Who we are

Our Mission

PIE builds the capacity of mission-driven organizations to evaluate impact, promote learning, and facilitate equitable change.

Our Vision

PIE envisions a future where all organizations have the capacity to fulfill their missions, live their values, and serve their communities.

Our Values

 

S

Stewardship

We provide leadership that stewards projects through all planning, implementation, and evaluation phases in a way that is proactive, consensus-driven, solutions oriented, and assets based, such that all deadlines and deliverables are met.

 

E

Equity

We are dedicated to lifting up diverse voices, leading an inclusive process, and utilizing data to inform issues of equitable program implementation and outcomes, such that our processes and products promote equity across community members.

 

R

Responsiveness

We are always responsive to the unique needs of each project and seek to act like an internal partner, just down the hall, such that all questions and concerns are efficiently and effectively addressed.

 

V

Versatility

We are versatile in our approach to each project and will be flexible with project plans, timelines, and goals as new priorities arise. We will work with our clients to provide targeted support, as needed, to ensure the highest quality deliverables.

 

I

Implementation Capacity

We prioritize the implementation of our work products and will engage stakeholders to streamline processes and build capacity to implement and sustain changes in practice.

 

C

Collaboration

We lead a collaborative, transparent process that engages all stakeholders to achieve consensus understanding of process and goals. We believe that inclusive collaboration between program, community, and the evaluation team is critical to success.

 

E

Excellence

We strive for excellence in all we do. We provide rigorous, high quality planning, implementation, and evaluation services to all projects, regardless of scope or size.

 

Our Team

Nancy Plaskett

Nancy Plaskett

Executive Director

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Nancy is an executive management leader with diverse experience within the non-profit, education, and corporate sectors.  She is committed to disrupting systems of oppression, advancing equity, and facilitating transformative
change. She brings a range of experiences to PIE, including team management and development; evaluation and research; project management; consulting; program and partner relations; and, building operational efficiencies. During her free time, she loves to read, cook, travel, and visit new restaurants.

Keirstin McCambridge

Keirstin McCambridge

Director of Evaluation

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Keirstin has over a decade of experience in education, nonprofit management, program evaluation and social impact consulting. Possessing a master’s degree in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University, Keirstin is dedicated to enhancing organizational capacities, establishing continual learning systems, and centering the strengths of communities. In her free time, you can find Keirstin lost in her latest haul from the Chicago Public Library, taking walks around her neighborhood, or refining her dance moves.

Jennifer Loudon

Jennifer Loudon

Director of Strategic Planning

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Jennifer is a creative problem-solver and measured risk-taker, focused on driving innovative and sustainable organizational improvements.  She has worked as an evaluation and strategy consultant to nonprofit and government agencies since 1999 and has a deep passion for engaging staff and stakeholders to lead organizational change. 

She holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and enjoys hiking and travel and has the dirt from more than 30 countries caking her boots.

Francisca Fils-Aime

Francisca Fils-Aime

Senior Evaluation Coach

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Francisca earned her M.Ed. in Educational Research Methodology at Boston College and is currently a doctoral student at Loyola University Chicago.  As a Senior Research Associate at PIE Org, she applies her research knowledge by conducting data analysis and statistical testing for clients.  Francisca is passionate about international affairs and global peace and enjoys working on mixed-methods research and evaluation in her daily work.

Karen Shifflett

Karen Shifflett

Evaluation Coach

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Karen is an educator with over twenty years of experience in curriculum development, program evaluation, and capacity building primarily in Chicago’s under-resourced communities.  At the beginning of her career, she served as a classroom teacher and school leader, later transitioning to the nonprofit sector, using a person-centered mindset to guide program evaluation and professional learning in arts education.  In addition to her work, Karen finds joy in music, dancing, gardening, and dogs. 

Audrey Goold

Audrey Goold

Evaluation Coach

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Audrey has over 10 years of experience conducting research and evaluation in health and social service settings within the non-profit, local government, and corporate sectors. She is dedicated to tailoring person-centered approaches to understanding data, analytics, and context to inform impactful decision-making. Audrey holds two master’s degrees in Public Health Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, you can find her covered in dirt from the garden, paint from the latest art project, or off exploring with her adventure pup.  

Eleanor Titiml

Eleanor Titiml

Senior Research Associate

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Eleanor’s early career was spent in secondary/higher education, where she worked on college campuses and high school college access programs. She first joined PIE Org as a graduate intern, utilizing her experiences in academia and secondary/higher education to assist in serving organizations focused on education. A current doctoral candidate in Research Methodology, she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and skills in academia, evaluation, and research. Over the years, Eleanor has become PIE Org’s ‘go-to’ person for literature reviews; she also supports design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Elisa Cherry

Elisa Cherry

Research Associate

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As a Research Associate at PIE, Elisa supports project
management, data collection, and qualitative and quantitative analysis for multiple PIE projects that focus on education and community development. She is a licensed math teacher, has advanced Spanish proficiency, and holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Laura Watzke

Laura Watzke

Director of Operations & Administration

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Laura has worked at PIE since its inception, bringing with her the knowledge and background she developed early in her career in corporate finance and credit. She supports PIE’s work and growth behind the scenes by managing day-to-day operations and human resources/management responsibilities.

Laura coordinates the back-end functions of PIE, while aiming for effective communication with staff, clients, and vendors so that our team in the field is seamlessly supported. 

Board

Tania Rempert, Ph.D

Tania Rempert, Ph.D

Board President

Wendy Fine

Wendy Fine

Director BAM Research and Evaluation

Youth Guidance

Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D.

Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D.

Chief Impact Officer

United Way of Metro Chicago

Leanne Kallemeyn, Ph.D

Leanne Kallemeyn, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Research Methodology

Loyola University

Ellen Cohen

Ellen Cohen

Executive Director

Center for Health and the Social Sciences -University of Chicago

Bala Kattappuram

Bala Kattappuram

Vice President -Project Management

Invenergy

Kim Tyler

Kim Tyler

Assistant Vice President

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Kylia Kummer

Kylia Kummer

Executive Director

Thrive Scholars