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TExas Evaluation Network

Texas Evaluation Network Board of Directors

Board of Directors are elected annually and open to evaluators, researchers, and anyone interested in evaluation. Board members are those who are willing to commit time and energy to build awareness about TEN and who share our passion for sharing resources, enhancing evaluation knowledge and skills through professional development opportunities, and increasing the visibility of quality evaluation among potential users.

Executive Committee

Emmerentie Oliphant, PhD

President


Emmerentie Oliphant, Ph.D. is a professor and director of the MSW Program at the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University. She joined SFA in 2006 after practicing and teaching social work in South Africa since 1988.  She teaches research, international policy, program evaluation, micro and macro-level social work interventions, HIV/AIDS and mental health. Her practice background includes child protective service, family counseling, correctional services and community development. She is a consultant to agencies in South Africa, with a specific emphasis on program development and evaluation. She currently serves on the Council for Practice and Specialized Methods (Council on Social Work Education) and previously served as a council member for the South African Council for Social Service Providers. Emmerentie is an external examiner at international universities for doctoral dissertations.

She worked as principal investigator or consultant on several grants and is currently the program evaluator for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded grant on HIV/AIDS. She is one of the founding and sustaining members of TEN. 


Jessica Davison, MA

Vice president & President Elect

Jessica Davison, MA is a Senior Program Manager, Mission & Strategy, at United Way of Greater Houston. She has a diverse professional background with experience in providing direct services and conducting evaluation. Jessica has extensive experience in crisis intervention, assessment, and intensive case management with adolescents and families involved with family-based services, impacted by substance use as well as survivors of intimate partner violence. She has published research on the effects of a comprehensive, multiple high-risk behavior prevention program among high school students. Her professional experience also includes formative and summative evaluation

of programs and services in the nonprofit setting. She has worked with internal and external stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate program effectiveness and continuous quality improvement. Jessica currently serves as the co-lead of the Houston Non-Profit Tableau Users Group. She is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance, and a Master of Arts in psychology.


Holly Heisler, MPH, MBA 

Corresponding Secretary


Holly Heisler is a Senior Associate at Contracting Resources Group, Inc. (CRG), a federal management consulting firm. For CRG’s Research, Analysis, and Evaluation (RAE) Division, Holly provides technical support to projects funded by federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Heisler has experience conducting research and evaluation projects in health, education, and social programs, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities. She has contributed to projects for federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as well as for national foundations and commercial organizations. Holly has a Master of Business Administration in Health Care from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota.

Shannon H. Degenhart, PhD

Recording Secretary 


Shannon H. Degenhart, PhD., Assessment Program Coordinator, Department of Construction Sciences at Texas A&M University, has a diverse background holding a PhD in Agricultural Education, Master of Science in Agricultural Business and Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has worked with university, state-agency, and Cooperative Extension leaders from Texas and other states to successfully evaluate the effectiveness of local and multi-state programs and workshops; served as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator; and managed several multi-state, multi-university and Cooperative Extension system education and outreach projects ranging from best methods to reach non-commercial and hobbyist livestock and poultry owners with animal disease-related information to crisis communication. 

 

Moira Shaw Rivera, PhD 

Parliamentarian

Dr. Moira Shaw Rivera is the Director of the Research, Analysis, and Evaluation (RAE) Division for Contracting Resources Group, Inc. (CRG), a federal management consulting firm. In this role, she leads and oversees a portfolio of federal projects, proposals, and contracts to support research and evaluation work for a wide variety of federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense (DoD), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), State Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Her areas of interest include social and structural determinants of health and violence prevention, as well as other areas of health promotion and public health. Her work has culminated in multiple fellowships, publications, awards, and recognitions, such as the DoD Commander's Award for Civilian Service and the CDC Evaluation Award. Dr. Rivera is a Texas transplant from the East Coast. She earned her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and has served in several leadership roles for TEN, including as TEN Institute Co-Chair and Parliamentarian. Previously, she worked as a Public Health Scientist for the Army and as an Independent Consultant to various federal agencies. 


Yueyue Fan, PhD 

Treasurer 

Yueyue Fan, Ph.D., serves as the program evaluation specialist at Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas. She has more than ten years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in K-12 schools and higher education. Yueyue has a diverse professional background conducting external and internal program evaluation using quantitative, qualitative, as well as mixed-methods designs. In her current role, she manages district-wide program evaluation and research projects, including but not limited to federal and state-mandated evaluations for special student population programs, school climate, parent engagement, student social-emotional well-being, and learning resources evaluations. Before joining Irving, Yueyue’s work focused on conducting formative and summative evaluations to measure the impact and effectiveness of large-scale federal research grants in biomedical and environmental research. 

 

Yueyue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Administration from Austin College and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware. As a lifelong learner, she is always looking for opportunities to learn and grow.  


Board Members

Jonathan L Meyer, PhD

Past President

Jonathan L. Meyer, Ph.D. is the owner of JLM Research and Evaluation and has extensive experience in designing and implementing program evaluation models both domestically and internationally. Dr. Meyer primarily uses an empowerment evaluation approach for organizations that serve vulnerable women, children, families, and refugees. Dr. Meyer has worked with such organizations in Romania as well as for the federal government for the Republic of Moldova with the primary goal of designing a model of supervision for 1,000 newly hired government social workers.

Within the borders of the US, Dr. Meyer has worked with a variety of programs such as several federally funded programs serving U.S./Mexico border populations, in particular women and children living in unincorporated, poverty-stricken areas of the border called colonias as well as populations found in urban centers in San Antonio and Houston, Texas. He also currently works with organizations addressing breast cancer and with NASA funded STEM education programs. Dr. Meyer maintains the position of Co-Chair for the Surveillance and Epidemiology Work Group for the FASD collaboration of the Strategic Health Alliance, formerly the Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD). Dr. Meyer’s most recent training presentations have occurred at the local, state and national levels and have focused on issues related to program evaluation, resiliency and the strengthening of social determinants to maternal and child health.


