About Us

People

Leadership

  • James Bell, M.A. Founder and President

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

  • 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. ...

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

    James P. DeSantis has more than 25 years of research, program design, evaluation, and technical assistance experience....

  • Kate Lyon, M.A. Vice President

    Kate Lyon has 12 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance....

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

    Lina Gong has 15 years of experience in corporate finance, operations management, and federal contracting....

Staff

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

    Tess Abrahamson-Richards has more than 6 years of experience in early childhood education and public health....

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

    Pirkko Ahonen has 17 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research....

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

    Grace Atukpawu-​Tipton has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation, evaluation technical assistance, and applied social science research....

  • Todd Bartko, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Todd Bartko has more than 20 years of experience in social science research and program administration....

  • Brandie Buckless, M.P.H. Research Associate

    ​Brandie Buckless has 7 years of experience in community-based participatory research, evaluation, and program development and implementation....

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

    ​Patrice Cachat has more than 15 years of experience in child and family services with extensive knowledge in child welfare and protection and child and adolescent mental health....

  • Joanna DeWolfe, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Joanna DeWolfe joined JBA in 2008 and has 20 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families....

  • Jasmine Douglas, Ph.D. Research Associate

    ​Jasmine Douglas’ expertise includes program evaluation, community-based participatory research, prevention and intervention research, statistical methods, and organizational development....

  • Melanie Estarziau, M.P.H. Senior Research Associate

    Melanie Estarziau has more than 13 years of experience in applied social, public health, and health services research. ...

  • Charlie Ferguson, Ph.D., M.S.W., Ed.M. Senior Research Methodologist

    Charlie Ferguson has more than 21 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, research design, and quantitative and qualitative analysis methods....

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

    ​Anne Fromknecht has more than 8 years of experience in applied social science, evaluation, and technical assistance....

  • Stephen Gardner, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Stephen Gardner has 40 years of experience in program development, program evaluation, programmatic and evaluation technical assistance, management, and supervision....

  • Rowena Gear Business Manager

    Rowena Gear has over 30 years of experience in business management and accounting...

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

    Erin Geary has 10 years of experience in program evaluation, project management, and technical assistance. ...

  • Elliott Graham, Ph.D. Director

    ​Elliott Graham has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance....

  • Minh Ha Research Assistant

    ​Minh Ha has more than 5 years of experience in research, data collection and analysis, data visualization, database management, and quality control. ...

  • Martin Honesty Facilities Manager

    Martin Honesty has over 30 years of experience in the administrative field....

  • Erin Ingoldsby, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Erin Ingoldsby has more than 20 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, and evaluation technical assistance....

  • Alexandra Joraanstad, M.S. Research Associate

    Alexandra Joraanstad has 7 years of experience conducting social services evaluation research, with a focus on programs serving parents and children from birth to age 5. ...

  • Elyse Kaye Retired Executive Vice President/Consultant

    As one of JBA’s first employees, Elyse Kaye spearheaded JBA’s foray into the child and family services arena....

  • Kirsten Keene, M.A. Research Associate

    Kirsten Keene has more than 7 years of experience in applied social science research and program evaluation. ...

  • Colleen Killian, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Colleen Killian has more than 22 years of experience in applied social science research, data analysis, program evaluation, and technical assistance. ...

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

    ​Kathy Kopiec has 15 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science research with substantive knowledge in mental health services, child welfare, and child protection....

  • Julie Leis, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Julie Leis has more than 13 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child development....

  • Doreen Major Ryan, M.A. Communications Director

    Doreen Major Ryan has more than 25 years of communications experience with expertise in product development and dissemination, marketing, and project management....

  • Allison Meisch, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Allison Meisch is a developmental psychologist with more than 15 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance....

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

    ​Heidi Melz has 14 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 17 years of experience in child and family services, focused primarily on child welfare and protection and child and adolescent mental health....

  • Kassie Mae Miller, M.P.H. Research Associate

    ​Kassie Mae Miller has more than 7 years of experience in program evaluation and applied research, graphic design, and data visualization. ...

  • Julie Morales, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Julie Morales has more than 17 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, research design, and statistical methods....

  • Erin Morehouse, M.A. Research Associate

    ​Erin Morehouse has more than 6 years of experience in program evaluation, data reporting and dashboard development, technical assistance and training, data analysis, and data systems development. ...

  • Colleen Morrison, Ph.D. Research Associate

    Colleen Morrison has more than 5 years of experience in program evaluation and applied developmental research....

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

    Chi Connie Park has more than 12 years of experience in applied social science research design, program evaluation, and capacity building. ...

  • Timothy Pitsch IT Coordinator

    Timothy Pitsch has 10 years of experience in information systems, IT coordination, network operations, and support desk....

  • Matthew Poes, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Matthew Poes has 10 years of experience in research design and child development interventions with an emphasis on home visiting, education, and early childhood programs. ...

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

    Mallory Quigley Clark has 6 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs....

  • Nivedita Ranade, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    ​Nivedita Ranade has more than 6 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. ...

  • Tammy Richards, M.Ed. Senior Research Associate

    ​Tammy Richards has 15 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. ...

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

    Erica Blue Roberts has 8 years of experience in program evaluation and analysis, applied social science research, and technical assistance. ...

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

    ​​​​Joelle Ruben has 12 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 5 years of experience in child development and child welfare research....

  • Melina Salvador, M.A. Research Associate

    Melina Salvador has more than 10 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health, substance abuse, and early childhood programs....

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

    ​Mariel Sparr has more than 9 years of experience in program evaluation, applied research, and research methodology....

  • Margaret Southern Office Manager

    Margaret Southern has more than 40 years of experience in the administrative field. ...

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

    ​Amanda Thomson has more than 9 years of experience in social science research....

  • Lance Till, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    ​Lance Till has more than 10 years of experience working in evaluation, program planning, and early childhood systems of care....

  • ​Yuan Wang, M.S. Research Analyst

    ​Yuan Wang has more than 9 years of experience in applied statistical research, data analysis, data mining, qualitative research, and cost analysis....

  • Ziyun Wang, M.S. Research Analyst

    ​Ziyun Wang has expertise in applied statistical research, data analysis and mining, qualitative research, and cost analysis....

  • Susan Zaid, M.A. Director

    Susan Zaid brings more than 17​ years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance. ...