Staff & Organization

OPRE Staff, Contractors, and Fellows
 

Bios
 

OPRE Staff |  DCFD  |  DEI  |  DFS  |  DDI

SCRD Fellows | National Poverty Fellows | BSC

OPRE Staff

Naomi Goldstein
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation

Emily Schmitt
Deputy Director

Melissa Barry
Staff Assistant

Sheila Celentano
Budget Officer

Maria Clifford
Administrative Officer

Emily Ball Jabbour
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
ACF Performance Officer

Molly Jones
Social Science Research Analyst

Robert Sargis
Program Analyst
Paperwork Reduction Act

 

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Division of Child and Family Development (DCFD)

Mary Bruce Webb
Division Director

Meryl Barofsky
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Head Start, Child Care

Amanda Clincy Coleman
Social Science Research Analyst
Early Childhood Research, Early Head Start, Home Visiting

Wendy DeCourcey
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, National Research Conference on Early Childhood

Kathleen Dwyer
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Parenting and Parent Well-Being Research
Child Care, Head Start and Early Head Start, Child Welfare, Human Trafficking, Early Adversity, Two-Generation Approaches

Christine Fortunato
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Child Welfare Research

Laura Hoard
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Head Start, Child and Family Well-Being, Health

Amy Madigan
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Head Start Research

Early Head Start, Head Start

Ivelisse Martinez-Beck
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Child Care Research

Mary Mueggenborg
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Human Trafficking, Child Welfare, Youth Homelessness, Head Start

Ann Rivera
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Dual Language Learners, Head Start, Child Care

 

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Division of Economic Independence (DEI)

Mark Fucello
Division Director

Kimberly Clum
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Employment, Evidence Reviews, Behavioral Interventions, Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Nicole Constance
Social Science Research Analyst
Research Coordinator on Non-residential Parent Economic Mobility

Career Pathways Programs, Employment and Training, Justice-Involved Parents, Non-residential Parents, Child Support

Hilary Forster
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Employment and Training

Health Profession Opportunity Grants Evaluations, Employment and Training, Career Pathways

Victoria Kabak
Presidential Management Fellow
Social Science Research Analyst

Behavioral Interventions Research, TANF Program and Policy Research, Family Self-Sufficiency, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Tiffany McCormack
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
TANF Program and Policy Research, Asset-Building Research, Refugee Populations, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Amelia Popham
Social Science Research Analyst
TANF Program and Policy Research, Family Self-Sufficiency, Health Profession Opportunity Grants Evaluation, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Girley Wright
Senior Program Analyst
TANF Program and Policy Research, Special Populations, Incarcerated Parents, Transitional Jobs Studies

Carli Wulff
Social Science Research Analyst
Employment and Training Research, Family Self-Sufficiency, Youth Development Research, Assets Building Research

 

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Division of Family Strengthening (DFS)

Maria Woolverton
Division Director

Caryn Blitz
Senior Program Analyst

Seth Chamberlain
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Adolescent Development Research/

Strengthening Families, Responsible Fatherhood, Family Support, Youth Development, and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Nicole Denmark
Social Science Research Analyst

Pooja Gupta
Presidential Management Fellow
Social Science Research Analyst

Samantha Illangasekare
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Research

Nancy Geyelin Margie
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Home Visiting Research
Home Visiting

Aleta Meyer
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Community-Engaged and American Indian and Alaskan Native Research

Evaluation of Implementation and Adaptation of Home Visiting in Tribal Communities, Supplemental Parenting Enhancements to Early Head Start, Research Capacity Building with American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities, Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress, Positive Youth Development, and Prevention

Laura Nerenberg
Social Science Research Analyst
Home Visiting, Statistical Methods

Anna Solmeyer
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Strengthening Families, Responsible Fatherhood

Tia Zeno
Social Science Research Analyst

 

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Division of Data and Improvement (DDI)

Brett Brown
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Social Indicators, Youth Development, Administrative and Survey Data

Valeria Butler
Senior Social Science Research Analyst

Christi Dant
State Systems Coordinator

Kathy Gattin
Senior Advisor

Thomas Miller
Program Director
Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS)

Christopher Traver
Senior Advisor for Information Sharing
Team Leader for Interoperability Initiatives

 

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In addition to the permanent staff, OPRE is supported by the work of a number of Fellows and consultants including:

The Society for Research in Child Development Fellows (SRCD Fellows)

Jenessa Malin
Division of Child and Family Development

Sarah Blankenship
Division of Child and Family Development

Erin Cannon
Division of Child and Family Development

 

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Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison National Poverty Fellows

Kathleen Moore
Division of Data and Improvement/Division of Economic Independence

Megan Reid
Division of Economic Independence

 

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Business Strategy Consultants Staff (BSC)

Alysia Blandon
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development

Elaine Carpenter
Research Assistant
Division of Economic Independence

Dionna C. Cheatham
Research Assistant
Division of Family Strengthening

Tracy Clopet
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development

Nicole Deterding
Social Science Research Analyst

Division of Economic Independence

Lauren Deutsch
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Economic Independence

Nina Hetzner
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development

Kriti M. Jain
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Family Strengthening

Deric Joyner
Dissemination Strategist

Kathleen McCoy
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development & Division of Family Strengthening

Katherine McKinney
Management Analyst

Gabrielle Newell
Social Science Research Analyst
TANF, employment services, case management, workforce development

Division of Economic Independence

Allison Walker
Research Assistant
Division of Child and Family Development

Connor Williams
Research Assistant
Division of Data and Improvement

Catherine Workmeister
Budget Analyst

 

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Bios

OPRE StaffDCFD  |  DEI  |  DFS |  DDI 
SRCD Fellows  |  National Poverty Fellows  |  BSC

OPRE Staff

Naomi Goldstein
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation

Naomi Goldstein is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation. She advises the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of ACF programs. Goldstein joined ACF as Director of the OPRE Division of Child and Family Development in 2000. She became Director of OPRE in 2004 and Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2015. Previously she directed the United States Postal Service Commission on A Safe and Secure Workplace, an independent commission that examined workplace violence affecting the Postal Service and the nation. She served as Project Manager for the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project, and as Executive Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS. Earlier in her career, she served in the Massachusetts state government and developed infant mortality prevention programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Ms. Goldstein received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. She was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2012.

