Executive Committee


Asma Ali, PhD
Founder and Principal Consultant, 
AA & Associates, LLC

Dr. Ali’s work includes developing and implementing strategic evaluation plans to support evidence-based decision-making that advances organization and program goals. Employing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches, she specializes in culturally responsive, participatory, and utilization-focused measurement of learning, behavioral, and systems change. An AEA Graduate Education Diversity Initiative Alumna (2008-9), she has also served on AEA's Culturally Responsive Evaluation Committee, is a founder and co-Chair of the Health Professions Topical Interest Group, and served as Program Chair for the LaRed Topical Interest Group. She is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences on evaluation and measurement topics. Dr. Ali has also served as an adjunct professor teaching evaluation, design-based inquiry, and research methods courses.


Grisel M. Robles-Schrader, MPA
Research Portfolio Manager,
Community & Stakeholder Engagement, Center for Community Health
Interim MPH Field Experience Director, Program in Public Health

Grisel is the Master of Public Health Field Experience Director at the Program in Public Health and the Research Portfolio Manager for Community & Stakeholder Engagement, at the Center for Community Health (CCH), within Northwestern University. Her work aims to support community and stakeholder engagement in health research and evaluation and identify culturally responsive approaches in research and evaluation. Grisel holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs from DePaul University.


Ada Gomero

Evaluation Officer, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)

Committed to evaluative work in service of equity, Ada supports organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean monitor, evaluate, and learn from projects, programs, and strategies working towards universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her resolve for supporting organizations that work to improve outcomes for underserved populations led her to get her MPH from Columbia University.Ada has worked in research, data management, strategic planning, and evaluation in New York and Chicago. She also has a BA from the University of Chicago in Psychology with a Minor in Human Rights. Outside of work, Ada is happy spending her days exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods and the beauty of Lake Michigan.

Committee Leadership

Professional Development and Events (Co-Chairs)

Cassandra (Casey) Filer, MA
Research & Evaluation Associate,
Shedd Aquarium

Kathy Kiser, MPA
Manager of Evaluation and Learning Research,
Lincoln Park Zoo

Kathy Kiser is the Manager of Evaluation and Learning Research at Lincoln Park Zoo. She leads a team which provides research, planning, evaluation, and data management expertise to Learning Department teams at Lincoln Park Zoo. Kathy previously worked as a manager in evaluation and research with Shedd Aquarium and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. She received her BA in Sociology and her MPA from the University of Akron where she worked on projects with the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Ohio Department of Health.

Communications and Website

Cara Karter 
Coordinator of Research Support,
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Cara is the Coordinator of Research Support at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago where she supports general proposal development and research administration and provides research project support on youth-focused evaluation projects. She previously worked as a Research & Evaluation Specialist at After School Matters and as a Research Project Assistant at Chapin Hall. She is a proud Chicago Southsider and received a B.S. Social & Economic Development Policy and a Certificate in Leadership Studies from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She lives in East Pilsen with her husband, Dorian, and Carolina Dog, Sagan.

AEA Local Affiliates Representative

Leah Neubauer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Dr. Leah C. Neubauer is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Past President of the Chicagoland Evaluation Association. Her research focuses on adult, continuing and professional education and training approaches in public health, global health, and evaluation capacity-building in the United States and Kenya.  Her scholarship employs multidisciplinary, theory-driven approaches to elements of education and training: assessment, accreditation, evaluation, pedagogy and learning. She teaches graduate-level courses in global health, public health and evaluation and serves as the co-facilitator of AEA’s Local Affiliate Collaborative (LAC).

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