The MSRC Staff

The MSRC Staff



Margaret Roidi, Manager

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Margaret holds an A.A. in Cinema Studies from Bergen Community College in New Jersey (Class Valedictorian), a B.A. in Communications, summa cum laude, and an M.A. in Media and Professional Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, also in New Jersey; her Master’s thesis was titled, Sex in Cinema (1880’s-1920’s): Rape, Race, and Censorship. She is currently received a PhD in Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University in Minneapolis where her research focuses on enhancing online learning in the community college setting. Her PhD research focuses on online education, which she believes will be a significant advantage to students not able to adapt to the traditional college model, whether they be those with special needs, working parents, or military members serving overseas.

She was working at the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center for the past eleven years where she served as the Manager while also teaching an online course, Success 101, at BCC. As part of her duties she has worked heavily in the fields of assessment, development, and grants, including Title V, STEM, First in the World and Transitional Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. She is a member of numerous professional tutoring organizations, has published scholarly work on tutoring, and has given dozens of presentations from Anchorage to Milwaukee on tutoring-related topics such as Tutoring Special Needs Students: It’s The Behavior, Not The Diagnosis and Program Review: A Comprehensive Assessment of Your Tutoring Program. Starting out as a peer tutor to managing a two-time award winning Learning Assistance Center, Ms. Roidi has dedicated her life to education and the tutorial profession. Ms. Roidi is excited to have recently accepted the position of the Math & Science Resource Center Manager at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Manuel Chaparro, Assistant Manager

Manny is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program at Baruch College and will receive his MSEd at the end of fall 2015. He is also a graduate of John Jay’s forensic science program graduating with his B.S. in 2010. He began at the MSRC as a tutor and enjoyed helping students and being part of a team. He became the full-time coordinator in 2010 which led him to pursue his current degree.  Manny is a huge supporter of students taking the initiative in their educational development and growth. In his free time he enjoys reading about the latest advancements in technology, building and modifying computers, and is an advocate for animal rights.



Briana Gerena, Part-Time Coordinator

Briana is an alum of John Jay, having graduated in 2008 with a BA/MA in Forensic Psychology. She just finished her Master’s Degree in Bioethics at Columbia University. She have been tutoring mathematics and statistics at John Jay off and on since 2004, and she loves it! Right now, you’re probably going “11 years of math tutoring. You must be crazy!” but this job allows her to help students master a subject that they find challenging. She loves being able to support others and pass along what she has learned. Besides tutoring and collecting degrees, she likes to read, watch movies, bake, and snuggle with her cat. she can go on all day about 1980’s/90’s action and sci-fi movies, which usually ends with the other person being handed a list of mandatory films they need to see, so it’s best not to get her started.


Pia Austria, Part-Time Coordinator

Hello. My name is Pia A and I graduated from John Jay with an M.S. in Forensic Science.  I also teach general chemistry here at John Jay.  I joined the MSRC as a tutor to better understand the perspective of a student.  By being more aware of common mistakes and misconceptions, I can become a more effective teacher.  When I find some spare time, I enjoy reading books, taking a yoga class, and having long conversations with interesting people.  A goal I’ve had in mind for a while isn’t lofty, but fulfilling.  I want to try cuisines from all over the world while learning about the cultures that developed them. 






Hi there! My name is Abdul K. I am majoring in Forensic Science in the Criminalistics concentration. This is my first year working at the MSRC. One of my favorite things to do is to watch horror movies.

Tutors: CHE 100, 101, 102; MAT 105




Hi, I'm Alicia







Hi, I'm Alorah B! I'm from Port Jervis, NY and am currently a senior in the Cell and Molecular Biology program here at John Jay. I became a tutor because I want to help people understand science so that maybe they can appreciate how beautiful and fun it is. After I graduate, I would like to addend graduate school for marine sciences and conservation biology. Aside from being a student and tutor, I am also a stand-up comedian, but only for the people I know will laugh at my jokes, and a hard core NJ Devils and Albany Devils fan. Some of my many talents include: being awesome, making ice cream cakes, and comedic poem writing. I love my job and look forward to meeting and tutoring new people. Peace, love, and science! Tutors: BIO 101, 102, 103, 104, 315; CHE 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 220; MAT 105; SCI 110, 112, 163


Hello, my name is Amanda F and I received my bachelors in Criminal Justice from John Jay in 2016. I was a receptionist for three years here at the MSRC and can say that working here is always a welcoming experience, so I applied to become a tutor. I enjoy being a tutor because I am able to help students in their search for an understanding in math. My goal is to go back to school, where I would like to study social work and obtain a job in the Administration for Children's Services. During my free time I enjoy reading books, going out with my friends, or just simply staying home relaxing with my family. I tutor: MAT 105; STA 250; SCI 110 





Hi, I'm Anthony. . .







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Hi, I'm Brianna . . .







