About Us

People

Leadership

  • James Bell, M.A. Founder and President

    James Bell has more than 40 years of experience designing and directing national program evaluations. He started JBA in 1979 to help programs better serve...

  • Jill Filene, M.P.H. Executive Vice President

    Jill Filene has more than 15 years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and technical assistance. Her areas of expertise include home...

  • James P. DeSantis, Ph.D. Vice President

    James P. DeSantis has nearly 30 years of research, program design, evaluation, technical assistance, and project management experience. His subject expertise...

  • Kate Lyon, M.A. Vice President

    Kate Lyon has 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance. Her areas of expertise...

  • Lina Gong, M.B.A. Vice President of Finance and Administration

    Lina Gong has 20 years of experience in corporate finance, operations management, and federal contracting. She oversees a range of functions...

  • Elyse Kaye In Memoriam

    As one of JBA’s first employees, Elyse Kaye spearheaded JBA’s foray into the child and family services arena. She has more than 30 years of...

Staff

  • Tess Abrahamson-Richards, M.P.H. Senior Research Associate

    Tess Abrahamson-Richards has more than 10 years of experience in early childhood education and public health. A member of the Spokane Tribe in...

  • Pirkko Ahonen, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Pirkko Ahonen has more than 20 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the project director...

  • Grace Atukpawu-Tipton, Ph.D., M.S.W. Senior Research Associate, Equity Director

    Grace Atukpawu-​Tipton has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, evaluation technical assistance, and applied social science research in the...

  • Todd Bartko, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Todd Bartko has more than 25 years of experience in social science research and program administration. He brings to JBA his expertise in applied social science...

  • Dakota Bragato Research Assistant

    Dakota Bragato has a background in social science research and policy analysis, as well as experience in childcare, education, and community...

  • Katie Sacca Brennan, M.P.H. Research Associate

    Katie Sacca Brennan has nearly 10 years of experience monitoring and evaluating maternal and family health and development programs. Her evaluation...

  • Patrice Cachat, M.S.W. Research Associate

    Patrice Cachat has nearly 20 years of experience in child and family services with extensive knowledge in child welfare and protection and child and adolescent...

  • Leah Childress, Ph.D. Research Associate

    Leah Childress has more than 15 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance in diverse content...

  • Terrica Dang Research Assistant

    Terrica Dang has a background in social science research and policy analysis, as well as experience in legal studies, education, and community organizing....

  • Caroline Davis, M.P.H. Research Associate

    Caroline Davis has 10 years of experience in public health and evaluation, including community-based participatory research, program development, and...

  • Joanna DeWolfe, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Joanna DeWolfe has nearly 30 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Her subject...

  • Matthew Frank, M.S.W., M.P.H. Research Associate

    As a research associate for the Tribal Evaluation Institute, Matthew provides technical assistance to grantees of the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early...

  • Anne Fromknecht, M.P.H. Senior Research Associate

    Anne Fromknecht has more than 12 years of experience in applied social science, evaluation, and technical assistance. Her technical skills include project...

  • Erly Garba, M.B.A. Accounting Associate

    Erly Garba has more than 5 years of experience in corporate accounting. At JBA, he supports the finance and administration team on accounts receivables...

  • Rowena Gear Business Manager

    Rowena Gear has more than 30 years of experience in business management and accounting. In her part-time role at JBA, she is responsible for managing payroll...

  • Erin Geary, Ph.D., M.S.W. Senior Research Associate

    Erin Geary has nearly 15 years of experience in program evaluation, project management, and technical assistance. His skills include designing and...

  • Elliott Graham, Ph.D. Director

    ​Elliott Graham has nearly 30 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance. He currently...

  • Susan Higman, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Susan Higman has nearly 25 years of experience in applied research and evaluation on maternal and child health and child development, including 13 years on...

  • Martin Honesty Finance and Administration Associate

    Martin Honesty has more than 30 years of experience in the administrative field. His responsibilities include managing employee laptops and monitors, the...

  • Erin Ingoldsby, Ph.D. Director

    Erin Ingoldsby has more than 25 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, and evaluation technical assistance in diverse content...

  • Heather Johnson, M.P.H. Research Associate

    Heather Hudspeth Johnson has nearly 10 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has worked...

  • Alexandra Joraanstad, M.S. Research Associate

    Alexandra Joraanstad has more than 10 years of experience conducting social services evaluation research, with a focus on programs serving parents...

  • Kirsten Keene, M.A. Research Associate

    Kirsten Keene has more than 10 years of experience in applied social science research and program evaluation. Her research skills include qualitative...

  • Kathy Kopiec, M.S.W., M.A. Research Associate

    Kathy Kopiec has nearly 20 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science research with substantive knowledge in mental health services...

  • Julie Leis, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Julie Leis has nearly 20 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child development...

  • Maggie Liddell, M.B.A., M.A. Operations Associate

    Maggie Liddell has nearly 20 years of experience spanning financial analysis and reporting, business process development, market and business analytics...

