Administrative Staff

Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah
DeanEdward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Education

  • Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis (specialization in Transportation Planning), University of
    Illinois at Chicago.
  • Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP), University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A. in Industrial Psychology, University of Delhi, India
  • B.A. (with Honors) in Psychology, University of Delhi, India
Marcia Hannigan

Marcia Hannigan
Assistant to the Dean

(848) 932-2828
Room 391

Duties

  • Maintain Dean’s calendar
  • Write correspondence for the Dean
  • Assist in coordinating meetings and special events
  • research

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics
  • Douglass College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Certificate, Dumas Pere L’ecole Gastronomique, Glenview, IL
  • Certificate, Katharine Gibbs School
  • Certificate- Academic Personnel Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Previous Experience

  • Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick; Administrative Assistant to the Dean
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Executive Assistant to the President and Chairman of the Board and Manager of Board Communications
Claire Padovano

Claire Padovano
Program Coordinator, Academic Program Support
(848) 932-2992

Duties

  • Schedule all Bloustein School classes
  • Administrative support for faculty including scanning, reminder emails, book orders, rosters, grades, posting advising hours, student evaluations, school calendar, meeting minutes, elections
  • Contact PTL’s regarding teaching responsibilities, put together appointment letters
  • Support to Associate Dean Mike Greenberg from Student Evaluations
  • Backup for room requests

Previous Experience

  • Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Clinton J. Andrews

Clinton J. Andrews | email
Associate Dean for Planning and New Initiatives
(848) 932-2808
Room 383

Duties

  • Accreditations
  • Faculty research opportunities
  • Collaborations

Education

  • Ph.D., Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S.M., Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sc.B. with Honors, Engineering, Brown University

Thea Berkhout
Associate Dean
(848) 932-2819
Room 389

Duties

  • Administration: oversight of business services (budget and finance, grants administration, human resources  – both staff and faculty); student services (recruitment, admissions, advising, career development and alumni relations); Information technology; facilities/space; and faculty and program support.
  • Outreach: communications, development, external relations, and events.

Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio University (Comparative Literature)
  • Master of Arts, Ohio University (French Language and Literature)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California (French and Linguistics)

Previous Experience

  • Associate Provost for Administration and Planning, Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • General Manager, Transaction Books and Periodicals
  • Staff Associate, Association of American University Presses
  • Teaching Fellow, Ohio University
Dona Schneider

Dona Schneider | email
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
(848) 932-2945
Room 554

Duties

  • Program assessment
  • Faculty travel and leaves
  • On-line and continuing education
  • Instructional technology
  • Coordination among programs
  • Teaching assignments and scheduling
  • Financial aid allocations
  • Coordinate research centers and instructional programs
  • Accreditations

Education

  • Ph.D., Master of Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Master of Public Health, Rutgers/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Arts, Trenton State College

Stuart Shapiroemail
Associate Dean of Faculty
(848) 932-2384
Room 536

Duties

  • Faculty hiring, mentoring, assignments, promotions and post tenure reviews
  • Faculty workload
  • Convene program directors meetings
  • Strategic planning
  • Guide faculty and centers to obtain more grants
  • Alternative modes of instruction

Education

  • Ph.D. and M.P.P., Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government
  • B.S., Case Western Reserve University

Amana Kaskazi
Assistant Director for Assessment and Accreditation
(848) 932-2723
Room 386

Duties

  • Manages the ongoing data collection, analyses, and reporting in the Bloustein School for national accreditations, state-required program reviews, program learning outcomes assessment, and special projects.
  • Maintains data and ongoing data cycles for assessment and accreditation in learning, assessment, and data management software systems.
  • Communicates relevant data and findings using various media to faculty, professional staff and other stakeholders.
  • Assists the Associate Dean for Academic Programs with the development and implementation of sustainable processes to collect data and evidence for continuous improvement of learning and program quality.

