Our team

The Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) has a national reputation for assisting nonprofit organizations, foundations, and health departments in program planning, setting targets for success, assessment and evaluation design, data analysis, and sharing lessons learned. We invite you to contact any of our team members below.

Seattle

Bill Beery
Senior Investigator
206-287-4390
beery.b@ghc.org
Emily Bourcier
Manager, Operations and Development
206-287-2035
bourcier.e@ghc.org
Carol Cahill
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-287-4602
cahill.c@ghc.org
Michelle Chapdelaine
Research Support Specialist
206-287-2016
chapdelaine.m@ghc.org
Diana Charbonneau
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2932
charbonneau.d@ghc.org
Allen Cheadle
Director
206-287-4391
cheadle.a@ghc.org
DeAnn Cromp
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-287-2732
cromp.d@ghc.org
Sarah Evers
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2633
evers.s@ghc.org
Howard Greenwald Evaluation Consultant 206-287-4394
greenwald.h@ghc.org
Erin Hertel
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4272
hertel.e@ghc.org
Sylvia Hoffmeyer
Research Specialist
206-287-2399
hoffmeyer.s@ghc.org
Clarissa Hsu
Manager, Research Services
206-287-4276
hsu.c@ghc.org
Maggie Jones
Manager, Evaluation Services
206-287-4604
jones.margaret@ghc.org
Elena Kuo
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-287-2951
kuo.e@ghc.org
Ian Maki
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-287-4678
maki.i@ghc.org
Juno Matthys
Research Specialist
206-287-4389
matthys.j@ghc.org
Heidi Merrifield
Financial Analyst
206-287-4691
merrifield.h@ghc.org
Afsaneh Rahimian
Research Associate/ 
Program Manager
206-287-2488 
rahimian.a@ghc.org
Lisa Schafer
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4378
schafer.l@ghc.org
Jennie Schoeppe
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-287-2200
schoeppe.j@ghc.org
Craig Sewald
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-287-2535
sewald.c@ghc.org
Diep Tran
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-442-5249
tran.dn@ghc.org

California

Ama Atiedu Evaluation Consultant 310-663-7539
akpene.atiedu@pepperdine.edu
Suzanne Rauzon
Evaluation Consultant
510-325-4128
srauzon@berkeley.edu
Rebecca Spring Evaluation Consultant 510-967-8403
rdspring@earthlink.net

Kentucky

Bill Pfeifle
Evaluation Consultant
859-333-0543
pfeifle@uky.edu
Lisa Tobe
Evaluation Consultant
530-318-4887 lisatobe.consulting@gmail.com

Ama Atiedu, MS
Ama is working as the local evaluator for Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit's HEAL Zone and Healthy School Partnership Initiatives. She holds a Master of Science from Iowa State University (2005) and will complete a master's degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University in the fall of 2012. Ama’s previous evaluation experience includes working for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as a Research Associate and for Los Angeles Universal Preschool as a Research and Evaluation Specialist. At CDPH, she conducted formative evaluation studies for the California 5 a Day (now known as the Champions for Change), a statewide social marketing campaign aimed at promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity for the prevention of chronic diseases. Ama believes the components of organizational development, research, and evaluation each play a pivotal role in the evaluation process and her current professional interests include merging the three components into one unified and cooperative field.

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Bill Beery, MPH
Bill is a senior investigator and was the founding director of CCHE until April 2011. From 1997 to 2007, he was also the vice president of programs for the Group Health Community Foundation, overseeing the foundation's extensive evaluation activities. He holds an MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1974). Previously, he directed Disease Prevention and Community Services and The Center for Health Promotion at Group Health. He has also worked in health programming and evaluation in Africa and Asia. Bill is an affiliate professor, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He has held academic appointments at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. His evaluation and research interests are community-based health promotion and prevention programs for low-income/high-risk populations.

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Emily Bourcier, MPH, MHA
Emily has been with CCHE since 2002, and has managed CCHE’s operational and development systems since 2011. She coordinates CCHE’s strategic planning, quality improvement, and staff development. She brings over 10 years of evaluation consulting experience in a broad range of public health areas using mixed-methods designs, including community-based cancer prevention strategies, community health initiatives focused on policy and systems change, tobacco prevention, improvement initiatives in the safety net system, and strategic planning for philanthropic organizations. She currently directs two national evaluations for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): evaluation of Health Impact Assessments and evaluation of the Survive and Thrive program implemented by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Emily holds a BA in biological sciences from Smith College, and an MPH and MHA from the University of Washington.

