Staff

Meredith Dimattina

 GIS Specialist

Meredith DiMattina is a GIS Specialist and supporting the mission and work of the Center through mapping, spatial analysis, and building mobile web applications. She has worked as the Crime Analysis Unit Supervisor at the Burlington Police Department where she utilized data driven approaches to support the agency’s deployment of evidenced-based policing strategies. She is skilled in data analytics, spatial problem solving, and well-versed with a variety of GIS technologies including open-sourced integration and process automation.  In 2017 she completed a Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST) at NC State University.  While in graduate school, she was concurrently employed with UNCG’s Center for Housing & Community Studies as a GIS Specialist and also with the City of Greensboro’s Urban Areas Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Meredith is a certified Spatial Risk Analyst, presenting on Risk Terrain Modeling in Spain at the International Conference on Crime Risk Analysis in 2019. She currently serves in multiple capacities on URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet and is a member of the local Carolina URISA chapter.

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Atigre’ Farmer

Program Coordinator, Health Impact Team

Atigre’ Farmer is a recent graduate who received a B.A. in Spanish and Media studies at UNCG. Before becoming program coordinator for the Health Impact Team, Atigre’ worked with the center for three years using her Spanish language background to assist numerous projects in the office and Greensboro community. As a part-time coordinator for Health Impact Team she was eventually brought on to lead HIT full-time and hopes to accomplish many things in her position with the ever growing team. 

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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 now the program coordinator for the of the Center’s Mediation Project, which provides a free mediation service to landlords and tenants seeking to avoid the drastic remedy of eviction. He 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.

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Tiarra Brown

Site Coordinator for The Cottage Gardens Resource Center

Tiarra Brown is a full-time second-year Masters of Public Health student, her role at CHCS is the Program Coordinator of an after school program called the Cottage Garden’s Resource Center. She also works part of her time as a health navigator to the Health Impact Team. She got her bachelor’s at UNCG in Public Health Education with a concentration in community health in May 2019. Her future educational goal is to get a certificate in health coaching and ethnic health and health disparities to add on to her job skills. Career-wise she is still trying to figure out her niche but she knows the job she wants to get into will work closely within under-served communities and address existing ethnic health disparities and identify solutions to achieve health equity. 
 
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Haiyang Su

Survey Research & Data Analysis

Dr. Haiyan 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.

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Kenneth Gruber

 

Evaluation Research

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.

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Sohnie Black

Community Advocate

Sohnie Black joins the staff of the Center for Housing and Community Studies after working for the Fund for Democratic Communities- a local operating foundation, for more than a decade.  She brings with her a passion for justice and decades of experience as a community organizer. She excels when helping members of marginalized groups harness their collective power to address issues and bring about needed change in their communities. She looks forward to applying her skills at CHCS to the issues of environmental justice and affordable housing. Sohnie believes that well -informed and organized residents are the bedrock for strong and resilient cities. When she’s not working on one organizing effort or another, she can be found at home reading, listening to podcasts or working on one of her many home improvement projects.

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