Nadia M. Akhtar

Member
nadia@terralunacollaborative.com

 

Nadia holds a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Creighton University. 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.

As a member of TerraLuna, Nadia has had the pleasure of working with a talented team of evaluators to address issues of disparity and qualitatively and quantitatively measure impact of a variety of interventions and programs. In additional to working directly with program staff, Nadia has worked on creating and identifying appropriate study designs, applying rigorous statistical methodology to survey data, longitudinal data, and outcomes data focused on highlighting program impacts and ultimately improving program effectiveness within social and educational contexts.

As a proponent of data stewardship, Nadia is committed to maintaining the integrity of study data and using statistics to uncover patterns and insight, while passionate about communicating meaningful conclusions to stakeholders to ensure an improvement in the lives of those being served.

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.

Jason Altman

Member
jason@terralunacollaborative.com

 

Jason Altman provides evaluation support to entities providing advocacy for, policy support for and programming in K-12 public schools, extension services, and community development. Since his career began in 2002, in all project work he emphasizes elevating the voices of the most affected, and often least empowered stakeholders as well as deeply considering nuance and context at the local level. His desire is that evaluative support can contribute to the changing of hearts and minds about what is important in local communities and the responsibility to serve local communities in the way that they choose to be served. Jason is a published professional with more than 40 academic papers, reports, and journal articles, and more than 80 academic presentations to his credit.

 

 

 

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Gifty Amarteifio, Ph.D

Member
gifty@terralunacollaborative.com

 

Dr. Gifty Amarteifio is research and evaluation specialist from St. Paul, MN. She holds a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies and a MA in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She has conducted evaluations in K-12 education, higher education, community-based organizations, non-profits and government agencies. Her evaluation journey in these various sectors has allowed her to acquire skill around instrument development, purposeful data gathering, data analysis, and program implementation; all of which aids to her systems thinking approach to evaluation.

Gifty has a wealth of experience using qualitative methods to discover areas of success and improvement, to support program development and delivery, to emerge guiding principles, and to identify behavior trends and group perspectives. She recognizes the limitations of an individual mind and strives to work alongside individuals who can think outside of the box and bring both logic and lived experiences to solve challenging problems. Gifty comes alive when she can capitalize on her strengths as a researcher and her passions to understand and address complex social problems. Across her many projects, delivering insights and findings in a manner that maximizes its potential for use is of the utmost importance to her.

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Amanda Bennett

Employee
amanda@terralunacollaborative.com

Amanda Bennett is a PhD candidate in Literature at Duke University and a fellow at Duke’s Social Movements Lab. She holds a BA in English and African American Studies and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama. While studying the philosophical and legal origins of blackness, Amanda utilizes the fundamental tenets of CRE in order to understand the ways in which culture and identity permeate a myriad of institutions and human interactions.

 

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Emily Borka

Administrative Assistant
emily@terralunacollaborative.com

Emily joined TerraLuna Collaborative in March, 2018 with a B.A. in Drama and Theater, an A.A.S in Graphic Design, and over ten years’ combined experience in administration and customer service. She is proud to support the work of TerraLuna by facilitating connections between team members and their partners, and by developing creative communication solutions. Through her personal involvement in roller derby, Emily also promotes the empowerment and visibility of LGBTQ+ and women athletes.

 

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Jill Dabrowski

Managing Director
jill@terralunacollaborative.com

Jill holds a BA in Afro-American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park, as well as a Juris Doctorate and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. As an attorney, parent, and public health professional, she is an advocate for social justice and human rights. She has previously worked as an immigration attorney, a legal product developer, and an advocate for individuals with HIV/AIDS. In her role as the Managing Director at TerraLuna, Jill develops processes and policies, drafts contracts, attempts to herd the cats, and works to facilitate change among and between individuals, organizations, and social groups.

 

Noah E. Gagner

Member
noah@terralunacollaborative.com

 

Noah Eshon Gagner is a facilitator of individual, relational, and community health through collaborative and client-centered approaches. Noah earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Student Personal Psychology, a Master of Education in Applied Kinesiology, and is a doctoral candidate in Family Social Science with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Minnesota. Noah entered the evaluation field to further engage in social justice work in ways that support and built upon his work as a therapist and researcher. Noah draws on his intercultural background and interdisciplinary studies to engage clients in dialogical processes to achieve intrapersonal, interpersonal, and systems change. Noah has experience working with K-12 public schools, non-profit organizations, and local and national government entities. His expertise is in addressing health disparities in minority and under-served populations through community-based approaches.

 

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Photo: Anna Finocchiaro

Racquel Henderson

Employee
racquel@terralunacollaborative.com

Racquel Henderson was born and raised in North Omaha, a proud mother of two, a mentor to many, and a strong advocate for personal, career, and educational growth and development.

