Paul Agnello
Research Fellow


Paul Agnello is a 2015 Research Fellow for the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support (REPS). Paul is working closely with the Early College Initiative (ECI) to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of the new 9-14 Early College (i.e., PTECH) schools.

Paul is a PhD student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Paul’s interests broadly focuses on issues involving social impact, such as investigating the gender gap in mathematics performance by looking at teacher as well as human and social capital factors that may moderate the gap in performance. Paul’s research also investigates factors that reduce linguistic, cultural and racial group score differences on cognitive ability tests.

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Mosun Ayeni
Administrative Assistant


Mosun Ayeni is the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she performs comprehensive administrative duties to support the daily operational requirements of the office and its staff.

Prior to joining REPS, Mosun worked at Services for the Underserved as a Wellness Coach where she engaged people with mental illness and assisted them in meeting the demands of community living and maintaining their housing by teaching them the necessary skills, and linking them to services that will support their recovery, independence and self-determination.

Mosun received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College.

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Kelly Binder
Research Analyst I


Kelly Binder is a Junior Research Analyst within the office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she provides support in various research and evaluation projects for CUNY’s Collaborative Programs. Her responsibilities include assisting research staff with analyzing quantitative education data, cleaning and coding datasets, and assisting with the development of new program databases.

Prior to joining CUNY, Kelly worked as a Digital Literacy Instructor at Philadelphia FIGHT, an AIDS Service Organization, where she provided instruction to FIGHT participants on a range of subjects including Microsoft Word, Excel, Computer Basics, Blogging, and Digital Story Telling. She helped support the training of volunteers and staff around data management, and developed a system of key data points to track current and prospective participants across multiple programs at FIGHT.

Kelly is currently a student at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, where she is pursuing her Master of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics. She received her B.S in Mathematics at Temple University.

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Vandeen Campbell
Research Analyst II


Vandeen Campbell is a Senior Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she leads and supports evaluation and research related to the Hilton Foundation Transition Age Youth in Foster Care grant, CUNY Start, and CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT).

Vandeen also teaches as an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College. Prior to joining REPS, she taught with the New York City Department of Education as an elementary school teacher. 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, creative organizing, stratification and inequality, and quantitative methodology.

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. Vandeen is currently a Dean K. Harrison fellowship recipient at the Graduate Center.

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Birunda Chelliah
Research Analyst I


Birunda Chelliah is a Junior Research Analyst with the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where she works with the development and implementation of evaluation assessments for programs such as College Now, CUNY LINCT to Success and Continuing Education and Workforce. Birunda also teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Sociology department of Queens College.
Prior to joining CUNY, Birunda worked as a Data Analyst for Social Explorer at Queens College analyzing demographic and population trends using Census, ACS, and GSS data. In addition, her experience with data related projects range in various industries from shopper marketing research for Coca-Cola at Ogilvy & Mather to quantitative program evaluation at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Birunda received a B.B.A from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in Global Business and Marketing and a M.A in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research from Queens College.

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Vernisa Donaldson
Research Analyst I


Vernisa Donaldson is a Research Assistant in the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support, where she supports ongoing research and evaluation of the CUNY Start Program. Her work focuses on data collection, management, and analysis of program data to help inform day-to-day decision-making an ongoing program assessment.

Prior to joining REPS, Vernisa worked on various research projects related to her interests in stratification and inequality (particularly in educational institutions) and identity formation. As a member of the steering committee for a mixed-methods research project called CUNY as a Lab, Vernisa oversaw the development of a survey instrument that measured CUNY undergraduate students’ levels of engagement with their coursework and campuses, as well as students’ perceptions of their preparedness for college-level work. Vernisa has also worked extensively on the Social Justice Sexuality Project, where her analyses were utilized in many reports, publications, and presentations at academic and professional conferences.

Vernisa received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. She has graduated with a Masters in Applied Social Research at Hunter College, with a focus on public policy research.

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Alex Gensemer
Research Analyst


Alexandra Gensemer is a Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she leads and supports the research and evaluation of programs, including Tutor Corps and Early College Initiative.
Prior to joining CUNY, Alexandra worked at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work for 3 years, as a Research Assistant and then Program Manager. During her time at the McSilver Institute, Alexandra conducted a wide range of evaluations focusing on after school programs, managed care technical assistance, collaborative care healthcare models, and global work using mixed methods approaches. Alexandra has worked extensively in schools, as both a School Social Work Intern at PS 132X Garret A. Morgan Elementary and the Undergraduate Lab Manager of the of the Wells Lab, which coordinated the USDA’s “Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth” People’s Garden School Pilot Project, a national randomized controlled trial.
Alexandra received a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology and a Masters of Social Work from New York University Silver School of Social Work.

