EVALCORP Research & Consulting

About Us > Our Team

A Commitment to Service

Our team consists of seasoned professionals who bring content expertise and years of experience to every client project.

Kristen Donovan, Ph.D.
President and Principal Consultant
Dr. Donovan is a social psychologist with over 20 years of applied research, evaluation, training, and consulting experience. As President and Principal Consultant of EVALCORP, Kristen assists public and private sector agencies in determining current and future needs, gathering data through surveys and other applied research methodologies, measuring the impacts of programs and initiatives, and providing planning and development services for maximized effectiveness. In addition to her quantitative and qualitative skills, Kristen maintains experience and content expertise in the fields of prevention, substance abuse treatment, criminal justice, mental health, public health, education, children’s services, and organization development. She is an active member of the American Evaluation Association and Organization Development Network. Kristen is an Evaluation Advisor and Board Member to several nonprofit organizations serving youth in California. She holds M.A. and doctorate degrees in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in Psychology with a Business Administration minor from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She can be reached by sending an email to kdonovan@evalcorp.com.

 

Research Associates and Consultants

Lisa Garbrecht, Ph.D.
Senior Research Consultant
Dr. Garbrecht is an educational psychologist with 15 years of experience as an applied researcher and faculty member, along with four years of clinical experience as a certified substance abuse and mental health counselor with a diverse range of clientele. As a Senior Research Consultant at EVALCORP, Lisa works with public, nonprofit, and private sector agencies on projects in fields such as education, mental health, environmental prevention, early intervention, and treatment. Utilizing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, she collaborates with agencies on strategic planning and implementation, data collection and analysis, and outcome reporting. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Psychology from Arizona State University and her M.A. in Counseling and B.S. in Journalism from Northern Arizona University. She can be reached by sending an email to lgarbrecht@evalcorp.com.

Tronie Rifkin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Consultant
Dr. Rifkin is an evaluation professional with 20 years of experience as an applied researcher and statistician. As a Senior Research Consultant with EVALCORP, Tronie works with public and non-profit agencies in the education and social service sectors and has particular expertise evaluating health, mental health, and community-based programs, as well as educational programs targeting children and youth. She has expertise in all aspects of evaluation and research design, instrument development, quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis, and report writing. Her experience includes implementing successful strategies to address program evaluation challenges, using evaluation techniques that provide useful information for program improvement and decision-making, and analyzing and synthesizing data from multiple sources to identify program outcomes. Tronie earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Research Methods from the University of California Los Angeles, an M.S. in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Russian at Georgetown University. While at the University of California Los Angeles she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Copenhagen. Tronie can be reached by sending an email to trifkin@evalcorp.com.

Lorena Roque, M.A.
Data Manager
Ms. Roque brings 12 years of experience to EVALCORP with content expertise in criminal justice, substance abuse treatment and prevention, human services, and education. As a Data Manager at EVALCORP, Lorena establishes and manages complex databases, provides statistical consultation to clients, and develops actionable recommendations for clients based upon quantitative and qualitative information. She has worked on multiple federally funded projects and regularly presents findings from her work with community-based agencies at local and national conferences. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, American Society of Criminology, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). Lorena holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Social Ecology (with a concentration in psychology and social behavior) and Social Sciences (with a specialization in research and analytic methods) from the University of California at Irvine. Her credentials also include an M.A. in Criminal Justice (with a specialization in research and evaluation) from Loyola University Chicago. She can be reached by sending an email to lroque@evalcorp.com.

Erica Pachmann, M.A.
Research Associate II
Ms. Pachmann is an organizational behavior psychologist with over five years of applied research and evaluation experience working with public, non-profit, and private agencies in the fields of prevention, performance management, organizational development, and health. As a Research Associate II at EVALCORP, Erica collaborates with the team and clients on developing evaluation plans, designing data collection tools, collecting and analyzing data, reporting outcomes, and developing custom communication materials. She maintains expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as database development and management. Erica is a member of the American Evaluation Association. She holds an M.A. degree in Psychology in the field of Organizational Behavior and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. She can be reached by sending an email to epachmann@evalcorp.com.

Rebecca Heilman, M.A.
Research Associate
Ms. Heilman brings experience in applied research, program evaluation, survey methodology, and theories of evaluation to her work as a Research Associate at EVALCORP. Rebecca has interest and expertise in the areas of school-based and afterschool programs, alcohol and other drug prevention initiatives, organizational development, and public policy. She is proficient in quantitative and qualitative analyses, data collection tool development, and report writing in support of numerous client projects. She holds an M.A. degree in Basic and Applied Social Psychology and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and B.S. degree in Psychology from Xavier University. She can be reached by sending an email to rheilman@evalcorp.com.

