Get to Know CCNY – John Rooney


1. What do you like to do in your spare time? Laugh, daydream, socialize

2. What inspires you? The subtle mysteries of life.

3. Why are you in nonprofit work? I have always been motivated by mission more than money; although money is an important necessity of living it has never been a goal in and of itself for me. What emotional reasons? The meaningfulness of being part of something that helps someone get somewhere in life that they truly want to be.

4. What’s something quirky about you? I am blessed (or cursed) with the ability to be easily amused.

5. What’s in your coffee? Usually nothing; sometimes honey or coconut oil.

Tell us about a project with CCNY you are proud of and why:

I was part of a team that assisted with the development of an MIS system for a mental health department located in an adult detention facility. The goals of this project were multifaceted: assist the client to move from a completely paper-based system to an electronic system, develop an electronic system that would meet workflow needs, capture essential data that could be used to generate dashboards and reports to inform and improve practice.

Working on the project was a pleasurable challenge as it involved working with developers, mental health staff, administrators and cross-team collaboration within CCNY. Efforts included understanding process, acting as a liaison between stakeholders, training and the development of user guides. The “pride” of being part of this project is a result of delivering a product to the customer that met their needs and assisted them to move toward improving the services they provide.