Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

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Independently and in collaboration with local governments, business, and not-for-profits in the Hudson Valley, the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach's (CRREO) research mission is to: conduct studies on topics of regional interest; bring visibility and focus to these matters; foster communities working together to better serve citizenry; and advance the public interest in our region. In addition to Regional Education, a number of well established, regionally oriented New Paltz programs and activities have been assembled under the aegis of CRREO. These include: the Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH), the Legislative Gazette, the Language Immersion Institute (LII), University in the High School, and One Book, One New Paltz.

Professional Staff

Gerald Benjamin
CRREO Director & Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement

Gerald Benjamin joined the New Paltz faculty as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in 1968 and achieved the University's highest rank in 2002 when he was appointed Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. He served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, Presiding Officer of the faculty and (for twelve years beginning in 1996) Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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Gerald Benjamin

Kathleen (KT) Tobin
Associate Director

KT is responsible for designing, conducting, managing, and producing CRREO studies on regional issues and concerns. Her recent publications include: with Brian Obach (Sociology): Agriculture Supporting Communities in the Mid-Hudson Region; with Maureen Morrow (Biology): Communicating Student Research at SUNY New Paltz to State and Local Elected Officials; with Josh Simons (CRREO), Leonard Nevarez (Vassar College), and Susan Grove (Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition): Poughkeepsie Plenty: A Community Food Assessment; and with Eve Waltermaurer and Janis Benincasa (CRREO), Mid-Hudson Arts and Culture: the Economic Impact. KT is also editor of the CRREO Discussion Brief Series. KT is currently serving on the board of directors for the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, is the former Vice President of the New Paltz School Board, and has served on several community committees including New Paltz GreenWorks and New Paltz Flood Aid. KT is also an adjunct lecturer in Sociology, teaching Intro to Sociology, Social Inequality, and Research Methods.

KT Flusser

Janis Benincasa
Assistant Director

Janis Benincasa joined the staff of CRREO in 2009 where she acts as Assistant Director. An academically trained folklorist, she received her MA from UCLA. Prior to her tenure at SUNY New Paltz, she worked as a consultant for not-for-profit arts, cultural, and historical organizations throughout the region on projects pertaining to folk and traditional arts.

 Janis Benincasa

Joshua Simons
Senior Research Associate

Joshua Simons holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, magna cum laude (2008), from SUNY New Paltz. He is now employed at CRREO as a Senior Research Associate specializing in geographic information systems, redistricting, and shared service analysis. Some of his recent projects include the creation of an online interactive map and website to display information on properties of historic significance in the Town and Village of New Paltz, and serving as the redistricting consultant to facilitate the Redistricting Commission of the City of Oneonta create a viable redistricting plan for the city, and document the process. He also served as a judge for the 2012 Fordham Law School Redistricting Competition. In addition his projects, Simons also provides GIS support and map making to other studies conducted by CRREO.


Joshua Simons

Eve Waltermaurer
Director of Research and Evaluation

Eve Waltermaurer joined the New Paltz faculty in 2003 and is now an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Concentration. She holds a PhD in Social Epidemiology from SUNY Albany and an MA in Community Health from CUNY Lehman. She has conducted violence, youth risk, health, and evaluation research for over 16 years. She specializes in secondary data compilation and analysis, statistics, survey research and program evaluation.


Eve Waltermaurer


Advisory Board Members

1. Sue Books, Professor - Secondary Education Department, SUNY New Paltz
2. Gregory Bray, Assistant Professor - Communication and Media Department, SUNY New Paltz
3. Tom Cetrino, Lead Researcher - CRREO, SUNY New Paltz
4. Rief Kanan, Lecturer - School of Business, SUNY New Paltz
5. Guy Kempe, VP Community Development - Rural Ulster Preservation Company
6. Jack Lester, Law Office of Jack Lester, Esq.,
7. Dana Levenberg, Chief of Staff - Office of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
8. Maureen Morrow, Associate Professor - Biology Department, SUNY New Paltz
9. Elizabeth Norton Baker, VP of Value Services Operations and Strategy - IBM Somers
10. Jessica Poser, Assistant Professor - Art Department, SUNY New Paltz
11. Nancy Proyect, President - Orange County Citizens Foundation
12. Geddy Sveikauskas, Publisher - Ulster Publishing
13. Dare Thompson, President - League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region