CCHE team

CCHE is known for our customized evaluations

Our team’s expertise spans the fields of public health, economics, anthropology, health administration, organizational development, public policy, epidemiology, information science,  urban planning, educati­on, and communications. We are proficient in a wide range of analytic methods, so you can count on getting timely, useful results. 

As part of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, CCHE collaborates with investigators, biostatisticians, and programmers. In addition, we maintain affiliations with nationally recognized experts who serve as evaluation advisors. 

CCHE leadership


Allen Cheadle, PhD
CCHE Director and KPWHRI Senior Investigator

Allen’s interests include policy and environmental approaches to obesity prevention. For the past several years he has overseen the evaluation of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives in 50 communities nationwide. Allen seeks to continue and expand CCHE’s work in evaluating community initiatives, working with foundations to build the capacity of community-based organizations, and helping safety-net organizations improve the care they provide in underserved communities. Allen holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about Allen’s research interests and experience.

Jones_Maggie_92x115.jpgMaggie Jones, MPH
Associate Director

As associate director, Maggie oversees CCHE’s portfolio of evaluation projects.  She leads many of our large scale evaluation efforts related to community health improvement, clinical quality improvement, health policy, health equity, and public health training programs. Maggie’s work has focused on providing health-related organizations with the information, tools and resources they need to more effectively achieve their goals and build their evaluation capacity. She holds a BS in business from the University of Minnesota and an MPH from the University of Washington.

Bourcier_Emily__92x115.jpgEmily Bourcier, MPH, MHA
Operations and Development Manager

Emily has been with CCHE since 2002, and has managed CCHE’s operational and development systems since 2011. She coordinates CCHE’s strategic planning, quality improvement, and staff development. As a principal investigator, Emily oversees several of CCHE's evaluation projects, including large-scale, multi-year evaluations. She brings over 10 years of evaluation consulting experience in a broad range of public health areas using mixed-methods designs, including community health initiatives focused on policy and systems change and strategic planning for philanthropic organizations. Emily holds a BA in biological sciences from Smith College, and an MPH and MHA from the University of Washington.

CCHE team

Arora_Natasha__92x115.jpgNatasha Arora, MS
Research Associate/Program Manager

Natasha supports a variety of evaluation projects at CCHE, with an emphasis on using quantitative methods. She has an interest in health equity, educational equity, and neurodevelopmental disorders, and also works clinically as a speech-language pathologist. Natasha holds a BA in applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in speech-language pathology from the University of Washington.

Cahill_Carol__92x115.jpgCarol Cahill, MLS
Communication and Analytics Consultant

Carol has a background in information science and secondary data analysis, as well as expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) and visualization of data. Her work at CCHE has focused on clinical-community linkages as well as community health needs assessments. She received her masters in library and information science from the University of Washington and earned certificates in GIS and data visualization, also from UW.

Chapdelaine_Michelle_92x115.jpgMichelle Chapdelaine, MPH
Research Associate/Program Manager

Michelle joined the CCHE team in 2012 with experience in communications, administration, and grant management at nonprofits and local government. She earned a BA in journalism from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and an MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington.

Gray_Marlaine__92x115.jpgMarlaine Figueroa Gray, PhD
KPWHRI Research Associate

Marlaine is a medical anthropologist and has conducted research on alternative palliative care and chronic pain management, children’s health, and conceptions of care. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique and has a deep interest in the connection between health and education initiatives. Marlaine holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington department of anthropology and a masters in international education policy from the University of Maryland. Learn more about Marlaine's research interests and experience.

Hertel_Erin__92x115.jpgErin Hertel, MPA
Senior Research Associate/Program Manager

Erin has a background in public policy, advocacy, project management and evaluation. Her interests include how communities work together to improve population health and influence policy, as well as how health systems are responding to the changing environment and patient needs. Erin earned her masters in public affairs from the University of Washington.

Hsu_Clarissa__92x115.jpgClarissa Hsu, PhD
KPWHRI Assistant Investigator

Clarissa specializes in qualitative methods, research design, and participatory evaluation. Her research contributes to improving health by investigating clinical quality improvement measures, the effectiveness of community-based health improvement programs and health promotion policy, patient-centered care and healing, and complementary and alternative medicine. Clarissa's research and evaluation work is focused on a better understanding of how clinical, behavioral, and environmental interventions improve the health of individuals and their communities. She holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington. Learn more about Clarissa’s research interests and experience.

Kuo_Elana__92x115.jpgElena Kuo, PhD, MPH
Senior Research Associate/Program Manager

Elena’s primary focus at CCHE is strategy-level coordination for the multi-site Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives for Healthy Eating Active Living. She has a long-standing interest in health education and improving health outcomes for minority and marginalized populations. Elena earned her MPH and PhD from the University of Washington’s public health epidemiology program.

