Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting, Inc. (EEC) is a woman-owned firm located near Burlington, Vermont, founded in 1990 by Dr. Patricia Mueller. EEC consultants and associates have extensive experience in developing evaluation strategies and methodologies designed to provide formative and summative feedback to project managers, program personnel, clients and end-users, and other key stakeholders.
EEC’s expertise is primarily in education program evaluation and professional development. EEC has conducted evaluations of State and Local Education Agencies, Technical Assistance and Dissemination Centers, Educational Technology Centers, and Institute of Higher Education grants. In summary, EEC is large enough to employ several experienced evaluators, yet small enough to be highly responsive to client needs.
Patricia H. Mueller, Ed.D. is President and founder of Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting, Inc., a woman-owned firm specializing in development and evaluation of federally-funded programs. Dr. Mueller has extensive experience in writing and evaluating federally funded education initiatives to include: Technical Assistance & Dissemination Centers, Educational Technology Centers, State Personnel Development Grants in several states, and personnel preparation programs, among others. Pat manages all of EEC’s current contracts.
Pat began her career as a Special Educator in the late 1970s and taught for 6 six years in VT public schools before coordinating a series of OSEP-funded grant projects based at UVM’s University Affiliated Program (now UCEDD) for 13 years. She acquired advanced degrees in 1986 and 1997. From 1997 to 1999, she held a position as a Special Education Administrator in a local Vermont district and in 1999 was employed as the Evaluation Specialist for the Northeast Regional Resource Center (.50 FTE) and began building her business to include EEC’s current and recent clients.
Dr. Mueller annually participates in professional development opportunities to stay abreast of new knowledge and to continue her skill building in the evaluation arena (e.g., American Evaluation Association pre-conference sessions and e-learning webinars). Pat’s advanced degrees are in Special Education and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
David Merves, MBA, C.A.S. is a Senior Evaluator and EEC Director of Operations. He holds an MBA in Operations Research/Statistics. He also completed the Claremont Graduate University Certificate of Advance Study Program in Evaluation. Mr. Merves participates in project methodology selection, logic model and evaluation plan development, data collection, analysis and reporting.
David has a special interest in the use of technology to share evaluative data/information and improved reporting. He has presented at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, American Evaluation Association annual conference, and numerous OSEP sponsored activities. His extensive business background includes statistics, survey development-implementation-analysis, professional development and utilization of technology for project implementation and reporting. David’s advanced degrees are in Business Administration and Evaluation Theory.
Dr. Judy Lee has provided evaluation consulting for over twenty years to state agencies, foundations, nonprofits, research and evaluation firms, and technical assistance and dissemination centers. For over six years, Judy has served as a Senior Evaluator for EEC, assisting with project proposals, project management, collaborative planning for evaluation design and implementation, instrumentation development, data collection, analysis, reporting, and conference presentations.
Recently, Dr. Lee collaborated on the development of a national model for early childcare and education, a research and evaluation project with oversight from the Office of Head Start and grant money from the Buffett Early Childhood Foundation and the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She also managed a case study of the U.S. child welfare system for an international child serving agency and a research validation study for a residential treatment center.
Judy served for over a decade as a long-term consultant to Casey Family Services, the direct service arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There, she developed evaluation plans with stakeholders ranging from agency social workers to division leaders and the CEO, collecting data through mixed methods and providing recommendations for agency-wide practice and organizational change. Dr. Lee has worked with a variety of state departments to improve services to children, youth, and families, including MA, ME, OR, and CT. Judy’s doctoral degree is in Social Planning and Policy Analysis from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Ms. Russell received her Master’s of Public Policy at the University of Oregon and has served as a project coordinator and evaluator in various settings at the national, state, and local levels. Currently, Arlene is the senior evaluator on the NC SPDG and the RI SSIP evaluations, as well as supporting EEC in its evaluation of several Technical Assistance and Dissemination Programs (e.g., ECPC).
Arlene has provided support to educational organizations as they implement policy and programs, including the design and implementation of both formative and summative evaluations and performance measurement systems. Her professional areas of interest within the evaluation and performance measurement field include systems change, and working with stakeholders to support improvement in educational contexts.
Dr. Anupama Shekar has provided evaluation and research consulting for over 12 years both locally and internationally to federal and state education departments, universities, foundations, nonprofits, corporates and consulting firms. Her content areas of interests include educational leadership and administration, school improvement, community-based initiatives, professional development programs, family and community engagement, mixed-methods and qualitative research and evaluation methods. She is currently a consultant for EEC and several other organizations including Southern Methodist University’s Center on Research & Evaluation.
Previously, Anupama worked as the Director for Evaluation at Teaching Trust, an education leadership non-profit organization in Dallas, Texas. She served as a post-doctoral research associate and worked for several years as an Associate Researcher with the WIDA Consortium which is a national and international prek-12 language development and assessment program housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University.
Dr. Jocelyn Cooledge has served as a Senior Evaluator on numerous large evaluation studies including statewide, multi-agency evaluations, and in-depth local evaluations. She brings 20 years of evaluation experience in state and federal special education projects, including State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG), State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), Technical Assistance and Dissemination Centers, post-secondary programs for students with disabilities, and a Safe Schools/Healthy Students project. Additionally, she conducts data analysis for the State Performance Plans/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) Indicators 8 (Parent Involvement) and 14 (Post-School Outcomes). Previously, she was the Director of the Evaluation Unit at HDI at the University of Kentucky, and the Evaluation Coordinator for the OSEP-funded Mid-South Regional Resource Center.
In addition to her evaluation work, Jocelyn has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as served as the Director of a federally-funded TRiO Student Support Services program. Her doctoral degree is in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, where her research primarily focused on recovery from traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Kim Chaffer Schroeder received her PhD at the University of Kentucky in Higher Education with a focus on measurement, assessment and evaluation. She served as a policy analyst for the Government Accountability Office where she worked on a wide variety of topics related to economic development, financial markets, education and natural resources. In addition, she spent 15 years in higher education as a senior administrator working in enrollment management. Kim is experienced at evaluating education programs related to child/student outcomes, professional development programming, transition, persistence, completion and college readiness.
Currently, Kim serves as a TA Evaluation Specialist for the IDEA Data Center and as an external evaluator in various settings within K-12 and post-secondary education. Her professional areas of interest are creating cultures of data within organizations and empowering practitioners to use data to maximize outcomes and resource allocation.
Bridget received her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University where she focused her coursework on program evaluation and arts administration. Before joining the team at EEC, she developed exhibitions and conducted evaluations for both the Smithsonian Institution and the Peabody Essex Museum. As a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she co-taught Formative Evaluation for Educational Product Development. Bridget supports EEC in its evaluations by assisting in survey implementation and monitoring, data analysis, reporting, and developing infographics.
For over a decade, Michele has supported the work of EEC as Office Associate. Michele assists with administrative tasks, file organization, and accounting.