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Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE)

Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation
Kansas State University
College of Education
Unger Complex
2323 Anderson Avenue, Suite 220
Manhattan, Kansas 66502

785-532-5930
785-532-7185 fax
oeie@ksu.edu

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Staff

OEIE has a professional staff with expertise in evaluation design, strategic planning, project development, quantitative and qualitative methods, data analysis, survey design, and database development.

Our multidisciplinary team includes professionals from education, curriculum and instruction, psychology, public policy, business and administration, adult education, sociology, mathematics, human development, journalism, and computer science. OEIE staff includes evaluators, project coordinators, development specialists, and technology specialists, along with an accomplished internal business and support staff. All evaluators are members of the American Evaluation Association.

 

Cindy Shuman
Cindy Shuman, Ph.D.

Acting Associate Dean for Research and External Funding and Executive Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation
cshuman@ksu.edu

785-532-3463

View Cindy's Vita (pdf)

Cindy Shuman joined OEIE in 2000. As Executive Director, she works collaboratively with the leadership team to establish office guidelines, contributes to efforts in proposal development and client outreach, and serves as a resource in evaluation design and methodology for other staff members. Her duties also include assisting in the training and support of project staff to promote our professional standards in conducting and reporting our evaluation activities and representing the evaluation capabilities of the organization at external meetings and conferences.

Cindy’s areas of expertise include program evaluation design and implementation and collaborating effectively with clients.

Cindy holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Adult Education, a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish), and a B.S. in Bakery Science from Kansas State University.

   
Tamra Hasenbank
Tamra Hasenbank, B.S.

Executive Assistant
tamtam@ksu.edu
785-532-2982

Tamra Hasenbank joined OEIE in 2016. In her role as Executive Assistant, Tamra provides direct support to the Director including calendar management, organizing travel, coordinating office activities and schedules, managing incoming and outgoing office communications and supporting various projects. In addition, she assists with accounting, human resources, and the student research support team.

Tamra is a relationship-oriented individual with an exceptional record of client service throughout 15 years in the industry. Her expertise includes event planning, account management, and marketing.

Tamra received a B.S. in Apparel and Textiles from Kansas State University. Tamra excels at communication, organization, and customer service. 

   
Cindi Dunn
Cindi Dunn, Ed.D.

Acting Director
ckdunn@ksu.edu
785-532-1651 

View Cindi's Vita (pdf)

Cindi Dunn joined OEIE in 2003.  In her role as Acting Director, she led the development and supervises the implementation of a fluid system to capture and monitor project management for all OEIE projects. She is responsible for monitoring workflow, aligning resources and personnel to complete evaluation projects, and assimilating new projects. She also collaborates with OEIE staff as they develop project management plans.

Cindi also serves as a principal evaluator responsible for developing and implementing program evaluations for multi-state, multi-institutional, and multi-discipline externally funded projects.

Cindi received an Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology from Kansas State University, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Computing from Iowa State University, and B.S. in Secondary Mathematics and Business Education from the University of Nebraska. She has teaching and leadership experiences at both the secondary and post-secondary level. Her primary interests are systems evaluation and building evaluation capacity of stakeholders.

   
Aaron Schroeder
Aaron Schroeder, B.S.

Associate Director & Technology Officer
aaron@ksu.edu
785-532-5122

Aaron Schroeder joined OEIE in 2004. In his role as Associate Director & Technology Officer, Aaron leads a technology team that works with evaluators and clients to streamline data collection and reporting efforts by developing customized databases, web-based data collection systems, and other solutions tightly integrated within comprehensive evaluation plans.

Aaron's expertise includes working with clients to design and build data management systems, building and leading a team of technology professionals, and developing innovative reporting and evaluation tools. He has spearheaded efforts to design and implement comprehensive data management systems for Extension, SNAP-Ed, Oklahoma EPSCoR, Kansas Board of Regents Kan-ed, TQE U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Defense Educational Agency projects, among others.

Aaron received a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Mathematics from Kansas State University.

   
Katie Allen
Katie Allen, M.P.A.

Senior Project Development Specialist, Team Lead
klallen@ksu.edu
785-532-3423

Katie Allen joined OEIE in 2013.  In her role as Senior Project Development Specialist, she collaborates to develop evaluation plans, logic models, budget justifications, letters of commitment, and other grant application materials.  She reviews funding agency guidelines, policies, and evaluation expectations. Additionally, she provides support for the development of contracts, statements of work and assists with internal database updates.

Katie has expertise in grant writing and project development, project management, non-profit administration, budgeting and finance, personnel management, and building collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders. She holds a certificate in the What Works Clearinghouse Group Design Standards.

Katie received an M.P.A. from Kansas State University, a B.A. from the University of Kansas, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Education Leadership. Katie’s prior experience includes 12 years of grant proposal development and seven years of project management experience leading population-based programs in early childhood, substance abuse prevention, and health initiatives.

