One of our strongest assets are our people. They build trusting partnerships, support the incubation and development of new projects, broker research relationships, and oversee the progress of our research programs. After 15 years of community-based research experience, CUP has become a necessary and important voice around tables in the community and on campus.  

CUP is guided by a Steering Committee that provides guidance to Laurie Schnirer (Director) in her leadership of CUP operations. Laurie is supported by a collaborative team:  Rebecca Gokiert, Maria Mayan, Stanley Varnhagen and Karen Edwards. Rebecca and Maria lead specific research areas within CUP.  Stanley provides evaluation and ethics expertise and Karen Edwards is our Strategic Research Manager who plays a key research management role in advancing the mission and goals of CUP.  Click on the photo to read their bio.

Leadership Team

Karen Edwards
Acting Director

Dr. Laurie Schnirer
Director (on leave)

Dr. Rebecca Gokiert

Dr. Maria Mayan

Photo of Stanley Varnhagen

Dr. Stanley Varnhagen

CUP Steering Committee

CUP Steering Committee - June 2015