Community Action Nexus Staff


Bryan Murdock
Associate Vice President of Community Partnerships,
Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Office of the President
Office Location: Susan A. Cole Hall 348E
Email: murdockb@montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-6831

Bryan Murdock has more than thirty years of experience in program administration and management. He’s the founding director of the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Montclair State University where he’s responsible for the administration of numerous community-engaged programs, projects and initiatives that engage approximately 1,000 students; collaborate with faculty from the University’s five colleges and school; and partner with 200 community- and faith-based organizations, school districts, governmental agencies, and civic organizations. Since 2010, Mr. Murdock has partnered with the Orange Public Schools to support its Community Schools Strategy, having served as the Project Director of the University Assisted Full Service Community Schools project since 2014.


Dana Natale
Director of the Community Action Nexus, Office of the President
Office Location: Susan A Cole Hall 349A
Email: nataled@montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-5387

As Director of the Community Action Nexus, Ms. Natale cultivates mutually beneficial partnerships with local nonprofit and civic leaders, government officials, and other community stakeholders to create collaborative initiatives that intentionally apply Montclair State University’s institutional resources to improve community well-being and confront complex challenges. Before joining the Community Engagement team, Ms. Natale spent 14 years in the Office of Sponsored Research at Montclair State, most recently serving as the Pre-Award Services Manager where she played an integral role in developing institutional strategies for identifying and applying for external funding in support of MSU faculty and staff. Before coming to MSU, Dana worked in research coordination and development positions for a number of non-profit organizations and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Aracelis Ruiz
One Square Mile Project Manager University Community Action Nexus,
Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, Office of the President
Office Location: Susan A. Cole Hall 348
Email: ruizr@montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-4139

Aracelis Ruiz serves as the Paterson One Square Mile Project Manager University Community Action Nexus. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Ms. Ruiz brings a wealth of expertise garnered from over two decades of dedicated service within Paterson and various other communities. With an unwavering commitment to effecting meaningful change, she aspires to create a profound and enduring impact on the lives of community members.



Sowmya Kampara
Technology and System Specialist Graduate Assistant, Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Office of the President
Office Location: Susan A. Cole Hall 348
Email: kamparas1@montclair.edu

Sowmya Kampara is the Technology and System Specialist Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Montclair State University. Sowmya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from India. She has experience working at Cognizant as a Program Analyst Trainee and Accenture as a Full Stack Engineering Analyst. Sowmya wishes to pursue her career as a Software Engineer.


Oyeyemi Olagbaiye
UCAN Graduate Student Assistant, Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Office of the President
Office Location: Susan A. Cole Hall 348
Email: olagbaiyeo1@montclair.edu

Oyeyemi Olagbaiye is the Community Action Nexus Program Assistant in the Office of Community
Engagement and Partnerships. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria and
was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management at Montclair State University with a concentration in Marketing. Oyeyemi has a range of experience in operations and project management, marketing, team building, and leadership which she gained from leading her event management company. She aims to strengthen her leadership skills during her time at the Office and obtain valuable knowledge in community service and volunteering that will enable her to make a difference in her community.