Jason Burkhardt

EvaluATE Blog Editor

Jason is currently a project manager at the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. He is also a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in evaluation program. He enjoys music, art, and the finer things in life.

Lara Smith

District Director of Grants and Educational Services

Lara Smith works as the district director of grants and educational services at Coast Community College District. Smith is an experienced grants professional with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. She is skilled in federal, state, and private grant implementation and evaluation. A consulting professional with a bachelor of science focused on global business from Arizona State University, Smith is finishing a master of science in measurements and evaluation from American University.

Jane Davidson

Jane Davidson is the author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Sage, 2005) and the e-book, Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting Succinct Answers to the Most Important Questions (Real Evaluation, 2012). She is owner/ director of Real Evaluation ( You can learn more about evaluation-specific methodologies in the blog she writes with Patricia Rogers at

Emma Leeburg

Project Manager

Emma Leeburg is a project manager at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and is the Managing Director and co-principal investigator for EvaluATE, the evaluation hub for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. She is the co-creator of creating one-page reports and specializes in data communication and visualization. She has over seven years of evaluation experience, presenting in webinars and workshops for national and international audiences, developing resources, newsletters, and reports.

Kirk Knestis


Dr. Kirk Knestis is CEO of Hezel Associates, a Syracuse, NY, research, evaluation, and planning firm with particular expertise studying STEM and workforce development innovations and programs. Dr. Knestis leads Hezel Associates’ team of nine researchers, managing a portfolio that includes contributions to more than a dozen NSF projects across seven programs. He came to manage the firm having earned a Ph.D. in education policy and evaluation, and has experience as a small business owner, STEM and career technology classroom teacher, higher education faculty member, and researcher affiliated with university and nonprofit agencies.

Wayne Welch


My name is Wayne Welch and I am a retired professor from the University of Minnesota. My special interests are program evaluation and STEM education. I have worked with the ATE program in several ways: I chaired the advisory panel for the ATE evaluation project at Western Michigan University from 1998 to 2006; along with Bob Reineke, I wrote the Handbook for National Research Committees; and I have had two Targeted Research Grants (2008 – 2014) to study the impact and sustainability of the ATE program

Donna Milgram

Executive Director, CalWomen Tech ScaleUP, IWITTS

Donna Milgram is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project and the Increasing the Number of Women in Technical Careers: Online Professional Development of Leadership Teams at Community Colleges ATE Project. Ms. Milgram has been PI of five NSF projects including the original CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by NSF in 2009 for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness to the Committee for Government Performance and Results Act Performance Assessment. Ms. Milgram has spoken and conducted training throughout the U.S. and Canada and written extensively on evidence-based strategies for recruiting female students to STEM and retaining female (and male) students in STEM. She received a Reader’s Choice Award at the 2013 International Technology & Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Annual Conference for her cover article, “How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom” published in Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. Her presentations and publications include two peer-reviewed papers she presented at the 2010 and 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition and a third paper presented at the Joint National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) and Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) 2010 Conference. Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress, presented at multiple ATE National Principal Investigators Conferences, and conducted trainings for ATE Projects and Centers.

Michael Lesiecki

Dr. Michael Lesiecki has over 20 years of experience championing collaborative-driven development, educational program growth, assessment, and advocacy. His federal grants development, management, and evaluation experience includes proposals and projects up to $20M. With a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and collaborative industry experience, Dr. Lesiecki is uniquely knowledgeable about STEM education and high tech domains. Over the past two decades he has been deeply involved with the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program acting as Principal Investigator, External Evaluator and Peer Reviewer. He now serves as the Principal of Luka Consulting LLC, a firm focused on evaluation services.

Elaine Craft

Director, South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence

Elaine Craft has served as Director of the National Science Foundation-funded South Carolina Advanced Technological (SC ATE) Center of Excellence since 1994. Currently, she serves as Principal Investigator (PI) for the NSF ATE-funded Mentor-Connect: Leadership Development and Outreach for ATE project and as Co-PI for the SC ATE National Resource Center for Expanding Excellence in Technician Education both based at Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC. She also serves as Co-PI for the NSF ATE Regional Center for Aviation and Automotive Technology Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES) based at Clemson University, SC, and co-leader for the Community College Technical Assistance project based at Collin County Community College, Frisco, TX. In addition, Craft is President/CEO of SCATE Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation created in 2005 to promote systemic change in Advanced Technological Education and help sustain the SC ATE Center of Excellence.

For SCATE Inc., Craft conducts and/or oversees external evaluation of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of Labor, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and US Department of Agriculture as well as curriculum development, program improvement, and faculty development focused on problem-based learning. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Elizabeth Teles

Consultant, Teles Consulting, LLC

Elizabeth J. Teles

Dr. Elizabeth Teles retired from NSF in January 2009 as the Lead Program Director of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and a program director for mathematics. She now consults on educational projects as part of Teles Consulting LLC. She also works as an intermittent expert for NSF approximately 60 days a year. At NSF she was the NSF Liaison for Community Colleges. She taught mathematics at Montgomery College, MD from 1969 to 1991. Dr. Teles holds a B.A. in mathematics from Winthrop College, a MAT in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Maryland. In 2008, she received the NSF Meritorious Service Award, the second highest honorary award at the Foundation, for her work on behalf of community colleges and her leadership in the ATE program.

In November of 1994 she received the Presidential Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to two-year college mathematics education and in 2000 received the Mathematical Association of America’s award for service to mathematics. At NSF, she served on a short-term assignment as the NSF Science Manager at the South Pole Station during the summer of 1999, for which she was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal. She was also selected as one of the Department of State-NSF Embassy Fellows and served her fellowship in August and September of 2001 at the US Embassy in Ukraine. In 2005 she was the Visiting Mathematician at the United States Military Academy at West Point where she taught modeling courses the fall semester and was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service.

John Sener

CKO of Sener Knowledge, LLC

John Sener is the founder/CKO of Sener Knowledge LLC, a consulting practice which co-creates knowledge leading to positive change in education, learning, and society. He is the author of the book The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World (CreateSpace, 2012). He has extensive experience with evaluating NSF ATE grants. He has served as the external evaluator for the National CyberWatch Center since 2006; he serves as the external evaluator for the CyberWatch West regional cybersecurity ATE center, as the co-evaluator for the DeafTEC ATE National Center, and he has also evaluated several other ATE and other NSF projects. His career in education and training over the past 35 years is a unique mixture of broad practical experience and academic expertise. He holds a M.S. degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College.

Gordon Snyder

Co-Principal Investigator

Gordon F. Snyder, Jr. is past Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the sunsetted National Center for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT Center) at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Massachusetts. He now serves as a Co Principal Investigator with the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) in Waco, Texas. At STCC he helped develop the Verizon Next Step program and continues to serve as a telecommunications curriculum consultant for the program. He is the author of four engineering and engineering technology textbooks and has over 20 years of consulting experience in the field of software development, communications and LAN/WAN design. In 2001 he was selected as one of the top fifteen technology faculty in the United States by Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of Community Colleges and in 2004 was selected as the Massachusetts Networking and Communications Council Workforce Development Leader of the year. He is well known in the social media space with his content followed by thousands.
He has a strong interest in evaluation and the development of accessible tools evaluators and PI’s can use for communications and the formative enhancement of project impacts.

Thomas Owens

Will Tyson

Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Tyson’s research focuses on gender and racial disparities in education, with a focus on student- and institutional-level influences on high school and college science and math course enrollment and achievement, as well as STEM degree attainment. Dr. Tyson has worked on several grants funded by the National Science Foundation. He is currently principal investigator of “Successful Academic and Employment Pathways in Advanced Technologies” ($1.2 million over 4 years). PathTech (for short) is a collaboration with Tampa Bay area high schools, community colleges, and technology small businesses to better understand pathways into AS degree programs and into the local workforce. This grant was the largest NSF grant awarded to USF in 2011, one of eight NSF grants over $1 million awarded to Florida universities, and the only $1 million grant awarded to an assistant professor at a Florida university. In total, Dr. Tyson has been awarded $2.2 million in external funding as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator and an additional $3 million as senior personnel. Dr. Tyson teaches courses in race and ethnicity, sport in society, and sociology of education.

Marilyn Barger

Executive Director

Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Executive Director and Principle Investigator for the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FL-ATE). This center focuses on high-technology manufacturing. Dr. Barger is also on EvaluATE’s Community College Liason Panel.

Russell Cannon

Director of Institutional Research

Russell Cannon is the Director of Institutional Research at the University of Washington Bothell where his office oversees strategic analysis, reporting, and institutional assessment. His work focuses on the use of applied mixed-methods research and strategic planning to promote access, student success, and sustainable institutional development. He is also a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison H.O.P.E. Lab and writes on education policy and data via his blog and on Twitter @aroundlearning.

Carolyn Brennan

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

Carolyn Brennan leads the Office of Research which provides research development, administration and compliance support to the UW Bothell campus and houses the office of undergraduate research. She has been a part of the growing campus research culture since 2006 and is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the Society of Research Administrators (SRA).

Arlen Gullickson

Co-Principal Investigator

One of four children, Arlen Gullickson was born and raised in a farming family in the state of Iowa. His education includes baccalaureate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, physics and education, respectively. He has 30 years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels and altogether more than 40 years of experience working in education. In the past, Arlen was the director of The Evaluation Center and Chair of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. Currently, he is supposed to be retired. But he serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for EvaluATE (after serving as the PI) and fishes whenever he can.

Corey Smith

Doctoral Associate

Corey Smith is a doctoral associate with EvaluATE. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in evaluation at Western Michigan University. His primary responsibilities with EvaluATE are to administer and manage the annual ATE survey, analyze data collected through that survey and produce reports, data snapshots and publications based on that data. PI’s may recognize his name from the flurry of nagging emails he sends about the annual survey each January through March.

