Staff

Staff

About Us

Danielle M. Officer, Director of Center for Student Involvement and LeadershipDanielle M. Officer, Director
L2.71.04NB
(212) 237-8185
dofficer@jjay.cuny.edu

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Danielle’s energy and enthusiasm can be felt throughout the Center. She has always had a passion and dedication to student leadership and has worked in higher education and the nonprofit sector for 20 years. Majoring in psychology she earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, in her junior year she received the prestigious A. Robert Rainville Leadership Award for her Outstanding Student Leadership to the Campus Community. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Bernard Baruch College and is pursuing her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. She is passionate about helping students find the right engagement opportunity that connects them to John Jay. Danielle lives in New Rochelle with her husband and children.

Fun Fact: Danielle has an obsession with sharks and one day plans to swim with them. She is an avid watcher of Shark Week.

Makeda Jordan, Associate Director of the Center for Student Involvement and LeadershipMakeda Jordan, Associate Director
L2.71.03NB
(212) 237-8374
mjordan@jjay.cuny.edu

Makeda is a believer in the African proverb “it takes a village” approach in developing young people. Makeda has been an employee at John Jay since 2006. She has a particular interest in the wellness, fitness and readiness of young people. In fact, she has her own camp – M.A.D. Sports – that is dedicated to providing athletic experiences for campers in the summer. Makeda is an alum of John Jay where she earned her Bachelor’s in forensic psychology. She earned her Master’s from Queens College in Urban Planning. She has a wealth of leadership and community organizing experience. She has spent over ten years working in the field of youth services and now has dedicated her profession to higher education.

Fun Fact: I enjoy participating in bike tours in the NYC metro area and when weather permits I love commuting to work on my bike.

Iris Martinez, Assitant to Director & Budget Manager for the Center for Student Involvement and LeadershipIris Martinez, Assitant to Director & Budget Manager
L2.71.00NB
(212) 393-6391
irmartinez@jjay.cuny.edu

Iris grew up in the Dominican Republic and came to the US in 1989. She attended Lehman College in the Bronx and obtained a BS in Accounting. She has exceptional skills in budgeting and managing the budgets for the Center and the student organizations at John Jay College. Iris is always on top of her budgeting game. She brings her passion and love for accounting to both students and staff. After 17 years in the Bronx, she moved to New Jersey where she lives with her husband and only daughter.

Fun Fact: Iris loves to spend all free time with her sisters and her entire family. Also she loves Reggae music.

Dominique Mendez-Rose, Office Manager for the Center for Student Involvement and LeadershipDominique Mendez-Rose, Office Manager
L2.71.00NB
(212) 237-8739
domendez@jjay.cuny.edu

She was born in Queens and raised in Long Island. She has been working for John Jay College for 5 years. The students have given her the name “Space Queen” in relationship to her job ethic. She has an open door policy that helps make them feel like this is a home away from home. She always has a great spirit no matter the time of day. She is currently has her associate degree in Human Services Mental Health at LaGuardia Community College and will be have a Bachelor's degree in Gender Studies from John Jay in the Fall. She is also a member of John Jay College’s LGBTQ taskforce.

Fun Fact: She is learning American Sign Language and likes 30 second dance parties.

Jon Salamak, Evening Coordinator for the Center for Student Involvement and LeadershipJon Salamak, CSIL Evening Coordinator

L2.70.18NB

(212) 237-8738

jsalamak@jjay.cuny.edu

 

Jon Salamak, originally from the outskirts of Philadelphia PA, is a New York City transplant and has been living the big city life for the past three years. His decision to pursue a career in higher education came after being heavily involved in student clubs and organizations during his tenure at his undergraduate college. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Holy Family University, and is currently finishing up his Master’s degree in Urban & Multicultural Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He prides himself on being accessible, patient, and empathetic to all students that he encounters – and they all think he’s awesome. Those are totally not his words. Currently he resides in Harlem with his girlfriend and puppy daughter.

 

Fun fact: Jon is a cast member at the Rocky Horror Picture Show in New York City – they perform every Friday and Saturday at midnight!

 

 

Nikki Gupton, Student Life Specialist
L2.70.19NB
(212) 237-8181
egupton@jjay.cuny.edu

Nikki is originally from North Carolina and has been living in NJ for a little over two years. As a first-generation college student, she understands the importance of getting involved on campus and staying committed to your education. She received her B.S. degree from UNC-Asheville and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Leadership from Mercer University. She believes in an open-door policy so feel free to stop by at any point to say hello. She is passionate about connecting with students to ensure that everyone has the best collegiate experience. 

Fun Fact: Her first name is Electra. She got the name from her great-grandmother, whom was clearly a cool woman way ahead of her time.