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Leadership

Jane Reisman
Sarah Stachowiak
Marshall Brumer
Lovely Dhillon

Consultants

Jenn Beyers
Marc Bolan
Wendy Church
Cameron Clark
Anne Gienapp
Leonor Robles
Paula Rowland

Project Support

Sara Afflerback
Emily Boardman
Joel Gutierrez
Mel Howlett
Jim Sluga

Administration

Heidi Brown
Shelley Dillon

Consultants

Jenn Beyers, PhD
Senior Associate
jbeyers@organizationalresearch.com

Jenn comes to ORS with a strong foundation of work promoting positive youth development. Jenn received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she focused on child and adolescent psychology and researched neighborhood influences on parenting and youth behavior. As a post doctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and a research scientist at the University of Washington, she honed her skills in the analysis of complex data sets and published widely on the influence of families, communities, and culture on youth development. Jenn left academia to do evaluation research at Casey Family Programs (CFP), where she served as the lead evaluator for the Powerful Families program, a family-strengthening program for low-income families comprised of three 9-week curricula aimed at increasing parents' financial literacy, advocacy, and leadership skills and behaviors. Jenn also worked with a wide range of stakeholders to design and implement a process evaluation of the multi-agency collaborations aimed at improving services for kinship families and youth transitioning out of the foster care system in which CFP's regional field offices are engaged.

Jenn lives in Columbia City with her husband, two young boys, and cat. An immigrant from New Jersey, Jenn is completely enamored of the Pacific Northwest and hopes to resume snowboarding and hiking more than a mile when the boys grow up a bit. In the mean time she enjoys the region through eating local food and drink with friends.




Marc Bolan, PhD
Affiliated Senior Associate
marc.bolan@comcast.net

Marc is an independent evaluation consultant who has worked with numerous non-profit agencies, government organizations and funders/foundations in their efforts to develop evaluation systems that are useful in helping organizations better evaluate and understand their impacts on the populations they serve. He has particular expertise in working with local and community based organizations and coalitions in the development of evaluation tools and data collection instruments, and in understanding how to use data for program development, planning and reporting efforts. Marc has worked with organizations and agencies in the realms of social and human services, environmental education, elementary and secondary education, the arts, substance abuse prevention, and youth development. Marc was an associate at ORS for over ten years prior to launching his independent consulting firm.



Wendy Church, PhD
Special Consultant
wchurch@organizationalresearch.com

Wendy brings over 25 years of diverse corporate, nonprofit and consulting experience to ORS. As a result Wendy’s approach with clients is firmly rooted in real-world application. She started her career at Intel where she learned to eat, sleep and breathe the MBO (management by objectives) approach. Her work there as well as with other international semiconductor organizations included project, people and company-wide program management. She followed these efforts by working as a consultant for Quality Directions, a Chicago-based research firm. While there she took big, messy, real-world data sets and helped biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients turn them into practical next steps.

Most recently Wendy has worked as a nonprofit executive director, and is uniquely suited to understand the challenges of attaining an outcomes focus in both nonprofit organizations and foundations. Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes education, environmental sustainability and global issues. She has co-authored two textbooks on global issues and has published articles and book chapters related to education as well as how to grow data-driven decision making within nonprofit organizations.

Wendy has experience guiding her own organizations through Theory of Change and outcomes-based planning. She brings this experience into play with clients by helping them bring order to chaos, clarify their issues and prioritize their solutions. Her work in this area has led to coaching engagements by organizations such as Seattle’s Social Enterprise Group, where she helped emerging social enterprises create their business plans and focus their strategies.

Wendy holds a Masters of Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, where she focused on nonprofit management and market research. She was a GAAN Fellow at Oregon State University where she earned her PhD in Bioresource Engineering. Wendy also holds a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering (think Space Shuttle tiles, not dishware) from the University of Washington.

Wendy has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the middle east, Africa and Japan. She lives with her partner and their furry superior commanders in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, where she enjoys mountain biking, organic gardening and fantasy football.




Cameron Clark, MPA
Associate
cclark@organizationalresearch.com

Cameron joined ORS in 2011 and brings a strong background in advocacy, public administration, and policy analysis to his consulting perspective. He enjoys the mission-oriented work of ORS’s clients and is motivated by the people and causes they serve.

Cameron holds an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs, an MAIS from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and a BA in History from Connecticut College with a foci on evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis, management and economics. He carries a broad spectrum of professional experiences from working as a homeless advocate and public housing planner in Boston to working with a community development foundation in Guatemala. While in graduate school, Cameron conducted analysis and research for the Evans Policy Analysis and Research Group, and completed an evaluation and strategic plan for an emerging agricultural marketing NGO in Uttarakhand, India. As a capstone degree project for his MAIS degree, he researched and authored an analysis of the shifting dynamics and corporatization of the Fair Trade Coffee industry.

