Our Team, Your Partners
Kristen Donovan, Ph.D.
As President and Principal Consultant of EVALCORP, Kristen assists agencies in determining current and future needs, measuring the impacts of programs and initiatives, and providing planning and development services for maximized effectiveness.
Kristen began her career as an internal evaluator for county and state government where she not only assessed the impacts of numerous government funded programs, but also became acutely aware of the complex environments in which programs and public policy originate. She maintains decades of subject matter expertise in the fields of mental health, criminal justice, public health, education, children’s services, and organizational development. She brings her pragmatic, utilization-focused and empowerment-centered approach to her love of evaluation, strategic planning, and needs assessment work – and is humbled by the incredible work EVALCORP’s clients engage in on a daily basis.
Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology – Loyola University Chicago
M.A. in Applied Social Psychology – Loyola University Chicago
B.A. in Psychology with Business Administration Minor – St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Dustin Anderson, Ph.D.
As Program Manager at EVALCORP, Dustin manages numerous project teams to maximize programmatic impact through evaluation across the fields of early childhood education, mental health, tobacco control, and substance use prevention. Dustin is a seasoned psychometrician and is integral to the creation and validation of data collection methods across multiple fields. Dustin develops evaluation plans, oversees data collection and analysis, and develops “client-friendly” deliverables. In addition to client project work, Dustin also supports administrative and operational activities including professional development.
Before joining EVALCORP, Dustin worked in K-12 education as a secondary math teacher, a school leadership coach, and an Assistant Project Director of a large federally funded school improvement initiative. He brings passion and expertise in organizational leadership, school leadership, and research transparency to EVALCORP. Dustin uses these passions to empower clients toward increased levels of “evaluation culture” and capacity to best reflect the amazing impacts they are having throughout their communities.
Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement & Research – Western Michigan University
M.A. in Educational Leadership – Western Michigan University
B.A in Mathematics Education – Western Michigan University
Marcus Gayton, M.I.S./B.A., B.S.A.
As EVALCORP’s Business Analyst, Marcus implements and supports business process improvements firmwide, ranging from enhanced technology and software to BI and AI tools to optimize internal and day-to-day operations. Marcus brings years of experience working as a business analyst for government agencies – automating processes, improving workflow, and assessing departmental opportunities to increase overall effectiveness and efficiencies.
Before joining EVALCORP, Marcus worked as a telecommunications manager where he increased customer service levels and satisfaction following a 14-year career in the United States Marine Corps.
Education and Credentials
M.I.S./B.A. in Information Systems with Business Analytics minor – University of Phoenix
B.S.A. in Accounting with Taxation Minor – University of Phoenix
Six Sigma certification – Green Belt
Google Guru certification
Kaggle certifications in Data Science
Diane Talo, M.S., M.A.
As Operations Director and Project Manager at EVALCORP, Diane is responsible for overseeing effective operating procedures across the organization including review of company documents, support of communication, and productivity leadership. Diane has a proven track record of leading high performing teams in the development of long-term operational strategies and implementation of systems of support to achieve organizational objectives. In addition to operational support, Diane provides professional learning, consultation, and professional coaching, as well as supporting project leads and research associates as they deliver high quality deliverables for clients.
Prior to joining the EVALCORP team, Diane worked as Director of Instructional Leadership, as well as in multiple business segments including continuous improvement, homeless and bilingual education, state and federal programs, and K-12 school administration. Additionally, Diane served as Coordinator for a large federally-funded school renewal grant and brings a rich background of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership.
M.A. in School Leadership and Secondary Education – Grand Valley State University
M.S. in Counseling – California State University, Long Beach
M.A. in Psychology – California State University, Long Beach
Ryan Brunton, Ph.D.
Ryan assists on project teams to support evaluation activities across the fields of mental health and education. As a Research Associate II, Ryan conducts quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses, creates data collection tools, and develops actionable reports and other project deliverables. Ryan has over three years of experience in project and quality management and over seven years of experience in research design, evaluation, and data analysis. His research and methodological consulting experience span a wide variety of contexts, including basic and applied research, quantitative and qualitative methods, and includes work in the fields of mental health, cognitive psychology, higher education, gender studies, meta-science, and microbiology.