Hi, I'm Caitlin M! Originally from San Francisco, I moved to New York two years ago to attend John Jay and pursue the Forensic Science degree (also minoring in Psychology). Though I sometimes question this decision during stifling humidity or snowy blizzards, I do not regret becoming a member of John Jay and experiencing everything that this city has to offer. I decided to become a tutor because I feel that I am a shining example of how tutoring can make a difference. Growing up, I always identified myself as more of an English and language type of gal. The first test that I ever failed was a chemistry test in 7th grade! However, when I realized that my passion for Forensic Science was going to require me to get close and personal with math and science, I immersed myself in the topics, spent hours in Starbucks, and became a frequent flyer at the Math and Science Resource Center. Though you may not believe that you are a "math and science" person, if you put in the time and effort, you can master them without a doubt--and we are all here to help! When I'm not tutoring, you can find me exploring NYC with my friends, eating foods that are bad for me, or binge watching Discovery ID. Feel free to join! Tutors: CE 201, 202, 315; PHY 101, 203


Hello my name is  Earik M, and I am a graduate from John Jay with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. I'm currently working on a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice. I've worked at the MSRC for 3 years and counting. A fun fact about me is that I am the 2017 Tutor of the Year at the MSRC! 

Tutors: MAT 105, 106, 108, 141, 241, 242, 243, 244; STA 250




Hola, my name is Enil J. I’m currently a junior at John Jay College. My major is Forensic Science, the Toxicology track and minor in Biology. Being a tutor at the MSRC has taught me an incredible number of things. One of the most important skills I have learned is the ability to convey information in a variety of ways. This is highly important since students learn information in many different ways. Additionally, it forces me to keep going back to material that I learned semesters ago. Thus, allowing me to make more connections with the current material, which I try to relay to other students as well. My future goal is to become a Forensic Pathologist Assistant. Some interesting facts about me include: pretending to play the guitar, playing handball, cooking, working out, and talking about life. Tutors: BIO 104, 205; CHE 201, 202, 302, 315; MAT 105, 141; PHY 101, 102, 203, 204; SCI 110


Greetings Fellow Earthlings! My name is Erica K and I graduated from John Jay with my B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology.  This is my second year as a Tutor, as an Adjunct Instructor for the math and science departments, and as an Academic Advisor for the PRISM Junior Scholars Program. 

Fun fact: I’m a musical nerd and can play seven instruments! Come catch me at the next New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra concert :D

Tutors: MAT 105, 241; BIO 104, 255; SCI 110



Hi, I'm Hannah....







Hi! I’m Iffah C.  I am a graduate student majoring in Forensic Science. I enjoy tutoring a lot because it feels less like work and more like 'sharing' to me. However, as easy as it may seem because I may know the materials to be taught very well, the real challenge comes from the side of the students. There is a huge difference between knowing something and teaching it and different students requires different techniques of teaching according to their understanding capability. Working as a tutor here at MSRC, helps me to give a platform to gain experience in this area so that I attain expertise at 'teaching'. In the future, no matter what job I get into, I wish to be a teacher, teaching on the side as a passion. This tutoring experience will aid me to be an effective educator who inspires as well. Fun Fact: I am huge Harry Potter fan! Any conversation about the setting and characters of the saga, always lifts my mood! Tutors: BIO 101, 102, 103, 104; MAT 105

Hi, I'm Jake . . .






Hi my name is Jessica T. I'm currently a lower senior concentrating in Fraud Examination and Forensic Files. I also double minor in Mathematics and Sociology. I enjoy watching the Food Network, watching makeup tutorials, and admiring nature. Starting this is my first semester tutoring at the MSRC, but I have 2 years of prior tutoring experience.  I love John Jay and I love tutoring at the MSRC! Everyone has treated me like a brother/sister. Tutoring at the MSRC has been nothing but a blessing and I'm excited to help everyone out! Interesting fact: I don't like waffles at all. I would prefer to eat a hard-boiled egg instead. Tutors: MAT 105, 106, 141, 242, 310



Hi, I'm Julie . . .







Hi, I am Krupa J, I moved from India during the fall and have been in New York for less than a year. I am doing my Masters in Forensic Science at John Jay College with Molecular Biology track. I am a very outdoors person and love going around the city. I also love meeting new people and making new friends. Other than that, I am passionate about understanding new concepts of science. I believe in hard work and that there is no other alternative to it, which in future will make you achieve your goals. I have joined MSRC to help other students understand the concepts of science which they find difficult. Once you understand it, I am sure you will find it really interesting, and would love to dig the subject further. I hope to see you in further in the tutoring sessions.I tutor: BIO 101,102,103, 104, 205; CHE 100, 101,102, 103, 104, SCI 110, 112, 163


Hello my fellow earthlings. My name is Lisset D. I am currently a sophomore at Macaulay Honors College at John Jay College and am pursuing a B.S in Forensic Science with a concentration in Molecular Biology. In the future I plan to seek a PhD in biomedical sciences and continue to gain knowledge. I am currently conducting research at John Jay and have spent a summer in Morocco as a research intern. I like tutoring because I love the feeling of seeing someone understand something that they had previously had been struggling with. I hope to see you guys soon and watch your knowledge grow of math and science.Tutors: BIO 101, 102, 103, 104, 205, 315; CHE 100, 101, 102, 103; MAT 105; SCI 110, 112, 163




Hi, I'm Maggie . . .