Dennis Faber

Co-PI, Mentor Connect

Dennis Faber has extensive experience working the ATE program. He currently works with Mentor-Connect, one of our partner organizations. Also, he has served on our NVC panel.

Lori Wingate

Executive Director

Lori has a Ph.D. in evaluation and more than 20 years of experience in the field of program evaluation. She directs EvaluATE and leads and a variety of evaluation projects at WMU focused on STEM education, health, and higher education initiatives. Dr. Wingate has led numerous webinars and workshops on evaluation in a variety of contexts, including CDC University and the American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute. She is an associate member of the graduate faculty at WMU.

Lana Rucks

Principal Consultant

Lana Rucks, Ph.D., is Principal Consultant of The Rucks Group a research and evaluation firm that gathers, analyzes, and interprets data to enable our clients to measure the impact of their work.

Deborah Douma

Dean of Grants and Federal Programs

Dr. Deborah Douma, Dean of Grants and Federal Programs at Pensacola State College in Florida, has an AA from Irvine Valley College, a BA in communication arts and MS in administration from the University of West Florida, and an EdD in higher education administration from the University of Florida. Dr. Douma’s research focused on factors leading to engagement of community college faculty in grant-writing activities. She serves on the Florida Association of Colleges Foundation board and locally on boards of the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, the Escambia County 4-H Foundation, and the First City Art Alliance.

Peggie Weeks

Educational Consultant

Peggie Weeks serves as an external evaluator on multiple National Science Foundation projects. She has twice been a program officer at the National Science Foundation, helping to manage the Advanced Technological Education and other Division of Undergraduate Education programs. She was on the faculty at Corning Community College for sixteen years, where she taught in the Engineering Science and Mechanical Technology programs. Prior to teaching, she was employed as a process engineer with Corning, Inc.

Steven Budd

Research and Evaluation Consultant

Dr. Steven Budd is a former community college president and a past president of the Council for Resource Development (CRD). His career spans more than thirty years in all aspects of community college leadership including Institutional Development, Enrollment Management, Public Relations, Marketing and Government Relations. Dr. Budd has developed and implemented workforce development projects under the U.S. Departments of Labor, Commerce and Education. Dr. Budd also served as the Principal Investigator for CRD’s NSF funded faculty professional development program and has since pursued a career in project evaluation and research. He holds an MBA and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dave Hata


Dave Hata has taught for 32 years at Portland Community College in PCC’s Electronic Engineering Technology and Microelectronics Technology programs. During his tenure at PCC, he worked closely with local companies to expand the local technician workforce and served as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator for a number of ATE projects. Since retiring in 2003, he has served as External Evaluator for a number of ATE centers and projects as well..

Jane Ostrander

Director, Experiential Learning Center

Dr. Jane Ostrander is Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) project Destination: Problem-Based Learning (PBL) (DUE#1161352), and Director of the Experiential Learning Center at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV. Ostrander serves on the Community College Liaison Panel for the ATE EvaluATE Center and as a Mentor for the Mentor-Connect for Leadership Development and Outreach Project. Her research interests include PBL, faculty professional development, online knowledge sharing in communities of practice, and social psychological interventions for transformative change. Prior to her project work Ostrander taught computer literacy, web site design, project management, and business.

Jacqueline Rearick

Grants Specialist

Jacqueline Rearick, Grants Specialist at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia, has a BA in Political Science from Shippensburg University and an MS in Leisure Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Rearick has experience in secondary and post-secondary education grant development and evaluation. She provides support in preparing foundation, state and federal grant applications and assists with regulatory grant management and compliance. Prior to her work at the college Jacqueline provided evaluation support, data management and reporting on multiple Department of Education grants. She is a founding member of the Blue Ridge chapter of the Grants Professionals Association.

Amy Gullickson

Senior Lecturer & Academic Coordinator

Amy Gullickson earned her PhD from Western Michigan University in 2010, where she did her research on ATE centers that had integrated evaluation into their daily practice. She now works as a Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator for the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She serves as Co-PI on the FAS4ATE project and enjoys being connected to the ATE community – even when it means webinars happen at 3 a.m. her time.

Helen Sullivan

Director, National Convergence Technology Center

Helen Sullivan is Director of the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College, and was a director of the NSF ATE Regional Convergence Technology Center, the North Texas Regional Technology Consortium, and the Advancing Careers in Technology and Science project.

She holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and an MLS degree in communications, media, and technology from Southern Methodist University. She has over 25 years project and program management experience at large technology companies and is a conference speaker and facilitator.

Janet Clinton

Director, Centre for Program Evaluation

Associate Professor Janet Clinton is the Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne. She is a psychologist and educator with an extensive publication record, and is currently the co-editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia. Her evaluation experience extends across national and international contexts and includes over 150 different evaluation projects.

Associate Professor Clinton currently teaches several postgraduate classes in evaluation, and supervises a number of PhD students. Her primary areas of interest and expertise in evaluation include the use of program theory, big data, standard setting, and evaluation in diverse settings.

Celeste Carter

Lead Program Director, ATE

Celeste Carter is the lead program director for the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation.

Mel Cossette

Principal Investigator, MatEdu

Mel Cossette is principal investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education at Edmonds Community College. MatEdU’s mission is to advance materials technology education nationally. 

Jen Hsu

Coordinator of LGBT Student Services

Jen has over 10 years of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity experience, including 6 years of professional experience providing LGBT support, education and advocacy to the Southwest Michigan community. As a community organizer Hsu has experience in systemic transformational change in institutions and communities. Her areas of focus include cultural competency training, organizational development and institutional policy analysis that focuses on building inclusive institutions through education and ally development to eliminate barriers and create welcoming spaces for marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Jen has dedicated her professional career to building intersectional and culturally competent anti-oppressive spaces. Jen currently serves as the Coordinator of Western Michigan University’s Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender -Student Services. Before joining Western Michigan University, Jen served as the inaugural Executive Director of the OutCenter in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Miranda Lee

EvaluATE Blog Editor

Miranda Lee is a project manager at the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan Unviersity. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program. Her primary responsibilities with EvaluATE involve the maintenance of our contact list and our database of evaluation data, conduct of the annual survey, webmaster, and contributor to various EvaluATE products.

Tarek Azzam

Associate Professor

Tarek Azzam, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase their potential impact on programs and policies. Dr. Azzam has also been involved in multiple projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the K-12 and university level, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs, and pregnancy prevention programs.

Patrick Fiorenza

Senior Research Analyst

As a senior research analyst with Hezel Associates, Patrick Fiorenza contributes his extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, which he gained from his work in both the private and public sectors. Examples of his current projects include two National Science Foundation-funded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) evaluations for Syracuse University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as well as a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant-funded program evaluation with Onondaga Community College. Mr. Fiorenza holds a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University.

Kendra Bouda

Metadata and Information Specialist

After completing her MA in Arts Management at Columbia College in Chicago, Kendra spent her early career instructing business courses and coordinating the Department’s internship programs. Restless and eager to return to the arts, Kendra decided to pursue a certificate in Artifact Collection Care from the University of Chicago and her MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining Internet Scout/ATE Central, Kendra managed Columbia’s Fashion Study Collection and produced exhibits that showcased the collection’s historic dress. Kendra now oversees Scout’s diverse digital collections, a calling that appeals to her fondness for organization.

Rachael Bower


Rachael directs Internet Scout Research Group, a grant funded research and development center at the UW-Madison. She has been Principle Investigator on a variety of federal and philanthropic awards, including Scout’s ATE Central project, which acts as an information hub for the ATE community providing an online portal of resources, tools, and services that support and promote the work of ATE grantees. Rachael has spent most of her career in academia, with a brief foray into the world of start-ups, and brings a deep understanding of issues related to educational digital projects, sustainability, and grant stewardship to her work at Scout and ATE.

Mike Qaissaunee

Professor and chair of engineering and technology at Brookdale Community College

Mike Qaissaunee, professor and chair of engineering and technology at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, is currently the PI for a three-year NSF ATE project, E-MATE, E-books and Mobile Apps for Technician Education (DUE#1205113). Mike has won two “Educator of the Year” awards and has been recognized for his contributions to cybersecurity.

Kerrie Douglas

Assistant Professor, Engineering Education

Dr. Kerrie Douglas is an assistant professor of engineering education at Purdue University. She studies how to make inferences about student learning in online environments and how to use assessment to improve the quality of the learning experience in online courses.

Veronica S. Smith

Data Scientist, Founder

Veronica Smith, trained as an evaluator, research engineer and architect, is a recognized leader in P-20 STEM education and workforce development, program evaluation, and data dashboarding for effective performance measurement. She founded data2insight in order to strategically partner with people and organizations to use data wisely to solve complex problems in the social, educational, environmental and health sectors. Ms. Smith holds a graduate certificate in the Advanced Study in Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University, a MSEE from University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Arizona.

Rick Orlina

Evaluation and Research Consultant

Dr. Rick Orlina is an independent consultant and evaluator specializing in applications of social network analysis. His contributions are informed by broad career experience, including working as a social scientist in educational and national security research, and as an engineer in product design, manufacturing, and marketing. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.

Rachel Becker-Klein

Senior Research Associate

Rachel Becker-Klein, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at PEER Associates. Dr. Becker-Klein has over a decade of experience as an evaluator. Dr. Becker-Klein’s interest in systems thinking that derived from a Ph.D. in Community Psychology (from New York University in 2003) has pushed her to bring a holistic approach to evaluation and assessment tools. Embedded assessment tools as a way to measure participant skills, knowledge, and behavior are an important part of the work she does as an evaluator. Dr. Becker-Klein has developed embedded assessment tools for several STEM education programs (in both formal and informal educational settings).

