AZENet Board of Directors
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.
Shawn M. Donnelly, MA
Strategic Learning & Evaluation Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Shawn Donnelly serves as the Learning and Evaluation Officer at Virginia G Piper Charitable Trust, a philanthropic foundation serving Maricopa County, where he manages the evaluation of grantmaking strategies. He is driven by his passion to make learning accessible and actionable within the social-profit sector. He has called Arizona home since 2015, and happily lives in Phoenix with his partner and two pets. He has served on the board of AZENET since 2018 and holds a master’s degree in community-social psychology from the University of Massachusetts.
Immediate Past President
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.
Vice President of Administration
Holly Starr, MSW
Project Manager, Hourglass Education Technology Solutions
Holly Starr is data-oriented, research-minded, and dedicated to using her skill sets to improve communities and the social programs within them. Her social work training has deeply embedded a strengths-focused view to any issue she approaches, and she believes the communication with and understanding of stakeholders is central to any project. She has worked on projects with the child welfare system in Tucson, homeless outreach programs in Flagstaff, grant writing for St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, and health disparities research during her studies at Arizona State University. Most recently her expertise and drive has been invested in her role as Project Manager for Hourglass Education Technology Solutions, a local company partnered with a policy-research hub, bringing meaning to education data for school districts across the country.
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
Martha Franquemont, MPP
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.
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
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.
Professional Development Chair
Founder & CEO, Be Bravely Bold, LLC
Catherine is the Founder & CEO of Be Bravely Bold, LLC, a woman-powered strategic consulting firm based out of Phoenix, AZ and Charlotte, NC. She was inspired to build a team of professionals to support organizations who face everyday challenges without the confidence and capacity to identify and execute solutions. Her unique experiences and background have helped her curate a robust skillset and lead a team of professionals that supports each client.
Catherine started in the clinical space working for the East Carolina Heart Institute where she earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the Brody School of Medicine. Here she focused her research on long-term post-surgical patient outcomes in populations with chronic health conditions (e.g., chronic kidney disease) and improving post-surgical outcomes through the enhancement of the discharge and follow-up processes. Additionally, she supported database management and reporting for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery databases. She also has a Masters in Cell Biology focused on Molecular Genetics. List of peer-reviewed publications.
In 2014 Catherine moved to Arizona to work for the State overseeing the enhancement of electronic healthcare messaging. She later led the initial efforts to build an informatics team at the Arizona Department of Health Services and oversaw the efforts to achieve the State’s first comprehensive Health Improvement Plan. During her time with the State she was asked to work with the Governor's Office to roll out the Arizona Management System. A Lean centric system focused on supporting Arizona's ability to move at the speed of business. Here she supported multiple Agencies in achieving measurable improvements in their customer facing processes through reducing wastes, strategic planning, improving problem solving skills, and enhancing the customer experience.
In her spare time she enjoys a good DIY home project, true crime podcasts, and having a glass of wine while crafting a new recipe in the kitchen.
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
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.
Tucson Region Chairs
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.
Kendra Thompson-Dyck, PhD
Senior Research Analyst, University of Arizona
Dr. Kendra Thompson-Dyck is an experienced applied researcher proficient in quantitative, qualitative, and spatial methods. Kendra currently serves as the Senior Research Analyst in Assessment & Research at the University of Arizona and conducts institution-wide data collection and assessment to improve student experiences and outcomes. She is also a research affiliate of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW). Her prior collaborations include large-scale projects on community infrastructure, juvenile justice, and youth well-being funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Department of Education. Kendra holds an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Arizona and a BA in Communication from Seattle Pacific University.
Kendra joins the AZENet board with expertise and professional curiosity related to spatial analysis, data visualization, equity-mindedness, and effectively translating data into actionable, accessible insights. As Tucson regional co-chair, she looks forward to connecting with the Southern Arizona program evaluation community to share best practices and facilitate professional connections.
Past AZENet Presidents
2020 Deven Wisner
2019 Scott Swagerty
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