I have been called a “people-person data-nerd”, and I try to make the most of both these qualities in everything I do. Bringing over 18 years experience in research/evaluation fields, my mission and passion is to help people and organizations truly use data to improve the lives of others.
For five years I served as Research and Evaluation Director for the Youth Initiative of Adams County (ACYI), where I was responsible for helping a partnership of 5 school districts and over 50 community/nonprofit partners collect and utilize data to improve outcomes for children and youth. Since 2016 I have worked in Westminster Public School District coordinating and evaluating several grants – including an ‘At-Risk Student Services’ grant in which YESS programming was a major component. Prior to my data and evaluation work with schools and youth-serving nonprofits, I spent 10 years studying social psychology and neuroscience, conducting research, and teaching statistics and research methods at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I received an M.A. in 2011. My research focused on how race and gender stereotypes influence our perceptions and actions toward others, and strategies that might reduce biased thinking and behavior.
I am a Colorado native – originally from a small town in the mountains, and I love to spend every possible minute outdoors. I am also a devoted fan of our local sports teams, and I enjoy live music, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, painting, and most of all spending time with family and friends.