In addition, Ryan has taught university courses in applied statistics, research methods, and social psychology. His content expertise includes statistics, psychology of science, feminist methodology, and judgment and decision making.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Psychology – Miami University
M.S. in Statistics – Miami University
M.A. in Psychology – Miami University
B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics – Michigan State University
B.S. in Psychology – Michigan State University
Anthony Clairmont, Ph.D.
Anthony works on project teams to collect and analyze client data sets across the fields of mental health, tobacco control, community health and substance use prevention. As a Research Associate II, Anthony develops evaluation and data analysis plans, designs and administers data collection tools (e.g., surveys, focus group items, and stakeholder interview protocols), and conducts quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses. An experienced psychometrician, Anthony focuses on the theory and technique of psychological measurement concerning skills and knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, clinical constructs, and mental health issues.
Before joining EVALCORP, Anthony taught courses in educational theory, linguistics, and social justice at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has published research articles and book chapters in the areas of measurement, validity, data quality, and the process by which people learn to interpret data representations.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Education – University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. in Education – University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. in French Language and Culture – Middlebury College
B.A. in Philosophy – Sewanee: The University of The South
Kelly Goods, Ph.D.
Kelly consults on project teams in the field of early childhood education and child development. As a Senior Consultant, Kelly brings her more than 15 years of experience in research and mixed-methods assessment in the field of child development and psychology to inform evaluation planning and design, data collection tool creation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report writing and presentation of evaluation findings to diverse stakeholder groups.
In addition to her work at EVALCORP, Kelly spends her time in academia as a Guest Lecturer, and most recently, as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA.
Ph.D in Education – University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in Psychology – University of California, Los Angeles
Rae brings over 20 years of municipal and county government experience to EVALCORP, specializing in substance use prevention, mental health, and community health promotion. As a Senior Consultant, Rae supports projects focused on policy development, multiagency collaboration, innovative community partnerships, data report cards, and system-level change initiatives.
While serving as mayor and eight-year councilmember in Ojai, California, Rae advanced the county’s first Social Host Ordinance to reduce youth alcohol use and launched an interagency taskforce to enhance substance use prevention strategies. She has supported numerous youth substance use prevention projects from data- and community informed perspectives and brings decades of experience in environmental prevention to our work.
Attended Loyola University Chicago
A.A. in Liberal Studies – Ventura College
Ian Jantz, Ph.D.
Ian lends his data analysis expertise on complex projects across the fields of criminal justice and substance use prevention. As a Senior Data Analyst, Ian designs and manages complex data systems with datasets often exceeding millions of cases. He also provides expertise and technical support for intricate data analysis, and is EVALCORP’s ‘go to’ when It comes to large, messy administrative datasets.
As an industry thought leader, Ian has published nearly a dozen academic and professional reports on approaches to reentry, recidivism, drug use prevention, addiction treatment, foster care placement, child welfare research, and HIV risk behavior. Additionally, Ian holds accreditation from the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management as a Certified Court Manager.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Social Work – University of Illinois at Chicago
MSW – University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. in Psychology – San Francisco State University
B.A. in Psychology – University of Tennessee
Sally Lee, M.P.H.
Sally works on project teams as a Research Assistant to help with program evaluation and data collection in the fields of early childhood development and mental health. As a Project Assistant, Sally helps develop evaluation and research plans, assists with data collection tools (e.g., surveys, focus group items, and stakeholder interview protocols), and helps develop accessible deliverables. In addition to client project work, Sally also supports our Development Team with marketing campaigns, digital marketing, and proposal writing.
Before joining EVALCORP, Sally specialized in marketing and public health, with her previous work including digital health communication, non-profit, and substance abuse prevention.
M.P.H. – University of Southern California
B.A. in Psychology – Johns Hopkins University
Breena Li, M.A.
