Rachael Waldrop is President for 2023-2024. She holds a Master's in Experimental Psychology from Western Washington University and is currently an analyst on the Research and Evaluation team at the Kent School District. Her research and evaluation work encompasses value-based motivations, systems-focused perspectives, and statistical approaches in education, psychology, and organizational settings. After moving from Georgia to Bellingham to Seattle, Rachael looks forward to building a stronger community in the Seattle area.
Past PresidentLandon Charlo is Past President for 2023-2024. He is an Assistant Professor of Native American Food Systems at Washington State University. His Ph.D. dissertation was focused on conceptualizing an Indigenous Evaluation Framework. He is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead reservation in western Montana.
Dr. Gillian Marshall is the Events Officer for 2023-2024. She has a background in public health (MPH), social work (MSW, Ph.D.) and is the principal of Dynamic and Innovative Research Solutions. Her work focuses on helping organizations generate insights about what is or isn't working. She uses multiple methods to conduct research and program evaluation.
Dr. Aaron S. Baker Cervantes (he/él/siya) is the Financial Officer for 2023-2024. Aaron is relatively new to the Seattle area, having moved here in August 2021. Aaron recently completed a Community Psychology Ph.D. program through National Louis University (Chicago, IL). As a community psychologist, Aaron identifies as a methodologist with a strong interest in qualitative methods. Aaron's career has primarily been centered within the university setting working in college student development. Through several of these roles, Aaron has had responsibilities for assessment and evaluation. Now, Aaron hopes to work with a wide range of organizations in program development, evaluation, community research and action.
Carrie S. Liston is the Membership Officer for 2023-2024. She has been doing evaluation for almost 20 years and is dedicated to helping programs and organizations understand how to improve and increase their impact. Her projects are focused on equity and inclusiveness, mainly in informal STEM education, but also in the national parks and childcare systems. Carrie is originally from Seattle. She received her undergraduate degree at Occidental College and a Master's degree from University of Colorado Boulder.
The President shall act as the chief executive officer of the Association and shall have all the general powers and duties which are usually vested in the office of the president of an Association, including; preside at all business meetings, serve as Chair of the Leadership Team, ensure appointment by the Leadership Team of members for all committees, and have general responsibility for the conduct of the affairs of the Association. The President will provide support and liaison to all standing committees and is an ex-officio member of all committees of the Association.
President Elect (Open)
The President-Elect will assist the President in conducting the business of the Association and preside in the President’s absence. Unless another designee is named by the Leadership Team, the President-Elect will represent the Association on the American Evaluation Association Local Affiliates Collaborative Steering Committee.
The Past President shall act as advisor/consultant to the President and President Elect in conducting the business of the Association. They will assure the smooth transition of leadership team roles through election processes and assist with continuity of operations constituting the business of the Association.
The Financial Officer shall manage the Association's funds, collect annual dues from members, prepare the yearly budget for consideration and approval by the Leadership Team, account for the receipt and expenditure of all monies, and keep the other Officers informed of the financial condition of the Association upon their request. The Financial Officers shall make disbursements, shall provide financial reports to an auditing firm or a Certified Public Accountant for periodic examinations, file annual 990 tax forms, and shall prepare an annual financial statement for publication to all members. Upon authorization by the Leadership Team, the Financial Officer may deposit funds of the Association in insured financial institutions to earn interest payments.
Communications Officer (Open)
The Communications Officer shall keep minutes of Leadership Team meetings and other meetings as requested by the President. The Communications Officer shall keep a file of the proceedings at business and Leadership Team meetings, as well as copies of the financial reports and official publications of the Association and shall supervise the issuance to the membership of all notifications pertaining to the official business of the Association. The Communications Officer shall lead a committee of members tasked with maintaining communications with/among members; edit, write, and distribute newsletters or other publications; and coordinate other communications, such as job postings, RFPs, etc. The Communications Officer may delegate leadership responsibilities to committee members following consultation with the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team will support the activities of the Communications Committee by making arrangements to monitor the Association’s email and distribute information of interest to members via appropriate communication vehicles. The Communications Officer, in partnership with the President, shall be delegated as the organization’s official spokesperson.
The Events/Programs Officer shall lead a committee of members tasked with planning activities, welcoming new and potential members, and encouraging member interaction, networking, and professional development; identify and negotiate for appropriate locations for meetings of the Leadership Team and membership; and facilitate cooperative programmatic activities with Association partners, potential partners, and other organizations and individuals.