Creating Opportunities to Improve Lives
Stephanie Marshall, MSW, MBA
President and OwnerStephanie@evaluationgroup.com
As President and Owner of The Evaluation Group, Stephanie leads our dynamic team of evaluation and grant professionals. She has over 15 years of experience in grant management and program evaluation with a focus on education and health and human services. She is passionate about helping partners use data for continuous improvement to ensure program impact and long-term success.
Stephanie earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University, Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women Studies from Emory University.
Ginny Byrd Porter, LMSW
Ginny specializes in building partner relationships and aligning services specific to individual partner needs. Ginny has over 10 years of experience in grants management, evaluation, and education. Ginny specializes in programs focused on ages birth—20 in the field of STEM, Early Childhood, Innovation, Technology, Health, and Teacher Professional Development.
Ginny graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and teaching licensures in B-K and K-6 education. She obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.
Kristin LaRoche, MSW
Director of Grants
Kristin has over 10 years of experience in the grants management field including school districts, large nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. She specializes in programs focused on Literacy, Innovation, Teacher Professional Development, College and Career Readiness, and Social-Emotional Learning. Kristin provides technical assistance and budget oversight for grant partners to ensure compliance with federal rules, regulations, and requirements.
Kristin graduated cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina.
Christy Derrick, MPH
Christy has worked in the field of evaluation since 2000 and with TEG for over 10 years. She leads a cross-functional team of evaluators and serves as lead evaluator on a number of evaluation projects. Christy specializes in evaluations focused on magnet schools, teacher and school leader development, STEM, and postsecondary preparation.
Christy holds a BS in Psychology from Appalachian State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina with specialization in Health Care Administration.
Melissa Page, PhD
Melissa leads a cross-functional team of evaluators and serves as lead evaluator on a number of evaluation projects. With over 20 years of experience, she specializes in teacher professional development, engaging youth in STEM activities, NSF, and partnerships of teachers and graduate students in K-12 classrooms.
Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with a BS in Corporate Fitness and Wellness and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a Master of Public Health. She earned a PhD from the University of Arizona in Family Studies and Human Development with an applied program planning and evaluation minor.
Kathy Dowell, PhD
Kathy has over 20 years of experience designing, conducting, and managing partner-focused, participatory evaluations in education and human services. Her evaluation experiences include educational evaluations with a focus on STEM, socio-emotional strategies, youth career development, and college attainment.
Kathy earned a PhD in Policy Sciences with a concentration on Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland, a MA in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College, and a BS in Psychology from University of Maryland.
Olivia Stevenson, MS
Olivia leads our data collection, data management, and data analysis efforts. In collaboration with teams, she works to assure data is collected, secured, and analyzed effectively for all users. She participates in the design of research and evaluation projects by providing expertise on data analysis, data management, and computer software.
Olivia has earned a MS in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from University of Northern Colorado and a BS in Psychology from University of North Florida.
Cathi Snyder, PhD
Cathi has over 20 years of research and evaluation experience, specializing in the fields of education, substance abuse treatment, and mental health interventions. She designs multi-level, multi-method research studies to determine the validity of outcomes based on evidence-based programs and practices.
Cathi earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina, an MA in Psychology with an emphasis on statistical analyses and research methodology from the University of Akron and a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University.
Holly has worked in research and evaluation for over 20 years, with a focus on education and a deep interest in rural populations. Her evaluation experience includes work on STEM, afterschool programming, and school leadership programs. Holly holds an M.Ed. in educational research, measurement, and evaluation from University of North Carolina - Greensboro and a B.A. in child psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Mike DuBose, MSW
Mike founded TEG in 1985 and is owner of several other successful businesses all of which are driven by the purpose of creating opportunities to improve lives. Mike is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed, working with his church, and assisting local charities.
Mike graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master in Social Work.
Dee Geddings, BA
Senior Grant Strategist
Dee has over 20 years of experience in grant project management including time spent as a project director for state and federal-level grant programs. Her expertise lies in providing ongoing consultation, budget planning and management, meeting facilitation, sustainability planning, and problem-solving for a wide range of grant programs including: Literacy, Technology/STEM, School Climate and Social-Emotional Interventions, GEAR-UP, and Health/Mental Health programs.
Dee earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Political Science from Francis Marion University.
Cherish is a Development Specialist who conducts research in evidence-based best practices, develops budget and project management tools, and supports partners with grant-related technical assistance, consultation, and problem-solving to support successful and effective program implementation. With an educational background in Communications, she has over 20 years of combined experience in finance, editing, and grant management in public education, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Her passion for helping children has also contributed to over 20 years of volunteer work with local philanthropic organizations.