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APPRISE Staff

President
Jacqueline Berger, Ph.D.

Managing Director
David Carroll, M.P.A.

Business Manager
Jim Devlin

Assistant Business Manager
Michael Tongring

Evaluation Staff

Project Directors
Daniel Bausch
Jack Hasler
Kevin McGrath

Senior Policy Analyst
Jorge Mancilla Uribe

Policy Analysts
Francisco Alvarez
Pragya Chauhan
Rhea Ninan
Connor Priest
Alex Richwine

Survey Research Staff

Senior Programmer
Anne Worth

Senior Research Associates
Kathy Davis
Jim Devlin

Research Associate
Arlene Shipley

Research Assistants
Amanda Rivera
Joanna Schnurman

APPRISE Staff

Jackie-new-pictureJacqueline Berger, Ph.D.

President
(609) 252-8009
jackie-berger@appriseinc.org

Jacqueline Berger has 25 years of experience designing and implementing research and evaluation projects. Her clients have included the Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as state offices, utility companies, and nonprofit organizations around the country.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1996
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989

Areas of Expertise
Study design, data analysis, multivariate statistical techniques, program evaluation, and performance measurement.

Recent Project Experience
Dr. Berger is currently conducting an evaluation of the Illinois Solar for All Program, PSE&G’s Smart Thermostat Low-Income Multi-Family Pilot Program, and National Fuel Gas’ Universal Service Programs.  She recently directed a study of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs for the Environmental Defense Fund, the Columbia Gas of PA LIURP Health and Safety Research, and The Energy Outreach Colorado Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program evaluation.

davidDavid Carroll, M.P.A.

Managing Director
(609) 252-8010
david-carroll@appriseinc.org

David Carroll has 30 years of experience in energy research. Mr. Carroll has served as the project director for a series of energy program evaluation efforts, he has worked with the Federal LIHEAP Program Office on low-income energy issues, and he has managed large-scale multistage area probability sample surveys.

Education

  • Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University in 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Williams College in 1979

Areas of Expertise
Study design, data analysis, performance measurement, and survey design and management.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Carroll is directing the Web-Based Performance Measurement Project for the Federal LIHEAP Program, overseeing data collection for NYSERDA program studies, and overseeing the NASCSP Performance Management Data Warehouse project. He recently completed an evaluation of the National Weatherization Assistance Program, a Low-to-Moderate Income Market Characterization Study for NYSERDA, and studies of energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts.

Jim Devlin

Business Manager / Senior Research Associate
(609) 252-8013
jim-devlin@appriseinc.org

Jim Devlin has over 30 years of experience in sample development, survey management, data collection, data processing, and technical writing. Mr. Devlin’s clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many large electric and natural gas utilities, and energy-related organizations and associations.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trenton State College in 1977

Areas of Expertise
Project budgeting and administration, task management, questionnaire and forms design, spreadsheet design and manipulation, technical writing, and staff training.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Devlin is currently providing technical assistance to the Federal LIHEAP Program Office.  He recently provided research support for the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Programs’ Commercial & Industrial Evaluation Code Compliance Project and for the Supply-Side Market Actors Scoping Study, and for the National Weatherization Assistance Program Evaluation.

Michael Tongring

Assistant Business Manager
(609) 252-8012
michael-tongring@appriseinc.org

Michael Tongring has experience in financial management and human resources.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Seton Hall University in 2002

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Tongring is responsible for APPRISE financial management, information technology, and data security.

Program Evaluation Staff

Daniel-BauschDaniel Bausch

Project Director
(609) 252-9050
daniel-bausch@appriseinc.org

Daniel Bausch is trained in economic analysis, social science research methods, and survey research.

Education

  • Master in Public Policy from Rutgers University in 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rowan University in 2009

Areas of Expertise
Economic analysis, public policy research, survey research, and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Bausch is currently overseeing technical assistance to state grantees for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), managing in-depth interviews and a client survey for the Evaluation of Oregon’s Low Income Energy Assistance Programs, and managing a non-response follow-up effort for the 2019 California Residential Appliance Saturation Survey.  He recently analyzed Census data and program data for the Maryland Low-Income Market Characterization Study, managed data collection activities for the NYSERDA Agriculture and Greenhouse Lighting and System Engineering Surveys, and conducted the usage impact analysis for PGW’s Commercial Equipment Rebates Program and their Efficient Construction Grants Program.