Levitz_Carly__92x115.jpgCarly Levitz, MPH
Research Associate/Program Manager

Carly has a background in quantitative analysis and special interest in communicating results in ways that engage stakeholders. Her research interests include reducing disparities in quality of care and health outcomes.  Carly earned her MPH from the University of Washington’s Health Metrics and Evaluation program and her BA in medical sociology and statistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Merrifield_Heidi_92x115.jpgHeidi Merrifield
Financial Analyst

Heidi has responsibility and oversight for financial management, including administration of active projects, budget management and financial reporting through closeout of projects. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in health care and educational settings. Her interests include using information technology applications to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial and project-related systems. 

Miller_Creagh__92x115.jpgCreagh Miller, MPH
Research Associate/Program Manager

Creagh has a background in health education, training, program planning, and project management. In the past she has planned, implemented and evaluated a variety of projects focused on underserved communities and sexual/reproductive health. Creagh earned her MPH at San Jose State University.

Palazzo_Lorella__92x115.jpgLorella Palazzo, PhD
KPWHRI Research Associate

Lorella is a sociologist who focuses on health care. She has used both quantitative and qualitative methods to research health disparities, health workforce trends, and how alternative modes of healing are being integrated into delivery systems. As part of the CCHE team, she assesses innovative programs at Kaiser Permanente Washington to help ensure that patients, doctors, and staff all have the best possible care experience. Lorella holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Washington. Learn more about Lorella’s research interests and experience.

Matthys_Juno__92x115.jpgJuno Matthys, BS
Research Associate/Program Manager

Juno joined the CCHE team in 2009 and has since worked on over 60 projects. Her work has mainly focused on evaluating community based obesity prevention, school based health, parental vaccine hesitancy, and community-clinic linkage programs. Juno also oversees the budget for nearly 20 projects. She earned a BS in health ecology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Sanchez_Monika__92x115.jpgMonika Sanchez, MSc
Research Associate/Program Manager

Monika has a background in economics, public policy, education, and community research. Her interests include health and wellness in schools, early childhood and family support, and cross-sector community collaborations. Monika received her master’s degree from the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Schafer_Lisa__92x115.jpgLisa Schafer, MPH
Senior Research Associate/Program Manager

At CCHE, Lisa manages a number of evaluations related to philanthropic grantmaking and clinical quality improvement. Her past experience includes evaluation of a malaria prevention intervention in rural Ghana and a project targeting metabolic syndrome among Latino communities in Idaho. She received her MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington.

Schoeppe_Jennie__92x115.jpgJennie Schoeppe, MPH, MS
Research Associate/Program Manager

Jennie’s focus at CCHE has included evaluation of programs targeting young children and their parents, such as immunization and early education programs. Prior to joining CCHE, she participated in a number of public health evaluations. Jennie earned her MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington and an MS in physical therapy from Washington University. 

Sewald_Craig__92x115.jpgCraig Sewald, MPA
Research Associate/Program Manager

Craig’s work at CCHE involves evaluation of leadership development programs, clinical-community linkages, and community health worker networks in underserved areas. He has particular interest in food policy and intersectoral community collaborations. Craig received his masters of public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

Zehra_Robert_92x115.jpgRobby Zehra, BA
Research Support Specialist

Robby provides administrative support to the CCHE team and its projects. His interests include public health policy, health administration, and patient-centered care. He earned a dual BA in public affairs and biology from Seattle University.

Evaluation consultants

CCHE works with a number of experienced consultants who provide evaluation services and technical assistance at the local level.


Ama Atiedu, MS, MSOD
Ama is CCHE’s local evaluator for Kaiser Permanente initiatives in Southern California.

Laura Keene, MPH
Laura is working with CCHE to evaluate Kaiser Permanente's HEAL Zones initiative in Southern California.

Suzanne Rauzon, MPH
Suzanne is affiliated with the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California.  She is an evaluator for Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives in Northern California and nationally.


The CCHE team

CCHE team members gather for our annual team-building retreat in summer 2016


CCHE "adopts" a street in our neighborhood

CCHE team members get ready to clean up trash from sidewalks near our downtown Seattle office as part of the city's Adopt-A-Street program.

Our values

Excellence: Providing services and products that are useful, timely, clear, and adhere to the highest ethical and methodological standards.

Collaboration: Ensuring stakeholders’ needs are met and diverse interests and values are represented through all phases of the project.

Empowerment: Connecting communities and clients with tools and resources that build capacity, foster learning and increase mutual respect and equity.

Respect: Honoring the role, potential, and power of individuals and communities to improve health.

Creativity: Seeking new and innovative ways to increase the quality and impact of our work.

Innovation: Pursuing new approaches, techniques, and solutions to planning, assessment, and evaluation in order to improve the quality of our work.

Progress: Promoting program improvement and policy change through measurement of realistic outcomes, data-based decision-making, and ongoing feedback. 

Contact CCHE  206-287-2035