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Team


Antonio Olmos, Ph.D. |

Executive Director

Antonio Olmos, Ph.D. | Executive Director

 

Origin: Mexico City, Mexico

 

Antonio has over 20 years of experience working in the field of program evaluation and research methods. As many others, Antonio became an accidental evaluator back in Mexico when working in the statistical analysis of a program offering education services to very small communities. He is passionate about demonstrating the effectiveness of programs and for many years he has worked around the idea of program effectiveness using research designs and research methods. Antonio has presented at National and International conferences about topics such as Propensity scores, meta-analysis, instrument equivalence, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Although specializing in quantitative methods, Antonio recognizes the importance of qualitative methods, and has extensive experience in mixed methods. Antonio has strong ties to Colorado, where he has worked as Director of Evaluation and Research (Mental Health Center of Denver), Associate professor (University of Denver), Board President (Colorado Evaluation Network), and local chair (American Evaluation Association).

 

Key Expertise:

Experimental designs | Program evaluation methods and theory | Psychometrics | Quantitative methods | Quasi-experimental designs

Personal Interests:

The outdoors | Endurance sports | Art | Photography | Music


Adam Soberay, Ph.D. |

Research Associate

Adam Soberay, Ph.D. | Research Associate

 

Origin: Cleveland, Ohio

 

Within his role at ARI, Dr. Soberay has been a lead evaluator for a variety of programs across multiple community-based agencies. He is currently working on evaluations for the Aurora Mental Health Center, the Colorado Refugee Wellness Center, and the Asian Pacific Development Center. He is also currently providing data and evaluation support for the National Council for Behavioral Health. His current work focuses on evaluating programs targeting health disparities, primarily those experienced by individuals with mental illness and/or refugee and immigrant populations. At ARI, Adam is also responsible for the training of master’s and doctoral level evaluation interns. He also provides evaluation and research support for pre-doctoral psychology interns at the Aurora Mental Health Center. Adam is also currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver in the department of Research Methods and Statistics, as well as the department of Business Information and Analytics. He is also currently an adjunct faculty of the Math department at the Johnson and Wales University. His prior experience includes serving as the Program Manager and Research Coordinator for the University of Denver’s Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center. He also contributed to a year-long assessment of the implementation of expanded learning opportunities targeting educational disparities within Colorado Public Schools. Dr. Soberay has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences on topics across research and program evaluation.

 

Key Expertise:

Advanced Statistical Analysis | Evaluation | Program Management | Research Methods | Teaching

Personal Interests:

Mountain Biking


Danielle Jackman, Ph.D. | Research Associate

 

Origin: San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Dr. Danielle Jackman is an Applied Developmental scientist trained in prevention and intervention work in community-based settings and has been extensively involved with local, national, and international program evaluation efforts throughout her career. For the past seven years, Dr. Jackman worked closely with Colorado State University’s Extension specialist to evaluate several rehabilitation programs for farmers and ranchers with disabilities. In 2012, Dr. Jackman served as the lead international program manager for the Bailey Institute, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  As their program manager, Dr. Jackman helped conduct and evaluate a literacy program in Liberia, Africa.  Dr. Jackman also worked collaboratively as a qualitative consultant with an interdisciplinary staff to evaluate the effectiveness of a youth substance abuse cessation campaign across several Native American reservations. As the qualitative consultant, Dr. Jackman was primarily responsible for advising the program staff and evaluation team on best participatory evaluative practices for youth and in what ways it can be adjusted to suit the Native American population.  Dr. Jackman is currently working with an international group of professionals to develop a handbook aimed at assisting community based programs on utilizing evaluative tools to foster positive youth development (PYD).  Finally, at ARI, Dr. Jackman is the lead evaluator of several programs that address mental and behavioral health of youth. These programs are delivered to a wide array of marginalized populations with mental and /or behavioral health challenges.

