchallah

A-CAPP Student Intern
Junior, Criminal Justice


Deepu is a junior studying criminal justice with a minor in security management and is in his third semester with the center. During the previous semester, Deepu worked with Kari Kammel on research focused on the consumer harm of counterfeit products and the legal issues involving illicit products sold through e-commerce platforms. This semester, Deepu will be working on e-commerce takedowns of counterfeit products. His goal is to gain valuable experience on online enforcement while he continues to pursue brand protection as his career path.

Rachel Laurita

A-CAPP Student Intern
Senior, Criminal Justice

Rachel a senior studying criminal justice with a minor in human behavior and social sciences. She is interested in the field of anti-counterfeiting due to its immense economic impact and is excited to explore the field whilst assisting in brand protection. After completing her final year, she plans to attend graduate school and further her studies.

Mae ODell

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Senior, Criminal Justice

Mae is a senior studying criminal justice with a minor in youth and society and is in her sixth semester with the center. Mae is working with Dr. Jay Kennedy and Dr. Thomas Holt (School of Criminal Justice) on the investigation of counterfeit footwear and athletic apparel with an understanding of the dark web and its distributors. Following her graduation from MSU, Mae hopes to start a career in law enforcement intelligence. In her free time, Mae enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Logan Pechtel

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Junior, Criminal Justice

Logan is a junior studying criminal justice and is in his third semester with the center. Logan is working with Jeff Rojek to make the A-CAPP center a “one stop shop” for anybody wanting or needing to learn more about brand protection and product counterfeiting.

Ben Raab

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Senior, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and History

Ben is a senior studying both political theory and constitutional democracy and history with a minor in European studies. Ben is also a Social Science Scholar. Ben is in his second semester with the center. Ben is currently researching the enforcement of state counterfeiting statutes. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ben plans to attend law school.

Albert Tan

A-CAPP Student Intern
Senior, Packaging Science

Albert is a senior studying packaging science and is in his first semester with A-CAPP. Through his experience with A-CAPP, Albert hopes to learn about strategies companies can use for product protection, especially through the packaging of their products. After graduating, Albert hopes to pursue a career in packaging research and development for food companies

Elizabeth Thomas

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Senior, Criminal Justice

Elizabeth is a senior studying criminal justice with two minors in youth and society and security management and is in her second semester with the center. She is very interested in the field of brand protection and is excited to expand her knowledge on the topic.

FELLOWS
Leah Evert-Burks

Industry Fellow
BPP Editor in Chief
leahevertburks@gmail.com

PARTNERS

MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Matthew Daum

Director, School of Packaging
Professor
daummatt@msu.edu
BIO

Cimberly Weir

Specialist, Outreach Coordinator, Instructor, Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability
cimberly@msu.edu
BIO

MSU Eli Broad College of Business

David Frayer

Assistant Dean of Executive Development Programs
frayerda@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Stan Griffis

Bowersox-Thull Professorship, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
griffis@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Ahmet Kirca

Director of International Business Center
Associate Professor, Marketing
kirca@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Simone Peinkofer

Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management
simonep@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Jade Sims

Trade Specialist in International Business Center
sims@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Sri Talluri

Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
talluri@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Vedat Verter

Chairperson, Supply Chain Management
John H. McConnel Chair, Business Administration
verter@msu.edu
BIO

MSU College of Communication Art and Sciences College of Business

Saleem Alhabash

Associate Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
sa@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Pat Huddleston

Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
huddles2@broad.msu.edu
BIO

Anastasia Kononova

Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
kononova@broad.msu.edu
BIO

MSU College of Social Science

Tim Homberg

Career Development Coordinator School of Criminal Justice
hombergt@msu.edu

MSU College of Engineering

Vangie Alocilja

Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Director, Nano-Biosensors Lab
alocilja@msu.edu
BIO

MSU College of Law

Adam Candeub

Director of Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Program
Professor
candeub@law.msu.edu
BIO

Jennifer Carter-Johnson

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor
jcj@law.msu.edu
BIO

Dan Barnhizer

Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs
The Bradford Stone Faculty Scholar
Professor
daniel.barnhizer@law.msu.edu
BIO

Carrie Feeheley

Assistant Dean of Admissions and International Programs
feehelec@law.msu.edu

MSU Programs

Jerry Rhead

Head of Academic Entrepreneurship, The Hub for Innovation Learning and Technology
BIO

Sami Stevens

Director University Licensing Programs
sstevens@msu.edu

Other Academic Institutions

John Hertig

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Butler University
BIO

Tim Mackey

Associate Adjunct Professor, Global Health Program, School of Health Sciences
University of California San Diego
BIO

Government Organizations

National IPR Center


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Attache Program


ADVISORY BOARD

President

Kevin Weaver

Senior Director Brand Protection Technology and Innovation

Members

Tara Steketee

Director Product Integrity Global Security Group

Charles Olschanski

Senior Director Investigation Services

Hernan Albamonte

Head of Illicit Trade Prevention

Carolina Giuga

Director of Government Affairs, Americas

Liaisons

Steve Francis

Director of National IPR Center, Homeland Security Investigations

Bill Ross

Deputy Director of National IPR Center, Homeland Security Investigations