The Portland, Maine native currently lives with his wife Julie in Capitol Hill along with their dog Teddy. In his free time, he can be found enjoying the mountains, playing soccer, and avidly following Boston sports teams.




Anne Gienapp, MPA
Affiliated Senior Associate
agienapp@organizationalresearch.com

Anne's experience in evaluation design, data collection and qualitative and quantitative analysis make her a dynamic and effective evaluation coach whether she's facilitating outcome-based strategic planning or conducting trainings on program evaluation. Clients appreciate her knack for demystifying the evaluation process and helping them see its relevance. Anne has helped guide theory of change development and evaluation design for several organizations and partnerships. Additionally, Anne has helped develop coaching and training materials in outcomes-based planning and evaluation including theory of change, use of data for strengthening programs, evaluation of influence and leverage outcomes, and evaluation of advocacy and policy change efforts.

With a keen sensitivity to the purposes of evaluation and the contexts in which organizations do their work, Anne is able to guide programs selection of effective data collection approaches that are both respectful and practical. One of Anne's current projects is an evaluation of an early childhood home visiting program serving low-income refugee and immigrant families.

Anne has helped guide dozens of community-based programs to develop capacity on their outcome-measurement systems and improve their sustainability. Prior to joining ORS in 1999, Anne managed a statewide evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention programs funded by the Washington State Department of Health.

Anne has extensive experience in the arenas of children and family services, early care and education, youth development and community development. Anne holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In her spare time, the Chicago native likes to hike, bike, swim, ski, cook or read aloud to her two daughters.




Leonor Robles, MPA
Associate
lrobles@organizationalresearch.com

Leonor joined ORS in 2012. She brings a diverse set of skills from a variety of fields and is motivated by the power of evaluation and strategic learning to maximize impact and ultimately, to change lives.

As the daughter of a school social worker and immigrant rights activist, issues of economic and social justice have always been at her core. Leonor earned a BA in American Ethnic Studies from Colorado College and spent time working to help bridge the cultural gap between schools and migrant students and families, then later as youth advocate and union organizer. In Chicago, she worked for a strategy and design firm, gaining valuable business savvy and marketing skills, but ultimately left in search of work that more closely aligned with her social justice foundation. She earned an MPA with a focus in international development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and began consulting with various nonprofits to strengthen their knowledge and capacity around evaluation. This included an eight-month stretch in La Paz, Bolivia where she worked with local staff to develop an M&E plan for a project with CARE. In 2010, Leonor traded the sun of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was living, for the clouds of Seattle to work on a project in India’s microfinance sector. She ended up falling in love with the eco-friendly Pacific Northwest and decided to stay.

Leonor is a first generation Mexican American who grew up in Topeka, KS, and loves to spend every possible moment outside when the weather is nice and eat up whatever goodies her fiancé is creating in the kitchen when it’s not. She speaks Spanish, thoroughly enjoys anything science related, and loves to travel.




Paula Rowland, PhD
Senior Associate
prowland@organizationalresearch.com

Paula Rowland joined ORS in 2011. She brings a unique blend of skills with nonprofits, cultural competence from working cross-culturally, and experience as a program evaluation consultant to improve education, health and social programs at community, state, national and international levels. After working as an independent consultant while raising her family, she is excited about joining the ORS team because she loves to be around people and thinks more creatively in a buzz of activity.

Paula grew up in Mexico City, leaving the bustling metropolis to attend college North Carolina. She has always been passionate about issues of poverty so with a newly minted degree in Nutrition and a heart full of idealism, she set out on a trip around the world that included a year on the Thai Cambodian border volunteering in refugee camps. Wanting to have greater impact on the global problems she was witnessing, she went to UCLA for a M.P.H. in International Health and a Ph.D. in Comparative International Education, doing research among rural communities in Mexico and Paraguay in the process. Marrying her husband John and having three children slowed down the travel a bit but not completely. With two toddlers in tow, she and her husband spent time volunteering in a rural hospital in Kenya and several years later, with 3 school-aged children, lived on a hospital ship off the coast of West Africa. Since 2000, she has been involved in running a Seattle-based nonprofit that helps women in developing countries gain access to clean water, education and income opportunities. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived and volunteered in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Her hobbies include people of all sorts and travel to anywhere.




Project Consultants
(Team members on a project by project basis)

Garrison Kurtz
Janette Moreno
Janna Rolland
Troy Ruemping
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