Meet the RAP Team

We are doctoral level researchers with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research; statisticians experienced in multivariate modeling, time series, survival curves, matching procedures, and other computation-intensive techniques; and Tableau software certified data visualization experts. 

Debi Elliott, Research Evaluation Scientist

Debi Elliott is the Research Evaluation Scientist for RAP. Dr. Elliott received her PhD in clinical child psychology from The Ohio State University. She has been working in research and evaluation for 26 years in the areas of substance abuse treatment and recovery, mental health treatment, juvenile/criminal justice, supported housing, and crime victimization. At RAP, she oversees a number of federal and state research grants. She also has expertise in research ethics and serves on the Portland State University Human Subjects Research Review Committee. Outside of work, she loves to bake, garden, and knit when she's not enjoying time with her family's two puppies (Athena and Max) and three cats (Jackson, Abby and Monet).

Theresa Marchetti, Research Operations Manager

Theresa Marchetti is the Operations Manager for Research and Planning Unit of the Department of Community Justice. She holds a master’s degree in Criminology from Portland State University. She served as the City of Portland office of Neighborhood Involvement Livability Center Manager for 10 years, working primarily on public safety and livability issues through development of policy and regulations. She also served as the City of Portland legislative liaison, and was appointed to several State Committees for the development of legislation.  She’s also an avid lover of the Arts, and spends her free time dancing, painting, and teaching Art Literacy to elementary students.

Kimberly Bernard, Senior Research Consultant (former Research and Planning Director)

Kimberly Bernard is a Co-Investigator on several grant funded projects including the NIJ W.E.B. Du Bois Grant, Smart Supervision Grant, and Arnold Ventures Statewide Data Dashboard Initiative.  Dr. Bernard holds a Ph.D. from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She has over 20 years of experience managing studies in criminal justice, addictions, mental health, long-term care, child support, and child welfare. Fun Fact: She has lived in both Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine.

Rachel Novick, Lead Research and Evaluation Analyst

Rachel Novick serves as one of two lead analysts for the Research & Planning Unit. Along with a masters degree in criminology from the University Of Maryland, she has fifteen years experience conducting criminological research in both the public sector and private sector. A native Portlander, Rachel lives in Multnomah Village with her husband and their two corgis, Pumpkin and Barley.

Kelsey Mattick, Juvenile Operations Fidelity Specialist

Kelsey Mattick is the Juvenile Operations Fidelity Specialist for the Research and Planning Unit. She hold a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati, with a focus in corrections.  She previously worked as a coach and project manager for the Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) model. Outside of work, Kelsey is an avid baker who loves to cheer on the Green Bay Packers with her husband and two cats, Leo and Monty.

Ellen Konrad, Data Technician 

Ellen Konrad provides support for EPICS and grant management. She holds a Master of Science in Public Affairs and has more than 20 years experience evaluating federal, state, and local human services programs. She’s served as a Federal Presidential Management Intern, was formerly the manager of an Arizona state agency internal evaluation office, and has most recently conducted research and evaluation with Multnomah County’s Health Department and Department of County Human Services. Ellen is an ardent supporter of the arts in Oregon. During 2006, she and her husband rode a tandem bicycle around three countries in the South Pacific.

Kevin Nyberg, Business Intelligence Analyst

Kevin Nyberg serves as a technical liaison between DCJ and other jurisdictions within Oregon. He provides project management and data validation and visualization services. He has over 10 years experience in the public sector and is a volunteer crisis worker with the National Suicide Crisis Hotline. In his down time, Kevin can be found indulging in karaoke.

Alicia Nystrom, Program Technician 

Alicia Nystrom provides data visualization and reporting support to the RAP team. She designs and maintains quality assurance processes, designs staff training manuals, and assists with DCJ’s state and grant reporting requirements. Alicia came to RAP in 2012. Prior to that, she worked in the healthcare sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Oregon State University. Alicia is currently learning Swedish with plans to visit Sweden in 2018.

David Schwager, Senior Data Analyst

David Schwager is the RAP team's resident statistician and SQL expert. He received a B.S. in statistics from Cornell and an M.S. in statistics from PSU, and has worked for a local market research company and a world leader in electron microscope manufacturing. He enjoys long, complicated board games and playing with his cat.

Meagan Zurn, Data Analyst

Meagan Zurn is a Data Technician for the Research and Planning unit of the Department of Community Justice. Dr. Zurn recently completed her PhD at the London School of Economics, and specializes in establishing data collection processes, evaluation design, and qualitative research methods. She also moonlights as the co-producer of a well-known podcast.

Ilya Fridman, Senior Data Analyst

Ilya Fridman is a Senior Data Analyst for the Juvenile Research Team within the Research & Planning Unit. He has 5 years of analytics experience, and a B.S. in Applied Math from the Illinois Institute of Technology. With a passion for data literacy, he aims to bridge the gap between audience and complex data through clear, concise communication, visualization, and storytelling. Ilya grew up in Chicago and moved to Portland in 2016 with his partner and two black cat bros-- Chai and Finny. He enjoys making weird sounds with synthesizers and practicing meditation.

Corie Michaels, Data Visualization Designer

Corie Michaels is the Data Visualization Designer for the Research and Planning unit of the Department of Community Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Laguna College of Art and Design, and a background in graphic design, illustration, community development, and teaching K-12 students as an Artist in Residence. She has operated a side business painting residential and commercial murals since 2003. Corie enjoys spending time outdoors in and around Oregon’s many rivers, with her husband and two Italian greyhounds.

Katherine Kempany, Data Analyst 

Katherine Kempany is a Data Analyst for the Research & Planning unit of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. Dr. Kempany holds a Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice specializing in corrections and quantitative methods from Arizona State University, and a Master of Science degree from Portland State University. She has over 10 years of experience working with and analyzing criminal justice agency data as a project manager and statistician on externally-funded grant projects, and is considered a subject matter expert in the area of correctional officer stress and wellness. An extreme “early bird” by nature, she can commonly be found doing (or teaching) early morning reformer or mat Pilates classes. A native Michigander (go Red Wings!), Kate currently lives in St. Johns with her outdoorsman husband, amazing dog, relatively annoying cat, and Sulcata tortoise named Rosie.

Katie Kerrigan, Graduate Intern

Katie Kerrigan is a Graduate Intern for the Research and Planning Team within the Department of Community Justice. She holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Portland State University and is currently completing her dissertation on the use of domestic violence survivor impact panels as a component of local batterer intervention programs. She is part of the Juvenile Research Team at RAP and specializes in community psychology, mixed and participatory methods, and program evaluation. Prior to her graduate studies, Katie worked as a sexual assault crisis counselor and advocate at a YWCA in California. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing the cello, reading, and spending time with her husband and two cats, Meep and Josie.

Miranda Sitney, Graduate Intern 

Miranda Sitney is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Applied Community Psychology program at Portland State University. Her research has centered around juvenile delinquency, juvenile sexual offending behaviors, and callous-unemotional traits in young people. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, finding new podcasts to listen to, and hiking with her dog.