Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

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Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

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Mission

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 Tobin Flusser
Assistant Director

Kathleen (kt) Tobin Flusser joined the CRREO staff in October 2008. Previously, she was the assistant director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion where she provided a variety of research and technical support for all survey projects.  Her research at the Marist Poll included studies of voters in the United States, New York State, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York City.  She has also performed extensive research in emergency preparedness; children’s issues; community surveys; higher education; business and economic development; and environmental issues. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at SUNY Albany where her specialty areas are political sociology and gender.   She has a M.S. Social Research from CUNY Hunter and is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz ’92, Sociology.

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 M.A. 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 web site 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, Mr. 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 M.A. 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

CRREO is currently in the process of reconstituting an Advisory Board.