Allen Saunders is an IT Specialist at the Weldon Cooper Center. He is a graduate of both the U.Va. School of Engineering and the Curry School of Education. Before joining the Cooper Center staff, he served as the Director of Minority Programs for the School of Engineering. He has two children, who are now students at the University of Virginia.
Larry D. Terry II
Larry Terry came to the Cooper Center in 2018 from Texas, where he worked to improve the lives of citizens in the Dallas region and beyond, including launching the Community Leadership Academy. Prior to his position at UNT Dallas, Terry served as an assistant professor of Public Administration at both Long Island University-Brooklyn and Arizona State University.
PhD+ Intern for the Cooper Center
Gopal is a PhD candidate in the Curry School’s Administration and Supervision program. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Outside of his academic career, Gopal does story-telling and improv theatre.
Student Employee for the Cooper Center
Lucia Sweeney, a Student Employee for the Cooper Center, is earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Richmond, where she is a Bonner Scholar. She has previously interned in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and at Habitat of Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
PhD+ Intern for the Cooper Center
Dipsikha Thakur is a PhD candidate in English Literature and Language at the University of Virginia. She received her BA in Classics and English Literature from Cambridge University. As a PhD+ Intern, she researches contemporary writings, training models, and approaches to reinforcing civility and civil discourse in public life.
PhD+ Intern for the Cooper Center
Emelye Keyser is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature and Language at UVA. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She also attended the University of Oxford, where she earned her master's degree in Early Modern Literature. At the Cooper Center, Emelye researches models for assessing the impact of of public service work.
Research Assistant for the Cooper Center
Savannah Quick just finished her third year in Economics at the University of Virginia. She has been accepted into the accelerated Master’s program in Public Policy at the Batten School. Savannah began working at the Cooper Center in February 2018. She is currently working closely with Meredith Gunter and Larry Terry on rural initiatives and resources in Virginia.
As Associate Director, Michael is responsible for the overall fiscal integrity of the Center, including providing up-to-date financial information to all units as well as maximizing their efficiency and contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is married to his wife Jessica, a practicing attorney in Charlottesville, and they have one son, Matthew.
Director of Strategy and Public Engagement
Meredith’s current role as Director of Strategy and Public Engagement builds on her prior work as Interim Director of the Cooper Center and as outreach director for the Demographics Research Group. Her prior experience includes policy and special initiative development in state government. Her research focuses on human intellectual and ethical development, gerontology, and racial/gender equity.
Bob Gibson is the communications director and senior researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. From 2008 to 2016, he was executive director of the Center's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Before coming to UVA in the spring of 2008, he was a political writer, columnist and editor at the Charlottesville Daily Progress for more than 30 years.
Unit Administrators & Staff
|First Name||Last Name||Job Title||Unit||Phone|
|Adele||MacLean||LGA Conference & Member Services Coordinator||Virginia Institute of Governmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||804-371-0202|
|Al||Spengler||Senior Program Coordinator||Constitutional Officer Education Programemail@example.com||434-982-5518|
|Allen||Saunders||IT Specialist||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5937|
|Amy||Muldoon||Project Manager||Demographics Research Groupemail@example.com||434-982-0812|
|Andrea||Negrete||PhD+ Intern||Center for Survey Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anthony||Artuso||Visiting Scholar||Center for Economic and Policy Studiesemail@example.com|
|Beth||Bennett||Certification Coordinator||Constitutional Officer Education Programfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-2144|
|Beverley||Kerr||Lab Supervisor||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Billie||Easton||Training Director||Virginia Institute of Governmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||804-371-0202|
|Bob||Gibson||Communications Director||Cooper Centeremail@example.com||434-924-7812|
|Carmie||Rodriguez||LEAD Program Coordinator||Senior Executive Institute/LEADfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-243-5031|
|Carole||Yang||Research Assistant||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Claire||Downey||Videographer & Editor||Media Teamfirstname.lastname@example.org||540-422-5718|
|Craig||Gerhart||Faculty||Senior Executive Instituteemail@example.com|
|Deborah||Roberts||Faculty||Senior Executive Institutefirstname.lastname@example.org||540-421-7048|
|Dipsikha||Thakur||PhD+ Intern||Cooper Centeremail@example.com|
|Donna||Conley||Fiscal Technician||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5944|
|Elliot||Toms||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Emelye||Keyser||PhD+ Intern||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Felicia||Logan||Faculty||Senior Executive Instituteemail@example.com|
|Gare||Galbraith||Lab Supervisor||Center for Survey Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gopal||Midha||PhD+ Intern||Cooper Centeremail@example.com|
|Hamilton||Lombard||Research & Policy Analyst||Demographics Research Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5698|
|Hexuan||Zhang||Research Analyst||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Ila||Crawford||Fiscal Technician||Center for Survey Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-243-5232|
|Irma||White||Faculty||Senior Executive Institute|
|Jay||Darmstadter||IT Specialist||Cooper Centeremail@example.com||434-982-2060|
|Jennifer||Nelson||Graphic Designer & Senior Administrator||Virginia Institute of Governmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||804-371-0202|
|Kara||Fitzgibbon||Senior Project Coordinator||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com||434-243-5224|
|Kathryn||Crespin||Research & Policy Analyst||Demographics Research Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5582|
|Kyaw||Khine||Research & Policy Analyst||Demographics Research Groupemail@example.com||434-982-5690|
|Larry||Terry||Executive Director||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lauren||Gilbert||Associate Director & Director of Programs||Sorensen Institute for Political Leadershipemail@example.com||434-243-2844|
|Mary Beth||Witherell||IT Director||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5707|
|Megan||Miller||PhD+ Intern||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Melanie||Gillies||Poet and Imagineer||Senior Executive Institute/LEADfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-996-0641|
|Meredith||Gunter||Director of Strategy and Public Engagement||Cooper Centeremail@example.com||434-982-5585|
|Michael||Phillips||Associate Director||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5549|
|Mike||Scheid||Administrative Assistant||Virginia Institute of Governmentemail@example.com||804-371-0202|
|Miles||Greatwood||Website Developer||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||804-837-1166|
|Mitch||Morehart||Senior Research Analyst||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Molly||Harlow||SEI Program Coordinator||Senior Executive Institutefirstname.lastname@example.org||434-987-0331|
|Paul||Franklin||IPP/Wallerstein Intern||Center for Economic and Policy Studiesemail@example.com|
|Paula||Campbell||Business Manager||Cooper Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5714|
|Qian||Cai||Director||Demographics Research Groupemail@example.com||434-982-5581|
|Rachel||Casebolt||Development & Events Coordinator||Sorensen Institute for Political Leadershipfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5234|
|Sarah||Campbell||Administrative Coordinator||Sorensen Institute for Political Leadershipemail@example.com|
|Sean||Johnson||Survey Operations Manager||Center for Survey Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shayne||Zaslow||Research Analyst||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com|
|Shonel||Sen||Research & Policy Analyst||Demographics Research Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-5861|
|Spencer||Shanholtz||Research & Policy Analyst||Demographics Research Groupemail@example.com||434-982-4770|
|Stephanie||Fick||Lab Supervisor||Center for Survey Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Stephen||Kulp||Research Specialist||Center for Economic and Policy Studiesemail@example.com||434-982-5638|
|Tedd||Povar||Associate Director||Virginia Institute of Governmentfirstname.lastname@example.org||804-371-0202|
|Terry||Rephann||Regional Economist||Center for Economic & Policy Studiesemail@example.com||434-982-4501|
|Thom||Malone||Regional Economist||Center for Economic and Policy Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thomas||Guterbock||Director||Center for Survey Researchemail@example.com||434-243-5223|
|Tom||Walls||Executive Director||Sorensen Institute for Political Leadershipfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-4998|
|Tony||Gardner||Director||Senior Executive Institute/LEADemail@example.com||517-614-2225|
|Tracy||Tanner-Bond||Office and Special Projects Manager||Sorensen Institute for Political Leadershipfirstname.lastname@example.org||434-982-4943|
|Travis||Perry||Southwest Office (Wise)||email@example.com||276-326-0133|
|Tyler||St. Clair||Faculty||Senior Executive Institutefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|William||Shobe||Director||Center for Economic and Policy Studiesemail@example.com||434-982-5376|
|Zinerva||White||Faculty||Senior Executive Institute|