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Nina Maung-Gaona 
Assistant Dean for Diversity, The Graduate School 
Director, Center for Inclusive Education

Nina Maung-Gaona has been actively involved in educational programming and student advocacy for close to 20 years. In her dual appointment as Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Graduate School and Director of the Center for Inclusive Education at Stony Brook University, she oversees several major initiatives with the shared mission of increasing access and success in graduate education and postdoctoral training for underrepresented minority students. Nina serves as chair of the SBU diversity fellowship committee of the W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, serves as a Regional Specialist for the Institute for Broadening Participation, is a member of the Middle States Reaccreditation Committee, and serves on Stony Brook University’s Provost Diversity Group and numerous STEM education advisory boards.

Kathryne Piazzola 
CIE Administrator
Program Coordinator, CIE & REU
 kathryne Kathryne Piazzola is the Administrator for the Center for Inclusive Education and the Program Manager for the REU Site:  Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & the Environment.  Kathryne has been at Stony Brook since inception of the NSF-AGEP Program and the CIE in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Kathryne's main duties involve oversight of operations, fiscal matters and the programmatic events and activities of the CIE. Kathryne has over 14 years experience in higher education administration with previous professional history in finance and management.
Toni Sperzel 
Program Manager, Dr. W. Burghardt Turner and GEM Fellowship Programs
 TS Toni Sperzel is the Program Manager for the Dr. W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship program, a New York state funded, recruitment-focused fellowship program supporting the academic success of underrepresented Graduate Students across multiple disciplines at Stony Brook . She also coordinates Stony Brook's participation in the National GEM Consortium and administers the GEM Fellowship here at SBU. Toni has a decade of experience in educational administration in multiple capacities including departmental administration, admissions and recruitment of graduate and international students and now, retention and persistence of underrepresented graduate students. She holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. 
Karian Wright
Program Manager, AGEP-T FRAME and IRACDA NY-CAPS Programs
 KW Karian Wright is the Program Manager for the National Science Foundation funded AGEP-T FRAME (Frontiers of Research and Academic Models of Excellence) Program.  Karian has extensive experience in higher education including admissions, recruitment, student services and retention. She also managed a College Now program serving over 500 high school students annually and developed a female empowerment program for over 300 young women. Karian has a firm commitment to the advancement of underrepresented minority students. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College.
Donna Tamborino-Scala
Administrative Assistant, Center for Inclusive Education
 DTS Donna provides administrative support to the Director and the Administrator of the Center for Inclusive Education.  She assists in the application process for CIE programs, serves as contact person for currently enrolled students, and assists in the planning of events. Donna has 20 years of experience as the Vice President of Customer Service for the Futures Division at Spear Leeds & Kellogg and Goldman Sachs.
Angel Gonzalez 
Postdoctoral Associate
 angel Angel Gonzalez is a postdoctoral fellow at the CIE. He is responsible for several of the CIE core programming and activities such as the Research Cafes Series, the Keeping it Real Series, Community of Student Mentors, outreach to minority students and scholarly activities in STEM education. His research interests include how the experience of discrimination can impact thinking and emotion; and the concerns that members of historically marginalized groups may have about being rejected by fellow in-group members. During his time as a graduate student at Stony Brook, Angel was very active within the campus community serving in numerous capacities such as: Vice President of the Graduate Student Organization, Chair of the GSO Social Concerns Committee, and member of the Student Life, Campus Environment, and University Senate committees. Angel received his Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2012.
Sheri Clark 
Postdoctoral Associate
 sc Sheri Clark is a postdoctoral associate at the CIE. She is responsible for supporting center-related scholarly activities such as data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and assisting in the development of new programs. Additionally, she is currently overseeing a research project related to STEM identity and self-efficacy among underrepresented minority doctoral students and underrepresented minority postdoctoral scholars as part of the NSF funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) initiative. The research she conducted as a graduate student examined how people process and respond to conflicting information that is self-relevant and the factors that influence how this information is both processed and evaluated. As part of her future career goals, she would like to both develop a program of research aimed to further understand barriers that members of underrepresented groups experience in higher education as well as develop diversity programs to facilitate in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students. Sheri received her Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2013.


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