Karen Peterman


Karen Peterman, Ph.D., is the founder of Karen Peterman Consulting, Co., a small research and evaluation firm in Durham, North Carolina. She has conducted evaluations of STEM education programs for almost 20 years. Her research projects focus on evaluation methods that can be used to gather meaningful data in informal STEM learning environments. Karen leads the EvalFest project with Todd Boyette from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and Katherine Nielsen from the University of California, San Francisco’s Science and Health Education Partnership.

Cathlyn Stylinski

Senior Agent

Cathlyn Stylinski is a tenured research faculty at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology and has over a decade of experience in designing and evaluating science education projects in schools and informal education settings with funding from NSF, NOAA and other organizations. Her research interests focus on public/student engagement in science and collaborative learning around environmental topics. Her work includes development of a classroom observation tool to understand technology use in science classes and exploration of embedded assessments to measure skill gains in citizen science efforts.

Patricia Moore Shaffer

Evaluation Manager

Patricia Moore Shaffer is the Evaluation Manager of the NASA Office of Education. She previously served as the founding Senior Evaluation Officer for the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Vice President for Research and Development, the Educational Policy Institute. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary and a M.A. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Washington Evaluators and serves as Treasurer for the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness.

Cindy Tananis


The Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) was founded and is directed by Dr. Cynthia A. Tananis, Associate Professor in the School of Education. Dr. Tananis has been an educator and evaluator for over 30 years and is familiar with education and social initiatives. CEAC currently serves as the evaluator of over 20 other programs and initiatives, ranging from the large federally funded programs to smaller community-based organization projects. More information about CEAC can be found at

Beverly Parsons

Executive Director

Beverly Parsons is Executive Director of InSites, a non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization based in Colorado and Washington State. She especially enjoys evaluating multi-site, multi-sector initiatives using a systems orientation. She works nationally and internationally in the areas of education, social services, health, and ecology. She has conducted many STEM education evaluations and served as the PI for two NSF evaluation capacity building grants. Beverly was the 2014 President of the American Evaluation Association. She holds a PhD in Educational Research and Evaluation, a BS in Medical Technology and a certificate in Sustainable Business.

Daniel R. Zalles

Senior Educational Researcher

Dr. Daniel R. Zalles is a Senior Educational Researcher at SRI International. He has a long history of evaluating STEM innovation products and leading the research and development of technology innovations for advancing student and teacher understanding of geoscience topics and contemporary environmental challenges. He has served as principal investigator for projects funded by NASA and NSF, and his evaluations have been of innovations in math teacher professional development, education for data and survey literacy in formal and informal settings, and universal design for learning on science topics. For more information about Dr. Zalles and his projects, go to

Asa Bradley

Physics Instructor

Asa Bradley has been a physics instructor at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) since 2004. Prior to her post there, she worked in the San Francisco Bay Area software industry as a physicist, quality assurance engineer, technical writer, and web developer. She holds an MS in Medical Physics from the University of Colorado and an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. Ms. Bradley’s academic interests outside of teaching includes physics education research and science outreach. As a trained workshop leader in the national Math Across the Curriculum program she teaches community college faculty across the US how to incorporate math and science into all disciplines. She is a past board member of the Pacific Northwest Association of College Physics (PNACP) and active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). She’s received several teaching awards including a 2015 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.

Cheryl Endres

Doctoral Associate

Cheryl Endres is the EvaluATE doctoral associate and a student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. She has experience as both an internal evaluator/project coordinator for several grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education and as an external evaluator for a number of local programs.

Sharon Gusky

Professor, Biology

Sharon Gusky is PI of Manufacturing Associate Degree Education in Northwestern Connecticut (NSF #1400570), which is focused on increasing the number of skilled workers through recruitment, education, retention, and continued education and career advancement for manufacturing technicians.

Gregory J. Cizek

Professor, Educational Measurement and Evaluation

Gregory J. Cizek is Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses in applied measurement and evaluation. He has authored of over 300 books, chapters, articles, and conference papers related to his scholarly interests in standard setting, validity, and test security. Dr. Cizek is a member and past president of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME); he has managed credentialing testing programs, worked on state and national assessment programs, and served as vice-president of a local school board; he began his career as an elementary school teacher. Dr. Cizek is the recipient of the AERA Division D award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology (2006) and recipient of the NCME award for Outstanding Dissemination of Educational Measurement Concepts (2007). He received his PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Design from Michigan State University.

Audra Kosh

Doctoral Student

Audra Kosh is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. She is currently a research fellow at MetaMetrics, where she works on developing mathematics assessments and conducts research on automatic item generation. Ms. Kosh previously taught eighth-grade mathematics in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland, and worked as a research analyst for Westat in Rockville, Maryland. Her research interests include educational measurement, mathematics learning and teaching, and informal learning opportunities. Ms. Kosh holds a M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics from American University.

Sarah Singer

Research Associate

As a research associate with Hezel Associates, Ms. Singer’s primary focus is STEM education and workforce development research and evaluation. Her expertise includes project management and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Her current projects include evaluation of an ATE project with River Valley Community College in New Hampshire and several community college-focused U.S. Department of Labor program evaluations. Previously, Ms. Singer served as coordinator for PK-12 recycling education at a municipal recycling agency and an environmental scientist at SRC, Inc. Ms. Singer holds a master’s in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy from Syracuse University.

Talbot Bielefeldt

Independent Educational Program Evaluator

Talbot Bielefeldt ( is an independent educational program evaluator based in Eugene, Oregon. His clients include school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Much of his work focuses on National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and corporate initiatives to enhance STEM education and training.

Amy Germuth

Founder and President

Dr. Amy A. Germuth is the founder and president of EvalWorks, LLC, an evaluation firm located in Durham, NC. She has a B.S. in mathematics, a M.S. in education administration, and a Ph.D. in education psychology, measurement, and evaluation. Dr. Germuth has been an evaluator for over 15 years and focuses on evaluating STEM initiatives. She has served as the external evaluator on multiple NSF-funded grants, including those funded via Noyce, GK12, DRK12, ISE, ITEST, MSP, ATE, and TUES grants, as well as NASA grants and NIH SEPA grants. Dr. Germuth is an active member of the American Evaluation Association.

Goldie MacDonald

Health Scientist

Goldie MacDonald is a Health Scientist at the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, she co-led design and implementation of a multisite evaluation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs in 10 countries. The American Evaluation Association (AEA) selected this work as an exemplar of internal evaluation practice earlier this year. She authored two evaluation checklists: Criteria for Selection of High-Performing Indicators: A Checklist to Inform Monitoring and Evaluation and Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health: A Checklist of Steps and Standards. Currently, she teaches program evaluation for the CDC and partner organizations at regional training events held annually in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Ayesha Boyce

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Research Methodology

Dr. Ayesha Boyce received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Evaluation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests focus on addressing issues related to diversity, equity, access, climate, and cultural responsiveness while judging the quality of implementation, effectiveness, impact, and institutionalization of educational programs, especially those that are multi-site and/or STEM. Dr. Boyce has evaluated many programs funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Title VI, and others. She is the Chair of the American Evaluation Association STEM TIG.

Manu Platt

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Manu O. Platt earned his B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. After postdoctoral work at MIT, he returned to Georgia Tech/Emory where he was recently promoted and tenured. The Platt Lab studies strokes in children with sickle cell disease, HIV-mediated cardiovascular disease, and predictive medicine in cancer. He is also Diversity Director for the NSF Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS). He co-founded and co-directs Project ENGAGES, a biotech and engineering research program for African-American high school students in Georgia Tech laboratories. Website: Platt Lab

Bernadette Wright

Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Bernadette Wright is the Director of Research & Evaluation at Meaningful Evidence, LLC, where she provides program evaluation and policy research for nonprofits and universities, using mixed-method evaluation and the innovative Integrative Propositional Analysis approach to integrating and improving theories. She specializes in STEM/education, health care/human services, and equity for underserved populations. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and currently serves as Webmaster of the AEA STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group. She earned her PhD. in public policy/program evaluation from the University of Maryland in 2002.

Ginger Fitzhugh

Senior Research Associate

Ginger Fitzhugh is a Senior Research Associate at Education Development Center. She has over a decade of experience in conducting evaluations that help programs leverage knowledge to achieve better outcomes for young people. She currently leads a number of NSF-supported evaluations of programs aimed at increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce. She is also an active member of the American Evaluation Association.

Vicky Coulon

Research Scientist

Dr. Vicky Coulon is a Research Scientist at Education Development Center. She has 11 years of experience conducting numerous evaluation projects related to STEM equity, informal programs, K-12 education initiatives, and professional development. She has evaluated several projects funded by the National Science Foundation, including DRK-12, ITEST, AISL, GSE, ATE, ADVANCE, CAREER, STEM+C and CNS projects, as well as NASA and foundation grants. Prior to her work on evaluation, Dr. Coulon was a K-12 educator. Her doctorate is in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.

Mary Siegrist


Mary Siegrist started her own consulting business, IMSA Consulting, in 2009 while pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Statistics and Research Methods. IMSA Consulting specializes in identifying best practices and benchmarks in education and healthcare through program evaluations and high level statistical analysis.

Peggy Teague


Peggy Teague is a part-time evaluator with the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Resource Center (SCATE, Inc.), while enjoying retirement from a long career in community college leadership. She most recently served as Vice President of Academic and Student Services for Wayne Community College prior to retiring. Her career spanned 37 years of teaching early childhood education, serving as department head and division chair of multiple divisions and as a program coordinator at the system level. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in home economics education, a master’s in child development and family studies, and a doctorate in higher education administration/community college leadership. She remains active in retirement spending time volunteering at her church and in mission activities and being grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren!

