CRA Staff

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Nicole BeckNicole Beck

Reimbursement Specialist
nicole [at] cra.org

Nicole Beck
Reimbursement Specialist


Nicole is CRA’s part-time Reimbursement Specialist, working closely with CRA’s Grant Specialist Jill Hallden to ensure the organization’s bills get paid on time and reimbursements for participants in CRA-sponsored events are processed expeditiously. Prior to joining CRA, Nicole was a stay at home mom while also attending college at George Mason University and Arizona State University. She graduated from Arizona State with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in geography with a specialization in geographic information systems. In her free time, Nicole enjoys all things geography and cartography, spending as much time as possible with her two daughters, as well as discovering new music to listen to.

Andrew BernatAndrew Bernat

Executive Director
abernat [at] cra.org
202-266-2949

Dr. Andrew Bernat
Executive Director


Dr. Andrew Bernat was a founding member and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (spending 20 years there) and a NSF Program Director. He has been Executive Director of CRA since 2002.

He has some 70 refereed publications, roughly equally in disciplinary research and in computing education, a large number of presentations and in excess of $25 million in externally funded activities. In recognition of “… his success in creating arguably the strongest computer science department at a minority-serving institution …”, the Computing Research Association honored him with the 1997 A. Nico Habermann Award. In 2018 he was elected a AAAS Fellow. Outside interests include steam locomotives, narrow gauge railroads, climbing, SCUBA and his wonderful grandchildren.

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Betsy BizotBetsy Bizot

Director of Statistics and Evaluation
bizot [at] cra.org
202-266-2943

Betsy Bizot
Director of Statistics and Evaluation


Betsy started at CRA in 2004. She has two main responsibilities there: the annual CRA Taulbee Survey of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information departments; and evaluation of programs to encourage members of underrepresented groups toward research careers in computing.

She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1978. While working in software development, she earned an MBA from Tulane University in 1984. The combination of coursework and on-the-job experience led her to an interest in successful technical teamwork and leadership, and to a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 1988. She did some statistical software development, then worked for 14 years for Career Vision, a not-for-profit in the Chicago suburbs, conducting research and product development related to career choice and career satisfaction. She is happy to bring the social science research and computing branches of her professional career together at CRA.

Betsy is interested in underrepresented groups in science and engineering, career paths in research (especially computing research), and in making information available to people in forms that are useful for decision making.

Daniela Cárdenas

Program Associate, CRA-WP
dcardenas [at] cra.org
202-266-2950

Daniela Cárdenas
Program Associate, CRA-WP


As Program Associate, Daniela supports CRA and CRA-WP program activities with administrative and logistical matters such as planning meetings, workshops, outreach activities, and committee support.

Daniela emigrated from Venezuela in 2007, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government and a minor in Education from Florida State University. In her spare time, Daniela enjoys watching football and painting with acrylics.

Sandra CorbettSandra Corbett

Program Manager
scorbett [at] cra.org
202-266-2938

Sandra Corbett
Program Manager


Sandra joined CRA in 2011. As part of the CRA team, her responsibilities involve designing and developing all of the internal databases for CRA, processing all account payables for the organization and working with the Director of Programs on CRA-WP programs, specifically the CREU and DREU programs.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Strayer University. She earned her Master of Science degree in Database Administration (2011), and Master of Business Administration degree (2012) from the University of Maryland University College.

Her outside interests involve reading, learning about database development and big data analytics- the process of examining large amounts of data of a variety of types to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations and other useful information.

Khari Douglas

Senior Program Associate, CCC
kdouglas [at] cra.org
202-234-2933

Khari Douglas
Program Associate, CCC


As a Senior Program Associate at CRA, Khari Douglas interacts with members of the research community and policy makers to organize meetings, workshops, and outreach activities.

Khari is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with majors in International Studies and Economics. Khari is focused on building his professional career and learning more about policy making and the computer science industry.

Ann DrobnisAnn Schwartz Drobnis

Director, CCC
adrobnis [at] cra.org
202-266-2936

Ann Schwartz Drobnis
Director, CCC


Dr. Ann Schwartz Drobnis is Director of the Computing Community Consortium. Most recently, she was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation working on education and workforce development issues for the CISE Directorate. Ann spent most of her time working on the CS10K Project, whose goal is to get academically rigorous computer science courses into 10,000 high schools by 2016. This is a much needed effort to create the research and workforce pipeline that our field so desperately needs. Prior to her time at NSF, she taught high school computer science and math at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She has a passion for broadening participation in computing, as her doctoral research was focused on ways to bring more females into the field.