   
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Derek Beins

Technical Support Coordinator
derekbeins@ksu.edu
785-789-3199

Derek Beins joined OEIE in 2019.  In his role as Technical Support Coordinator, Derek is responsible for providing technical support for the PEARS web-based application and writing documentation for the system.

   
LeAnn Brosius
LeAnn Brosius, M.A.

Evaluator
lmb7559@ksu.edu
785-532-5537

LeAnn Brosius joined OEIE in 2013 as an Evaluation Projects Coordinator. In 2019, she transitioned to the role of Evaluator. As an Evaluator, she supports evaluation of projects in the areas of agriculture, science and school-based education, workforce development, social and health education, and capacity building.

LeAnn has expertise in data collection, data analysis, and data visualization as well as instrument development, project management, and reporting and dissemination. She has experience in social network analysis, bibliometric and altmetric analyses, and exploring the impact of dissemination efforts through social media platforms.

LeAnn received an M.A. in Communication Studies and a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University. She has over ten years of experience teaching K-12 students domestically and internationally and holds a TESOL Certificate from LanguageCorps Asia.

   
Adam Cless
Adam Cless, M.S.

Evaluation Assistant
acless@ksu.edu
785-532-7171

Adam Cless joined OEIE in 2017. In his role as Evaluation Assistant, he supports evaluation efforts in the areas of leadership development, school-based education, and capacity building.

Adam has expertise in data collection and analysis, project coordination, and reporting and dissemination. He has experience  conducting focus groups and interviews, and writing and presenting findings.

Adam received a M.S. in Life Span Human Development and a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Services with a certificate in Conflict Resolution from Kansas State University. He has experience working within communities in Kansas to build capacity around health initiatives and poverty-reduction initiatives. He also has experience measuring impacts of the federally-supported 4-H Military Partnerships program.

   
Holly Connell
Holly Connell, M.P.H.

Evaluation Assistant
hrgulick@ksu.edu
785-532-0896

Holly Connell joined OEIE in 2017. In her role as an Evaluation Assistant, she provides support for evaluation efforts in the areas of managing data files, writing data summaries, and editing and compiling reports.

Holly has expertise in providing technical assistance to communities receiving grant funding, working with diverse stakeholder groups, facilitating project implementation and evaluation, as well as reporting outcome data and completing summary reports.

Holly received an M.P.H. in Community and Behavioral Health with an emphasis in health policy and a B.S. in Health and Human Physiology from The University of Iowa. 

   
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Belle Federman, Sc.D.

Evaluator
bellef@ksu.edu
785-532-5489

Belle Federman joined OEIE in 2019. In her role as an Evaluator she evaluates projects in the areas of workforce development, capacity building and health and social education.

Belle has expertise in evaluation design, project coordination, instrument development, data analysis and the dissemination of findings through technical reports, infographics and publications. She has experience with a broad array of descriptive and inferential statistics and in supporting data collection and analysis for program planning and evaluation.

Belle received her doctorate degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her bachelors degree in Psychology and English Literature from Swarthmore College.

   
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Connor Knightley, B.S.

Technical Support Coordinator
cwknightley@ksu.edu
785-789-3199

Connor Knightley joined OEIE in 2018.  In his role as Technical Support Coordinator, Connor is responsible for providing technical support for the PEARS web-based application and writing documentation for the system.

   
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Levi Mann, B.S.

Applications Developer
lmann4@ksu.edu
785-532-5134

Levi Mann joined OEIE in 2014 as a student technical specialist. In 2017, he began his role as a full-time Applications Developer. In this role, Levi primarily creates features for and maintains the PEARS web application.

Levi has expertise developing data-driven, responsive web applications using the Django framework.

Levi is completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Kansas State University. He has two years of experience providing web application and office technical support and has been doing Django web application development for over a year.

   
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Amy Mattison, Ph.D.

Evaluator
acmattis@ksu.edu
785-532-5677

Amy Mattison joined OEIE in 2019. 
   
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Kim Nicholson, Ph.D.

Evaluator
krw36@ksu.edu

Kim Nicholson joined OEIE in 2017. In her role as an Evaluator, she evaluates projects in the areas of technological innovation, global environmental change, STEM workforce development and community outreach.

Kim has expertise in evaluation design and management, instrument development and administration, quantitative and qualitative methodology, and data analysis and visualization. Additionally, Kim has expertise in higher education and community-based social programs.

Kim received a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Cornell University, an M.S. in Family Studies from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Vermont

   
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Brent O'Connor, B.S.

Senior Software Engineer, Team Lead 
brento@ksu.edu 
785-532-0630

Brent O’Connor joined OEIE in 2014. In his role as Senior Software Engineer, he manages the development of web applications - notably PEARS - and provides general technical assistance for OEIE.

Brent’s expertise includes modern web development and developing dynamic and highly functional web applications.

Brent received a B.S. in Pastoral Ministries from Manhattan Christian College. Brent has more than ten years of experience in web software development, design and system administration. He has built large websites, including an online newspaper, a video sharing website, a social network and more.

   
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Dee Sanfilippo, M.P.A.

