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Program Evaluation Team

As Social Work evaluators, our professional Social Work ethics are at the core of our work. We ground our work in the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the American Evaluation Association's Guiding Principles. As researchers, practitioners, and evaluators, we bring a multi-faceted set of skills and experiences to the evaluation process.  Project teams are committed to collaborating with our partners in the pursuit of continuous improvement in customer-centered services.

Shawna J. LeeShawna J. Lee

Director, SSW Program Evaluation Group, Professor of Social Work, and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Dr. Shawna J. Lee is Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is Director of the Program Evaluation Group (PEG) and Director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab at the UM-SSW. Dr. Lee has published extensively on child maltreatment, fathers' parenting, father-child relationships, parenting stress and family functioning, and parental discipline. Dr. Lee completed the Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Columbia University. She teaches courses in research methods, program evaluation, social policy, and on specialized topics such as intervention to reduce use of corporal punishment.

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Lisa M. GrecoLisa M. Greco

Program Evaluation Group Program Manager

Lisa Greco, LMSW, is an experienced human services administrator with extensive background in programs serving justice-involved youth. Working in public and nonprofit organizational leadership roles, Greco brings competencies in the areas of program development, staff training, labor relations, budget management, grant writing, strategic planning and multi-sector coalition building. Greco's professional body of work is rooted in operationalizing social justice values, and in optimizing individual and systemic capacity for effective delivery of human services.

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Kathryn ColasantiKathryn Colasanti

Program Evaluation Group Evaluation Associate

Kathryn Colasanti, MS, is an Evaluation Associate with the Program Evaluation Group. She has more than a decade of evaluation, research, and project management experience and brings a passion for advancing equity and building organizational capacity in evaluation. Kathryn has strong experience in community development, cross-sector collaboration, and network management. She holds a master's degree in community sustainability and a graduate certificate in program evaluation, both from Michigan State University.

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Elizabeth EvansElizabeth Evans

Program Evaluation Group Evaluation Associate

Elizabeth Evans, MSW, LLMSW is an Evaluation Associate with the Program Evaluation Group. She has over 18 years of experience in community-based program and project management which complements her work with the Program Evaluation Group. Sharing her knowledge of project management and evaluation with others is a passion as she believes knowledge is best shared, not kept to oneself. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her MSW from Grand Valley State University with an Advanced Generalist focus. Elizabeth is a current doctoral student in Health Administration at Central Michigan University and is interested in areas of health equity; improving access to affordable, patient driven care for populations facing the highest health disparities.

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Katharine (Kate) Helegda Katharine (Kate) Helegda

Program Evaluation Group Evaluation Associate

Katharine (Kate) Helegda, MSW, is an Evaluation Associate with the Program Evaluation Group. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Anthropology and her MSW in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan. Kate has ten years of experience in the youth development field in both interpersonal practice and research/evaluation. Kate's passion is on bridging the gap between theory and practice to make evaluation actionable and accessible. Kate's work is rooted in capacity building with the goal of making data approachable and fun. Her evaluation process is centered around the permission to play, explore, and be curious.

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Anastasia Karmaniola Anastasia Karmaniola, MSW Candidate

Operations Assistant

Although originally from Greece, Anastasia Karmaniola has lived in the US for the past 5 years. Anastasia holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing an MSW degree in Management and Leadership at the University of Michigan. Anastasia is passionate about social justice advocacy and working with the homeless population through her field placement at Groundcover News. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys cooking Greek food for her friends and family.


Diana Curtis Diana Curtis, MSW Candidate

Evaluation Assistant

Diana is a University of Michigan School of Social Work student studying Program Evaluation & Applied Research. Since graduating with her bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Gender & Health at U of M in 2018, she has worked at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research. Diana is interested in the intersections of research, policy, and community-based advocacy, grounding evaluation in anti-racist, pro-justice values.


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