AZENet Board of Directors
Deven Wisner, MS
Managing Member, Viable Insights
Deven Wisner, M.S., is trained in applied psychology, with concentrations in evaluation research, and industrial-organizational psychology. Deven is a consultant focused on bringing data and research based decision making into a variety of organizations. Proudly, he identifies as a “dataviz” nerd and enjoys storytelling through infographics. Deven’s research interests are in evaluation methods and approaches, as well as interpersonal effectiveness among evaluators and stakeholders.
Nicole Janich, MSW, PhD
Research Specialist Principal, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Dr. Nicole Janich has worked at the Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) for nine years. She currently serves as Research Specialist Principal overseeing the CABHP Research and Evaluation team. Nicole earned her PhD in Social Work from ASU with a dissertation focus on integrated care in behavioral health settings and implementation challenges of integrated care. Over the past nine years, her work as a researcher has largely been in the field of Implementation Science. Specifically, implementation of evidence-based practices in health care and behavioral health settings. Additionally, much of her work and interests include engaging in community-embedded research working alongside providers using participatory methods to conduct evaluations and assist with the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP). Outside of her work at the CABHP, Nicole has taught graduate level classes related to research, evaluation, and social policy, and currently serves as the President-Elect for the Arizona Evaluation Network Board. Nicole chooses to serve on the Board of AZENET to connect evaluators statewide and share resources.
Immediate Past President
Scott Swagerty, PhD
Methodologist, Arizona Office of the Auditor General
Dr. Scott Swagerty presently serves as the Methodologist for the Office of the Arizona Auditor General. In this role, he provides technical support to performance audit teams in the areas of research design, data analysis, sampling methods, and statistical modeling. Prior to this role, he worked in the Department of Institutional Research at Rio Salado College and as Graduate Teaching Associate at Arizona State University. Dr. Swagerty’s expertise is in quantitative methodologies, including predictive modeling and Bayesian statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2015.
Vice President of Administration
Shawn M. Donnelly, MA
Strategic Learning & Evaluation Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Vice President of Budget and Finance
Phil Stoeklen, M.S.
Partner, Viable Insights
Phil is a Partner at Viable Insights, an evaluation and organizational development consulting firm located in Tucson, AZ. Phil is trained in applied psychology, with concentrations in evaluation research, health promotion and disease prevention, and industrial-organizational psychology. His primary expertise is in the context of educational program evaluation and community needs assessment research, though his interests span several domains, including: epidemiology, environmental conservation, and social justice and human rights work.
My "why": I've been an AZENet member for a few years now, and for more than two of those years I was a resident of Wisconsin. It was only in the past year that I finally made the decision to call Arizona my home, and move to Tucson. This decision was in no small part related to the evaluation community I have come to know through interactions with the network, and my decision to run for a board position was directly linked to my desire to be more involved in this community, and to get to know more of the wonderful change agents that make AZENet so great.
External Communications Chairs
Stephen Gaarder, PhD
Research Project Manager, Tucson Unified School District
Stephen Gaarder, PhD has 20+ years of program evaluation experience in education, health care, and social services in New York, New England, and the Southwest. Steve is currently a Research Project Manager in the Assessment and Program Evaluation Department of the Tucson Unified School District. Before joining TUSD, he was a program evaluator in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona (2010 to 2014) and for the Tohono O’odham Tribe (2014-2015). Steve earned his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) from the University of Arizona in Political Science/Policy Analysis, and spent his early career teaching research methods and policy analysis at Baruch College in New York City, then research design & statistics for the University of New Hampshire system. He became interested in program evaluation in the late 1990’s while working for a community-based provider of mental health, suicide prevention, and homeless services in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire & Vermont. Steve lives in Tucson with his wife Susan and his two children, Nora and Jascha.
Abby Henderson, MS
Analyst & Project Coordinator, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Abby is an Analyst & Project Coordinator for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security at ASU. In this role, Abby manages research and evaluation projects from conception to final reports, with a focus on data analysis and visualization. She earned an MS in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics from ASU in 2019. Prior to working in academia, Abby has worked in non-profits ranging from a small neighborhood NGO in Cape Town, South Africa to the largest public nonprofit in Western Washington. Her work is based in the belief that data-driven storytelling can create change in policy and in people. She is a part of AZENet in the hopes of creating pathways to success for new evaluators and connecting with other folks in this field.
