Our Team

Ashley Koning
Ashley Koning Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling

Ashley Koning

Director, The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling

Ashley Koning is the Director of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is also currently a PhD candidate in the political science department at Rutgers, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. Her research interests are in American public opinion and mass behavior with a focus on framing. Additionally, she is a lecturer for the political science department at Rutgers. Ashley has co-authored book chapters on public opinion during and after Superstorm Sandy and its implications for NJ Gov. Chris Christie in a new Rutgers University Press book, "Taking Chances: The Coast after Hurricane Sandy," edited by Karen M. O’Neill and Daniel J. Van Abs, as well as co-authored a chapter analyzing Governor Christie’s leadership and legacy in “The American Governor: Power, Constraint, and Leadership in The States,” edited by David P. Redlawsk. Ashley was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) and has been the recipient of the AAPOR Student Travel Award and first ever AAPOR Student Poster Award. Prior to Rutgers, Ashley obtained a Masters in political science from Columbia University and a BA in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College.

akoning@rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-8940
Debra Borie-Holtz
Debra Borie-Holtz Special Projects Manager

Debra Borie-Holtz

Special Projects Manager

Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz is the Special Projects Manager for The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Debbie is responsible for coordinating survey research projects for ECPIP’s outside clients including non-profits, government and academic organizations. Dr. Borie-Holtz manages the project including assessing client needs, establishing a sampling plan, developing the survey instrument, ensuring quality control of data collection operations, directing the data analysis and preparing the client deliverables. She is also on the faculty at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Dr. Borie-Holtz received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics and her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School. She has been an instructor at Rutgers teaching writing, public policy, and method courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2006.

Email: dbholtz@rutgers.edu
Flavio Hickel
Flavio Hickel Programmer

Flavio Hickel

Programmer

Flavio Hickel Jr. is a Graduate Student (ABD) specializing in American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. He earned his M.A. in Public Policy and International Affairs in 2009 from William Paterson University and his B.A. in Sociology from Kean University in 2006. In the last several years he has taught over a dozen undergraduate courses in American Government, American Party Politics, Congressional Politics, and the American Presidency.
His research interests include American Political Culture/Ideology, Political Psychology, and American Political Development. His dissertation concerns the historical usage and continued utility of Civil Religious language in Presidential Rhetoric. He has published and presented research on the Tea Party Movement and Civil Religious Framing Effects.

Email: Flavio.Hickel@rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-995
Alyxandra Cucinotta
Alyxandra Cucinotta Call Center Manager

Alyxandra Cucinotta

Call Center Manager

Alyx Cucinotta is currently studying as graduate student at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education to receive her Master's in Foreign Language/ESL education K-12. Alyx has been working for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest polling since her freshman year at Rutgers and has enjoyed her journey with the call center. As an undergraduate she graduated with a degree in both Spanish and Art History. Her interests include traveling, visiting museums and studying language. After graduation, Alyx hopes to teach English abroad in a Spanish speaking country.
Adedayo Adetunji
Adedayo Adetunji

Adedayo Adetunji

Call Center Supervisor

Adedayo is a recent graduate of Rutgers University where she earned a degree in Cell Biology/Neuroscience and another in Psychology. She currently attends Rutgers University and Rowan University in a joint graduate program to earn a masters degree in Biomedical sciences. She has ambitions of attending medical school and working as a surgeon in the future. As an undergraduate student, she was involved in medical research with professors at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Columbia University Medical Center. She has a passion for the medically under-served community and hopes to create a non-profit organization to support children in such communities in Nigeria.
Sadaf Bajwa
Sadaf Bajwa Social Media & Public Relations

Sadaf Bajwa

Social Media & Public Relations

Sadaf Bajwa is a sophomore at Rutgers University in the Business School. She is double majoring in Political Science and Marketing with a minor in Arabic.
Stephanie Cabrera
Stephanie Cabrera Research Associate

Stephanie Cabrera

Research Associate

Stephanie is a junior at the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Economics and minoring in French. Her interests currently lie in Macroeconomic Affairs and Public Policy with hope of pursuing a career that would allow her to make a difference in a global aspect. After graduation Stephanie hopes to continue her Economics studies and pursue a Masters Degree. Aside from her studies, Stephanie loves to sing and play the guitar in her spare time as well as balancing an officer position in the Lambda Delta Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Natalie DeAngelo
Natalie DeAngelo General Research

Natalie DeAngelo

General Research

Natalie is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Political Science with a double minor in History and Digital Communications. After completing her Bachelor's degree at Rutgers, she hopes to continue her studies in politics in the hopes to obtain a Master's degree or PhD. In addition to being a part of organizations at Rutgers, she has also interned for New Jersey State Legislators and loves visiting the State House in Trenton. She is very excited to be a part of ECPIP and gain first hand experience with the organization.
Francesca Falzon
Francesca Falzon Data Visualization

Francesca Falzon

Data Visualization

Francesca is currently a senior at Rutgers University studying mathematics. She has a passion for using math to better understand data in the hopes that it will help people to make better and more informed decisions. In addition to her work at the Eagleton Institute, she is also conducting discrete mathematics research through CUNY. In her spare time, Francesca enjoys following up on fashion and interior design trends, traveling, and drinking too much coffee.
Carly Frank
Carly Frank Social Media and Public Relations

Carly Frank

Social Media and Public Relations

Carly Frank is a junior at Rutgers University in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Organizational Leadership and Labor Studies. She is a sister of Sigma Kappa and she can’t wait to get involved at the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. After graduation, she hopes to have a career in politics.
GraceAnn McMillan
GraceAnn McMillan General Research

GraceAnn McMillan

General Research

GraceAnn McMillan is a general research intern with ECPIP. As a second year student in Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences, she is on track to finish her undergraduate education in three years. GraceAnn plans to graduate with a major in both Political Science and Economics. Her past work includes interning in the office of a United States Congressman. She is excited to work alongside and learn from the Eagleton team as she pursues a career in survey research.
Abigail Orr
Abigail Orr General Research

Abigail Orr

General Research

Abigail Orr is a Senior at Rutgers University, College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Geography. She is currently working as a Field Director for Scott Garrett's re-election campaign for Congress. Abby's passion is campaigning and the whole process of going from being a candidate to being in office. Outside of academics, Abby's interests include all forms of dance but primarily ballet and tap. Even if she's sitting down, it's not uncommon to find her feet moving, especially if the music is something she's danced to in the past.
Briana Peters
Briana Peters Research Associate

Briana Peters

Research Associate

Briana Peters is currently a junior at Rutgers University in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program majoring in Political Science and double-minoring in Economics and International and Global Studies. She is particularly interested in American foreign policy and international relations. Last summer, she participated in the Rutgers Study Abroad program in Japan to learn more about US-Japan relations and history. After graduating, Briana hopes to attend law school to study International Law and/or work for the US government. In the meantime, she is anticipating gaining research experience at the ECPIP.
Sonni Waknin
Sonni Waknin Data Archivist, Research Associate

Sonni Waknin

Data Archivist, Research Associate

Sonni Waknin is a data archivist and research associate for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is in her third year at Rutgers University and is pursuing a double major in Political Science and History. She is also planning to minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is also an outreach intern for the Monmouth County Democrats. She hopes to go to law school in the future and practice Constitutional Law.
Gabriel Soto Call Center Manager

Gabriel Soto

Call Center Manager
Rebecca Rice Website Design

Rebecca Rice

Website Design

Rebecca is a senior at Rutgers majoring in Computer Science. After graduation, she hopes to find work as a software or web developer. When she isn't tinkering with programs, she enjoys reading, cooking, and trying to learn French.