  • Doreen Major Ryan, M.A. Communications Director

    Doreen Major Ryan has almost 30 years of communications and marketing experience with expertise in strategy, management, and product...

  • Loren Masters, M.P.H. Research Analyst

    Loren Masters has nearly 10 years of experience conducting public health social science research. Her areas of content expertise include health disparities...

  • Kimberly McCombs-Thornton, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Kimberly McCombs-Thornton has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofits and universities to evaluate programs for children and families. She is...

  • Allison Meisch, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Allison Meisch is a developmental psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, program evaluation, applied...

  • Heidi Melz, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Heidi Melz nearly 20 years of experience researching interventions that address child welfare issues and family structure, functioning, and well-being ...

  • Nicole M. Miller, M.S.W. Senior Research Associate

    Nicole Miller has more than 20 years of experience in child and family services, focused primarily on child welfare and protection and child and adolescent...

  • Edona Mjekiqi Contract Manager

    Edona Mjekiqi has more than 10 years of experience in project management, budget, finances, accounting, monitoring, and evaluation. At JBA, she supports a...

  • Julie Morales, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Julie Morales has nearly 25 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, research design, and statistical methods. Her areas...

  • Erin Morehouse, M.P.H. Research Associate

    ​Erin Morehouse has more than 12 years of experience in program evaluation, data reporting and dashboard development, technical assistance and training, data...

  • Colleen Morrison, Ph.D. Research Associate

    Colleen Morrison has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation and applied developmental research. Her areas of expertise include early...

  • Natalie Moyer, M.S.W. Research Assistant

    Natalie Moyer has more than 5 years of experience in social work and early childhood education. Her direct experience includes several years working in various...

  • Julie Murphy, M.S.W. Senior Research Associate

    Julie Murphy has more than 20 years of program evaluation experience in the human services field. She has led numerous federal, state, and local evaluations...

  • Amy Painter, M.B.A. Research Associate

    Amy Painter has nearly 20 years of experience in American Indian and Alaska Native community-based participatory research; project management...

  • Chi Connie Park, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate

    Chi Connie Park has more than 15 years of experience in applied social science research design, program evaluation, and capacity building in the areas of child...

  • Timothy Pitsch IT Coordinator

    Timothy Pitsch has 12 years of experience in information systems, IT coordination, network operations, and support desks. As JBA’s IT...

  • Matthew Poes, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Matthew Poes has more than 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and technical assistance related to home visiting. His areas of expertise include ...

  • Mallory Quigley Clark, M.P.H. Research Associate

    Mallory Quigley Clark has 10 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has worked on numerous...

  • Tammy Richards, M.Ed. Senior Research Associate

    Tammy Richards has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. Her...

  • Erica Blue Roberts, Ph.D., M.H.S. Senior Research Associate

    Erica Blue Roberts has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation and analysis, applied social science research, and technical assistance. She...

  • Joelle Ruben, M.S.W. Senior Communications Associate

    Joelle Ruben has 15 years of experience working on child and family issues in a variety of communications, policy, advocacy, and direct service roles...

  • Kerry Ryan, M.A. Research Associate

    ​Kerry Ryan has 13 years of experience in child development and child welfare research, with a focus on the evaluation of implementation and...

  • Melina Salvador, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Melina Salvador has more than 15 years of experience planning, implementing, and researching mental health, substance abuse, and early childhood programs. She...

  • Hannah Simmons Continuous Quality Improvement Associate

    Hannah Simmons has 13 years of experience in continuous quality improvement (CQI), strategic planning, and program management in public health...

  • Mikaila Singleton Research Assistant

    Mikaila Singleton has a background in social science research and experience working on topics related to mental health, maternal and child health, and early...

  • Mariel Sparr, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate

    Mariel Sparr has nearly 15 years of experience in program evaluation, applied research, and research methodology. Her technical skills include quantitative...

  • Margaret Southern Office Manager

    Margaret Southern has more than 40 years of experience in the administrative field. As JBA’s office manager, she ensures things are running smoothly...

  • Nichole Sturmfels, M.P.H. Senior Data Manager

    Nichole Sturmfels has nearly 15 years of experience in applied public health research, data operations, and technical assistance—primarily in the areas of home...

  • Amanda Thomson, M.P.P. Research Associate

    Amanda Thomson has nearly 10 years of experience in social science research, program evaluation, and technical assistance. She is trained in public policy...

  • Lance Till, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Lance Till has more than 15 years of experience working in evaluation, program planning, and early childhood systems of care. He brings to JBA expertise...

  • ​Yuan Wang, M.S. Senior Research Analyst

    Yuan Wang has nearly 15 years of experience in applied statistical research, capacity building technical assistance, qualitative research, complex survey...

  • Susan Zaid, M.A. Director

    Susan Zaid brings more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance in the areas of...