Membership Recruitment Chair
Program Manager, Data Science and Analytics Unit at Arizona State University
Kerri Rittschof, PhD, is the Program Manager at Arizona State University, Data Science and Analytics unit. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. She has over 19 years of child welfare experience beginning her career with the Department of Child Safety. She has led a team of researchers to evaluate evidence-based programs and collaborate with child welfare agencies to improve youth and family outcomes. Further, she is Adjunct Faculty at Grand Canyon University, with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. AZNet provides network and professional development evaluation opportunities by connecting and empowering students and professionals to like-minded individuals through social and specialized events.
Resource Development Chair
Research Analyst, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University
Grant Yoder is a research analyst with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center Office of Evaluation and Partner Contracts at Arizona State University. For the last four years he has worked on a variety of projects related to community health including: substance use prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, community needs assessments and strategic planning. He has been the lead evaluator on multiple statewide evaluations of a drug prevention program for families in Arizona. Currently, Grant is leading a team of researchers to look at the impact of a social determinants of health intervention in Maricopa County. Grant received his Master of Education in Community Development from Vanderbilt University in 2015, and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served as a secondary school teacher in Tanzania.
AZENet is seeking individual(s) interested in serving as Cluster Chairs/Co-Chairs throughout the state! We currently have clusters active in Phoenix and Tucson. We welcome the development of clusters in other locations.
Phoenix Region Chairs
Hildie Cohen (Phoenix)
Research Director, NORC at the University of Chicago
Hildie Cohen is a Research Director in the Health Sciences Department at NORC at the University of Chicago with significant expertise in project management, research design and evaluation, documentation development, and data governance. Her current projects include the production of data user’s guides and a methodology report for a long-term study of Medicare beneficiaries, directing the implementation and evaluation of a nursing and social work curriculum to address adolescent substance use, and coordinating a learning community for addressing risky alcohol use in primary care practices. She also manages NORC’s Data Governance Board. She has a Master’s in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am part of AZENet to meet other evaluation and research professionals doing similar work and to learn from the vast expertise of our members.
Martha Franquemont, MPP (Scottsdale)
Reporting & Analysis Manager, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Martha Franquemont serves as Reporting & Analysis Manager for the Division of Benefits & Medical Eligibility at the Arizona Department of Economic Security. She oversees federal and public records reporting and analysis for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Her team is also responsible for Tableau field reporting on key performance metrics related to eligibility determination. Martha specializes in supporting organizations to develop performance metrics and use data to continuously improve operations and drive strategic decision-making.
Martha has a background in process improvement, higher education analytics, microfinance, and program evaluation. She has an MPP in Policy Informatics from Arizona State University and a BS in Economics and Political Science from Bradley University.
Tucson Region Chairs
Jennifer Schultz De La Rosa, PhD
Associate Director, Program Evaluation and Policy Research Group at the University of Arizona
Jennifer Schultz De La Rosa, PhD, is a program evaluator, policy researcher, and social network analyst at the University of Arizona's Department of Family and Community Medicine. Her research interests focus on the intersection of health care and the social determinants of health and well-being. Of particular interest are innovations that promote self-determination around health and well-being outcomes. Throughout her career, Jenn has enjoyed collaborating with organizations to develop their capacity to use data as a strategic resource. Her biggest professional reward is providing data-driven support to individuals, organizations, and communities as they envision and actualize the futures they most want to see.
Ana A. Lucero, PhD
Evaluation and Operations Administrator, Primavera Foundation
Dr. Lucero is an evaluator, researcher and teacher, Ana believes in using data to inform meaningful change. She joined AZeNet to connect with other evaluators and serve Arizona. Her background includes working both in evaluation and in academics. Ana has evaluated social service and public health programs at local nonprofit organizations. She currently works at Primavera Foundation where she evaluates and reports on programs serving people experiencing poverty. She is an active member of the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness and also serves on the Advisory Council of the Frances McClelland Institute. Her academic research has focused on Mexican family life, immigrant family life and couple relationships. Courses she has taught include Program Evaluation, Research Methods and Family Dynamics. Away from work, Ana spends time with her two children and enjoys exploring the Sonoran Desert.
Past AZENet Presidents
2018 Jenny McCullough Cosgrove
2017 Wendy Wolfersteig
2016 Michele Schmidt
2015 Maria Aguilar-Amaya
2014 Michel Lahti
2013 Cassandra O'Neill & Amy Ashley
2012 Lenay Dunn
2011 Cassandra O'Neill
2010 Shelly Potts
2009 Lois Sayrs
2006-2008 Michelle Anderson
2005 John Vivian
2003-2004 Rick Duran & Ric Wood
2002 Allison Titcomb
2001 Steve Powers
2000 Craig LeCroy & Heather Campbell
1999 Barbara Nienstedt
1998 Dennis Palumbo
1997 BJ Tatro