Staff

John Crowder, Tenant Leadership Academy Assistant

John Kamaal Sunjata received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he majored in Economics and double minored in Political Science and Philosophical Ethics. He’s a graduate student in Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) at UNCG. He has a great deal of experience with grassroots organizing and he conducts independent research on gentrification, racial stratification, structural inequality, and international affairs. He is currently a Tenant Leadership Academy assistant with the Center.

 

Meredith DiMattina, GIS Specialist


Meredith DiMattina is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) serving as the GIS Specialist for the Center. She is skilled in data analytics, cartography, web design, programming, spatial problem solving, and is well-versed with a variety of GIS technologies including open-sourced integration.  In 2017 she completed a Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST) at NC State University.  Meredith has a special interest in spatial risk assessments and process automation. She is an active member of URISA international and was recently elected to the executive board of the Carolina URISA chapter.

Jasmine Gonzalez, Business Coordinator

Jasmine Gonzalez is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communication Studies concentrating in Leadership and Public Advocacy and a minor in Gender Studies. She has been involved in volunteer-powered nonprofit organization with All Hands and Hearts that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by disasters.

 

 

Dr. Kenneth Gruber, Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Kenneth Gruber is a research psychologist with over 40 years of research and program evaluation experience. His areas of specialty include data collection design and methodology, statistical analysis, program evaluation, technical writing assistance, and grant application review. His evaluation/research experience has covered a variety of community health topics including chronic illnesses, nutrition, adolescent pregnancy prevention, the impact of diet on health and weight management, health access for uninsured adults, substance use and environmental factors in the home affecting the incidence of asthma. He is currently working on projects relating to integrated care and treatment of co-occurring disorders for the insured adults, the impact of a rapid response and syringe exchange program in connection with address opioid overdose (GCSTOP), housing as a health issue, housing eviction and homelessness, and pediatric asthma.

Sierra Hicks, Housing Navigation Assistant

Sierra Hicks is a 2nd Year student in the Master of Public Health Program at UNCG. Sierra will be assisting residents of Guilford County with applying for Emergency Rental Assistance. Sierra has a Bachelor of Science in biology from North Carolina Central University. Her interests are in community health and health coaching.

 

 

Stephanie Ledwell, Housing Navigator, Health Impact Team

Stefanie Ledwell, Housing Resources Navigator at CHCS, is a graduate of UNC Greensboro with a B.A. in Sociology, with a focus on Global Social Problems. She brings to her position a passion for economic and social justice, along with years of experience at nonprofits, and in social services and housing, advocating for clients and working to provide financial assistance for basic needs. Stefanie will provide direct assistance to clients, as well as working to build and maintain relationships with agencies, nonprofits, and landlords. She will also coordinate and oversee the efforts of the Center’s team of interns, work-study participants, and volunteers, who work to disseminate information about our program, as well as gathering data to support the Center’s research.

Diana Martinez, Health Impact Team Assistant

Diana Martinez is an assistant coordinator for the Health Impact team in the Center for Housing and Community Studies. She has worked at the Center for four years as a work-study student and is now a senior at UNCG majoring in Public Health Education.

 

 

Kojo Minta, Housing and Urban Policy Research Assistant

Kojo is a graduate of UNCG’s MPH program. He completed his undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill with an Environmental Science degree. His current role with CHCS is a research assistant, performing community assessments under the supervision of Bruce Rich. His skills include data analysis, program assessment, and evaluation. His research interests include environmental health and housing inequities.

Renée Norris , Eviction Mediation & Housing Navigation Coordinator

Renée is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in Urban Studies. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore and is a member of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Renée served as mediator for courts in Maryland and Pennsylvania during almost ten years of solo practice. More recently she held the position of Deputy Director at Greensboro Housing Coalition where she worked on various housing programs. She has had a long time interest in addressing housing issues and preventing homelessness. Renée believes that mediation can be of great benefit to tenants and landlords in resolving housing and eviction issues.

Reem Al Raiisi, Mediation Project Research Assistant

Reem H. Al Raiisi is originally from Oman. She completed her B.S. in International Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019. During her bachelor’s degree, she studied in Italy and Belgium. She is a second-year student in the Master of Public Affairs Program at UNCG. From her diverse background and valuable experiences, she gained, Reem is using her passion for standing up for human rights in expanding her knowledge and expertise in the public affairs field. Her interests include addressing the role of creative place-making in social issues.

 

Will Queen, Economist/ Program Evaluator

Will Queen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at UNCG who specializes in health economics, econometrics, and program evaluation. His research broadly focuses on the economics surrounding mental health and substance use. His work for the Center for Housing and Community Studies involves conducting return on investment analyses, analyzing data, and program evaluation. He currently works on projects to evaluate mental health pilots for at-risk youth in North Carolina and an eviction mediation program in Guilford county. His experience with software such as R, SAS, Stata, and Python is especially valuable for projects working with large datasets. Queen also holds an MA in Applied Economics from UNCG and a BA in Economics from Appalachian State with a minor in mathematics.

Bruce Rich, Housing and Urban Policy Coordinator

Bruce Rich is a researcher, advocate and policy coordinator with the Center for Housing and Community Studies. A lawyer by background and the recipient of the degree of Master of Public Affairs at UNCG with a concentration in Community and Economic Development, Bruce conducts research for nonprofit organizations and local governments in the fields of housing, health equity and access to justice. He is also a staff member of the Center’s Mediation Project, and the author of UNCG’s housing and community development policy blog. In addition to twenty-one years of New York law practice, Bruce has done research and field work with Triad Health Project and case management with the Greensboro Housing Coalition, and has been a volunteer with Legal Aid NC and the Guilford County Detention Center in Greensboro.

Terrell Richardson, Housing Navigator

Terrell Richardson is a 2nd year student in the Joint Master of Social Work Program between NCAT and UNCG. Terrell serves as a Housing Navigator. In this role, Terrell assists individuals and families in the Guilford County area with applying for Emergency Rental Assistance as well as connecting them to resources in the county to improve their overall quality of life. Terrell recently graduated from UNCG’s Student Affairs program with a Master of Education. His research interest are Mental Health and Student Leaders.

Dr. Haiyang Su, Survey Research & Data Analysis

Dr. Haiyang Su is an Evaluation Specialist within the Center. He recently earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University at Albany-SUNY. He also holds a master’s degree in Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research from Hunan University. While a doctoral student at University at Albany he earned valuable experience as a Research Associate at the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute and serving as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the University at Albany. Dr. Su is a certified SAS Advanced Programmer with rich experience in quantitative data collection and analysis, survey research, and project management. He has experience in developing reports and is adept at using LaTeX, Tableau, and Power BI for visual presentations. His advanced coursework in Statistical Methods & Research Design, Educational Research & Design, Multivariate Methods for Research, Structural Equation Modeling, Item Response Theory, and Data Visualization are especially pertinent to the quantitative aspects of our work.

 

Jordan Wright, Tenant Leadership Academy Assistant

Jordan Wright is a second year student in the Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) Program at UNCG. He has worked on the CHCS Health Impact Team and is currently a Assistant for the Tenant Leadership Academy. His research interests include community development and planning.