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David serves the University of Notre Dame as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research. He partners with leaders across campus to build strategic plans and facilitates cross-university strategic initiatives. David has led the office since 2012 and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council.
Prior to assuming his current role at 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.
Institutional Research Specialist
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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.
Strategic Planning Program Director
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Lissa Bill joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in December 2017 when she was appointed Strategic Planning Program Director. Prior to joining OSPIR, Lissa served as the Senior Counselor to the Vice President for Student Affairs from October 2014 – December 2017. In this role, her responsibilities included strategic planning, survey and data management, collaboration with University Relations on behalf of Student Affairs, coordination of professional development for the Division of Student Affairs, and special projects.
Previously, Lissa served as a Career Coach and the Career Operations Manager in the undergraduate Career Center for six years. Before coming to Notre Dame, Lissa spent over a decade working as a buyer and product manager in corporate retail for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Bachrach, and Sears Holdings.
Lissa earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s in international higher education at Loyola University in Chicago. She and her husband, Clay, live in South Bend with their two sons, Graham and Conor.
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Andrew Craker joined the university and OSPIR in May 2018. As a member of the Business Intelligence team of the Office of Information Technologies, Andrew works to integrate OSPIR's data and reporting with the university-wide dataND initiative.
A South Bend native, Andrew graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a B.A. in mathematics. For 10 years he worked for Better World Books, an online used book retailer and founding B-Corp. His projects ranged from operational inventory sortation to project profitability analysis.
Andrew's wife Catherine is a biology professor and artist. They have two children, James and Matthew.
Undergraduate Analytics Program Director
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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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Emily Hildebrandt joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research in February 2018. In this role, she supports the office's administrative operations and assists the Strategic Planning Program Directors with Administrative Unit Review logistics. Prior to joining OSPIR, Emily worked in Risk Management & Safety as an Administrative Assistant and Data Coordinator where she oversaw department operations and managed information systems.
Emily graduated from Butler University in 2015 with a B.A. in social work and psychology. She completed her Graduate Certificate of Business at Indiana University - South Bend in 2017.
Institutional Research Analyst & Consultant
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Alison Lanski joined Institutional Research in 2019. She contributes to analysis projects, works to streamline data practices, and brings experience with techniques like machine learning. At Notre Dame since 2013, Alison has served in a variety of capacities, including instructional design, teaching for the Classics department, eportfolio implementation at the Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning, and historical data wrangling with the Business Intelligence team.
Alison is an active member of the Learning Analytics @ ND group and completed an M.S. through Notre Dame's Data Science program in 2019. Her previous degrees were all in Classics, with a B.A. from the University of Chicago and M.A./Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When not on a university campus, she enjoys ultimate frisbee and traveling with her husband.
Business Intelligence Associate
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Ken Nagle joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in May 2019 after graduating from Notre Dame's M.S. program in data science. He works to make historical OSPIR data available in the Enterprise Data Warehouse, the University's central institutional data repository, as a member of the Business Intelligence team in the Office of Information Technologies.
Prior to joining Notre Dame, Ken was a middle and high school science, math, and computer science teacher at schools in New York, Louisiana, Maryland, and Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington and a B.A. in physics from Middlebury College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ken lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Jen, a high school biology teacher.
Institutional Research Specialist
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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 is the proud mother of two children.
Business Intelligence Associate
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Dana joined Notre Dame in August 2016 as a member of the Business Intelligence team in the Office of Information Technologies. In October 2018, she transitioned to an embedded role with the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, assisting with reporting for the Institutional Research team and the university-wide dataND initiative. Prior to Notre Dame, Dana spent over ten years at Press Ganey, a patient satisfaction and experience consulting firm in their custom reporting department.
Born and raised in South Bend, Dana graduated cum laude from Saint Mary's College with a B.S. in Mathematics in 2007, then received her MBA from Indiana University in 2013. She resides in South Bend with her husband, Ben, and their three daughters, two dogs, and tens of thousands of bees (they've recently taken up beekeeping as a hobby). Outside of work, Dana enjoys baking, photographing her kids, camping, and geocaching.
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Jessie has served as HR Consultant since December 2016. In this role, Jessie provided guidance and support to University leadership and employees of designated divisions and colleges on strategic initiatives impacting their organization and people. Her responsibilities have included working with senior leaders to identify HR issues that will help achieve business goals and objectives, counseling managers and employees on employee relations issues and performance management, assisting with organizational restructuring to fit business needs of the division or college, helping leaders with the annual talent review process, and collaborating with the HR centers of expertise to assist client groups. Jessie has had the privilege of supporting campus units in the President, Executive Vice President, and Provost divisions.
Previously, Jessie worked in Student Affairs for nine and a half years in Residential Life and the former Office of Residence Life and Housing. Before coming to Notre Dame, Jessie worked in Student Affairs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Jessie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. She and her husband, Greg, live in Granger with their three children, Molly, Leah, and Jack.
Director of Institutional Research
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Andrea Swanagan was appointed Director of Institutional Research in July 2017. She originally joined the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR) as a Strategic Planning Program Director in April 2013. Prior to her time in OSPIR, 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 earned 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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Duane has been with the University for nine years and joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in March 2019 serving as the ND Innovates Program Director. In this role, he is charged with the evaluation, development, and execution of the improvement ideas submitted from campus.
Prior to his role in OSPIR, he was the Senior Program Director in The Office of Continuous Improvement providing internal consulting services to campus. Additionally, he provided Yellow Belt and Green Belt training and coached Green Belt leaders in the tools of DMAIC.
Duane is a graduate of Park University and holds a B.A in Social Psychology, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and is a Certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt.
Duane and his wife Vicki have lived in Michiana for 20 Years and are enjoying life as semi-empty nesters.