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Our partners work closely with our team on a wide variety of projects, bringing content expertise ranging from healthcare to energy to social welfare.

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Cheryl Blanchette, JD

Senior Consultant

Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience leading qualitative evaluation strategies, including designing focus group and interview protocols, collecting and analyzing qualitative data. She has worked with child welfare systems and other child and family services throughout the United States for more than 10 years, focusing on issues of disproportionality and disparities in these systems. Cheryl is also experienced in creating learning feedback loops and in using data as a foundational anchor to develop strategies to address disparity in outcomes.

Cheryl currently serves as an advisor to the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, working with two subcommittees charged with addressing issues among American Indian/Alaskan Native Children and Disproportionality.

Christine Clements Stein, PhD

Senior Consultant

Christine has more than 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, tribal nations, and state, county and local governments in both program management and evaluation capacities. Her evaluation experience includes implementation and outcome evaluations of a statewide Medicaid health insurance outreach and enrollment program, a multi-site peer-run program for adults with mental illness, and multi-site oral health programs for children. She is presently a team member evaluating a multi-year adolescent health project that aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of youth and young adults in Nebraska. The combination of Christine’s management, policy development, and evaluation experience contributes to her unique insight into the experience of public health and community-based programs and the ability to provide program staff with technical assistance and support when evaluating their efforts.

Evan Schmidt

Consulting Researcher

Evan has experience in working for equitable community development and healthy communities for more than 10 years. Evan holds dual Master’s degrees in Community Development and Geography from UC Davis and has worked as a consultant on diverse projects related to youth engagement, economic and workforce development, healthy eating, active living, environmental sustainability, and food access. Evan specializes in qualitative data collection and analysis, including participatory methods that lend to improving processes, measuring outcomes, and empowering program participants.

In her free time, Evan enjoys hiking, running, playing in neighborhood ping pong tournaments, and planning or supervising other neighborhood activities.

H. Gil Peach, PhD

Senior Consultant

Gil has over 35 years of energy evaluation experience, including housing agency experience in the New York City Housing & Development Administration and energy conservation expertise gained from his tenure as Evaluation Manager for Pacific Power’s Hood River Conservation Project in the 1980s.

Gil’s company, H. Gil Peach & Associates, has conducted over 100 evaluations, including over 50 low-income program evaluations, a 7.5-year set of evaluations for PECO Energy and the Philadelphia Gas Works, evaluation of the Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and several years of evaluation of the Nevada Universal Energy Charge programs for the Nevada Housing Division. Gil has also served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s evaluation review committee responsible for designing the current national weatherization program evaluation. Gil currently serves as an evaluation advisor to the staff of the New York Public Service Commission.

Marisol Ayala, BS

Consulting Researcher

Marisol is a highly-motivated researcher experienced in program evaluation and needs assessment. She is an effective cross-cultural communicator with strong interpersonal skills. Marisol has worked with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. She has a demonstrated ability to motivate people, a professional attitude, an ingrained work ethic, and pride in personal performance. Marisol is an excellent interviewer and a bilingual Spanish speaker.