Tracy Meade

University Dean for Strategic Initiatives


Tracy Meade is the University Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. Tracy oversees the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support for the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs, leads the University’s ASAP expansion effort at Bronx Community College and supports projects and initiatives for the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost.

Before assuming her present position, Tracy directed CUNY’s New Community College Initiative. Tracy is the principle author of A New Community College Concept Paper, and she led the team of educators who designed the new community college model and oversaw all aspects of the college’s approval process by the CUNY Board of Trustees and New York State Education Department. The college—CUNY’s first new community college in more than four decades—is now named the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College and welcomed its inaugural class on August 20, 2012.

Prior to her work leading the New Community College Initiative, Tracy was the University Director for Collaborative Programs at CUNY. In this role, she was responsible for oversight of College Now, the University’s largest partnership with the New York City secondary schools, the CUNY Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP program, the At Home in College program, and the Research and Evaluation unit for Collaborative Programs.

Tracy holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Carol Ripple



As director of the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, Carol Ripple oversees the unit’s research, data infrastructure, and evaluation projects. She works closely with program stakeholders and university leadership to clarify program goals and models, identify priorities, and discern the implications of research and evaluation findings for policy and practice.

Carol’s research and evaluation interests span policy and best practices from prekindergarten through higher education, program development and strategic planning, early care and education quality and infrastructure, and psychosocial resilience among adolescents. Her career has spanned academic, philanthropic, and government settings, but she has always focused on collaborating with public and private entities to bridge research, practice, and policy. She has issued numerous publications

Before joining REPS, Carol was Associate Director for Education Research and Engagement at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. She worked directly with North Carolina state legislators as a Principal Evaluator in the North Carolina General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division, where she led evaluations of all manner of state-funded programs. Before moving to North Carolina, Carol was Assistant Professor in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, then joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she designed and led evaluations of community-based and foster-care programs.

Carol’s BA and PhD in psychology are from Yale University.

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Mervin Williams
Associate Director and the Director of Database Management


Mervin Williams is the Associate Director and the Director of Database Management for the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where he leads strategic initiatives within REPS to improve data management practices for mixed methods research and program evaluation. Mervin is responsible for developing and maintaining a range of databases and establishing business rules and reporting protocols. He 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 CUNY Computing & 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. Mervin provides specialized training to new and existing staff in response to changing roles, business processes, and database functionality.

Before REPS was established in 2012, Mervin was the Deputy Database Manager for Collaborative Programs at CUNY. Prior to joining CUNY, Mervin worked as a Data Analyst for SMSB Consulting Group where he assessed each client’s individual needs, conducted cost-benefit analysis of software systems, developed and maintained OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) data cubes and custom utilities. Mervin also has previous experience in category management and space management in the retail settings.

Mervin received a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Hofstra University.

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Althea Jenkins Webber
Assistant Director


Althea Jenkins Webber is the Assistant Director of the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where she oversees the development and implementation of comprehensive evaluation plans for a variety of college transition and success initiatives including CUNY Start. In addition to CUNY evaluations, Althea works closely with research teams at other institutions, acting as the primary project liaison for several large-scale, multi-year studies exploring postsecondary interventions to increase college completion rates.

Prior to joining CUNY, Althea worked as a Research and Evaluation Associate at Single Stop USA, managing internal data collection and management processes and performing analyses on the organization’s anti-poverty initiatives. As part of this position, she worked on an in-depth examination of the potential academic and financial impacts of Single Stop USA’s community college initiative.

Althea received her M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus in social policy and quantitative research methods; she also holds a B.A. in History from Middlebury College.

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Vandeen Campbell
Senior Research Analyst


Vandeen Campbell is a Senior Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support (REPS), where she leads and supports evaluation and research projects, staff development, and quantitative methods trainings. Vandeen works on the Bridge for All, LINCT for All, College Now, Creative Arts Team-Early Learning Program, and CLIP evaluation projects. In addition, she advises the work on all CUNY Collaborative Programs projects with REPS.

Prior to joining REPS, Vandeen was an elementary school teacher with the New York City Department of Education. Vandeen has worked on several independent research projects in her interest areas and has presented at various academic conferences. Her research interests include: sociology of education, racial and ethnic minorities, sociology of organizations, stratification and inequality, and quantitative methodology. She continues to teach as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Lehman College.

Vandeen received a B.A. from York College in Sociology and Education and a M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, specializing in applied social research. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studies the effects of school organizational dynamics on the parental involvement of low-income and minority families using national data.

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