September/October 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 7

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Meet a Few ASA Staff

There are 28 employees in the ASA Executive Office. Below are a few of the new(ish) employees.

Michael Kisielewski

Michael Kisielewski is Senior Research Associate for the ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession. For the past two years Michael has assisted with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, sample survey administration, and writing report briefs for the ASA Research Department. He came to ASA with experience analyzing demographic and human rights violations data and had the privilege of working for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science and Human Rights Program. Some of his professional interests include complex sample design and techniques for increasing web survey response rates. An interest in survey questionnaire design brought him to rural Colombia in 2011 for fieldwork on the human right to education. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of our research projects, as well as assisting members with requests for data on the sociology profession. When I’m not swimming in raw data files, you can find me in a real swimming pool every weekend, putting miles on my road bicycle, or trying to compose new songs on my piano or electric guitar.” A Native New Englander, he occasionally gets back to western Massachusetts and sometimes has the pleasure of visiting the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he obtained his master’s degree.

Jaime Hecht

Jaime Hecht is Program Coordinator for the Academic and Professional Affairs Program (APAP). She assists with the operation of several APAP programs, including the Department Affiliates Program, the Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant, TRAILS, the Department Resources Group, as well as assisting with planning several events for the Annual Meeting. Jaime received her BA in sociology from Florida State University and her MA in sociology from University of Central Florida, where she was a teaching assistant, providing grading, feedback and tutoring for 200+ students per semester. Liz Grauerholz, former editor of Teaching Sociology, was her thesis advisor. Before joining ASA, Jaime worked as the Outreach Coordinator at A Well Fed World, a food justice and animal protection organization working with individuals, public interest groups, and political decision makers to mend our food system, where she managed the organization’s presence at conferences and their social media platforms, as well as managing and coordinating a variety of projects and campaigns. In her free time, Jaime enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Valerie Pines

Valerie Pines returned to ASA in 2012 as the ASA Membership and Customer Service Assistant and in May 2014 she was promoted to of Executive Assistant for the Executive Officer and Deputy Executive Officer. Valerie explains, that “After many years, I am happy to reprise my role as Executive Assistant. I left to work in a few very nice law firms, but it is great to be back at ASA interacting with and assisting the members again.” She is originally from Wisconsin and is a huge Green Bay Packers fan. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her three grown children and two beautiful grandchildren.


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