Sami Al-Dhaheri Database Administrator II, Database Management Staff

Sami Al-Dhaheri
Database Administrator II


Sami Al-Dhaheri is a Database Administrator II in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where he focuses much of his work on the REPS data match process and the development of the REPS reporting database. Sami works on data collection, coding, building, and organizing administrative data from a variety of sources. He is also responsible for creating data models, ETL, database security, and SQL training for staff.

Prior to joining REPS, Sami worked as a data quality analyst with the NYC Department of Education and as a research analyst at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he compiled, maintained, and analyzed institutional data focusing on student recruitment, enrollment, retention, and admissions. Sami also teaches at CUNY as an adjunct lecturer and has taught various undergraduate courses including Database Management and Data Mining.

Sami holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Jordan, and a M. Phil. in Computer Science from CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Computer Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a specialty in Temporal Knowledge Representation.

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Abrar Faiaz Database Administrator I, Database Management Staff

Abrar Faiaz
Database Administrator I


Abrar Faiaz is is a Database Administrator I in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where he works with the construction, upgrading, and standardization of database systems as well as data generation, transfer, validation, and analysis. Abrar works with College Now and with multiple internal REPS data management projects, e.g. the REPS Data Dictionary. Abrar has also worked closely with REPS analysts on automating the CUNY Language Immersion Program’s (CLIP) data process.

Prior to joining CUNY, Abrar was a student researcher in the Economics Department at Queens College, CUNY, and in the Department of Educational Studies at Colgate University. He also worked as a Research Intern at Barington Capital, where he conducted financial analyses for potential hedge fund investment. Abrar comes to REPS with several years of experience working with college and high school students as a teacher, tutor, college mentor, and resident adviser.

Abrar received his dual B.A. from CUNY’s Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematical Computer Science and in Economics for Innovation and Development. He plans to pursue graduate study in Computer Science and Public Policy, with a focus on the intersectionality of big data, technology use, and education policy.

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Chenchen Liang Database Administrator I, Database Management Staff

Chenchen Liang
Application Developer


Chenchen Liang is a Application Developer I in the Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support. He works on application development and database administration to support a wide range of program partners.

Prior to joining CUNY, Chen worked as an E-Banking Analyst Intern at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA), where he conducted financial market analysis for products including Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Bill Payment, and Cash Management.

Chen received his M.S in Business Intelligence & Analytics from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he also worked as a Research Assistant to support data collection and validation. He also built data classification and regression models on several projects.

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Allyson Murphy Database Report Writer, Database Management Staff

Allyson Murphy
Database Report Writer


Allyson Murphy is a Database Report Writer in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she oversees data collection and reporting for CUNY’s partnerships with the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA). She also leads the evaluation of CUNY Prep and is a core member of the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) evaluation team.

Allyson has previously worked as a research assistant for other offices within CUNY, where she collected and coded data for a study measuring teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding the New York State testing programs. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, with a specialty in Quantitative Methods in Educational and Psychological Research. Her research interests include the use of statistical measures to assess academic persistence. She is particularly interested in college readiness and alternative post-secondary pathways for out-of-school youth.

Allyson received her B.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in Adolescent Education from Adelphi University, and her M.A. in Assessment, Research, and Evaluation from CUNY’s Hunter College.

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Rimmel Pereira Database Report Writer, Database Management Staff

Rimmel Pereira
Database Report Writer


Rimmel Pereira is a Database Report Writer in the Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support, where she focuses much of her work on the Math and Science Partnership (MSPinNYC) initiative, a collaboration between CUNY and several NYC high schools. Rimmel works closely with the 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 MIS/IT Assistant Data Manager for the Office of Institutional Advancement, where she worked with large datasets, CRM, and reporting tools to support fundraising and outreach efforts. Prior to joining CUNY, Rimmel worked as an Application developer at Educate Global, an OpenTec partner firm where she worked on creating SCORM compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS), serving clients in health care, civil engineering industries, as well as chemical industries. She has also worked on research projects geared toward learning models in K-12 classrooms that focus on handheld devices and touch modules.

Rimmel holds an M.S. in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a concentration in Database Administration and Management in Information Systems. Rimmel is also an Oracle Certified Associate.

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Raphaela Weiman-Kelman Database Administrator I, Database Management staff

Raphaela Weiman-Kelman
Database Administrator I


Raphaela Weiman-Kelman is a Database Administrator I in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS). Raphaela works on setting up the APEX applications for the Forster Care Initiative, CUNY Fatherhood Academy and College Now. The work includes creating data mapping documents and models for the underlying databases.

She has documented the process in a protocol and guideline that any REPS staff member can follow in order to create a database for a project/program and move to an online database/application.

Raphaela worked to set up a Dictionary for REPs, which is master database of all information used by REPS.

Prior to joining REPS, Raphaela worked at the American Museum of Natural History BridgeUp: STEM after-school program where she taught teen girls coding, database management, and data visualization.

Raphaela received a B.A. in Computer Science and a minor in Math from Hunter College. In the future, she plans to continue with database design and management.

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