 

Key Expertise:

Evaluation | Integrated Health | Positive youth development | Qualitative Methods | Substance Use

Personal Interests:

Travel | Music

Danielle Jackman, Ph.D. |

Research Associate


Kerry-Ann Lewis Pearcy, Ph.D. Candidate | Research Associate

 

Origin: Kingston, Jamaica

 

Kerry-Ann Lewis Pearcy brings more than 12 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, advanced statistical analysis, technical writing, and project management for development initiatives. She has international experience in performance evaluations, impact evaluations, results-based monitoring and measurement systems, health systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, HIV/AIDS, systems analysis. Prior to ARI, Kerry-Ann worked as consultant or advisor on numerous international evaluations in the areas of health, education, youth development, community safety and security, systems development, and national and regional development. She served as Senior Monitoring and Evaluation and Quality Improvement Specialist in the Caribbean HIV/STI program where she developed, managed, and implemented evaluations and other analytic and research services in association with the 12 Caribbean PEPFAR countries. At the United Nations Children’s Fund, Kerry-Ann was the Monitoring and Evaluation and Public Policy Specialist mentoring, designing and implementing M&E frameworks, providing technical assistance to local government agencies and NGOs, developing quantitative and qualitative research methods and surveys for national and regional projects. Kerry-Ann worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver where she taught methods of evaluation practice and program, educational research and measurement, social policy analysis advocacy and practice, statistics and analysis, and business modeling and analysis.

 

Key Expertise:

Advanced Statistical Analysis | Evaluation | Monitoring | Program Management | Project Design

Personal Interests:

Baking | Binge watching the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies

Kerry-Ann Lewis Pearcy, Ph.D. Candidate | Research Associate


Michael Sauter, B.A. | Research Assistant/ I.R.B. Officer

 

Origin: Brighton, Colorado

 

Bringing a diverse set of skills to our team, Michael started as a research intern with an education in Psychology from Colorado State University and a background in mental health, chronic illness, substance abuse, and criminology. With a history of working inside institutionalized facilities throughout the state, either on the clinical or evaluation side, Michael’s work at ARI has primarily focused on projects that utilize his skills of rapport building with community partners and collaborating with diverse groups and underserved populations. Current and past projects have ranged from integrating physical and behavioral health, mentoring for at risk youth, local and state diversion programs for incarcerated individuals with a mental illness, as well as programming for local homeless and veteran populations. Michael has a deep passion for helping those in need, he brings a fresh and creative perspective to the table, and provides a strategic mindset when looking at how to solve complex issues within our communities. Furthermore, Michael serves in an additional role at the Aurora Mental Health Center as a liaison and contact point for the center’s institutional review board. In this role, Michael helps to ensure that the human rights of all clients served at the center are protected if and when they so choose to participate in any research while at the center.

 

Key expertise:

Organizational Structure & Insight | Development & Outreach | Substance Use | Criminology | Chronic Illness | At Risk Youth

Personal Interests:

The outdoors (biking, hiking, skiing, gardening, and fishing) | Good beer | Cooking | Playing & listening to music | Books | Art | Photography | Film | Animals

Michael Sauter, B.A. |

Research Assistant/ I.R.B. Officer


Crystal Luce, M.A. | Research Assistant

 

Origin: Redlands, California

 

Crystal Luce is working on research and evaluation projects involving Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Caring for Colorado, and the Denver Foundation.  From a research and evaluation perspective, Crystal has experience with grant writing, focus groups, strategic planning, Microsoft Access database building, and data reporting.  Crystal comes to us with over 15 years of work experience in the non-profit field.  Prior to working at Aurora Research Institute, she worked at Aurora Mental Health as a Case Manager, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado as a Program Manager for their youth programming, and Case Manager for the Colorado AIDS Project.  Crystal’s employment has provided her expertise with: integrated health (over 10 years), HIV care and prevention, cultural inclusivity, LGBT youth, community rights, refugee health, youth mentoring, youth in school and justice settings, family supervision, criminal justice and substance use.  Crystal has also completed side projects with the Grand Valley Living Wage Campaign, Mesa County Meth Task Force, Western Equality, Butterflies and Dolphins (local mental health organization), and local Speech and Debate Teams. Crystal has presented her work at the Western Social Science Conference and the Boston College School of Social Work and HIV Conference.  Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Mesa State University and her Masters of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Politics and Nation theory from the University of Colorado-Denver.  Crystal’s work is driven by her experience growing up around the world due to her father’s work in the Navy.

