The following people (in alphabetical order) are the members of TerraLuna Collaborative. Each brings their enthusiasm, passion, experiences, and unique skill sets to TerraLuna projefescts.
Jason Altman is a Board Member of the TerraLuna Collaborative with 13 years of experience in the evaluation of education programming in K-12 public schools. He is skilled in qualitative methodologies, data analysis, data collection, report writing and technical assistance/professional development. He has a wealth of experience supporting federal, state, and local departments of education as well as federally funded projects and technical assistance centers. He has a strong history in impact evaluation and working with student achievement data, specifically large-scale assessment data. He has served as the external evaluator for education programs such as the Minnesota Humanities Center Educational Strategy in Omaha Public Schools, America Reads Mississippi, and the Purple Feet Foundation’s thinc® program and other various initiatives including the Public Education Department of New Mexico’s grade 4-10 statewide interim assessment program.
Jason is a published professional with more than 40 academic papers, reports, and journal articles and more than 80 academic presentations to his credit. He is the author of numerous online video tutorials and is a Tableau 8 data visualization tools Desktop Qualified Associate.Previously the primary internal evaluator for the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team at Discovery Education, he supported system evaluation efforts related to Discovery Education’s online tools. His career in program evaluation started in 2002 at the National Center on Educational Outcomes where he spent extensive time surveying, interviewing, and observing students, teachers, and administrators on a variety of educational topics and outcomes related to large-scale state assessment. He developed extensive qualitative skills in a previous career as a journalist with a small suburban newspaper. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, and the Minnesota Evaluation Association. Jason has a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Administration with a focus in Program Evaluation from the University of Minnesota.
Gifty Amarteifio recently completed her PhD studies in Evaluation Studies Doctoral Student at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. For the past two years she has been working to build her qualitative evaluation skills by participating on evaluation projects in K-12, higher education, and non-profit settings. Through the opportunities she has been given and the guidance of expert evaluators, she has developed her skills in qualitative instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and much more. Her evaluation interest is primarily in K-12 education programs and interventions aimed at improving student achievement. Gifty also holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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Kevin Lytle Jr. is a father, husband, educator, writer and poet, and entrepreneur-and TerraLuna’s first Diversity in Evaluation Fellow. He is a native of Omaha, NE and alumnus of DeVry University, in Kansas City, where he majored in Marketing. Kevin is the founder of AK Consulting Group LLC, leading professional development sessions and projects centered around better reaching children of color, children of poverty, and the young black male. He also created and heads The FUTURE Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to restoring hope through personal development classes, building and fostering under-developed talent in youth, while unifying the community and inspiring all to reach excellence.
He is the author of several published poems, articles, and essays based on both lived and seen experiences with violence, drugs, gangs, home instability, and education woes. Living by one of his favorite mottos, “we live life to share life,” Kevin uses his experiences growing up to pay forward his opportunity of living out true purpose for his life through promoting self, and cultural pride and internal greatness. His passion and knowledge for Black History, Culture, and the Human experience have afforded him the distinction of being a keynote speaker in many venues across the country
Kevin also serves as a mentor to several of Omaha’s young males as well as a basketball, chess and poetry coach.
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Keith Miller, program evaluator and program developer, is a founding member of TerraLuna and Vice President of the Board. He has a Master in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is pursuing a PhD in Evaluation Studies from the University of MN. Keith works with organizations to help them understand the nature, scope, and definition of the issues they address. Keith’s approach to evaluation and program development is to work with you not just for you. Keith has worked with organizations, government agencies, and foundations engaged in international development, agriculture policy, housing, community building, and youth development. His expertise is the ability to work across disciplines to help clients develop solutions and programs that work.
Nora Murphy is a founding member of TerraLuna and President of the Board. She has a broad set of experiences as an evaluator and researcher. She earned a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh and has her BA in Education from Earlham College. With strong quantitative and qualitative skills she has conducted evaluation and research in schools, school districts, local community organizations, national non-profits and government entities. Murphy also has previous experience as an educator, both as a high school math and science teacher in Washington DC and as the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago, IL.
Nora’s primary approach to evaluation is to view programs and people as fundamentally interrelated, applying systems theory as a framework for evaluation planning, design, implementation, analysis, and reporting. Her evaluations are also utilization-focused and she facilitates the evaluation process and design with careful consideration of how everything that is done will affect use. She was recently awarded The Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Method, or Practice. She feels incredibly lucky to have found her way to this amazing career.
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Molly Sullivan is a founding member of TerraLuna. Molly received her Master’s of Public Policy from Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She graduated with a Bachelors in Secondary English Education from New York University and has maintained a passion for education ever since. She has also worked for the Human Capital Research Collaborative, Penguin Press, Transportation Alternatives, and the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. In the course of her graduate program, she founded Young Education Professionals- Twin Cities, interned at the Minnesota House of Representatives, designed a pilot teacher evaluation system for a network of charter schools in her capacity as an Education Pioneers fellow in Washington, D.C., and worked on the Chicago Longitudinal Study. Most recently, she worked for Minneapolis Public Schools as an administrator focused on diversifying the teaching workforce through “Grow Your Own” programs.
