2022-2024 Board of New Mexico Evaluators
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Tamara Grybko has over 20 years’ experience in informal learning environments, working in museums, libraries, and cultural centers. She began her career as the Collections Manager at the Boston Children’s Museum, where she developed a passion for facilitating lifelong learning and connecting individuals, families, and communities through meaningful and inclusive experiences. Tamara has developed dozens of programs and managed projects for students, teachers, adults, children, and families. Most recently, Tamara was the Program Data & Evaluation Manager at Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum.
VP of Programs
Michele Banner is the Associate Director of Crimson Research, a program evaluation agency at New Mexico State University (NMSU), and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Public Health Sciences at NMSU. She has over 20 years of experience as a researcher and evaluator in both the private sector and academia across a variety of disciplines. Most recently she has led several grants in the area of mental health awareness education and stigma reduction as well as varied evaluation efforts for the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department. While at Crimson Research she has conducted evaluations in the southern NM border region, Juárez, El Paso, and nationally, maintaining a focus on health disparities, marginalized populations, and achieving equity. Her doctorate and Master’s degrees are in Social Psychology.
VP of Finance
Mitch has extensive experience with data and evaluation in the education sector. His graduate school training focused on research methods and program evaluation, and he has worked as an evaluator and program administrator with the Legislative Education Study Committee, Albuquerque Public Schools, and the Public Education Department since coming to New Mexico. Currently, he is a Senior Research Scientist at UNM's Project ECHO. He is a former teacher and committed to helping educators use data to better inform their decision-making processes.
VP of Communications
Rissa Lane is an Evaluator at Apex, an Evaluation consulting firm in Albuquerque. Rissa received her Master of Science in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison before moving to New Mexico. At Apex, Rissa's leads the evaluation of state-funded school-based health center programs in Colorado and Massachusetts while also supporting other public health and education program evaluation efforts. Previously, Rissa support evaluation efforts of FoodWIse, Wisconsin's federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Rissa seeks to support programs and efforts to promote health, education, and equity through her work as an evaluator.
VP of Membership
Patience has 5 years of research and evaluation experience. She started her career in Boston, interning with Education Development Center (EDC) while working on her MS in Global Health Policy and Management & MA in Sustainable International Development. Previously she was on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee for the Greater Boston Evaluation Network (GBEN). In her words, "Evaluation work has a sneaky door to a seat at the table where decisions are made and therefore, the work should always be done in consideration of those most impacted by the decisions made at that table." When Patience isn't working, she spends her time with her dog, TJ, and hiking the local mountains.
Nancy Hood has almost 20 years of experience planning and evaluating multi-faceted efforts to improve public health, behavioral health, affordable housing, workforce development, and intergenerational poverty. She has worked in local and federal government, academic, and nonprofit settings in New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio, and Georgia. Her passion is to help organizations integrate data collection into practice and use data to improve service delivery and outcomes for participants and communities. Nancy is Director of Research and Evaluation at the University of New Mexico ECHO Institute. She has a Master's degree in public health from Emory University and a Ph.D. in public health from Ohio State University with a focus on health promotion, research methods, and biostatistics. She has served on the board of New Mexico Evaluators for three years.