We’re dedicated. We’re smart. We love our work.
Get to know us.
We’re dedicated. We’re smart. We love our work.
Get to know us.
President & CEO
Problem solver in chief
Harlan leads and contributes to many projects in evaluation and software development. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep his clients and staff happy and prides himself on making the impossible possible.
Harlan received his master’s degree in evaluation studies with a focus on quantitative methods from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in educational policy and educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin.
"I am passionate about supporting local and organic farms, cooking slow food meals, and leading PDA’s green initiatives."
Quitline guru and unofficial PDA historian
Julie oversees PDA’s evaluation division and takes a lead role on tobacco cessation evaluations. She is also PDA’s HIPAA compliance officer and leads data privacy efforts.
Julie holds a bachelor of arts with majors in sociology and philosophy from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota.
"I am a scooter geek. I own three scooters (not mopeds!) and travel each summer to scooter rallies to ride and hang out with my fellow scooter geeks."
Director of Statistics and Research
Enthusiastic researcher and motivating manager
Becky leads analyses for evaluation and research clients, providing expertise in quantitative analysis and survey methodology. She manages PDA’s team of analysts and has been on our team since 2008.
Becky has a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton College.
"I revel in the vacation planning process: creating spreadsheets, comparing flight and lodging options, clipping travel articles. SQUEE!"
Melissa Chapman Haynes
Director of Evaluation
Advocate of evaluation use, with a hint of fun
Joining PDA in 2011, Melissa contributes to the leadership of the evaluation division by managing projects and teams and supporting our business development efforts. Melissa is responsible for planning and implementing several large scale, multi-component projects.
Melissa holds a doctorate in psychological and quantitative foundations with an emphasis in evaluation from the University of Iowa.
"In college I majored in English and psychology, and I still pay close attention to the way literature depicts mental health, especially as compared to how fields like psychology discuss it."
Director of Evaluation
Thoughtful investigator and data enthusiast
Amy designs, implements, and leads multiple public health evaluation projects. She oversees staff evaluators and manages the broader direction and activities of the evaluation division.
Amy has her doctorate in social psychology with fellowship training in evaluation from Loyola University Chicago.
"I love the Kentucky Derby! Growing up around Louisville made me a devotee of the most exciting two minutes in sports."
Senior Business Analyst II
Business technology translator and organizer
Vince works with stakeholders to understand their business needs and writes clear specifications for new features. He guides the software development team in planning and building software updates following his and team-members’ specifications.
Vince holds a bachelor of business administration in management information systems from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
"I’m a jack-of-all-trades and enjoy learning all about different hobbies and skills. My current focuses include woodworking and board games."
Behind the scenes planner, organizer, and doer
Kelly keeps the business humming, using her skills in human resources, operations, and a variety of special projects.
Kelly holds a master’s in business administration and a bachelor of science in business with a major in human resources and industrial relations, both from the University of Minnesota.
"Clean beauty is my jam. I read the ingredients on every cosmetic, lotion, shampoo — you name it — that comes into my house."
Senior Statistician II
Sara uses her advanced statistical programming skills in SAS to support a wide variety of evaluation and health care research projects through data cleaning, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing.
Sara earned her master’s degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s in mathematics and economics from St. Olaf College.
"When I’m not traveling, you can find me preparing my costume for the next comic book convention and expanding my board game collection."
Senior Software Developer II
Passionate developer of clean, efficient, and meaningful software
Steve is involved in all aspects of software architecture and development. He’s skilled in effective automated testing, continuous integration, and continuous delivery.
Steve holds a bachelor of arts in information systems/computer science from Calvin College.
"My passions are Mozart and motorcycles. I’ve been actively playing the cello since I was a kid. My motorcycle provides fun in the warmer months."
Emily Subialka Nowariak
Senior Evaluator II
Adept project manager, information synthesizer, and problem solver
Joining PDA in 2007, Emily leads multiple large-scale evaluation projects. She adeptly manages projects and is a master at conveying complex information in a clear and friendly way. With a passion for accessibility and use, Emily rolls out innovative strategies for data collection, stakeholder engagement, and dissemination of findings.
Emily has a master’s degree in organizational leadership, policy and development (evaluation studies) with a minor in quantitative methods in education, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a management minor, both from the University of Minnesota.
"I am a board game nut. The longer and more complex, the better."