 

Emily Schmitt
Deputy Director

Emily Schmitt is the Deputy Director of OPRE. As Deputy Director, Ms. Schmitt works closely with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation to plan and execute the mission of OPRE. Ms. Schmitt joined OPRE in 2009 and served as a Research Fellow, Social Science Research Analyst, Senior Social Science Research Analyst, and Team Leader for Behavioral Science in OPRE prior to becoming Deputy Director in 2016. In these roles she initiated and led OPRE’s work on the application of behavioral economics to human services, and oversaw projects related to TANF, employment and training, and homeless and disconnected families. Prior to joining OPRE, Ms. Schmitt worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Melissa Barry
Staff Assistant

 

Sheila Celentano
Budget Officer

Sheila Celentano is the Budget Officer for OPRE, providing budget, financial, and systems support. She is one of the system administrators and key integrators for the internal Project and Accounting tracking system. She specializes in financial process improvement, user communications and training, and strategic planning. Sheila is also trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Sheila became a federal employee in January of 2015. Previously she supported the OPRE budget office as a contractor for Business Strategy Consultants. Prior to joining OPRE she worked for a variety of defense contractors in financial systems support over the last 30 years; most notably at TASC, Inc. for 14 years; and is happy to be on the softer side of government now. Sheila holds a BS in applied Mathematics from Norwich University, Northfield, VT and received her Master’s in Organizational Leadership in 2014, also from Norwich University.

 

Maria Clifford
Administrative Officer

Maria Clifford is the Administrative Officer for OPRE responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all administrative activities for OPRE. This includes personnel management, administration, budgeting and financial management, procurement, property management, and supplies. Prior to coming to OPRE, Ms. Clifford worked in the Office of Administration, Office of Grants Management and in the Event Management and Telecommunications field. Ms. Clifford is working to complete her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland and pursue a Master of Science in Management.

 

Emily Ball Jabbour
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
ACF Performance Officer

Emily Ball Jabbour is the Performance Officer for ACF, ensuring agency compliance with all performance measurement requirements related to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and the GPRA Modernization Act, including Agency Priority Goals, GPRA performance measures, agency contributions to the HHS Strategic Plan, and other performance items related to the annual budget request. Ms. Jabbour is also Project Officer for the OPRE web contract and the acquisition services support contract. She holds a BA in psychology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) in social policy with a law minor from Columbia University.

 

Molly Jones
Social Science Research Analyst

Molly Jones coordinates Paperwork Reduction Act activities and the review and release of research reports. She also works on budget-related matters and a variety of other projects within OPRE, as needed. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a full time Graduate Research Assistant at The George Washington University after teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics. Ms. Jones holds a BS from Cornell University, a MAT from PACE University, and an MA in Education Policy from The George Washington University.

 

Robert Sargis
Program Analyst
Paperwork Reduction Act

Robert Sargis is Reports Clearance Officer under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Prior to joining OPRE he held other positions within ACF including Enterprise Architect, Lead for Capital Planning Investment Control, and Lead for Computer Security. He also held sales and sales management positions with The General Electric Company, Harris Corporation, and Tymshare in the private sector computer industry. Mr. Sargis holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in microbiology, MBA in Finance from the American University, and Masters in Information Systems from George Mason University.

 

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Division of Child and Family Development (DCFD)

Mary Bruce Webb
Division Director

Mary Bruce Webb has been the Director of the Division of Child and Family Development since 2005. Prior to joining ACF, she was a school psychologist for public schools in Connecticut, and then held research positions at Yale University and at Johns Hopkins University. At ACF, she has overseen a diverse array of studies, including the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, a longitudinal, nationally representative survey of children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system. She is co-editor for two books that are based on that study: Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice (Brookings Press, 2006) and Child Welfare and Child Well-Being (Oxford Press, 2009). She received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Fordham University and did her post-doctoral training in children’s mental health services research at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

 

Meryl Barofsky
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Head Start, Child Care

Meryl Yoches Barofsky’s work focuses on early care and education, primarily on child care programs and Head Start. To date, her portfolio at OPRE includes: American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Child and Family Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES), American Indian/Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs Assessment Design Project, Assessing the Cost and Implementation of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE-ICHQ), Child Care and Development Block Grant Implementation Research and Evaluation Grants, Early Care and Education Research Connections, ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood and coordination of the Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers (NITR). Meryl’s own research interests include: child care subsidies and family well-being, measurement and advanced statistical methods, and early risk and protective factors for children and families. Dr. Barofsky holds a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Amanda Clincy Coleman
Social Science Research Analyst
Early Childhood Research, Early Head Start, Home Visiting

Amanda Clincy Coleman’s work focuses on early care and education, early childhood home visiting, and child welfare. Her research interests include improving the delivery of comprehensive services to children and families. She is also interested in developing research to practice briefs that are concise, digestible, and relevant to various audiences. Prior to her appointment as a Social Science Research Analyst, Amanda was a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellow at OPRE. She holds a BA from Howard University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Wendy DeCourcey
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, National Research Conference on Early Childhood

Wendy DeCourcey works primarily on research involving early childhood care and education programs. She provides guidance regarding grants’ announcements, competition and monitoring. Her recent projects focus on professional development, coaching, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start. In addition, Wendy leads the development of ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood. Prior to joining OPRE, Dr. DeCourcey worked as an early intervention teacher in Portland, Oregon. Her degree is a Ph.D. from Clark University.

