Department Staff

Department Staff

Department Staff


Steve Berg

National Guard GIS Program Manager
B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rowan U.
Robinson Hall 301

Steve Berg is the GIS Manager for the National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Mapping Program hosted in Rowan’s GeoLab. He instructs interns on how to manage 45+ military installations in NJ and helps them translate their coursework to a professional GIS office environment. His previous work experiences include Real Property and GIS management for gas, electric and water utilities.

Mike Brein

GIS Technician and Support Specialist
B.A. in Geography from Rowan U.
Robinson Hall 315H

Mike Brein plays the role of technical support for the Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability. He is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of hardware and software, and supporting various departmental and faculty projects.

Teressa Stringfield

Administrative Assistant
Discovery Hall 218

Teressa is the administrative assistant for the department. Her role within the Geography, Planning, and Sustainability Department is to oversee the daily function of the office as well as a direct support to the Department Chair, Dr. Kevin Keenan. She has been with Rowan for 5 years now. In addition to being a full time employee, she is also studying for her bachelor’s degree in Law & Justice. In her spare time she enjoys family time with her husband and 3 boys. 

Katrina McCarthy Shand

Research Associate
B.A. in Geography from Rowan U.

Katrina focuses on educational geospatial project management and is interested in tackling environmental issues through GIS. She is currently working on NJ MAP (, a municipally focused interactive map developed for better decision making in the Garden State. She currently lives in central New Jersey and oversees research projects at the Geospatial Research Laboratory.


Advising Staff


Harold Thompson

Academic Advisor
M.A., Student Personnel Services, Rowan U., Glassboro, NJ 1998
Discovery Hall 314A

Harold has over 18 years of experience in undergraduate/graduate academic advising, career counseling and co-operative education. He advises Geography & Environment students about academic requirements, tracks students’ academic progress and fosters awareness of University resources to promote academic success.

Christina Pellegrino

(Graduate) Advising Specialist
Ph.D. in Higher Education from Seton Hall University

Dr. Christina Pellegrino recently joined Rowan’s OASIS team to support and advise graduate students.  Christina earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Seton Hall University.  She has served as an educator and advisor in K-12 and college settings, including public and private sectors.  She has over 15 years of experience, specializing in advising, teaching, and higher education policies.  To that end, Christina’s dissertation investigated the impact of test-optional policies on admissions.  Her research may be found here.

Ask me about:  Grad student life!  Ready to help with and chat about student processes and services; assessment, advising, and pedagogical theories; research and writing; and NJ teacher, supervisor, and principal licensures.  Aside from education, feel free to ask me about any vegan topic!