Senior Software Developer II
Creative technologist putting bits and bytes together in the best ways
Andy contributes to the design and implementation of PDA’s software projects through technical leadership, architecture planning, and software craftsmanship. Andy is a full stack developer with primary strengths in .NET MVC applications.
"I love all things music including learning about and discussing the history, theory, composition, engineering, and synthesis of sound."
Senior Evaluator I
Data Viz Whiz
Angie’s main role is managing the evaluation of a community grants initiative in Hawai‘i that provides in-person tobacco cessation counseling to priority populations. She also leads our data visualization efforts by inspiring, training, and creating tools for her colleagues.
Angie holds a master’s in public health (community health education) from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s in psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
"Group fitness classes are my jam, my therapy, my LIFE. Boot camp, spin, yoga – you name it, I’ll do it! But only in the morning."
Senior Evaluator I
Big picture thinker who isn’t afraid of the details
Jennifer evaluates statewide health promotion initiatives with a focus on early childhood obesity prevention and active transportation. She helps clients clarify their goals and ask the right questions to better understand their impact.
Jennifer holds a doctorate in social and behavioral epidemiology and a master of public health in community health promotion, both from the University of Minnesota.
"I make oven and stovetop schedules for large holiday meals so everything is ready to serve at the same time. Family and friends may laugh, but I know deep down they appreciate it."
Senior Evaluator I
Deep thinker with a pragmatic streak
With prior experience working on chronic disease-focused public health programs, Renée works with PDA clients to evaluate activities related to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. She is as passionate about public health programs as she is evaluation. Renée strives to find practical ways to make evaluation data useful to people leading chronic disease programs.
Renée holds doctoral and master of public health degrees in environmental health sciences (with a focus on epidemiology) from the University of Minnesota.
"Cooking - trying new recipes, inventing my own recipes, and feeding my friends and family - and enjoying live opera performances are two of my favorite hobbies."
Senior Evaluator I
Connector of ideas and research design devotee
Kate contributes to multiple statewide public health initiatives at PDA. She strives to build evaluation capacity within organizations by working with stakeholders to create meaningful questions and help them use evaluation processes and findings. She enjoys developing research designs to effectively address stakeholders’ questions.
Kate holds doctorate in applied developmental psychology with an emphasis in program evaluation from Claremont Graduate University.
“Every weekend, I look forward to having a quiet moment in the morning when I can sit by the window with a cup of tea and read my New Yorker and Atlantic magazines.”
Lover of data and efficiency
Since joining PDA in 2015, Heather has supported multiple evaluations of statewide public health programs. She has experience in tobacco cessation, chronic disease prevention and management, systems change, behavioral health, and social services, with a special interest in programs that promote equity.
Heather has a master of arts degree in evaluation studies from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a Spanish minor from Taylor University.
"I’m a dedicated dog mom to Rig (see below). She enjoys attending PDA meetings, eating out at restaurants, and teaching her little (human) brother to play fetch."
Meticulous keeper of the surveys
Alyce manages PDA’s survey instruments and protocol across a variety of projects, as well as contributing to other aspects of several evaluations. She is focused on getting the details exactly right so that overarching themes and evaluation findings can emerge.
Alyce holds a master’s degree in human rights, focused on research and evaluation methods, from the University of Minnesota, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science and mathematics/statistics from Grinnell College.
"I love exploring the Twin Cities by bus, bike, or on foot! One of my favorite weekend activities is to pack a book and some coffee and wander through a part of town I’m not familiar with."
Software Developer I
Solver of complex problems with simple solutions
Mitch helps design and write software that supports our clients’ goals. He is a full stack developer with expertise in Microsoft technologies.
Mitch has a bachelor of science degree in computer science from North Dakota State University
"Music, photography, and the outdoors are my passions. If I have a guitar in my hands or I’m walking through the woods, I’m happy!"
Tamer of unruly spreadsheets
Sam conducts data processing, sampling, and quantitative analysis for evaluation and research projects at PDA.
Sam earned her master of public health (epidemiology) degree with a minor in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota. Her bachelor’s degree is in Spanish culture and literature with a minor in community health education from the University of St. Thomas.
"I love documentaries and podcasts - food, psychology, environment, politics, animals…you name it."
Utilization-focused evaluation enthusiast
Kate contributes to evaluating a variety of public health programs, mostly focused on tobacco cessation. Her evaluation interests include mixed methods approaches, theories of change, and data visualization.
