Senior Technical Assistance and Training Associate, EDC
Sheila is currently the Senior Technical Assistance and Training Associate at Education Development Center (EDC) in Chicago, IL. She has extensive experience in evaluation and education research. She started her career, over 12 years ago, as a researcher and was given the opportunity to do some evaluation work, specifically in the afterschool realm and she fell in love with evaluation and has not looked back ever since. She continues to grow in her understanding and experience in evaluation work and the importance of evaluation in education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Studies from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University–Schaumburg. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Cassandra (Casey) Filer, MA
As an independent consultant, Casey works on local, national, and international program evaluations. Her experience is mostly centered around youth programs, particularly evaluations of informal learning, STEM, conservation, civic engagement, and vocational training programs. She has a Master’s degree in Program Evaluation from Michigan State University and another in Arab Studies, with a concentration on Culture and Society, from Georgetown University. Casey has lived in Senegal, Gabon, France, and Yemen, but is delighted to currently reside in the Chicago area. Her hobbies include hiking, scuba diving, and trying to convince her toddler to do stuff, like put on pants.
Education Evaluation and Data Specialist, Enlace Chicagotoi.email@example.com
Toi Wise currently serves as the Education Evaluation and Data Specialist for Enlace Chicago, a community-based nonprofit in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. In this Specialist role, she supports youth programming by leading the planning and execution of an annual evaluation, analyzing various data for grant reporting, and fostering staff evaluation capacity building. Toi was a 2021 CEA-CREA scholarship recipient and a 2022 member of Evaluation Pathways Initiative’s first cohort of the Emerging Evaluators program. She holds a Master of Education in Youth Development from the University of Illinois Chicago. Prior to joining Enlace, Toi worked in elementary classrooms in roles such as Special Education Classroom Assistant. Through her transition from the classroom to evaluation, she strives to incorporate and promote positive youth development in her work and be an agent of change within the out-of-school time space. Her commitment to promoting equitable opportunities for success outside of the classroom guides her work to be a facilitator, collaborator, counselor, and educator in the evaluation field.