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ABOUT / Staff

APPRISE Staff

President
Jacqueline Berger, Ph.D.

Managing Director
David Carroll, M.P.A.

Business Manager
Jim Devlin

Program Evaluation Staff

Project Directors
Daniel Bausch
Matt Lyons
Kevin McGrath

Senior Policy Analyst
Elena Rubino

Policy Analysts
Pragya Chauhan
Sarah Hoover
Kimberley Irby
Jorge Mancilla Uribe
Rhea Ninan
Connor Priest

Survey Research Staff

Senior Programmer
Anne Worth

Senior Research Associates
Kathy Davis
Jim Devlin

Research Associate
Arlene Shipley

Research Assistants
Joanna Schnurman
Katherine Thompson
Rebecca Young

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 Philadelphia Gas Works’ Commercial Equipment Rebates and Efficient Construction Grants Programs, an evaluation of PSE&G’s Smart Thermostat Low-Income Multi-Family Pilot Program, and an evaluation of PECO’s 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-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.

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 grantees for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  conducting an impact evaluation of Philadelphia Gas Works’ Commercial Equipment Rebate program, and managing an evaluation of Avangrid’s marketing campaign for its New York State energy efficiency programs.  He recently analyzed Census data and program data for the Maryland Low-Income Market Characterization Study, oversaw in-depth interviews with trade allies for the Consolidated Edison Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Process Evaluation, and managed data collection and analysis for the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Programs’ Commercial & Industrial Evaluation.

Matt Lyons

Project Director
(609) 252-8014
Matthew-Lyons@appriseinc.org

Matt Lyons has 8 years of experience managing complex federal and utility-funded energy, housing and social services programs at the state and local level. He has served as the Director for a state LIHEAP office and has managed a broad portfolio of programs funded through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Energy, Housing & Urban Development and Agriculture.

Education

  • Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland in 2009

Areas of Expertise
Project management, program design, policy development, process improvement, business requirements, strategic planning.

Recent Project Experience
Mr. Lyons is currently leading the design and implementation of a performance management website to analyze federal reporting data for the Community Services Block Grant.  He is also overseeing research to identify methods to reach New Jersey residents potentially eligible for federal and ratepayer-funded energy assistance programs, managing an evaluation of energy affordability in the District of Columbia, and developing a database tool on the energy needs of low-income households in Maryland.  He recently conducted research on coordination of housing and energy programs for low-to-moderate income households in New York, developed a market characterization study on low-income households in Maryland, and analyzed LIHEAP participation for the State of Massachusetts. 

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 grantees of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), developing a database for low-income population analysis for the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel, and overseeing research on households participating in low-income energy assistance programs in the State of New Jersey.  He recently conducted research on low- and moderate-income energy efficiency programs for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and conducted in-depth interviews for Con Edison with ventilation and air conditioning contractors, distributors, and engineers to assess current market offerings and future market demand for efficient technologies.

Elena Rubino

Senior Policy Analyst
(609) 252-8011
elena-rubino@appriseinc.org

Elena Rubino is trained in social science research and data analysis methodologies.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida in 2018
  • Master’s in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware in 2014
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Economics from Gettysburg College in 2012

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

Recent Project Experience
Dr. Rubino is currently providing technical assistance to LIHEAP state grantees as part of the LIHEAP 2019 PMTS project. She is also developing materials to encourage resident participation in the California Residential Appliance Saturation Study (RASS) Home Energy Survey. She recently conducted surveys and processed data for the NYSERDA Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA) of the HVAC and water heating market in New York State and conducted in-depth interviews for the Consolidated Edison Mapping project.

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 providing technical assistance to LIHEAP state grantees as a part of the LIHEAP 2018 PMTS project. This work involves checking the LIHEAP performance measures data submitted by state grantees and discussing data issues with LIHEAP managers. She also is analyzing Census data for the New Jersey LIHEAP study.

Sarah Hoover

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-9053
sarah-hoover@appriseinc.org

Sarah Hoover has experience in public policy research, survey research, and data analysis.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Hamilton College in 2018

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

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Hoover is currently analyzing program data for the PECO Universal Service Impact Evaluation and conducting surveys with payment program participants. She recently conducted a billing, payment, and collections impact analysis for the PGW Universal Services Impact Evaluation.   She also conducted in-depth interviews with Trade Allies as part of the Consolidated Edison Process Evaluation and with PGW low-income payment program participants.

Kimberley Irby

Policy Analyst
(609) 252-9059
kimberley-irby@appriseinc.org

Kimberley Irby has experience in sustainability research and data analysis.

Education

  • Master’s in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan in 2018
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego in 2015

Areas of Expertise
Sustainability research and data analysis.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Irby is currently providing technical assistance to LIHEAP state grantees on their Performance Measurement data, Household Report data, and Grantee Survey as part of the LIHEAP 2019 PMTS Project. This work includes developing performance management resources for grantees. She is also conducting telephone surveys for the NYSERDA Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA) of the HVAC and water heating market in New York State.

Jorge Mancilla Uribe

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. He is also assisting in the development of the NASCSP Performance Management Data Warehouse and conducting in-depth interviews for the Avangrid Process Evaluation. Mr. Mancilla recently developed weather-normalized savings estimates for the 2017 Duquesne Light LIURP Evaluation, analyzed billing and program data as part of the 2016 PECO LIURP Evaluation, and analyzed publicly available survey data for the 2019 PECO Universal Service Program Evaluation and the 2019 PGW Universal Service Program Evaluation.

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 managing a survey with participants in PECO’s Low-Income Usage Reduction Program as part of a comprehensive program evaluation.  She is also analyzing usage and financial data for an impact analysis of PGW’s Low-Income Usage Reduction Program. She recently conducted in-depth interviews with participants of Energy Outreach Colorado’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program and analyzed the impact of NJ SHARES on grant recipients’ bill payment.

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 providing technical assistance to LIHEAP state grantees as a part of the LIHEAP 2019 PMTS project. This work involves checking LIHEAP state data and discussing data issues with LIHEAP Directors. He is also organizing and analyzing data from the NYSERDA HVAC Survey.

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.

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 is conducting surveys for the NYSERDA Continuous Energy Improvement Study and the NYSERDA Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA) of the HVAC and water heating market in New York State.

Katherine Thompson

Research Assistant
(609) 252-9055
katherine-thompson@appriseinc.org

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Rowan University in 2018

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Thompson is conducting surveys for the NYSERDA Agricultural Energy Efficiency study and the Consolidated Edison HVAC study.

Rebecca Young

Research Assistant
(609) 252-9008
rebecca-young@appriseinc.org

Rebecca Young has experience working with government assistance and job readiness programs. Previous responsibilities included tracking attendance and employment success, and communicating with program participants.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Skidmore College in 1991

Areas of Expertise
Client assistance and low-income programs.

Recent Project Experience
Ms. Young is currently conducting surveys for the NYSERDA Agricultural Energy Efficiency study, the NYSERDA Continuous Energy Improvement survey, and the PECO LIURP program evaluation.   She recently conducted surveys with participants in PECO’s Customer Assistance Program and with participants in the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).