Breena assists on project teams to help with data collection and program evaluation activities. As a Project Assistant, Breena conducts literature reviews, performs quantitative and qualitative data entry and analyses, supports data collection activities (e.g., coordinating, scheduling, and taking notes of focus groups and interviews), and develops user-friendly reports and other project deliverables.
Breena has experience in econometrics and income fluctuations, and prior to joining EVALCORP, worked as a graduate assistant at California State University, Long Beach.
M.A. in Economics – California State University, Long Beach
B.A. in Economics – University of California, Riverside
Elyse Minchen, M.A.
Elyse works on project teams to support evaluation activities across the fields of early childhood development, education, and family services. As a Research Assistant, Elyse administers data collection tools (e.g., surveys, focus group items, and stakeholder interview protocols), conducts quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses, and develops user-friendly reports and other project deliverables.
As a detail-oriented social scientist, Elyse has previously worked as both a research assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Arizona, with a research focus on health and inequality.
M.A. in Sociology – University of Arizona
B.A. in Sociology – University of Oklahoma
Lyn Paleo, Ph.D.
As a Senior Consultant, Lyn brings her more than 30 years of experience in program evaluation, applied research, program design and implementation, training and technical assistance, and non-profit fiscal administration. Her skills in conventional quasi-experimental designs to community-based participatory approaches informs evaluation design and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
Before consulting at EVALCORP, Lyn taught graduate-level courses on evaluation at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley for over a decade.
Ph.D. in Public Health – University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in Public Administration – Harvard
Devan Petersen, M.P.H.
Devan consults on project teams in the fields children’s services (0-5), mental health, criminal justice, and public health. As a Senior Consultant, Devan brings her experience as an epidemiologist and data analyst to assist with all stages of the evaluation process. Additionally, Devan uses her skills in SQL, Python, Tableau and R to assist with extracting, assembling, analyzing, and presenting quantitative data, and specializes in developing data dashboards.
In addition to her work at EVALCORP, Devan is an Epidemiologist with NASA-contracted MEI Technologies on their Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health team. Prior to MEI, Devan worked as a Data Analytics Specialist, Quantitative Research Associate, and Data Analyst for organizations ranging from Baylor College of Medicine to First 5 Los Angeles.
M.P.H.– Indiana University
B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Administration – University of Minnesota
Patrick Pidgeon, M.S.
As a Senior Research Associate, Patrick conducts quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses, creates data collection tools, and develops actionable reports and other project deliverables, and assists on project teams to support evaluation activities across the fields of criminal justice and education. Patrick has more than five years of experience in project and quality management and over eight years of experience in research design, evaluation, and data analysis. His research and evaluation experience span a wide variety of contexts, including basic and applied research, quantitative and qualitative methods, and includes work in the fields of youth development, child welfare, juvenile justice, criminal justice, and education.
As a former Senior Technical Program Evaluator and Research Associate, Patrick’s managed complex, multi-site evaluation projects; maximized social return on investment by deploying evidence-based strategies with an equity lens; and has excelled leading diverse, collaborative teams.
M.S. in Sport Psychology – Ithaca College
B.A. in Psychology – SUNY Cortland
Tronie Rifkin, Ph.D.
As a Senior Consultant, Tronie brings her more than 20 years of experience as an applied researcher and statistician. Tronie’s expertise in all aspects of evaluation and research design, instrument development, quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis, and report writing enable her to easily address program evaluation challenges and provide useful information for program improvement and decision-making.
Tronie consults on project teams in the fields of public health, mental health, education, and children’s services (0-5). Additionally, Tronie specializes in statistics and large volumes of both quantitative and qualitative data. She also spends her time in academia as a Psychology Professor at Los Angeles Community College.
Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Research Methods – University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. in Psychology – California State University, Los Angeles
B.S. in Russian – Georgetown University
Lois Ritter, EdD, M.S., M.A., MS-HCA, P.M.P.