Lyssa Wilson Becho

Research Associate

Lyssa leads the training elements of EvaluATE, including webinars, workshops, resources, and evaluation coaching. She also works with Valerie on strategy and reporting for the ATE annual survey. Lyssa is a senior research associate at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and co-principal investigator for EvaluATE. She holds a Ph.D. in evaluation and has 7 years of experience conducting evaluations for a variety of local, national, and international programs.

Tania Jarosewich

President and CEO

Dr. Jarosewich is president and CEO of Censeo Group. She has led large-scale evaluations for state departments of education, school districts, grantmakers, foundations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She is currently evaluating two Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants, one for Steven’s Institute of Technology around spatial skills development and one for McHenry County College for mobile app development. She is also working on a number of evaluations around college access and success, undergraduate education, and STEM curriculum development. Dr. Jarosewich was an associate director at the Indiana Center for Evaluation (Indiana University-Bloomington), postdoctoral research fellow at Duke University, and for many years worked as a school psychologist with the Cleveland Municipal School District. She is coauthor of the Gifted Rating Scales, published by Elsevier and an author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles.

Andrew Hayman

Research Analyst

Andrew Hayman is a research analyst with Hezel Associates. With a background in environmental studies, he brings a holistic perspective to his evaluations. His interests include program sustainability, qualitative research methods, and evaluation utility. Mr. Hayman leads evaluation activities for one ATE program in the northeast and is involved in three large TAACCCT evaluations as well. Mr. Hayman earned a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University and a master’s in professional studies from State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Eileen Lento

Director of Education

Charlotte Forrest

Project Manager, Mentor Connect

Charlotte B. Forrest is project manager and co-principal investigator of the NSF-funded Mentor-Connect project at Florence-Darlington Technical College in the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SC ATE) National Center of Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Morehead State University.

A native of Louisville, KY, she has experience in student affairs and STEM/diversity initiatives and a passion for initiatives that encourage diversity and the representation of those underserved or underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields; community colleges; and higher education, in general. She is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Mike Rudibaugh

The Geospatial Technology Advantage: Preparing GST Technicians and GST-enabled Graduates for Southern Illinois Business and Industry

Dr. Rudibaugh’s career started as a faculty member instructing Earth Science and Geography courses at Lake Land College in 1996 – present. Dr. Rudibaugh holds a B.A. from Eastern Illinois University (Psychology) and a M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2006) from Indiana State University in Economic Geography. Dr. Rudibaugh was also the CoPI for the National Geospatial Technology Center (GeoTech) from 2008-2011 for the National Science Foundation. His current work relates to developing workforce and internship models for rural community colleges aligning curricula with regional workforce demands through a National Science Foundation ATE Grant (Geospatial Advantage) with Kaskaskia College as the project PI.

Nick Smith

EvaluATE NVC Chair, Professor of Education

Nick Smith is a professor of instructional design, development, and evaluation. His research focuses on the theory and methods of evaluation of educational and social programs, specifically on investigative methods in applied fields of inquiry. Smith has served on numerous editorial boards, including as past editor-in-chief of New Directions for Program Evaluation. He has also edited such volumes as Metaphors for Evaluation: Sources of New Methods; New Techniques for Evaluation; Communication Strategies in Evaluation; and Varieties of Investigative Evaluation. In 2004, he served as president of the American Evaluation Association.

Wendy Tackett


Dr. Wendy Tackett has a background in writing and managing grants, working in public education and nonprofits, and evaluating at the practitioner level, which helps her understand the challenges educational institutions and nonprofits face and work with them in a participatory manner. She earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. Dr. Tackett is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, focusing heavily on the use of evaluation findings. Dr. Tackett founded iEval, an evaluation consulting firm, in 2002 and can be contacted at

Leslie Goodyear

Principal Research Scientist

Leslie Goodyear, PhD, is a researcher and evaluator who has significant experience leading complex evaluations of national programs and systems, particularly government-funded programs. She has conducted program and project evaluations in both formal and informal educational settings that serve youth, with a recent focus on STEM educational programs and programs that aim to broaden participation in STEM. She is the associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, a past board member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and former chair of the AEA Ethics Committee. She is also the lead editor of the book, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice (2014).

During her EDC tenure, Goodyear took a leave to serve as a program officer at the National Science Foundation Division of Research on Learning, where she administered national grants programs, supervised evaluation and research contracts, and developed directorate and division-level evaluation policy.

Goodyear holds a MS and PhD in program evaluation and planning from Cornell University.

Melanie Hwalek


Melanie Hwalek is CEO of SPEC Associates, a nonprofit program evaluation organization headquartered in downtown Detroit with both a local and national scope to services. Melanie is a veteran at program evaluation. In her long career, she has evaluated more than 200 programs for more than 150 different organizations. Melanie teaches evaluation management for Michigan State University’s M.A. in program evaluation. She was a board member of both the American Evaluation Association and the Michigan Association for Evaluation. She holds the Certified Evaluator Designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (there is no equivalent national certification in the U.S.)

Jessaca Spybrook

Associate Professor, Education, Leadership, Research, and Technology

Dr. Jessaca Spybrook is an associate professor of educational leadership, research, and technology at Western Michigan University, specializing in evaluation, measurement and research. She earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan, where she also received an M.A. in applied statistics and B.A. in elementary education. She teaches, among other courses, Data Analytics I and II and hierarchical linear modeling. Her research focuses on improving the quality of the designs and power analyses of group randomized trials in education. She coauthored the software and documentation for Optimal Design Plus, a program that assists researchers in planning adequately powered experiments. She has published in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Evaluation Review. Spybrook’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the William T. Grant Foundation. She received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010. Prior to attending graduate school she was a seventh grade math teacher.

Stephanie Wilkerson


Stephanie B. Wilkerson, President of Magnolia Consulting, brings over 20 years of experience working on research and evaluation studies at national, state, and local levels. She has served as the principal evaluator for the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and several Virginia community colleges that aim to enhance geospatial technician education to meet workforce demands. Stephanie has directed 32 randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental evaluations in the areas of STEM, reading, and English language proficiency using mixed-method designs with student assessment data, student interest surveys, instructional practices surveys, and implementation fidelity measures.

Elizabeth Peery

Lead Research Assistant

Beth Peery, Lead Research Assistant with Magnolia Consulting, provides support for a variety of studies through database development and management, data collection, survey management, data analysis, and report writing. At Magnolia Consulting, she assisted with an NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project, which set out to improve the academic-to-workforce pathways of geospatial technologies at several Virginia community colleges. Her educational experience includes in-depth training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and research methodologies.

Kelly Robertson

Senior Research Associate

Kelly has a Ph.D. in evaluation and more than eight years of experience in the field of evaluation. She works as a Senior Research Associate at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. Dr. Robertson has worked on evaluations at the local, regional, national, and international levels, spanning a wide variety of sectors (e.g., STEM education, adult education, career and technical education, and evaluation capacity development). Her research interests primarily focus on evaluation as it relates to equity, cultural competence, and making evaluation more user-friendly.

Chris Carter

Deputy Director

Chris Carter is the Deputy Director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), where he oversees comprehensive higher education, precollege, and outreach programs, including VSGC’s scholarship and fellowship program and several internship programs. The VSGC receives seed funding from NASA to coordinate and develop STEM education, research, and workforce development programs statewide. Carter is principal investigator (PI) on two NSF-funded projects: Geospatial Technician Education – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) and Expanding Geospatial Technician Education through Virginia’s Community Colleges (GeoTEd), funded by the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Prior to joining the VSGC, Carter served as Training Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at ETSU. He has also worked as a Workforce Training and Development Instructor with the Adult Education Department Virginia and as an adjunct faculty at several community colleges.

Aleata Hubbard

Research Associate

Aleata Hubbard is a Research Associate in WestEd’s STEM program and a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at Northwestern University. She conducts evaluation and research studies in computer science and mathematics education. Ms. Hubbard also designs and implements data management processes for large-scale efficacy studies of educational interventions. Before joining WestEd, she studied collaborative learning environments and pedagogies to support computer science students and second language learners and spent a year teaching programming skills to aspiring entrepreneurs in Accra, Ghana.

Karen Yanowitz

Professor of Psychology

Karen L. Yanowitz has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and is a Professor of Psychology at Arkansas State University. She conducts research on students’ STEM learning as well as the impact of professional development programs on teachers and students. Dr. Yanowitz has also worked as an evaluator on several STEM education programs. She is the principal investigator of the NSF funded project CSI: Classroom Student Investigators, described in this post.

Kelly Ball

Senior Grants Specialist

Kelly Ball, PhD., is the senior grants specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI. Kelly has helped organizations successfully secure over $20 million in grant funding from both government agencies and private foundations. She regularly works with grant project teams to develop evaluation plans.

Jeff Grebinoski

Institutional Researcher

Jeff Grebinoski is the Institutional Researcher at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI. Jeff has worked for the past 15 years conducting program evaluation research in non-profit, local government and higher education settings. He works with internal project teams as well as with external evaluators and researchers.

Xiaoxia Newton

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

Xiaoxia Newton is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her current research focuses on STEM majors’ pedagogical content understanding. In addition, she is the principal investigator of a multi-year evaluation of the collaborative effort between Lowell Public Schools (LPS) and multiple community partners at transforming LPS Career Academy into a community hub that provides a range of on-site academic, occupational, social, and health services. Newton is the incoming co-chair elect of the American Evaluation Association’s International and Cross-Cultural Topical Interest Group. She will serve a three-year term beginning January, 2017.

