Meet the Team

Jeff Rojek

Director and Associate Professor
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.

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 fourth 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 second semester with the center. She is 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 topics.

Sharon Bahng

A-CAPP Student Researcher
3L MSU College of Law

Sharon is a 3L at Michigan State University College of Law and is in her first semester with the A-CAPP Center. As an international student with multicultural background, she has a passion in international law and has extensive research experience on transnational issues and conflict of law. As a legal extern, she will work on A-CAPP Center projects in legal research on anti-counterfeiting and trademark law, including secondary trademark liability for social media/e-commerce platforms regarding counterfeiting, analysis of proposed legislation, and free-trade zones in the context of trademark counterfeiting.

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 third semester with the center. Lucy is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Matthew R. Maher Scholarship and is 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.

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 third 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 third 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.

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 creating content for the social media accounts on behalf of the center. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in corporate communications and media relations.

Alexandra Gormely

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Senior, Criminal Justice

Alexandra is a senior studying Criminal Justice with a minor in Youth and Society. Throughout my time at A-CAPP I hope to gain an understanding of law enforcement’s role in anti-counterfeiting and product protection. After I graduate, I aspire to pursue a career in crime and intelligence analysis.

Annabelle 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 fourth semester with the center. Annabelle is researching counterfeit MSU apparel abroad. 

Deepu Karchalla

A-CAPP Student Intern
Junior, Criminal Justice

Deepu is a junior studying criminal justice with a minor in security management and is in his fourth 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 and is in her second semester with the center. 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.

Connor Mitchell

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Junior, Packaging

Connor is a junior studying packaging and is in his first semester with the center. In his time at the center, he hopes to learn about product protection for medical packages and how packaging plays a role in it. After Connor graduates he hopes to get a job in the medical packaging field. 

Liz Morrison

A-CAPP Student Researcher
Sophomore, Applied Engineering Sciences

Liz is a sophomore studying Applied Engineering Sciences with a concentration in supply chain management and a minor in religious studies. She is in her first semester with the center and is excited to be a part of the A-CAPP team. She hopes to explore how engineers can protect their brand and products.

Maria del Mar Osma Potes

A-CAPP Student Researcher
1L MSU College of Law

Maria is a 1L in the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications program at the MSU College of Law and is in her first semester with the center. Maria was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to United States in 2018 to pursue an Llm in Intellectual Property. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law at Universidad Externado de Colombia. Maris passions include Intellectual Property and animals.    

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 third 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.

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 third semester with the center. She is very interested in the field of brand protection and is excited to expand her knowledge on the topic.

Leah Evert-Burks

Industry Fellow
BPP Editor in Chief

Michael LeMieux

Law Enforcement Fellow

Bruce Foucart

Law Enforcement Fellow


MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Matthew Daum

Director, School of Packaging

Cimberly Weir

Specialist, Outreach Coordinator, Instructor, Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability

MSU Eli Broad College of Business

David Frayer

Assistant Dean of Executive Development Programs

Stan Griffis

Bowersox-Thull Professorship, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Ahmet Kirca

Director of International Business Center
Associate Professor, Marketing

Simone Peinkofer

Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management

Jade Sims

Trade Specialist in International Business Center

Sri Talluri

Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Vedat Verter

Chairperson, Supply Chain Management
John H. McConnel Chair, Business Administration

MSU College of Communication Art and Sciences College of Business

Saleem Alhabash

Associate Professor, Advertising and Public Relations

Pat Huddleston

Professor, Advertising and Public Relations

Anastasia Kononova

Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations

MSU College of Social Science

Tim Homberg

Career Development Coordinator School of Criminal Justice

MSU College of Engineering

Vangie Alocilja

Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Director, Nano-Biosensors Lab

MSU College of Law

Adam Candeub

Director of Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Program

Jennifer Carter-Johnson

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dan Barnhizer

Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs
The Bradford Stone Faculty Scholar

Carrie Feeheley

Assistant Dean of Admissions and International Programs

MSU Programs

Jerry Rhead

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

Sami Stevens

Director University Licensing Programs

Other Academic Institutions

John Hertig

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Butler University

Tim Mackey

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

Government Organizations

National IPR Center

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Attache Program



Kevin Weaver

Senior Director Brand Protection Technology and Innovation


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


Steve Francis

Director of National IPR Center, Homeland Security Investigations

Bill Ross

Deputy Director of National IPR Center, Homeland Security Investigations


A-CAPP Affiliated Faculty partner with the Center on research, education and outreach activities that involve our industry, law enforcement and government partners, including: 

  • 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 

Meet our Affiliated Faculty

John Hertig

Butler University

John B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS, FASHP is Vice-Chair and an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Hertig has lectured and published on a variety of leadership, administration, patient safety, and health policy topics, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  His research program is designed around enhancing the safety of the medication use process, while using evidence to inform advocacy efforts. He holds various national and international appointments, including with the International Pharmaceutical Federation, where he is Vice President of the Americas for the Hospital Pharmacy Section, and as President of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies – Global (ASOP), where he leads efforts to reduce the patient safety impact of illegal and counterfeit online drug distribution worldwide.  He was awarded the ASOP Global Patient Safety Champion Award in 2018.  Dr. Hertig received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Purdue University. He completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center while also obtaining a Masters degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University. 

Ahmet Kirca

Michigan State University

Dr. Ahmet H. Kirca is an Associate Professor of International Business and Marketing at the Department of Marketing, Broad College of Business. He received his Ph.D. degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Prior to joining MSU in 2006, he worked at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Professor Kirca serves as the Director of International Business Center and MSU-CIBER. Also, he is the Director of the Doctoral Program in the Department of Marketing. His research focuses on international business and marketing strategy with a special emphasis on firm internationalization, innovation, organizational culture and applied meta-analysis. He has published articles in major academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing and Journal of World Business, among others. Kirca teaches international business/marketing, marketing research and marketing strategy in undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. level courses. He also offers workshops and seminars on applied meta-analytic techniques. Kirca had extensive industry experience in textile and tourism industries in Turkey before joining the academia. A native of Turkey, Kirca fluently speaks English, French, and Italian languages. He also has working knowledge of Spanish and Japanese.

Tim Mackey

University of California, San Diego

Tim Ken Mackey is an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego, the Director of Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego – Extension, and is the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute ( He is also the CEO and co-Founder of the NIH-funded healthcare technology startup S-3 Research LLC.  He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations, a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego – San Diego State University.  Prof. Mackey’s work has been featured in high-impact journals such as Science, JAMA, Nature Biotechnology, the Lancet, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, and BMC Medicine. His research and expertise has also been featured in major news outlets such as CNN, Wired, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.  His work focuses on an array of multidisciplinary topics in global health, public policy, international relations, and technology and innovation. He also has extensive professional experience including over 10 years experience in the private sector and acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the US Department of State and others.  His work in anti-counterfeiting and brand protection focuses on using big data, machine learning, and data visualization to detect, characterize, and report illegal online sale and trafficking of health products and other commodities.