Leadership Team

Tarek AzzamTarek Azzam, Ph.D.
TEI Director

Tarek Azzam is the TEI Director and Associate Professor at the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. As TEI Director, Dr. Azzam oversees TEI’s academic offerings, the certificate programs, and works with the TEI team on the strategic development of the program.
photo of Beeta TahmassebiBeeta Tahmassebi, MBA
Director of Operations

Beeta Tahmassebi is the Director of Operations for TEI and a Senior Manager at EnCompass LLC. As Director of Operations, Ms. Tahmassebi leads the team dedicated to management, coordination and delivery of the TEI programs.
Debra J. RogDebra J. Rog, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Faculty Affairs

Debra Rog is Associate Director of Faculty Affairs for TEI, Associate Director at Westat, and Vice President of the The Rockville Institute. As Associate Director of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Rog oversees faculty relations and recruitment as well as the content of the TEI courses.
Ann M. DoucetteAnn Doucette, Ph.D.
Director of Special Projects

Ann Doucette is the Director of Special Projects for TEI, and Research Professor of Evaluation and Health Policy at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of the TEI faculty. As Director of Special Projects, Dr. Doucette oversees external evaluation projects and special outreach efforts for TEI.

Operations Team

photo of Paul ThomasPaul Thomas, MA
Development Manager

Paul Thomas is the Development Manager for TEI and oversees outreach and communications, as well as strategic development.
photo of Alexandra JeffersonAlexandra Jefferson, BA
Program Coordinator
Alexandra Jefferson is the TEI Program Coordinator and is responsible for managing program logistics, faculty support, and participant registration.

TEI Board of Directors

Mark Lipsey, Ph.D., Chair
Mark W. LipseyMark W. Lipsey is the Director of the Center for Evaluation Research and Methodology, and a Senior Research Associate, at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies (Ph.D. in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University in 1972). Professor Lipsey serves on the editorial boards of Evaluation and Program Planning, Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, and the American Journal of Community Psychology, and boards or committees of, among others, the National Research Council, the Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse, Campbell Collaboration, and Blueprints for Violence Prevention. He is a recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Paul Lazarsfeld Award, the Society of Prevention Research’s Nan Tobler Award, a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, and co-author of the program evaluation textbook, Evaluation: A Systematic Approach and the meta-analysis primer, Practical Meta-Analysis.
 Stewart I. Donaldson, Ph.D., Co-Chair
photo of Stewart DonaldsonStewart I. Donaldson is Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health, Dean of the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation (SSSPE) and the School of Community & Global Health (SCGH), and Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) at Claremont Graduate University. He has taught numerous courses and published widely on the topic of evaluation theory and practice. His work has been cited widely and he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, chapters, and evaluation reports, as well as numerous evaluation books, including his most recent titles Evaluation for an Equitable Society (2016); Credible and Actionable Evidence: The Foundation for Rigorous and Influential Evaluations (2015); Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation (2013); and The Future of Evaluation in Society: A Tribute to Michael Scriven (2013). Donaldson received AEA’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award for lifetime achievement in the field in 2013 and served as President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) in 2015.

James Bell, M.A.
James BellJames Bell is the founder and president of James Bell Associates, Inc., an award-winning firm that designs and conducts evaluations of innovative health and human services programs for federal, state and local government agencies and non-profit foundations. His 36 years of experience on more than 100 projects spans an array of evaluation designs and program areas, including: a mixed-method evaluation of the first Medicaid managed care demonstrations; exploratory case studies of innovations in rural health care finance and delivery; a random assignment evaluation of a promising foster care prevention intervention; and a nationally representative survey on protections for human research subjects. Funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, he has focused in recent years on evaluating the clinical outcomes and costs of integrated services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Leslie Fierro, Ph.D.
Leslie Fierro photoLeslie Fierro is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). She has worked in several sectors as an evaluator including the private sector (as an evaluation specialist at Deloitte Consulting and as an independent consultant with Fierro Consulting, Inc.) and the public sector (as an epidemiologist and evaluation capacity builder at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)). Her primary disciplinary focus in evaluation is public health, however, she has also performed evaluations that span disciplines—venturing into education and evaluation professionalization efforts. Dr. Fierro is the incoming Co-Editor In Chief for New Directions for Evaluation (January 2018) and currently serves as a co-chair for the American Evaluation Association’s Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group. She is passionate about conducting research on evaluation that helps to build the nation’s collective capacity to perform high-quality evaluation.
Mel Mark, Ph.D.
Melvin M. MarkMel Mark is Professor and Department Head of Psychology at Northwestern University. He has edited a dozen books and is author of more than 130 articles and chapters in books. For much of his career, Dr. Mark has applied his background in social psychology and his interest in research methods to the theory and practice of program evaluation. He has served as President of the American Evaluation Association and as Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. Dr. Mark’s awards include the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for Contributions to Evaluation Theory.
Michael Quinn Patton, Ph.D.
Michael Quinn PattonMichael Quinn Patton is the Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, an independent organizational development and program evaluation organization. He spent 18 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota (1973-1991), including five years as Director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research and ten years with the Minnesota Extension Service. He has written extensively about evaluation, and worked in the field beginning in the 1970s when evaluation in the non-profit sector was a relatively new development. Patton is one of only two recipients of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award (from the Evaluation Research Society, later the American Evaluation Association) for “outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice” and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory (American Evaluation Association). The Society for Applied Sociology honored him with the 2001 Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology.
M. F. “Midge” Smith, Ph.D. – TEI Founding Director
Midge Smith head shotDr. Midge Smith is an experienced evaluator with a notable record of publications; she has administrative experience at several levels within a university setting and thirteen years successfully directing The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI). She knows evaluation as a learner, as a teacher of academic and non-formal courses, and as a practitioner in many subjects (e.g. agriculture, education, and medical/health). In 1996, Dr. Smith initiated the first TEI program, with a packed audience on the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore.
Ex-officio Members

Tarek Azzam, Ph.D.
Tarek AzzamTarek Azzam, Ph.D., is Director of The Evaluators’ Institute and Associate Professor at the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase its potential impact on programs and policies. Dr. Azzam has also been involved in multiple projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the K-12 and university level, Science Technology Engineering Math education programs, pregnancy prevention programs, children’s health programs, and international development efforts for the Rockefeller and Packard Foundations. Dr. Azzam is the current program chair of the Research on Evaluation TIG, and a member of AEA’s recruitment committee. He was also the former program chair of the Theories of Evaluation TIG, and served as chair of AEA’s awards committee.

Debra J. Rog, Ph.D.
Debra J. RogDebra J. Rog, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Faculty Affairs at The Evaluators’ Institute, an associate director with Westat, and a vice president of The Rockville Institute. In her current roles, Dr. Rog is directing several evaluations in the areas of homeless services, clinical and translational science, and education and work programs, among others. She also serves in training and evaluation advising roles within the organization. Before joining Westat in January 2007, Dr. Rog was director of the Washington office of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement (CEPI) for 17 years, and was a senior research associate in CEPI. She has over 25 years of experience in program evaluation and applied research. She recently directed coordinating centers for two large multi-site evaluations for SAMHSA, and has directed numerous other projects involving health and mental health services for vulnerable populations.