SERC evaluation specialist from November 2011-2012. I have been in the field of evaluation since 1993, and prior to coming to Carleton, owned an independent consulting business that specialized in outcome-based, utilization-focused program evaluation for government and human service agencies. As a proponent of participatory evaluation methods, I have guided a wide variety of audiences through the evaluation process, from developing logic models, to designing data collection and measurement tools, to communication of data findings. Some of my recent projects included evaluation, data management and reporting for Community Corrections in Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Counties, and Olmsted County Child and Family Services (Children's Mental Health, Child Protective Services, Parent Support and Adolescent Behavioral Health).
I have a special interest in working with members of diverse communities to improve access to health care, social services and education. Last summer I volunteered with the New Sudan American Hope and Alliance for Chicano, Hispanic and Latin Americans partnership to run a summer college access camp for 32 Sudanese and Latino Rochester teens. It was a challenge but lots of fun! I have three children, a dog, two cats and a husband (not necessarily in that order). We love to travel especially internationally, when there is time and money.
I am excited to be part of SERC and work in a collaborative setting with lots of smart, enthusiastic colleagues. As a life-long learner who strives to be creative and innovative, I look forward to sharing my evaluation skills while continuing to expand my knowledge base and professional competencies.
EducationVirginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA - Business Administration, M.S., 1986
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Psychology (Sociology Minor), B.A. 1981