CRJPOA Doctoral Students for Fall 2012

July 9, 2012

The Policy, Oversight and Administration Track of the CUNY doctoral program in criminal justice has admitted a new set of students for Fall 2012. Two of the students are graduates of the John Jay MPA Program.

Jack Jaskaran. Jack Jaskaran is currently assigned as the Executive Officer of the 5thPrecinct and was recently selected to work on updating the NYPD’s Captain’s exam. Jaskaran was born in Guyana, and raised in New York City.

Jack Jaskaran

He joined the NYPD in 1993 and graduated from the Academy in the top 1% of a class of 2,419 police officers. As an officer and sergeant he worked in uniformed patrol in the Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen areas of Manhattan and in undercover operations in street crimes units and the Organized Crime Control Bureau. He supervised undercover street crimes personnel in the United Nations area and supervised the Grand Larceny Task Force in which plain-clothes police officers addressed problems such as pick-pocketing, credit-card fraud and identity theft. He gained widespread recognition in New York State and on national television as an expert on combating pick-pocketing.

Rrecently he was on leave as a Harvard University New York City Fire Fighters, Police and Emergency Workers Public Service Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Mid-Career Masters of Public Administration program. He earned his MPA in May 2011. Jaskaran has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Human Services from the State University of New York—Empire State College in New York City; a Master of Science Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College (with distinction—4.0 GPA) and advanced training and certifications from the Coro Foundation’s New York Leadership Center (Immigrant Civic Leadership Program), the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles (Certificate in Leadership Initiatives for Police Command Staff), and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Police Leadership in a Multiracial and Multicultural City).

Jason Ostrowe

Jason Ostrowe. Jason Ostrowe graduated from SUNY Oswego with a double major in Public Justice and Psychology. He joined the NYPD in 1998 where he is still employed. His is currently an Analyst in the Department’s Office of Management Analysis and Planning. Prior assignments have included patrol in Midtown-North precinct, uniform operations in the Intelligence Division and working as an instructor in the Police Academy.

In 2003, Ostrowe entered the John Jay police graduate studies program and completed the program in 2005 where he took a particular interest in organizational and leadership theory. In 2007, he enrolled in the John Jay Master of Public Administration program specializing in Management and Operations. He completed the MPA program with a 4.0 in 2010 and was the co-recipient of the Carl Schreiber award for highest GPA in the program. His academic interests include organizational theory and performance, with a special emphasis on leadership and employee training. His Ph.D. career interests include policy analysis and research and teaching in a college or research institute setting.

Hollis Kegg. Hollis Kegg has had a keen interest in white collar crime investigations and enforcement since she began working on Wall Street immediately upon college graduation. Her first official investigative position was with the New York Stock Exchange where she investigated violations of Exchange Rules and Federal securities laws by member organizations and their employees. Since then, she has worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and throughout its Second District. As a member of the Bank’s International Surveillance unit, she monitored the foreign banks subject to formal regulatory enforcement actions with regard to safety and soundness issues in the U.S. She also has worked in the Fraud and Investigations unit where she analyzed and investigated suspicious and criminal activity of member banks.

Mary Ann Triest, Marie Springer, and Professor Judy Lynn Peters

Marie Springer. Marie Springer moved from Denver, Colorado, where she attended undergraduate school, to New York City where she worked in the 47th street jewelry district as a diamond setter for 15 years. Springer works as a volunteer with several wildlife organizations. In her work with the National Wildlife Refuges she began to understand the intricacies of federal agencies and saw the need for greater efficiency and accountability in federal agencies. Toward this end, she participated in the first cohort of John Jay’s National On Line MPA-Inspector General Program of which she is a graduate. She is currently an MPA peer adviser. Her goal, upon receiving her Ph.D. is to research federal agencies in a effort to bring about greater accountability and efficiency.





David Topel

David Topel. David Topel is a Venezuelan- Israeli doctoral who is a father and husband. In Venezuela, David studied law and during his studies volunteered in an organization that provided legal council for prison inmates and court follow up of their cases, exposing himself to the crude reality of prisons in Venezuela while gained first hand experience on the flaws of the criminal justice system and also of its achievements; he then and while volunteering, practiced civil and commercial, minor and family law. Later, David moved toIsraelwhere he studied an MA in Government with a specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Security policy. After the MA, David remained in academia as the admission assistant director for graduate programs of a well known Israeli college, while working with senior university researchers engaged in studies ofLatin Americapolitics, political violence and conflicts.

David has a keen academic interest on the criminal justice system of Latin American countries and many other aspects that affect crime and violence in the region. His topic surround the coordination of international law enforcement policies between countries in the Americas, the culture of political corruption and the power of illegal markets to influence countries where there is a weakened institutional structure in the justice system.


Ronad Day

Ronald Day. Ronald Day received a BS in Business, Management, and Economics from SUNY Empire State College in 2009 and a MPA in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2011. Ronald has worked for over four years at the Osborne Association, an eighty-year old criminal justice agency based in NYC. In his role as a Program Coordinator for Osborne, Ronald has worked on myriad issues, including employment services, post-secondary education, and tobacco cessation for people with criminal justice involvement. He is Osborne’s representative on the New York Reentry Education Network (NYREN), a mentor for College Initiative and a Fellow for the National Trust for the Development of African-American Men. Ronald has spoken on dozens of panels regarding reentry and other criminal justice policy issues. He also has experience working with hundreds of men inside NYS correctional facilities on health issues, such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STI’s, and other infectious diseases.

While at John Jay, Ronald will continue his work on reentry policy and public health. Ronald is enrolled in Program Evaluation in Public Health for Spring 2012. This class will strengthen his capacity to conduct public health evaluations for criminal justice organizations, as a means of assessing the effectiveness of these programs for meeting the public health needs of clients.