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...

  • 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 more than 26 years of research, program design, evaluation, technical assistance, and project management experience. His subject expertise...

  • Kate Lyon, M.A. Vice President

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

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

    Lina Gong has 17 years of experience in corporate finance, operations management, and federal contracting. She oversees a range of functions...

Staff

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

    Tess Abrahamson-Richards has more than 7 years of experience in early childhood education and public health and public health. A member of the Spokane...

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

    Pirkko Ahonen has 18 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the project director for the Tribal...

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

    Grace Atukpawu-​Tipton has more than 17 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 21 years of experience in social science research and program administration. He brings to JBA his expertise in applied social science...

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

    Brandie Buckless has 8 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 16 years of experience in child and family services with extensive knowledge in child welfare and protection and child and adolescent...

  • Joanna DeWolfe, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Joanna DeWolfe has 26 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Her subject expertise...

  • Jasmine Douglas, Ph.D. Research Associate

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

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

    Melanie Estarziau has more than 14 years of experience in applied social, public health, and health services research, primarily in the areas of home visiting...

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

    Charlie Ferguson has more than 31 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, research design, quantitative and qualitative analysis...

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

    Anne Fromknecht has more than 9 years of experience in applied social science, evaluation, and technical assistance. Her technical skills include project...

  • Stephen Gardner, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Stephen Gardner has 41 years of experience in program development, program evaluation, programmatic and evaluation technical assistance, management, and...

  • Rowena Gear Business Manager

    Rowena Gear has over 30 years of experience in business management and accounting. At JBA, she is responsible for managing payroll, human resources...

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

    Erin Geary has 11 years of experience in program evaluation, project management, and technical assistance. His skills include designing and...

  • 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. He currently...

  • Minh Ha Research Assistant

    ​Minh Ha has more than 6 years of experience in research, data collection and analysis, data visualization, database management, and...

  • Martin Honesty Facilities Manager

    Martin Honesty has more than 30 years of experience in the administrative field. As JBA’s facilities manager, his responsibilities include managing employee...

  • Erin Ingoldsby, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Erin Ingoldsby has more than 23 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, and evaluation technical assistance in diverse content...

  • 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...

  • 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. She has more than 30 years of...

  • Kirsten Keene, M.A. Research Associate

    Kirsten Keene has more than 8 years of experience in applied social science research and program evaluation. Her research skills include qualitative...

  • Colleen Killian, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Colleen Killian has more than 23 years of experience in applied social science research, data analysis, program evaluation, and technical assistance. She is an expert...

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

    Kathy Kopiec has 16 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science research with substantive knowledge in mental health services and...

  • Julie Leis, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Julie Leis has more than 14 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child...

  • 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...

  • Allison Meisch, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Allison Meisch is a developmental psychologist with more than 16 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, program evaluation, applied...

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

    Heidi Melz has 15 years of experience researching interventions that address child welfare issues and family structure, functioning, and well-being. She...

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

    Nicole Miller has 18 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 8 years of experience in program evaluation and applied research, graphic design, and data visualization. Her areas of content...

  • Julie Morales, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    ​Julie Morales has more than 21 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, research design, and statistical methods. Her areas...

  • Erin Morehouse, M.A. Research Associate

    ​Erin Morehouse has more than 9 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 8 years of experience in program evaluation and applied developmental research. Her areas of expertise include early...

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

    Chi Connie Park has more than 13 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 10 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 12 years of experience in research design and child development interventions with an emphasis on home visiting, education, and early...

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

    Mallory Quigley Clark has 7 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has worked on numerous...

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

    ​Nivedita Ranade has more than 8 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. She brings to...

  • Tammy Richards, M.Ed. Senior Research Associate

    Tammy Richards has 18 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. Her expertise...

  • 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. She has extensive...

  • 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. At JBA, she...

  • Kerry Ryan, M.A. Research Associate

    ​Kerry Ryan has 5 years of experience in child development and child welfare research, with a focus on the evaluation of implementation and...

  • Melina Salvador, M.A. Research Associate

    Melina Salvador has more than 12 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health, substance abuse, and early childhood programs. She...

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

    Mariel Sparr has more than 11 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...

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

    Amanda Thomson has more than 7 years of experience in social science research. She is skilled in SPSS, GIS, ATLAS.ti, survey development, and qualitative...

  • Lance Till, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Lance Till has more than 14 years of experience working in evaluation, program planning, and early childhood systems of care. He brings to JBA expertise...

  • ​Yuan Wang, M.S. Research Analyst

    Yuan Wang has more than 10 years of experience in applied statistical research, capacity building technical assistance, qualitative research, complex survey...

  • Ziyun Wang, M.S. Research Analyst

    Ziyun Wang has expertise in applied statistical research, data analysis and mining, qualitative research, and cost analysis. She is proficient in statistical modeling and...

  • Stephanie Watkins Finance and Accounting Associate

    Stephanie Watkins has 14 years of experience in corporate finance and federal contracting. She supports a range of functions, including finance...

  • Susan Zaid, M.A. Director

    Susan Zaid brings more than 18​ years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance in the areas of...