Peter K. Enns, Executive Director

Executive Director – Peter K. Enns 
607.255.3574

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.

Brett Powell

Associate Director – Brett Powell
607.255.6507

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.

Kathleen Weldon

Director of Data Operations and Communications – Kathleen Weldon
607.255.6528

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
607.255.4239

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 and a New York State Real Estate Salespersons license. Email Alexis.

Carl Brown, iPOLL Acquisitions Manager

iPOLL Acquisitions Manager – Carl Brown
607.255.8129

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.

Brandon Cruz

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.

Tim Parsons

Software Engineer – Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the lead Software Engineer at the Roper Center, and is responsible for designing, guiding, and implementing new technology at the Roper Center. Before the Roper Center, Tim was employed at a software development company for five years where he gained valuable experience in creating and maintaining large applications. His primary focuses when creating new products are to use standards where possible, create reusable components, and keep data secure. Tim has a BS in Computer Science as well as Computer Information Systems from the College at Brockport. Email Tim.

Rachel Schlass

Data Manager – Rachel B. Schlass
607.255.9639

Rachel B. Schlass is the Data Manager at the Roper Center. She works closely with the Director of Data Operations and Communications to maintain well-managed strategies that enable the sustainability of sharing the Roper Center Data Archive. She trains students and employees on best practices for data management and is Project Manager for the Latin American Databank. She completed IMPALLA in 2016, and graduated with Distinction in Research from Cornell University in 2014. Email Rachel.

gene wang

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.

Anna Arzrumtsyan

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.

Jessica Riggs

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.

Kelsie Norek

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.

Roper Center Collections Specialist Joe Schill

Collections Specialist – Joe Schill

Joe Schill is a Collections Specialist at the Roper Center, focusing on items donated to the Center by Andrew Kohut. He grew up in Syracuse and lived in Washington, DC before returning to Ithaca and working in archiving at the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass. He has a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Frances. Joe holds an MAT from Binghamton University in social sciences education, an MA in history from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oswego State. Email Joe.

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.

The Roper Center also employs a large student staff and provides fellowships to Cornell graduate students.