Learning through Evaluation,
Adaptation, and Dissemination



Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Ph.D.

Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison. As a professional evaluator, she uses mixed methodology to assess student and faculty learning, and to evaluate educational programming for various postsecondary institutions and organizations. She has been the Evaluation Director on a variety of programs to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEMM, including women and different racial/ethnic populations. As the Director of LEAD, she works with potential partners to develop evaluation plans and after funding, oversees professional evaluators who who conduct the evaluation.


Nicole Bowman-Farrell

Nicole Bowman-Farrell (Mohican/Munsee), Ph.D. is a Researcher & Evaluator in the LEAD Center. Culturally and contextually responsive educational research, evaluation, and policy studies are central to the work Nicole has carried out over nearly two decades.  By working “with” people and not “on” them Nicole is known as a responsive and effective multi-jurisdictional and government systems subject matter expert.  She has been a leader on educational and government initiatives where Tribal and non-Tribal agencies partner to improve outcomes, capacities, and competencies for more effective, responsive, and impactful programming.  As an evaluator, trainer, and technical assistance provider Dr. Bowman has increased the skills, competencies, and capacities for many university, non-profit, and for profit academic organizations working with Indigenous and other marginalized populations.  In May 2015 Nicole graduated with her PhD from the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Department at the University of WI-Madison.  Her multi-jurisdictional educational policy study was the first in the country to examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools.   Dr. Bowman currently is an active elected leader, international annual conference trainer, and/or an appointed advisory member for several work groups under the American Evaluation Association, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, and the Eastern Evaluation Research Society

Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Ph.D.

Tenah K. A. Hunt, Ph.D., M.P.H, is an Assistant Researcher with the LEAD Center. Dr. Hunt is passionate about using mixed-method, strengths-based, and culturally responsive evaluation approaches to improve educational and health outcomes for youth and families of color. Evaluation projects Dr. Hunt worked on prior to LEAD Center include: a multi-year quasi-experimental design study evaluating the effectiveness of a county-wide home visiting program; fidelity assessment of an African American father and son parenting program; and the evaluation of housing stability outcomes of homeless adolescents after receiving services at a community-based organization. Dr. Hunt received additional focused training in program evaluation through her participation in the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program. Dr. Hunt holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her dissertation work focused on the mechanisms through which parental racial socialization influences academic achievement among African American youth. She additionally holds a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.

Christine Fabian

Christine Fabian Bell, M.S., is an Assistant Researcher focusing on evaluation research for grants and programs related to higher education. Her evaluation experience involves community education programs, NSF funded scholarships, undergraduate research experiences, first-year student engagement activities, and women in STEM. Since beginning work at the LEAD Center, Christine has continued to develop her skills in mixed-methods research, data collection and analysis, survey design, and qualitative data analysis software. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology and Rural Studies from South Dakota State University.

Jacquie Forbes

Jacquie Forbes, B.A., is a third year PhD student studying Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research agenda examines structural barriers to college admission for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Before coming to UW, Jacquie worked as a high school history teacher in Brooklyn, NY and as a college access program administrator in Atlanta, GA. As a GEDI intern, Jacquie will be working with The LEAD Center on UW Madison’s campus. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Spelman College.

Kate McCleary

Kate McCleary, Ph.D., is an Associate Researcher with the LEAD Center.  Evaluation and assessment has been central to the work Kate has carried out in international education over the past decade.  She uses evaluative practices in examining undergraduate intercultural learning and cultural adjustment, and establishing and reviewing international, university-partnerships within higher education settings.  She was a member of a longitudinal, team-based, evaluation of a girls and marginalized children/youth empowerment program carried out in eight countries through the Minnesota International Development Education Consortium. Kate appreciates the utilization of mixed-methodology in evaluation studies, and has taught qualitative research methods at the undergraduate level.  She values the insight and understanding that her work provides to institutions and organizations with which she partners. Kate holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy & Administration with a focus in Comparative International Development Education.


Kim Kile

Kimberly Kile, Ph.D., is the Program Manager for the LEAD Center, managing both the Center, and grant-related projects and activities. As the Program Manager, she leads educational, professional development, and outreach activities.  She is passionate about the student experience in post-secondary education and uses her expertise in student learning and development, curriculum development, faculty development, and implementation strategies as a framework for success.  For over two decades, she has served students, faculty, and staff within diverse institutions, including a technical college, a private liberal arts college, a state comprehensive institution, a research university, a central administrative office for a state system, and a nationally-ranked teaching hospital. She is widely regarded within the University and across the state for her communication, collaboration, and relationship building skills. Dr. Kile holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S.Ed. in College Student Development and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Mary Mezera, B.S., who has been with WCER for three years and is the Administrative Coordinator for the center. She also assists WCER PIs Sadhana Puntambekar, Marty Nystrand and Sandy Rutherford. She has an associate’s degree from UW˗Rock County in applied arts and science and a bachelor’s degree from Edgewood College in criminal justice.