Alan J. (AJ) Simmons, PhD

Dr. Simmons is proud to be the Research Director of the Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies (ILLAPS) and the Survey Research Office (SRO). In his role, AJ hopes to help people, governments, and organizations collect actionable data to make informed, evidence-based, decisions. AJ previously worked in the SRO as the Graduate Research Assistant prior to completing his PhD in Political Science at Arizona State University and leading a team of researchers for the Arizona state government. He is married to Valerie and they have two daughters. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, their two dogs, reading, hiking, fishing, playing/watching soccer, and gardening.

Cindy Jones, MSed, MA

Cindy Jones is the Visiting Research Manager of the Survey Research Office. Cindy graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Masters in Educational Psychology and a Masters in History. Cindy has held several positions with the SRO since 2013.

Tonda Reece, MPA

Tonda Reece is the Data Collection Coordinator of the Survey Research Office in the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership. Tonda graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Office Administration. Tonda has held many different positions at SRO since 2013 including working as telephone interviewer and mail supervisor. She has managed the mail components of numerous projects at SRO. In 2018, Tonda completed her Masters in Public Administration at UIS.