Meet the Staff
Bill MullowneyVice President, Policy & General Counsel
William J. Mullowney serves as Vice President for Policy and General Counsel for Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. He serves as Valencia's chief legal officer and as its lobbyist and legislative counsel to the executive and legislative branches of the State of Florida. He also serves as Program Chair for the biannual Community College Conference on Legal Issues. He earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Miami School of Business, and his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to his position at Valencia, Dr. Mullowney served as General Counsel at Whittier College in California and before that as University Ombudsman at the University of Miami. While at Whittier, Dr. Mullowney was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Whittier Law School, where he taught classes in Sports Law and Higher Education Law. While at Miami, he launched the university's Student Honor Code and served as an Associate Faculty Master at the Hecht Residential College.
Dr. Mullowney is a member of the Florida Bar and the State Bar of California. He is Florida Bar Board Certified as a Specialist in Education Law. He is a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, and is certified as a Designated Professional Lobbyist.He has completed three elected terms of service on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), serving as a member-at-large, then as Secretary, and in his most recent term, he served as the Chair of the Board. He also has served on the Boards of the Florida Colleges Activities Association, the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC), and the AFC Foundation. He also serves on the Florida Bar's Education Law Committee and the American Association of Community College's Legal Advisory Group. He has spoken on issues regarding higher education law at numerous panel discussions and conferences presented by NACUA, the Association of Governing Boards, the American Council on Education, College and University Personnel Administrators-HR, Stetson University Conference on Law and Higher Education, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Southern Association of College and University Business Officers, American Association of Community Colleges, Association of Community College Trustees, National Association of Directors of Athletics, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and AFC.
Leslie Bissinger GoldenAssociate General Counsel, Policy and General Counsel
Leslie Bissinger Golden serves as Associate General Counsel for Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. In this role, Ms. Golden supports the Vice President for Policy and General Counsel by providing legal advice and counseling to the College, participating in the creation and enforcement of College policy, and working with members of the Valencia community to further the College’s interests.
Ms. Golden previously served as an administrator at another institution before coming to Valencia. Prior to that, Ms. Golden practiced with the firms of Baker & Hostetler and Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in Orlando as a civil and commercial litigator. She received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Florida and her law degree, cum laude, from Stetson University’s College of Law.
Ms. Golden is a member of the Florida Bar and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. An Orlando native, her community involvement includes the Adult Literacy League of Central Florida and UCF Athletics.
Michelle SeverSenior Director, Policy & Legal Services
Michelle Sever serves as Senior Director for the Office of Policy and General Counsel at Valencia College. In this role, Michelle supports the Vice President for Policy and General Counsel by providing leadership on the policy framework and enforcement of College policies and other office services.
Michelle came to Valencia College from Orange County Government with diverse experience in public safety, human resources, and policy related matters. At Valencia, she served in various leadership roles within the Office of Organizational Development and Human Resources in employee relations, employee engagement, policy, and compliance programs before joining the Office of Policy and General Counsel. Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida State University and her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Capella University.
Michelle is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications, and is involved in her community as a member of the Narcoossee Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society.
Courtney JamesAssistant Director of Policy, Legal and Government Relations, Policy and General Counsel
Courtney James serves as the Assistant Director of Policy, Legal and Government Relations within the office of Policy and General Counsel. In this role, Ms. James supports the daily administration of the following comprehensive college-wide activities: policy development, records management, litigation management and government relations. She also supports the development and implementation of the College’s administrative policy framework and legislative agenda, and tracks and develops reports on state legislative and administrative activities affecting the College.
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Ms. James comes to Valencia College with an rich background in legal services as a Litigation Paralegal in practice areas such as medical malpractice, personal injury, family and government law.
Ms. James has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) and a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from American University (Washington, DC).
Solange Fernández del PinoExecutive Assistant, Policy and General Counsel
Solange Fernández del Pino is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Policy and General Counsel at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.
Ms. Del Pino comes to Valencia with a wealth of executive office administration. Prior to joining Valencia, Ms. Del Pino was employed at Starwood Vacation Ownership, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Extended Campus in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She also worked for the United States Air Force in Spain as a contracted administrator, providing clerical services at the military base Aerial Port and Communications Squadrons.
Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, she lived in Palaiseau, France as a young child. Ms. del Pino is fluent in Spanish and French.