 

Key expertise:

Cultural inclusivity | Integrated health | HIV care and prevention | LGBT rights | Strategic planning | Substance Use

Personal Interests:

I enjoy spending time with my fiancé | Dance and other physical activities | Reading

Crystal Luce, M.A. |

Research Assistant


Kai T. Schramm, M.Phil. | Research Assistant

 

Origin: Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Kai is an international addition to the ARI team. Of German descent and having studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT- South Africa), he adds a different perspective to our evaluation team. In his undergraduate days at UCT, he majored in Psychology, Organizational Psychology, and Philosophy. He first undertook a specialization into Psychology as a graduate Honour’s degree before moving over to Program Evaluation for his Master’s as his interest in preventative measures and applied research were grounded. His undergraduate degrees still shape his interest in both mental health, substance use, neuropsychology, change management and workforce training and development. His aspiration is to focus his career on the evaluation of workforce training and development programs. For his Master’s thesis he evaluated a decision-making tool for Health Surveillance Assistants in rural Malawi for D-Tree International. This tool has shaped his interest in utilizing technologies to assist those around us as well as ease the data collection process. His expertise lie in logic models, theory of change, evaluation design and frameworks, research methods, and quantitative data analysis. Additionally, he brings to the team a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality and service industry that can be applied in terms of designing training manuals and has given him leadership and project management skills.

 

Key Expertise:

Africa | Organizational Psychology | Project Management | Program evaluation methods and theory | Training Manuals | Research Methods | Quantitative Analysis

Personal Interests:

International travel | Food | Craft Beer | Hiking | Sundowners

Kai T. Schramm, M.Phil. |

Research Assistant


Francis Cheung, almost M.A. | Intern

 

Origin: Hong Kong SAR, China

 

Francis Cheung is a graduate intern completing her degree in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver. She received her BA in psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Francis’s specialty is in disaster mental health and global mental health programs – specifically in low-middle income countries. Her past experience working as a direct service provider in mental health counseling, both domestically and internationally, provide her with a unique perspective when working with community partners in program evaluation. Francis has developed and implemented mental health programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Africa. Her work domestically involves a partnership with Emily Griffith Technical College to evaluate and develop a program for immigrant and refugee students. At ARI Francis manages the program evaluation projects for program partner, Asian Pacific Development Center, and also helps with grants from the Denver SIM grant and Denver Foundation.

 

Key Expertise:

Crisis Intervention | Cultural Sensitivity | Direct Service Experience | Evaluation | Global Mental Health | Needs Assessment | Qualitative Methods

Personal Interests:

The outdoors | Cooking | Travel | Gardening

Francis Cheung, Almost M.A. |

Intern


Stuart Garney, B. A. | Data Coordinator

 

Origin: St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Stuart joined ARI from Missoula, Montana with an interest in database design, development, and administration. With a graduate certificate degree in Data Analytics from Arapahoe Community College, he thus has an exceptional understanding of data science and analytics. His projects have demonstrated the cleaning and prepping of large raw data sets for further data/text mining, cluster analysis, map plotting, predictive modeling, sentiment analysis, segmentation, frequency distribution, and machine learning. He brings with him 4+ years of experience in SQL, Microsoft Access and Excel, R, Visual Basic, and Python and is fluent in their programming language. Furthermore, he specializes in Data Visualization utilizing Tableau to highlight and explain data in the simplest of ways. This skill set has enabled him to pursue web development as an additional interest.  For his undergraduate degree Stuart received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Montana. This undergraduate background provided Stuart with a with wide range theoretical knowledge in environmental sciences and psychology, which have enabled him to understand the context of the databases he designs. With a wide variety of professional, technical, and educational experience Stuart brings a different perspective of problem solving and creativity to the table.

 

Key Expertise:

Database design | Data Management | Database normalization & automation | Data Visualization | Programming Fluency | Web development

Personal Interests:

Playing music | Soccer | Fly fishing | Hiking | Camping | Board sports

Stuart Garney, B.A. |

Data Coordinator