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Carol Cahill, MLS
Carol is a research associate with a background in information science, secondary data analysis, and community health planning, as well as expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) and visualization of data. She joined CCHE in 2005, having received a fellowship from the Sewell Learning Partnership to focus on strategic planning for Group Health's community benefit program. Carol was involved with the design and implementation of a Web-based tool to link primary care providers with community resources for physical activity and chronic disease management. She has participated in numerous CCHE evaluation projects, including conducting King County-focused community health needs assessments for Group Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center and evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Impact Project. Carol is serving as a member of an Agency for Healthcare Research Quality expert panel developing measures of linkages between primary care practices and community resources. She received her MLS from the University of Washington (UW) and earned a certificate in geographic information systems, also from UW.

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Michelle Chapdelaine
Michelle is a research support specialist providing administrative support to the CCHE team and other Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) faculty. She came to GHRI in June 2012, with experience in communications, administration, and grant management at nonprofits and local government in Spokane, WA and New England. Michelle earned a BA in journalism in 2010 from St. Michael's College in Vermont.

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Diana Charbonneau, MA
Diana is a research associate at CCHE. She earned a Masters in Teaching degree at the University of Washington in 2005. Diana has a background in education, project management, research, and nonprofit development. At CCHE, she is working on evaluations for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Impact Project and Kaiser Permanente’s Specialty Care Initiative. Diana has a long-standing interest in serving children and families, reflected in her previous work as a teacher and a volunteer. Prior to joining CCHE, Diana was a project manager with Group Health Research Institute where she worked on a large-scale multi-site community engagement project focused on developing research infrastructure and mentoring the next generation of translational researchers.

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Allen Cheadle, PhD
Allen is director of CCHE and a senior investigator at GHRI. He has worked with CCHE for more than 15 years on a range of projects through his affiliation with GHRI as a research professor in the University of Washington School of Public Health. His interests and evaluation experience include policy and environmental approaches to obesity. For the past several years he has overseen the evaluation of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives in 30 communities nationwide. Allen seeks to continue and expand CCHE’s work in evaluating community initiatives, working with foundations to build the capacity of community-based organizations, and helping safety-net organizations improve the care they provide in underserved communities. He is particularly interested in advancing Group Health's ability to benefit the broader community. Allen holds a PhD in economics (University of California, Berkeley, 1988).

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DeAnn Cromp, MPH
DeAnn is a research associate and program manager with CCHE. She earned her MPH from the University of Washington and her BA in psychology and anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. DeAnn enjoys bringing CCHE’s expertise in qualitative methods and collaborative evaluation to a variety of project teams within the Group Health Research Institute, mostly focused on primary care transformation. She currently spends most of her time traveling around the country to learn about innovative primary care team models, for the LEAP Project. She is also part of the team studying implementation of the patient-centered medical home model throughout Group Health’s clinics. In the past, she has coordinated evaluations of Kaiser Permanente’s farmers’ markets and Public Health–Seattle & King County's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative.

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Sarah Evers, MPH
Sarah is a research associate at CCHE. She earned an MPH from Georgia State University in 2011. She has a background in evaluation research focused on environmental approaches to support healthy habits in schools and child care centers. At CCHE she is working on an evaluation of the Public Health Institute’s National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, an applied leadership training program that enables multi-sector jurisdictional teams to address public health problems within their communities through team-identified community health improvement projects. Prior to joining CCHE she worked as a project manager in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University, where she coordinated research focused on the promotion healthy eating and active living for children in Georgia.

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Howard P. Greenwald, PhD
Howard is a professor of Management and Policy at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He is also a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He holds a PhD in sociology (University of California-Berkeley, 1975) with specialties in opinion research, organizational behavior, and the modern labor force. Howard recently completed projects on minority recruitment and retention in the health professions. He is currently directing a project on health insurance among employed California Latinos, and an investigation of racial profiling in vehicle stops. He has published on interventions to control violence and to reduce isolation among inner-city elders. His book, Who Survives Cancer?, reports results of a 10-year study on cancer.

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Erin Hertel, MPA
Erin is a research associate at CCHE. She earned her MPA in Public Affairs from the University of Washington in 2001. She has a background in public policy, advocacy, project management and evaluation. Before joining CCHE, Erin led safety net medical clinic policy efforts to expand health care access for underserved communities across Washington, including coordinating an evaluation of the statewide clinic system’s health outcomes and economic impact. Prior to that, she managed a qualitative assessment of the HIV prevention needs of African Americans in conjunction with Public Health–Seattle & King County. At CCHE, Erin works with two teams that are launching projects funded by the newly formed Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). These projects emphasize putting patients in the center of research to develop innovative ways to improve health outcomes.

