2017 Board of New Mexico Evaluators
Michelle Bloodworth, PhD
Michelle is a Senior Evaluator at Apex Education. She has worked with partners across the education spectrum in early childhood, K-12, community schools, higher education, and school health. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology as well as a doctorate in Community and Prevention Research; and she was a pre-doctoral fellow with NIMH’s Prevention and Research Training Program. Michelle is a past president of New Mexico Evaluators and has served on the Board in various capacities since 2007.
Scott Hughes, PhD
Scott D. Hughes currently serves as the Associate Research Professor at the Center for Education Policy Research (UNM CEPR) located at the University of New Mexico. Scott brings nearly eighteen years of research and policy experience. He serves as the principal or co-investigator on a number of studies related to early childhood. He currently serves as one of two representatives from New Mexico on the Board of Governors for the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest and the Board of the New Mexico Evaluators. Prior to coming to CEPR, Scott served as acting director for the New Mexico Office of Education Accountability (OEA) within the Department of Finance and Administration where he had been on staff since April 2004 serving as deputy director and senior policy analyst. Originally from Michigan, Scott has lived in New Mexico since the fall of 1981. He has a BA in history from Michigan State University and a MA and PhD in U.S. history from the University of New Mexico.
VP of Finance
Carlos Romero is President and founder of Apex, a consulting firm specializing in systems evaluation. Carlos has over 20 years of experience in program planning, evaluation, facilitation and organizational development. His company's approach is influenced by developmental evaluation, utilization-focused evaluation, participatory evaluation, Results-Based Accountability, systems thinking and cultural competence.
Nancy Shane, PhD
Co-VP of Programs
Nancy Shane is a program evaluator for the UNM School of Medicine. She has worked as an internal and external program evaluator for over 15 years, mostly in the fields of education, social services, and environmental programs. She has served on the board for NM Evaluators for a number of years in various capacities including President, and is excited to continue helping local evaluators connect with one another and improve their practice.
Co-VP of Programs
Kuit is a Master’s student in the College of Education at the
University of New Mexico (UNM) going for his Educational Psychology
degree. He is a graduate research assistant with UNM’s Center for
Education Policy Research working with Mission: Graduate. He has worked
with Lucas Pedraza on an evaluation of PB&J Family Services as part
of the first cohort in the NM Evaluation Lab @ UNM with Dr. Melissa
Binder. He graduated summa cum laude and received his Bachelors with a
double major in Psychology and Sociology. His research interests are
centered around school culture and curriculum’s influence on prosocial
behaviors in students. He is married and has three cats, no children and
enjoys reading books, playing games, and socializing with friends.
Silke Bletzer, PhD
Co-VP of Communications
Silke Bletzer is a project director with HealthInsight with over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, project-, program- and operational management. She enjoys working with colleagues and clients to define and implement strategic objectives that significantly improve processes and outcomes. Her primary focus has been on healthcare, education and technology systems. Silke holds a PhD and a Master’s in Business & Economics from the Albert-Ludwig’s University in Freiburg, Germany.
Phyllis Clay, PhD
Co-VP of Communications
Clay serves as Manager of Research and Evaluation for the Albuquerque
Public Schools. She has a PhD in Program Evaluation from The Ohio State
University and a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University. Phyllis has
directed a team of 10 PhD-level evaluators and 20 evaluation assistants
at the Kansas City, Missouri School District and has served as Director
of the Research and Evaluation team at the Kansas State Department of
Education. Phyllis formed her company, Synthesis International, Inc., to
combine her multiple interests, including research consulting. Together
with her business partner, she headed Youth Policy Research Group,
Inc., which they closed when Phyllis was invited to KSDE. She has done
research/evaluation consulting for universities, school districts,
youth-serving organizations, private non-profits, and foundations, and
has taught measurement and program evaluation at the graduate and
undergraduate levels. Phyllis followed her heart to New Mexico (the
mesas in Jemez Springs, to be exact) and found a home at APS. She loves
her evaluation and research work, as well as her multiple other
“callings.” Ask her about her Journeys to Self!
Nancy Hood, PhD
VP of Membership
Nancy Hood has more than 15 years of experience planning and evaluating multi-faceted efforts to improve public health, behavioral health, affordable housing, workforce development, and intergenerational poverty. She has worked in local and federal government, academic, and nonprofit settings in New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio, and Georgia. Her passion is to help organizations integrate data collection into practice and use data to improve service delivery and outcomes for participants and communities. In 2016, Nancy joined Apex Education, a small data and evaluation firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nancy received a Ph.D. in public health from Ohio State University in 2012 with a focus on health promotion, research methods, and biostatistics.
Ranjana Damle, PhD
Ranjana is a research faculty at the University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research. She has a doctorate in sociology and her graduate projects included research on social stratification based on gender, race/ethnicity, and income, and its impact on women and minority youth. Ranjana subsequently transitioned to the field of education and developed extensive experience in PreK-12 education research and evaluation. Her primary evaluation project focuses on community schools, a school reform strategy with promising outcomes for students, families, and communities. Her research interests comprise education policy, school reform, and equity and inclusion in education.