Staff Bios

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David Bailey
Vice President

David was promoted to Vice President for the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research and was announced by Rev. Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. on Thursday, January 5, 2017.  David returned to the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and has led the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research since 2012. He is a member of the President’s Leadership Council.

Prior to returning to the University, David was a senior equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs for eight years, covering the technology hardware sector, which includes companies such as Apple, Dell, HP, IBM, and NetApp. Prior to Goldman Sachs, David held the same position at the boutique Wall Street firm, Gerard Klauer Mattison (now part of Bank of Montreal). David began his career at IBM, first in application development and then as a client executive for ten years, marketing to global Wall Street firms.

David graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983, with a BS in Mathematics, and later earned his MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

David is married to Ann Chara Bailey, an architect, and has twin sons, Jack and Ben.

 


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Cynthia Belmarez
Institutional Research Specialist

Cyndi earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University with a major in Sociology. She also attended the Indiana Vocational Technical College studying Accounting.

Ms. Belmarez has been part of the Notre Dame family for over 20 years. Beginning at the President’s Office in 1988, Cyndi served as an assistant to the executive assistant to the president during Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C. presidency for eight years. After working in the President’s Office, Cyndi worked in the Upward Bound Program temporarily until she came into her current role at the University as an Institutional Research Specialist.

 

 

 


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Jason Casey
Post-Baccalaureate & Research Program Director

Jason joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research in November 2014. A native Tennessean, Jason earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in commercial music, a Master’s Degree in foundations of education, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and research at the University of Memphis.

Prior to joining Notre Dame’s Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, Jason was Interim Director of Institutional Research in the Office of Assessment and Decision Support at Georgetown University. He has also served as Director of Institutional Research at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Director of the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 

 


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Tatiana Combs
Survey Program Manager & Consultant

Tatiana Combs joined Institutional Research in 2001. She is responsible for the development, administration, and data analysis of internal assessment surveys. She coordinates Notre Dame’s participation in national consortium surveys and serves as the OSPIR’s contact person for consortium survey data.

Prior to Notre Dame, Tatiana worked as research assistant at the University of Chicago. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy from St. Petersburg State University in Russia, an M.A. in International Peace Studies from Notre Dame, and an M.A. in History of Culture from the University of Chicago.

 

 

 

 



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Evan Grantham-Brown
Business Intelligence Professional

Evan Grantham-Brown joined OSPIR in September 2014. A New England native who grew up on the border between Vermont and New Hampshire, Evan completed his bachelor’s degree at Purdue University in 2001. Prior to working for Notre Dame, Evan spent 8 years working at Better World Books, doing everything from customer service to software development. In 2012, he joined Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology.

Evan’s main responsibilities at OSPIR include the maintenance and development of OSPIR’s self-service web reports, as well as the integration of OSPIR’s work with other OIT initiatives.

 

 

 


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Mark Gunty
Undergraduate Analytics Program Director

Mark Gunty was appointed Assistant Director of Institutional Research in November 1995. Initially, he focused on student survey administration and development. Mark has since assumed primary responsibility for analysis and reporting of student feedback on courses and instruction, including most recently the development of a new web-based Course Instructor Feedback system. As the Undergraduate Analytics Program Director, he provides consultation and analytical support on assessment and evaluation projects for academic, student affairs, and operational units.

Prior to working in Institutional Research, Mark held visiting faculty positions at Notre Dame and IU South Bend in their sociology departments. He continues to teach courses in research methodology, organizations, and gender. In the twelve years after college, he taught religion and coordinated campus ministry programs at high schools and colleges in Illinois and California. While working in Institutional Research, Mark has had leadership and advisory positions with the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA, the Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative, and the Catholic Identity Mission Assessment project.

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative religions from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a master’s degree in human development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, and another master’s in international peace studies from Notre Dame. He was awarded a doctoral degree in sociology from Notre Dame in 1993. He has served on local parish religious education boards and on the board of directors for Ten Thousand Villages, a local fair trade retail outlet. His wife, Kitty, is chair of the Fine Arts Department at Marian High School. The Gunty's have four children, all of whom are Domers.


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Catherine Kubitschek
Institutional Research Senior Analyst & Programmer

Catherine Kubitschek was promoted to Senior Programmer/Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research in 2000 after being hired as a Programmer in 1998. She is responsible for the accurate and efficient compilation of data used in the production of reports and assessments OSPIR disseminates to the University community. Catherine manages, coordinates, and produces the OSPIR data streams, and liaisons with various University offices, primarily the Office of Information Technology, to ensure the regular, proper, and secure supply of the required data.

