About the Staff

About the Staff

Office for the Advancement of Research Office of Sponsored Programs

Anthony Carpi
Dan Stageman
Lynda Mules
Rachel Friedman
Sandra Rutherford

Susy G. (Mendes) Cullen
Amrish Sugrim-Singh
Cherryanne Ward
Manelle Pyronneau
Angela Reyes


Anthony Carpi, PhD

Associate Provost and Dean of Research


Associate Provost and Dean of Research Dr. Anthony Carpi

Anthony is Associate Provost and Dean of Research at John Jay College. In that capacity, he provides strategic leadership toward advancing the College’s research mission. He supports faculty and staff in their efforts to manage major research projects, publish manuscripts, secure grants, and produce scholarly and creative works. He has been at the institution since 1997, working as professor, Deputy Chair and Chair of the Department of Sciences, and has served on numerous committees focused on institutional effectiveness, student retention, and technological innovation. He is the founder and Director of the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math, a nationally-recognized and highly successful mentoring program for promoting diversity in STEM fields. His personal grant portfolio includes over $20 million from sponsors including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Education Department and other sources. His maintains an active research portfolio, investigating the transport of mercury in the environment, and strategies for teaching science as a process of discovery.


Dan Stageman, PhD

Director of Research Operations


Dr. Dan Stageman

Daniel Stageman joined the Office for the Advancement of Research in June of 2010, becoming the Director of Research Operations in January 2013. As Director of Research Operations, Dan manages all of the offices programming designed to enhance and support faculty scholarship, including internal funding, awards, events, professional development, promotions and social media communications, data collection and dissemination, among others.


He recently (November 2016) received his PhD in criminal justice at the CUNY Graduate Center. His academic work examines political economy and profit in the detention of American immigrants, and the economic context surrounding Federal-local immigration enforcement partnerships. Other research interests include correctional education, theories of punishment, prisoner reentry, and program evaluation. Dan has taught and directed theater programs in a variety of settings, including prisons, high schools, alternative to incarceration programs, and most recently as an adjunct in John Jay’s sociology department.

Lynda Mules, MLA, CIP

Director of Research Compliance and Integrity


Lynda Mules joined the OAR as Research Compliance Senior Analyst in 2015. Lynda oversees compliance activities related to the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), Conflict of Interest (COI), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Research Agreements, and Import/Export Control. Lynda provides crucial support to John Jay researchers as they navigate the compliance landscape, and strives to bridge the perceived gap between researchers and the IRB. She also works with OAR and OSP staff on research program development with the goal of fostering the John Jay research culture.


Lynda brings considerable experience in conducting and supporting academic research to her role in OAR; she has coordinated studies in maternal health at the University of Pennsylvania and Alzheimer's disease clinical trials at Columbia University, held the position of Assistant Manager in the Columbia University IRB, and co-managed the IRB office at the Rockefeller University. Lynda holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she investigated the role of spirituality in health and conducted an ethnography of thyroid cancer survivors. She is a Certified IRB Professional.

Rachel Friedman,
Research Communications Manager

Rachel Friedman joined John Jay College’s Office for the Advancement of Research in 2017. As Research Communications Manager, Rachel works to enhance and support scholarship at John Jay, making the OAR a mouthpiece highlighting all of the exemplary work coming out of John Jay’s research centers, faculty and staff.
Prior to coming to John Jay, Rachel spent several years with Ogilvy Public Relations Beijing as a Public Affairs and Executive Communications Consultant. She has also worked with think tanks and nonprofits including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the International Crisis Group. Rachel received her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Drew University.


Sandra Rutherford

Assistant to the Associate Provost and Dean of Research


Assistant to the Provost and Dean of Research Sandra Rutherford

Sandra Rutherford is the Assistant to the Associate Provost and Dean in the Office for the Advancement of Research. Since joining the college in 1992, Sandra has held several administrative positions. She began her career at John Jay as an assistant to the previous president of the college, Gerald W. Lynch. Later, she also worked as an Assistant for President Jeremy Travis.


