Chelsea Dascher, M.Sc.
Chelsea Dascher leads monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting on Mercy Corps’ Technology for Development team, where she facilitates MEL plan design, monitors project metrics and impacts, initiates evaluations, and ensures adherence to program management and donor standards. Previously, Chelsea worked in program management and business development, supporting community development, youth, governance, child nutrition, education, and agriculture programs in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Chelsea is passionate about closing gender gaps, promoting social inclusion, using digital tools for development, improving education, preventing GBV, and encouraging youth civic participation around the globe through supporting local, community-led programs. She holds a Master of Science in International Development from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused on youth and gender programming and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Beryl Neequaye, Ph.D.
Beryl Neequaye has been doing program evaluation for over five years and is currently an Evaluation and Data Specialist at The Research Institute (TRI) in Western Oregon University's Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR). In this role, Beryl uses data visualization tools, database management techniques, and culturally responsive approaches to evaluate programs for continuous quality improvement.
She enjoys working with faculty, staff, clients, and other stakeholders in the development of evaluation plans for proposals to federal, state, or local funding agencies.
Kirsten Bontrager, M.S.
A recent arrival to Portland, Kirsten's background includes compliance and functionality in online higher education, arts program management, and teaching English in China and Colombia. As the Communication Officer, Kirsten's goals include increased utilization of electronic information technology (EIT) accessibility standards and increased visibility on multiple platforms.
Kirsten has been a member of OPEN since 2019. She holds an M.S. in Evaluation & Applied Research from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in American Studies from Scripps College.
Danielle Murillo, M.S.
Communications Officer (Temporary)
Danielle has 4.5 years of experience helping nonprofit organizations use applied social research methods. She has been an AEA member since 2013, a member of OPEN since 2021, and is also a member of a local affiliate, Southern California Evaluation Association.
Aliza Lipman is a graduate student in the Portland State University Applied Psychology Program Community Track. Her main research interest is childhood trauma prevention, and her current research examines trauma experienced by juvenile offender populations. Previously Aliza worked as a research assistant at The Consultation Center, part of the Yale School of Psychiatry. Aliza has been a member of OPEN since 2020. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English from Central Connecticut State University.
OPEN’s multi-member DEIJ Committee works to further the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within OPEN and through OPEN’s programming and community involvement. If you are interested in supporting the work of the DEIJ Committee, please email [email protected] and a member of the committee will contact you.
Frances E.K Hampton
Frances E.K Hampton is a proud multicultural woman recently admitted to the Ph.D. Applied Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at Portland State University. Her research focuses on workplace diversity and inclusion, equity and distributive justice, and the health and well-being of underrepresented employees. She believes strongly in corporate social responsibility and the overall development of employees to improve their efficiency, productivity, and commitment while minimizing the organizational bottom line.
Frances has served military and civilian communities as a homefront operations advocate, small business owner, elected official, undergraduate college assistant, and president of an international academic organization. Her passion for individual professional development, program and training development, quality control, community partnership, operational integrity, and leadership of color brought her to OPEN's DEIJ Committee.
"I hope to use my heart and voice to advocate for the fair and fruitful treatment and evaluation of underrepresented groups in workplaces across the U.S."