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Josiah is a founding member of TerraLuna and graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he received a Master of Public Policy degree. As a student he was able to knit together his passions for community economic development, program evaluation and the arts. This great feat was accomplished by performing an economic impact study of a local arts festival and research into economic development strategies for the Wilder Foundation and Greater MSP. Other evaluation experience includes work for the Metropolitan Council, American Evaluation Association and CURE, a Minnesota-based environment/arts/economic development non-profit. Through evaluation, Josiah has found an outlet for his insatiable curiosity by helping real people answer real questions as they make a difference in the world.
Josiah studied music at Bethel University where he spent his time playing classical guitar (which he still manages to bust out the jams on every so often.) After completing his undergraduate degree, he spent two years as an Americorps VISTA working with youth and community development programs. In his spare time he enjoys being with his wife and dog, and learning about the geeky world of advanced baseball statistics.
TerraLuna Collaborative members are lucky to have gifted and talented partners. The following members have worked on TerraLuna Collaborative projects in the past six months.
Nadia holds a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Creighton University. Most recently, she has developed and guided analytics focusing on data-driven decision making geared towards clinical outcomes. Passionate about statistics and education, she has focused on communicating meaningful and actionable results to stakeholders and decision makers in an effort to improve a variety of public health outcomes, ranging from cancer incidence to participant engagement. She has collaborated with non-profits, for example, the Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, to improve educational outcomes in areas of math and science. As a statistical research associate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, Nadia worked on a variety of study designs and methodology. As a member of SCHARP (Statistical Center for HIV and AIDS Research Prevention), she engaged with study teams to create participant questionnaires while utilizing quantitative biological serum data to measure antibody efficacy. This mixed methods approach was used to determine intervention efficacy as well as guide future study designs and analyses. Throughout her career, Nadia has acquired skills in areas of study design, data collection and analysis, while collaborating with experts in various fields. She enjoys asking challenging, meaningful questions that will ultimately serve to improve the lives of others.
Kirsten Anderson completed her M.A. in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2013 and has experience working as an evaluator and researcher within the non-profit, health care, and educational sectors. Her specialties and interests include survey design and administration, innovative data visualization, and Evaluation Capacity Building.
Kirsten has experience with evaluation projects involving social network analysis, statistical analysis, focus groups, interviewing, survey design and analysis, as well as more innovative data collection and reporting. Major clients she has worked for include Milwaukee Public Schools, The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, Project for Pride in Living, and University of Minnesota’s CFANS department. You can learn more about Kirsten by visiting her website: kirstenlanderson.weebly.com
Amanda, an Atlanta native, is currently pursuing an MA in Women’s Studies at the University of Alabama. She is one of the cofounders of the We are Done student activist movement, which sought to address issues of racism and discrimination at the University of Alabama. As the former Campus Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post, her articles have been cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Jezebel, Fusion, and Jet magazine. In the fall, she will begin applying to PhD programs in English literature and African American Studies.
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Andrea is passionate about good leadership and system change and believes we must focus on equity, inclusivity and cultural competence in order to bring those about. Andrea has designed, implemented, and evaluated programs; helped organizations better define who they are; and designed and facilitated trainings around inclusivity and equity, sex education, staff boundaries, team building, and more. She believes a focus on improving equity, inclusivity, and cultural competence in organizations will lead to better systems and a more just world. The way about this is through engaging students, professionals, teachers, clients, managers, and citizens around issues of race, gender, class, access and equity. Andrea’s strengths lie in teaching how to lead, thinking through program design and asking hard questions. For the past 16 years, Andrea directed all aspects of the Barn Day Camp summer camp with the Farm and Wilderness Foundation in Vermont, she was integral in helping them develop and implement a 14-year plan to become an anti-racist institution. She has volunteered as a parent and student facilitator and trainer for Shir Tikvah synagogue, served on the District Parent Advisory Council for the Minneapolis Public Schools, helped guide the Barton Open School Leadership council for many years and served on the board of other non-profit organizations. Andrea is finishing up a MPA (Masters of Public Affairs) at the Humphrey School of Public Affiars with a focus on both Program Evaluation and Integrative Leadership, She has an advanced certificate of Equity and Diversity from the University of Minnesota and is fluent in Spanish.
Charmagne Campbell-Patton , is an evaluation consultant for TerraLuna and Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at UtilizationFocused Evaluation. She is committed to supporting organizations working for social justice by embedding evaluative thinking across programs and operations. Charmagne brings a decade of program design, implementation and evaluation experience to this work from across a range of fields, including youth civic engagement, education, environmental justice, youth homelessness and philanthropy. She specializes in qualitative research methods and utilization-focused developmental evaluation. She holds a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service.
Sandra Hodges holds a PhD in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration with a Superintendent’s Endorsement, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her professional career includes: elementary school teacher and principal, human resources administrator, and assistant superintendent, all in the Omaha Public School District. In 2005 Hodges was selected as University of Nebraska at Omaha Distinguished Alumni, and in 2011 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by Concordia University.