 

Kathleen Dwyer
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Parenting and Parent Well-Being Research
Child Care, Head Start and Early Head Start, Child Welfare, Human Trafficking, Early Adversity, Two-Generation Approaches

Kathleen Dwyer’s work focuses on child development, parenting, early care and education, and approaches to improving child and family well-being. Several of her projects support child care policy research (CCDF Policies Database, Child Care Administrative Data Analysis Center, Center to Support Evaluations of CCDF Policy Implementations). She co-leads a project that is exploring two-generation approaches to improving family self-sufficiency, and she oversees a set of grants that are testing targeted two-generation approaches within the context of Head Start. She also oversees a set of grants that are testing approaches to promoting and improving early child development by supporting both parenting and caregiving in Early Head Start programs. A new project will build the evidence for interventions for the child welfare population. Dr. Dwyer originally began her work at OPRE as a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in Human Development with a specialization in Developmental Sciences from the University of Maryland.

 

Christine Fortunato
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Child Welfare Research

Christine Fortunato is the team leader for child welfare research in OPRE. Dr. Fortunato develops and coordinates research activities related to child welfare and other programs serving low-income children and their families. She oversees a diverse array of projects, including the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being, Feasibility of Linking Administrative Data to Better Understand Child Maltreatment Incidence, and the Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. She is particularly interested in using research and data to aid key stakeholders in making more informed decisions about implementing feasible and effective interventions. Dr. Fortunato originally began her work at OPRE as a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellow. She holds a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

 

Laura Hoard
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Head Start, Child and Family Well-Being, Health

Laura Hoard is a Senior Social Science Research Analyst whose work mainly focuses on the mental and physical health of children, families, and how programs and systems can support health. Currently she leads the multisite evaluation of SAMHSA’s Project LAUNCH (Linking Action for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grant program, the creation of the Family-Provider Relationship Quality measures, and the survey of Head Start Health Managers. She was a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Executive Branch Fellow in OPRE. Previously she worked at REDA International conducting research on the state implementation of No Child Left Behind teacher qualification standards. Dr. Hoard holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Family Studies, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her interests include mental and physical health of children, families, and communities; parenting; supports for and improvement of early childhood teachers; program design, implementation, evaluation, and the use of data for quality improvements; resilience; and population level evaluation.

 

Amy Madigan
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Head Start Research

Early Head Start, Head Start

Amy Madigan is the team leader for Head Start research in OPRE where she provides leadership for research and policy activities related to Head Start, Early Head Start and other programs serving low income children and their families. Her research interests focus on quality improvement of early childhood programs, particularly as it relates to curriculum, assessment, and professional development. She is also interested in using research and data to drive quality improvement at both national and local levels. Before joining OPRE, Dr. Madigan was a policy and research analyst with HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellow in ACF’s Office of Head Start. She holds a doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University.

 

Ivelisse Martinez-Beck
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Child Care Research

Ivelisse Martinez-Beck is the Child Care Research Team Leader at OPRE. Ms. Martinez-Beck held a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellowship with the Child Care Bureau, (currently Office of Child Care) in ACF. Previously she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Albion College, MI, where she focused her teaching and research on language and cognitive development of young children from birth through 5-years. At OPRE, she focuses on early care and education (ECE), particularly on the quality of child care and early education programs, research on Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), professional development of the early childhood workforce, and access to high quality ECE by low-income families and children.

Ms. Martinez-Beck received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

Mary Mueggenborg
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Human Trafficking, Child Welfare, Youth Homelessness, Head Start

Mary Mueggenborg oversees OPRE’s portfolio of research related to human trafficking. In addition, she manages work related to child welfare, youth homelessness, and Head Start. She also has a particular interest in place-based initiatives. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a Research Coordinator at the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center, where she managed research projects related to maternal depression, child welfare, and early intervention programs for children with special needs. Ms. Mueggenborg holds a Master of Social Work degree and a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

 

Ann Rivera
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Dual Language Learners, Head Start, Child Care

Ann oversees research grants and contracts focused primarily on early care and education, specifically Head Start and child care programs, and on improving human services for Hispanic, immigrant, and cultural and linguistic minority populations. To date, her portfolio at OPRE includes: Head Start CARES Demonstration, Child Care Policy Research Partnerships, Child Care Research Scholars, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, Report to Congress on Dual Language Learners in Head Start, Center for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners, ACF’s Hispanic Research Work Group, and OPRE’s Human Services Research Dissemination Project. Prior to her appointment as a Social Science Research Analyst, Ann was a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellow at OPRE. Ann’s own research has examined the effects of social exclusion, community‐based and government programs (e.g., Head Start, WIC, SNAP) in the lives of immigrant and low‐income children and families, using survey, quasi-experimental, ethnographic, and participatory research methods. While completing her doctoral training, she served as Co-Director of a longitudinal ethnographic study of low-income families with young children and provided research support to various community-based organizations in New York City. Ann received a B.A. in Religion from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Psychology from New York University.

