Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach

Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach


CRREO, independently and in collaboration with local governments, business and not-for-profits in the Hudson Valley, conducts studies on topics of regional interest; brings visibility and focus to these matters; fosters communities working together to better serve citizenry; and advances the public interest in our region.



Intern Work Stations


   CRREO designs, conducts,
   manages and produces studies on
   regional issues or concerns, such as:

  • Local government reform and restructuring
  • Regional approaches to economic development
  • Regional delivery of local public services
  • Land use planning and environmental policy
  • Intergovernmental collaboration
  • Local public finance
  • Performance of local governments in key areas of policy and administration, in relationship to best practices
  • Needs assessment for regional governments and not-for-profits
  • Performance assessment of state and local public programs and agencies

Current Interns:

Joanne Zhao

Joanne Zhao:

Joanne is currently a junior majoring in Geography with a possible Asian Studies minor. She is planning on studying abroad in Guilin, China for the Spring 2015 semester to strengthen her Mandarin skills and help youth in need. Joanne is an activist for environmental justice, social justice, the arts, minority and human rights issues and hopes to one day be an international humanitarian. She is a current member and a past e-board member for Jam Asia and loves participating in community campaigns. In her free time, she likes to draw, cook, watch television,and dance.


 Past Interns:

 Picture of Layla Alqaisi


Layla Alqaisi:

Layla is a Political Science major with a concentration

in Comparative Politics and a minor in International Relations. She is a senior here at SUNY New Paltz and is a member of the Political Science Honors Society Pi Sigma Alpha. She is currently looking into applying for law schools and hopes to practice international law in the future.


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Maria Davila:

Maria is a senior at New Paltz, and is a Political Science major concentrating in Political Theory and an Environmental Studies minor. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is very involved in environmental community outreach. Maria plans to attend graduate school upon graduation to earn her master's degree in Political Science.


Intern Carling!!

Carling Devin:

Carling graduated from SUNY New Paltz in December 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory. She will be attending the New School for Social Research in the fall of 2013 to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Theory, focusing on resistance movements and radical politics. In her spare time, Carling enjoys hiking in the Gunks, cooking, and reading anarchist literature. Fun Fact: Carling's parents named her after beer!



Janine Harris

Janine Harris:

Janine Harris is a senior at SUNY New Paltz and will be receiving her Bachelors degree in Organizational Communication in May 2010. She is a Resident Assistant and serves as Public Relations officer for the Residence Hall Student Association. She is currently applying to graduate programs in College Student Personnel Administration and Social Work, and looks forward to continue working on college campuses.

Intern Ricardo!!

Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr:

Ricardo is a senior at SUNY New Paltz with a double major in journalism and political science with a concentration in international politics. Hernandez is a 2-year Cetrino Scholarship winner and is a member of the Honors Program. He hopes to become a foreign correspondent or pursue a career in academia.  Fun Fact: Ricardo's two African Grey parrots back home speak like his parents. So when he visits home, his parrots always fool him in thinking that his parents are home or calling for him.

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Zachary Keck:

Zachary is currently a Junior majoring in Political Science, a minor in Economics, and a member of the Honors Program. He has previously worked in the New York State Family Court System, as well as on the Campaign and in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Eric Massa. Zachary plans on continuing his studies in either National Security or Law, and hopes to pursue a career in academia or government.


Intern Roberto!!

Roberto M. LoBianco:

Roberto is a senior at SUNY New Paltz with a double major in Journalism and Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory. He served as a student senator and organizer with New York Students Rising. He has previously worked with the New York Public Interest Research Group at its legislative office in Albany. He hopes to continue his work in public policy research in graduate school. Fun Fact (actually, it's a rather dull fact): Roberto attends local government meetings for fun...


Ian Charles Miller

Ian Charles Miller:

Ian is an economics major with minors in political science and business. He received his Associate's degree from SUNY Orange in Computer Information Systems with high honors where he became member of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. He received a certificate of merit for outstanding scholastic achievement in Computer Information Systems. He has worked on projects having to do with local villages and village elections.


Caitlin O'Donnell

Caitlin O'Donnell:

Caitlin is currently a junior at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. She will be participating in the SUNY New Paltz Global Engagement Program in the fall of 2014 where she will be interning with a global environmental non-governmental organization in New York City. Caitlin plans on attending law school where she will pursue studies to become an environmental lawyer in the interest of environmental and social justice. Caitlin has no fun facts because, in fact, they are not fun.

 Caris Orzechowski

Charis G. Orzechowski:

Charis is a Political Science major with a concentration in Pre-Law. She is a senior here at SUNY New Paltz. She is a member of the Political Science Honors Society Pi Sigma Alpha. She looks forward to applying and making the transition to law school.


Will Raphaelson!

Will Raphaelson:

Will is a senior political science major with a concentration in American government and politics. He is the 2013 Cetrino Fellowship recipient and hopes to continue on a public policy research path in graduate school. He also serves on the Town of New Paltz' Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy Committee and the Student Labor Coalition. Fun Fact: Will loves to cook, and for two years prior to joining CRREO worked as a chef at a local restaurant!

Emily Sobel

Emily Sobel:

Emily is a junior at New Paltz with a double major in Asian Studies and Political Science with a concentration in American Government and a minor in History. She is part of the Honors Program, a current member and past e-board member of the Asian Student Association and Jam Asia, as well as the founder-president of the Chinese Conversation Table. Her goals are speaking Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; traveling extensively in East Asia; and working in public health policy after graduating.


Deborah Walnicki

Deborah Walnicki:

Deborah is a senior at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Sociology, a concentration in Human Services and a minor in Spanish. She is an alumna of the AmeriCorps program City Year, the 2013 Cetrino Family Scholarship recipient, a member of the Honors Program, a yoga instructor on campus and the president of the Yoga Club. Recently, she returned from a semester abroad in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she volunteered in a foundation tutoring inner-city youth. Fun fact: Deborah received the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in 2014.


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Danhui Wang:

Danhui is a senior at SUNY New Paltz, majoring in International Relations with a special interest in conflict resolution and peace building. She spent the past semester at Bosphrous University in Istanbul, Turkey, as an exchange student. She is now the president of Amnesty International at SUNY New Paltz and is active in various clubs and organizations on campus.