Education

  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, The Pennsylvania State University
Steve Weston

Steve Weston
Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Services
(848) 932-2728
Room 190

Duties

  • Student recruitment, admissions, financial aid support, advising, career development, academic records for graduation for all Bloustein School academic programs
  • Dean of students responsibilities for student psychological and health issues, disabilities, academic integrity
  • Benchmarking and enrollment management for academic programs
  • External relations with accrediting associations, surveys

Lynn Astorga
Assistant Director of Student Recruitment
(848) 932-2388
Room 193

Duties

  • Responsible for planning and coordinating full range of recruitment and marketing activities for both undergraduate and graduate programs in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Health and Health Administration.
  • Design and oversee comprehensive digital marketing campaign that promotes Bloustein School graduate programs to target audiences in specific markets using geofencing strategies, search engine optimization techniques, retargeting campaigns, etc. across platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google.
  • Cultivate relationships with advisors, counselors and faculty at NJ community colleges to promote Bloustein School undergraduate transfer agreements for our five undergraduate majors including Public Health and Health Administration.
  • Create strategic partnerships with organizations such as PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) , the Rangel Fellowship and Pickering Fellows programs that seek to promote diversity within in public policy and public service.
  • Represent the Bloustein School at student recruiting functions, visiting feeder undergraduate schools, participates in national panel discussions, interview potential applicants, etc.

Education

  • Doctor of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Master of Education, Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Previous Experience

  • Coordinator, Korea Development Institute Fellowship Program, Bloustein School
  • Assistant Booker – SFX / Delsener Slater

Andrea Garrido
Career Management Specialist
(848) 932-2987
Room 184

Duties

  • Conduct individual and group career counseling and coaching to graduate students and alumni to support them in gaining career-related experience through internship and field experiences; to prepare them for an effective job search; to guide them in making informed career decisions, and to support them in obtaining professional employment upon graduation and beyond.
  • Offer resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile critiquing, interview skills training, networking, and career research support
  • Design, implement and lead career education programs, initiatives and events, including career panels, recruiting events, round table discussions, job talks, workshops and seminars
  • Cultivate and develop strategic alliances with employment community for internships and employment opportunities for students and alumni
  • Partner with alumni to serve as mentors and/or as potential employers and to create engaging career events to facilitate industry insights and enhance relations and connections for Bloustein, its students and alumni

Education

  • Master of Arts in Education, Counseling Psychology, Seton Hall University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Management, Loyola University of Maryland

Previous Experience

  • Founding Partner/Career Coach, Turning Leaf Career Consulting
  • Associate Director, The Career Center, Seton Hall University

Cheryl Egan
Career Management Specialist
(848) 932-2987
Room 184

Duties

  • Provide individual and group career counseling/coaching to Master’s in Health Administration students to prepare and support them throughout their internship and job search process
  • Conduct and provide resume/cover letter reviews, interviewing advice, networking/informational interviewing tips, and negotiation strategies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with alumni and employers to facilitate connections for internship and employment opportunities
  • Implement and lead job talks, seminars, networking/mentoring programs, and alumni career panel discussions

Education

  • Master of Arts, Counseling, Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Montclair State University

Previous Experience

  • Assistant Director/Intern Coordinator, Career Development Center, Rutgers University-Newark
  • Career Counselor, BBCS Counseling Services

Courtney Culler
Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services
(848) 932-2727
Room 183

Duties

  • Provides primary academic advisement to graduate students, coordinates admission, registration and pre-registration processes, and disseminates information to students regarding school policy
  • Liaison for student life and activities, professional development, and/or support for special populations
  • Continuous assessment of advisement operations, supervising graduate assistant workloads, providing oversight of graduate admissions processes and data management reporting
  • Organization of school-wide events, including annual Applied Field Experience presentations, convocation, open houses, and new student orientation sessions
  • Staff advisor for Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

Education

  • Master of Arts in Communications, University of Hartford
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Health Sciences/Minor in Management, University of Hartford

Previous Experience

  • Manager, Undergraduate Student Services, University of Hartford Barney School of Business
  • Administrative Assistant, University of Hartford College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture
  • Admissions Counselor, University of Hartford Office of Admissions

Christina Torian
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Advising: all EJB Direct Admit students, last names A- Z, except Rutgers Student-Athletes and Military Affiliated students
(848) 932-2726
Room 186

Duties

  • Responsible for detailing undergraduate advisement operations, supervising student counselor workloads, providing oversight of undergraduate admissions processes and data management reporting
  • Manages day-to-day operational functions and activities of student counselors to strengthen student academic performance and promote student success and retention
  • Assists in establishing recruitment efforts and helps to suggest and implement best practices
  • Undergraduate student academic and life advising
  • Event coordination

Education

  • Master of Labor and Employment Relations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Tennessee State University

Previous Experience

  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, District Office – Nashville, TN
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Nicole Martinez
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services: all Joint-Degree students (SAS/SEBS, another professional school) with last names A-L and all Student-Athletes
(848) 932-2701
Room 189

Duties

  • Facilitate the recruitment, admissions, matriculation and degree completion of undergraduate population
  • Undergraduate student academic and life advising
  • Maintenance of student information and records
  • Event coordination