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Sylvia Hoffmeyer, BA
Sylvia is a research specialist for CCHE. She is supporting data collection and analysis, including organizing and conducting key informant interviews for Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiative in Colorado, data collection for Group Health’s Integrated Care and Facility Design project, and Robert Wood Johnson funded, nation-wide Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project. Sylvia has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of project management and administration with community‑based nonprofit organizations in education, social work, the environment, community outreach, health care, and social change. She has a BA in liberal studies with a concentration in values and social change from Antioch University.

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Clarissa Hsu, PhD
Clarissa is a medical anthropologist who holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology (University of Washington, 2000). As a research associate and member of the GHRI faculty, she specializes in qualitative methods, research design, and participatory evaluation. Clarissa’s research contributes to improving health by investigating clinical quality improvement measures, the effectiveness of community-based health improvement programs and health promotion policy, patient-centered care and healing, and complementary and alternative medicine. At Group Health, she is helping study patient and provider experiences related to the patient-centered medical home model and the shared decision-making clinical improvement initiative. As CCHE’s research services manager, Clarissa helps guide CCHE’s multisite projects, fostering a better understanding of how to improve the health of individuals and their communities through the research and evaluation of clinical, behavioral, and community/environmental interventions. She is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and serves as a thesis advisor for master’s-level midwifery students at Bastyr University.

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Maggie Jones, MPH
Maggie is a senior program manager and research associate at CCHE. She is currently managing several of CCHE's projects, including evaluations of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s initiatives, evaluations of three safety net initiatives funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in California, and the evaluations of the Public Health Institute’s Leadership Academies for the Public’s Health. Maggie’s experience has focused on evaluation capacity building and evaluating initiatives related to community health improvement, health policy, health disparities/health equity, public health preparedness, public health training programs, and clinical quality improvement. Maggie is CCHE's evaluation services manager. She holds an MPH from the University of Washington (2007).

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Elena Kuo, PhD, MPH
Elena is a research associate at CCHE. She earned her MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2009 from University of Washington's Public Health Epidemiology program. She has a long-standing interest in health education and improving health outcomes for minority and marginalized populations. Previously she worked at the University of Washington's Child health Institute and at Group Health Research Institute as a project manager. She has been involved with a wide variety of projects, from implementing school-based mental health screening to designing a tuberculosis treatment education program to conducting and evaluating harm-reduction interventions for IV drug-using women, and more. Elena's primary focus at CCHE is strategy-level coordination for the multi-site Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives for Healthy Eating Active Living.

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Ian Maki, MPH
Ian is a research associate working on several projects with CCHE. He earned his MPH from the University of Washington's social behavioral science program in 2006. Prior to joining CCHE, Ian developed, managed, and evaluated two interdisciplinary service-learning programs at the University of Washington’s six health science schools. Ian also has worked with community-based health organizations and provided technical assistance on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's AIDS Prevention Marketing Initiative as an account executive for Porter/Novelli, bringing his rich 14-year history of public health experience in health education, health promotion, and issues related to rural health access, and rural primary care workforce development. At CCHE, Ian works on the evaluation of Kentucky Healthy Futures Initiative, which is part of the national Social Innovation Fund, a CDC-funded Community Transformation Grant (CTG) that links clinical care providers to community based chronic disease self-efficacy programs in 12 of California’s smallest rural counties, and for several quality improvement projects of the Critical Access Hospital Network in Eastern Washington.

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Juno Matthys, BS
Juno is a research specialist who joined the CCHE team in December 2009. Her previous experience included supporting academic and administrative departments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At CCHE she has implemented logistics for Photovoice at over 15 Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives sites. Currently she is supporting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Impact Project and Kaiser Permanente Southern California HEAL Zones, in addition to several other CCHE projects. Her interests include health policy, exercise physiology, and nutrition science. Juno earned a BS in health ecology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Heidi Merrifield
Heidi has responsibility and oversight for post-award financial management, including administration of active projects, budget management and financial reporting through closeout of project. She has more than 15 years' experience working in health care and educational settings. Her interests include using information technology applications to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial and project-related systems at CCHE.

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Afsaneh Rahimian, PhD
Afsaneh is a research associate who is working on evaluation of Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL Zones, a five-year initiative to promote health across nine communities in Southern California. She also is a member of a team evaluating Survive and Thrive, an initiative providing leadership training for local health officials across United States, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the DeBaumont Foundation. Afsaneh comes to CCHE with over 15 years of evaluation experience with community-based organizations that serve culturally diverse populations. She earned her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University Southern California, an MS in biometry (also from USC), and an MA in Sociology from California State University.

