Director of Research & Evaluation
Drew Allen is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at CUNY. He oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive research and evaluation strategy, with the aim of providing program directors and their staff with data and information essential to program development and improvement. Since joining CUNY in 2008, he has helped shaped the evaluation agenda for the University’s college readiness programs in NYC public schools across the city by leading a variety of research projects and developing a strong team of analysts to support rigorous and timely analysis. Mr. Allen has presented research at numerous academic conferences and has co-authored a chapter on dual enrollment outcomes in a recent volume of New Directions for Higher Education. Prior to joining CUNY, Mr. Allen worked as a senior quantitative researcher for the Screen Actors Guild. He holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education at New York University.
Vandeen Campbell is a part-time Data Specialist in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she currently works on data collection and analysis for the COPE program. Ms. Campbell is a doctoral student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center where she studies the relationship between the organization of schools and students' social and academic outcomes using national data. She is particularly interested in the impact of school organization on low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, and immigrant children in elementary schools. Her research interests include sociology of education, racial and ethnic minorities, creative organizing, stratification and inequality, and quantitative research methods and analysis. Ms. Campbell received her B.A. from York College in Sociology and Education and her M.A. in Sociology from Queens College specializing in Applied Social Research.
John Capman recently joined the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support as a Research Analyst and is focusing his efforts on a comprehensive evaluation of the Early College Initiative. Working closely with program staff, Mr. Capman will develop quantitative and qualitative analyses focused on CUNY’s Early College schools and will develop data reporting tools to help inform the program’s ongoing development. Mr. Capman comes to CUNY from JP Morgan Chase where he served as an Organizational Development Officer and oversaw development and implementation of evaluation tools for employee engagement and training. Mr. Capman is currently a doctoral candidate in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Baruch College/CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Rhode Island College and a BA in psychology from Rutgers University.
Assistant Director of Research & Evaluation
Janelle Clay is the Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation. Janelle oversees the evaluation of the CUNY CareerPATH program and key workforce development and continuing education initiatives. Janelle joined CUNY in May 2012. Prior to working at CUNY, Ms. Clay was the Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation at the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) where she was responsible for evaluating the division’s tax-time and asset building initiatives. Ms. Clay holds a master’s degree in Urban Policy Studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Sociology from Emory University.
Sargeant Donovan-Smith is a part-time Research Associate and focuses much of her work on conducting quantitative analysis of the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP). Prior to joining the team Sargeant worked as an 11th and 12th grade mathematics teacher in the Bronx and a lecturer in Mathematics at Cuttington University in Liberia. While in Liberia, she developed a non-remedial precalculus curriculum for college students with interrupted formal education. Sargeant has a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Teachers College and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College.
Aaron Horenstein joined the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support in June 2012 as a Research Analyst, after receiving his master’s degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University. While in graduate school, Mr. Horenstein interned with the Social Science Research Council where he analyzed population data from U.S. government sources and assisted with calculating the American Human Development Index, a numerical measure representing the distribution of well-being in America. Before returning to school, Mr. Horenstein investigated a variety of economic and social trends while working for ORC International and the Corporate Executive Board.
Norman Ornelas Jr.
Norman Ornelas Jr. is a Data Assistant for the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support and is a graduate student at NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service where he is pursuing his Masters in Urban Planning. He has worked with staff in reviewing the Math and Science Partnership program by aggregating NYC DOE data and creating school profiles for each campus. He is currently working on a spatial analysis project for the CUNY Start program where he is examining the effects of travel distance to school on student outcomes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a minor in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach.
Rimmel Pereira is a Data Specialist and focuses much of her work on the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) initiative, a partnership between CUNY and several NYC schools. Rimmel works closely with the MSP program staff and the research team to develop and manage databases and systems to help inform program management and evaluation. Rimmel joined CUNY in 2010, working at Queens College as an IT Assistant and Data Manager for the Office of Institutional Advancement, there she worked with large datasets and reporting tools to support fundraising and outreach efforts. Rimmel holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a concentration on database administration and systems.
Diana Strumbos is a Research Analyst and focuses much of her work on a comprehensive evaluation of the CUNY Service Corps during its pilot year. Working closely with program staff, Ms. Strumbos is developing and carrying out a rigorous evaluation designed to help us understand the Service Corps and its impact on students and partners. Prior to joining our team at CUNY, Ms. Strumbos was the Director of Evaluation at Single Stop USA where she led the research and evaluation team and set priorities for the organization’s research and evaluation work nationally. Ms. Strumbos is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Althea Webber is a Research Analyst for the CUNY Collaborative Programs. Althea works closely with program staff to develop data support strategies and is instrumental in the Unit's work with NYC DOE data. Before coming to CUNY, Althea worked as a Research and Evaluation Associate at Single Stop USA, managing and analyzing data on the organization's anti-poverty initiatives. As part of this position, Althea worked on an in-depth analysis to assess the potential academic and financial impacts of Single Stop USA’s community college initiative. Althea received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on social policy and non-profit management. She also holds a BA in History from Middlebury College.
Database Administration Manager
Mervin Williams is responsible for developing and maintaining a range of databases, establishing business rules, and developing documentation of data and reporting protocols. Mr. Williams specializes in the development and implementation of best practices for the management of program databases, including the assurance of database policies and procedures, data integrity, data extraction and report customization. He also works with the CUNY Computing and Information Services to provide technical assistance to users, troubleshoot and resolve application and database related problems, support staff with the use of program databases, and provide support and training in use of applications. Mr. Williams provides specialized training to new and existing staff in response to changing roles, business processes and database functionality. In his former role Mr. Williams worked as the Deputy Database Manager for Collaborative Programs at CUNY.