Our Team

Nicole Cerra, M.A., M.P.H, Research Associate

Nicole Cerra, M.A., M.P.H, Research Associate

Nicole Cerra joined RMC Research in 2018 with experience in applied research and program evaluation. Nicole is a listener. She enjoys understanding people’s perspectives using qualitative research methodologies. She is dedicated to illuminating the voices of underserved populations in the United States and abroad—particularly homeless or formerly homeless individuals. Nicole has expertise involving nonresearchers in qualitative data collection and analysis (i.e., community-based participatory research). Nicole holds a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nicole enjoys quiet moments of reflection amidst the chaos of raising a young child, the ocean, watching American Dippers on raging rivers, and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.


Jean Hiebert Larson, Research Associate

Jean Hiebert Larson, Research Associate

Jean Hiebert Larson is an artist-turned-researcher specializing 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.


Chandra Lewis, M.S., Senior Research Associate

Chandra Lewis, M.S., Senior Research Associate

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.


Lauren Maxim, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

Lauren Maxim, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

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.


Caroline Qureshi, Research Assistant

Caroline Qureshi, Research Associate

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.


Lori D. Sievert, Associate Director

Lori D. Sievert, Associate Director

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.


Virginia Thompson, Program Assistant

Virginia Thompson, Program Assistant

Missing her calling as a spelling bee queen, Virginia pursued a career in office administration, supporting many executives across a variety of industries. Born of an avid dictionary reader, music lover, and scientist, she inherited a passion for wordplay and a genetic predisposition to ask questions. She is excited to be able to engage her love of detail and formatting and data visualization expertise toward the creation of accurate and eye-pleasing end products. Even more fulfilling is applying those creative abilities toward projects for the good of humanity alongside a talented team.

Animated and creative, Virginia loves tasting her way around the globe, performing Soul Train moves for her dog and cat, making people laugh, inventing new words, and doing or viewing anything artistic.


Koko Wadeson, Research Assistant

Koko Wadeson, Research Assistant

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.)


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