February/March 2017  




Shauna-Kay Gooden


President of the 

Alumni Association


Executive Board

Richard Gallo, BA '79,

MPA '82, MA '85

1st Vice President

Teri Coaxum, BA '93, MPA '08

2nd Vice President 


Oscar Odom, III, BS'83, JD, EdD 

3rd Vice President

Andrew Schweighardt,
MA '09, PhD '12


Linda M. Reynolds, MA'80


Danielle Barrett, BA'04



Executives At Large

Linda M. Gimlett, MA  '77

Nicole Napolitano, MA '03

Michael F. McCann, BS '74, JD

Staff Contacts

Kathryn Cousins

Executive Director of Development




Stephanie DiBrienza

Alumni Engagement Specialist




Jerylle Kemp

Director of Alumni Relations








March 2, 5:30 PM

Emerging Leaders of Justice Series
City Councilman Ritchie Torres,

Deputy Leader and Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building


March 9, 1:00 PM

Spring 2017 Job and Internship Fair

Sponsored by the Office of Career and Professional Development

Alumni donation of $20 suggested. Professional attire, please.

Main Gymnasium, 4th Floor, Haaren Hall

March 14, 6:00 PM

New York State Constitutional Convention: Prospects? 

Information/RSVP: externalaffairs@jjay.cuny.edu

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building


March 17-19    Times vary

"Seeing Rape"

An evening of student-led theater, with performances, panel discussions and Q&A.

Presented by the students and faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies Program 334.

Free to students with ID; all others, $10.

For information, contact Professor Shonna Trinch, strinch@jjay.cuny.edu.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater


For more information on any of these events, e-mail Alumni Relations at jkemp@jjay.cuny.edu  








An Inside Look at the Machinery of Government  

"When you're in the Senate, you can feel the power. Everything is slow and deliberate and done with great intention. But the House is really scrappy and super fast-paced. It's the voice of the people. It's hard to pick between the two of them."   read more




Getting Smarter about Cybercrime   

Cybercrimes, when they occur, are almost unrivaled in generating attention and even fear. Whether in the form of assaults on individual bank accounts or coordinated efforts to skew a presidential election, most people agree that protecting our data should be a top national priority. Nonetheless, there is a broad gap between knowing what to protect and understanding how to protect it.  read more 




John Jay Students Are
Upwardly Mobile

John Jay College has been recognized once again for contributing to students' economic mobility into the middle class and beyond. A new report from The Equality of Opportunity Project lists John Jay in the top 10 nationally in intergenerational mobility of students. The report shows that of the 54 percent of John Jay students who come from lower-income families, 61.1 percent later rise to the top 40 percent in higher income.  read more


Responsible Innovation 

On Feb. 8, the College formally launched the new Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellowship Program, underwritten by a gift from John Jay Foundation trustee Ron Moelis, co-founder and CEO of L+M Development partners. The fellowship program, an initiative aimed at taking advantage of the emerging trend of social responsibility in the business sector, will provide 10 students a year with stipends, structured internship placements and mentoring, focused classroom learning, and other support. On hand to discuss the new program were (l.-r.) the program's director, Professor Heath Brown of the Department of Public Management; Andi Phillips, co-founder Managing Partner at Maycomb Capital LP; Randolph Brown, Chief Technology Officer at Jopwell, the recruitment and career advancement firm; and Moelis.    


Become a Better
Criminal Investigator


Apply now for Fall 2017 Admission


In February 2017, John Jay Online launched its newest offering, the Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation. The program, designed for students who wish to engage in research, become homeland security professionals at local, state or federal levels, or join U.S. agencies, offers courses as part of the M.A. Criminal Justice program, and is a stand-alone certificate at the post-baccalaureate level.  read more


Save the Date
Watch for your invitations to these
exciting 2016-2017 events:


Alumni Reunion Weekend - April 21-22, 2017
Educating for Justice Gala - May 8, 2017






Edward F. O'Dowd (M.A.'77) recently retired as a Michigan state circuit court probation agent. He taught college-level courses inside the world's largest walled prison in Jackson, Mich., and also taught at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. "My education at John Jay provided an outstanding experience," he said.

Celeste Dudley-Smith (B.S. '89) is the principal of the Dudley-Smith Law Firm, LLC, which recently opened a new office at 1155 W. Chestnut St., Suite 2A, Union, NJ 07083.

Milan Bankovic (M.A. '96) is on a three-year assignment as the Foreign Service/Regional Security Officer for the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada. His previous overseas assignments have included Kiev, Beijing, and Beirut. 


Gregory Spaun (B.A./M.A. '96) was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, N.Y., where he assists the organization in providing affordable housing for low-income families and rebuilding neighborhoods and communities.

Rodney Boyce (B.S. '98) retired from the NYPD in September 2016 after 21 years of service, most recently at the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Cecelia Peers (M.A. '07) is the Homeless Continuum of Care Administrator for the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina. She oversees the region's state and federal grants for homeless services and housing, data analysis and reporting, and special initiatives to address vulnerable populations. 


Randi M. Evans (B.A. '10) has been working for the FBI since 2012, starting as a police officer and moving laterally within the Bureau.


Jared Maneggio (M.A. '11) began employment as a federal probation officer in the Eastern District of New York in 2015. He also volunteers as a detective for the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 


Paul A. Andersen (B.A./M.A. '13) graduated from CUNY Law School in June, passed the New York State bar exam and is now working as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.

Brian J. Bohannon Jr. (B.S. '14) is a 12-year veteran and captain with the NYPD, and was recently appointed as commanding officer of the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, Queens. He was recently accepted to and is in the process of completing the M.A. in Criminal Justice for NYPD executives at John Jay.




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