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.


Rebecca Teasdale, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Teasdale is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an evaluation methodologist, she examines the valuing process in evaluation: the activities of defining program success, specifying evaluative criteria, and applying criteria to reach conclusions. This work builds an empirically supported, descriptive theory of valuing and develops methods for bringing participants’ and community members’ definitions of success into the valuing process. Her evaluation practice focuses on STEM education programs in libraries, museums, afterschool programs, and formal educational settings, particularly programs that aim to foster equity in STEM learning. She teaches graduate-level courses in evaluation and research methods.


Ada Gomero

Equity Data Strategist, Chicago Public Schools

Committed to evaluation work in service of equity for young people, Ada Gomero has a passion for transforming the use of data, evaluation, and strategic planning to work for young people. She guides her work through a human rights and equity lens. Ada translates her strengths in directing and designing strategy, data democratization, and business intelligence into tangible shifts in practice across sectors. Ada has worked in research, data management, strategic planning, and evaluation in New York and Chicago. She has an MPH from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Chicago in Psychology with a Minor in Human Rights. 

Committee Leadership

Professional Development and Events (Co-Chairs)

Cassandra (Casey) Filer, MA
Independent Consultant

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.

Camille Lemieux, MA
Research Associate
Educational Development Center (EDC)

Camille supports evaluations of education and equity initiatives with her colleagues at Education Development Center (EDC). To foster learning in work teams and among stakeholders, she applies culturally responsive evaluation and learning sciences research. This approach results in meetings, handouts, and reports designed to help people make meaning from one another and from data. Camille has an M.A. in Learning Sciences, with a focus on measurement and evaluation, from the University of Iowa. She frequents Chicago's open mics, donut shops, and improv shows.

Communications and Website

Ayeshia (AJ) Johnson-Garrett

Program Partnerships Specialist

UMOJA Student Development Corporation


Ayeshia is passionately curious about the intersections of historical trauma, community-based action, and healing intergenerational trauma. Growing in her capacity for community-based research and participatory budgeting she strengthens her practitioner network by way of participation in the Chicago Coalition on Urban Girls (CUG). From 2016 to present, Ayeshia help launch CUG Conference Forums that focus on strategic recommendations to shift the social norms for gender equality and improve the health, safety, and wellness of ALL girls who reside in Chicago. On October 11, 2018 – the International Day of the Girl, CUG released “Girls in the City: A Status Report on Teen Girls Residing in Chicago.”  From 2017-2019 the governing body appointed Ayeshia to serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee, and she continues to advocate for data and social connectivity of all girls that closely relate to a community needs to improve the quality of life for everyone. She is a visionary and builder of relationships, Ayeshia believes in the excellence, elevation, and compassion for all people.

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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