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Board of Directors 2014-2015

The Washington Evaluators is managed by a Board of Directors as well as dozens of volunteers. 

Brian Yoder, President
American Society for Engineering Education

Dr. Brian Yoder is Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Institutional Research at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He oversees annual data collection for ASEE’s benchmark surveys of engineering schools, and leads research and evaluation of federally funded and industry funded projects in areas related to engineering education and STEM education. He served as Chair of AEA’s Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group. He spearheaded the Evaluators Visit Capitol Hill initiative, a collaboration between AEA’s Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) and Washington Evaluators which organized and provided guidance to AEA members to visit the office of their congress person during the AEA conference in Washington, D.C. in 2013. Brian has been active in the Washington Evaluators for over five years and played a central role in its recent growth as a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.

David Bernstein, President-Elect

Dr. David J. Bernstein is a Senior Study Director and senior evaluation specialist at Westat, an employee-owned social science research company based in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Bernstein has 30 years of professional experience in designing and conducting social science research related to performance measurement, evaluation, strategic planning, quantitative and qualitative analysis methods, and education research. He has offered consultation and technical assistance as both an internal and external evaluator working with U.S. federal government programs, a large full-service county, a large county-wide school district, and a major nonprofit service agency. He is frequently asked to provide technical assistance on evaluation design related issues for clients, and is a frequent chair, panelist, and discussant at professional evaluation conferences and trainings. He is a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between performance measurement and evaluation, and has published on evaluation-related topics in professional journals. He has published in peer review journals on how evaluation can be responsive to evaluation sponsors and stakeholders, and was co-editor of a volume of New Directions for Evaluation on this topic. Dr. Bernstein is an inaugural member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and Past Chair of the AEA Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group and Nonprofit and Foundation Topical Interest Group. He has been a contributor to AEA365 Tip a Day Email Alerts, the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) daily posting on evaluation-related topics and technical issues (http://www.aea365.org/blog/). He has served on several AEA task forces and committees. Dr. Bernstein is a former Board member and Fellow of the American Society for Public Administration Center for Accountability and Performance.

Eric Abdullateef, Past President

Eric Abdullateef is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with Macfadden. He is on contract to the Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad within USAID’s Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau. Mr. Abdullateef enables organizational learning, value for money, and results based management. He investigates program performance issues and assesses ASHA’s contribution to development, public diplomacy and U.S. national security priorities. He holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley. He is past president of Washington Evaluators, the DC Metro affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.

Nick Hart, Treasurer
US Office of Management and Budget

Nick Hart is a Program Examiner with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, focused on Social Security and Federal income maintenance programs. During his professional career he has served in positions at all levels of government -- Federal, state, and local -- and worked on a wide range of issues including environmental, energy, welfare, disability, economic development, and criminal justice policies. Prior to joining OMB in 2009, Nick was an Economic Research Analyst with the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Nick is completing a doctoral degree in program evaluation at The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Nick holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Truman State University.

Ann K. Emery, Secretary
Independent consultant

Ann K. Emery is an independent consultant who specializes in data visualization and evaluation capacity building. In the past she has conducted evaluations at Innovation Network, the Latin American Youth Center, and ICF International. Ann is active in the evaluation community: she serves as the Co-Chair of AEA's Data Visualization and Reporting topical interest group, serves on the Advisory Board of AEA’s Potent Presentations Initiative, contributes to the Ignite Working Group and the Local Arrangements Working Group, writes for aea365.org, and is a past conference planner for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.

Valerie Caracelli, Program Committee Chair
US Government Accountability Office

Dr. Valerie Caracelli, Senior Analyst in the Center for Evaluation Methods and Issues, in GAO’s Applied Research and Methods Team, conducts studies of federal evaluation practices and consults with other GAO Teams on evaluation design issues and examining the quality of evaluation studies. She recently served on the Board of the American Evaluation Association and is currently on the Board of Washington Evaluators.

Robin Kelley, Membership Committee Chair
National Minority AIDS Council

Robin Kelley has worked for over 15 years in a combination of community and academics endeavors. In academia, she has taught women’s health and human rights at Georgetown University and women’s health at George Washington University and at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. In the community, she has served as a program and evaluation consultant, program developer, program director and evaluator for community based mentoring and health organizations. The health organizations she has focused on vulnerable populations such as women, girls and those at high risk for HIV. She currently works with other organizations to help them build their capacity for evaluation services. She develops evaluation plans for over million dollar proposals and supervise staff and graduate students. She has the honor of serving my professional organization as the Chair of the Membership Committee.

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