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 Supervisor

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.
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.
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.
Gustavo Familia
Gustavo Familia Supervisor

Gustavo Familia

Supervisor

Gustavo is a senior at the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology while on a Pre-Physical Therapy Track. He is aspiring to either pursue a career in the law enforcement or attend a doctoral program of physical therapy upon graduation. He has been working for the Eagleton Center for Public interest polling for about four years now and enjoys working with all his fellow colleagues. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and spending time with his family and friends.
Jamie Cheung
Jamie Cheung Student Assistant

Jamie Cheung

Student Assistant

Jamie Cheung is a work study student for the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. She is currently a senior at Rutgers University majoring in Information Technology and Informatics and minoring in Digital Communications, Information and Media. In her free time she enjoys creating art in any form such as drawing, painting etc. She is currently working as a student developer for Rutgers University. After graduation, she aspires to be a web designer in which she can use her creativity skills.
Rhiannon Jones
Rhiannon Jones Research Assistant

Rhiannon Jones

Research Assistant

Rhiannon Jones is senior Douglass woman double majoring in Planning & Public Policy and Sociology and minoring in Africana Studies. She has been involved with many organizations during her time at Rutgers University, including conducting research as a Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellow, leading RU Choice, a Planned Parenthood Generation Action Organization, as President, and working as an Aresty Research Assistant on a project focused on the Collateral Consequences of U.S. Child Support Policy. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in research pertaining to program development and implementation, with the goal of improving social welfare programs in marginalized communities across the country.
James Meadows
James Meadows Research Assistant

James Meadows

Research Assistant

My name is James Meadows. I've been the Treasurer for Alpha Omega for the best 3 years and is currently pursuing a Statistics Degree here at Rutgers school of Arts and Sciences. I am passionate about sports, and plan to work in sports Statistics in the long-term future.
John Capangpangan
John Capangpangan Research Assistant

John Capangpangan

Research Assistant

John Capangpangan is a student in the School of Arts and Science majoring in Political Science and French Culture with a minor in International and Global Studies. He is interested in how public institutions work with private entities to provide the public with services, he hopes to pursue such interests in Public Finance. He also has just returned from studying abroad at l'Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, or better known as Sciences Po, where he studied political science and economics subjects in french. In his extra time you can find John enjoying an espresso practicing his French or with a good book. After graduating he hopes to pursue a masters in international economic policy, and work either in banking or diplomacy with a focus on transnational business.
Gabriel Soto
Gabriel Soto Call Center Manager

Gabriel Soto

Call Center Manager
William Young
William Young Research Assistant

William Young

Research Assistant

Will is a graduate research assistant with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and is also completing his PhD in political science at Rutgers. Substantively, his work sits at the intersection of law and political behavior, with a regional focus on the Americas. Before coming to Rutgers, Will earned his M.A. from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from Gardner-Webb University.
Ryan Berger
Ryan Berger Research Assistant

Ryan Berger

Research Assistant

Antoniette Gingerelli
Antoniette Gingerelli Research Assistant

Antoniette Gingerelli

Research Assistant