Prior to her work in Institutional Research, Catherine worked in the University Libraries in the Cataloging and Database Maintenance department. Her responsibilities included staff training in preparation for the shift from the mainframe catalog system to the first Notre Dame client-server library catalog.

Before joining Notre Dame, Catherine worked as a programmer for the Sawmill Improvement Project, State and Private Forestry, USDA. Her responsibilities included programming algorithms analyzing the efficiency of lumbering practices onto a wide variety of computers, from mainframes to handheld calculators. They also included an occasional trip to test these programs in active sawmills by collecting data on timber size and lumber output.

Catherine earned her B.A. from Grinnell College.


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Amber M. Peña
Senior Administrative Assistant

Amber Peña joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) as the Senior Administrative Assistant in June of 2015. In this role, Amber provides support to David Bailey and his team while also serving as an ambassador for the OSPIR Department and the University of Notre Dame.

Prior to joining OSPIR, Amber was the Catering Sales Manager for Catering by Design and was a member of the Notre Dame Food Service department for 10 years. She was responsible for working with on and off-campus partners to help plan the details of their special events. Amber also helped with the launch of the Center for Culinary Excellence (CCE), and the rebranding of the catering department, University Catering. Additionally, Amber collaborated with campus partners in the development of the Notre Dame Wedding Experience.

Amber completed B.A in Art and M.A. in Organizational Leadership degrees from Siena Heights University. She lives in South Bend with her husband Dan, an alumnus of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. They are the proud parents of their children, Patrick and Sophia.

 


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Brandy Rypma
Institutional Research Specialist

Brandy Rypma has worked as an IR Specialist in Notre Dame’s Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR) since April of 1999. Her main areas of responsibility include completing internal & external data requests/surveys, modifying/updating/processing corporate data for reporting, maintaining access rights for the Self-Service Reports (SSR) and general office support. Prior to joining the University, Brandy worked as an Accounts Payable clerk for a precision steel roll company, STRIPCO, Inc.

Brandy earned her A.S. degree in Accounting from Davenport College in Grand Rapids (MI) in 1995. She has two children who are very active in school and sports activities.

 

 

 


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Andrea Swanagan
Strategic Planning Program Director

Andrea Swanagan joined the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research as Strategic Planning Program Director in April 2013. Prior to her current role, Andrea served as an analyst for the Executive Vice President. She has also participated in the University’s leadership rotation program, during which time she worked in the Office of Student Affairs and OSPIR. She initially returned to the University in 2007 as the Director of Worldwide Clubs in the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Andrea graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a B.A. in government and international studies. She was commissioned into the United States Air Force and served on active duty for five years, attaining the rank of captain. Andrea received her MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She and her husband, Harold, are the proud parents of three children.

 

 


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Kathryn Valenti
Strategic Planning Program Director

Kathryn Valenti was appointed Strategic Planning Program Director in May 2010. In this role, Kathryn designs and implements the University’s administrative unit review program for administrative departments and facilitates reviews of academic departments. She consults with colleges, schools, and administrative divisions on their strategic planning efforts and manages a variety of other cross-divisional projects.

Before joining the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in a permanent role, Kathryn participated in the University’s leadership rotation program. She worked on targeted projects in both the Center for Social Research and OSPIR. Prior to joining the rotation program, Kathryn served in the Office of the Provost as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Provosts, where she was responsible for special projects related to the University’s academic endeavors and coordinated the efforts of several University committees.

Kathryn holds both a B.B.A. in accountancy and an M.B.A. from Notre Dame, where as an undergraduate she was three-time captain of the lacrosse team and an All-American. She played for the U.S. National Developmental Lacrosse Team from 2001-2003. From 2002-2005 Kathryn worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in New York City. Kathryn and her husband, Tom, are proud parents of their son, Andrew, and daughter, Nora.


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Quanhua Zhou
Faculty & Courses Analytics Program Director

Quanhua will play a critical role in preparing, analyzing, and interpreting internal and comparative academic data associated with faculty demographics, teaching, and course attributes.

Quanhua comes to Notre Dame after working for several years at Washington State as Administrative Planning Specialist – Academic Program Review, where he conducted research in support of accreditation, strategic planning, and institutional decision-making. As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, he worked part-time as the Research Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Education and also as an intern in the Office of Institutional Planning, Analysis, and Special Services. For most of the 1990s, Quanhua worked as the Executive Assistant first to the Vice President for International Affairs and then to the President at Peking (Beijing) University in China. He was promoted to Associate Director of the Office of the President in 1997. From 1985 to 1989, he was an assistant professor of English at Hangzhou Institute of Commerce.

Quanhua earned a B.A. in English language & literature from Hangzhou University and an LL.M. in international relations from Peking University. He is currently a part-time student at the University of Arizona pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education.