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Darren Kwong
Research Analyst


Darren Kwong is a Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where he leads and/or supports quantitative and qualitative evaluations and research on CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), Math and Science Project (MSP), and CUNY Tutor Corps.
Before joining the REPS team, Darren was the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant at the CUNY Data Mining Initiative. He explored the use of data mining methods in social science research and assessments within nonprofit organizations. He also coordinated a seminar series that brought in renowned data mining scholars and researchers to provide lectures and workshops.
He received his B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and M.Phil. in Sociology from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research focuses on the incorporation of racial justice lenses in climate change movements.
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Hyein Lee
Research Analyst


Hyein Lee is a Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support, where she supports ongoing quantitative and qualitative assessment of the CUNY Service Corps, the Dream.US scholarship program, and CUNY Collaborative Programs.

Prior to joining CUNY, Hyein was a Program Counselor at the New Americans Welcome Center (NAWC) in Flushing, Queens, where she helped operate a referral service for immigrant families, as well as tracking the progress of clients participating in literacy classes offered at the NAWC. Hyein received a B.A. in History from New York University, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing her research around the issue of the integration of second generation children of immigrants in the work force.

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Charles Madsen
Research Analyst


Charles Madsen is a Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support. His work supports the CUNY Fatherhood Academy and NYCSEF/STEM Academy, in addition to providing assistance with ongoing evaluation efforts for the COPE GSI and LINCT to Success programs. Charles works with program staff to develop program evaluation strategies, including the effective collection and maintenance of data.

Prior to joining CUNY, Charles worked as a program evaluation specialist at an environmental nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado, through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. During his time there, he developed a strategy for evaluating the organization’s youth development program.

Charles received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Russian language from Saint Olaf College and M.A. in research methods and statistics from the University of Denver.

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Karen Okigbo
Research Fellow


Karen Okigbo is a Research Fellow at the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS). During her time as a member of the REPS team, she has worked on several projects, including a study that assessed the state of industry engagement across CUNY’s continuing education and workforce units. She is currently working on a mixed-methods evaluation of the Creative Arts Team Astor-funded Early Learning Program (CAT-Astor ELP).

Prior to joining CUNY, Karen worked as the Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC). In that role, she conducted research pertaining to promising practices and the evaluation of professional development in the out-of-school time field.

Karen has a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University, and an M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student in the Sociology program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is interested pursuing dissertation research focusing on the assimilation experiences of immigrants.
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Vanessa Paul
Research Analyst


Vanessa Joi Paul is a Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she leads and supports the evaluation and research related to the Early College Initiative (ECI), College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE), and Creative Arts Team (CAT) programs.

Prior to joining REPS, Vanessa was a part-time research analyst at CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), where she was tasked with submitting data for internal and external requests concerning CUNY students’ educational outcomes. She also worked on analyzing missing data patterns in the Department of Labor’s wage data for CUNY graduates. Aside from her work at OIRA, she has experience as a CUNY adjunct lecturer and has taught various courses, such as Social Statistics I.

Vanessa graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Sociology. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. At the Graduate Center, Vanessa has had the opportunity to work with leading academics on various research projects and has presented her own original research at national sociological conferences. She was recently awarded a Doctoral Student Research Grant, which she will devote to the development of her dissertation.

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Simon Sandh
Research Assistant


Simon Sandh is a Research Assistant in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS) where he supports ongoing research and evaluation of the CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative Research Project.

Prior to joining REPS, Simon worked on various research projects focused on health disparities among marginalized populations, specifically HIV/AIDS. In 2015 he worked with a research team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center to test the feasibility of using gay social networking sites to link underserved and hidden populations, (e.g., men who have sex with men and transgender individuals) to HIV preventative care. Simon is also working with HealthyCUNY to develop a web-based application for CUNY students to gain information about and access to various health resources.

Simon received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College and is completing a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from the CUNY School of Public Health, with a concentration in maternal, child, sexual, and reproductive health.

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Sangdong (Sandy) Tak
Research Analyst I


Sangdong (Sandy) Tak is a Junior Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where he supports ongoing quantitative and qualitative assessment of the CUNY Start, the CUNY Service Corps, and the Dream.US scholarship program.

Prior to joining REPS, Sangdong was assessment manager in Student Affairs at John Jay College, where he helped departments develop program evaluation methods and annual assessment plans.

Sangdong received an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, concentrating on the nonprofit sector and civic engagement. He is now a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing his research on comparing relative effects of academic and non-academic activities on retention and graduation from college.

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