Margaret Beam, aka Maggie, is Director of the Portland office of RMC Research and has over 18 years of experience conducting applied research in school- and community-based settings. As a developmental psychologist she has particular interests in child and adolescent development within the contexts of family, school, and community. She applies her combined quantitative and qualitative expertise to developing mixed-methodology approaches to evaluation and works with clients to design and implement evaluations and to build organizations’ capacity to evaluate and interpret data. Maggie obtained a Master’s in Social Ecology and a PhD in Human Development from the University of California at Irvine.
Maggie starts every day off with 3 espressos. She enjoys furry friends, dogs in particular; appreciates the serenity of a long hike; is inspired by the work of Nicholas Kristof; and loves taking time off for an adventurous vacation with her husband and kids.
Lori Sievert is the Associate Director of the Portland office of RMC Research. She has a background in business administration and is highly experienced in office and contract management and procedures, recruitment and human resources, and proposal development. Lori has a passion for creating order out of chaos and considers meeting proposal deadlines an extreme sport. She provides general oversight of maintenance agreements and leases to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the office facility and coordinates all contract administration and office personnel functions. She is an integral part of proposal development teams developing budgets and ensuring that proposals meet all technical and contractual requirements and provides administrative management support on a variety of projects.
Lori is actively involved in the Washington County community (where she lives) and regularly participates in volunteer activities with a grassroots farm and service worker association and a high-poverty public elementary school. She enjoys backpacking and kayaking and spending time in her beautiful backyard with her husband and pets.
Caroline Qureshi joined RMC Research in 2010 and has gained a great deal of experience in and appreciation for research and evaluation. As a Research Associate her primary areas of expertise include science and mathematics education program evaluation, project management, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data collection, and preparing findings for presentations and reports. She is particularly interested in how the arts can impact STEM learning and how alternative education methods can be implemented in the public school system. Caroline is curious and loves asking questions and implementing plans designed to answer those questions. Falling into research and evaluation was the best thing that happened to her professionally, bringing together her methodological nature, yearning to find answers to social problems, and desire to do work that she thoroughly enjoys.
When she is not researching and evaluating you can find Caroline playing with her family, hiking, practicing yoga, and contemplating the universe.
Cathy Quindt is an accountant with more than 40 years of professional experience. She joined RMC Research in 1994 and takes care of the general Portland office accounting needs. She helps project directors manage costs by compiling and analyzing expenditure reports, and her extensive knowledge of past projects helps her develop budgets for grant proposals.
Cathy lives in a 3-generation home and has 6 bilingual grandchildren. She and her husband Mike, whom she met in eighth grade, enjoy hiking and camping. She is completely in love with the classical guitar and rarely misses a day of practice.
Chandra Lewis is a Senior Research Associate at the Portland office of RMC Research with 17 years of experience conducting research on and evaluations of federal and local programs. Chandra values in-person meetings, developing long-term working relationships with her clients, and collaborating with clients during the proposal writing stage to assist with the development of a clear project vision that increases the likelihood of funding. Chandra’s primary area of expertise is evaluating STEM K-12 education projects, but her work has spanned a wide range of content areas from at-risk youth programs to technology for the learning disabled.
Chandra is an avid reader, a fan of organization, an enthusiastic number cruncher with a story to tell, and a problem solver.
Erin Stack joined the Portland office of RMC Research in 2013. Trained as a community psychologist, she is interested in promoting social justice and equity for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Erin is particularly interested in evaluating programs that serve people with mental health and substance abuse disorders and programs that support individual and community well-being. She appreciates being on both sides of the evaluation process by connecting with program participants when coordinating and conducting interviews and focus groups and by participating on qualitative and quantitative analytic teams. Erin obtained her Master’s in Applied Social and Community Psychology from Portland State University.
Erin moved to Portland, Oregon, for graduate school and stayed for the mountains, waterfalls, and moss (and a wonderful job). Erin hikes, runs, and bikes year-round and is always looking for the next place to go camping.
Gillian Leichtling has more than 15 years of experience in behavioral health evaluation and research, serving in a lead role in national, state, regional, and community studies. Her experience includes collaborative mixed-methods studies of the implementation of policies, practices, and programs. A particular area of focus is initiatives related to opioid misuse and addiction. Gillian has a core interest in translating findings to broad stakeholder groups to support practical application toward social change. She also enjoys working with organizations to build capacity to collect meaningful data and interpret results.
Gillian enjoys the usual things: spending time near large trees and rivers, long walks with her dog, gardening, creative writing, and Argentine tango. Also, glamping around the Pacific Northwest in an adorable little travel trailer.
Jean Hiebert Larson is an artist-turned-researcher specializing in in data management, communication, and visualization. She has strong interests in social media analysis and science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) projects. As a Research Assistant her duties include coordinating data collection efforts, tracking participation and attrition, developing and maintaining project databases, building dashboards, cleaning and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data sets, and preparing infographics and report exhibits.
Jean has filled a number of roles in the arts including stage managing, directing, and performing professionally. She has taught theater and art outreach classes for all age groups (“pre-K to gray”) in Ohio, Tennessee, and Oregon. She has also assisted with the filmed documentation of several arts projects, including ArtReach, a project of art practice and education for teens at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home. She is currently an Arts Commissioner for the City of Estacada, Oregon.
