Jeanne Meyer has focused her career on advocating for and working with victims of sexual violence. During part of her service with the U.S. Navy, she worked as a federal agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigating sex crimes and child abuse, and testifying in federal and state court.
Prior to joining TNG, for ten years Meyer directed the Student Conduct office at NIU and chaired the university’s Behavioral Intervention Team. After earning her law degree, Meyer was engaged as a prosecutor for domestic violence and sex crimes. She then served as a defense attorney for criminal and civil matters including child abuse and neglect cases.
Before shifting to employment in the higher education field, Meyer served as the director of sexual assault support services at a women’s shelter, where she oversaw the establishment and funding of rape crisis resources. These duties included applying for and managing a state grant that provided over $400,000 of funding to the agency.
Meyer then transitioned to campus law enforcement where she was a detective sergeant for the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Police Department in DeKalb, Illinois. During her law enforcement tenure, she served as a patrol officer, detective sergeant, crime scene investigator, emergency management and planning supervisor, and the lead investigator for the student and employee threat assessment teams. Her assignments included investigating sexual assault and child abuse allegations, homicides, and drug-related crimes. Following a mass shooting on campus, Meyer provided victim advocacy to five families who lost a loved one and 100 students who experienced mental and physical trauma.
Meyer holds a B.S. in Sociology from Jacksonville University, an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University, and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and J.D. from Northern Illinois University.