AEA365 is made possible by our curating team who contribute content for the blog and assist our guest blog authors.
Sheila Robinson, Lead Curator
Sheila B. Robinson is a Program Evaluator for the Greece Central School District (Rochester, NY) where she primarily works with internal district programs, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, where she teaches courses on Program Evaluation and Designing and Evaluating Professional Development. In addition, she is a past Chair of AEA’s Pre-K-12 Educational Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG). Sheila holds degrees in special education and educational administration, as well as an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Certificate of Program Evaluation. She spent much of her career as a classroom teacher, professional development facilitator and instructional mentor before becoming an evaluator.
Sara Vaca, Outreach Coordinator & Creative Advisor
Sara Vaca is an independent international consultant. She usually conducts evaluations (often of Livelihoods, Gender and HR programs), though sometimes she takes related assignments on developing Theories of Change or Quality Assurance of the evaluation functions. She enjoys Evaluation Theory as much as field work: Her background is in the Red Cross Movement, and now she works with big and small UN Agencies and NGOs. She is a passionate fan of Data Visualization (specifically, visualization of qualitative information) and she periodically blogs on her website. She is Spanish (from Madrid), though she lives in France (in a small village in the South), and when she attends AEA conferences she feels “home”.
Jayne Corso, Community Manager
Jayne Corso is the community manager for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and provides the voice for AEA’s social media channels. She is a regular contributor to the AEA365 blog, where she writes about social media tools and trends.
Since graduating from the University of Tampa in 2010, Jayne has been pursuing marketing and social media management in both the public and private sectors. She enjoys seeing how social media continues to evolve and change the course of traditional marketing strategies. She has seen social media change from an experimental tool to a prominent engagement platform for education, membership, and consumer purposes.
Samantha Grant, Volunteer Curator
Samantha Grant serves as the evaluation director at the Center for Youth Development and is based in the Rochester regional office. As part of her work, she has designed and implemented evaluations for youth workers and with youth in the Minnesota 4-H program. She also brings a solid youth worker background to her evaluation as she has led initiatives to reach new and underserved audiences through the 4-H program. Her evaluation work focuses on helping staff deliver high quality learning environments for youth. She gets energy from utilization focused evaluation and from presenting data effectively through visual reports and presentations.