Chelsea Binns, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of
Security, Fire, and Emergency Management, was named one of
America’s Top Private Investigators of 2022 by PI Magazine.
Silvia Dapía, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature
and Culture, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures,
has won The Anna M. Cienciala Award for best
edited book in Polish Studies for her edited volume Gombrowicz
in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics.
Jamila Diaz, Director of Career Pathways at the Institute for Justice and Opportunity (IOJ) at John Jay has been appointed to the
prestigious New York City Employment & Training Coalition
(NYCETC) Policy Council.
Nathan Lents, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, has been named a Fellow
of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He’s part of a group of 14
new fellows who were chosen for contributions to science and
Michael Rempel has been named the Director of Data Collaborative for Justice (DCJ) at John Jay College. He comes to the role with over
20 years of experience at the Center for Court Innovation.
Judge Erious Johnson (B.A. ’91) was appointed to the Marion County Circuit Court
by Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
Gary Jenkins (B.A. ’99) has been named Commissioner
of the Department of Social Services (DSS) by New York City Mayor
Eric Adams ’98.
Crystal Gail Welcome (B.A. ’04), who was diagnosed with a rare brain
disease a few years after graduating John Jay, became the first
neurological implant recipient to climb Mt. Whitney, the highest
peak in the lower 48, defying medical odds.
Kristen Thomas (M.A. ’06) was appointed by the Louisiana State
Department of Corrections as the warden to head the Louisiana
Correctional Institute for Women; only the second female warden in
the Institute’s history.
Resila Onyango (Ph.D. ’18), currently the Deputy Director of
Planning at the Office of the Inspector General of Police, is
the first female police officer in the history of the Kenyan
National Police Service to earn a doctorate degree.
NYPD Detective Wilbert Mora ’18 was critically injured in the
line of duty and died of his injuries four days later on January
25. Mora represented the best of us, providing an example of
leadership, bravery, and commitment to public service. As a
community, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family,
friends, and colleagues.
Sandra Rutherford, a long term and beloved member of
our John Jay community, recently passed away. Rutherford started
her career at the College’s Office of the President where she
worked for over 20 years, before joining the Office for Advancement
and Research. She will be sincerely missed.