LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

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ANDREW HOLBEIN
Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee

Andrew loves being a part of GCEval because he is passionate about the mission of expanding the use of evaluation throughout the region. 

 

Andrew has worked for a range of nonprofits and government organizations. He is the Director of Administration and Data for VIA LINK, a social service agency that will serve more than 150,000 Louisiana residents this year. He was the Executive Director of New Orleans Community Outreach, the Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Graham Windham, and a Project Manager for the City of New Orleans' Office of Recovery Management after Hurricane Katrina.  

 

Andrew lives in New Orleans with his wife and daughter and is a professional pianist.

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MICHELLE LAWRENCE BIDWELL
Co-Chair of Leadership Committee

Michelle is an Evaluation and Development professional in the Greater New Orleans Area. She is a New Orleans native and proud alumna of Xavier University at New Orleans. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and is currently a doctoral student in their Community Health Sciences program. Her personal mission is to dismantle systemic disparities, uplift communities, and lay a foundation for a culture of equity through education, data, development, and collaboration.

She has almost a decade of experience in research, evaluation, and grants, working on projects in the fields of breast and cervical cancer, pharmacology, nutrition, high-risk youth, law enforcement, veteran reintegration, education, and recidivism among the previously incarcerated. Michelle is currently the Director of Impact and Evaluation at Bastion Community of Resilience, the nation's first intentional community for veterans and families, where she leads the organization's grant and evaluation systems and has worked to secure millions of dollars in funding. In 2021, she will be transitioning into a new leadership role at a national development firm.

In addition to these roles, Michelle is on the leadership committee of GCEval and the founder of Granted Advisors, a consulting firm focused on helping new non-profit organizations reach their grant funding and program evaluation goals. Michelle resides in an historic African American neighborhood in NOLA with her husband and two rambunctious toddlers.

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WILL FAULKNER

Leadership Committee Member

William directs a small New-Orleans based, evaluation-focused consultancy, Flux R.M.E. Will works locally with non-profits to co-create their performance measurement and evaluation systems. He also operates internationally (primarily Latin America/Caribbean), focusing on the evaluation of advocacy campaigns, agriculture research and development, and social network analysis. Will loves kites and when it's windy you can catch him at Bayou St. John or at the Fly!

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Jana Fredricks
Leadership Committee Member

Jana Fredricks is a program evaluator and nonprofit management consultant based in her home town of New Orleans. She works with nonprofit organizations in the education and cultural sectors to build systems, define goals, craft strategy, and measure progress. She has supported environmental education organizations, higher education, museums, theatres, and advocacy groups across the US, with a special focus in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and New York City. She holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University, a Masters in Innovation and Organization in Culture and the Arts from Universitá di Bologna, and a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. 

 

In addition to her role on the GC Eval Leadership Committee, Jana stewards a community garden in the 7th Ward, sits on the Organizing Committee of the Greater New Orleans Growers Alliance, and produces small-scale theatre experiences for new works. 

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Sarah Mason
Leadership Committee Member

Sarah Mason is the Director of the Center for Research Evaluation. She is an evaluator whose primary goal is to advance the practice of evaluation through: (1) innovative evaluation practice, (2) high quality training for evaluators, (3) public advocacy in support of evaluation, and (4) the development of practical tools that allow individuals to embed evaluation into everyday decisions.

Over the past 15 years, Sarah has conducted research and evaluation projects across a wide range of contexts, including in Australia, the United States, Afghanistan, East Timor, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Her research and evaluation expertise lie in the areas of contextually-responsive evaluation design, survey methodology, educational evaluation, and evaluation influence.

Sarah has a Ph.D. in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University, Masters Degrees in Psychology and Development Studies, and a Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Years).

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Albion Sumrell
Leadership Committee Member

Albion Sumrell is an Educational Consultant, supporting educational institutions and nonprofits with
program development and evaluation. He has worked with schools, colleges, and non-profits as an
administrator, teacher, counselor, and advisor. Through these professional experiences, he has gained a
more comprehensive understanding of the needs and challenges of the PK-16+ educational pipeline,
especially as it relates to college and career preparation.


Albion received his B.A. in Psychology and French Studies from Emory University and his M.Ed. in School
Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. He recently graduated with his Ph.D. in
Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is dedicated to researching and
developing effective practices for guiding youth and adults towards lucrative college and career
opportunities.