Staff

Larry Dodson, Export Control and Secure Research Officer
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Larry Dodson, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, served twenty years in the Navy where he was involved in foreign military sales and served as Chief of the U.S. Naval Mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In that role he coordinated with International Program Offices and the U.S. Department of State regarding end use monitoring, special security agreements, export licensing, and participated in bilateral working groups. He also completed advanced training in export controls and the National Industrial Security Program (“NISP”). After leaving the Navy, Larry managed NISP, export and other federal compliance programs for various contractors (Boeing, ATK, DRS, Cree). While at KU, Larry has served as a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group chartered to provide export analysis and recommendations on regulatory issues impacting U.S. activities internationally. He is currently a member of the technical committee for Security and Resilience in Organizations and their Supply Chains that is developing an ANSI standard to provide a single management system designed to enable organizations to better manage risk.


Carl Taylor, Director of Security - Secure Research Programs

Carl Taylor joined the office in October, 2015. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science, and is a Senior Executive Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mr. Taylor was an Active Duty U.S. Army Commissioned Officer from 1987 to 1995 serving in both tactical and strategic level command and staff positions. After leaving the U.S. Army, he became a civilian Special Agent with the Department of Defense responsible for investigating national security crimes. While in federal service he held assignments at the Pentagon, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and numerous field and headquarter related leadership positions. Prior to retiring from federal service he was an Assistant Director at the Defense Security Service responsible for leading special agents and analysts that provided direct support to the cleared National Industrial Base concerning national security matters.


Robbie L. Vannaman, Tax Analyst

Robbie Vannaman transitioned to the KU Office of General Counsel in 2008 from KU Internal Audit. He served KU as an Auditor and Senior Auditor from 1982 through 1995 and as the Tax Analyst from 1996 to 2008. A lifelong Kansan, Robbie has Bachelor of Science degrees in Education and Business and a Master of Science degree in Education from Emporia State University where he graduated with honors and was awarded membership into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. From 1979-1981 he was the Associate Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Emporia, Kansas.


Lori Heckard, Paralegal and Office Manager

Lori Heckard joined the Office of General Counsel on the Lawrence campus in December, 2016.  A native Kansan, Lori has been previously employed with the FDIC and several private practice law firms.  She has a 30 year history of experience in various areas of law, and has enjoyed the most recent 17 years with the firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP in the area commercial insurance litigation defense, where she had responsibility for managing medical malpractice claims, personal injury and health law matters.


Toni R. McMillen, Administrative Associate, Sr.

Toni joined the General Counsel's office on the Lawrence campus in April 2006. She attended the University of Kansas where she studied cellular biology, and she earned a B.A. in Financial Management from The Ohio State University. Previous employers include Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and the Office of Legal Affairs at The Ohio State University.


Patrick L. Phillips, Paralegal

Patrick joined the General Counsel's office as an administrative assistant in October 2011. He received his MA and BA in English at Creighton University (Omaha, NE) where he was also inducted as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. Patrick began his career at the University of Kansas in August 2007 when he began teaching composition and literature courses in the English Department. While at KU, he earned the English Department's Outstanding Instructor Award, and served as managing editor for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He now serves as the paralegal at the KU Medical Center campus.


Travis Hanson, Law Clerk

Travis Hanson joined the office in June 2015. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Travis is currently attending the University of Kansas School of Law with an expected graduation date of May 2017.


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Lawrence, KS 66045-7535
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2001 Murphy Administration Building, Mail Stop 2013
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Kansas City, KS 66160-7101
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