Who We Are

March 24, 2009 by  
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There’s a team of talented professionals at The Marist Poll.  Meet the people behind the numbers!


Stephanie Calvano

Stephanie Calvano is MIPO’s Director of Data Management and Technology.  She received her BA in Communications/Public Relations from Marist College and her MS in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven.  Stephanie coordinates MIPO projects and manages polling technology.  A MIPO alum, Stephanie is an avid baseball and Yankees fan.  She interned at the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 where Stephanie experienced baseball’s birthplace firsthand.  The highlight — meeting former New York Yankees Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra.

Barbara L. Carvalho

Barbara L. Carvalho is the director of the Marist Poll.  She oversees the design, analysis, and communication of Marist Poll research projects and results.  Barbara received her Ph.D. in political science from Fordham University.  She is a trustee of the National Council of Public Polls.  She has developed and directed studies at the national, state, and community levels — for government, private, and non-profit organizations.  The beach beckons Barbara, but only if the invitation includes her two beloved pooches, Soji and Noodles!

Daniela Charter

Daniela Charter is Director of MIPO’s Survey Center.  She received both her BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration from Marist College.  She currently oversees data collection at MIPO’s survey center including the training and supervision of interviewers.  Daniela a MIPO alum, is currently grooming her eight year old daughter, Sky, to someday be a Marist Poll Interviewer!

Mary Griffith

Mary Griffith is MIPO’s Director of Media Initiatives and Polling News.  She received her BA in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University.  Mary is a former producer at WNBC-TV where she worked on such shows as “Weekend Today in New York,” “News4You,” and “TrendBreakers.”  Mary currently oversees MIPO’s multimedia platforms.  A wannabe dancer at heart, Mary is crossing her fingers for another Broadway strike.  Maybe, then, she’ll be able to tap dance her way onto the Great White Way!

Lee M. Miringoff

Lee M. Miringoff is the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.  Lee received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is the former President of the National Council of Public Polls (NCPP) and a current member of the Board of Trustees.  He is also a trustee of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.  Lee is a frequent commentator on politics and elections.  He has appeared regularly on television and radio as an expert on public opinion, politics, and polling.  Polling and politics?  Sure, but Lee reports his major passion as pigskins… NY Giants, of course.


Alicia Colomer

Alicia Colomer is MIPO’s Research Associate.  A Marist alum, Alicia holds an MBA as well as her BS in Business from Marist College.  Prior to The Marist Poll, Alicia worked at Mitofsky International and Edison Media Research as Director of Subscriber Sales for the National Election Pool’s Exit Poll.  Originally from Brooklyn New York, Alicia enjoys travelling to the city to visit family, friends and her beloved New York Mets.

Jared Goldman

Jared Goldman is MIPO’s Senior Writer and Web Editor.  Jared has spent several years in the world of digital media, where he has worked as an editor, writer and producer for news Web sites.  Jared has a BA in English from Amherst College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.  Jared is currently working on his Ph.D. in psychology.

John Sparks

John Sparks is Senior Editor for the Marist Poll website.  John is a seasoned reporter, producer, executive producer and managing editor who has worked in newsrooms across the country.  John spent more than 20 years at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas where he held the positions of news producer, executive sports director, executive news producer, election and political producer, and director of special projects.  John also acted as managing editor at KDFW-TV in Dallas and as managing editor and director of new media at KXAS-TV before moving to New York where he worked as executive producer of investigation and political coverage for WNBC-TV.  While in New York, he won the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Reporting.  John’s deep Texas roots called him back home where he was executive producer of investigations and political coverage for KTVT-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Sparks received his B.A. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Journalism from the University of North Texas.  A life-long Yankee baseball fan, he has been working on a knuckleball in hopes that Girardi will call if Rivera falters.




7 Responses to “Who We Are”

  1. Mike Lohner on August 19th, 2010 10:03 am

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  3. g kay on October 18th, 2012 7:12 pm


  4. Diogenes5 on November 1st, 2012 7:07 am

    You come out of nowhere this election and post b******t +8 D polls. You guy’s are intellectually dishonest and have a political agenda.

    For shame.

  5. Mary Azzoli on November 3rd, 2012 1:38 pm

    We do not weight by party identification. And, therefore, this poll has not been weighted by party identification.

  6. Dave Kaiser on March 4th, 2016 6:02 pm

    I was really impressed by the college student who just called me to complete your poll. I am a former news reporter and editor, now retired. Your poll seemed to be intelligent and the questions seemed well balanced. I do not usually participate in such polls, but I have respect for the questions on yours. It was a political poll and did not permit commentary.
    For 40+ years my wife and I have been Republicans but do not vote along party lines. That was one of your questions.
    The current political ads and comments made by politicians are absurd. They should be focusing what they are going to do to make America great and what they will do if elected. The Republican Party is a joke and has been for years.
    The person who legitimately wins the elections should proceed unhindered and without Republicans beating their chests and saying they are going to defeat Donald Trump, no matter what. I consider such movements anti-democratic and suspect the feedback will be the opposite to what the Republicans would like the outcome to be. If the Republicans mount such an effort my wife and I and everyone I know will vote the opposite way to maintain the democracy of the country.

  7. Donna Widawski on August 16th, 2016 2:36 pm

    Hi Marist!

    Thank you for your polling. I am a Va resident and would greatly appreciate data from your most recent Va survey on what country the majority of respondents came from. Is there a break down county to county within Va for the results of your survey. I would appreciate you email the info if it is available or direct me to where I can find it. I already looked at your methodology, I am now interested in the breakdown county by county for the most recent Va poll.

    Thank you

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