Breonte S. Guy

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

Breonte S. Guy serves as a Co-Principal Investigator of an HBCU UP Targeted Infusion Project grant. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to explore how infusing lab-bench techniques into the Exercise Physiology curriculum informs undergraduate students’ attitudes about research and science and intentions to persist in STEM-related careers.

Dawn X. Henderson

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Social Work

Dr. Dawn Henderson serves as a Co-Principal Investigator of an HBCU UP Targeted Infusion Project grant. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to explore how infusing lab-bench techniques into the Exercise Physiology curriculum informs undergraduate students’ attitudes about research and science and intentions to persist in STEM-related careers.

Chad Markert

Assistant Professor, Health, Plysical Education & Sports

Chad Markert serves as a Co-Principal Investigator of an HBCU UP Targeted Infusion Project grant. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to explore how infusing lab-bench techniques into the Exercise Physiology curriculum informs undergraduate students’ attitudes about research and science and intentions to persist in STEM-related careers.

Shelly Engelman

Senior Researcher

Shelly Engelman is a senior researcher at the Findings Group and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of research and evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Delaware and has been a lead quantitative analyst and methodologist on a series of state- and federally-funded programs. Dr. Engelman has led numerous workshops and presentations on evaluation in a variety of contexts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Evaluation Association, and the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.

Morgan Miller

Research Associate

Morgan Miller received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since beginning her career in 2014 at The Findings Group, her interest in STEM has expanded to include innovative education practices and technology, with efforts focused around increasing diversity in STEM education and careers. She has presented her work at the American Evaluation Association conference and the Capstone Design conference.

Elizabeth Bachrach

Sr. Research Associate

Elizabeth Bachrach is a senior research associate with Goodman Research Group in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Ph.D. in Social/Developmental Psychology.

Grace Bachman

Research Assistant

Grace Bachman, B.A., Research Assistant, joined Goodman Research Group (GRG) after graduating from Wellesley College in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and minor in Economics. In her sophomore year, she worked with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) to increase State Legislator support for An Act Establishing Earned Paid Sick Time (S900/H1739). In her junior and senior year, she worked as a Research Assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on women and minority leadership and negotiation.

Ms. Bachman’s current projects include the STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), a partnership between the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and GRG, designed to broaden participation in the STEM workforce to traditionally underrepresented populations. She is also working on GRG’s evaluation of the Cabinet of Art and Curiosity Gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Lisa Kirkham

Project Coordinator

Lisa Kirkham is a project coordinator in the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue University. With a Ph.D. in educational studies, her focus is on research development in K-12 education. Dr. Kirkham has extensive experience implementing research programs that examine student efficacy, implementing data collection and analysis in the K-12 setting, and creating professional development for teachers that supports curriculum design.

Steven Klein

Center Director

Steven G. Klein directs RTI International’s Center for Career and Adult Education and Workforce Development. Dr. Klein specializes in the design of education accountability and finance systems, policy analysis and research, and the evaluation of state career education and pathways initiatives. He serves as principal investigator for the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education and for RTI’s evaluation of the JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills for Youth initiative. Dr. Klein served for 10 years as a school board member of Riverdale School District in Portland, Oregon, and prior to joining RTI, taught high school math and science. He is currently learning how to metal inert gas (MIG) weld.

Debbie Mills


Debbie Mills currently serves as the director of the National Career Pathways Network. Mills is also a developer, writer, and subject matter expert (SME) for the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways Toolkit (2nd ed.). She has expertise in career pathways systems, curriculum development, staff development, linkages between secondary and postsecondary institutions, community engagement, and partnerships with business, industry and labor. Extensive expertise includes career pathways program review, assisting state and community colleges with strategic professional development plans for staff and faculty, building partnerships in communities, and development of adult career pathways projects. She is an SME for both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor for career pathways.

Tracie Reding

Doctoral Student

Tracie Evans Reding is an educational leadership doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a graduate assistant in the Department of Teacher Education where she has served as a co-evaluator on multiple National Science Foundation-funded projects. Her professional background is as a high school science teacher for nine years. Her research focus is on using social network analysis and the networks and collaborations within STEM environments.

Manjari Wijenaike

Independent Consultant

Dr. Manjari Wijenaike has been involved with the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program for over 20 years. She was on the founding team at the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET), the first ATE Center in information technology education ever funded by NSF. Manjari has also been the principal and co-principal investigator on several NSF ATE projects. An independent grant development and evaluation consultant since 2010, she works as an evaluator, mentor, and grant development expert in the ATE community. She currently serves on the external evaluation team for The Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES) and a New-to-ATE grant project.

Blake Urbach

Principal Consultant

Blake Urbach is the Principal Consultant of Preferred Program Evaluations, a consulting firm offering specialized experience in the evaluation of educational initiatives. Blake is responsible for collaborating with public and private entities on the design and execution of program evaluations for the purpose of informing educational and social policy. Preferred Program Evaluations partners with colleges, school districts, and nonprofit organizations on the evaluation of projects funded to increase STEM scholarship and persistence, as well as behavioral intervention projects that employ a holistic approach to personal development. Blake provides technical assistance to nonprofits and presents nationally on the topic of community collaboration. Blake has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Administration at Valdosta State University.

Pamela Eddy


Pamela Eddy is a professor in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William & Mary. Her research interests include community college leadership and development, organizational change and educational partnerships, gender roles in higher education, and faculty development. Eddy serves as a consultant for campuses, system offices, and on funded grants regarding strategies to support community college student success and to support leadership development. Eddy is the author of “Community College Leadership: A Multidimensional Model for Leading Change and Partnerships and Collaborations in Higher Education.”

Michael Yacci

Professor and Senior Associate Dean

Michael Yacci has been an active designer, developer, teacher, and user of computer-based instruction for over 30 years, as a consultant for business and industry and as a college faculty member. He has published numerous articles on instructional design, knowledge management, and interactivity. He currently serves as professor and senior associate dean of the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, at Rochester Institute of Technology, one of the largest and most comprehensive colleges of computing in the US.

Rachel Tripathy

Research Associate

Rachel Tripathy is a Research Associate for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd. She holds an M.A. in International Comparative Education and has extensive experience working on education projects in developing areas, with a focus on randomized trials and quantitative research methods. Her research interests include early grade literacy development, environmental education, and hands-on/discovery learning. Rachel has worked with Bay Area educators and researchers to design and implement studies examining the efficacy of hands-on environmental science and outdoor education programs, and continues to participate in research on interactive math and science curricula in her work at WestEd. Rachel also manages WestEd’s evaluation of the i3-funded Learning by Making curriculum, in partnership with Sonoma State University, where she designs and implements fidelity and efficacy measures, and contributes to reporting and dissemination.

Linlin Li

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Linlin Li is a Senior Research Associate for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd. Linlin is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several projects, including 1) Department of Education Investing in Innovation i3 funded evaluation of a science-driven computational-thinking integrated STEM intervention that improves mathematical and science proficiency for high-needs rural students, 2) (IES) Goal 3 efficacy study of a vocabulary intervention at elementary schools, and 3) evaluation and technical assistance to an elementary school district for their Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) data systems and blended learning project. Linlin is also the senior methodologist and statistician on several federally funded projects. Linlin applies modern statistical techniques in practical settings, including psychometric analysis, multilevel analysis, longitudinal modeling, and relevant application in evaluation and research.

Erica Watson-Currie

Senior Evaluator

Dr. Erica Watson-Currie is a senior evaluator at SmartStart Evaluation & Research. She serves as lead evaluator on many federally funded educational projects: STEM-C projects at the University of California, Irvine, and Pace University in New York City; an IUSE project at University of California, Irvine in partnership with Irvine Valley College, Santa Ana College, and Saddleback College; ATE projects at Texas A & M University and Santa Ana College; and an S-STEM project at Santiago Canyon College. Dr. Watson-Currie has developed baseline and post-surveys, content-based evaluation instruments, and focus group protocols. She has conducted focus groups for film development and interviews to assess the development of effective collaboration strategies. She holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California in Communication with a focus on Research Methods, as well as a Master’s degree in Communication Management.

John Dorris

Director of Evaluation & Assessment

John Dorris is the Director of Evaluation & Assessment at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. He provides leadership on strategy, research, and data analysis efforts related to workforce development and engagement, including organizational learning and emerging trends in evaluation. He also manages the development of grant concepts, oversees proposal development and designs and implements program evaluation projects. Dr. Dorris holds an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and statistics, both from Pennsylvania State University.

Dominick Stephenson

Assistant Director

Dominick Stephenson is the Assistant Director, Research Development and Evaluation at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. In this role, Dominick manages the organization’s third-party evaluation projects. This involves coordinated interactions and reporting functions between the evaluation team and evaluation clients throughout the evaluation project. Dominick is a graduate of East Carolina University with an M.A.Ed. in adult education and a B.S.B.A. in management information systems.

Diana McCauley Williams

Education Administrator

Dr. Diana McCauley Williams is a veteran educator/educational administrator. Her professional consulting experiences include serving as a SCATE Inc. evaluator for 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education that have received funding from such entities as the National Science Foundation; and US Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor.

Suzanne (Sukey) Blanc

President and Founder

Suzanne (Sukey) Blanc is the president and founder of Creative Research & Evaluation LLC (CR&E). Sukey is an urban anthropologist who has spent the last twenty-five years studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education through the lens of educational equity. Sukey is also interested in the relationships between urban schools and other aspects of urban life, such as community organizing and workforce development. Among other projects, CR&E is currently evaluating Community College of Philadelphia’s Biomedical Equipment Technology ATE grant. Sukey received the American Anthropological Association’s Ethnographic Evaluation Award. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Temple University.

