Staff and Partners

Smith & Lehmann Consulting is a woman-owned consulting firm that has been providing creative, inclusive, meticulous, and innovative evaluation and planning services to clients since 2008, utilizing a wide and deeply experienced network of experts in program management and evaluation.

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Erika Lehmann

Erika Lehmann

President

Erika leads Smith & Lehmann Consulting with extensive experience in research and evaluation for a broad range of public and nonprofit organizations. Her expertise includes policy change, collective impact, systems change, and interagency collaboration for a wide range of public and non-profit programs serving children and families. Erika has presented and published articles for the American Evaluation Association and the United Kingdom Evaluation Society on topics such as the use of qualitative methods to measure interim policy change and on the risks of favoring randomized controlled trials above other evaluation methods. Erika has taught Program Evaluation and Public Health Ethics at UC Davis and has published articles on homelessness.  Erika has also served as a board member and volunteer for a nonprofit organization providing support for at-risk mothers.

John Smith

John Smith

Business Operations Manager

John brings 20 years of experience in project management, with extensive skills with strategic planning, project and personnel management, time management, fiscal management, and relationship-building with colleagues and policy makers in public and private sectors. His efficient, solution-oriented approach keeps Smith & Lehmann focused on the best results for every client. John has special expertise in clean water access, having evaluated environmental technologies appropriate for use in low-tech communities in India and Kenya.

John has been an active volunteer and coach in youth soccer for nearly 20 years.

Patrick Dorion

Patrick Dorion

Senior Research Associate

Patrick is a trained anthropologist who contributes his broad research expertise and field training to the Smith & Lehmann Consulting team. His experience includes systems change, participatory methodologies, community development, culture change, and ethnographic field methods. Patrick has specific expertise working in Native American Reservation communities, where he has performed evaluations in the areas of criminal justice and small business entrepreneurship, co-designing research and collaborating with non-profit organizations, tribal departments, local institutions, and government agencies. He has participated in several grassroots community initiatives, using research to improve conditions for local people.

Laura Schaffer

Laura Schaffer

Research Analyst & Technical Writer

Laura has diverse experience working on a variety of evaluation projects ranging from health care to energy to social non-profit organizations. Laura has research experience with literature review in a broad range of fields. She is experienced in reviewing and compiling economic indicators, collecting and analyzing other quantitative data, interviewing stakeholders, and developing concise, actionable reports.

Scout Black

Scout Black

Research Associate

Scout lives in Omaha NE and is passionate about using research to improve the lives of those in their community by evaluating social justice programs. Their educational and professional experiences have focused on society, intersectionality, qualitative research, sexual and reproductive health, and homelessness. They lead Smith & Lehmann’s Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) internship and research assistantship.

Katera Brown

Katera Brown

Research Assistant

Katera studies at Metropolitan Community College and in her spare time volunteers in her community and does photography. Katera’s connections throughout Omaha help us create new organizational allies to better understand the needs and experiences of Omaha youth and young adults.

Sabina Eastman

Sabina Eastman

Research Assistant

Sabina studies at Central High School and in her free time she creates art. Her talents help infuse creativity and fresh thinking at each stage of research planning, implementation and reporting.

Bella Filips

Bella Filips

Research Assistant

Bella studies at pre-med at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is passionate about healthcare accessibility. In her spare time Bella is a freelance artist and enjoys video games. Bella’s innovative ideas and dedication to her work and her community help us better connect with diverse groups of youth and young adults throughout Omaha.

Molly Ashford

Molly Ashford

Research Assistant

Molly is a student at Central High School and is heavily involved in the school newspaper and community activism. As an aspiring journalist, Molly’s attention to detail and creative writing skills help us communicate findings from our youth research projects to project leadership and the wider community.