Grant Specialist
dsanfili@ksu.edu 
785-532-5960

Dee Sanfilippo joined OEIE in 2019 as a Grant Specialist. In her position, Dee collaborates to prepare grant proposals including the development of evaluation plans, logic models, budget justifications, letters of commitment, and other grant application materials. She reviews funding agency guidelines, policies, and evaluation expectations. 

Dee received an M.P.A., City Management from the University of Kansas and a B.S. in Journalism.  She received Phase III Trainer Certification - Missouri National Guard Senior Advisors Course and is certified in the Grants Management Program Pass-Through Track from Management Concepts. 

Her expertise includes program development, meeting management, professional writing, training, program evaluation, workshop development, conference planning, strategic planning, administrative rules development, emergency management, and nonprofit administration.

She has more than twenty years of experience in the administration of federal and state grants.

   
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Jevin Subedi, B.S.

Applications Developer
jebin007@ksu.edu
785-532-5931

Jevin Subedi joined OEIE in 2018 as a full-time applications developer. He is primarily responsible for creating features and maintaining the PEARS web application.

Jevin has expertise in developing modern, data-driven web applications using Django Framework.

Jevin received his B.S. in Computer Science from East Central University. His previous experience includes developing, deploying, and maintaining Django web applications.

   
Allison Teeter
Allison Teeter, Ph.D.

Evaluator
amt8968@ksu.edu
785-532-0640

Allison Teeter joined OEIE in 2011 and has eight years of experience in the field of evaluation.  As an Evaluator, she evaluates projects in the areas of workforce development, capacity building, and social and health education. Allison designs and implements evaluations, develops data analysis plans and analyzes data, prepares technical evaluation reports and presentations, and manages project teams.

Allison has expertise in data collection, analysis, and management, as well as instrument development, project coordination, and reporting and dissemination. She has experience in academic literature searches, conducting interviews, data entry and verification, creating graphs and tables, and performing a variety of statistical analysis including descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, multiple regression, and factor analysis. 

Allison received a Ph.D., M.A. with an emphasis in Social Research Methods, a B.A. in Spanish, and a B.A. in Sociology from Kansas State University. Allison also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Kansas State University.

   
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Madalyn Talmage, B.S.

Technical Support Coordinator
mtalmage@ksu.edu
785-789-3199

Madalyn Talmage joined OEIE in 2019.  In her role as Technical Support Coordinator, Madalyn is responsible for providing technical support for the PEARS web-based application and writing documentation for the system.

   
Joel Wallace
Joel Wallace, B.S.

Client Support Manager, Team Lead
jwalks@ksu.edu
785-789-3199

Joel Wallace joined OEIE in 2013.  In his role as Client Support Manager, he leads the PEARS Support Team and manages technical support for the office supporting desktops, laptops, printers, phones, and other technology.

Joel has expertise in providing technical support to clients, training users on new technology, managing internal software and hardware needs, as well as maintaining and updating databases.

Joel received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Kansas State University. His previous experience includes ten years in technology and eight years providing customer service, training, and staff supervision.

   
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Joshua Weaver, B.S.

Senior Front-End Developer
joshuaweaver@ksu.edu

Joshua Weaver joined OEIE in 2019.
   
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Morgan Wills, M.P.A.

Grant Specialist
mkwills@ksu.edu
785-532-5947

Morgan Wills joined OEIE in 2017 as a graduate research assistant. In 2018, Morgan began her role as a full-time Grant Specialist. In her position, Morgan collaborates to prepare grant proposals including the development of evaluation plans, logic models, budget justifications, letters of commitment, and other grant application materials. She reviews funding agency guidelines, policies, and evaluation expectations. Additionally, she serves as a liaison to PreAwards services and assists with internal database updates.

Morgan’s expertise includes project development and coordination, budgeting and finance, analyzing qualitative data, and composing qualitative technical documents.

Morgan received an M.P.A. from Kansas State University and a B.S. in Political Science with a Secondary Major in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Morgan’s prior experience includes four years' of service at both the local and state levels of government.

   
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Valerie York, Ph.D.

Senior Evaluator
vyork@ksu.edu
785-532-5266

View Valerie's Vita (pdf)

Valerie York joined OEIE in 2008. In her role as an Evaluator, she leads evaluation of projects in the areas of workforce development, capacity building, and community-based social and health education.

Valerie has expertise in evaluation design, instrument development and administration, quantitative and qualitative methodology and data analysis, and the presentation of findings through technical reports and academic publications.

Valerie received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and M.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  Additionally, Valerie holds a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health Psychology from Kansas State University.

   

Research Support Staff

Graduate Research Assistants

785-532-5930

 

Tiasia Creech

Joshua Edgar

Aaron Entringer, M.S.

Lindsay Mason

Michael Miller, M.A.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

785-532-5858

Taylor Doner

Kylee Knott

Michelle Wheeler

Student Developers

785-532-5930

 

Weston Chan

Danniel Christensen

Jarod DeWeese

Jake Herman

Thomas Lazarus

Victor Valdez-Herrera