Jack Hasler

Project Director
(609) 252-8014
jack-hasler@appriseinc.org

Jack Hasler is trained in political analysis with a focus on quantitative social science research methods.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2020
  • Master of Arts in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Haverford College in 2015

Areas of Expertise
Infrastructure research, data analysis, and network and survey analysis.

Recent Project Experience

Dr. Hasler is currently analyzing program and usage data for the 2020 New Jersey Comfort Partners Evaluation.  He is also conducting research on non-energy benefits for the California Energy Savings Assistance Program Non-Energy Benefits Analysis study.

Kevin McGrath

Project Director
(609) 252-2081
kevin-mcgrath@appriseinc.org

Kevin McGrath is trained in public policy analysis, with a concentration in energy policy and social science research methods.

Education

  • Master of Public Policy from Rutgers University in 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology from Rutgers University in 2007

Areas of Expertise
Public policy research and analysis, and statistical and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. McGrath is currently overseeing the development of performance management tools and resources for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), supporting the National Association of State Community Service Programs (NASCSP) to implement new federal reporting requirements and a national performance management website for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program, and overseeing research on households participating in low-income energy assistance programs in Oregon and the District of Columbia. He recently conducted an assessment of outreach practices for low-income energy assistance programs in New Jersey, including in-depth interviews with local agencies and analysis of participation rates among eligible households.

Jorge Mancilla Uribe

Senior Policy Analyst
(609) 252-9009
jorge-mancillauribe@appriseinc.org

Jorge Mancilla has experience in political science research and data analysis.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016

Areas of Expertise
Data analysis and public policy research.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Mancilla is currently providing technical assistance to LIHEAP state grantees and developing training materials as part of the LIHEAP 2019 PMTS project. In addition, he is analyzing utility and program data as part of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department Energy Assistance Program Evaluation. Mr. Mancilla recently developed weather-normalized savings estimates for the 2017 Duquesne Light LIURP Evaluation, conducted in-depth interviews for the Avangrid Process Evaluation, and assisted in the development of the NASCSP Performance Management Data Warehouse.

Francisco Alvarez

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-9052
francisco-alvarez@appriseinc.org

Francisco Alvarez has experience in public policy research, survey research, and data analysis.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College in 2019

Areas of Expertise
Public policy research, survey research, and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Alvarez is currently analyzing billing, payment, and collections data for PPL’s Universal Service Programs Evaluation. He is also analyzing the impact of PSE&G’s Low-Income Multi-Family Smart Thermostat Pilot Program on electric and gas usage. Mr. Alvarez recently conducted analysis of program data for the Illinois Solar for All Program Evaluation and analyzed billing, payment, and collections data for the Ameren 2019 Keeping Current Evaluation.

Pragya Chauhan

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-9057
pragya-chauhan@appriseinc.org

Pragya Chauhan has experience in energy policy research and data analysis.

Education

  • Master’s in Energy Science, Technology and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018
  • Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal University Jaipur in 2016

Areas of Expertise
Energy policy research and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Chauhan is currently analyzing program data for the Oregon LIHEAP evaluation. She recently analyzed publicly available census data to assess income, demographic, financial and housing characteristics of low- to moderate- income households for the DC Office of People’s Counsel Energy Affordability Research. She also provided technical support to state LIHEAP offices developing their performance management data collection capabilities.

Rhea Ninan

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-0005
rhea-ninan@appriseinc.org

Rhea Ninan has experience in public policy research and data analysis.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2018

Areas of Expertise
Public policy research and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Ninan is currently analyzing findings from in-depth interviews with PPL managers and staff and with service delivery agencies as part of a comprehensive evaluation of PPL’s Universal Service Programs. She is also conducting analysis of NJ SHARES grant data and utility billing and payment data for the 2019 NJ SHARES Evaluation.  She recently conducted in-depth interviews with Grassroots Educators as part of a comprehensive evaluation of the Illinois Solar for All Program.

