Administrative Staff


ZB Zack BurwellAcademic Program Administrator| 410-516-7451 | Malone 160

As member of the CS staff, Zack can be found informing prospective students, assisting applicants, and supporting current PhD 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.

Kelly Culotta, Sr. Academic Program Coordinator| 410-516-8001 | Malone 325

Kelly’s main responsibility is to support the undergraduates in the CS department through academic advising, course scheduling and assisting with event logistics. She received her BA in Psychology and French in 2018 from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she also worked in both Student Activities and Student Services. When not at work, Kelly enjoys trying out new recipes and listening to French podcasts.

*Kelly will not hold regular office hours over Spring Break (3/16-3/20). If you need to meet during break, please email her, and a zoom/skype meeting can be arranged. After Spring Break, office hours will take place over zoom. Kelly’s office hours are listed below in EST:

  • Monday 2:30pm-3:30pm
  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm

To join her virtual office hours, please use this link: Kelly’s Zoom Office Hours Please note that once you enter the meeting, you will be placed into a waiting room, and Kelly will allow you to enter the meeting when it is your turn.

Kim FranklinAcademic Program Administrator| 410-516-7451 | Malone 160

Kim is responsible for the oversight and management of Ph.D. students in the CS Department. In her role, she coordinates and manages activities related to academic affairs – including recruitment, admissions, advising, scheduling, financial services, student services, and event planning.  Kim previously worked at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s graduate program office in a similarly aligned position to that of her current work in CS.  She received her BA from Dickinson College in 1996, and her MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in 2008.  When not in the office or spending time with family, she can be found training for her next triathlon, endurance swim, or cycling event.
  Laura GrahamAdministrator
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Laura has been with Hopkins since 1996 starting first in the Purchasing department. She then moved to WSE with the Center for Language and Speech Processing before joining the CS department in 2006. She is responsible for the oversight of administrative and financial activities of the department and the Information Security Institute. Her top priority is ensuring that anyone who visits the office gets the information that they are seeking or a resolution to questions or concerns they may have. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys reading, going to movies, learning about Ayurveda, and being outside.

Tonette Harris, Financial Analyst | 410-516-4384 | Malone 160

As the Financial 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 a MS in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore. Tonette enjoys traveling and crafting.

SP Shani A. McPhersonCommunications Specialist | 410-516-4778 | Malone 160 D

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, jogging the Baltimore Harbor, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Revelie Niles, Academic Program Administrator | 410-516-6282 | Malone 160
Revelie joined Johns Hopkins staff after working in enrollment and academic advising at Walden University for 11 years. As Academic Program Administrator, she is primarily responsible for the day-to-day running of the graduate programs for the Computer Science Department and Information Security Institute. She assists students with the administrative aspects of the Master’s programs, ensuring they are supported from admissions through graduation. Revelie received her BS in Marketing from Providence College and then her MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy from Walden University. In her free time she is a member of a book club, exercises, and enjoys volunteering at her church.
Kristin Ruth,Grants and Contracts Analyst | 410-516-8775| Malone 160

As Grants and Contracts Analyst, Kristin supports the faculty’s sponsored research activities.  This includes Pre and Post Award activities, account monitoring, financial transactions, and financial reporting. Kristin joined the Computer Science department in December 2019 after completing the John’s Hopkins Research Administration Training Program. The program includes rotations at Sponsored Projects Shared Services (SPSS), a Johns Hopkins academic department, Office of Hopkins Internal Audits (OHIA), and Johns Hopkins University Research Administration (JHURA). Before that, Kristin was a Development Coordinator for the Department of Neurology. Kristin enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and going on long walks.
Joanne Selinski Joanne Selinski, Director of Undergraduate Studies | 410-516-4117| Malone 225

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.

Javonnia ThomasSr. Financial Analyst | 410-516-0455| Malone 155

Javonnia joined JHU in 2007 and manages all administrative, budgeting and finance activities stemming from external grants, contracts, gifts, collaborations, and other internal funding sources.   She feels most fulfilled when she is able minister to others, be creative, build, troubleshoot, and solve problems. Top that with adventurous travel, karaoke, good friends and family and she is all set.

Need help? You can contact Javonnia for assistance with the following:

Research submissions for single and collaborative activities; Budget preparation and information; Processing LOI, MOU’s, NDA’s, IRB’s, and other materials needed for research collaboration with corporations, foundations, and other external entities;   Financial projections and payroll funding plans;  Financial Reporting and Data; Guidance on policies, procedures, and requirements for the utilization of funds stemming from sponsored and non-sponsored funding sources;

Rachel WiseAdministrative Coordinator | 410-516-8577| Malone 160
Rachel Wise joined Computer Science as the Administrative Coordinator in March 2020. Rachel’s responsibilities include: seminar scheduling and coordination, faculty and committee meetings planning, and front office operations. In addition, Rachel provides administrative and project support for the department, the Chair, and Information Security Institute’s Executive Director. She received her BA in Business Management and Economics from Goucher College. In her free time, Rachel enjoys swimming, cooking, and traveling.



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