 

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Division of Economic Independence (DEI)

Mark Fucello
Division Director

Mark Fucello began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow. He has been the Director of the Division of Economic Independence in OPRE since 2008 and was OPRE’s executive officer in the prior year. Mark has directed national evaluations of employment and training and responsible fatherhood demonstrations as well as state AFDC/TANF research demonstrations in the years prior to and directly after the 1996 welfare reforms. Before moving to Washington he taught English at a Jesuit prep school and directed a summer academic program for low-income students in New Orleans. He served in the United States Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received an MPP from the George Washington University and is a graduate of Rutgers College.

 

Kimberly Clum
Senior Social Science Research Analyst

Employment, Evidence Reviews, Behavioral Interventions, Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Kim Clum’s work focuses on low-income adults, economic self-sufficiency, the application of behavioral sciences to human services, and racial and ethnic disparities in the human services. She has a particular interest in innovative approaches to improving employment and earnings outcomes for low-income adults and qualitative methods. With Victoria Kabak, she co-leads OPRE’s work on behavioral interventions to advance self-sufficiency. Prior to joining OPRE, she held positions in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS, where she worked on an array of policy and program areas, including those related to disconnected youth, low-income men, reentry, and the child support program. Before that, she was at the University of Michigan, where she conducted qualitative research on topics related to low-income families, well-being, and mobility. Dr. Clum holds a BA, MSW, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Nicole Constance
Social Science Research Analyst
Research Coordinator on Non-residential Parent Economic Mobility

Career Pathways Programs, Employment and Training, Justice-Involved Parents, Non-residential Parents, Child Support

Nicole Constance’s work in OPRE focuses on employment and training, career pathways programs, family self-sufficiency, programs for parents who are justice-involved, and programs for parents who do not live with their children. She is especially interested in improving employment opportunities for low-income populations, particularly young men and parents who have been incarcerated, and in statistical methods. Prior to joining OPRE, she completed internships with the U.S. Census Bureau in the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division’s Survey Improvement Research Branch, and with Child Trends in their Youth Development area. Dr. Constance holds a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a M.S and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies and Demography from Penn State University.

 

Hilary Forster

Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Employment and Training

Health Profession Opportunity Grants Evaluations, Employment and Training, Career Pathways, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Hilary Forster is a Senior Social Science Research Analyst. She leads the Health Profession Opportunity Grants research and evaluation portfolio. She also manages work related to employment and training, specifically focused on career pathways and coaching interventions, and conducting research with tribal communities. She has previously managed OPRE’s Biennial Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency. Ms. Forster came to OPRE as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2010. Prior to joining OPRE, she worked as a Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in the Education, Human Development, and the Workforce Program. Ms. Forster holds an M.P.P., with a concentration in Education, Social and Family Policy, from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University.

 

Victoria Kabak

Presidential Management Fellow
Social Science Research Analyst

Behavioral Interventions Research, TANF Program and Policy Research, Family Self-Sufficiency, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Victoria Kabak is a research analyst and Presidential Management Fellow in OPRE. Her portfolio focuses on supporting the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of low-income families and individuals. She has a particular interest in understanding the effectiveness of different approaches to poverty alleviation and in improving the lives of low-income children and youths. Previously, she worked at a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering child welfare systems and at a microfinance institution. Ms. Kabak holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Tiffany McCormack
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
TANF Program and Policy Research, Asset-Building Research, Refugee Populations, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Tiffany McCormack’s portfolio of work covers topics related to improving the economic self-sufficiency of low-income individuals, including projects examining adult learning principles and skill development, asset-building approaches, and the provision of services available to resettled refugees. She also manages OPRE’s Biennial Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency. Previously Ms. McCormack worked for Boston Public Schools, the City of Sacramento in the Mayor’s Office, and the California State Legislature. Ms. McCormack holds a BA from UCLA and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Amelia Popham
Social Scientist Research Analyst

TANF Program and Policy Research, Family Self-Sufficiency, Health Profession Opportunity Grants Evaluation, Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Amelia Popham’s work focuses on the well-being of low-income families. She has a particular interest in the coordination of federal safety net programs and their effectiveness in promoting family self-sufficiency. She is also interested in participatory approaches to research and evaluation and building research capacity in underserved communities, including American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Ms. Popham joined ACF in 2010 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). Prior to joining OPRE, she served as a Family Assistance Program Specialist working primarily on policy and program monitoring related to Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Tribal TANF Child Welfare Coordination in ACF’s Office of Family Assistance. Prior to that, she held positions at Social Intervention Group, United Way, and the University of Texas’ Center for Social Work Research. Ms. Popham holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from Columbia University.

 

Girley Wright
Senior Program Analyst
TANF program and policy Research, Special Populations, Incarcerated Parents, Transitional Jobs Studies

Girley Wright is a Senior Program Analyst. Her portfolio includes topics related to self-sufficiency, employment, and the well-being of low-income individuals, including subsidized employment and TANF-related issues. She has a particular interest in strategies that will improve the skills of low-income workers. Prior to joining OPRE, she held positions at the Social Security Administration. Ms. Wright holds a BA from Benedict College.

 

Carli Wulff
Social Science Research Analyst
Employment and Training Research, Family Self-Sufficiency, Youth Development Research, Assets Building Research

Carli Wulff’s work focuses on topics related to supporting economic self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families, including projects related to two-generation approaches, employment and training, TANF office culture, family experiences with poverty, and homelessness. Prior to joining OPRE, she served as a social science analyst in HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, where she began as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and focused her work on homelessness and child support policy and research. She served as a special assistant to ACF’s Acting Assistant Secretary for her PMF rotation. Prior to her federal service, Ms. Wulff was a VISTA Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow in Washington, DC and she served in the United State Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. Ms. Wulff has an MPP from the George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and a BA in political science from Hamline University, in St. Paul, MN.

