Who We Are

Kathleen Fox

Assistant Vice President, Health & Safety

Kathleen Fox

 

Kathleen Fox is The George Washington University’s Assistant Vice President for Health & Safety. She recently joined GW after nine years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she served as the Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness.

Before FEMA, Ms. Fox served as the Deputy Director in D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. She also brings a decade of public sector consulting experience as well as expertise gained from positions in the Chicago Police Department and on Capitol Hill. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and earned her Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University.

 

Mary Paradis

Interim Chief of Police, GWPD

Mary Paradis

 

Mary Paradis possesses more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in the public and private sectors, in addition to safety management and logistical security operations expertise. She has been with GWPD since 2014 and previously served as the Assistant Chief of Physical Security & Technology Management. 

In 1986, she began her career as a police officer in the Chicago Police Department. During her 11 years of service there, she worked in the Patrol Division and the Intelligence Section. From 1997 to 2013, Ms. Paradis held several senior security leadership roles in retail, global telecommunication, and hospitality. In 2013, Ms. Paradis was named Senior Director of Safety and Security at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and School of Art + Design. In 2018, she graduated from The George Washington University as a distinguished scholar with her bachelor’s from the College of Professional Studies and was awarded the Dr. Richard F. Southby Police Science Prize. She will complete her master's degree in cybersecurity and information management at GW in May of 2020.

Scott Burnotes

Associate Vice President, Division of Safety & Security

Scott Burnotes

 

Scott Burnotes is the Associate Vice President for the Division of Safety & Security with almost two decades of safety, security and crisis management experience. Mr. Burnotes holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management with a focus on Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management from The George Washington University. He previously served as the Associate Vice President of University Operations at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, where he was responsible for the overall management of the facilities and campus safety departments to maintain a high performing, efficient and secure learning environment. 

Mr. Burnotes served as a Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps in North Macedonia before attending George Washington University for his master’s degree while working for the George Washington University Police Department as a Special Police Officer. He credits his graduate experience at GW as the primary source of motivation in keeping the public safe during times of crisis. Mr. Burnotes has devoted over twelve years to higher education campus security and supported numerous United States Department of Education safety initiatives. He is proud to return home to his alma mater and lead the department that started his successful career path.