Administrative Staff


ZB Zack Burwell
As member of the CS staff, Zack can be found informing prospective students, assisting applicants, and supporting current students with a wide-range of administrative and financial questions. He comes to JHU from the University of Pennsylvania where he worked in student services. He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and he earned his MLA from Penn in 2015, with a concentration in Political and Educational Studies. As a result of an early-childhood addiction to video games, Zack still sees Tetris pieces falling from the sky when he shuts his eyes.
DD Debbie DeFord
Debbie has been with the CS since 2006 as an Administrative Coordinator. She is usually the first person you will meet when you enter the office (if she is not running around the department on an errand) She will do her best to help all who come in to the Computer Science Department. Debbie’s activities outside of work include: Counted Cross Stitching, playing hand-bells, and babysitting her grandchildren.
JF Jessica Finkelstein
As the Sr. Academic Program Coordinator, Jessica is primarily responsible for the day-to-day running of the Master’s program for the Computer Science Department. She assists students with the administrative aspects of the program, ensuring they are supported from admissions through graduation. She previously worked as an Academic Programs Coordinator in the Biology Department at Hopkins. Jessica received her BA from Dickinson College in 2009, and earned her MS in 2015 from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. Outside of work she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
LG Laura Graham
Laura began her career at Hopkins over 19 years ago in the Purchasing department. She also worked in the WSE Center for Language and Speech Processing before joining Computer Science in 2006. She is responsible for the oversight of most of the activities in the department but her top priority is ensuring that anyone who comes to the CS office gets the information that they are seeking or a resolution to the issue they have. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys reading and movies and when motivation strikes, she may go running.
TM Tracy Marshall
Tracy received her degree in Medieval and Renaissance studies from Towson University. She joined CS after seven years as an Administrative Specialist at Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer. Currently assistant to Dr. Gregory Hager, Tracy also lends her administrative expertise to the CS department as needed. She thrives at working behind the scenes to assist students, faculty and staff. When she’s not busy trying to organize people and things, she enjoys studying history, researching, and traveling.
TKM Tonette McClamy
As the Budget Analyst, Tonette supports faculty, staff, and students with financial and administrative activities. Some of the processes she assists with are: analyzing, reconciling, and monitoring financial accounts and extracting data; purchasing supplies and equipment; processing reimbursements for travel and supplies; assisting with Pre and Post Award activities for our contracts and grants; and Student Payroll and other administrative and financial tasks. Along the way, Tonette earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is currently working on a MS in Health Systems Management.
SP Shani Provost
Shani Provost joined CS as the Communications Specialist in May 2015. As the Communication Specialist, she is responsible for all marketing, print and online communications and social media for CS. She is also the liaison to the WSE and central communications office and assists with event logistics and outreach activities. Shani earned her B.A. in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University and a M.A. in Journalism & Public Affairs from American University. In her spare time, Shani enjoys reviewing the latest reads with her book club, “The Bookettes,” jogging the Baltimore Harbor, and spending time with family and friends.
Joanne Selinski Joanne Selinski
Joanne started as a math major in college, earned her Ph.D. in computer science from JHU in 1996 and has been teaching and working with students since then.  She loves teaching and is always happy to welcome new students into the department.  Joanne also coordinates course schedules and  course assistant hiring in the department.  When not at JHU she may be found teaching dance at the Friday Night Swing Dance Club or at St. Pius X in their worship band, 40 More Days.
JT Javonnia Thomas
Javonnia Thomas joined CS in 2007 after working as a sole proprietor and in multiple organizations as a private contractor and bookkeeper.
As the Senior Financial Analyst, Javonnia provides financial analytical support to faculty and University Management for decision making purposes via oversight and tracking of sponsored and non-sponsored funding such as grants, contracts, and gifts. She also advises faculty and staff on relevant University and Federal policies and procedures that impact funding. Additionally, Javonnia works to bridge the gap for students who support the faculty labs and University research. You can contact Javonnia for assistance with the following: Pre and Post Sponsored award Activity; Proposal Submissions Single and Collaborative; Financial Reporting and Data; Q& A regarding Faculty or PhD Payroll, and Procurement Guidance for lab and departmental activities.



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