Kate earned her master of public health in epidemiology at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and her bachelor of arts in psychology at the University of New Hampshire.
"I love playing board games, cooking plant-based food, and brewing kombucha. My tastiest kombucha flavor is cream soda (fresh ginger + vanilla bean)!"
Business Analyst I
Avid writer for the tech and non-tech world
At PDA, Sarah works on the development team writing technical specification documents in great length and detail. Dotting every ‘i’, crossing each ‘t’, and never misusing a comma.
Sarah studied at Loyola University Chicago for 3 years before leaving to study a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh. When she returned, she graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science.
"Travel enthusiast; however with COVID...If I’m not battering my hands to claw my way up a bouldering wall, I’m using them to balance the crescendos and rubato of my piano."
Associate Evaluator II
Evaluation protégé and avid learner
Audrey assists with multiple evaluation projects and completes telephone surveys for one of our evaluation clients. Audrey is eager to learn and help, diving in on any task that needs to be done.
Audrey has a master of public health in maternal and child health with a minor in program evaluation from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a bachelor of arts in international studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a minor in global health.
"I love Minnesota and being Minnesotan. I am a Minnesota activity enthusiast (state fair, lake life, winter sports, etc.)."
Assistant Analyst II
Clean code and tidy data fanatic
Lily assists with data cleaning, processing, and analysis for evaluation and statistics projects at PDA.
Lily holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of arts in computer science from the University of Minnesota.
"I'm constantly reading, usually at least a book a week. I love a good memoir or novel."
Emerging evaluator and data storyteller
Sydney supports the evaluation of statewide health promotion initiatives pertaining to chronic disease prevention, especially among individuals with disabilities. She is eager to learn and utilize data to advance health equity.
Sydney has a master of public policy and is currently pursuing a master of public health, both from the University of Minnesota. A North Carolina native, Sydney also holds a bachelor of science in cell/molecular biology from Appalachian State University.
"I am an avid cyclist, musical theater enthusiast, and adventurous eater. Catch me hitting the pavement, belting show tunes, and exploring various cuisines all over the Twin Cities!"
Bookkeeper and go-to person for office operations
Heidi is responsible for all things accounting, from receivables and payables to staff payroll and financial reporting. In addition, Heidi handles benefit administration and ensures the office runs smoothly. We would all be lost without Heidi.
Heidi has an associate’s degree in accounting.
"In my free time I research tax law. I want to understand and utilize every possible advantage."
Keeps everything turned on and running smoothly
Jake supports, monitors, and manages all aspects of PDA’s IT infrastructure.
Jake has an associate's degree from Minnesota State and numerous IT certificates.
"I am an avid board and card gamer. I love figuring out how to best navigate complex systems."
Survey Coordinator and Interviewer
Getting all up in your business, but not telling a soul
Polly has managed the day-to-day survey responsibilities for our Florida and Oklahoma projects since joining PDA in August 2012. Additionally, she facilitates work with our Hawai‘i and Florida contractors. Polly has the gift of gab and excels at getting survey respondents to open up to her.
"I’m the grammar police; typos drive me crazy."
Charming enough to complete surveys even after being hung up on the day before!
Mary completes telephone surveys to support evaluation projects in Florida and Oklahoma. She enjoys working directly with the community to improve health and brings a friendly, enthusiastic attitude to PDA.
Mary holds a bachelor of science in kinesiology and health from Iowa State University.
"I love collecting kitchen appliances like a popcorn maker, ice cream maker, SodaStream, panini maker, and more."
Human snuggler and food scrounger
Chloe provides stress relief to anyone who wants to pet her. She is known for her extra soft fur and calm demeanor. She is happiest when she's sleeping near her mom's feet.
"I love to pick up socks and gently carry them to my doggy bed. You know I like you when I steal your socks!"
Chief Cuteness Officer
High-energy greeting committee
Rig joined PDA as a puppy in 2016. She provides tail wags, licks, and emotional support to the evaluation team.
Rig is a puppy training school dropout (the instructor made mom cry!), but she is self-taught in sit, stay, down, and shake.
"I love food. And people. But mostly food."
We’re always looking for smart, dedicated people to join our growing team. We enjoy standing desks, co-woofers, and views of the Mississippi River from our office in Northeast Minneapolis. Will you be the next to join our team?