LaTosha was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and is a graduate from the University of NebraskaOmaha. She has a B.S. in Education
and Family Science and specializes in child, youth and family studies. LaTosha is currently working on obtaining a M.A. in Management with an emphasis in Leadership. Throughout Nebraska, she has worked as a high school teacher, family support specialist and case manager for at-risk youth and families. LaTosha and her husband are parents to three children, a son and two daughters. She has continued to fulfill her lifelong passion by empowering and strengthening at risk youth in order to enhance the Nebraska community.
Sheila believes that social change work must be rooted in a dynamic understanding of our communities. Sheila works with organizations to build part of this understanding through data-driven research, evaluation, and strategic planning activities.Sheila has worked as a researcher and evaluator across academic and community settings for over seven years, including conducting research at the top LGBTQ public policy think tank, The Williams Institute at UCLA. Sheila holds a Masters Degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
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Sarah’s interests include the study and evaluation of environmental, social, and behavioral determinants of health; the intersection of build environment and community health; and holistic and systems approaches to addressing public health concerns and advancing health equity. Sarah particularly enjoys dynamic, team-based evaluation projects with a utilization-focused mindset. Sarah earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) in community health promotion in 2009 and a Master of Education (M.Ed) in adult education in 2012, and she will complete the Program Evaluation Certificate at the University of Minnesota in December 2016. She currently teaches undergraduate public health courses at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, and she is also a licensed Basic Adult Education teacher for the state of Minnesota.
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Jeff Severns Guntzel has worked as a journalist for 15 years. He’s reported from the Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, Palestine) and from points all over the United States. He’s reported for Marketplace, GOOD Magazine, Utne Reader, the New York Times, and others. Before turning to journalism, he did humanitarian work in pre-invasion Iraq. In 2003, he co-founded Electronic Iraq, a website focused on the Iraqi experience of war. An experienced interviewer and storyteller, he has been doing qualitative inquiry work for TerraLuna since 2013.
Martin Van Boekel is a very recent graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Educational Psychology program. For the past seven years (2 at the University of Victoria, and 5 at UofM), he has been studying the cognitive and social factors that influence student learning. Martin’s research interests have two distinct overarching goals. This first goal is to understand how people learn when correct new information conflicts with incorrect prior knowledge. The second goal of his research is to investigate the factors that support positive youth development. In his life before graduate school, Martin was a school teacher. His experience as a teacher continues to inspire and inform all of the work he does.
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Julie is a mid-career professional transitioning into a new livelihood, adding program evaluation to her extensive experience in program planning and management. She thrives on information, and is a lifelong learner. She looks for the significance of differences, similarities, and tensions among diverse groups and cultures. How do these impact relationships and potential outcomes? These are among the elements inherent to evaluation, and that make it such a natural fit.Julie is completing a Professional Certificate in Program Evaluation at the University of Minnesota, and is gaining experience in designing and conducting practical, participatory evaluations for local nonprofits that measure outcomes and impacts, and capture emergent phenomena. She is a recent graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota completing a Master of Public Affairs degree that focused on the intersection of energy and environment policy with global sustainable community development.She has extensive prior experience managing programs and projects for international and domestic community organizations, government, and private consultants; planning events and leading international tours; community engagement and organizing; and technical writing and research.
Aaryon Williams, the artist-in-residence, brings over 10 years of professional experience as a passionate and versatile artist. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Aaryon relocated to Omaha in 2004. Using basketball as a guide, he attended college as an Art Mana
gement major with an interdisciplinary focus on Studio Art. After college, Aaryon was offered his first contract for an international professional basketball league in Iceland. He went on to play with leagues in Mexico, Denmark, and Peru. Global adventures have allowed him to gain greater appreciation for natural detailing and discovering the complexity of fundamental art techniques when capturing realism. Today Aaryon lives in Omaha where he founded FLIYE Arts Company and
Productions which focuses on his personal art brand as well as rising artists striving to develop their skills. With his father in mind, Aaryon was able to learn to never lose hope in the value of creativity. He knew that circumstances would always improve if he remained true to himself; to the trade; and to the craft of artistry.
“If you can create art, you can survive.” Aaryon’s father.
I am a TerraLuna team member using my experience to support the movement towards more art-based evaluation. Particularly in using the arts to help young people engaged with the juvenile justice system share their experience. I am a licensed Tattoo Artist specializing in custom designs. I donate my time and services to ex-gang members who want to get their tattoos covered I am owner of Artist Unbound LLC a company that utilizes multiple art forms. I work with many organizations in the pursuit of helping young people believe in themselves and giving them the tools to succeed. I am also a volunteer coach at DG’s Boxing Club in Omaha Nebraska.
Eskender Yousuf is a native of Saint Paul, MN with cultural roots that tie directly to the Horn of Africa. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from University of MinnesotaTwin Cities and has received his Master of Arts in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning from the same University. Eskender is lifelong student of knowledge who believes that education is the foundational factor for everything else to built upon. Some of his areas of evaluation and research include: Black males, firstgeneration scholars, culturally congruent practices, problembased approaches to historical inquiry, and postsecondary student development. He is dedicated to cultivating our next generation of youth by providing them with guidance towards a prosperous future.