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William Pfeifle, EdD, MBA
Bill is a professor in Health Services Management at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He earned his doctorate in education at the University of Kentucky (1977) and an MBA with a certificate in medical management in 2003. Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous educational and service-related projects within the university and on state, national and international levels. His research interests focus on the impact of education and leadership on individual and collective behavior in the public domain. Bill joins the CCHE team as a locally based evaluator for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky initiatives.

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Suzanne Rauzon, MPH
Suzanne is a director of community health projects and evaluation studies. She has over 15 years' experience leading community-based initiatives and developing organizational and community change strategies. She has developed partnerships and collaborative projects working on a wide range of sectors and approaches, including several school-based interventions, a nationwide cardiovascular risk screening effort and work site health initiatives. She holds an MPH (University of California, Berkeley, 1986). She has expertise in strategic communications, change management and public health planning. Suzanne also has credentials in the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology, and is affiliated with the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Lisa Schafer, MPH
Lisa is a research associate and program manager with CCHE. She received her MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington in 2009. Lisa’s experience with community-based research and evaluation includes coordinating data collection and analysis for a process evaluation of a malaria prevention intervention in rural Ghana and supporting evaluation activities for a project targeting metabolic syndrome among Latino communities in Idaho. Prior to that, she worked as a clinical assistant in a natural health clinic. At CCHE, Lisa coordinates the evaluations of the California HealthCare Foundation/Kaiser Permanente Specialty Care Initiative and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky initiatives.

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Jennie Schoeppe, MPH, MS
Jennie is a research associate with CCHE. She currently manages the evaluation of a community intervention to decrease vaccine hesitancy among parents in Washington state. She also assists in the evaluation of a clinical quality improvement training program funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in California, and the evaluation of a project aimed at improving wellness among vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities, funded by the United Way of King County. Jennie earned her MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington in 2010. She also holds an MS in physical therapy from Washington University and a BS from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining CCHE, Jennie coordinated a project that evaluated the implementation of a new Washington state law supporting intervention in drug overdoses and worked with a community-based health clinic to assess its diabetes education program. She also brings 12 years' experience as a physical therapist to her work.

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Craig Sewald, BA
Craig is a research associate with a background in public policy planning and evaluation. He has a special interest in food policy and public health leadership training. Craig joined CCHE in October 2011 and has worked on a variety of projects, including community health needs assessments for Group Health and Virginia Mason and evaluation of the California HealthCare Foundation/Kaiser Permanente Specialty Care Initiative. Craig is currently working on projects for the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, the CDC-funded National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, and Survive and Thrive, a leadership training program for new and aspiring public health officials funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation. He received his BA in Social Science from the University of Washington in 2008 and will receive his MPA from UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs in 2013.

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Rebecca Spring, MPH
Rebecca is participating in Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit evaluations in California. She holds an MPH with an emphasis on community health education (San Jose State University, 2004). Prior to working at CCHE, Rebecca directed an evaluation of HIV/AIDS medication adherence at a community health center in San Francisco and was responsible for overseeing quality improvement initiatives at a consortia of health centers in Santa Clara County, California. Her previous evaluation experience has focused on HIV prevention and treatment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, and food security.

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Lisa Tobe, MPH
Lisa has been working on social justice and health issues since she served as a VISTA volunteer in the Appalachian Mountains 20 years ago. As the Director of the Center for Health Equity, she helped reshape the public health landscape by serving as a catalyst for collaboration between public health, communities, and organizations; increasing organizational and community capacity; and shaping policy that focused on decreasing health inequities. Lisa has worked for the Kentucky Commission on Women, served as a Health Education Consultant to the California Department of Health Services and worked as Program Chief, Director of Health Education for the Plumas County Public Health Agency. She earned her MPH at the University of North Carolina. Lisa joins the CCHE team as a locally based evaluator for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky initiatives.

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Diep Tran, MPH, MA
Diep is a research associate at CCHE. She is currently working on evaluating ALL HEART/PHASE, a Kaiser Permanente initiative aimed at helping diabetes patients prevent cardiovascular disease. She holds a MA in public health from University of California, Los Angeles, with an emphasis on chronic disease and maternal child health, and a MA from the University of California, Irvine, in demographics and social analysis. Her previous professional life included more than seven years of program and fund development for grass-roots nonprofits in Southern California, where she worked closely with diverse community partners to increase access to health care for underserved populations.

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