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
Senior Department Manager,
Lisa Perkins Smith
Operations & Strategy
Evaluation & Research
Stella has completed many culturally tailored evaluation projects during her 23-year career as president of ACET. She has a master's degree in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation.
Jolene has more than 35 years of expertise in strategic communication, facilitation, and bridging connections with clients and communities. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications and English.
Lisa's expertise focuses on implementing strategic priorities, improving operations, and executing internal and external specialty initiatives. She has a bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education.
Kamarrie has extensive experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse PK-16 educational institutions. She has a Ph.D. in English as a Second Language Curriculum and Instruction.
Senior Evaluation Specialist,
Quality Improvement Lead
Senior Evaluation Specialist,
Outreach and Cultural Connector
Ashley has experience in conducting high-quality qualitative research with Tribal organizations and BIPOC populations. She has a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations.
Rachel designs participatory and equitable mixed-methods evaluation approaches to help clients understand and comm-unicate impact. She has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Julia is a seasoned program specialist with extensive experience in the nonprofit and government sectors, emphasizing participatory approaches. She has a M.S. degree in Environmental Justice.
Carlos does community, grassroots work, and he builds cultural connections with underserved communities. He has a master’s degree in Elementary Education.
Mick Alvarez Flores
Mick’s focus is in graphic design and illustration, creating a variety of images for use in print and digital media. She has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.
Will collects, analyzes, and presents data on a variety of projects, bringing experience in public health data use and quality improvement. He has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies.
Assistant to the Administrative Team
Bree has experience facilitating a wide range of disability and accessibility support programs. She has her Associates in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Human Services.
Maggi formerly practiced as a Physician Assistant (PA) and brings a medical perspective to ACET while supporting both projects and operations. She has a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Max analyzes data, coordinates data storage, and has experience conducting statistical analysis and research. He has a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy.