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Roper Staff

Executive Director – Peter K. Enns

Peter K. Enns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He is the author of Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World and editor (with Christopher Wlezien) of Who Gets Represented? His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation and has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Peter received his PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Prior to graduate school, he taught high school for three years in Baltimore, MD, through Teach for America. Email Peter.


Associate Director – Brett Powell

Brett Powell is the Associate Director of the Roper Center. His many years of marketing experience include serving as Senior Director of Marketing and Fan Experience at International Speedway Corporation at Watkins Glen International and as Director of Business Development and Client Services at the marketing and communications firm Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc. In 2015, Powell was recognized on the Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Brett has been an adjunct professor at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College as well as Corning Community College and holds an MS in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Email Brett.


Director of Data Operations and Communications – Kathleen Weldon

Kathleen Weldon is the Director of Data Operations and Communications at the Roper Center. She joined the Roper Center in 2014 as Research Coordinator. Kathleen manages data provider relations, oversees the data curation process, plans archival development, and works closely with the IT development team in building new user tools. She also uses the Center’s rich data collection to write overviews of the history of public opinion on a wide range of topics for the Roper website and Huffington Post. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in English, she started her career in public opinion at Harvard University designing surveys with media and foundation partners. Email Kathleen.


Membership Coordinator – Alexis Bortle

Alexis Bortle is the Membership Coordinator for the Roper Center. As a seasoned sales, business development, and marketing professional, Alexis is experienced in the development of strategic communications and events for both the private sector and nonprofit organizations. A former journalist, Alexis has a deep relationship with her Tioga County community and is an active volunteer with several organizations, including the Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She currently holds a BA in Corporate Communications from Lycoming College. Email Alexis.


iPOLL Acquisitions Manager – Carl Brown

Carl Brown is the iPOLL Acquisitions Manager. He has been with the Roper Center since 1999, and currently collects and prepares new polls for entry into the iPOLL system and selects poll questions for our daily Twitter and Facebook feeds. He previously worked on the JPoll system of Japanese poll questions and prepared Elmo Roper’s papers at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut. He has a BA in Modern European History and an MA in American History from the University of Connecticut. Email Carl.


Systems Administrator – Brandon Cruz

Brandon Cruz is the Systems Administrator for the Roper Center computing infrastructure. Brandon has been working in IT since 2002, starting as a Client Tech before moving to Cornell as a Systems Administrator. He is currently attending Western Governors University for a BS in IT Network Administration and has earned various CompTIA certifications including A+, Project+, Network+, and Security+. He is currently studying for his CCNA certification as well as MCSA: Server Infrastructure from Microsoft. Email Brandon.


Marketing Coordinator – Henry Smith

Henry Smith is the Marketing Coordinator for the Roper Center. His years of experience come from the range of sales and marking activities involved in supporting SaaS software sales and adoption. Most recently with Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ ADSK), he supported subscription sales and marketing in the Manufacturing and AEC markets. As a marketing consultant, he specializes in direct response marketing campaigns, eNewsletters, and customer case studies. Outside of work, you will find him exploring Ithaca with his family and a fly rod, or helping lead local Cub Scout Pack 55. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual major in English and Education. Email Henry.


Applications Programmer – Gene Wang

Gene Wang is an Applications Programmer at the Roper Center. He is responsible for designing and implementing software systems to support the goals and vision of the Center. Prior to Roper, Gene spent three years as a developer and technical lead at a software company in the retirement industry. He currently holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University at Buffalo. Email Gene.


Data Processor – Anna Arzrumtsyan

Anna Arzrumtsyan is a Data Processor at the Roper Center. She works closely with the other members of the data team to process, maintain and share various datasets. Anna previously worked at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University on a variety of GIS projects. Anna has an MA in Library and Information Science from St. John’s University, and an MA in Geography (Geographic Information Science) from SUNY Albany. Email Anna.


Data Processor – Jessica Riggs

Jessica Riggs is a Data Processor at the Roper Center. She works closely with other members of the data team to process, maintain, and share various datasets. Jessica previously worked at the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect and Cornell University Library. She currently holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University. Email Jessica.


Data Processor – Kelsie Norek

Kelsie Norek is a Data Processor at the Roper Center. She works closely with the other members of the data team to process, maintain, and share various datasets. Kelsie currently holds an MA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo. Email Kelsie.


Administrative Assistant – Stacie Mann

As the Roper Center’s Administrative Assistant, Stacie coordinates the administrative nuts and bolts that keep the staff and the Center running. Prior to joining the Roper team, Stacie worked a wide variety of positions including customer service for the IRS, ombudsman for a Coast Guard base, and high school teacher (art, social studies, and English). She earned her BA in history from the University of Maine and completed a Masters-level program in secondary education at the University of Alaska SE. Email Stacie.


Cornell Engineering Co-Op - Anjuli Smith

Anjuli Smith is in her third year at Cornell in the College of Engineering. Anjuli Smith joins the Roper Center as a software development co-op for the spring 2019 semester. She is active in on-campus research and sings in the Less Than Three a cappella group. 

Health Opinion Database Project Director - Bethany Mackey

Bethany joins the Roper Center team as Project Director after working at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield on technology modernization projects. Prior to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, she assisted her employers in building production support departments, creating new products and with business development. Bethany will be using her past experience to help the Roper Center create a new data portal with a focus on health.