Meet Our Experts

Midwest Evaluation has assembled a team of senior-level social scientists. Collectively, this team has over 100 years of experience in community psychology, public administration, economic development, program management, and adult education with a focus on research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and technical assistance. The Midwest Evaluation team is prepared to help its partner non-profit organizations successfully compete for federal funding by utilizing its full complement of employees, consultants, and strategic relationships to implement projects of any scale.

Chip Weir, Ph.D

Senior Consultant

Dr. Weir has over 15 years of experience working within behavioral healthcare settings, major universities, non-profits, and governmental agencies to develop and implement research and program evaluation projects which have focused on topics that have cut across the fields of psychology and public health. Recent projects that Dr. Weir has completed have included a Colorado Department of Education-funded project to implement a school-based behavioral health initiative to provide primary and secondary prevention services to students in grades K-12 and a SAMHSA-funded jail diversion program that was developed to divert mentally ill individuals into treatment options rather than into the criminal justice system. Areas of research experience and interest for Dr. Weir include psychiatric treatment services, criminal justice, health psychology, psychophysiology, suicide prevention, and youth mentoring.


Dr. Weir has received degrees in clinical psychology (PhD) and public health (MPH) from the University of South Florida, as well as a degree in social psychology (MS) from the University of Utah.

Elvis Sevilla, M.A.


Elvis Sevilla completed his Master of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice specializing in Human Behavior from Nova Southeastern University. Elvis has research interest in various areas that include Biosocial Criminology, Violence and Delinquency, Latinx Behavior, Immigration, and Rehabilitation. Elvis is also an Adjunct Instructor for Myrtle Beach College in South Carolina. Prior to work with MER, Elvis worked as a Bilingual Case Manager in various areas in Immigration contracted with the Department of Homeland Security and Office of Refugee and Resettlement.

Jennifer Leveille, M.P.H.


Jennifer earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, preceded by a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from The University of North Texas. Jennifer joined the Midwest Evaluation team as a Consultant, bringing her skills in data analysis, program management, and client relations. Before joining MER, Jennifer worked as a Senior Research Assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is also currently providing evidence-based COVID-19 policy guidance for the Texas Policy Lab at Rice University.

Laura Baron-Reyes, M.S.

Data Analyst

Laura is from Colombia, South America, and she moved to Emporia to pursue a Master's degree in Informatics with a concentration in Quantitative Economics. She has a B.S. in Economics from Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia, and she has a special interest in development economics and applied econometrics. She currently serves MER as a Data Analyst, supporting various projects. She brings a strong skill set in programming and data analysis, along with an eagerness to continue learning.

Charli Brickner, M.A.


Charli Brickner completed her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Data Manager for Midwest Evaluation where she applies her expertise in behavioral research and data collection. Prior to her position at MER, Charli worked in early childhood education research funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation

Debbie Baruwa-Etti

Event Coordinator

Katie Amundsen, M.F.A.

Copy Editor

Based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Katie Amundsen serves as copy editor for Midwest Evaluation and Research, where she employs her expertise in crafting polished, clear, and professional prose. Katie earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Wichita State University, and prior to joining the MER team, she worked as an assistant professor of writing and composition.

Heena Panjwani, B.A.

Data Manager

Heena is based in Dallas, TX, and has earned a B.A. in Psychology as well as a B.S. in Physiology from the University of Washington. She joins Midwest Evaluation and Research as a Data Manager. Heena has over 7 years of experience in academic research, working mostly within the realm of autism research. At MER, Heena will be focusing on assisting Anthem Strong Families with their HMRF grants, specializing in data collection and management strategies as well as improving CQI processes and meeting CQI goals.

Shuntay Ward

Data Manager

Based in Dallas, TX, Shuntay has over 12 years of combined experience working with at-risk youth, economically disadvantaged young adults, and older adults.  She is continuing her degree at the University of Texas at Arlington: School of Social Work.  As a COI Data Manager, Shuntay manages one of several of Midwest Evaluation's HMRF grants projects.  Specifically in data collection, management strategies, and implementation plans.

Deepika Bhatt, M.P.H.

Data Manager

Deepika Bhatt completed her Master of Public Health from Padmashree School of Public Health, India. She has more than four years of experience in conducting research on multiple domains of public health, especially sexual and reproductive health and the health care delivery system. She is currently working as a Data Manager at Midwest Evaluation and Research (MER) and oversees data collection, data management, and implementation plans. Prior to working with MER, Deepika worked as Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RME) Officer at Sunaulo Parivar Nepal/ Marie Stopes International Nepal.


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