Alejandra GuzmanAlejandra Guzman

Program Associate, CRA-WP
aguzman [at] cra.org
202-266-2946

Alejandra Guzman 
Program Associate, CRA-WP


Alejandra graduated from Brown University in 2015 with an Education Studies degree. During her undergraduate career, she was deeply involved with student organizations that supported underrepresented student communities such as first-gen, low income, etc.

She has continued that work in her professional career as she supports disenfranchised students, particularly in STEM fields. Before joining CRA, Alejandra promoted computer science learning through Code Success, a Google-sponsored program at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which focused on enhancing NSBE members’ CS technical skills as well as professional skills to ensure they were job ready upon graduation. In her free time, Alejandra enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running and playing with her cat.

Jill Hallden

Grant Specialist
jhallden [at] cra.org

Jill Hallden
Grant Specialist


Jill is CRA’s Grant Specialist, working closely with CRA’s Program Associate Sandra Corbett to ensure the organization’s bills get paid on time and reimbursements for participants in CRA-sponsored events are processed expeditiously. Prior to joining CRA, Jill retired from a 12-year career as an assistant professor of Geography at George Mason University, where she focused on digital cartography and world regional geography. When she’s not processing reimbursements, she enjoys cycling, spending time with her three boys, and making interesting cupcake creations.

Peter HarshaPeter Harsha

Director, Government Affairs
harsha [at] cra.org
202-556-4335

Peter Harsha
Director, Government Affairs


Peter Harsha is the Director of Government Affairs for the Computing Research Association, an organization representing 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering and related fields; 26 industrial research labs; and 6 affiliated professional societies. In his position, Peter works to help CRA influence computing research policy by improving public and policy maker understanding of the nature of research, and by increasing the computing community’s awareness of and participation in policy issues. Prior to joining CRA in October 2001, Peter spent six years working for Congress, beginning as a member of the personal staff of Congressman Nick Smith of Michigan. In the 106th and 107th Congresses, Peter served as a member of the professional staff of the House Science Committee as Chairman Smith’s designee on the Subcommittee on Research, working on a portfolio of issues that included oversight of the National Science Foundation, Information Technology, the U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Peter is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Maddy Hunter

Program Associate, CCC
mhunter [at] cra.org

Maddy Hunter
Program Associate, CCC


Maddy Hunter is a Program Associate for the CRA’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) subcommittee. In this role, she supports CCC staff and council members by handling administrative and logistical matters surrounding meetings, conferences and workshops.

Previously, she was an IT Administrative Specialist for DataSource, where she worked with Automated Background Investigation Software (ABIS) to process security clearances for government workers. Maddy received bachelor’s degrees in Professional Writing and Political Science from Miami University. In her free time she enjoys napping, painting and trying new foods.

Sabrina_JacobSabrina Jacob

Administrator
sjacob [at] cra.org
202-266-2934

Sabrina Jacob
Administrator


Sabrina Jacob has been with CRA since August 2007 as the Administrator. One of her primary duties is overseeing/managing the ads that appear on the CRA website as well as in the electronic CRN magazine. She also is responsible for managing the membership database which consists over 350 academic departments, labs, and professional societies and is the liaison between the department chairs, deans, directors, and presidents. Sabrina did her undergraduate work in Psychology at UMUC.

Prior to joining CRA, Sabrina worked many years with different non-profit organizations both nationally as well as internationally. She also spent a number of years working at NBC, PBS, and C-SPAN as an engineer, producer and a director.

In her spare time, she loves to read and also has a passion for working with young women and children.  Sabrina is the mother of one son, Joshua who is now a college graduate.

Colin KarnesColin Karnes

Research Assistant, CERP
colin [at] cra.org

Colin Karnes
Research Assistant, CERP


Colin Karnes is a Research Assistant for the CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). Colin supports CERP activities, as they relate to CERP’s research and administrative tasks. Prior to joining CRA, Colin worked as a graduate research assistant at the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern University.