 

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Division of Family Strengthening (DFS)

 

Maria Woolverton
Division Director

Maria Woolverton is the Director of OPRE’s Division of Family Strengthening, which has primary responsibility for research and evaluation related to strengthening relationships within families, supporting fatherhood, nurturing children through their families, reducing teen pregnancy, and supporting youth in their transition to adulthood. Prior to leading this Division, she was a Senior Social Science Research Analyst and Team Leader for Child Welfare Research in OPRE. In this role, she oversaw a diverse portfolio of research and evaluation projects focused on child welfare and foster care, including the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS) and evaluations of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII). Ms. Woolverton also managed the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), a nationally-representative descriptive study of children and families served in Head Start, and worked on development and fielding of the first American Indian/Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES). Prior to joining OPRE in 2004, Ms. Woolverton was a Senior Research Associate at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Her work there focused on evaluation and improvement of systems for meeting the health and mental health care needs of children in the child welfare system and children with special health care needs and disabilities. Ms. Woolverton holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and did doctoral work in psychology at Stanford University.

 

Caryn Blitz
Senior Program Analyst

Caryn Blitz’s portfolio includes topics related to healthy adolescent development and transition to adulthood, including teen pregnancy prevention and youth homelessness, as well as cross-cutting interests in trauma and well-being, prevention and implementation science, and assessment. Before coming to OPRE, she was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at ACF, where she was responsible for advising the Commissioner and supporting the agency on the effective implementation and evaluation of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions and related activities -- screening and assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation -- to reduce the impact of trauma and improve the behavioral, emotional, and social well-being of the children, youth, and families served by ACYF. She has over 25 years of experience in research, policy and practice focused on improving the lives of vulnerable children, youth, and families, including as Deputy Director of Evaluation and Research at CADCA’s National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute, Research Scientist at University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group, American Psychological Association/AAAS Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and NIAAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alcohol Research Center at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Blitz holds a B.S. in English and Science from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from DePaul University.

 

Seth Chamberlain
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Adolescent Development Research

Strengthening Families, Responsible Fatherhood, Family Support, Youth Development, and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Seth Chamberlain’s work focuses on a range of youth, family formation, and family functioning issues, e.g. adolescent pregnancy prevention, strengthening families, responsible fatherhood, and domestic violence; he also works on issues related to low-income and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. He has a particular interest in healthy adolescent development and successful transition to adulthood. Prior to joining OPRE, Mr. Chamberlain taught middle school Spanish in Chicago, interned at a program for men convicted of domestic battery, and interned as a clinical social worker at the University of Chicago Hospital. Mr. Chamberlain holds a B.A. from Goshen College and an A.M. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

 

Nicole Denmark
Social Science Research Analyst

Nicole Denmark’s work at OPRE focuses on early care and education, and other human services programs for American Indian/ Alaskan Native communities. Nicole has a strong interest in cultural and contextual influences on parenting and on the effectiveness of programs for young children and families. Nicole is also very interested in participatory approaches to research and evaluation, including measurement development. Prior to joining OPRE, Nicole worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Maryland College Park, where she managed evaluations of home visiting programs for low-income families. Nicole’s dissertation study on the experiences of Central American immigrant children and families in Head Start was funded through a Head Start Scholars dissertation award. Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from Reed College, and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland College Park.

 

Pooja Gupta
Presidential Management Fellow
Social Science Research Analyst

Pooja Gupta’s work focuses on early childhood and family strengthening, especially on projects related to home visiting. She has a particular interest in mixed methods research, using relevant data and evidence to shape and inform programs and policies for youth and families, and communicating research and evidence to a wide variety of audiences. Prior to joining OPRE, she worked on US government-funded international development projects and completed an internship at a nonprofit focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship. Ms. Gupta holds a BA from the College of William & Mary, and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Samantha Illangasekare
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Research

Samantha Illangasekare’s work focuses on relationship and family strengthening, and she works primarily on projects related to Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) programs and domestic violence initiatives. She is particularly interested in program development and implementation, intimate partner and dating violence prevention and intervention, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research methods. Prior to joining OPRE, she was on faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her research focused on intimate partner violence and community-based health initiatives. Dr. Illangasekare holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Nancy Geyelin Margie
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Home Visiting Research

Home Visiting

Nancy Geyelin Margie’s work focuses on parenting and the promotion of healthy child development. She coordinates OPRE’s home visiting research efforts, and oversees the national evaluations examining the implementation and impact of home visiting programs. Before concentrating on home visiting research, she also worked on projects in OPRE related to family engagement in early care and education, Head Start, and child care. Dr. Margie came to OPRE as a Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Fellow. Prior to graduate school, she was a research assistant at the National Academies for the report From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, and at Child Trends working on a variety of early childhood topics. Dr. Margie holds a B.A. from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland.

 

Aleta Meyer
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Team Leader for Community-Engaged and American Indian and Alaskan Native Research

Evaluation of Implementation and Adaptation of Home Visiting in Tribal Communities, Supplemental Parenting Enhancements to Early Head Start, Research Capacity Building with American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities, Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress, Positive Youth Development, and Prevention

Dr. Aleta Meyer’s work focuses on the translation of theory and empirical research across multiple health outcomes into effective and feasible prevention programs for communities. At ACF this includes the translation of research on early adversity to ACF programs, community-based-participatory-research to evaluate early childhood programs within American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and positive youth development. From 2007-2010, she was a health scientist administrator in the Prevention Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Prior to joining NIDA, she was an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her doctoral work in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, with an emphasis in Prevention Science.

