INSIGHTS 2015 Bios
Elizabeth Creamer - Advisor, Workforce Development - Office of the Governor
"Elizabeth Creamer is Advisor for Workforce Development, Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Governor Terence R. McAuliffe. In that role, she acts as a liaison to four Secretariats, eight state agencies, and 24 state and federally funded programs charged with administration of Virginia’s Workforce System. Elizabeth also acts as one of the team of Gov’s Office and agency staff to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development. Elizabeth previously served as the Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell. Prior to that role, she was an Assistant Vice Chancellor of Career Pathways and Workforce Development for the Virginia Community College System where she led a team charged with statewide programs such as non-credit workforce training, Career Readiness Certificate, Career Coaches, and various federal grant funded education and training programs. Ms. Creamer has previously held administrative positions at Thomas Nelson and Paul D. Camp Community Colleges. She has served as a member of the National Career Pathways Network Board, the Southern Region Education Board’s Career and Technical Education Commission, and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development. Ms. Creamer holds degrees from Christopher Newport and Old Dominion Universities. "
Tod Massa- Policy Research & Data Warehousing Director - SCHEV
Tod Massa started at SCHEV in 2001 with nearly a decade of experience in policy research and analysis, and data management. As Policy Research and Data Warehousing Director, Mr. Massa oversees the development and of the Commonwealth’s postsecondary education data system; the biennial projections of enrollment and demand; and is one of the leaders of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System. His wide-ranging duties also include directing the collection, maintenance, and analysis of research data from all Virginia colleges and universities related to enrollment, graduation, and financial aid. He directs the agency's information systems activities and coordinates the agency’s relationship with the Virginia Information Technology Agency. Mr. Massa frequently serves on technical review panels for the US Department of Education.
Jeff Price - Director of Research and Planning - Virginia Dept. of Social Services
The Department of Social Services provides public assistance through a variety of benefit programs including SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Energy Assistance, and Child Care Assistance, and a variety of family services including child protective services, foster care, adoption, and child support enforcement. Jeff Price is the Director of Research and Planning for the Department where he oversees data warehouse operations, research, reporting and strategic planning for the agency.
Dr. Kirsten Rowe - VR ROI Project Coordinator - Va. Dept. for Aging and Rehab. Services
Kirsten Rowe, Grants and Systems Development Specialist with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), is Project Coordinator for the NIDILRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Return on Investment (VR ROI) Project. Dr. Rowe has held research and evaluation positions with the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research Center and the Center for Public Service at UVA. Much of her work has focused on increasing the utilization of applied research in the public mental health and vocational rehabilitation systems. She has a lead role at DARS in collaborating with other organizations to conduct applied research on programs supporting employment of people with disabilities.
Will Goldschmidt - Senior Director of Consulting Services - CIT
Will Goldschmidt is a PMP certified project manager who has been supporting Commonwealth IT projects since 2007. With a 20 year history in the IT field, Will has participated and lead cutting edge projects for the U.S. Marine Corps, Department of Defense, Virginia Enterprise Application Program, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and the Virginia Department of Education. Will’s background includes software developer, head of strategy and policy, technical manager, and project manager. Will earned his Masters of Science in Information Technology Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California.
Brooke Bell - Director, Consulting Services - CIT
In the role of Director of Consulting Services, Ms. Bell manages a process for technology evaluation and market analysis to provide direct transition support linking technology consumers with innovation sources, ranging from start-up companies to federal laboratories. She has over 15 years’ experience in the design, development, execution and management of technology projects and programs.
Paulo Dorado - Junior Developer - CIT
Paulo is a Junior Developer at CIT. He helps develop and maintain the SLDS projects with Team Connect under the supervision of John Bailey (Lead Developer). His hobbies include playing guitar, exercising, reading, and learning about other cultures.
Anthony Fung - Deputy Secretary of Technology - Commonwealth of Virginia
Mr. Fung is currently serving as Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, Mr. Fung serves as a senior advisor to the commonwealth on technology matters including, big data/analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and technology operations. Mr. Fung is proven executive with over 17 years of experience in information technology management, strategic planning, and operations management. Prior to joining the commonwealth, Mr. Fung was the CEO of a professional consulting firm, which serviced Federal focused clients such as DoD, HHS, DHS, and GSA. Mr. Fung also served as a SCORE counselor, providing advice to small business on start-up best practices, business operations, and strategy. Mr. Fung has been recognized as one of Washington’s top business leaders, recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Award, SmartCEO Top 100 CEOs, and named Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader.
Dr. Steven Stern - University of Virginia
Steven Stern is the Merrill Bankard Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. He has written extensively on evaluating the labor market effects of vocational rehabilitation, the economics of disability, mental health, transportation issues for people with disabilities, long-term care, and family decision-making. He also has used his knowledge and expertise in the community, serving as the chair of the local CSB, the chair of a teenage pregnancy prevention task force, and the chair of the local specialized transportation system.
Dr. Joe Ashley - Va. Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services - Goochland County Public Schools
Joseph M. Ashley, Rh.D., CRC, serves as Assistant Commissioner for Grants and Special Programs with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). He is responsible for identifying and securing grants to support the employment choices of persons with disabilities. He also has responsibility for the DARS Social Security Cost Reimbursement and Ticket to Work programs as well as the agency’s implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. He currently serves as co-principal investigator on a Federally-funded research grant to develop scientifically rigorous return on investment estimates for state vocational rehabilitation programs, and as co-Director for Virginia’s Disability Employment Initiative grant.