Elizabeth Moore


Elizabeth Moore, Ph.D. started Applied Inference, a research and statistical consulting firm, in 1987. She uses quantitative and qualitative research tools to examine multiple dimensions of impact of programs on various populations across the country, funded by diverse sources ranging from large projects with federal funding to small privately funded research. Clients include academic and government institutions, as well as community organizations. Areas of focus include evaluations of programs serving vulnerable populations in education, employment, healthcare, life skills, therapeutic childcare, family support, housing, and technology access.

Ben Reid


Ben Reid is the founder of Impact Allies, whose goals are to 1) serve principal investigators (PIs) well and 2) connect PIs and the community of service professionals within the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program so that its i) impacts are maximized and ii) service professionals feel belonging, ownership, and stability. Within NSF ATE, Ben is the external evaluator for the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training and the external communications coordinator for the targeted research project PathTech LIFE. He has a master’s of business from University of Florida, experience in branding, and previously held faculty and staff positions at California State University and Indian River State College.

Vera Beletzan

Senior Special Advisor Essential Skills

Vera Beletzan is Senior Special Advisor Essential Skills at Humber College, Canada. She is an experienced academic and administrative leader in the Ontario college system. Her background includes teaching, curriculum development, teacher training, and faculty professional development. She has held a number of positions at Humber College, most recently as Associate Dean in the Department of English. She has worked extensively in the areas of student access, success, and engagement. She served a leadership role in the delivery of programming and services to support writing, critical thinking and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) skill development. She leads Humber’s essential skills strategy, including the development of the college’s first institutional learning outcomes framework, and is a lead on Humber’s team in the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium.

Paula Gouveia

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Paula Gouveia is Dean at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Humber College, Canada. She has extensive experience in higher education academic and administrative leadership, curriculum design and delivery, and teaching. As Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she is responsible for the development and delivery of cross-institutional English, mathematics, and liberal studies programming. Paula also leads the development and delivery of innovative programs and services that support student success and engagement, such as transfer programs at the post-secondary and pre-
and post-secondary levels, including Humber’s General Arts and Science Programs, English Language Centre and Department of Academic Upgrading, as well as the college Math and Writing Centres. Paula is an institutional lead on the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium and a provincial lead on the Ontario College Math Test.

Maggie Cosgrove

Senior Partner

Maggie Cosgrove is a senior partner with Cosgrove & Associates. Ms. Cosgrove has deep experience in policy analysis, grant management, and community college research and evaluation. Her experience includes evaluating Department of Labor, National Science Foundation, and urban redevelopment grants. Ms. Cosgrove has a proven track record of providing excellent training and customer service to college partners. Specific areas of expertise include developmental and utilization-focused evaluation, developmental education redesign, development of career pathways, return on investment analysis, and employer and community stakeholder engagement. Ms. Cosgrove is committed to social justice and efforts to enhance equity in student outcomes for all students.

John Cosgrove

Senior Partner

John Cosgrove is a senior partner with Cosgrove & Associates. Mr. Cosgrove has extensive evaluation and community college experience. He is currently leading the evaluations of a number of Department of Labor- and National Science Foundation-funded projects. In addition, he works with colleges to help improve their strategic planning, assessment, and internal research and decision-support data systems. Specific areas of expertise include developmental and utilization-focused evaluation, institutional research and strategic planning, development of user-friendly decision-support data systems, return on investment analysis, and academic program review. Mr. Cosgrove is committed to social justice and efforts to enhance equity in student outcomes for all students.

Ann Beheler

Executive Director of Emerging Technology Grants

Dr. Ann Beheler is Executive Director of Emerging Technology Grants at Collin College in Texas. As principal investigator for the National Science Foundation’s National Convergence Technology Center, which addresses IT and communications, she works with over 60 colleges nationwide in a community of practice in implementing cutting-edge IT programs aligned with business. Further, she leads the Centers Collaborative for Technical Assistance, which provides technical assistance, including proposal guidance, to grantees and workforce professionals. Perhaps she is best known for developing the nationally recognized Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model, whereby businesses co-lead education programs to ensure workforce-ready graduates.

Tara Sheffer

Supervisor, Grant Projects

Tara Sheffer currently serves as the supervisor for grant projects at Columbus State Community College, where she supports the success and implementation of eight National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants. Previously, Tara has served in project management and grant implementation roles on both NSF and Department of Labor grants.

Gaurav Nanda

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr. Gaurav Nanda is a postdoctoral research assistant working with Dr. Douglas in engineering education at Purdue University. His research interests include the application of text mining and machine learning methods to analyze unstructured textual data. Currently, he is studying learners’ experiences in massive open online courses by applying text mining approaches to user-generated data such as discussion forums and open-ended feedback.

Michael Johnston

Director of Institutional Research

Michael Johnston, Director of Institutional Research at Pensacola State College, received his BSIE at the University of Miami and MS in statistics from the University of West Florida. Johnston is responsible for understanding all intricacies of the Florida College System (FCS) performance funding model and improving the total campus understanding and awareness of its ideology. He has restructured campus datasets, formed committees, and developed reports in order to reflect and target the at-risk student populations specific to the model. Michael currently serves on an FCS Performance Funding subcommittee with other academic officers to evaluate the evolution of the FCS model.

Jennifer Bellville

Evaluation Specialist

Jennifer Bellville is an evaluation specialist at Thomas P. Miller & Associates and is engaged in the design and implementation of qualitative and mixed-methods evaluations. Jennifer specializes in creating customized evaluation approaches that help organizations obtain the data and knowledge they need to make strategic decisions, deliver their programs more effectively, and communicate their impact to a variety of audiences. She supports organizations by collaboratively developing methodology frameworks, accessible reports, and continuous improvement feedback loops. Jennifer works with community colleges, universities, workforce boards, and nonprofits across the nation that receive funding from the federal government and foundations.

Leressa Suber

Evaluation Coordinator

Leressa Suber coordinates project planning for research and evaluation projects with NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. Leressa contributes to the data collection, qualitative analysis, and report writing of workforce development, community college, and STEM programs. She has worked on grant-funded evaluation projects, including two U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training projects, two Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation projects, and one NASA STEM Alliance project. Leressa has a background in human resources and adult education. She holds an M.S. in occupational and technical studies and a B.S. in business education.

Evelyn Brown

Director, Extension Research and Development

Evelyn Brown leads the research and development efforts for NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). She works to develop relationships with faculty whose research can be applied to solve problems for North Carolina businesses. Evelyn is part of the evaluation services team at Industry Expansion Solutions, which provides formative and summative assessments for statewide projects and grant-funded projects. She comes to Industry Expansion Solutions after 18 years in academia and has a B.S. in mathematics, an M.S. in operations research, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering. She has also served as an ABET evaluator since 2011.

Erica Dodds

Executive Director

Erica is executive director of the Healthy Climate Alliance, a nonprofit education, advocacy, and networking organization committed to restoring a healthy climate for our children. She holds a BA in French and international studies from Kalamazoo College and an MA in international development administration from Western Michigan University (WMU). She is a doctoral candidate in interdisciplinary evaluation at WMU. Her dissertation investigates value usage in evaluations of maternal and child health programs. Erica’s evaluation experience includes interning at the International Labour Organization, managing an evaluation of the Luxembourg National Research Fund, and evaluating nonprofit and university programs.

Christopher Lutz

Chemistry Faculty

Dr. Christopher Lutz is an unlimited faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the principal investigator for NSF-ATE project #1400885. He has over 18 years of teaching experience in general, organic, polymer, green, and materials chemistry courses. He also has extensive experience with active learning techniques, including Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), as well as technology and teaching in online and hybrid formats.

Megan Mullins


Megan Mullins is a program evaluator located in Muncie, Indiana. She specializes in evaluation and social science research supporting education, nonprofit development, and community change initiatives. She emphasizes communication, collaboration, shared experiences, and shared ownership of initiatives in which she is engaged. Mullins works with diverse people from a wide variety of community sectors on issues about which they care deeply. She uses an appreciative approach to project development and implementation, and uses program evaluation to illuminate process and improve impact in ways that help her partners tell dynamic, scientifically valid, and relevant stories about their work.

Rebecca Zarch


Rebecca Zarch has spent more than a decade evaluating workforce development projects and projects supporting young adults moving through the STEM pipeline. She particularly loves projects that involve complex change to an organizational culture and those that promote underrepresented groups in the STEM fields. Rebecca’s recent work has heavily emphasized computer science education projects. Rebecca received her MBA in nonprofit management at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and her MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Neal Grandgenett

Haddix Community Chair of STEM Education

Dr. Neal Grandgenett is the Dr. George and Sally Haddix Community Chair of STEM Education at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Grandgenett coordinates the campus STEM priority and teaches courses in research, evaluation, and interdisciplinary STEM learning. He has authored over 140 STEM-related publications and has evaluated more than 40 federal grants, including many awarded from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, and various private foundations. Dr. Grandgenett is also a review editor for the Mathematics and Computer Education Journal (MACE) and an active grant writer, securing more than $18 million in funding over his 30-year career.

Nena Bloom

Evaluation Coordinator

Nena Bloom, Ed.D., is an evaluator of STEM education projects focusing on opportunities for, and persistence and retention of, K-20 students in STEM majors and fields. She has been an evaluator for both formal and informal education projects since 2007. She has evaluated projects funded by a number of STEM education initiatives, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, and private foundations. Nena also conducts STEM education research on professional development for educators and how educators support student learning in STEM. Before becoming an evaluator, Nena worked as a project coordinator for education projects and as a middle school science teacher.

Lori Rubino-Hare

Professional Development Coordinator

Lori Rubino-Hare, M.Ed., taught elementary and middle school in Arizona for 13 years. In 2008, she became a professional development coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University and is currently principal investigator on two NSF-funded projects: Geospatial Connections Promoting Advancement to Careers and Higher Education (GEOCACHE) and the Power of Data Project, which received a 2015 Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award. Lori has facilitated professional development and researched best practices in teaching with GIS since 2009.

