Staff of the Center
CDRS Director and Senior Staff
Mark Newton, Interim Director and Production Manager
Mark Newton is CDRS’ Interim Director and Production Manager. At CDRS, Mark’s work focuses on the development of the library’s scholarly publications partnership program, the Academic Commons institutional repository, and a variety of faculty- and student-led digital scholarship projects. He currently serves on the project staff for Humanities CORE, an NEH-funded digital humanities project with the Modern Language Association, pairing repository infrastructure with the MLA Commons community hub. Mark completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and previously served as the Digital Collections Librarian at Purdue University.
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Vincent Aliberto, Video Services Manager
Vincent has been providing video production services Columbia University since 2001, first with Digital Knowledge Ventures (DKV), and now at CDRS. From the beginning, he recognized the need to capture events, lectures, and symposia on video, both for archiving and preservation as well as for online delivery. In doing so, Vincent has helped CDRS become a key resource for the University. He works closely with The Earth Institute, The School of International Public Affairs (SIPA), University Programs and Events, and other departments on a regular basis.
Previously, Vincent worked at Thirteen/WNET as an audio engineer and associate producer for the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM version of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Civilization, Heritage and the Jews.
Eva Cunningham, Senior Project Manager
Eva oversees all aspects of multimedia projects, working closely with faculty members to help them achieve their project goals. She is responsible for creating schedules and resource requirements, as well as coordinating resources over the entire life cycle of a given project.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Eva worked account management in the health care communications industry. Before that she managed projects for a small web development company in San Francisco. She has a B.S. in biology from Boston College.
Amy Nurnberger, Research Data Manager
As Research Data Manager, Amy’s primary role is to address the data life cycle needs of researchers through planning, outreach, and training. She also works to develop policies and best practices that enable research data management. Amy joins CDRS from The University of Texas at Austin where she received her M.S. in Information Studies in May 2012. While earning her degree she worked on various public service library projects at The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Before pursuing an education in information, Amy was a Validation Manager in pharmaceutical manufacturing. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University.
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Kathryn Pope, Head of Scholarly Communication
Kathryn manages Columbia’s digital repository, Academic Commons. Before assuming her current role at Columbia, Kathryn was a Project Manager and Director of Research and Rights for Digital Knowledge Ventures. Her background is in multimedia production, and she has worked on video, audio, and print projects for organizations including MSNBC, Court TV, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, PBS, and a number of museums. Kathryn has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Brown University.
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Simone Sacchi, Research and Scholarship Initiatives Manager
As Research and Scholarship Initiatives Manager, Simone’s role is to develop and promote the scholarly communication life cycle, tools, and services that support the research mission of Columbia. He oversees the institutional repository, Academic Commons, and the evaluation and development of new research and scholarship services and initiatives, and develops outreach activities and educational opportunities on scholarly communication, open access and other trends in scholarly publishing.
Simone completed a PhD at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois where he conducted research in the areas of digital stewardship, information organization and access, and conceptual and modeling foundation of LIS. Before moving to the US, Simone was Systems Librarian and Digital Repository Manager at the University of Bologna, Italy where he also obtained a Laurea Magistrale in LIS from the University of Parma and a postgraduate specialization in Free and Open Source Software Science and Technology from the Alma Graduate School, University of Bologna.
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The CDRS Team
Brett Bisogno, Video Producer
Brett is a video producer responsible for taping University events, as well as editing and posting them to the Columbia website.Before arriving at Columbia, Brett worked as an editor for FOX News Channel. Brett attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he received a B.A. in Television and Radio Production.
Jack Donovan, Lead Application Developer
As the lead application developer, Jack designs, develops, and maintains computing systems and software, working with multiple languages such as Java, PHP, XML, and Ruby on Rails and with various databases.
Jack transitioned to CDRS as part of the reorganization of Columbia University’s Digital Knowledge Ventures (DKV), where for several years he had been a senior software analyst/developer. Prior to that, Jack worked as a developer at Teachscape Inc., Worldwide Xceed Group, and the Episcopal News Service. Jack obtained his B.A. from the New School for Social Research.
Jackson Harvell, Web Developer
Jackson joins CDRS after more than 10 years as an independent technology consultant and web developer in New York City. In this role, he worked on an eclectic mix of projects involving web development digital photography, digital video and strategic technology consulting. He hopes to contribute his expertise in front end web development in addition to his focus on design, typography and user experiences in promoting the academic mission of CDRS.
Brian Luna Lucero, Digital Repository Coordinator
Brian oversees the cataloging and metadata remediation for the material in Academic Commons. He also solicits new deposits to the repository and contributes to the Center’s outreach to Columbia’s scholars.
Prior to joining CDRS, Brian was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at the University of New Mexico where he digitized archival materials for the Celebrating New Mexico Statehood project and worked in public services, library instruction, and special collections reference. He holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of New Mexico.
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Kerri O’Connell, Project Manager
As project manager, Kerri is responsible for managing various CDRS projects, including adhering to project timelines, troubleshooting site issues, and ensuring project goals are met. She coordinates the efforts of developers, management, and faculty members to keep projects on task and progressing at a steady pace. Kerri received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in 2013. Before becoming project manager Kerri was the scholarly publishing and production intern at CDRS. She has also interned at Scholastic, Inc. and Infotrieve.
Megan O’Neill, Junior Web Developer
As our junior web developer, Megan codes and designs web sites and web applications. Prior to joining CDRS, Megan did freelance work as a web developer, worked as an intern at MacMillan Higher Education, and completed General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive. Megan graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in History, and a certificate from Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL).
Kristian Portella, Video Producer
As video producer, Kristian is responsible for on-location videotaping and production of academic events around campus, which include conferences, interviews, and special projects. He is also responsible for post-production editing.
Prior to coming to Columbia University, Kristian worked as a photographer and videographer for the Fire Department of the City of New York’s (FDNY) Photo and Audio Visual Units. His responsibilities in the F.D.N.Y. included the documentation of, in video and still photography, FDNY operations at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Kristian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the City College of New York, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Film Studies concentration, from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
Ginny Wiehardt, PMA Editor
Ginny Wiehardt maintains the Publications Management Application (PMA), an online archive of scholarship by Columbia Business School faculty that supports the Ideas at Work website and Business School faculty pages. In keeping with the project’s open-access mission, she also negotiates rights agreements with publishers to post full-text versions of this scholarship online.
In addition to working for Columbia, she writes and edits for a number of organizations, including e-Scholastic and About.com. Previously, she was Managing Editor for Library Relations at the American Council of Learned Societies History E-Book Project and, prior to that, an editorial assistant at NYU Press. She has an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers and a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Notre Dame Review, PN Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Leyla Williams, Communications Coordinator
As CDRS’s Communications Coordinator, Leyla Williams manages partner relationships, oversees outreach and publicity efforts, and grows and maintains the Center’s online presence. She also curates the Research Without Borders event series, an initative of CDRS’s Scholarly Communication Program. Prior to joining CDRS, Leyla worked in her hometown of London in nonprofit communications, campaigns, and political fundraising. Leyla has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, UK.
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Semhar Woldeyesus, Production Assistant
As the Center’s Production Assistant, Semhar is responsible for helping build out and improve content across websites and digital publishing projects. Prior to joining CDRS, Semhar worked as a freelance reporter and on production teams for NPR, ABC News, and Black Enterprise. Semhar has a Masters of Science in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Our team is joined by dedicated interns each semester. Read about our interns.