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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

President, Founder,
Chief Executive Officer

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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

Department Manager,

Operations & Strategy

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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.

Kamarrie Coleman

Department Manager,

Evaluation & Research

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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.

Ashley Kitchen

Senior Evaluation Specialist,

Quality Improvement Lead

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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.

Rachel Engh

Senior Evaluation Specialist,

 Cross-sector Lead

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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.

Carlos Gallego

Senior Coordinator

Outreach and Cultural Connector

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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
Coordinator

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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 Hopkins

Data

Coordinator

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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. 

Charles Rivers

Program Support Coordinator and Facilitator

Trisha Netsch Lopez

Research Program Services Specialist

Maggi Seybold

Project

Coordinator

DeResha Vaughan

Planning & Research Coordinator

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Tan

Data
Coordinator

Bree Zimmerman

Assistant to

Operations Team

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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.

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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.

Conor Hanson

Research and Data

Assistant

Emily Serkaian

Finance Assistant 

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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.

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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.

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