As a Senior Research Consultant at EVALCORP, Lois works on mental health and criminal justice projects leading the creation of data collection tools, analyzes data, writes reports, and disseminates findings to diverse stakeholder groups. Additionally, Lois teaches in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Nevada Reno and holds an EdD in Learning and Instruction from the University of San Francisco, as well as an MS-HCA in Health Care Administration, MA in Anthropology, and an MS in Health Education.
Prior to joining EVALCORP, Lois worked as a research consultant on national and statewide projects. The topics have included substance misuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, telehealth, teenage pregnancy prevention, and other public health topics. Lois has written evaluation plans, community health needs assessments, community health improvement plans, and IRB applications; developed data collection tools and curriculum; analyzed data; and written reports. She has experience with a variety of data collection methods such as survey development, focus groups, interviews, and observational studies. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and is a published author.
EdD in Learning and Instruction – University of San Francisco
MS-HCA, Health Care Administration – California State University, East Bay
M.A. in Anthropology (Social and Cultural) – California State University, East Bay
M.S. in Health Science (Health Education) – San Francisco State University
B.S. in Human Services Administration – College of Notre Dame
Lorena Roque, M.A.
Lorena brings more than 22 years of experience to EVALCORP with content expertise in criminal justice, substance abuse treatment and prevention, human services, and education, and provides data management on large-scale projects across the fields of criminal justice and substance use prevention. As a Data Manager, Lorena establishes and manages complex databases, provides statistical consultation to clients, and develops actionable recommendations for clients based upon quantitative and qualitative information.
Lorena 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), and holds accreditation from the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management as a Certified Court Manager.
M.A. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Research and Evaluation – Loyola University Chicago
B.A. in Social Ecology (concentration in Psychology and Social Behavior) – University of California, Irvine
B.S. in Social Sciences (concentration in Research and Analytic Methods) – University of California, Irvine
Allison Wallin, Ph.D.
Allison consults on project teams in the field of early childhood education and similar to Kelly, utilizes her time from her work at First 5 Los Angeles as the Evaluation and Learning Manager to inform project work. As a Senior Consultant, Allison brings her more than 15 years of experience in research and evaluation in the field of children’s health and development to inform evaluation design, data collection activities – both qualitative and quantitative, statistical analyses, and interpretation of findings. She is adept at building and facilitating evaluation capacity-building training, as well as making evaluation activities easy and straightforward for clients.
Prior to joining EVALCORP, Allison conducted RCT research to investigate the effectiveness of home-based parenting interventions for at-risk children.
Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Quantitative Methods – University of California, Irvine
B.S. in Psychology – University of Mary Washington
Valerie Wieskamp, Ph.D.
Valerie brings more than 15 years of experience in communication and design consulting to EVALCORP. As Senior Development Consultant, she provides guidance on our printed and digital communication, public outreach, and visual identity. She also provides communication consulting for client reports and publications, presentations, community-facing information, and public education and outreach materials. Valerie has content expertise in criminal justice, education, and gendered violence, and has worked in the nonprofit, private, and higher education sectors.
In addition to her time with EVALCORP, Valerie teaches university classes on communication, persuasion, race, and gender. She regularly presents findings from her research on public advocacy and media at local and national conferences.
Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture – Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A. in Multicultural Communication – DePaul University
B.F.A. in Graphic Design – Iowa State University
Shayla Wilson, M.P.P.
At EVALCORP, Shayla supports our Development Team by assisting with the preparation of evaluation proposals and firm-level marketing activities. For the past three years, Shayla worked as a Project Coordinator for EVALCORP and, as a result, thoroughly understands our signature project cycle. Additionally, she has content experience across the fields of public health, mental health, education, tobacco control, and substance use prevention.
Before her time with EVALCORP, Shayla taught research methods at the University of California, Irvine and worked with the Center of Evidence Based Corrections to evaluate a criminal justice re-entry program in Los Angeles County.
M.P.P. in Public Policy – University of California, Irvine
B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on social inequality – University of California, San Diego
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