The Equity-Grounded Leadership (EGL) Evaluation Team, through TriWest Group, LLC, have expertise and years of experience operationalizing equity through systems assessments, program improvement, and outcomes and process evaluation. They will support program development and the EGL fellows on the quest to take measurable action to create equitable systems.
Michele Guzmán, Ph.D., provides consultation, technical assistance, and evaluation services to foundations, government agencies, and other organizations that are primarily in the human services and mental health field. She brings 20 years of experience in diversity and multicultural counseling, mental health policy and services, integrated health care, workforce development, and evaluation to help organizations better serve their clients. As described above, she is co-leading the race equity in juvenile justice project in Santa Clara, California, and working with the American Association of Colleges & Universities to support evaluation of over 30 Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation campus centers. Early in her career, Michele was Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin and has deep knowledge of effective diversity curricula. Using these skills, she works with leaders to design, implement, and evaluate equity-based initiatives.
Taylor Jackson, Ph.D., performs qualitative analysis of existing data and conducts interviews for evaluation projects. As part of the Health Equity Project for Healthy Minds in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor has helped develop a health disparities framework, researched racial (in)equity in the local community, and compiled resources on the impact of historical trauma on health and well-being. She also assists with the Building Communities of Recovery evaluation for Voices of Recovery San Mateo, California. She was the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion at Florida State University. Taylor’s doctoral thesis focused on how Black women use social media to support their wellness.
Socorro “Suki” Martinez-Parham, MEd, has over 15 years of experience in training, technical assistance, and evaluation for multi-agency community projects, including SAMHSA-funded System of Care projects in Texas, Washington, Illinois, and Michigan. She also coordinated a multi-site study of mental illness stigma reduction initiatives funded by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in El Paso, Texas. Suki has been involved in behavioral health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and school-based mental health program and system assessment projects. Her experience focuses on supporting leaders to implement complex systems of care. Suki has experience with implementing and evaluating evidence-based and best practices in child and family mental health.