In 2004, she became Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies. In 2005, she joined the Dean of Graduate Studies in the newly established Office for the Advancement of Research during his dual appointment as Dean for the Advancement of Research.  During her time at John Jay, Sandra has had the pleasure to work with students, faculty and staff in a various capacities to help advance the mission of the college. For some time, she worked alongside her father, Ronald Duesbury, who worked in the Office of the President for 25 years. 



Beth Fera

Research Operations Assistant


Beth Fera joined the Office for the Advancement of Research in May 2017. As the Research Operations Assistant, Beth handles a variety of tasks including managing OAR's social media presence and the John Jay Research website, assists in maintaining an internal funding database, and aids in producing various reports and projects of which OAR is engaged (such as faculty productivity, the annual report, and the 50 years of research publication). She is a PhD student in criminal justice at the CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College. Her research interests lie in the areas of cross-national reserach, American exceptionalism, criminological theory, cognitive-interviewing techniques, substance use/abuse, and program evaluation. She is currently working on her dissertation on cross-national indicators of puniveness and institutional anomie thoery. 




Susy G. (Mendes) Cullen, MBA, MA

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs


Director of Sponsored Programs Susy Mendes, MBA, MA

Susy G. Mendes joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at John Jay College in 2003.  Throughout her tenure, she has served the faculty and staff of the College at all levels of sponsored programs/research administration.   She was appointed to the title of Assistant Director in 2006, Deputy Director in 2007, Interim Director in 2012, and Director in 2013.  Susy works closely with the Dean of Research and OAR's Director of Operations to promote grantsmanship and support all activities involved in the acquisition and administration of grants.


Susy currently works with faculty and staff in discussing prospective research/other projects for funding, exploring and identifying appropriate funding opportunities, preparing and submitting proposals to external agencies and private sponsors, and overseeing subsequent post-award administration of grants and contracts for the College. She and the rest of the OSP staff serve as liaisons between faculty/staff at the College and the Research Foundation of CUNY to facilitate post-award administration.


Susy earned her BA in Psychology from Iona College; MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, CUNY: and MBA in Marketing from Baruch College, CUNY.

Amrish Sugrim-Singh

Director of Grants, Budgets and Special Projects


Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs Amrish Sugrim-Singh

Amrish Sugrim-Singh joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as Assistant Director in April of 2014 and was appointed to Director of Grants, Budgets and Special Projects in August 2019.  Prior to joining John Jay College, Amrish worked at the grants offices of Queensborough Community College and Baruch College, where he gained nearly a decade of experience in proposal development and sponsored programs administration.

Amrish works closely with faculty and staff on both pre- and post-award tasks, such as gathering information on potential funding opportunities, proposal preparation and submission to various funding agencies, budget development, and liaising with the Research Foundation of CUNY on grants and contracts negotiations and any other post-award issue that may arise.  He also works collaboratively with OAR in preparing reports and analyzing assessment metrics for OSP to track productivity.
Amrish earned his degree in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, CUNY.


Cherryanne Ward

Grants Administrative Associate


Grants Administrative Associate Cherryanne Ward

Cherryanne Ward joined the Office of Sponsored Programs as the Office’s Grants Assistant in 2007.  She assists faculty and staff on post-award management of their grant-funded projects including hiring personnel, submitting timesheets, travel, and other reimbursements. She is very knowledgeable of all Research Foundation E-Services systems such as the electronic Personnel Action Forms, electronic Payment Requests, Time and Leave, Summer Salary, and others. Cherryanne is also tasked with tracking the submissions of proposals and updating the Office’s records as they become funded by the various funding sources. Cherryanne earned a B.A. in Sociology from Hunter College, and a Master’s in Business Management and Leadership from the School of Professional Studies, CUNY.

Angela Reyes

Administrative Assistant

Angela Reyes recently joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as a Research and Sponsored Programs Administrative Assistant in December 2018. Angela is responsible for aiding in the grants process, and managing different administrative and grant accounting functions. She acts as a liaison with the Research Foundation to facilitate effective and compliant post-award administration of grants and contracts. Angela earned her BS in John Jay College, and is currently a master's student in the Public Administration program at John Jay College.