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ABOUT US

ALICE TEAM

RESEARCHERS, EDITORS & ANALYSTS

Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D.

Director

Stephanie Hoopes has overseen the expansion of ALICE from a pilot study of the low-income community in Morris County, New Jersey, to a national effort with ALICE data for all 3,000 U.S. counties. Her research has garnered the attention of local, state, and national media and legislators.

Before joining United Way of Northern New Jersey, Hoopes taught at Rutgers University-Newark and Columbia University, and at the Universities of Sussex and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Hoopes has a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. She received a resolution from the New Jersey Assembly for work on ALICE (Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed) in 2016.


Andrew Abrahamson

Database Manager

Andrew Abrahamson is responsible for managing the database and developing ALICE data visualization tools. His professional background in the information services industry includes roles in technical management, data analysis, and database management. A strong business development professional, he is skilled in geographic information systems, data visualization, and business intelligence.


Ashley Anglin, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Strategic Analysis

Ashley Anglin conducts research, writes reports, and supports the development of new ALICE tools and collaborations. Her aim is to ensure that all reports and tools are accurate, engaging, accessible, and lead to action that helps ALICE households.

Anglin is a community and cultural psychologist with a master’s degree and a doctorate degree from the University of Hawai?i at M?noa. She also holds graduate certificates in Public Policy and Executive Philanthropy.

Before joining the United Way of Northern New Jersey, Anglin worked in community engagement and health improvement for a large health system and has been involved in community development and community organizing efforts in the U.S and Costa Rica.


Aliyah Baruchin, M.S.

Lead Editor

Aliyah Baruchin is the lead editor for the ALICE Reports and United For ALICE’s print and online publications. Since joining the United For ALICE team in 2014, Baruchin has helped develop and expand content for the ALICE Reports for partner states, the United For ALICE website, special subject reports, and the project’s marketing materials.

Before joining United For ALICE, Baruchin was a freelance health and medical journalist for national venues including The New York Times and Scientific American, and a Kaiser Foundation Fellow in Health Media in 2008. Her reporting focused on epilepsy, neurology, and racial disparities in health status, health care, and health outcomes. Baruchin earned her bachelor's degree at Yale University and a master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Catherine Connelly, D.M.H.

Director of Research Engagement

Catherine Connelly contributes to the research, writing, and development of reports and tools for United For ALICE. With a strong background in community health, education, and advocacy, she facilitates the use of the ALICE data by researchers and community partners to inform innovative solutions.

Before joining the United Way of Northern New Jersey, Connelly led a multi-sector partnership of healthcare, public health, and community-based organizations working together on collaborative needs assessments and strategies for building healthier communities. She has a doctorate degree from Drew University in Medical Humanities and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Hofstra University.


Tom Cordasco

Senior Graphic Designer

Tom Cordasco is the Senior Graphic Designer for United Way of Northern New Jersey. Cordasco primarily works on the United For ALICE team and is responsible for the layout, design, and production of all the ALICE marketing materials, including the Reports and website. Cordasco started working on the team as a freelance designer in 2015 and joined the staff in 2020.

Cordasco started his career at Hoffmann-La Roche in 1998 after graduating from William Paterson University with bachelor's degree in Fine Art. As part of the Media Design Management Department, Cordasco worked on creating print pieces for conventions and product guides that were used to promote the company’s products. Cordasco then moved into web design and became part of a team responsible for creating websites, motion graphics, presentation materials, and other design pieces. During that time, Cordasco also worked on several freelance projects. Cordasco’s success prompted him to start Cordasco Design in 2005, which was a freelance company that helped him expand his expertise in hospitality, medical, communication industries, and small businesses.


Ellen Dreyer

Writer/Editor

Ellen Dreyer is a writer and editor for the ALICE Reports and United for ALICE website. She has extensive experience as an editor and writer, most recently in the pharmaceutical field, as well as in the educational and trade publishing worlds, working for companies including Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Macmillan.


Max Holdsworth, M.A.

Research Assistant

Max Holdsworth is responsible for collecting data, creating data visualizations, and developing new ways to measure the problems ALICE households face. His goal is to demonstrate how living below the Household Survival Budget constrains the health and financial security of ALICE families.

Holdsworth has a BA in Economics and MA in Public Policy from the University of Delaware. He worked as a research assistant at the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, focusing on economic incentives to promote the social determinants of health. Holdsworth also founded the Blue Hen Bounty student food pantry at the University of Delaware.


Molly Rennie, M.P.A.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Molly Rennie is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at United For ALICE and is passionate about broadening the ALICE movement. She coordinates new clients and brings new partners into the ALICE Project. She has been with the United Way of Northern New Jersey for 17 years, holding various positions, including managing the corporate workplace fundraising campaigns.

Prior to joining United Way, Rennie worked at Banker’s Trust in New York City, where she managed numerous departments within the Account Services Division. Rennie earned her bachelor's degree at Kenyon College and master's degree in Public Administration, Governance, and Leadership from Seton Hall University. She is also a graduate of LeadNJ, 2019.


Tracy Sica

Art Director

Tracy Sica has been part of the design direction and creation of United For ALICE since 2011. She oversees the design and designers for the project, and was the original creator and designer of the ALICE Reports. Working for United Way of Northern New Jersey for 17 years, Sica also designs and creates the organization’s marketing materials.

Before joining United Way of Northern New Jersey, Sica had her own freelance company, with services in marketing, graphic design, art direction, visual merchandising, and web design and development. She designed websites for Hoffmann-La Roche, created artwork for a t-shirt company, and created marketing materials for GUESS, Candie’s, and Harley-Davidson.


Laurie Tarkan, M.A.

Writer/Editor

Laurie Tarkan is a writer and editor for the ALICE Reports as well as a writer for the ALICE Action Network website. She strives to make the Reports compelling, meaningful, and accessible to bring attention to this much-overlooked population.

Tarkan is a longtime health journalist, who has written regularly for The New York Times, national magazines, and websites. She is the author of several nonfiction books. Tarkan earned her a bachelor's degree at Muhlenberg College and a master's degree in Journalism from New York University.


Dan Treglia, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Dan Treglia is a research fellow for the ALICE research team and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. Treglia's recent work focuses on the use of quantitative methods to better understand and address a range of social policy issues, most notably homelessness. He has a doctorate degree in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Each state convenes a Research Advisory Committee made up of local researchers and specialists to ensure the data accurately reflects local conditions, context, and nuances.

Members of each state’s Research Advisory Committee represent a range of organizations, including academic institutions, social and human service organizations, hospitals, government agencies, or market researchers. These individuals are typically knowledgeable in public policy, education, health care, labor, or tax laws. To download a list for committee members from each of our participating states click here.

These committees advise and work closely with our research team through in-person and webinar meetings. For more information on the responsibilities of the Research Advisory Committee, click here.