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Consultants

As an intentionally small organization, Rainbow Research has an established cadre of evaluation and content experts who serve as consultants on projects to complement the skills of the core staff or to conduct larger studies.

William D. Allen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and owner of Healing Bonds, a private practice located in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His research interests include the intersection of families and ethnicity, and the important roles males play in family life across the lifespan. Dr. Allen is an adjunct professor in the Family Social Science Department of the University of Minnesota. He has served on the boards of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists, the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Youth and Families. Dr. Allen assists Rainbow Research in designing evaluation studies focused on family mental health and well-being and interpreting results.

Victoria Amaris, a native of Bogota, Colombia, has lived in the United States since childhood. Ms. Amaris frequently joins Rainbow Research projects that involve the Latino community. One of her strengths is her knowledge and experience in conducting focus groups with multicultural groups, in a manner that is culturally competent and yields the best results for each community. Ms. Amaris is also employed as the Cultural Dynamics Manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Ms. Amaris studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, and has expanded her education in the areas of cross-cultural communication, inclusiveness, organizational planning, and has served as a consultant in these areas.

Hillel W. Cohen is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He graduated from Columbia College and received his graduate degrees from the Columbia University School of Public Health. In addition to pursuing several ongoing research projects, Dr. Cohen serves as Biostatistician for Einstein's Clinical Research Center and teaches biostatistics in Einstein's Clinical Research Training Program. Before becoming a Co-executive Editor, Dr. Cohen served as Statistical Editor for American Journal of Hypertension. Dr. Cohen consults with Rainbow Research staff on advanced methodological and statistical issues.

Betty Emarita is the founder and president of Development and Training Resources in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include evaluation, training and curriculum design, economic development, and concept planning and development. Ms. Emarita joins Rainbow Research study teams as a senior member, contributing to the evaluation design, development of instruments, and data collection and analysis. She has her master’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, and bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Charles Melvin Gray provides statistical expertise to Rainbow Research study teams and takes the lead in designing and conducting cost effectiveness studies involving non-profit settings. He is a Professor of Business Economics at the College of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

June Holley provides consulting, training and mentoring to a wide range of organizations around the world who are interested in creating healthier communities through a better understanding of networks, collaboration, innovation and learning. She has partnered with Valdis Krebs, internationally acclaimed network expert, to develop Smart Network Toolkit, a user friendly network mapping application to help communities and regions identify and enhance their networks. An avid researcher on complexity and organizations, she has co-authored over 30 papers, articles, and books on various aspects of economic and community networking. She recently summarized research on key elements of dynamic regional economies in Strategies for Sustainable Entrepreneurship published by Ohio University’s Voinovich Center. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Ohio Magazine, Entrepreneur, In Business, and many other publications. networkweaver.com

Mohamed A. Mohamed, fluent in Somali and English, serves as an interviewer on Rainbow Research projects. He is currently employed at World Relief of Minnesota and is working towards a Masters degree in Organizational Management at Concordia University. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Geography from Somali National University.

Chong Xiong, fluent in Hmong and English, serves as an interviewer and focus group facilitator on Rainbow Research projects. She currently attends Minneapolis Community and Technical College where she is working toward a Certificate as a Community Health Worker.

Elizabeth Scott is experienced in working with chemically dependent women and their children, GLBT youth, and pregnant adolescents.  She has a strong interest in maternal and children's health.  Ms. Scott served as a board member for The Childbirth Collective, a local non-profit that serves birthing families and promotes evidence-based maternity care, for six years. She has a BA in Social Work and Women’s Studies from Saint Olaf College and dual Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Minnesota. 

Gayle Zoffer is an independent consultant with more than 17 years of experience in evaluation in non-profit, university, and public settings, currently with her firm, Listening, Linking, & Learning.  Working primarily in the areas of public education and youth development, her practice has focused on helping clients to answer questions in areas including program development and sustainability, comprehensive school reform, professional development, public policy, and collaboration. Ms. Zoffer joins Rainbow Research teams to collect and analyze qualitative data. She has a master’s degree in public affairs from the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, focused on educational policy and the management of public and non-profit organizations, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She is currently pursing a master’s degree in English as a Second Language at Hamline University.