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.
Kathryn Karageorge, PhD
Dr. Karageorge brings over 20 years of experience in research and evaluation design and implementation, report writing and dissemination of findings, quality assurance, training and technical assistance, and workforce development. Dr. Karageorge has extensive experience as a project and task lead on multiple federal, state, and local training and technical assistance, mixed-methods, and evaluation capacity-building projects. In addition to her work in social science research and evaluation, Dr. Karageorge has taught or assisted in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, psychological principles, abnormal psychology, counseling techniques, and group counseling. She has more than five years of experience in mental health assessment and treatment and has worked as a counselor in multiple settings, including hospitals, public schools, community mental health centers, and university counseling centers. Dr. Karageorge has her PhD in counseling psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Saloni Sharma, PhD
Dr. Saloni Sharma is a trained public policy researcher with over six years of research and data analysis experience with policy issues in the United States, South Asia, and Europe, on topics including environmental sustainability, equity, food security, and stakeholder governance. As a senior consultant at Midwest Evaluation and Research (MER), Dr. Sharma supports various products on the Healthy Marriage Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) projects. Additionally, she serves as the project lead evaluator for two HMRF grant recipients. Prior to her employment at MER, Dr. Sharma was extensively involved in a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research project investigating the nexus of food, water, and energy policies in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Sharma received her PhD in urban affairs and public policy from the Biden School of Public Administration at the University of Delaware.
Elvis Sevilla, MA
Elvis Sevilla completed his Master of Arts degree in criminology from University of Houston–Clear Lake and his 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. As the Department of Justice (DOJ) team lead, he oversees all projects involving adult reentry in the field of Second Chance Act (SCA) grants and other criminal justice reentry projects. Prior to working with MER, Elvis worked as a bilingual case manager and independent consultant in various areas in immigration contracted with the Department of Homeland Security and Office of Refugee and Resettlement.
Jennifer Leveille, MPH
Jennifer Leveille earned her Master of Public Health degree 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 joins 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 also provided evidence-based COVID-19 policy guidance for the Texas Policy Lab at Rice University.
Laura Baron-Reyes, MS
Laura Baron-Reyes is a young research professional from Colombia, South America. She received her Bachelor of Science in economics from Universidad de La Sabana and a Master of Science in informatics and quantitative economics from Emporia State University. She has three years of experience in programming and data analysis in the econometrics and psychometrics fields. She currently serves Midwest Evaluation and Research as the data analytics team lead, where she supports data design and continuous quality improvement implementation for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees, as well as crime data analysis for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Lucas County, Ohio. Her research topics have concerned development economics issues such as gender, poverty, and health access inequalities, at both the national and international level.
Charli Brickner, MA
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 consultant for Midwest Evaluation and Research, 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.
Katie Amundsen, MFA
Based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Katie Amundsen serves as copyeditor 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.
Debbie Baruwa-Etti, AS
Debbie Baruwa-Etti earned her associate degree in computer science in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. She brings years of event planning experience to Midwest Evaluation and Research. Her experience with educational events, community events, special occasions, conferences, and conventions gives her a well-rounded perspective, and she enjoys working on the details to make the big-picture dream come to life. When not working, Debbie enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Shuntay Ward, ASW
Based in Dallas, Texas, Shuntay Ward has over 14 years of combined experience working with at-risk youth, economically disadvantaged young adults, and older adult populations. Shuntay is a continuous quality improvement data manager at Midwest Evaluation and Research, where she works closely with nonprofit partners on data collection, data management strategies, and implementation planning. She is continuing her degree at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.
Deepika Bhatt, MPH
Deepika Bhatt completed her Master of Public Health degree 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 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.