About the Staff

About the Staff

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Anthony Carpi
Dan Stageman
Lynda Mules
Eric Doering
Rachel Friedman

Susy G. (Mendes) Cullen
Amrish Sugrim-Singh
Cherryanne Ward
Kuralay Zharmagambetova



Anthony Carpi, PhD

Associate Provost and Dean of Research


Associate Provost and Dean of Research Dr. Anthony Carpi

Anthony is Associate Provost and Dean of Research, Professional Studies, and International Partnerships at John Jay College. In this capacity, he provides strategic leadership toward advancing the College’s research and outreach missions. He supports faculty and staff as they manage major research projects, lead research Centers and collaborations, develop international partnerships, publish manuscripts, secure grants, and produce scholarly and creative works. He has been at the institution since 1997, working as professor, Deputy Chair and Chair of the Department of Sciences, and has served on numerous committees focused on institutional effectiveness, student retention, and technological innovation. He is the founder and Director of the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math, a nationally-recognized and highly successful mentoring program for promoting diversity in STEM fields. His personal grant portfolio includes almost $25 million from sponsors including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Education Department and others. His maintains an active research portfolio, investigating the transport of mercury in the environment, and teaching science as a process of discovery.


Dan Stageman, PhD

Director of Research Operations


Dr. Dan Stageman

Daniel Stageman is Director of Research, encompassing research operations, research development, and research communications. Daniel joined the Office for the Advancement of Research in 2010, and holds a PhD in criminal justice from the CUNY Graduate Center. His academic work examines political economy and profit in American immigrant detention, and the economics of Federal-local immigration enforcement partnerships. He has written on a wide variety of topics including immigrants and crime, immigrant mental health, civilian oversight of policing and police reform. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in John Jay’s Sociology and Criminal Justice Departments when his schedule permits.

Daniel is responsible for all programming designed to enhance and support faculty scholarship, including internal funding, awards, events, professional development, promotions and social media communications, data collection, data analysis, data reporting and dissemination.

Susy G. (Mendes) Cullen, MBA, MA

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs


Director of Sponsored Programs Susy Mendes, MBA, MA

Susy G. Mendes Cullen joined John Jay College in 2003.  Throughout her tenure at the College, she has served the faculty and staff at all levels of sponsored programs/research administration. She was appointed to the title of Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs in 2006, Deputy Director in 2007, Interim Director in 2012, and Director of Sponsored Programs in 2013.  Susy works closely with the Dean of Research, as well as OAR's Director of Research Operations and Director of Grants, Budgets and Special Projects to promote grantsmanship and support all activities involved in the acquisition and administration of grants.

Susy currently works with faculty and staff in discussing prospective research/other projects for funding, exploring and identifying appropriate funding opportunities, preparing and submitting proposals to external agencies and private sponsors, and overseeing human resource matters related to the post-award administration of grants and contracts for the College. She and the rest of the grants staff serve as liaisons between faculty/staff at the College and the Research Foundation of CUNY to facilitate post-award administration.

Susy earned her BA in Psychology from Iona College; MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, CUNY; and MBA in Marketing from Baruch College, CUNY.

Please contact Susy for the following services:

  • Pre-Award Support including:
    • Researching/Identifying Funding Opportunities for full-time faculty and staff.
    • Proposal and Budget Development for grants and contracts.
    • Applying for Grants and Contracts.
  • Human Resources matters involving Grants and Contracts.


Amrish Sugrim-Singh

Director of Grants, Budgets and Special Projects


Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs Amrish Sugrim-Singh

Amrish joined the Office for the Advancement of Research as Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs in April of 2014 and was appointed to Director of Grants, Budgets and Special Projects in August 2019.  He oversees all aspects of post-award administration for John Jay’s grant portfolio, working closely with faculty and staff on budget development and management, as well as liaising with the Research Foundation of CUNY on post-award matters as they arise.  He also works collaboratively within OAR to prepare reports and analyze assessment metrics to better track productivity.

Prior to joining John Jay College, Amrish worked in the grants offices of Queensborough Community College and Baruch College, where he gained nearly a decade of experience in proposal development and sponsored programs administration. He earned his degree in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, CUNY. 

Relevant areas:

  • Account management (account setups, forward funding and guarantee requests, budget modifications, compliance with sponsor and RF policies & procedures, project reporting)
  • Legal (grants and contracts review, MOUs, ICAs, and subawards, external audits)
  • Procurement (resolve purchasing issues, POs and small orders, E-Payment system)

Lynda Mules, MLA, CIP

Director of Research Compliance and Integrity


Lynda Mules joined the OAR as Research Compliance Senior Analyst in 2015 and was promoted to Director of Research Compliance and Integrity in 2019. Lynda oversees compliance activities and provides training and guidance on topics related to the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Research Agreements, Conflict of Interest, Export Control and other areas.  She serves as John Jay’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO), HRPP Coordinator, and Research Agreements Point Person.  Lynda provides crucial support to John Jay faculty, staff and student researchers as they navigate the compliance landscape and conduct research with integrity. 

