Meet Our Staff

Roy Mathew, Ph. D.
Associate Vice President
Director, CIERP

Dr. Mathew is trained as a planning and policy analyst, and has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, including planning and evaluation of programs. Over the last nine years, he has helped CIERP develop an effective two-level framework for evaluation, as well as state-of-the-art infrastructure to support institutional and program evaluation through data collection, validation, storage, and distribution of data. Dr. Mathew also directs of a group of professionals that undertake technical analysis, from analytics to advanced statistical analysis. This analytical work extends from tracking of 4000 institutional metrics to the development of scenario models that shape strategic plans, including UTEP’s Research Plan. Dr. Mathew holds a B.A. in Economics , a Master's of Urban Planning and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cathe Lester, Ph.D.
Associate Director, CIERP

Dr. Lester received her doctorate in Health Psychology from UTEP in 2006. She began working at the Center as a graduate intern in 1993 where she was the evaluation coordinator for several state-funded precollege programs for women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. She has worked as a database administrator for a local school district and the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, and as a Site Coordinator for the RAND Corporation. She currently manages the submission of state- and federally-mandated institutional reporting, national level surveys, serves as the Evaluation Coordinator for the UT System LS-AMP Project, and is a part-time instructor in the UTEP College of Health Sciences where she teaches Health Theory, Research Design and Methods, and Program Evaluation.

Denise Carrejo, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, CIERP

Dr. Denise Carrejo heads the Survey and Evaluation group, where she leads institutional survey efforts and manages program evaluation and reporting efforts for several grants that aim to improve the success of UTEP students in the STEM areas. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Carrejo also coordinated research and reporting efforts on the UTEP Student Success Project funded by Lumina Foundation. She is a member of the Association for Institutional Research and the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Carrejo holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Ulises Arnold, M.B.A.
Assistant Director, CIERP

Ulises began working at CIERP as a graduate intern in 2005. He became a Research Assistant in 2007, a Research Associate in 2008, and an Assistant Director in 2014. As a member of the Planning and Analytics group, he is responsible for the construction models to estimate the cost of current and potential academic programs, the development of scenario and visual representation tools for key metrics in higher education, the elaboration of projections about enrollment, degrees awarded and other key metrics. In addition, he performs critical analyses that aid in the policy making process. Ulises brings broad expertise from working over a decade in Mexico as general manager, financial manager, and transfer prices’ auditor. Overall, Ulises’ experiences include management, budget estimation, price analysis, and financial analysis. He was educated at the Escuela Bancaria y Comercial in Mexico City (Bachelor of Administrative Sciences, 2002) and the University of Texas at El Paso (MBA, 2006).

Angelina Gleichauf, M.S.
Research Associate

Angelina focuses on survey research and administration, as well as reporting of results. With her market research experience in the broadcasting industry, Angelina brings considerable experience in data analysis and project management. Angelina earned a M.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Research Methodology from the University of Oregon.

Marianna Hendricks, Ph.D.
Research Associate

After working as a graduate intern at CIERP over the summer of 2011, Marianna joined the Research and Communications group in 2013. Previously, she taught scholarly and workplace writing, tutored in the University Writing Center, and provided writing consultations and workshops to graduate students through the PUENTES Program. She currently assists in developing presentations, manuscripts, grant reports, and web material for multiple audiences to understand and use the data and analyses CIERP provides. Marianna holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from UTEP, and a doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition from UTEP.

Myoung Kim, M.S.C.S.
PhD Candidate, Computer Science
Research Associate

Myoung is responsible for generating, preparing and analyzing data for a wide array of institutional research, evaluation and planning projects. She is a key staff member on projects related to development of data tools that ensure the quality of institutional data and assist campus faculty and staff in all their data needs. Myoung’s experience as a computer programmer in developing enterprise business applications in South Korea has led to significant improvements to CIERP’s access to critical data. Myoung obtained a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology from Hanyang University in South Korea and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UTEP. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in Computer Science at UTEP.

Xiaojing Wang, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Xiaojing started working at CIERP as a graduate assistant in 2007, helping extend development of data tools that assist CIERP and the University community in accessing the data needed for planning and reports. She currently works with the Data and Reporting group, developing and maintaining data tools and providing data for both internal and external data requests. Xiaojing holds a Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from Nanjing University of Technology in China, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UTEP, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UTEP. Further, she has certifications as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA).

Mark Urban, M.A.
Research Assistant

Mark’s contributions to the Center draw from his wide array of talents. As part of the Research and Communications team, Mark handles time-sensitive information requests from various institutions, colleges, departments, offices and individuals. Mark is chair of the Center’s Social Committee. Mark holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science from The University of Texas at El Paso. Mark enjoys summer rains and good books.

J. Maribel Herrera, M.S.
Research Assistant

Maribel joined CIERP as an intern during the summer of 2013 and started as an Research Assistant in September of 2013. She uses her statistical skills and experience in continuous improvement projects to contribute to the analysis, display, and interpretation of external and internal data. Maribel previously worked in the Programing and Evaluation of Budget office at ITCJ, as an industrial engineer in Mexico, and as a research assistant and teaching assistant at UTEP. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juárez (ITCJ), and an M.S. in Statistics from UTEP. Maribel is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and International Biometric Association (ENAR).

Terri Morales
Office Supervisor II

Terri oversees the function of the Center, ensuring that the needs of the department are met. She also supervises various office management functions, including the development and implementation of procedures for monitoring work activities. Terri’s recommendations of measures to improve the methodology, performance and quality of CIERP’s products and services have long helped CIERP achieve its goals. Ms. Morales has been a UTEP employee for almost 20 years, starting as a Senior Administrative Clerk for the Office of Institutional Studies. In 1996, she became a Technical Staff Assistant III with the Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning, where she managed timely submission of external surveys and questionnaires, such as IPEDS surveys, LBB performance measures, and institutional surveys. Prior to working at UTEP, Ms. Morales worked at a local hospital as an administrative secretary for 7 years.

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