Team Member Bios
Alisa Cooney Liggett is the Director of Student Conduct and Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team. She has been at USC since 1998 and has been part of the Behavioral Intervention team since its inception. She completed her Master's of Science in Higher Education Administration at Florida State University. She has been active in the development of interventions for students in the area of substance use and behavioral health. Alisa has presented training sessions at four national conferences in addition to several state/regional conferences. She has also been the recipient of various awards, including Exemplary Service to Carolina Award.
The Office of Student Conduct acts as the central reporting place for all referrals to the Behavioral Intervention Team. Members of the BIT facilitate appropriate interventions in hopes of minimizing the numbers of student referrals whose behaviors require conduct intervention. Our goal is to get students the help they most need; but in cases in which students refuse the help of mental health professionals and whose behaviors are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct (ex. alcohol hospitalizations), conduct interventions become the most appropriate response.
Eric currently serves as a Captain for the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety (DLES). Eric is responsible for the Community Relations operations of the Division which includes Crime Prevention, Victim and Witness Assistance, the Campus Safety Officer Program, and Parking Enforcement. In addition to leading these operations Eric serves as a DLES liaison with Housing, the Office of Student Conduct, and the Behavioral Intervention Team.
Prior to beginning his career at the University of South Carolina, Eric served in the United States Army as a military police officer. He has served the USC community since 1986 in various roles within DLES such as patrol officer, desk corporal, shift supervisor, crime prevention and community relations supervisor, athletics' security coordinator, and Deputy Director for Field Services. Eric holds a degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, the FBI Carolina Command College, and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Eric has served on many committees and task forces over the years, both within and outside of the university. He has been a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team since its inception.
Maureen Grewe is the Coordinator for Student Conduct and Behavioral Intervention. Maureen graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration in May 2011. She graduated from Elon University in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and Human Services. She has been a part of the Behavioral Intervention Team since 2010. Maureen is active in the coordination of interventions for students in the area of substance use and behavioral health, as well as outreach to the USC community
Tim Bedford is the Case Manager for the Behavioral Intervention Team and acts as a point person for referred students and referring parties. Tim graduated from the University of South Carolina with an Educational Specialist Degree in Counselor Education and also holds a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. He became part of the Behavioral Intervention team in 2013, providing case management and coordinating services for students of concern.
Steven Iacono is the social work case manager for the Counseling and Human Development Center. He has a Master of Social Work degree as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. His primary function is to coordinate the care that students receive and to provide additional services to assist with their mental health treatment. He has several years of experience in general & forensic psychiatric settings, as well as outpatient medical care. Steven has served on numerous boards for charitable and professional organizations. He stays active in research and has published numerous articles in national journals. His aim is to assist students with making positive health and lifestyle decisions so that they can reach their educational goals.
Dr. Mike McKenzie is Medical Director of Student Health Services. He is board certified in Pediatrics and was in private practice in Columbia for 19 years before coming to the University. He works closely with the First Responders on campus and is a member of the Health Services Advisory Committee. By working closely with the First Responders Dr. McKenzie often has firsthand knowledge of incidents on campus. He also serves as a liaison between hospitalized students and the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost. He is able to bring a medical perspective to the table in many cases.
Dr. Rodgers serves as the Director of the Counseling & Human Development Center, a department of Student Health Services at the University of South Carolina. In this role Bob is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of the staff, programs, and services of the Counseling Center. Bob had many years of experience as a psychologist and administrator in five large university counseling centers prior to coming to USC as director in June 2011. Bob earned his doctoral degree in psychology at Southern Illinois University and is a licensed psychologist in South Carolina and Florida
Christopher serves as the Director of Law Enforcement and Safety, prior to being promoted to this position he served in varying capacities with the Division including; graduate assistant, patrolman, planning and research, investigator, and Deputy Director for Support Services. As the Associate Director, Chris is responsible for the leadership and management of all; law enforcement, safety, and emergency management operations at the University of South Carolina. He has also been a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team since its inception. Chris received his bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina. He has several board certifications including Certified Public Manager, Certified Protection Professional, Certified Civil Mediator, and Advanced Certified Law Enforcement Planner. He is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, FBI National Academy, SC Narcotics Commanders School, and the FBI Carolina Command College. He has completed substantial advanced training in the areas of; leadership, management, personnel practices, tactics, and law enforcement operations. He has served as an assessor with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2001. The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety is a full service police agency with statewide arrest authority; over 65 sworn officers and over 40 civilians actively apply professional practices and principles of Community Oriented Policing serving an ethnically and socially diverse population of over 40,000 students, faculty, and staff and approximately 100,000 visitors per year. The Division of Law enforcement and Safety is guided by principles of; Excellence, Accountability, Integrity, and Human Life. Success of the Division is based upon the belief that through cooperation with University and community partners our efforts are magnified.