About Us

Danielle M. Officer, Director of Center for Student Involvement and LeadershipDanielle M. Officer, Senior Director
(212) 237-8185

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 Saint Peter's 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
(212) 237-8374

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
(212) 393-6391

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.

Nikki Gupton, Specialist
(212) 237-8181

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. 

Jon Salamak, Evening Coordinator


(212) 237-8738


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 six 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 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 Director for the Rocky Horror Picture Show in New York City – they perform every Friday and Saturday at midnight!


Alyssa Hollywood, Coordinator for Student Transition Programs


(646) 557-4829

Alyssa grew up in the Midwest but has been on the East Coast since 2012.  She got her BA in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL and her MS in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She was motivated to work with college students early on in her college career by being an orientation leader and being part of the Campus Activities Board.  After graduating from her Masters degree, she worked on college housing but was excited to get back to her roots with working with New Student Orientation here at John Jay College in 2016.  She oversees New Student Orientation, Peer Ambassador Leadership, Parent & Family Programming and is a cohort leader for student clubs.

Fun Fact: She ran a half marathon with little to no training and previously hated running!  

Davina Negron, Office Coordinator


(646) 718-5238


Born and raised in New York City, Davina comes from a diverse background of Mexican, Colombian and Puerto Rican decent. Raised by her grandmather, Davina is a first generation college student and obtained her Bachelors in Health Service Administration from Lehman College. While on her academic journey, she has spent time volunteering at Mount Sinai West. Davina plans to pursue her Masters at John Jay College.


Fun fact: Davina is the oldest in her family with seven brothers and sisters. She has a dog named Benji and loves all types of music from Rock to R&B to Rap.