Education

  • Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling, Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education/Spanish Concentration (K-12), Monmouth University

Previous Experience

  • Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program of New Jersey, Monmouth University
  • Teacher of Spanish, Grades 3-6, Conover Road Elementary School, Colts Neck, NJ
  • Teacher of Spanish, Grades K-6, Essex Fells Elementary School, Essex Fells, NJ

Christina Ragone
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services: all Joint-Degree students (SAS/SEBS, another professional school) with last names M-Z  and all Military/Veteran student

Duties

  • Facilitate the recruitment, admissions, matriculation and degree completion of undergraduate population
  • Undergraduate student academic and life advising
  • Maintenance of student information and records
  • Event coordination

Education

  • Master of Science in Counseling & Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Previous Experience

  • Academic Advisor, College of Engineering & Technology Advising Center, East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, NC
  • Graduate Intern & Student Academic Success Instructor, Undergraduate Student Excellence, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Advanced Practicum Counselor, Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling & Consulting Clinic, Department of Counseling & Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Ann Marie Hill

Ann Marie Hill
Internship Coordinator and Associate Professor of Practice
(848) 932-2390
Room 547

Duties

  • Coordinate undergraduate senior internship program for public health, policy and planning undergraduates
  • Teach strategic planning, leadership and professional skill development to public health, policy and planning undergraduates
  • Coordinate certification programs and continuing education for specialty programs in policy, planning and public health
  • Assist with training and program development for non-traditional students returning to academic study including CEU e-learning and online training
  • Assists with program development, assessments and accreditation procedures as required

Education

  • Master in Business Administration, Management, Strategic Planning & Biotechnology, Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, California State University

Previous Experience

  • Executive Director, New Jersey State Commmission on Cancer Research
  • Assistant Director and Scientific Administrator, New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research

Kamila Pavezzi
Internship Coordinator and Instructor of Professional Practice
(848) 932-2983
Room 567

Duties

  • Coordinate undergraduate senior internship program for public health, policy and planning undergraduates
  • Teach strategic planning, leadership and professional skill development to public health, policy and planning undergraduates
  • Coordinate certification programs and continuing education for specialty programs in policy, planning and public health

Education

  • Master in Public Health, Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Public Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Previous Experience

  • Montclair State University, Office of Health Promotion
Marie O'Brien

Marie O’Brien
Administrative Assistant, Student Services
(848) 932-2722
Room 192

Duties

  • Assist with application processing and produce electronic files
  • Create recruitment packages, printing material
  • Provide reports to registrar’s office
  • Assist recruiting activities through creating packages, attending fairs and open houses
  • Manage keys for TA/GA and Ph.D. office, lockers
  • Activate ID cards for new graduate students

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Theresa Kirby
Director of Business Administration & Human Resources
(848) 932-2734

Duties

  • Chief business officer for the school
  • Budgeting; finance; business administration; grant administration; human (faculty & staff) resources; employee relations; administrative policy development, implementation, and application
  • Operational assurance and compliance
  • Risk management
  • Consultation and guidance for organizational development and strategic planning
Dahk Muhammad

Fatima Mir
Grant/Business Specialist
(848) 932-9124

Duties

  • Administration and general oversight of all external grants and contracts awarded to the Bloustein School
  • Identify grant opportunities for school/programs/centers
  • Develop and implement procedures for processing grant applications
  • Provide annual, periodic, and ad hoc status updates to the Dean’s office and to the Center Directors and their staff

Education

Previous Experience

  • Grant/Business Specialist, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
Keri Fererria

Keri Ferreira
Department Administrator
(848) 932-2737

Duties

  • School administrator for Human Resources and Payroll support operations including posting new positions, hiring/on-boarding of new and returning employees, medical and other leaves, terminations, retirements, reappointments and promotions.
  • Absence Reporting
  • Travel and business expense reimbursements, travel advance requests
  • Administers the needs of short and long-term visitors to the school including visa and health insurance management
  • Processes purchase orders for the Deans Office and smaller centers who lack other business support
  • cash handling for reimbursements and student computer account increases for printing
  • Professional Service Provider Agreements
  • Coordinates office assignments and key distribution, point person for office supplies and copier maintenance
  • Provides building access & parking authorization