Lynda has considerable experience in conducting and supporting academic research: prior to joining John Jay, she coordinated studies in maternal health at the University of Pennsylvania and Alzheimer's disease clinical trials at Columbia University, held the position of Assistant Manager in the Columbia University IRB, and co-managed the IRB office at Rockefeller University. Lynda holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she investigated the role of spirituality in health and conducted an ethnography of thyroid cancer survivors. She is a Certified IRB Professional.

Lynda is the main contact at John Jay for questions, consultations and training related to research regulations, CUNY and John Jay research policies and procedures, and best practices, including:

  • Human subjects research determinations
  • IRB processes and procedures
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Research misconduct allegations
  • Research agreements not related to funding (data use agreements, IRB Authorization Agreements, MOUs, NDAs, etc.)
  • NIJ Privacy Certificates
  • Outside researcher requests to recruit or conduct research at John Jay
  • Research policies and procedures
  • Training on research ethics, policies and procedures

Eric Doering
Research and Legal Compliance Associate

Eric Doering joined OAR as Research and Legal Compliance Associate at the beginning of 2020. Eric oversees compliance activities related to Conflict of Interest/Significant Financial Interest (SFI) and Import/Export controls.  In addition, Eric assists researchers with legal issues relating to grant agreements, sub-awards and Independent Contractor Agreements.  Eric started working at John Jay in 2016 as Associate Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs.

Prior to joining John Jay, Eric had considerable corporate legal experience working as a partner for two large international law firms in Beijing China and London, England.  Eric started his legal career working for a boutique law firm representing school districts in California.  Eric Holds a JD degree from the University of Southern California Law Center and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Economies of Industrial Societies.

Please contact Eric if you need assistance with:

  • Completion of CUNY’s SFI disclosure forms which are required at the time of submission of grant applications;
  • Questions relating to whether your research requires compliance with U.S. Import/Export controls; and
  • Legal Issues relating to grant agreements and other research-related agreements processed through the Research Foundation’s Legal Affairs office


Cherryanne Ward

Grants Administrative Associate


Grants Administrative Associate Cherryanne Ward

Cherryanne Ward joined the Office for the Advancement of Research as the Office’s Grants Assistant in 2007 and currently serves the role of Grants Administrative Associate.  She assists faculty and staff on post-award management of their grant-funded projects including hiring personnel, submitting timesheets, release time, summer salary, and other reimbursements. She is very knowledgeable of all Research Foundation E-Services systems such as the electronic Personnel Action Forms, electronic Payment Requests, Time and Leave, Summer Salary, and others. Cherryanne is also tasked with tracking the submissions of proposals submitted to agencies as well as other administrative tasks. Cherryanne earned a B.A. in Sociology from Hunter College, and a Master’s in Business Management and Leadership from the School of Professional Studies, CUNY.

You can contact Cherryanne for the following: 

  • Onboarding of employees 
  • RF Timesheets 
  • Charing out Release Time and Effort Certification 
  • Summer Salary 
  • Graduate Reimbursements 


Rachel Friedman,
Research Communications Manager

Rachel Friedman joined John Jay College’s Office for the Advancement of Research in 2017. As Research Communications Manager, Rachel works to enhance and support scholarship at John Jay, making the OAR a mouthpiece highlighting all of the exemplary work coming out of John Jay’s research centers, faculty and staff. Prior to coming to John Jay, Rachel spent several years with Ogilvy Public Relations Beijing at a Public Affairs and Executive Communications Consultant. She has also worked with think tanks and nonprofits including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the International Crisis Group. Rachel received her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Drew University.

Come to Rachel with:

  • New publications/awards/accomplishments you want OAR to know about and/or promote
  • John Jay's Impact Research Magazine 
  • On-campus event approvals (for research-related/scholarly events)
  • Questions about hosting Zoom events, especially webinars
  • Specific text/graphics related to research events you’d like OAR to promote on social media
  • Questions about growing your public research profile

Kuralay Zharmagambetova, MBA

Grants and Research Budget Analyst

Kuralay Zharmagambetova joined the Office for the Advancement of Research in 2021. As Grants and Research Budget Analyst, Kuralay is responsible for providing support in the fiscal administration of the college’s research portfolio and the development, analysis, and monitoring of the OAR operating budget. She coordinates a broad range of accounting and finance tasks and services with the goal of ensuring the college’s research operations are administered with the utmost integrity and transparency.


Before devoting her work full time to John Jay, Kuralay had an accounting experience in private industry. Her focus was on financial strategies that support the business including budgeting, tax planning, and forecasting. Kuralay holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Houston – Victoria.

Relevant areas:

  • External & internal audit support
  • Post award administration (account set-up, forward funding & guarantee, budgets)
  • Procurement (E-Payment system & P-Card reconciliation)
  • Annual scholarly productivity reporting
  • Departmental travel program