President's Letter

October 2020

Dear NYAAPOR Members and Friends,

Welcome to an exciting new year for NYAAPOR! We hope you enjoyed the recent presentation from Liz Hamel of the Kaiser Family Foundation on public opinion on vaccinations.  If you are a current Chapter member and were not able to make it, please feel free to check out the presentation and the video in the “Members Area” of the Chapter’s website (

Jay Mattlin

NYAAPOR President

In August, we kicked off the NYAAPOR 2020-2021 program year in partnership with Greater NY Chapter of the Insights Association with a fascinating set of presentations from Emily Swanson of the Associated Press and David Sterrettof NORC, Daniel Judy from North Star Opinion Research, and Joe Lenski of Edison Research on election polling in the midst of COVID. The co-sponsored event had one of the biggest audiences for a summer program. Given that this is a presidential election year, we plan on at least two more election-related events – one with Lee Miringoff (Marist) and Helmut Norpoth (Stony Brook) on October 29th and the much-anticipated quadrennial NYAAPOR post-mortem on the election in mid-to-late November. Stay tuned for a date and speakers! In December, we plan to honor Harry O’Neill Outstanding Achievement Award winner, Janet Streicher, in a virtual celebration of her accomplishments and her tremendous contributions to the chapter. 


The NYAAPOR Council transitioned in July, and I would like to introduce you to our new Council members or returning Council members who have assumed new roles:


  • Vice President: Amber Ott, Researcher, Analyst, and Partner at Hudson Associates, who is moving from Councilor-at-Large to this new role

  • Associate Secretary-Treasurer: Phyllis Mancino, Senior UX Researcher at IBM

  • Associate Program Chair: Patrick Hoey, Survey Analysis Specialist at Canon USA, who is moving from Secretary-Treasurer to this new role

  • Communications Chair: MJ Emery, Managing Partner at Emery Associates

  • Associate Communications Chair: Lea Williams Rose, Senior Program Evaluator at the NYC Fire Department

  • Membership Chair: Amanda Marziliano, Senior Account Manager, Customer Experience at Ipsos North America

  • Associate Membership Chair: Michael McGuigan, Market Research Consultant at Medpanel, Inc.,

  • Associate Councilor-at-Large: Kathleen Weldon, Director of Data Operations and Communications at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research


I am very happy to be working with such an enthusiastic, innovative, dedicated group of research professionals.  They are returning Board members Randal Ries (immediate Past President), Greg Holyk (Program Chair), Donato Vaccaro (Councilor-at-Large), and Tracy Goodwin (Treasurer). 


I would like to thank our former Council members who retired from the Council – Janet Streicher (Past President), Mary Wang (Program Chair), Christopher Weiss (Communications Chair), Patrick Armstrong (Associate Communications Chair), Mindy Rhindress (Student Liaison), and Megan Scott (Membership Chair)– for forging such a dynamic and event-filled year, in spite of the disruptions caused by the pandemic.  During this past year, the chapter mounted an informative workshop on questionnaire design, another entry in our Meet the Masters series, and a phenomenally successful student paper competition, among other memorable events.  Finally, I want to thank Rosemarie Sharpe, Administrator, for her unceasing devotion to this organization and for her persistent attention to every detail in managing the transition to the new Council.


I invite you to join or renew your membership to this vital AAPOR Chapter so that you can continue to access the most up-to-date and informative presentations from experts in the field and have opportunities to meet and interact (virtually) with people who share your passion for survey, marketing, and opinion research. We look forward to “seeing” you at our events this year, and we hope that you enjoy them and find them to be enriching.


Stay connected and stay safe!


With warm regards,

Jay Mattlin

NYAAPOR President

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