About Us

» Mission
» Professional Staff
» Advisory Board


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 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 as a distinguished professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. He served as chair of the Department of Political Science, presiding officer of the faculty, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1996-2008.
» Read more about Dr. Benjamin



KT Flusser Kathleen (KT) Tobin
Associate Director

KT Tobin is responsible for designing, conducting, managing, and producing CRREO studies on regional issues and concerns. Her recent publications include: Agriculture Supporting Communities in the Mid-Hudson Region with Brian Obach (sociology); Communicating Student Research at SUNY New Paltz to State and Local Elected Officials with Maureen Morrow (biology);  Poughkeepsie Plenty: A Community Food Assessment with Josh Simons (CRREO), Leonard Nevarez (Vassar College), and Susan Grove (Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition); and Mid-Hudson Arts and Culture: the Economic Impact with Eve Waltermaurer and Janis Benincasa (CRREO). Tobin is also editor of the CRREO Discussion Brief Series. Tobin 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. Tobin is also an adjunct lecturer in sociology, teaching Intro to Sociology, Social Inequality, and Research Methods.



Robin Jacobowitz, Ph.D.
Director of Education Projects

Robin Jacobowitz is the director of education projects at the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz. She taught for many years as an adjunct in SUNY New Paltz's School of Education. Previously, Jacobowitz worked at New York University's Institute for Education and Social Policy, where her research centered on the growth and development of charter schools in New York State, the organizational structures that facilitate teaching and learning in New York City small high schools, and leadership transitions in new schools in New York City. She also worked with the University of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children, where her research focused on the relationship between constituency building and policy work in affecting systemic school reform in New York State. Prior to beginning her career in research, Jacobowitz worked with the Public Education Network in Washington D.C., where she provided technical assistance to local education funds around the country on issues of school governance, school health, and public engagement. Jacobowitz holds an M.Ed. in education policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She is currently a trustee on the Kingston City School District Board of Education and a member of the executive committee of the Ulster County School Boards Association.




Janis Benincasa
Assistant Director

Janis BenincasaJanis Benincasa has a background in visual culture. She came to SUNY New Paltz after a career in arts administration and programming with a focus on the role of arts in local economic development. At CRREO, she has researched and written about the Ulster County budget, the economic challenges confronting local community colleges, and the economic impact of arts & culture in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Benincasa is responsible for CRREO's administration and event planning. She earned her M.A. at UCLA



Joshua Simons
Senior Research Associate

Joshua SimonsJoshua 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.



Eve Waltermaurer
Director of Research and Evaluation

Eve WaltermaurerEve 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 Ph.D. in social epidemiology from SUNY Albany and a Master of Arts 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.





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