Hello! My name is Margaret F and I'm currently in my third year as a Forensic Science Major at John Jay. In addition to being a full-time student, I am also doing research with a John Jay professor, and I recently had the opportunity to travel to Egypt to study mummified human remains. Being a tutor at the MSRC has made me realize that even though I disliked math in high school, I really enjoy it now. Coming up with goofy analogies and mnemonic devices is a way for me to make it more interesting, and I think it helps when I'm working with students. When I'm not doing school-related stuff, I love reading/watching true crime, mysteries, and horror. I also have a background in art, so I love to draw too. My plan is to pursue a Master's degree in environmental science after I graduate next year. Tutors: CHE 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 320; MAT 105, 301; NSC 107; PHY 101, 203; SCI 110, 112, 163


Hi, I’m Melba M, originally from Jersey! I came to John Jay from Hoboken High School and no, I don’t know the Cake Boss but I do know my math and science. I am a Forensic Science major in the Criminalistics track. I chose to work in the Math and Science Center because I liked the family vibe of the center. Everyone just seemed so awesome and I wanted to be a part of it. I hope in the future to put my degree to use and work in a lab. When I am not bombarded with school or work, you can find me in my bat cave reading my comics or watching the Walking Dead. Tutors: MAT 105, 108, 141; CHE 321





Hello, my name is Owen Z. I am currently a third year student at John Jay majoring in Forensic Science with a focus in Toxicology and a minor in Biology. I am also a PRISM student and very passionate about research. I plan on going to graduate school to get a Ph.D in Biochemistry. I joined the MSRC tutoring staff knowing that I would be able to help others achieve their academic goals. When I have time, I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with friends, or trying to find the best burger to eat here in the city. There’s also nothing better than relaxing to some music. College is stressful, we’re all there. But let’s try to have some fun through it. Tutors: CHE 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202; MAT 241, 242; PHY 101, 102, 203, 204; SCI 110, 112, 163



Hello all! I am Rabia J, a student here at John Jay, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. My love for Biology first began when I was in Iran, dissecting Rana tigrina (BULLFROG!!) for my ninth grade lab practicals. Visualizing the internal morphology of the amphibian species and studying the complex functioning of its digestive and circulatory system was quite fascinating for me. My interest in Biology spurs from the various dissection experiences I had over the past years! I have a passion for learning and I believe that my foremost responsibility as a human is to educate myself and to forward the knowledge to others. Considering this responsibility, I started tutoring at the MSRC and it has been a totally rewarding experience for me. In the future, I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in Neuroscience. Tutors: BIO 101, 102, 103, 104, 205, 315; CHE 100, 101, 102, 103, 104; MAT 105, 241; SCI 110, 112, 163





Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie M and I am currently a junior at John Jay pursuing a major in Forensic Science with a minor in Biology. As a tutor, I look forward to working with fellow science and math students in achieving their academic goal. Also, I hope to open your eyes to how amazing the world of science and math truly are. You can find me almost every day in the lovely environment of the MSRC either tutoring or studying myself.  Outside of school and my head in a text book, I enjoy listening to different genres of music, watching horror movies, exploring in the city, and catching up with my friends. Education is very important so don’t be afraid to come in to use the provided resources and set up tutoring appointments with either me or the other amazing tutors here. Remember, hard work will surely pay off! Tutors: BIO 205; CHE 201, 202, 220; MAT 301; PHY 101, 203


Hi! My name is Syeda A and I'm currently a junior at John Jay majoring in Forensic Science: Molecular Biology concentration and also minoring in Biology. Yes, I love biology as much as I love chemistry! Before I became a tutor, I went to the MSRC for tutoring mainly for chemistry and I realized how much it helped me and that I should've gone sooner. The tutors were so helpful and encouraging and probably one of the reasons why I'm still in this major. Now I get to be that person to someone else! My future goal is to attend graduate school for either Forensic Science or Physician Assistant studies. Remember we're not only your tutors but also your peers and will always be around if you need anything so don't be afraid to stop by! Tutors: BIO 103; CHE 201, 202


Hi, I'm Vinny B. . . .







Hello, my name is Yanick C. I majored in Forensic Science when I was an Undergraduate at John Jay College. I am now college adjunct for John Jay’s Science Department and really enjoy being in the classroom. While teaching I realized some students were not able to solve their science problems because they required help with math. I would schedule a one-on-one tutoring with the students to review what they didn't understand, and saw from their exam scores that these sessions were helping. I hope as a tutor I can help students not only learn the material but understand the subject better on their own. Tutoring is like riding a bicycle, once you can get the hang of it with a little help you can keep going by yourself.  When I am not grading papers or updating PowerPoint slides for class, I love reading. Since I was 7 years old I have always had a book in my hands. My favorite books are "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the Harry Potter series. And I always enjoy good movies or TV shows to help me relax. Tutors: MAT 105, 141





















Updated 09/20/2017