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

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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.

President

Prosper Waco &

FC Research & Evaluation

Brittany Fitz-Chapman, PhD

Jessica Davison, MA is a Senior Program Manager, Community Investment, 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 on the Evaluation Council for Houston in Action. She is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance, and a Master of Arts in psychology.

Treasurer

United Way of Greater Houston

Jessica Davison, MA

Dr. Corral founded and manages the Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Services (REAS) unit under the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is responsible for the design and implementation of all the evaluation activities carried out by the REAS staff, which includes full-time professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students. The REAS portfolio currently includes evaluations for various multimillion-dollar programs funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Education (DoEd), as well as a number of other programs sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Texas Governor’s Office, UTEP, and El Paso Community College. Other clients that Dr. Corral has provided evaluation services for including the City of El Paso, Fort Bliss, Upper Rio Grande Workforce Solutions, El Paso First Health Network, El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and El Paso Community College.

 

Dr. Corral’s background is in Experimental Psychology and Sociology. Her educational experiences and research training have given her a strong foundation in social and cognitive theories, research methodologies, and statistical analyses. Thus, aside from her work in evaluation, her passion for educating and training students in applied research has led her to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses at UTEP, Excelsior College, and Park University on topics ranging from experimental methods and statistics to social problems and social inequalities.

Corresponding Secretary

University of Texas at El Paso

Guadalupe Corral, PhD

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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.

VP & President-Elect

JLM Research and Evaluation

Jonathan L Meyer, PhD

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. 

Recording Secretary

Stephen F. Austin State University

Emmerentie Oliphant, PhD

Dr. Moira Rivera is the Division Lead for Contracting Resources Group Inc.’s (CRG) Research and Evaluation Division and is passionate about using evaluation to address social and public health issues. She has worked in applied research and program evaluation for 13 years and has specialized expertise in evaluating violence prevention interventions and community health coalitions. Dr. Rivera’s work focuses on evaluating health-related policy, system, and environment-oriented interventions as well as evaluation capacity building and advocating for the use of evaluation, evidence, and data-driven decision-making to increase programs’ effectiveness. Currently, she also serves as the lead external evaluator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) DELTA FOCUS Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Program.

 

After graduating with a doctorate from the University of Texas at El Paso, Dr. Rivera worked for 5 years as a Senior Public Health Scientist for the U.S. Army Public Health Command, leading multiple evaluation projects–such as the Army Wellness Centers and Community Health Promotion Councils–as well as a large-scale evaluation advocacy project aimed at building an evaluation culture among the Army’s family and health-related programs. Dr. Rivera’s work for the Army also included mentoring and overseeing a team of evaluators who led evaluations of programs such as the Army Substance Abuse Program, the “Triple P” Positive Parenting Program, the National Guard’s Job Connection Education Program, and the Army Public Health Accreditation Program. Dr. Rivera’s work has culminated in numerous published technical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and awards and recognitions such as the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and the 2017 CDC Evaluation Award.

Parliamentarian

Contracting Resources Group, Inc.

Moira Shaw Rivera, PhD

Board Members

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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. 

 

Dr. Degenhart also has experience with GK-12 education and outreach programs.  She has served as a Junior High and High School English teacher in rural Texas and as part of the evaluation team for a NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) GK-12 project.

Texas A&M University

Shannon H. Degenhart, PhD

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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.

Ray Marshall Center

Heath Prince, PhD

Jacqueline R. Stillisano, Ed.D. is the co-director of the Education Research Center at Texas A&M University (ERC at TAMU), where she works to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the center’s work and to support the research and evaluation efforts of the center’s research staff. In addition to research and evaluation, her responsibilities include project management, grant writing, and organization of dissemination efforts.  Stillisano is also an instructor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at TAMU, teaching primarily graduate-level courses on grant writing and on program evaluation.  She has served and continues to serve as the PI or co-PI and key researcher on many previous and current evaluation projects, including projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, private foundations, and non-profit organizations. She has published articles and presented nationally, internationally, and locally on her evaluation studies and has served on numerous proposal review teams for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and Educate Indiana.  Stillisano has worked in the evaluation field for almost 15 years. 

 

Prior to transitioning to higher education, she spent 14 years as a classroom teacher in Northside Independent School District and in Dallas Independent School District, teaching secondary language arts and social studies.  

Texas A&M University

Jacqueline R Stillisano, EdD

Kimberly Trevino is a third-year Doctoral student in the Community Analytics program. Her current research interests include inequality and stratification, technology, and labor.


She has four years of experience in project management, and has contributed numerous community initiatives. At the University of Northern Colorado, she was the lead graduate researcher at the Social Research Lab while pursuing her Masters in Applied Sociology.


During Kimberly’s first year at the Center for Community Research and Development at Baylor, she participated in a large-scale multi-methodological data collection project for a local nonprofit. She also was the project manager for an educational marketing project in which she conducted focus groups with Waco residents. 


Currently, Kimberly is managing a project for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as well as consulting on local level projects.

Graduate student representative

Baylor University

Kimberly Trevino, MA

Holly Heisler is a Senior Public Health Research Analyst at 2M Research. Her work focuses on health services research, performance measurement, and program evaluation. She has conducted initiatives  primarily for federal government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as well as for nonprofits including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Currently, she manages a project for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support the training of clinical and research scientists to conduct patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems and improve quality of care and patient outcomes.

 

She also provides technical support for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded net impact evaluation of the Autism CARES Act. She has worked in a wide variety of health and education content areas including maternal and child health, veterans’ healthcare, cancer prevention and control, and workforce development, with an emphasis on addressing health disparities. Previous roles included serving as Senior Research Scientist at ICF International, Quality improvement Specialist at UCare-Minnesota, and Global Health Pathway Program Manager at the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine. She earned a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from the University of Saint Thomas,  Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota.

2M Research

Holly Heisler

Jessica Pugil is the founder and Principal of Working Partner, LLC, a Houston-based firm that specializes in planning, rigorous evaluation, and community engagement. Jessica is a skilled empowerment evaluator, planner, and analyst with extensive experience supporting collaborative efforts. Jessica developed and honed her ability to bring diverse audiences together to make a strategic change while working as a community organizer on the US/Mexican border back in the early 1990s. She deepened and expanded her planning and collaboration skills by leading strategic initiatives to integrate technology into public libraries, expand access to high-quality preschool, and create quality public spaces. She has designed and implemented evaluations of large collaborative efforts as well as organizational programs. Initiatives and programs she has evaluated have aimed to increase family financial stability, build the capacity of the healthcare safety net, implement integrated healthcare, strengthen youth resiliency, and develop organizational capacity.

Jessica is unique in her ability to combine big-picture thinking with a deep understanding of the details, which together have yielded lasting results for her clients. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University and a Master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. A life-long learner, she recently completed Claremont Graduate University’s Advanced Studies in the Evaluation Certificate program.
 

The Working Partner

Jessica Pugil

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.

Essential Elements/ Stephen F. Austin

Lenola Wyatt-Tutt, LMSW

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