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We welcome the following 50 Rutgers faculty and staff to the 2021-2022 Rutgers Leadership Academy. This year’s cohort includes 16 faculty and 34 staff from all four campuses as well as university-wide units. You can read the 2021-2022 RLA Fellows Bios here.

Felix Arauz
Unit Computing Manager
University Human Resources
Nominator: Peter Camp

Margaret Avallone
Associate Dean Baccalaureate Programs/Clinical Assistant Professor
Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden
Nominator: Donna Nickitas

Matt Badessa
Public Relations Specialist
University Libraries
Nominator: Krisellen Maloney

Derek Balcom
Director, Rutgers Community Arts
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Nominator: Judith Zenowich

Amanda-Rae Barboza Barela
Busch Campus Director
Residence Life
Nominator: Anne Newman

Rola Bekdash
Assistant Teaching Professor
Biological Sciences, SAS-N
Nominator: Richard Dool

Johanna Bernstein
Assistant Dean for Global Programs
Rutgers Global
Nominator: Eric Garfunkel

Soumitra Bhuyan
Assistant Professor
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Nominator: Michael McDonough

Christina Bifulco
Associate Director for Teaching and Learning Analytics
Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research
Nominator: Barbara Bender

Sheila Borges Rajguru
Research Development Specialist
School of Social Work
Nominator: Cathryn Potter

Richard Brodsky
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Director Pediatric Emergency Department,
Director of Pediatric Telemedicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
RWJ Medical School
Nominator: Ernest Leva

Damali Campbell Oparaji
Assistant Professor
New Jersey Medical School
Nominator: Mark Einstein

Randi Chmielewski
Chief of Staff
Eagleton Institute of Politics
Nominator: John Farmer

Karina Daves
Assistant Director, Filmmaking
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Nominator: Marc Handelman

Mark DeGuzman
Research Project Coordinator/Rutgers I-Corps Program Manager
Materials Science Engineering
Nominator: Dunbar Birnie

Tamara Dujovne
Director, Talent Management and Learning
Rutgers University Foundation
Nominator: Nevin Kessler

Ghada Endick
Senior Director for Student Engagement
Division of Student Affairs
Nominator: William O’Brien

Leah Falk
Program Coordinator
Writers House
Nominator: Lauren Grodstein

William Field
Teaching Professor and Undergraduate Program Director
Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences
Nominator: Richard Lau

Megan Francis
Assistant Dean
International Programs, Office of International Programs,
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Nominator: Mukund Karwe

Jeff Friedman
Associate Professor
Dance Studies, Dance Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Nominator: Jason Geary

Alexis Fulks
Director, Marketing, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
School of Health Professions
Nominator: Karen Shapiro

Anthony Gardner
Assistant Director of Business Services
School of Social Work
Nominator: Cathryn Potter

Janet Gilmartin
Director of Business Operations
New Brunswick Chancellor’s Office
Nominator: Romayne Botti

Christopher Gitzelmann
Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Department of Surgery, RWJ Medical School
Nominator: Leonard Lee

Marsha Gordon
Executive Director, RWJMS Center Advancing Research and Evaluation for Patient-Centered Care
and Division Administrator, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Research Division
RWJ Medical School
Nominator: Shawna Hudson

Hazel-Anne Johnson-Marcus
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Human Resource Management Undergraduate Program
School of Management and Labor Relations
Nominator: Adrienne Eaton

Cecelia Kane
Nurse Practitioner
Camden Student Wellness Center
Nominator: Neuza Serra

Glenn Krell
Director of Research Integrity
Office of Research
Nominator: Jose Roman

Ariel Leget
Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives
Residence Life
Nominator: Dan Morrison

Sharon Lydon
Associate Dean of Alumni and Corporate Engagement
Rutgers Business School
Nominator: Lei Lei

Tara Matise
Professor and Chair
Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences
Nominator: Lori Covey

Matthew Matsaganis
Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Area Coordinator
Communication, School of Communication and Information
Nominator: Dafna Lemish

Larry McAllister II
Assistant Director of Social Media Strategy
University Communications and Marketing
Nominator: Dory Devlin

Karen Muller
Director, RBHS Faculty Affairs
RBHS Academic Affairs
Nominator: Meredith Mullane

Beth Ann Murphy
Instructor of Professional Practice
Professional Science Masters Program
Nominator: Deborah Silver

Margaret O’Donnell
Manager of Military and Veteran Engagement Programs
Rutgers Business School
Nominator: Peter Methot

Yvette Ortiz-Beaumont
Assistant Director
Office of University-Community Partnerships
Nominator: Diane Hill

Jason Pappas
Director, IT
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Nominator: Judith Zenowich

Anargiros (Ed) Rentezelas
Assistant Dean
Rutgers Law School
Nominator: Louis Thompson

Jessica Rispoli Joines
Program Director, Genetic Counseling Master’s Program
Genetic Counseling/Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences
Nominator: Lori Covey

Jacqueline Roscoe
Associate Director for Admissions
University Enrollment Services
Nominator: Craig Westman

Aron Schwartz
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
General Counsel
Nominator: John Hoffman

Jason Schweitzer
Director, Enrollment Management Analytics
Division of Enrollment Management
Nominator: Courtney McAnuff

Brenda Sheridan
Director of Marketing and Communications
School of Information and Communication
Nominator: Richard Dool

Jonathan Spitz
Assistant Professor of Music, Head of the String Area Cello
Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Nominator: Rebecca Cypess

Mafudia Suaray
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
RWJ Medical School
Nominator: Alfred Tallia

Michael Varano
Associate Director for Student Engagement
Rutgers School of Nursing
Nominator: Kyle Warren

Larissa Varela
Program Manager, Faculty Affairs, Administration and Planning
Cancer Institute of NJ
Nominator: David Allen August

Sara Wakefield
Associate Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Nominator: Bill McCarthy

 

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