Colin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University (2019) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University at Buffalo (2014). He has experience in public education, nonprofit administration, and corporate governance. In his free time, Colin enjoys reading, volunteering, and exploring Washington, DC.

Brian MosleyBrian Mosley

Policy Analyst, Government Affairs
bmosley [at] cra.org
202-266-2944

Brian Mosley
Policy Analyst, Government Affairs


Brian is the Policy Analyst for CRA, representing the Association before Congress, Executive Branch agencies, and the computing & scientific community in Washington. He is enthusiastic about the governmental process and wants to help both researchers and elected representatives get the most out of their democracy. Brian has over seven years experience in government affairs and has worked in the fields of technology & innovation policy, science and energy research, and STEM education. Prior to arriving at CRA, he worked in the Washington Office of the American Physical Society and interned for Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland while in college. In his spare time, Brian is an accomplished amateur photographer, with multiple photographs having been displayed in juried art shows. Brian is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in History and Political Science.

Erik RussellErik Russell

Director of Programs, CRA-WP
erik [at] cra.org
202-266-2941

Erik Russell
Director of Programs, CRA-WP


As Director of Programs at the Computing Research Association (CRA), Erik provides operational leadership, program management, and relationship building for the organization. Working closely with the CRA Committee on Widening Participation (CRA-WP), Erik drives CRA’s talent development initiatives with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through careful engagement, recruitment, cultivation, and support of talent, he aims to amplify efforts to promote advanced computing research.

Before joining CRA, Erik worked to advance computer science education through his service as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Erik has been actively working to engage and retain students from groups historically underserved in computer science research.

Shar SteedShar Steed

Communications Specialist
shar [at] cra.org
202-266-2939

Shar Steed
Communications Specialist


As a Communications Specialist at CRA, Shar Steed directs strategic communications for the organization. She develops marketing communications initiatives and provides editorial oversight of print and electronic content.

Previously at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), she managed integrated marketing campaigns to enhance national awareness of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program. Shar was a Marketing Communications Assistant at National 4-H Council and has experience in public relations with private firms, and academic institutions.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in integrated marketing and management communication from Florida State University.

Burcin TamerBurçin Tamer

Director, CERP
burcin [at] cra.org
202-266-2935

Burçin Tamer
Director, CERP


Burçin Tamer is the Director of CERP.  She joined CRA as a Research Scientist at CERP in May 2015 and has been Director since April 2018. Burçin is responsible for overall operations and manages CERP’s data resources and infrastructure as well as analysis activities. Her work provides social science support to the computing community’s efforts for broadening participation.

Heather WrightHeather Wright

Associate Director, CERP
heather [at] cra.org
202-266-2945

Heather Wright
Associate Director, CERP


Heather Wright serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). In her role, Wright leads CERP’s evaluation efforts aimed at broadening participation in computing research and education. Wright also coordinates CERP’s various research initiatives and supports the continued sustainability of the center. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and two minors in Technical & Business Writing and Women’s Studies. She has been with the CRA since 2013.

Helen WrightHelen Wright

Senior Program Associate, CCC
hwright [at] cra.org
202-266-2953

Helen Wright
Senior Program Associate, CCC


As a Senior Program Associate at CRA, Helen Wright interacts with members of the research community and policy makers to organize meetings, workshops, and outreach activities.

Most recently, she was a Science Education Analyst at the National Science Foundation working on promoting excellence in undergraduate STEM education for the Education and Human Resources Directorate. Helen organized and participated in a number of outreach events and conferences for many programs including theAdvanced Technological Education (ATE) Program, whose goal is to increase the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy.

She holds a bachelor’s of science in biology as well as a master’s of science in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Virginia.

EvelynEvelyn Yarzebinski

Research Associate, CERP
evelyn [at] cra.org
202-266-2937

Evelyn Yarzebinski
Research Associate, CERP


Evelyn Yarzebinski is a Research Associate for CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). Evelyn’s main responsibility is managing CERP’s survey and evaluation data. She additionally contributes to evaluation reports and research projects, and is the administrator for BPCnet.org.

Prior to joining CRA, she was a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, where she led study planning and data collection, management, and analysis for projects aimed at improving math-and-literacy-based educational technologies for children worldwide.

All CRA Staff may be reached at:

Computing Research Association | 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-4632 | Tel: 202-234-2111 | Fax: 202-667-1066