Combined, UNCW's OIRA team comprises over 70 years of experience within the field.
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
Meet the Team
UNCW's Institutional Research and Assessment team covers a varying array of skill sets, experience and interests. We are:
Lisa Castellino, Ph.D., Assistant Provost
As Assistant Provost, my overarching role is to provide strategic vision and support to the team to ensure we meet our goals and objectives. My daily work includes providing my expertise in survey research and analysis to key decision makers across campus. Other duties are too numerous to mention, however, all work towards the goal of supporting UNCW's Strategic Plan.
Steffaney Cohen, Associate Director
My primary responsibilities are to report accurate information about UNCW to guidebooks and ranking agencies such as US News and World Report and the College Board and to work on surveys of UNCW students and employees. I am a Wilmington native and an alumnus of UNCW and UNC. Before joining the OIRA staff, I worked in county government, literacy counsulting projects and as a part-time lecturer in the Psychology Department at UNCW.
Desiree Spearman, Business & Technology Applications Technician
My primary duty is providing an array of mandated data to UNC General Administration regarding UNCW's student population. My previous careers in higher education has been centered around an integrated system of research, service, and policy with an emphasis on the bridge from basic research to policy and practice. I am an alumnus of UNCW and excited about serving the UNCW community at this capacity.
Steve Drew, Business & Technology Applications Technician
I provide support for the office for pulling data from our campus information systems. Most recently, I have been heavily involved in writing code to pull from the new Banner Student and HR Modules. I also am responsible for several files reported to General Administration. I enjoy playing trombone in the Wilmington Big Band and the Riverside Eight.
Yoshiko Guy, Business & Technology Applications Technician
My primary responsibility is to develop, analyze and deliver student and course data reports. My experience in higher education has spanned over 15 years and has included student data and university relations. Prior to coming to UNCW, I was an Associate Registrar, handling system configurations and implementation of new Banner processes as well as academic data analysis.
Robert Wilcox, Business & Technology Applications Analyst
After years of loving our visits to North Carolina beaches and dreading having to leave the area at the end of each vacation, my family and I decided we needed to relocate. I ammoving here from Pittsburgh, am an avid Steelers fan, but am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I switched careers after earning a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. I have experience with many aspects of technology which I look forward to applying and expanding at OIR at UNCW. At home I enjoy spending time with my family and being involved with church activities.
Marvin Jones, Social Research Assistant
I make use of over 30 years of experience in Information Technology to support the analysis of student data and generate reports and reporting processes for UNC General Administration and other State and Federal Agencies. After years of working in the banking and retail industry dealing with financial and sales data, I am finally dealing with data that interests me: Discovering our students and how they progress during their time at UNCW. I enjoy woodworking and spending time with my wife around the yard and exploring the Outer Banks.
Lisa Ostrouch, Senior Research Associate
I came to UNCW from SUNY at New Paltz with lots of survey research and student data experience. In OIRA, I work on both internal and external surveys, which often involves analyzing a lot of data. I have a Master's degree in survey research from the University of Connecticut. In addition to Institutional Research, I have also worked as a marketing researcher. In my free time, you can usually find me at the gym, the beach, or sitting behind my drum kit.
Whitney Lawson, Executive Assistant
My position's primary function is to keep our office running smoothly. I perform computer projects as assigned by our Assistant Provost, manage our budget & numerous duties as assigned. As the youngest of the team, I receive many helpful suggestions regarding life from my colleagues in OIRA. At home, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends & pets.