Brittany Fitz-Chapman, PhD

Past President

Dr. Brittany Fitz-Chapman is the Director of Data and Research at Prosper Waco.  She is responsible for providing data and research to support the initiative’s activities.  In addition, Dr. Fitz-Chapman evaluates initiative efforts and partner programs to support continuous learning from data and experiences.  By building data capacity within the initiative and with partner programs, Dr. Fitz-Chapman’s role is critical to achieving data-driven decision processes in the Waco community. 

Within the context of Prosper Waco, she has assisted with local data collection and analysis projects including the Community Health Needs Assessment, qualitative analysis of House Bill 4 usage in McLennan County, and piloting the City Health Dashboard, nationwide effort to bring health data to the forefront of policy discussions.  Prior to working with the collective impact initiative, Dr. Fitz-Chapman worked on several community projects in conjunction with the Center for Community Research and Development in Waco, Texas.


David L. Doerfert, PhD

David Doerfert is Associate Dean for the Graduate School and Professor of Agricultural Communications at Texas Tech University. Doerfert’s program of research and evaluation is focused on the development of effective information and knowledge sharing systems in agriculture.

Originally from Wisconsin, Doerfert has been a member of AEA since 1989 and has TIG community connections in Advocacy and Policy Change, Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation, Environmental Program Evaluation, Mixed Methods Evaluation, and Social Network Analysis. He and his wife Jill reside in Wolfforth, Texas, and have a son Michael who is in the bioengineering doctoral program at Rice University in Houston.

Thenral Mangadu, MD, MPH, PhD              

Thenral Mangadu, MD, MPH, PhD is an associate professor in public health sciences and directs the Minority AIDS Research Center (MARC) at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has over 20 years of experience in public health program evaluation. Her community-based participatory interdisciplinary and translational research focuses on meaningfully addressing minority health disparities including Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Mental Health, Violence, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

She directs /evaluates local and international public health projects in the US, Africa, and Panama. She also leads the Rural Health Interdisciplinary Research Core (RHIRC) and co-directs the Global Alliance for Healthier Populations (GAHP)  at UTEP. Dr. Mangadu directs multiple federally funded projects of regional and national significance and has authored several peer-reviewed publications and presentations while ensuring that research findings are also disseminated in priority communities in a timely manner.

Lenola Wyatt-Tutt, LMSW

Ms. Lenola Wyatt is a Trainer/Consultant for Essential Elements based in Kensington Maryland and an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University.  She has over 30 years of experience in social services and management, including 6 years as a CEO and Head Start Director of Tri-County Community Action Agency. Ms. Wyatt has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Licensed Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She trains on Program Design and Management; Data Collection and Analysis, Family Engagement; Case Management; Building Successful Relationships with Parents; Family Goal Setting; Team Building; and Leadership Development, just to name a few. 

Lenola also creates Community Assessments, facilitates strategic planning and community evaluation, prepares programs for successful Federal Monitoring Reviews, conducts organizational assessments, facilitates Self-Assessments, and provides training for Board of Directors and Policy Councils.  Lenola presents at local, state, regional and national conferences.  Ms. Wyatt currently serves on the Pineywood Outreach Ministry Board, Deep East Texas Council of Government Criminal Justice Board, The Learning Center Board and Tri-County Community Action Board of Directors.  Ms. Wyatt received awards as “Outstanding Woman of Color” and East Texas Outstanding Volunteer Award.




Heath Prince, PhD

Dr. Prince is the Ray Marshall Center’s director and a research scientist. He has over twenty years’ experience in the education, workforce, and international development fields as a researcher, project manager, policy analyst, and evaluator. Dr. Prince serves as principal investigator for research and evaluation projects related to poverty and the labor market, including a behavioral economics experiment in Northern Jordan related to post-natal care, a United Nations Research Institute for Social Development study examining post-Arab Spring policies and programs addressing youth unemployment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia, as well as for program evaluations in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. He has written, published, and presented extensively on domestic and international employment and training programs and policies, postsecondary education, and poverty reduction.

Prior to joining the RMC, Dr. Prince was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, D.C.


Jennifer Mineo, DrPH

Jennifer Mineo is the Senior Research and Evaluation Officer at the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF).  She provides leadership, thought partnership and implementation support of research and evaluation at the foundation.  Jennifer’s background is in program evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative approaches. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in public health with local, state and non-profit organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate community health programs.  Jennifer's approach to all evaluation work is rooted in social justice. She holds a Doctorate in Public Health and a Master's degree in Social Work.  

Dana Smith, PhD, LMSW, MPA

Dr. Dana Smith is an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education for the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Houston-Downtown. She is co-author of several peer-reviewed journal articles that center on justice and equity in social work education and the profession. In 2020, she served as a Co-Principal Investigator for an Arnold Ventures grant to conduct a multi-methods process evaluation of a tele-health pilot program implemented by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. She enjoys teaching policy, ethics, social justice, field practicum, study abroad, and macro practice courses.

She is the former Executive Director of Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region, a nonprofit organization focused on health care workforce development and health literacy in underserved communities. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College, a master’s in Public Administration from Texas Southern University, and a master and PhD degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. She is also a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles /Johnson and Johnson Health Care Executive Program.



Kimberly Trevino, M.A. 

Student Representative 

Kimberly Trevino is an applied sociologist and the Student representative for TEN.  Her research  interests are homelessness, labor discrimination and automation. 

She has several years of experience as an evaluator and enjoys contributing to her community through research.  




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