Hannah Alarian, M.A.
Research Assistant
Ms. Alarian brings experience in program evaluation, statistics, and applied research methods to her work as a Research Assistant at EVALCORP. Hannah maintains content expertise in school-based and afterschool programs, HIV prevention, alcohol and other drug prevention, and public policy. She conducts univariate and multivariate statistical analyses, content analysis, database development and management, data collection tool design, and report writing in support of numerous client projects. She holds an M.A. degree in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and dual bachelor’s degrees (a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Political Science) from Loyola University Chicago. Hannah is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Psychology at University of California, Irvine. She can be reached by sending an email to halarian@evalcorp.com.

Katelyn Finley, M.A.
Research Assistant
Ms. Finley brings experience in applied research methods, program evaluation, and demographic analysis to her work as a Research Assistant at EVALCORP. Katelyn has interest and expertise in the areas of alcohol and drug prevention, criminal justice, and public policy. She analyzes both qualitative and quantitative data, develops and manages databases, and creates reports for a variety of client projects. Katelyn holds an M.A. degree in Demographic and Social Analysis from the University of California, Irvine and dual bachelor’s degrees (a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Politics) from Washington and Lee University. Katelyn is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She can be reached by sending an email to kfinley@evalcorp.com.

Tarana Khan, M.A.
Research Assistant
Tarana is an educational psychologist with an emphasis in academic motivation and achievement. She maintains five years of experience utilizing quantitative and qualitative research methods combined with years of subject matter expertise in the fields of adolescent and undergraduate academic motivation, Eccles’ expectancy-value theory, attribution theory, Dweck’s growth mindset theory, and pattern-centered research methods. She was a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She designed and implemented a longitudinal study with undergraduates at University of California, Irvine assessing the development and change in students’ beliefs about their intelligence mindsets, academic values, expectancies for success, and understanding of the causes of their successes and failures in their courses. In her role as a Project Assistant at EVALCORP, Tarana prepares, processes, and optimizes data for analysis; analyzes quantitative and qualitative data; and designs custom reports on outcomes and key findings for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. She has an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Irvine and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a PhD candidate in Education with a specialization in Human Development at the University of California, Irvine. She is available by email at tkhan@evalcorp.com.

Sabrina Perlman, M.A.
Research Assistant
Sabrina is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in health, gender, and community and international development. She has 6 years of experience with qualitative research methods in community and medical settings around the world. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana, West Africa, where she conducted a study on the cultural and gender aspects of living with diabetes. She has content experience in mental health, public health, domestic violence, developmental disabilities, racial literacy, second language acquisition, and the Deaf community. In her role as a Research Assistant at EVALCORP, Sabrina creates data collection tools, analyzes qualitative and quantitative data, and designs custom reports on outcomes and key findings for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. She has a MA in anthropology from Michigan State University and a BA in cultural anthropology from Vanguard University. She is currently a PhD candidate in medical anthropology at Michigan State University. She is available by email at sperlman@evalcorp.com.

Shayla Wilson, M.P.P. 
Research Assistant
Shayla is a sociologist specializing in policy and evaluation. She holds four years of applied qualitative research experience and subject matter expertise in the fields of criminal justice, victim services, reentry, mental health, and public health. As a Research Assistant at EVALCORP, Shayla develops evaluation and research plans, designs data collection tools (e.g., surveys, focus group items, and stakeholder interview protocols), conducts quantitative and qualitative data analyses, and develops “client friendly” reports of findings. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on social inequality from the University of California, San Diego. She can be reached by sending an email to swilson@evalcorp.com.

Administration and Operations

Valerie Wieskamp, Ph.D.
Communication Manager
Dr. Wieskamp has more than 10 years of experience in communication consulting and graphic design. She has worked in nonprofit, private, and higher education sectors. As Communication Manager, Valerie manages and designs EVALCORP's printed and online communication, public outreach, and visual identity. She also provides communication consulting and design for clients' research publications, presentations, websites, and public outreach. She has content expertise in criminal justice, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and gendered violence. Valerie regularly presents findings from her research on public advocacy and media at local and national conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Indiana University, an M.A. in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. She can be reached at vwieskamp@evalcorp.com.