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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corynn joined RMC Research in 2015. She has a BA in English and is currently studying graphic design and illustration at Portland State University. She supports a wide range of projects with a penchant for detail and the belief that good design is essential to keeping our research accessible.
When she’s not coming up with creative design solutions, Corynn loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her wife and their dog.
Heidi Hinshaw is new to research but has a background in teaching and administrative support. She is thrilled to be learning about and helping to implement the development of innovative new programming and the evaluation of existing programming in public schools. She attended public school through college and taught English as a foreign language in the community college system in both North Carolina and California and at international schools in Wisconsin and Costa Rica.
When not at work she enjoys reading, keeping current with national and international happenings, attending and working in the theatre, and spending time with her loved ones outside.
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.