Anna Bartel

Faculty Fellow

Jamila Walida-Simon

Faculty Fellow

Jamol Pender

Faculty Fellow

Tashara Leak

Faculty Fellow

Anna Bartel, Ph.D.

Anna Sims Bartel earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature at Cornell in 2001. Why literature, you ask? Because stories are the common denominator of human experience, so learning to read them, respect them, make sense of and from them, situate them in larger contexts and generally admire their beauty and operation seems kind of important. Needless to say, she found lots of ways to connect her work to the world at large, first through the Public Service Center’s Graduate Student School Outreach Project, which she directed while dissertating, and then through two years’ work with the Provost’s Office, networking and supporting the various engagement efforts in place at the time. After leaving Cornell in 2003, she worked as faculty and director of experiential education at Wartburg College in Iowa, organizing for and building a Center for Community Engagement (along with teaching and doing faculty development around various forms of engagement). She left Iowa for Maine, serving next as faculty and associate director of Bates College’s Harward Center for Community Partnerships, where she built two signature programs (the Bonner Leader Fellows Program and the Community-Based Research Fellows Program) and worked with a staff of amazing colleagues spanning volunteerism, student leadership development, community-based learning, engaged-curriculum design and public scholarship.

Suffice it to say, she’s really into all this. Her other interests are vast and include gardening, singing, fiber arts, cooking and eating, being outdoors and basking in the presence of her astonishingly wonderful family.

Jamila Walida-Simon

Jamila Walida Simon earned her Bachelor's Degree from Wells College and her Master's Degree from Cornell University. She began her career with Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City (CUCE-NYC) under the direction of Dr. Davis-Manigaulte the CUCE-NYC Family and Youth Development Program Leader. Jamila served as the CYFAR CITY Project Coordinator and worked to build capacity at Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan, and the Police Athletic League (PAL) in the Bedford-Stuyvestant section of Brooklyn.

After she completed her master's degree she joined the staff at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County where she served as the Program Manager of the 4-H Urban Outreach Program at West Village. In addition, in 2010, Jamila Walida joined the NYS 4-H team part-time and served as a Civic Engagement Coordinator and Communications Coordinator.

In 2015, Jamila Walida joined the NYS 4-H team full-time and currently serves as the NYS 4-H Civic Engagement Specialist.

Jamol Pender, Ph.D.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University . I received my PhD in Operations Research and Financial Engineering in 2013 at Princeton University where my advisor was Dr. William A. Massey .

My primary research interests involve the stochastic analysis and optimal control of queueing networks with time varying rates. Often valuable information about the queueing system can be lost or delayed and I am interested in how this loss or delay of information impacts the dynamics of queueing networks. I am also broadly interested in the applications of queueing networks in the study of service systems, collaborative economies, smartphone networks, healthcare, and transportation systems.

Tashara Leak, Ph.D. RD

As a health disparities researcher, I conduct interventions that address socioeconomic and environmental influences on food choices, while drawing upon my expertise in mixed methods and community-based research. More specifically, I design innovative and culturally relevant interventions that aim to improve dietary behaviors among impoverished, minority youth that reside in urban communities. Thus, my research lies at the intersection of poverty, race/ethnicity, nutrition, and health (e.g., obesity and type 2 diabetes). Understanding and intervening on health disparities is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach. As such, the majority of my research involves collaborators from diverse training backgrounds (e.g., economics, sociology, food science, business marketing, technology, etc.). I am deeply committed to conducting research that informs public health programming and policy. As such, the majority of my research studies have a clearly identified plan for translation from the very beginning.