Lindsay Barone

Program Evaluator

Dr. Lindsay Barone is an anthropologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center. Trained in both biological and cultural anthropology, she focuses her research on informal science education, science literacy, and biology education for grades K-16. She is responsible for the evaluation of a number of biology and biotechnology-focused programs, including the recently ended National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education program Genomic Approaches in Biosciences.

Ann Martin

Project Manager/Evaluator

Ann Martin is a program evaluator and project manager located in Buffalo, NY, working for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. She has focused on STEM education and outreach projects for over 13 years and became an evaluator in 2011. She’s particularly interested in astronomy, space science, earth science interventions, authentic experiences for students and educators, and the use of social network analysis in STEM evaluations. Ann has been active in the American Evaluation Association STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group since its founding, previously serving as the webmaster for 2.5 years and currently serving as the incoming chair.

Erin Burr

Section Manager of Assessment and Evaluation

Erin Burr is a section manager of assessment and evaluation at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, where she leads a team of STEM evaluators. She has been active in the American Evaluation Association (AEA) since 2005 and is a longtime member of the executive leadership teams of the AEA STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group (TIG) and the Use and Influence of Evaluation TIG. Her work focuses on evaluation of STEM education and workforce development programs for the US Department of Energy; other US government agencies; private and nonprofit organizations; and universities that target K-12 students and teachers, university students and faculty, and Ph.D.-level researchers.

Kimberle Kelly

Project Manager and Senior Evaluator

Kimberle Kelly is a project manager and senior evaluator at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. She has more than 25 years of experience managing and directing research and evaluation outcome studies in education and mental health. As an expert in STEM education initiatives from cradle to career, she has worked in strategic partnerships to develop, fund, execute, advise, and evaluate programs designed to promote a diverse and highly skilled national STEM workforce. She is a founding member of the American Evaluation Association STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group, and is currently the chair of the executive board.

Sarah MacGillivray

Project Associate, STELAR Center

Sarah MacGillivray is a project associate with Education Development Center (EDC) in Waltham, Massachusetts. As a member of the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center team, she provides technical assistance to Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects, manages communications for the center, and is the frequent host of webinars on topics of interest to the greater STEM education community. Sarah supports a variety of federally funded projects in improving access to high-quality educational opportunities for all students.

Sonia Koshy

Director of Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning

Sonia Koshy is director of measurement, evaluation, and learning at the Kapor Center, working across focus areas to help evaluate the impact of programs and initiatives and communicate outcomes to the community. Sonia is a developmental psychologist, researcher, and evaluator, with a PhD in child development from Tufts University. Sonia previously worked at Algorhythm, a start-up that creates automated reporting for the social sector. There, she laid the research foundation for the organization’s Youth Development Impact Learning System and provided evaluation services to key clients, such as Youth INC, Literacy Inc., and the IKEA Foundation.

Amy Grack Nelson

Evaluation and Research Manager

Amy Grack Nelson conducts evaluation and research on a wide range of informal science education (ISE) experiences, including kids’ science podcasts, science festivals, public participation in scientific research projects, and science museum exhibits and programs. She is also involved with a number of projects focused on the development and validation of shared tools to improve the capacity of the ISE field to evaluate common outcomes. Grack Nelson has a PhD in quantitative methods in education, with a concentration on evaluation; a master’s in evaluation studies, with a minor in museum studies; and a master’s of environmental education—all from the University of Minnesota.

Michael Harnar

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation

Michael has a Ph.D. in evaluation and applied research methods from Claremont Graduate University and has worked for more than 14 years in the evaluation discipline. He teaches in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in evaluation program at Western Michigan University. Dr. Harnar has worked on evaluation projects as diverse as educational programs for underserved minorities, community college program review and planning for accreditation, railroad safety programs, community-focused non-profit capacity building, program and curriculum development for online graduate education, and youth participatory evaluations. His research interests include evaluation quality assurance, evaluating social impact, evaluation and the sustainable development goals, and evaluation use.

Ouen Hunter

Ph.D. Student and Thrugood Marshall Fellow

Ouen has a Master of Science in Biostatistics and Master of Social Work. Currently, she is pursuing the Interdisciplinary Philosophy of Doctorate in Evaluation at Western Michigan University. Her training from statistics and social work allow her to take either a quantitative, a qualitative, or a mixed-method approach. Ouen has completed evaluations on youth programs, workforce development, minority business leaders, urban farming, and arts and culture.

Anne Cosby

Research and Evaluation Associate

Anne Cosby, research and evaluation associate with Magnolia Consulting, supports various evaluation studies through survey management, data collection, database development and management, and report writing. Additionally, she creates infographics and other information displays, and co-facilitates infographic workshops around the country. Anne is passionate about conducting meaningful research and evaluation studies across a wide range of social impact areas and has a background in social work.

Molly Henschel

Research and Evaluation Associate

Molly Henschel, researcher and evaluator with Magnolia Consulting, supports an array of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies. Molly has extensive experience in proposal planning and design, instrument development, recruitment, implementation, data collection and management, analysis, report writing, and communicating findings using data visualization. Her research and evaluation interests span a wide range of areas and include educational inequity, curriculum research and evaluation, professional development, professional learning communities, and STEM education.

Elizabeth Peery

Research and Evaluation Associate

Elizabeth Peery, researcher and evaluator with Magnolia Consulting, has six years of experience evaluating several National Science Foundation-funded Advanced Technological Education projects in Virginia. She typically supports these projects through data collection, database development and management, survey design and management, data analysis, and reporting. Her educational experience includes in-depth training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and research methodologies.

Stacey Sexton


Stacey Sexton is an evaluator with SageFox Consulting Group. For the past five years, they have worked on educational assessment, with a particular focus on student learning outcomes assessment. Stacey is particularly interested in projects that examine the student transition from K-12 to postsecondary education and projects that have the potential to positively impact the most marginalized student populations. Stacey approaches their work with a firm commitment to the principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice, and it is their belief that well-done evaluations are critical to moving educational practice forward to reflect these principles. Outside of work, you are likely to find Stacey doing some form of political organizing. Stacey also enjoys gardening, hiking, and taking pictures of their dog.

Faye R. Jones

Senior Research Associate

Faye R. Jones is a research associate at Florida State University’s College of Communication & Information. Her research interests include STEM student outcomes and the exploration of student pathways through Institutional Research (IR) platforms.

Marcia A. Mardis

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Research

Marcia A. Mardis is an associate professor and assistant dean at Florida State University’s College of Communication & Information. Her research centers on educational informatics, especially professional identity in technician education.

Kevin Cooper

PI of RCNET and Dean of Advanced Technology at IRSC

Kevin Cooper is the dean of advanced technology at Indian River State College, where he leads academic programs in engineering, computer science, and digital media. In addition, he is responsible for economic development and grant divisions of the college, which includes service as principal investigator of the NSF center RCNET, focused on creating a national nuclear technician pipeline.

Karl Kapp

Professor of Instructional Technology

Karl Kapp, Ed.D., is a professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an external evaluator on several National Science Foundation grants and is currently a researcher on a National Institutes of Health grant investigating methods to help childcare workers detect child abuse.

Cherie Avent

Doctoral Candidate

Cherie Avent is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in the Department of Educational Research Methodology, concentrating in program evaluation. Throughout her doctoral studies, she has served as a graduate research assistant on various education evaluation projects, including those for a grant between the U.S. Department of Education and UNCG, titled Transforming Teaching Through Technology, and for a grant between the National Science Foundation and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, titled Hierarchical Nanomanufacturing. Her experiences as an evaluator, coupled with previous teaching experience, have informed her research foci of social justice, language and communication, and STEM educational evaluation context.

Candiya Mann

Senior Research Manager

Candiya Mann is the independent evaluator for several National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees across multiple programs, including 10 Advanced Technology Education (ATE) centers and projects. She specializes in K-16 education and youth workforce issues and has conducted evaluations for clients including the US Department of Labor, Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, United Way, school districts, community-based organizations, and workforce development agencies. Mann served on the advisory group for the NSF ATE Evaluation Community of Practice. She is a senior research manager with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University, where she has spent over 18 years.

Terryll Bailey

Founder and President

Terryll Bailey is founder and president of The Allison Group in Seattle, Washington. The consulting firm specializes in workforce development research and evaluation. With over 20 years of experience, Bailey is the external evaluator for many National Science Foundation projects and centers across multiple programs—including Advanced Technological Education, S-STEM, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions—as well as not-for-profit foundations. The Allison Group has a collaborative approach to evaluation, with the goal of integrating evaluative thinking and activities into the project to focus on evidence of impact on individuals and organizations.

Ken Walz

CREATE Energy Center Principal investigator

Dr. Ken Walz has taught science, engineering, and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College since 2003. He conducted his doctoral research with the University of Wisconsin and Argonne National Laboratory, and is an alumnus of the Academies Creating Teacher Scientists program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Walz has been recognized as Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and as the Energy Educator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. He has served as a project director and principal investigator for multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. departments of education, energy, and state.

LeAnn Brosius


The Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) conducts program evaluations of both large and small-scale projects for a broad range of clientele in educational institutions, governmental agencies, and foundations. Established in 2000 and affiliated with Kansas State University’s College of Education, OEIE has a wide depth of evaluation experience and expertise, including projects within the fields of agriculture, engineering, public health, education, and workforce development. Through years of experience, our office has gained expertise in evaluation design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data collection, analysis and reporting, as well as the incorporation of technology into evaluation.

