Donna-Marie Winn, Ph.D. – President and CEO

Dr. Winn has two and a half decades of experience leading complex evaluation projects using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her work has focused on implementing programs, practices, and policies that promote resilience and minimize vulnerability and systematically leveraging resources, both human and financial, to improve the lives of children and families. She has worked in community for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute of Drug Abuse; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institute of Mental Health; Administration for Children, Youth and Families; North Carolina Partnership for Children — Smart Start; The Duke Endowment; Triangle Community Foundation; Ford Foundation; Open Society Foundation; The California Endowment; and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Winn earned her B.A. in psychology and program administration from Notre Dame, M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a minor in organizational business from UNC-CH and post-doctorate in clinical research from Duke University. Currently, she holds a position as a Senior Research Associate at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She has held positions as a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (UNC-CH) and Visiting Fellow at the Social Sciences Research Institute (Duke University). She has authored of over 20 research articles and nearly 100 presentations throughout the United States and in Ghana, Portugal, France, Italy, England, and   Canada.  In 2011, she created KPLLC as a means of expanding upon her decades of clinical and evaluation consulting, and she became KPLLCs founding President and CEO. Her life-long passion for issues of racial equity, cultural competence, and human relationships are borne of her experiences as a native New Orleanian and long-time resident of North Carolina.

MarvinH. McKinney, Ph.D. – Consultant

Dr. McKinney has over 30 years of experience in consultation, research and grant procurement. He made international and national grants as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation program director.  As a program officer at the C. S. Mott Foundation, he specialized in grantmaking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and early childhood and parenting education.  Dr. McKinney also served as a consultant to the Michigan Statewide Systemic Initiative to build community coalitions for the Michigan Department of Education.

Dr. McKinney earned his Ed.S. and M.A. in curriculum/supervision and guidance/counseling at Eastern Michigan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Curriculum and Instruction.  He has won numerous fellowships and awards including the Bush Professional Fellowship in Child Development and Public Policy from The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (UNC-CH).  Dr. McKinney holds positions as a Research Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and a Senior Consultant in the Office of Community Outreach at Michigan State University.  Dr. McKinney has been the key strategist and policy analyst in the development and work of KPLLC. He is a native of Detroit, MI and a long-time resident of Haslett, MI.

Iheoma Iruka Thompson, Ph.D. – Consultant

Dr. Iruka is internationally sought after researcher with experience in instrument development and quantitative data analyses (regression analyses, structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling). As a quantitative researcher with some training and experience in qualitative methods and analyses, including interviews and focus groups, much of her evaluation work uses a mixed-methods approach. Her work aims to increase the practical application of sophisticated evaluation techniques by involving decision-makers and constituents in the design methodology. Dr. Iruka brings a strong interest in working with low-income and ethnic minority populations in the United States and Zambia. Dr. Iruka received her B.A. from Temple University, her M.A. from Boston University, and Ph.D. from the University of Miami – Coral Gables. She is the author of over a dozen articles and policy briefs and has given over 40 invited talks and presentations. She has been a lead quantitative evaluator for KPLLC since our inception. Dr. Iruka is a native of Boston, MA and currently resides in North Carolina. She has deep family ties to Nigeria.

Wizdom Powell, Ph.D. – Consultant

Dr. Powell is a community-based researcher and evaluator. As a researcher, she focuses on the psychosocial determinants of health across the life-course with an emphasis on masculinity and racial discrimination’s combined impact on African American male health disparities, mental health, and healthcare system interactions. She has focused on the ways in which gender and social constructions of masculinity impact health attitudes and physical health status. Dr. Powell received her BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, her M.S., M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and her post-doctorate from University of California – San Francisco/Berkley. She is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, a faculty member at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab (UNC-CH). Dr. Powell has been a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow and an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow. Most recently, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a 2011-2012 White House Fellow to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. The focus of her evaluation efforts with Kaleidoscope Pathways has been in extracting qualitative data and synthesizing the impact of client grantmaking and initiatives into meaningful wholes. Dr. Powell is a native of New York and currently calls North Carolina her home.

Elaine M. Ortiz, M.S. – Consultant

Ms. Ortiz has more than ten years of experience applying analytical techniques to answer a wide range of research questions. Her key skills include quantitative data analysis; synthesizing literature and data into usable information for decisionmaking; and writing clearly and succinctly to catalyze positive change in communities. Ms. Ortiz has co-authored many reports for The Data Center (formerly known as The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center), including The New Orleans Index at Eight. She is an expert user of federal statistics, including the American Community Survey, Decennial Census, and Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Ms. Ortiz received her B.A. in economics from Hanover College and her M.S. in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa. She is a native of Louisville, KY and currently resides in North Carolina.

Tamara Taggart, M.P.H. – Consultant

Ms. Taggart has more than seven years of experience as a project manager on a host clinical and biobehavioral research projects. Her skills include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data management, systematic review, grant writing, program evaluation, and community based participatory research. Ms. Taggart received her AB from Dartmouth College and MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. A Ph.D. Candidate at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, her research focuses on psychosocial determinants of health, religiosity across the life course, substance use, and adolescent sexual health. She has been awarded the CDC James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship and the UNC Future Faculty Fellowship. Currently, Ms. Taggart is an UNC-NIH STD/HIV pre-doctoral fellow. She is a native of Cincinnati, OH, and currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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