Education

  • Legal Administrative/Business Certificate, The Cittone Institute

Previous Experience

  • Program Coordinator, Korean Scholars Program, Bloustein School
Fran Loeser

Fran Loeser
Business Manager
(848) 932-2736

Duties

  • Planning and implementation of fiscal and administrative policies and procedures
  • Develop budgets for grant proposals and awards working with faculty and principal investigators
  • Oversee the transactional work of the business office including approvals of all activity; approve transactions for Dean’s office and various centers at Bloustein School
  • Provide trend analysis and forecasting models and overall funding status for state, grant, restricted and unrestricted accounts
  • Provide guidance, consultation and training for business activities at the school and centers
  • Assist in compliance assurance

Education

  • Certificate in Department Administration, The Society of Research Administrators International
  • Certificates in Business/Accounting contract law, internal controls, principles of fund accounting, gifts and grants
  • Supervisor Development Program, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Previous Experience

  • Business Specialist, Center for Government Services, Rutgers University
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Madelaine Corcoran
Business Specialist
(848) 932-2901

Duties

  • Supports the grant management function for the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Provides pre-award grant support preparing endorsement forms, budget templates and other materials to support research proposals, and reviews all materials for accuracy and completeness prior to proposal submission
  • Provides post-award grant support preparing purchase order requisitions, commitment accounting changes, salary reallocations, and journal entries as needed to ensure accurate charging of accounts
  • Reconciles accounts and assists with the effort certification process for principal investigators
  • Provides special project assistance

Education

Previous Experience

  • Grant/Contract Coordinator, National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Business Assistant, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Dahk Muhammad

Dahk Muhammad
Grant/Contract Coordinator
(848) 932-2729

Duties

  • Supports the grant management function for the following centers: the HIV Prevention Community Planning Support and Development Initiative, the Center for Urban Policy Research, the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, and the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
  • Provides pre-award grant support preparing endorsement forms, budget templates and other materials to support research proposals; reviews all materials for accuracy and completeness prior to proposal submission
  • Provides post-award grant support preparing purchase order requisitions, commitment accounting changes, salary reallocations, and journal entries as needed to ensure accurate charging of accounts
  • Reconciles accounts and assists with the effort certification process for principal investigators
  • Provides special project assistance

Education

  • Associates, Bryant and Stratton Junior College of Business

Previous Experience

  • Business Specialist, Center for Urban Policy Research, Bloustein School, Rutgers University

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Karyn Olsen
Assistant Director for Communications, Marketing and Public Relations
(848) 932-2814
Room 384

Duties

  • Gather news and information about school activities, awards, events for promotion and publicity
  • Write, edit, and update content for school website, blog, and social media sites
  • Maintain relationship with university Office of Media Relations as school media liaison, and writes/distributes media advisories and press releases
  • Maintain school Calendar of Events and weekly events email
  • Assist with content, design and editing as needed for school-produced reports, brochures, newsletters, and websites
  • Photography, visual identity and logo usage, digital signage
  • Register events for certification maintenance credits

Education

  • Master of Education, Education Administration, Trenton State College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Trenton State College
  • Mini-MBA, Digital Marketing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Certificate in Graphic Design, Mercer County Community College

Previous Experience

  • Manager of Communications, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Media Relations Assistant and Graphic Design Specialist, Department of Athletics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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Amy E. Cobb
Director of Engagement and Special Projects
(848) 932-2733

Duties

  • Develops school events including: seminars, workshops, speaker series, panel discussions, and conferences.
  • Directs all aspects of special projects including large-scale infrastructure projects.
  • Sets priorities and plans overall outreach and engagement efforts.
  • Works with the Director of Development, facilitates, guides, and coordinates activities of school-level board.
  • Cultivates and invigorates relationships with students, alumni, friends and stakeholders.
  • Manages Bloustein Facilities and Event staff.

Education

  • Master of Public Affairs and Politics, Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Previous Experience

  • Assistant Business Counselor, Economic Development, Cameron School of Business, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Senior Project Associate, Critical Infrastructure Program, George Mason University
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Thom Calhoun
Building Coordinator, Civic Square Building
(848) 932-5201

Duties

  • Supervises Front Desk Operations: frontdesk@ejb.rutgers.edu
  • Liaison for Emergency Services (Police, Campus Security, Fire, EMS)
  • Point of contact for facilities, utilities, access control, security technology.
  • Logistical support for projects, maintenance, material services, deliveries.
  • Loss prevention, security, surveillance and safety
  • Building access control and technology
  • Event support and logistics

Education

  • Criminal Justice, University College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Criminal Justice, Brookdale Community College (2004 – 2006)

Previous Experience

  • Private Security
  • Security Technology
  • RF / EE / Semiconductor