Adam Cless

Evaluation Assistant

The Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) conducts program evaluations of both large and small-scale projects for a broad range of clientele in educational institutions, governmental agencies, and foundations. Established in 2000 and affiliated with Kansas State University’s College of Education, OEIE has a wide depth of evaluation experience and expertise, including projects within the fields of agriculture, engineering, public health, education, and workforce development. Through years of experience, our office has gained expertise in evaluation design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data collection, analysis and reporting, as well as the incorporation of technology into evaluation.

Cynthia Williams

Editor and Project Manager

Cynthia Williams is an editor and project manager at Dragonfly Editorial and owner of Style Sheets Editorial Services. She previously worked at Public Citizen, Georgia Health Policy Center, and Louisiana State University Press. Cynthia earned a master of public administration (with a program evaluation emphasis) from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and was in the 2008–2009 cohort of the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship. She helps researchers and policy analysts communicate effectively, contribute to research, and empower communities.

David Keyes


David Keyes has over a decade of experience conducting research and evaluation. He has led the Mexican Migration Field Research and Training Program at the University of California, San Diego; conducted evaluation work as part of the Oregon Community Foundation research team; and served as a data visualization consultant to other researchers and evaluators. In recent years, David has also trained evaluators (and others) to use R—the most powerful tool for data analysis and visualization—as the founder of R for the Rest of Us.

Aeron Zentner

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

Aeron Zentner’s background consists of over a decade of research, business intelligence, strategy, and development in public higher education and in business sectors. His educational credentials include a doctor of business administration, with an emphasis in strategy and innovation; two master of science degrees; and nine professional certificates. He currently serves as the dean of institutional effectiveness (e.g., research, evaluation, planning, grant development) at Coastline College in Southern California. He is also a part-time lecturer of business law, supply chain management, and data analytics. He has led the completion of over 5,000 research projects and has over 50 research publications.

Keith Sturges

ATE Evaluation Coach

Dr. Sturges has served as a program evaluator for 26 years, focusing much of his attention on programs aimed at adult professional learning and career transitions. Since 2009, he has served as president of Indikus Evaluation and Planning, where he is the technical director for evaluation projects funded by the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and several state education agencies. Recently, he led three large-scale external program evaluations of community and technical college initiatives that were designed to prepare adults in healthcare and manufacturing fields. Currently, he directs evaluations for NSF-funded rural STEM and ATE projects.

Lola Adedokun

ATE Evaluation Coach

Lola Adedokun is currently a senior evaluation specialist in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. From 2009-2015, she served as an evaluation specialist for Purdue University’s Discovery and Learning Research Center where she developed and implemented research and evaluation plans for more than sixteen P-20 STEM education programs. Lola’s primary interests focus on the complexity of designs and measurement in program evaluation. Her previous work and publications have employed advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling and meta-analysis) to understand the processes and conditions under which STEM education interventions achieve their expected outcomes.

Mark Dempsey

Assistant Director

Mark Dempsey joined Collin College and the National Convergence Technology Center in 2012. As assistant director, Mark coordinates logistics for multiple events on campus and off-site, manages the collection and reporting of grant impact evidence, and supervises a community of 70+ educational institutions nationwide that shares resources and best practices. Prior to Collin College, he worked at UCLA Extension helping coordinate domestic and international seminars and special events. For several years, Mark also served as a co-instructor for the UCLA Extension capstone class “The Business of Hollywood,” using role-playing to explore strategies of film financing and negotiation.

Laura Waldman

Director of Evaluation

Laura serves as the Director of the Evaluation Team at Thomas P. Miller & Associates and is responsible for leading evaluation projects for a variety of clients across the country. Laura partners with her clients to ensure that each evaluation project is customized to their unique needs, that findings are programmatically relevant, and that the results from the evaluations are useful and articulate a program’s impact.  Laura has trained programs across the country on best practices and practical solutions for challenges to achieving high-quality data and program evaluations.

Ada Haynes

Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning

Ada Haynes is a professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning (CAIL) at Tennessee Technological University. She is also an independent evaluator on NSF STEM grants focusing on improving student learning and faculty development from multiple NSF divisions, including ATE. Over the past 20 years she has worked on assessing and improving critical thinking, including serving as the co-PI on three NSF grants to develop, refine, and disseminate the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT) and to establish the CAIL center.

George Chitiyo

Professor of Educational Research and Evaluation

George Chitiyo is a Professor of Educational Research and Evaluation at Tennessee Tech University. He teaches courses in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. In addition to the several educational and health programs he works with, he also evaluates several projects funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), including in Advanced Technological Education (ATE).

Andrea Goldfien

Coordinator in Educational Leadership

Andrea Goldfien coordinates the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. Her own doctoral research examined ATE-funded programs focused on increasing access to STEM careers for underrepresented populations and under-prepared students in community colleges. Her research interests are faculty collaboration, leadership, and culture change in institutions and programs. She began as a research biologist before entering a career in education, policy and evaluation. Dr. Goldfien seeks to support institutional change that increases access to STEM.

David Reider

Principal Partner

David Reider is principal partner of Education Design, an educational consulting firm in Boston specializing in program evaluation for K–12 and post-secondary projects in STEM and arts education. For over 20 years he has led evaluations for projects supported by NSF, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Dept of Education, and private foundations. He has evaluated ATE projects since 2009. He’s currently working on Mentoring New Data Pathways, a follow-up extension to Creating Pathways for Big Data Careers, developing data pathway courses for technical colleges in multiple states.

Don Glass

Developmental Evaluator

Don Glass, PhD is a DC-based visual artist, learning designer, and developmental evaluator. His work focuses on the integration of inclusive arts curriculum design and developmental evaluation strategies into the ongoing professional development of educators in and outside of schools. He has held positions at the Kennedy Center, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Monica McGill

CEO and President

Monica McGill, Ed.D., is a computer scientist who has worked in industry, government, and academia. She recently established as a nonprofit to improve K–12 computer science education for all children by enabling and disseminating exemplary evidence-driven research, with a focus on identifying culturally relevant, promising practices and transforming student learning. Her work involves the Computer Science Education Research Resource Center, which houses over 150 searchable survey instruments, many with evidence of reliability and validity, for free usage by education researchers. She also serves as a researcher and evaluator across several projects that focus on K–12 computer science and cybersecurity education.

Tashera Gale

Director of Evaluation Services

Tashera Gale, PhD, serves as director of evaluation services at Higher Ed Insight. She is a passionate social science researcher who employs asset-based approaches and culturally responsive practices, appreciating and leveraging the capital that exists within diverse populations. Her research centers STEM academic and career pathways for groups disproportionately underrepresented across these disciplines. As a critical scholar, Dr. Gale identifies permeating systemic disparities hindering equitable outcomes for marginalized groups, and highlights techniques to counter their impacts. She advocates for equity and inclusion, both of which are central to her engagements in scholarship and service.


Jeffrey Hillman

Doctoral Associate

Jeffrey holds a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis on Nonprofit Administration. His education continues as a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PH.D. in Evaluation program at W.M.U. Prior to completing his MPA, he spent 23 years as a prehospital medical practitioner and educator with expertise in Emergency Management. As an evaluator, he has worked as a co-investigator of a long-term anti-poverty program and a mental health and drug rehab support program. He is currently a co-primary investigator of a health equity program administered by a regional health system in West Michigan.

Ann Emery

Data Visualization Designer

Ann K. Emery is an internationally acclaimed speaker who equips organizations to get their data out of dusty spreadsheets and into real-world conversations.

Each year, she delivers over 50 keynotes, workshops, and webinars with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.

She has been invited to speak in more than 30 states and 10 countries; more than 3,700 people have enrolled in her online training academy; and she has consulted to more than 150 organizations, including the United Nations and Centers for Disease Control.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from George Mason University.

Valerie Marshall

Project Manager

Valerie has served as a project manager at The Evaluation Center since August 2019. In this role, Valerie works on a variety of local, state, and federally funded evaluation and research projects, including EvaluATE. She is also a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. Prior to The Evaluation Center, Valerie worked on research and evaluation projects focused on behavioral health, homelessness and poverty, and social policy in both private and non-profit sectors.

Holly Connell


Holly Connell is a senior research and evaluation assistant for the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) at Kansas State University. She provides support for a wide range of evaluation projects and evaluation teams. She received an M.P.H. in community and behavioral health with an emphasis in health policy and a B.S. in health and human physiology from The University of Iowa.
Holly has expertise in data collection and analysis, project coordination, and reporting on data outcomes. She has experience in working with diverse stakeholder groups, facilitating project implementation and evaluation, and providing written and visual summary reports.

Allison Teeter

Assistant Director

Allison Teeter is OEIE’ assistant director for strategic initiatives and development. She provides strategic direction for securing funding to sustain OEIE activities and leads teams to collaborate with clients in the creation of logic models, evaluation plans, and other research and evaluation proposal materials. Allison also leads evaluation teams for a variety of projects focusing on research and extension capacity building, workforce development, and broadening participation. These projects involve collaboration across multiple institutions, states, and disciplines.

Allison earned a Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in social research methods from Kansas State University.

Jacob Schreiber

Instructor of Clinical Medical Education

Jacob Schreiber holds an MA in Applied Anthropology. He is an Instructor of Clinical Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. There, he teaches courses in social research methods and manages course and faculty evaluations across the MD curriculum. Jacob is also currently working towards an EdD with a focus in Educational Psychology.

Cha-Chi Fung

Vice-Chair of the Department of Medical Education

Dr. Cha-Chi Fung has a PhD in Educational Psychology. She is one of the Vice-Chairs of the Department of Medical Education at Keck School of Medicine of USC. She directs the research arm of the Master of Academic Medicine degree program in the department and her area of expertise lies in methodologies related to medical student performance assessment.