Dr. Chris Mayfield - Assistant Professor - James Madison University
Dr. Mayfield is an assistant professor of Computer Science and has been at JMU since 2011. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he was a member of the CS4EDU project. His recent work includes integrating computational thinking modules into education courses, providing professional development to in-service computer science teachers, and preparing K-12 teachers to incorporate computing concepts across the curriculum. Dr. Mayfield's other research lies at the intersection of database systems and machine learning, and it focuses on the design of scalable techniques for data cleaning and quality assessment.
Taryn Hochleitner - Manager, Policy and Advocacy - Data Quality Campaign
Taryn Hochleitner is a manager on the Policy and Advocacy team at the Data Quality Campaign, a national non-profit, where she supports the work of expanding access to and meaningful use of data to help students achieve their best. Taryn’s work spans a variety of areas, including DQC’s ongoing efforts related to student data privacy, security, and confidentiality. Prior to joining DQC, Taryn worked as a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Education Policy Studies department, a think tank for public policy research. During her time at AEI, she worked on a variety of projects on issues related to innovation and entrepreneurship in public education, including digital learning, parent empowerment, teacher quality, and school system reform.
Dr. David Knight - Assistant Professor - Virginia Tech
David Knight is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and affiliate faculty member with the Higher Education Program. At Virginia Tech, Knight manages the VT DEEP Lab—Data Enlightened Educational Practice—which focuses on student learning outcomes in undergraduate engineering, learning analytics approaches to improve educational practices and policies, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, organizational change in colleges and universities, and international issues in higher education. Knight also directs Virginia Tech's Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, which incorporates a semester-long, on-campus learning experience with an international component to help students develop an awareness of the global nature of engineering. Knight earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State University, two Master's degrees from the University of Virginia (Environmental Sciences and Urban and Environmental Planning), and a bachelor's of science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He also worked as a research assistant in the University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and as a postdoctoral fellow in Engineering Education in the University of Queensland's School of Civil Engineering in Brisbane, Australia. Knight currently serves as PI on the NSF-funded project entitled Understanding and diversifying transfer student pathways to engineering degrees. His VLDS research was funded by Association for Institutional Research through Pavilion Research, a non-profit scientific research organization based in Virginia.
Dr. Ray McGhee - Senior Researcher - SRI International
Dr. Raymond McGhee has over seventeen years of experience in research and evaluation working with states, districts, community-based organizations and schools to plan and implement the collection of a wide range of research and evaluation activities. He has managed in a range of national program evaluations, which utilized a variety of research designs and data collection methods. Currently Dr. McGhee is the co-PI on a national study conducting a randomized experiment examining the impact of taking inquiry-based Advanced Placement science courses in biology and chemistry. He is responsible for the district recruitment and site data collection and analysis examining the fidelity of curriculum implementation. He is also managing an U.S. Department of Education i3 development grant evaluating an effort to use digital video to improve mathematics achievement in six rural districts in southern Virginia. Dr. McGhee received his doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Deborah Jonas - President - Research & Analytic Insights
Dr. Jonas is the President and Founder of Research & Analytic Insights, a small, women-owned business based in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Jonas has spent more than a decade supporting policymakers and program leaders strengthen opportunities and outcomes for children, youth, and adults. Leveraging diverse research methods, strong partnerships, and expertise, she helps strengthen organizations’ capacity to use data, research results, and emerging concepts to inform policy decisions in early childhood, education, and workforce systems. She works closely with staff at all levels of organizations—from specialists to executive leadership—and has experience communicating results to diverse audiences such as governors and legislators, college deans and faculty, state, local, and private-sector boards, and educators.
Dr. Erik Ruzek - Research Scientist - University of Virginia
Erik Ruzek is a Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at UVa. He studies the impacts of classroom environments on students’ motivation, engagement, and academic achievement. His work focuses on identifying mediating mechanisms that explain the effects of high quality instruction on student outcomes. To do so, he employs multiple methods for measuring the classroom, including student and teacher reports and independent observations. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals and edited books.
Bethann Canada - Director, EIM - VDOE
Bethann Canada is the Director of Educational Information Management for the Virginia Department of Education. Her office provides leadership to Virginia’s school divisions in the implementation of administrative educational technologies and is responsible for systems development and data administration for the agency. Mrs. Canada is project director for a substantial multi-agency federal grant program that focuses on linking data across K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce. Mrs. Canada began her 30-year career in education information management as a programmer, progressing to systems analyst, systems engineer, chief engineer, and director.
Mike Ravenscroft - Research Analyst - CIT
Mike Ravenscroft is a Research Analyst with the Center for Innovative Technology. He has worked on a number of research projects for various Virginia state agencies related to the assimilation of technology and the delivery of value-driven solutions for the Commonwealth and beyond. In addition to his work on various technology consulting engagements, he has served as the lead business systems analyst (BSA) for the Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System. He has extensive experience conducting best practice research studies, vendor landscape analyses, and stakeholder engagement initiatives.