EVALCORP Research & Consulting

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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

Erica Pachmann, M.A.
Project Director
Ms. Pachmann is an organizational behavior psychologist with over eight 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 Project Director at EVALCORP, Erica leads teams and clients regarding evaluation plan development, designs data collection tools, conducts statistical analyses, reports on outcomes, and develops custom and user-friendly communication materials. She maintains expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies, as well as database development and management. Erica is a long standing 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.

Allison Wallin, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Dr. Wallin is a health and developmental psychologist with over 15 years of experience in research and evaluation. As a Senior Research Consultant, Allison designs evaluation plans, develops data collection tools, conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses, and writes reports. Allison maintains expertise in child development and health, adult and child mental health, consequences of early adversity and trauma, early care and education, and community-based programs. She is experienced in designing and overseeing evaluations, translating evaluation findings into actionable recommendations, constructing user-friendly evaluation reports, and presenting evaluation findings to a variety of stakeholders. Allison earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Quantitative Methods from the University of California Irvine and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. While at the University of California Irvine, Allison received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to support her training and research. She can be reached by sending an email to awallin@evalcorp.com

Tronie Rifkin, Ph.D.
Senior 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.

Rebecca Heilman, M.A.
Research Associate II
Ms. Heilman brings experience in applied research, program evaluation, survey methodology, and theories of evaluation to her work as a Research Associate II at EVALCORP. Rebecca maintains expertise in the fields of school-based and afterschool programs, alcohol and other drug prevention initiatives, HIV prevention, youth development, mental health, 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.

Meagan Kovacs, M.S.
Research Associate
Meagan brings more than five years of experience in public and non-profit agency applied research to her work as a Research Associate at EVALCORP. Meagan maintains expertise in the fields of mental health, developmental psychology, cognitive development, child welfare, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is proficient in quantitative and qualitative analyses, evaluation research study design, data collection, and report writing in support of numerous client projects. She holds an M.S. degree in Psychology from Goldsmiths, University of London and a B.S. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Florida. She can be reached by sending an email to mkovacs@evalcorp.com.

Lorena Roque, M.A.
Data Manager
Ms. Roque brings 15 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.

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.

Sabrina Perlman, M.A.
Research Assistant
Sabrina is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in health, gender, and community and international development. She has six 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 M.A. in anthropology from Michigan State University and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Vanguard University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in medical anthropology at Michigan State University. She is available by email at sperlman@evalcorp.com.

Chris Bromberg, M.A.
Research Assistant
Chris is a social psychologist with expertise in motivation, group dynamics, and brain science—bringing five years of experience with quantitative and qualitative research skills to EVALCORP. As a Research Assistant at EVALCORP, Chris designs custom reports on outcomes and key findings, analyzes qualitative and quantitative data, performs literature reviews, and designs data collection tools (surveys, focus group protocls, key stakeholder interviews). His keen attention to detail, critical thinking skills, and knowledge of statistics is appreciated by clients. Chris holds a M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College. He can be reached by sending an email to cbromberg@evalcorp.com.

Tarana Khan, M.A.
Project 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, attribution 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 assessing 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 Ph.D. candidate in Education with a specialization in Human Development at the University of California, Irvine. She is available by email at tkhan@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.