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David serves the University of Notre Dame as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR). 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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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.
Cyndi earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University with a major in Sociology. She also attended the Indiana Vocational Technical College studying Accounting.
Senior 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.
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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Adrea came to Notre Dame in the spring of 2021. As the Lead Survey Researcher and Consultant, Adrea works with partners across the University to collect data from students, alumni, faculty, and staff in order to inform assessment efforts.
Prior to joining the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR), she served as the Director of Institutional Research for the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS). In that role, Adrea worked with representatives from colleges and universities across the country to administer surveys as part of a process to improve undergraduate education and advance their institutional missions.
Adrea is originally from El Paso, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University. She then went on to earn a doctoral degree in the American and New England Studies program at Boston University. Adrea and her husband, Neal, enjoy spending time at their farm, where they have sheep, honey bees, and a truck garden with heirloom tomatoes, beans, corn, and sunflowers.
Program Director, ND Innovates
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Conor joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in September 2021 as Program Director, Assessment Lead on the ND Innovates team. Prior to joining ND Innovates, Conor served as Associate Director of the Sorin Society from May 2018 to September 2021. In this role, he created and executed member recruitment and retention strategies, while managing stewardship and member communication. Previously, Conor served on the Annual Giving team as a project manager. Conor began his career at Notre Dame working in the Athletic Department as a member of the Athletics Marketing team - primarily serving the men’s soccer and women’s basketball programs, and leading student marketing efforts across all athletic programs.
Conor is originally from Tucson, Arizona and graduated from Notre Dame in 2015 with a degree in marketing. He lives in South Bend with his wife, Molly, also a class of 2015 graduate.
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Jenny Petersen joined the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) in the spring of 2022 when she was appointed Officer Assistant. Previously, Jenny served as the Senior Administrative Coordinator to the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Letters Dean's Office. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Jenny worked as an executive assistant at Baird Capital, a private equity firm in Chicago.
Jenny is originally from northern California. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2007. Jenny and her husband, Brian, are proud parents to two children, Addie and Logan.
Institutional Research Specialist
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Brandy Rypma has worked as an IR Specialist in Notre Dame’s Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR) since April 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 (OSPIR), 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.
Strategic Planning Program Director
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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.