With over 14 years of experience conducting applied research and program evaluation in education and community-based settings, Jennifer Lembach applies her expertise in research design and methodology, data collection and management, and statistical analysis to a variety of projects. She enjoys contributing to both sides of research and evaluation including conducting data collection with program participants and developing databases to manage and analyze the data that is collected. She is motivated by the downstream goal of social justice and equity and is particularly interested in evaluating programs that contribute toward that end. Jennifer obtained her Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University.
Jennifer can’t decide whether she prefers vacations driving around the Pacific Northwest in her 1984 Volkswagen camper van or travelling abroad and seeing the world. Though she does both as much as possible, she always enjoys returning home to her cats and her Tempurpedic mattress.
Karen Drill works with state agencies, school districts and schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations to identify which aspects of their programs are most effective. Prior to working in applied research and evaluation, Karen coordinated a program for gifted youth at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. Karen enjoys collaborating with and learning from her clients, translating highly technical analyses into clear and concise reports, and supporting her clients’ quest to influence social change. She provides a wide range of services driven by each client’s unique needs and delights in the moment when organizations shift from merely tolerating data to fully embracing it. Karen also works with organizations to develop their evaluation capacity on topics like data-driven decision making; designing strong surveys; creating logic models; and conducting needs assessments. She is well-versed in rigorous quantitative analytic methods and approaches and also uses qualitative methods to address clients’ questions related to “how” and “why.”
In addition to her passion for applied research, Karen enjoys Portland, slam poetry, cycling, a good cup of coffee, Big Sky country, accruing frequent flier miles, and exploring the world.
Koko Wadeson adores Swiss Style and is pro Oxford comma. She is a versatile designer and editor devoted to bridging the gap between scientific research and action with beautifully functional design and utterly convincing writing. She places great value on collaboration and a systems approach to quality assurance and is skilled at making sense of complex information and developing useful materials for diverse audiences. She produces content that conveys the notable, illustrates the arcane, attracts new business, increases web traffic, foments change, and guides the lost. She specializes in research reports, infographics, media messaging, grant proposals, and data collection instruments for print and digital applications. Koko is a tireless word slinger, an incorrigible fact checker, and an ardent design nerd.
Koko is also a connoisseur of cultural flotsam and jetsam. She enjoys making stuff, studying Portuguese, and busting dance moves to loud music. Yes is the answer. (Probably.)
Evaluating education and other social service programs has been Lauren Maxim’s professional focus for 10 years. Helping educational initiatives support student learning speaks to her social justice interests, while assessment of fidelity to evidence-based programs and mixed method approaches speak to her researcher mind. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she appreciates evaluating programs that serve people with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. She excels at managing projects, working with clients to create useful evaluation plans, providing timely feedback for continuous improvement, and crafting digestible summaries of evaluation findings. Lauren obtained a PhD in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
A great Saturday for Lauren includes running, hiking, or working in her yard, coffee and a good book, time with family and cats, and daydreaming about her next trip.
Mary Gray began her career at RMC Research in the spring of 2011. She has previous experience in several different research fields including occupational safety, nutrition, violence prevention and intervention, and public health. Her rich and diverse research experience brings an added depth to her work in program evaluation, a field in which she can apply her methodological and analytic skills to a range of content areas. Mary has a passion for finding creative and innovative ways to analyze data and is most satisfied when she is able to translate the findings in meaningful and utilitarian ways. She completed her PhD in Applied Psychology from Portland State University.
When not weeding through rows of overgrown data, Mary’s green thumbs can be found buried in her vegetable garden—or she might be lost in Pacific Northwest splendor on a hiking trail with her partner and their 2 beautiful children.
Michelle Hendricks is an experimental psychologist by training who has spent her career evaluating behavioral health services and programs, especially substance use and violence prevention programs. Although she was trained primarily in lab-based experimental methods, she was drawn to applied research and evaluation by the challenge of designing rigorous research studies in the real world. Michelle is also motivated by the ability of evaluation findings to contribute to policymaking and to affect change. She happily spends much of her time wrangling data and conducting statistical analyses and delights in opportunities to learn new analytic methods and software.
Michelle loves exploring Portland’s neighborhoods with her husband and dog, philosophical discussions, the smell of conifers, and a cold beer after a long hike or bike ride.
Rachel Lahoff has worked as an applied researcher since 2011. She entered the field of program evaluation in 2016 by way of applied anthropology. As a trained anthropologist, Rachel is interested in examining the ways in which social, economic, and political systems impact social programs and the communities they serve. Rachel is passionate about reflecting on cultural context throughout the entire evaluation process and collaborating with clients to ensure that evaluation is culturally responsive. She enjoys the data collection side of evaluation because it affords her the opportunity to connect with people and see programs in action. She also enjoys the analytical side of evaluation because it allows her to see where and how programs are succeeding.
Counted among Rachel’s favorite pastimes are sleeping under the stars, devouring fiction, traveling on a shoestring budget, and playing fetch with her cat.
Sarah Fowkes joined the Portland office of RMC Research in 2014. What she’s doing now: Sarah is especially interested in social media research, college and career readiness, access to postsecondary education, and international education. What she used to do: Sarah spent over 4 years managing international development projects in Washington, DC, and 3 years working in higher education with a focus on international exchange. Sarah obtained her Master’s in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
When Sarah is not working with data and research, she enjoys volunteering with local international education organizations, exploring the Pacific Northwest, practicing yoga, and spending time her husband and cat.