The ACET Team
ACET is a woman- and minority-owned small business enterprise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our staff have extensive experience in conducting high-quality research and evaluation in a variety of settings.
See the bios below to learn more about each ACET team member.
Stella SiWan Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer
Stella’s specialty in culturally tailored evaluation projects has continued to grow with ACET during her 25-year career as president of ACET, Inc. She has a M.S. in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation.
Lisa Perkins Smith
Operations & Strategy
Lisa's vast expertise is in implementing strategic priorities, improving operations, and executing internal and external initiatives. She has a B.A. in English and Elementary Education.
Evaluation & Research
Kamarrie’s extensive experience includes working with culturally and linguistically diverse PK-16 educational institutions. She earned a Ph.D. in English as a Second Language Curriculum and Instruction.
Senior Evaluation Specialist,
Quality Improvement Lead
Ashley’s experience in collaborations with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities strengthens ACET’s high-quality qualitative research. She has a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations.
Senior Evaluation Specialist,
Rachel’s specialty in designing participatory and equitable mixed-methods evaluation approaches, helps clients understand and communicate impact. She has a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning.
Outreach and Cultural Connector
Carlos’ community relationship building and grassroots experience allows him to successfully bridge underserved communities with cultural connections. He has a M.A. in Elementary Education.
Mick Alvarez Flores
Senior Graphic Design
Mick’s background in graphic design and illustration, brings her expertise in digital and print media, visualizing and creating graphics, illustrations, logos, layouts and photos. She has a B.A. in Graphic Design.
Will’s experience in data collection, analysis, quality improvement, and presentation is beneficial to a variety of ACET projects. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies.
Program Support Coordinator and Facilitator
Trisha Netsch Lopez
Research Program Services Specialist
Planning & Research Coordinator
Charles’ expertise lies in supporting organizations with their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion journeys, as well as enhancing youth engagement and development. He holds a B.S. in Applied Ethics with a minor in Anthropology.
Trisha’s specialty is in qualitative research methods, bringing extensive experience working with culturally appropriate health services. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and a M.S. in Public Health.
Maggi’s experience in learning strategies, program oversight, and internal communications brings a medical perspective to ACET projects and operations. She has a M.S.B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies and a B.S. in Exercise Science.
DeResha’s technology, planning, and research skills enhances ACET through her efficiency and engaging people in team settings. She has a B.A. in Classics.
Barbara specializes in research and statistics, particularly in academic and healthcare settings, to support data analysis and collection. She has a B.S. in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Spanish.
Bree specializes in facilitating and planning meetings, health and wellness events, with a focus on accessibility and disability services. She has a A.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Human Services.
Research and Data
Conor specializes in data analysis using multiple programming languages to tell meaningful stories with data. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a certificate in Data Analysis & Visualization.
Emily specializes in human resource administration, financial management, and organizational development. She earned a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a B.A. in both Economics and Management, and Psychology.