 

Laura Nerenberg
Social Science Research Analyst
Home Visiting, Statistical Methods

Laura Nerenberg is a Social Science Research Analyst at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, where her work focuses on family strengthening, primarily on projects related to home visiting services. She is particularly interested in parenting, promotion of positive mental health outcomes, and implementation science. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nerenberg holds a B.S. in Psychology from Brown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with experience working with children and families.

 

Anna Solmeyer
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Strengthening Families, Responsible Fatherhood, Statistical Methods

Anna Solmeyer’s work focuses on family strengthening, primarily on projects related to responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage. She is particularly interested in parenting and coparenting, using research and evaluation to inform policy, and statistical methods. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a post-doctoral scholar at Penn State University, where she studied sibling relationships and family-based interventions. Dr. Solmeyer holds a BA in Psychology from Carleton College and an MS and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University.

 

Tia Zeno
Social Science Research Analyst

Tia Zeno’s work focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, home visiting, and domestic violence initiatives. She has a keen interest in health equity, positive youth development, and mixed methods research. From 2012-2014, Dr. Zeno served as an AAAS Population Association of America Fellow in the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research where she worked on health disparities and fatherhood research. Prior to joining OPRE, she worked on health policy issues affecting women, adolescents, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Zeno holds a B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.P.H. from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

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Division of Data and Improvement (DDI)

 

Brett Brown
Senior Social Science Research Analyst
Social Indicators, Youth Development, Administrative and Survey Data

Dr. Brett Brown is a Senior Research Analyst for the Division on Data and Improvement, where he focuses on making administrative data better, more accessible, and more useful to support program research and evaluation. From 2012 to 2016 he was Director of the Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation (ODARE), Administration on Children, Youth and Families, ACF/DHHS. Prior to joining ACYF in 2012, he was Vice President for Child and Family Studies at Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc. (WRMA), and prior to that the Director for Social Indicators Research at Child Trends, a non-partisan, non-profit research firm. Dr. Brown is a sociologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Research interests include youth development and the transition to adulthood, and indicators of child well-being.

 

Valeria Butler
Senior Social Science Research Analyst

Valeria Butler is a Senior Social Science Research Analyst for the Division of Data and Improvement. Her work focuses on the analysis of data to inform the quality, effectiveness, and performance of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) human services programs as well as working to improve the quality of program data and improve access to data for secondary analysis. She has a particular interest in data visualization and increasing the use of open data while balancing privacy and statistical disclosure concerns. She promotes agile approaches to work and is a Certified ScrumMaster®. Prior to joining OPRE, she was the lead statistician for the Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation in ACYF and a member of the Children’s Bureau Data Team since 2005. She was the federal project officer of the National Archive of Child Abuse and Neglect, which facilitates secondary research on survey and research data collected from program evaluation studies, health and human services programs, and child and family welfare services for ACF populations. She is also an expert on the statistical analysis and data collection methods used with foster care, adoption, and child maltreatment data derived from ACF’s two key child welfare data systems, Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System and the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Ms. Butler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from James Madison University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from George Mason University, with a focus on social science research.

 

Christi Dant
State Systems Coordinator

Christi Dant is the State Systems Coordinator for HHS in the Division of Data & Improvement. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate responses to requests from states through the Advance Planning Document submission process for federal funds for IT systems that support Medicaid, foster care, and child support enforcement. She also supports NIEM and other interoperability and data exchange efforts across agencies and domains.

Prior to joining OPRE, Christi held numerous positions in the public sector. Christi joined federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Social Security Administration as an Executive Analyst for the Commissioner and Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Commissioner. She came to HHS initially with the Health Resources & Services Administration as a program manager for the Healthy Community Access Program. She joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an executive officer and later helped to establish the first National Emergency Operations Center. Christi then spent five years in the private sector in her own consulting practice where she worked extensively with associations, CDC, HRSA, and HHS/OS. Christi rejoined federal service in 2010 at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Office of e-Health Standards and Services and moved to the HHS/OS Office of the Chief Information Officer to support domain IT governance across HHS. Christi joined ACF in December of 2015 to advance interoperability and data exchanges in ways that better support the people we serve while simultaneously improving both efficacy and efficiency of HHS programs.

Christi earned a Masters in Public Management from East Tennessee State University and a BA in Organizational Psychology from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ.

 

Kathy Gattin
Senior Advisor

Kathy Gattin is on an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) assignment, serving as a Senior Advisor in the Division of Data and Improvement. During her assignment, Ms. Gattin will provide her career experience and subject matter expertise with the justice and public safety community to ACF initiatives that involve human services and justice interoperability. Before joining ACF, Ms. Gattin served as a Senior Project Manager for the IJIS Institute helping to develop and lead mission critical justice and public safety information sharing efforts at the local, state, and federal levels. While assigned to ACF, Ms. Gattin will provide assistance to ACF’s Office of Child Care to create a technology solution, proposed as a National Interstate Background Check Clearinghouse (NIBCC), to meet background check requirements for child care providers nationwide as defined by legislative mandates contained within the Child Care Development Block Grant Act and Final Rule. Ms. Gattin holds a BA in Criminal Justice and an AA in Law Enforcement from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

 

Thomas Miller
Program Director
Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS)

