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Faculty & Staff

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Administrative Staff

  • Joseph Brecht, Communications Specialist

    Joseph  Brecht Joseph Brecht (M.A., Rutgers University) is a Communication Specialist at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He is responsible for managing the Center’s online presence, including social media accounts, and engaging with the Center’s broad stakeholder audiences. In addition to promoting the research and accomplishments of Center faculty and staff, he uses analytics to inform content strategy with the goal of enhancing the Center’s voice in important health policy conversations and expanding the impact of the Center’s research through online communication and dissemination. Mr. Brecht also oversees the Center’s electronic mailing list and website content and over the coming year, he will lead a team to implement website enhancements that will facilitate visitor navigation and engagement. Prior to assuming his current role, he worked as a Program Assistant to the Director of the Master of Communication and Media (MCM) Program at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He received his Master’s degree in Communication and Media from Rutgers University and his Bachelor's degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University.

  • Patricia Calogero, Executive Assistant

    Patricia  Calogero Patricia Calogero is the Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator for the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. She provides general administrative support to the leadership team, including the Director and Executive Director. She is responsible for coordinating schedules and meetings, managing official correspondence, and acting as a liaison between the Center and its clients, vendors, researchers, and university faculty and staff. Ms. Calogero’s responsibilities also include planning conferences and events for the Center and its programs, coordinating with outside venues and vendors, and providing administrative support to new hires and across all levels of management and staff. She is also responsible for the maintenance of internal employee information systems, including absence reporting and office supplies and space management, and played a key role in facilitating the Center’s transition to a virtual and hybrid work environment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Before joining the Center, Ms. Calogero worked at the Rutgers Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs where she was an administrative assistant. Her professional background includes administrative positions at Princeton University, Stetson University, and Stetson Law School in Florida.