Meet the ELRC Team

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Wilella Burgess - Director

Role - for vision, strategic planning, internal and external partnership development, project ideation and initiation, research, evaluation, and center management.

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Loran Carleton Parker - Associate Director, Principal Evaluation and Research Scholar

Role - Formal and informal education research design and theoretical frameworks for educational research and evaluation. Project ideation and development.

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Weiling Li - Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist

Role - Quantitative evaluation, RCT, quasi and non-experimental design, What Works Clearninghouse.

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Senior Evaluation and Research Associate - Lindley McDavid

Role - Education research and evaluation specializing in psychological constructs and assessment./p>

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Senior Research Associate and Lead Data Scientist - Ann Bessenbacher

Role - Data management, evaluation, administrator, project management

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Research Associate - Lisa Kirkham

Role - K-12 education and administration, partner development, project management.

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Data Research Assistant - Kyle Habig

Role - Support the work of the ELRC through the maintenance and manipulation of research data sets generated by ELRC projects.

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Research and Evaluation Assistant - Alex France

Role-qualitative research specialist, social science theory.


Administrative Assistant - Laura Warner

Role - IRB librarian, evaluation support, Web master, scheduling.

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Post Doctoral Research Associate- Jennifer Sdunzik




Post Doctoral Research Associate-Christiana Aikenosi Akande