AZENet Board of Directors
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.
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.
Immediate Past President
Jenny McCullough Cosgrove, MSW
Independent Evaluation Consultant, Noesis Consulting
Jenny McCullough Cosgrove practices as an independent consultant in Arizona and across the U.S.A. Beginning her career in the field of cognitive psychology, she transitioned to a larger systems focus of practice in program evaluation and community-based research. Jenny’s passion is to use evaluation to advance inclusion and equity.
Vice President of Administration
Strategic Learning Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Vice President of Budget and Finance (Interim)
Wendy Wolfersteig, PhD
Director, SIRC Evaluation and Partner Contracts at Arizona State University
Dr. Wendy L. Wolfersteig serves as Director of Evaluation and Partner Contracts at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University. For 18 years, her work in substance abuse prevention and evaluation in Arizona have focused on the use of effective evidence-based strategies and data-driven decision-making. She leads her team in working collaboratively with state, county, city, and local partners to design and perform evaluations, provide training, and disseminate findings aimed at preventing, reducing, and eliminating health disparities. Dr. Wolfersteig serves as a member (former chair) of the Arizona Substance Abuse Epidemiology Work Group. She is a faculty associate in the School of Social Work at ASU, and an adjunct associate professor in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide.
External Communications Chairs
Marina Celaya, MPH
Program Evaluator, Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Marina Celaya is the Program Evaluator with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. A majority of her work surrounds SNAP-Ed programs focusing on areas such as healthy eating and retail sites, active living/physical activity education and promotion, and school & early care education sites. She also provides evaluation and data visualization assistance to the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIPMC), and the Maricopa County Food System Coalition (MarCo). Marina is a Tucson native, currently lives in Scottsdale AZ, and graduated from Arizona State University (BS in Biology) in 2014 and the University of Arizona (Master of Public Health) in 2017.
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.
Membership Recruitment Chair
Program Manager, Center for Child Well-Being at Arizona State University
Kerri Rittschof, PhD, is a Program Manager at Arizona State University. Kerri’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. She has over 18 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.
Professional Development Chair
Roseanne C. Schuster, Ph.D, MSC
Assistant Research Scientist, Arizona State University
Roseanne Schuster is a global nutrition and public health professional dedicated to increasing the impact of research and programming through innovative, cost-effective, and culturally responsive monitoring, evaluation, and learning. She has a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs seeking to improve health and environmental and social wellbeing. Roseanne engages community-based, participatory, and implementation science approaches in interventions and evaluations to ensure programs are ultimately responsive to target populations and adaptive to the complex systems in which they operate.
Roseanne's research focuses on improving delivery of critical health services in low-resource settings, uptake of health care among vulnerable populations, and understanding of how food and water insecurity shape infant and young child feeding and growth. She has led interventions, evaluations, and indicator development activities in multiple countries, with long-term expertise in Mozambique and sub-Saharan Africa.
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 looking for a Resource Development Co-Chair!
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
Martha Franquemont, MPP (Scottsdale)
Strategic Planning & Management Analyst, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Martha is a Lean Coach at the Arizona Department of Economic Security, specializing in performance measurement, data analytics, and metrics development. Her work focuses on improving the eligibility determination process for SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid through leveraging data and Lean Six Sigma methodologies. 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.
MPA Student, University of Arizona
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