Attorneys and Staff

Attorneys and Staff

Attorneys and Staff

Melissa Wheatcroft
General Counsel
Melissa Wheatcroft, Esquire joined Rowan University in November, 2012 as Associate General Counsel. In that role, Melissa provided legal consultation to all colleges and departments and managed daily legal matters of the University. Melissa became a member of the President’s Administrative Cabinet in 2013 and was promoted to General Counsel in October, 2015. As General Counsel, Melissa advises the Board of Trustees and Executive Management on all aspects of University operations, including governance issues, higher education issues, contract development and negotiation, employee and student issues, real estate matters, and compliance with applicable state and federal laws. She joined the University after six years as Corporate Counsel at Bancroft (2005-2011) where she managed all legal affairs before being promoted to Vice President of Quality Management and General Counsel in 2006. She served in that role until 2011 when she became Vice President of Operations and assumed responsibility for all programs at Bancroft. She began her legal career in private practice at Archer and Greiner, P.C., in the labor and employment department. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers Law School at Camden in 1999 and earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish also summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s University in 1996.

Elizabeth H. Gorman
Assistant General Counsel
Elizabeth Gorman provides counsel to the University’s medical schools on the federal Stark law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and other federal and state health care laws and regulations governing fraud and abuse and relationships between healthcare providers and other entities.  In addition, she provides counsel for legal aspects of patient care, including informed consent, medical records/privacy issues under HIPAA, and patients' rights issues.  Elizabeth also assists with general higher education matters related to faculty and staff issues, student academic and disciplinary concerns, and the promulgation and implementation of University policies.  Prior to joining the University’s Office of General Counsel, Elizabeth was a Director of Legal Management for the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.  Previously, she was  employed as an associate for a health care law firm and served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.  She began her career as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Superior Court of New Jersey in Morris County.  Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.  
gormaneh@rowan.edu

Tracy Asper Wolak
Assistant General Counsel
tracyTracy Asper Wolak joined Rowan University’s Office of General Counsel in July 2018 as an Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining Rowan, Tracy was an attorney in the Labor and Employment Group of Archer & Greiner, P.C. – where she began her career – for eighteen years. While practicing law at Archer, Tracy concentrated her practice on advising a wide range of clients, including small and large privately held companies, public entities and governmental and quasi-governmental entities, on all aspects of labor and employment law. As a practicing attorney, Tracy gained experience litigating a wide variety of cases before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies. Specifically, Tracy handled cases involving discrimination and harassment allegations, wage and hour issues, violations of non-compete, non-solicitation, and other employment-related agreements, issues pertaining to leaves of absence and disability accommodations, unfair labor practices, whistleblower claims as well as other employment-related matters. Tracy received her undergraduate degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she majored in Political Science. She received her law degree from Widener University School of Law (now Widener University – Delaware Law School). Tracy is admitted to the bar in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Tracy’s principal areas of responsibility in the Office of General Counsel are labor and employment counseling and litigation matters, student affairs and issues related to equal opportunity and access, including student conduct, unlawful harassment, Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act and immigration.
wolak@rowan.edu

Elyse Crawford
Assistant General Counsel
Elyse provides legal advice on all matters of higher education to the University, including its medical schools, and related entities. She uses her extensive prior  experience and expertise in public procurement and construction to specialize in guiding University construction, real estate development  and procurement projects. In addition to managing construction, design and development issues; contract negotiation and drafting, student life issues, corporate affiliation agreements, matters of public safety,  and technology issues/agreements, all round out an interesting and diverse in-house practice for the University. Prior to Rowan, Elyse worked worked in private practice handling all manner of construction law and litigation.  Her passion for construction was solidified during a summer job on site at 15 years old. After college she worked as a project manager for a large-scale general contractor and realized she had a knack for negotiating disputes in the field, and claims as they arose in the office. Today, she use the unique insights gained from that background to bring real world solutions to and common sense advice to Rowan. Elyse received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Villanova University.  She is active in her community and lives in Haddonfield with her husband and two children. 
crawfordeg@rowan.edu 

Tara Clevenger
Managing Administrative Assistant
taraTara Clevenger joined UMDNJ in March 2013 as Secretary to the Department of Legal Management. In July 2013, UMDNJ's Department of Legal Management became a part of Rowan University’s Office of General Counsel. Among other things, she supports the attorneys in scheduling, budgeting, and contract processing. Tara joined the University after 14 years as a legal assistant/paralegal and office manager in a private law firm (1999-2013). She managed all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate accountings, legal research, and preparation of a variety of legal documents. Tara graduated with honors from Gloucester County College’s Paralegal Studies program in 2005 and earned her undergraduate dual degree in Law/Justice and Psychology magna cum laude from Rowan University in 2002. Prior to receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Tara earned her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Law Enforcement from Gloucester County College, graduating with honors.
cleventl@rowan.edu

Chryssanthe Poulidakis
Secretary
chryssantheChryssanthe Poulidakis joined the General Counsel's Office in March of 2017. She supports the attorneys in scheduling, reviewing medical records requests for HIPAA compliance, and processing subpoenas and contracts. Chryssanthe graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 2001. Following culinary school she worked at several high end restaurants in the Washington D.C. area transitioning to Whole Foods where she stayed for 15 years and worked in several positions. She started as an in-store chef followed by Director of Catering. In addition, she was a Marketing Specialist and managed Whole Foods' Hatchery Program for business start-ups.
poulidakis@rowan.edu