Connor Priest

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-0035
connor-priest@appriseinc.org

Connor Priest has experience in public policy research and data analysis.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2018

Areas of Expertise
Public policy research and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Priest is currently assisting with an evaluation of PPL’s Universal Service Programs. As part of this work, he was responsible for managing a survey with bill payment assistance program participants and analyzing the survey results. He also recently conducted in-depth interviews with participants in Ameren Missouri’s Keeping Current Program and reviewed the legislation, plan, and guidelines for the Illinois Solar for All Program to develop information on key aspects of the program design.

Alex Richwine

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-9053
alex-richwine@appriseinc.org

Alex Richwine has experience in economic research and data analysis.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 2020

Areas of Expertise
Economic research and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Richwine is currently analyzing data for the PECO LIURP Evaluation. As part of this work, he is responsible for selecting a sample of participants for the satisfaction survey. He is also contributing to the Quantitative Impact Assessment for the Oregon LIHEAP Evaluation and developing summary tables for the Illinois Solar For All Program Evaluation.

Survey Research Staff

anneAnne Worth

Senior Programmer

Anne Worth has developed database applications for over 10 years. These applications include data entry screens that are used for evaluation data entry and data cleaning.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1985

Areas of Expertise
Microsoft Access.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Worth develops database applications and online customer surveys.  She recently developed applications in support of the NYSERDA 2016 R&D Demonstration Survey, Peoples Natural Gas Evaluation, the FirstEnergy Universal Service Program Evaluation, and the Massachusetts Code Compliance Study.

kathyKathy Davis

Senior Research Associate
(609) 252-8008
kathy-davis@appriseinc.org

Kathy Davis has over nine years experience in small office management and marketing.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Apparel Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001

Areas of Expertise
Project management, consumer marketing and staff development and training.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Davis is currently assisting with the LIHEAP Web-Based Data Collection Tool. She previously participated in survey research activities for the Connecticut Commercial and Industrial Market Study, the National Weatherization Assistance Program Evaluation, the New Jersey Comfort Partners Program Evaluation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Jim-DevlinJim Devlin

Business Manager / Senior Research Associate
(609) 252-8013
jim-devlin@appriseinc.org

Jim Devlin has over 30 years of experience in sample development, survey management, data collection, data processing, and technical writing. Mr. Devlin’s clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many large electric and natural gas utilities, and energy-related organizations and associations.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trenton State College in 1977

Areas of Expertise
Project budgeting and administration, task management, questionnaire and forms design, spreadsheet design and manipulation, technical writing, and staff training.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Devlin is currently providing technical assistance to the Federal LIHEAP Program Office.  He recently provided research support for the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Programs’ Commercial & Industrial Evaluation Code Compliance Project and for the Supply-Side Market Actors Scoping Study, and for the National Weatherization Assistance Program Evaluation.

Arlene-ShipleyArlene Shipley

Research Associate
(609) 252-8012
arlene-shipley@appriseinc.org

Arlene Shipley has been conducting energy research for more than 25 years. She has worked on all of the Residential Energy Consumption Surveys (RECS), and participated in many energy program evaluation studies.

Areas of Expertise
Collection of utility and bulk fuel supplier data.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Shipley conducts telephone surveys with participants in low-income energy efficiency programs, low-income bill payment assistance programs, residential energy efficiency programs, and commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs.  She recently assisted with the PECO LIURP customer survey, the FirstEnergy Customer Assistance Program Participant Survey, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Programs’ Commercial & Industrial Evaluation, and the Connecticut Commercial and Industrial Market Study.

Amanda Rivera

Research Assistant
(609) 454-5094, ext. 4000
amanda-rivera@appriseinc.org

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2018

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Rivera is currently conducting surveys for the NYSERDA Heat Pump Evaluation, and is also assisting with the California Energy Commission’s 2019 Residential Appliance Saturation Survey.

Joanna Schnurman

Research Assistant
(609) 454-5094
joanna-schnurman@appriseinc.org

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Music from University of Kentucky in 2012

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Schnurman recently conducted research on low-income bill payment assistance programs available in states around the country for the District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel Energy Affordability Study. She is currently conducting surveys for the Oregon Housing and Community Service Department of Energy Assistance Program Evaluation.