Tom Miller is the Program Director administering the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) Project. In this role, he serves as the central point of contact with the PARIS Board of Directors, other federal agencies, and states for this computer matching process. He has also held positions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and ACF’s Office of Child Support Enforcement. Prior to joining the federal government in 2004, he was a consultant for ten years assisting several states with implementing their statewide automated child support enforcement and child welfare systems. He served in the Air Force as a special operations navigator and as a navigator flight instructor at the Department of Defense Undergraduate Navigator Flight Training School. Tom received a BS in Health Education from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville and an MS in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

 

Christopher Traver
Senior Advisor for Information Sharing
Team Leader for Interoperability Initiatives

Chris Traver serves as a Senior Advisor within OPRE’s Division of Data and Improvement (DDI). The division encompasses a number of unique initiatives with the common goal of improving the sharing and analysis of data to promote positive outcomes for the children, adults, and families that rely on ACF supported programs. Chris leads an agency-wide interoperability initiative to build integrated human services systems that are capable of robust data sharing, support increased collaboration, and facilitate harmonized policies and processes. Other goals include expanding the adoption of NIEM, the National Information Exchange Model, and fostering multi-disciplinary information exchange with health, justice, education, and other stakeholders to enable coordinated service delivery and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of human services programs. Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Duke University in Durham, NC.

 

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The Society for Research in Child Development Fellows (SRCD Fellows)

 

Jenessa Malin
Division of Child and Family Development

Jenessa Malin is an American Association for the Advancement of Science/ Society for Research in Child Development (AAAS/SRCD) Policy Fellow at OPRE. Her work focuses on early care and education programs including Head Start and Early Head Start. She is particularly interested in infant and toddler development, parenting, and quantitative methods. Dr. Malin holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University. She also holds an M.A. in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation and a Ph.D. in Human Development, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Sarah Blankenship
Division of Child and Family Development

Sarah Blankenship is a first year American Association for the Advancement of Science/Society for Research in Child Development (AAAS/SRCD) Executive Branch Policy Fellow at OPRE. Dr. Blankenship is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist with a particular interest in how early experiences, such as childhood poverty or exposure to parental mental illness, shape long-term outcomes. Her work at OPRE currently focuses on early care and education projects in the Head Start and Child Care portfolios. Prior to joining OPRE, she completed the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and a post-doc with the University of Maryland’s Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention. Dr. Blankenship holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Erin Cannon
Division of Child and Family Development

Erin N. Cannon is a Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science (SRCD/AAAS) Policy Fellow at OPRE where she focuses on early care and education, primarily in Child Care and the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. She has particular interest in social and cognitive development in infants and toddlers, quality of early care, and discovering how programs can mitigate effects of early adversity. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she led studies on behavioral and neural correlates of infant social cognition, oversaw program evaluations of early childhood programs, and led research projects investigating risk and protective factors of low-income infants and children. Dr. Cannon holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

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Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison National Poverty Fellows

 

Kathleen Moore
Division of Data and Improvement/Division of Economic Independence

Kathleen Moore is a National Poverty Fellow at OPRE during the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research interests include housing policy, homelessness policy, and social policy. She earned an M.P.A. from the University of Utah in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management in 2017 from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

 

Megan Reid
Division of Economic Independence

Megan Reid is a National Poverty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in residence at OPRE. Her work broadly focuses on low-income families, child well-being, and social policy. She is particularly interested in understanding relationship formation and dissolution, cohabiting relationships, parenthood, and the connections between housing and family. At OPRE her work focuses on healthy marriage and relationship education programs, responsible fatherhood programs, and family stability. Prior to coming to OPRE, Megan was a Project Director at National Development and Research Institutes in New York City where she directed a study on low-income cohabiting Black stepfamilies. She received her BA in sociology and English from Rutgers University, and her MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Business Strategies Consultants Staff (BSC)

 

Alysia Blandon
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development

Alysia Blandon is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants providing research support to OPRE. Her work at OPRE focuses on early care and education as well as caregiving relationships and the role they play in buffering toxic stress. Prior to joining OPRE, she was an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focused on parenting, coparenting, and young children’s social and emotional development. Dr. Blandon holds a BA in Psychology from Colorado College and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.

 

Elaine Carpenter
Research Assistant
Division of Economic Independence

Elaine Carpenter is a Research Assistant with Business Strategy Consultants, providing research support to OPRE. Her work at OPRE focuses on assisting a wide range of projects related to welfare, employment, and family self-sufficiency, in particular the Career Pathways Programs. She is especially interested in the field of behavioral science as well as TANF and the labor market. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a research program coordinator at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Carpenter holds a B.A. in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Dionna C. Cheatham
Research Assistant
Division of Family Strengthening

Dionna Cheatham is a Research Assistant with Business Strategy Consultants providing research and evaluation support to OPRE. Her work at OPRE spans across the Division of Family Strengthening, with work on multiple projects including teen pregnancy prevention, healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, family violence, and home visiting. Prior to joining OPRE, she was the Research and Policy Assistant at The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, as well as a researcher at Kent County Health Department working on “The How to Stop Pregnant Women from Smoking Marijuana initiative.” Ms. Cheatham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration from Grand Valley State University.

 

Tracy Clopet
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development

Tracy Carter Clopet is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants. Her work at OPRE focuses on early care and education (ECE), particularly in the area of quality improvement efforts in ECE programs for low-income children and families. Dr. Carter Clopet is also the lead consultant for the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC), which brings together researchers, policymakers, program administrators, and other partners interested in strengthening the bridges between research and policies shaping early care and education programs and systems throughout the country. Prior to her current role, she was a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Executive Branch Policy Fellow in the Office of Child Care, and a Head Start Graduate Student Research Scholar. Dr. Carter Clopet holds a B.S. in psychology and German and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, all from the University of Miami.