Racquel is a Young Black and Influential Aware recipient, a MORE Women Award Recipient, and Founder of #TheBeProject—a movement based on bringing awareness to various jobs and resources to community members. Racquel earned a Bachelor's of Science from University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she studied Criminal Justice and Psychology and was inducted into the National Honors Society of Criminal Justice. Racquel has spent over eight years in serving her community by providing second chances in re-entry programs and uplifting youth in higher education opportunities. Racquel currently, serves as a College Success Navigator at Metropolitan Community College, where she works with a scholarship program that focuses on the retention of first-generation and underrepresented students by providing intrusive academic support and guidance with the nonprofit organization, Avenue Scholars. Racquel also serves as the Operations Ambassador for Black and Pink—the nation's largest prison abolitionist organization.

Racquel believes that with the right resources, opportunities, and support, change is inevitable.

 

A. Rafael Johnson, MFA

Member
andy@terralunacollaborative.com

A. Rafael "Andy" Johnson works in arts-based evaluation and applied neuroaesthetics, using his background in the arts to transform what we find valuable, beautiful, and memorable into data useful for decision making. Andy brings 30+ years of experience in the arts, administration, and activism to TerraLuna. Andy began his career as a musician, then as stage manager and director. He advised graduate students and faculty in the Department of Sociology for seven years. Later, Andy became an aid worker in postwar Liberia under a USAID contract. In Liberia, Andy served as the nationwide coordinator of a Books for Africa initiative that reduced the national student-to-textbook ratio from an average of 26:1 to 4:1, connected former child soldiers with literacy and job training programs, and created the First-Year Writing Program at Cuttington University.

Over the course of his career, Andy has developed skills in observation, textual analysis, interviewing, recruiting, positive behavior supports, and arts-based interventions, as well as writing and editing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from The University of Texas, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama.

A. Rafael Johnson's was named a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction in 2014. His first novel, The Through (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017), was a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award. Andy is finishing a collection of short stories called Okahika. He regularly appears at local literary events, and teaches creative writing at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and The Loft Literary Center.

 

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Dominique Morgan

Employee
dominique@terralunacollaborative.com

Dominique Morgan is a Young Black and Influential Award recipient for Advocacy, Greater Omaha Young Professionals' Change Maker Award recipient and NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Queer People of Color Nebraska, National Director of Black and Pink - the nation’s largest prison abolitionist organization in the country and an award winning musician - 2018 Omaha Entertainment Arts Award winner for Best R&B and chosen as the first to perform on the TEDX stage with his song "Stand Up".

 

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Nora F. Murphy, Ph.D

Member
nora@terralunacollaborative.com

Nora F. Murphy is a founding member of TerraLuna and Principal Visionary Officer on the Board of Directors. She has a broad set of experiences as an evaluator and researcher. Nora earned a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies from The University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in Research Methodology from The University of Pittsburgh and has her Bachelor of Arts 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. Nora also has previous experience as an educator, both as a high school math and science teacher in Washington D.C., 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. Nora was 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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Edwin Nelson

Employee
edwin@terralunacollaborative.com

Edwin holds a MA in Community Development and Planning from Clark University and has extensive experience developing engaging programming for non-profit organizations. He is a skilled project manager with an understanding of community-centered program design and a portfolio of experience that includes work with a number of educational and workforce development organizations. In his role as Project Coordinator at TerraLuna, Edwin helps manage the many moving parts associated with each project and is interested in the use of data to inform and strengthen partner engagement.

 

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Sarah Sevcik

Employee
sarah@terralunacollaborative.com

Sarah Sevcik'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, a Master of Education (M.Ed) in adult education in 2012, and a Program Evaluation Certificate in 2017. 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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Photo: Stephanie Glaros

Jeff Severns Guntzel

Member
jeff@terralunacollaborative.com

Jeff Severns Guntzel is a researcher/writer at TerraLuna. Before coming to TerraLuna in 2013, he had 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 the 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.

 

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Molly Sullivan

Member
molly@terralunacollaborative.com

Molly Sullivan is a founding member of TerraLuna. Molly received her Master of Public Policy Degree from Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from New York University and has maintained a passion for education ever since. Molly 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. Prior to joining TerraLuna, Molly worked for Minneapolis Public Schools as an administrator focused on diversifying the teaching workforce through “Grow Your Own” programs. Molly Sullivan currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for TerraLuna Collaborative.

 

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Martin Van Boekel

Employee
martin@terralunacollaborative.com

Martin Van Boekel is a graduate from the University of Minnesota's Educational Psychology program. He has been studying the cognitive and social factors that influence student learning. Martin's research interests has 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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Ethan Wilensky-Lanford

Member
ethan@terralunacollaborative.com

Ethan approaches evaluation from a position that values individual perspective, observation, and attentiveness. His professional background is in journalism and social-cultural anthropology. He worked as a reporter for The New York Times in Central Asia, and is currently completing a PhD at Rice University focused on ethnography he conducted in Kyrgyzstan. There, he collaborated on two separate projects intended to build peace and counter violent extremism by strengthening civil society. This experience exposed him to program evaluation and the importance of doing it well.

He has earned two Masters degrees—one in journalism from Columbia University, and a second in anthropology from Rice University. Since moving to the Twin Cities in August 2016, he has begun taking classes from the University of Minnesota in evaluation. He joined TerraLuna in August 2017.