Aninom, Celestina

Project Assistant

Celestina Anino is a first-year graduate student working towards her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. She is interested in working with at-risk youth and community policing. She is interested in pursuing a career in the federal government after graduation.

Clayton, Spencer

Graduate Assistant

Spencer T. Clayton is a third year doctoral student in the Public Affairs program at Rutgers-Camden. His research focuses on the impact of local-level redistricting on community development organizations with a special emphasis on the Philadelphia area. At the Walter Rand Institute, he works on statistical and spatial analysis for various projects and researches topics related to South Jersey including the socioeconomic and policy-related factors inhibiting and encouraging voter turnout.

Foxx-Parham, Bryana

Office Assistant

Bryana Foxx-Parham is a freshman in Rutgers University–Camden majoring in Business Management. She is working on South Jersey statistics on unemployment and poverty to find ways to help the community.


Galey, Matt

Project Assistant

Matt Galey is currently a third-year triple-majoring in Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Philosophy. He is working with the Cumberland County Prevention Project, facilitating the Vineland Breakout Group. Following graduation, Matt plans to pursue his J.D. with a focus in Criminal Law.

Garcia, Darleen

Project Assistant

Darleen Garcia is a third-year PhD student in the Public Affairs-Community Development Program at Rutgers University–Camden. She obtained her Master’s Degree at UIC in Urban Planning and Policy. Darleen has over ten years experience working in Nonprofit Management. She is passionate about civic engagement, having dedicated years of volunteerism in public health projects, women enterprise and empowerment, small business development, supporting victims of domestic violence, home repair & redevelopment, immigration reform, civil rights advocacy, environmental sustainability, and providing personal care to nursing home patients within the United States, Central America, and Asia.

Jorge Carvalho Pereira

Project Assistant

Jorge Carvalho Pereira is a graduate student in the Psychology master’s program at Rutgers University and received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2015.  His research interests focus on understanding the developmental influence and contributions of protective and promotive factors (such as early parent-child relationships and individual biological processes existing within early childhood experiences) and how they relate to developmental sequelae.  Jorge collaborates with Dr. James Morgante, on several efforts aimed at supporting family strengthening efforts in South Jersey, including the Pascale Sykes Foundation’s Strengthening Families Initiative.

Slusarz, Brian

Project Assistant

Brian Slusarz is a project assistant for WRI working on the Burlington County Juvenile Prevention Project.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently a graduate student at Rutgers, pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration. Brian plans on pursuing a PhD upon graduation.

Titus, Alex

Project Assistant

alex-titusAlex Titus received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Rider University. He is a second year graduate student working towards his M.A. in Research Psychology. His fields of interest stem from his experiences learning and teaching abroad, and include: bilingualism, cognition, development, and prejudice. At WRI, Alex works closely with Dr. Morgante developing measures, managing, and analyzing project data for the effects of incarceration and reentry on children and families. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. upon graduation.

Tucker, Shelby

Project Assistant

Shelby Tucker is a first-year graduate student working towards her Master in Criminal Justice. Her interests are the mentoring of at-risk youths and victimization. Her future goal is to continue on for her PhD in Criminology. She is an officer in the Rutgers–Camden Criminal Justice organization and is also involved in a research project through the department of Criminal Justice. Outside of school, she is an EMT, volunteer firefighter, and councilwoman in her hometown.

Zier, Michael

Web Assistant

Michael Zier is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow pursuing his Masters in Public Administration at Rutgers-Camden. With an educational background in philosophy, his studies focus on culturally relevant, humanities-based trauma responses in urban environments. Michael maintains the WRI website and oversees the Center’s monthly newsletter.