 

Nicole Deterding

Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Economic Independence

Nicole Deterding is a National Poverty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in residence at OPRE. Her work focuses on postsecondary career pathways reforms and evaluation methodology. She has a particular interest in systemic higher education reform and mixed-methods research. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) Project, and a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, where she worked on several multi-site, mixed-methods program evaluations of interventions at both the K-12 and post-secondary level. Dr. Deterding holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA in Education Policy Studies from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University.

 

Lauren Deutsch
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Economic Independence

Lauren Deutsch is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants providing research support to OPRE. Her work focuses on supporting the well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income families through projects related to employment and training, career pathways programs, TANF office culture, and family experiences with poverty. Prior to joining OPRE, Ms. Deutsch was the project manager and research analyst for a US Agency for International Development (USAID) contract to evaluate progress toward USAID’s 2011-2015 Education Strategy Goals.  Ms. Deutsch holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in History and an M.P.P with a concentration in Public-Private Policy and Management, both from the George Washington University.

 

Nina Hetzner
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development

Nina Philipsen Hetzner is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants. Her work at OPRE focuses on early care and education, primarily research on the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. She is interested in the effects of early childhood experiences on longitudinal development and how research in this area can inform effective policy and practice. Prior to her current position, she was a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellow, a research consultant with the New York City Department of Education on the development of the First Step NYC Leadership Institute, and a graduate fellow at the National Center for Children and Families. Dr. Philipsen Hetzner holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Child Development from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.

 

Kriti M. Jain
Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Family Strengthening

Kriti Jain is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants providing research and evaluation support to OPRE. Her work at OPRE focuses on healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, domestic violence, and ongoing research methods training. Prior to joining OPRE, she designed and ran evaluations of multisite social services programs tailored to individuals living with HIV. She was an Evaluation and Research Manager and Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and also worked as an independent consultant. Kriti is the lead author of an implementation science book called Improving Access to HIV Care: Lessons Learned from Five U.S. Sites (Johns Hopkins University Press, Jan 2016). She holds a B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master's of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Deric Joyner
Dissemination Strategist

Deric Joyner is a Dissemination Strategist with Business Strategy Consultants, providing strategic research communications and dissemination support to OPRE. His work focuses on the effective dissemination of OPRE’s rigorous research and evaluation to the multiple stakeholders and audiences seeking to expand their understanding of ACF programs. He has a particular interest in leveraging organizational collaboration and communications across online and social media platforms to increase the engagement and impact of dissemination. Prior to joining OPRE, he held positions at the National Academy of Social Insurance, where he managed policy research communications and served as project manager for multiple organizational efforts. Mr. Joyner holds a BA from Morehouse College, and an MA in Public Administration from American University.

 

Kathleen McCoy

Social Science Research Analyst
Division of Child and Family Development & Division of Family Stregthening

Kathleen McCoy is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants. Her work at OPRE focuses on family strengthening, in particular teen pregnancy prevention and healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood. Additionally, she works on child and foster care related projects. Prior to joining OPRE, she was the Chief Psychology Post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as a Post-doc in the Health Disparities and Public Policy lab. Dr. McCoy holds a BS from Drexel University, and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Katherine McKinney
Management Analyst

Katherine McKinney is a management analyst with Business Strategy Consultants providing analysis of managerial processes at OPRE. Her work at OPRE focuses on determining the effectiveness of administrative procedures and creating systems to ensure that related actions are completed with quality, in a timely manner, and comply with rules and regulations. Prior to joining OPRE, Ms. McKinney worked for the State of Washington in a variety of management analyst and quality assurance roles for the Department of Social and Health Services, the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, and the Economic Services Administration. Ms. McKinney holds a BA in Political Science from James Madison University and an MPA, with a certificate in Nonprofit Administration, from the University of Central Florida.

 

Gabrielle Newell
Social Science Research Analyst
TANF, employment services, case management, workforce development

Division of Economic Independence

Gabrielle Newell is a Social Science Research Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants providing research support to OPRE. Her work focuses on TANF, workforce development, and case management. She has a particular interest in innovative practices to support long-term financial stability and career growth. Prior to joining OPRE she provided crisis response and case management services to victims of trafficking with the non-profit Polaris. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, with a minor in Human Rights, from the University of Chicago, where she was selected for the Truman Scholarship. Gabrielle also has a Masters in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford.

Allison Walker
Research Assistant
Division of Child and Family Development

Allison Walker is a Research Assistant with Business Strategy Consultants providing research and administrative support to OPRE. Her work at OPRE focuses on early care and education, as well as the American Indian/Alaskan Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES). Prior to joining OPRE, she was a Public Policy Fellow at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and a Legal Support Clerk at the law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP. Ms. Walker holds a BA in Psychology from Grinnell College.

Connor Williams
Research Assistant
Division of Data and Improvement

Connor Williams is a Research Assistant with Business Strategy Consultants. His work for OPRE includes supporting efforts to improve data linkage, access, and interoperability across ACF programs, as well as contributing to administrative process improvement. He is particularly interested in producing and translating research for more effective use by policymakers and practitioners. Connor holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Catherine Workmeister
Budget Analyst

Catherine Workmeister is a Budget Analyst with Business Strategy Consultants providing financial and budget management support to OPRE. Prior to working at OPRE, Catherine worked in accounting at an international manufacturing company. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science from Hood College.

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Last Reviewed: April 5, 2018