Staff Directory

Richard Engstrom, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard N. Engstrom serves as Interim Director for the Burruss Institute, and is also an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University. He does research on state politics with an emphasis on political geography and citizen political behavior. His research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and the Review of Policy Research, among other academic journals. Rich is currently working on projects investigating the effects of court intervention on legislative redistricting plans, the role local municipal boundaries play in residential sorting behavior in metropolitan areas, and the effect the mortgage crisis in different areas has on citizen support for government officials.

Dr. Engstrom has held teaching positions at Rice University, the University of Wyoming, and Georgia State University. He teaches courses on American politics, state politics, political behavior, and research methods.

Christy Storey
Associate Director,

Christy Storey is the Associate Director at the Burruss Institute. Ms. Storey received her B.S. Degree from Georgia College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. She has been with the Institute since 1990 and is a native of Cobb County, Georgia. Ms. Storey has represented Kennesaw State and the Burruss Institute numerous times as a guest speaker at area civic organization meetings. She has been a member of area community committees including the Cherokee County Children and Youth Action Program, the Cobb County Customer Service Task Force, Neighborhood Cobb, Atlanta's VISION 2020 Transportation Committee and the Resource Development Committee of Cobb Senior Services.

Mrs. Storey's past experience includes employment at Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs and the Transportation Studies Program in the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies at Georgia State University.

Terry Sloope
Assistant Director,

Terry Sloope is Assistant Director for Research at the Burruss Institute. He received his M.S. in Political Science from Florida State University, with additional postgraduate work as well, including participation in the Summer Research Training Program at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. He has ten years of experience in the field of survey research.

Prior to coming to the Burruss Institute, Mr. Sloope was an instructor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, where he taught undergraduate Research Methods courses, Judicial Behavior and Constitutional Law. He formerly was a Research Associate in the Planning, Evaluation and Research Department at the Florida Bar in Tallahassee, Florida, and a data analyst with the Survey Research Center at Florida State University.

Kelleigh Trepanier
Assistant Director,

Kelleigh Trepanier is an Assistant Director at the Burruss Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She received her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and held various research and teaching positions while completing additional postgraduate work. She joined the Institute staff in 2000 as an interviewer with the Telephone Survey Research Laboratory.

Prior to working at the Burruss Institute, Mrs. Trepanier was employed by the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Sherry Williams
Senior Administrative Secretary,

Sherry Williams is the Administrative Assistant at the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service. She began working with the Burruss Institute March of 1997.

Prior to working at the Burruss Institute, Sherry worked as a legal secretary in Cartersville, Georgia for eight years.

Carmen Hughes
Research Associate,

Carmen Hughes is a Research Associate at the Burruss Institute. With more than 20 years experience in survey research operations, Ms. Hughes has successfully worked with organizations to measure, design and apply strategies to increase satisfaction and loyalty among clients’ target audiences. She has actively led measurement and performance improvement teams to create and implement best practices in scripting, process change, and organizational development.

Ms. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Marketing from Spelman College and worked for the Atlanta Journal Constitution in the public opinion research arena before joining the Burruss Institute. Most recently, Ms. Hughes worked with VHA, Inc./ SatisQuest as senior strategist and product designer. She joined the Institute staff in 2010

Paul Vaughn
Research Associate,

Paul Vaughn is a Research Associate at the Burruss Institute. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and an M.S. in Psychological Counseling. Paul has over 20 years of experience in survey research. He joined the Institute staff in 2008.

Ashley Crawford
Research Associate,

Ashley Crawford is a Research Associate at the Burruss Institute. She began working with the Institute as an interviewer and data entry associate in August of 2006. After completing her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Criminology, Ashley joined the Institute staff in January 2009.

Virginia Feyerbend
Administrative Associate I,

Virginia Feyerbend is an Administrative Associate I at the Burruss Institute. She began working with the Institute as an interviewer in August of 2002, and currently coordinates the hiring of lab personnel and daily operations of the lab. Prior to joining the Burruss Institute she accrued 25 years of workplace experience.

Nathan Dunkel
Administrative Assistant III,

Nathan Dunkel is an Administrative Assistant III at the Burruss Institute. He began working with the Institute as an interviewer in August of 2007, and currently acts as the GIS programmer for the institute, as well as web programmer for online surveys. Nate is a junior at KSU, working toward a B.S. in Economics, with a certification in GIS.