Lansing State Journal
Here are 11 MSU employees who AG’s office said knew of Nassar’s abuse, but didn’t report it
By Kara Berg
December 21, 2018
They received complaints from 1997 to 2015, and their names were included in the Attorney General’s Office report detailing the findings of the investigation into MSU’s handling of sexual assault complaints against Nassar.
Of the 280 survivors interviewed for the investigation, 13 said they reported Nassar’s abuse to a MSU employee at or near the time it was happening. Some of the employees also were under investigation by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
Here’s who was named:
Gary Stollak, MSU professor and psychologist, was told by Kyle Stephens in 1998 that Nassar had abused her. Stollak has lost his license for not reporting the abuse. He was called to testify at Nassar’s preliminary hearing, but said he could not remember anything after having a stroke.
Kathie Klages, MSU gymnastics coach, was told by Larissa Boyce and a second young gymnast about Nassar’s abuse in the late 1990s. Klages has been charged with four counts of lying to police in connection to this.
Heena Shah Trivedi, an athletic trainer, was told by Tiffany Thomas Lopez in 1999.
Kelli Bert, an MSU track coach, was told by Christie Achenbach in 1999.
Lianna Hadden, an athletic trainer, was told by Jennifer Bedford in 2000 or 2001 that Bedford was not comfortable with Nassar’s treatment. Trivedi also told Hadden about Lopez’s report in 1999. Hadden still works at MSU as an athletic trainer. She is still under investigation by LARA.
Tony Robles, an athletic trainer, was told by Jill Berg in 2002. Berg said Robles “seemed concerned,” but Berg assured Robles everything was fine.
Brooke Lemmen, an MSU doctor, was told by Kassie Castle in 2007 that she was uncomfortable with Nassar’s treatments. Another young girl told Lemmen the same thing, and Lemmen said “we get that a lot.” She resigned from a university job in 2017. LARA cleared her in their investigation.
Lionel Rosen, an MSU sports psychiatrist, was told by Shannon Dunn in 2010. Rosen “expressed no concern” and told Dunn that Nassar was only doing what was best for her.
Rebecca Cass, a supervisor in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, was told by Catryina Brown that Nassar had abused her.
David Jager, an athletic trainer, was told in 2015 by Kelle Sajdak. Jager told Sajdak that Nassar was the “best in the world,” and told her to make a report if she felt uncomfortable.
Destiny Teachnor-Hauk, an MSU trainer who was given Nassar’s assignments after he was fired, was told by Lopez and cautioned her that filing a report would put a burden on Lopez, her family and MSU. Teachnor-Hauk was also one of the four medical experts used in the 2014 Title IX investigation of Nassar, and said she’d never heard a complaint about Nassar.
A twelfth employee, Jeffrey Kovan, was listed in the report, but he referred Amanda Thomashow’s 2014 report about Nassar to the Title IX office. Kovan, the team doctor for MSU’s basketball, soccer, track and softball teams, was cleared in LARA’s investigation.