Jessica Lime, MA is a Sr. Analyst for Ellis Planning Associates. She is an experienced program development consultant, with 15+ years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions for nonprofit and public organizations. Jessica is skilled in helping define evaluation needs and projects, collecting and analyzing data, and developing polished, audience-driven communications and reports. She previously served as the Program Manager for the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program, a Policy Consultant for the California School Boards Association, and a Health Educator for California Project LEAN. Jessica is passionate about inspiring awareness and actions to improve social and environmental conditions in the world around us. She holds an MA in Education from Chapman University.
Suzanna Elkin, PhD is a Research and Evaluation Specialist for Ellis Planning Associates. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of public health and education. Her areas of expertise are program evaluation, public health and educational program planning, and curriculum development. Suzanna has extensive experience with mixed-methods data collection and analysis, theory-driven program development, and collaboration with diverse clients and community partners. Before joining Ellis Planning Associates, she worked as a health educator and program coordinator at public health initiatives in this country and internationally, with a focus on nutrition and sustainable food systems. Suzanna has developed nutrition education curriculum for the USDA and Johns Hopkins, and she teaches undergraduate public health courses. She holds a BA in Community Health from Brown University and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont.
Lyn Paleo, DrPH is an Evaluation Specialist for Ellis Planning Associates. She has over 30 years of experience in program evaluation, program design and implementation, and non-profit fiscal administration. She has worked in the areas of early childhood, nutrition and health, HIV/AIDS, homeless, domestic violence, substance abuse, youth services, literacy, disaster preparedness, and occupational health. For ten years she taught the graduate-level course on evaluation at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. Her evaluation practice focuses on teaching/training, evaluation for community organizations, research on evaluation, and the use of non-standard evaluation instruments, such as adhesive formats and interactive methodologies. Lyn Paleo received her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded one of the highly coveted Littauer Fellowship awards for academic excellence and community service. She received her Doctorate of Public Health degree at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. Her dissertation is titled “Conventional and Participatory Evaluation: A Comparison in Theory and Practice.”
Adele James is experienced as a funder, organizational development consultant, leadership development program staff and faculty member, and a career and life transition coach. She has a unique set of skills and an understanding of what it takes to be a productive and responsive leader, team and organization, with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. Adele works with statewide, regional and local groups in conducting program planning and management, organizational capacity and infrastructure development, meeting facilitation and training, strategic planning, staff development and team building. She brings a broad perspective to diversity issues, and is passionate about working to help individuals and organizations step into their fullest potential as impactful leaders on issues important to their communities. Adele holds an MA from Stanford University in International Development Education.
Diane Reed has 30 years’ experience as a consultant providing research and writing, policy analysis, planning, evaluation assistance, and grant writing services to public and private agencies and community-based organizations in California. Her projects cover child welfare, domestic violence, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol and other drug problems, perinatal health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, criminal justice, and community-based service collaboration. She has conducted needs assessments and health/social services status reports for over 25 agencies and organizations, and written nearly 30 case studies describing the tobacco policy/advocacy work of cities and community-based organizations. She is principal author of a major case study analyzing the challenges confronting underfunded social agencies serving low income communities; and of four primers that provide information about the state child welfare system, CalWORKs, and nutrition issues to local and state leaders, service providers, educators, students, and other stakeholders. She holds an MPH in Policy and Planning from UC Berkeley.