Meet the people who can help your organization achieve your goals:
Samantha Isabel Calero
Samantha Isabel Calero has 14 years of experience advancing healing-centered, culturally responsive systems of care for youth and families. At Abt, she works across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico on youth houselessness projects. She serves as the equity task lead for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse and the expert collaboration task lead for the Replication of Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families Feasibility Study. She also is the lead for the Technical Assistance and Implementation Capability Center’s cross-cutting solution development for lived experience and community engagement. Previously Samantha served as the deputy project manager for Massachusetts’s Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare. She also was executive director for the Youth Advocacy Foundation, a legal aid partnership with the Massachusetts juvenile public defenders and was a cofounder of the Violence Prevention and Recovery Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
AshLee Smith MPP, Ph.D.
Dr. AshLee Smith works on improving the lives of marginalized people by working on economic mobility, criminal justice, child welfare, and housing. Her expertise is in mixed-method and equitable evaluations and qualitative evaluation research methods, including participatory methods. She also has experience with ethnography, interviews, and focus groups with diverse populations, including community organizations, public servants, and hard-to-reach individuals and families. AshLee currently serves as a senior site lead for Mayors of Guaranteed Income (G.I.) Pilot Evaluations. She ensures rigor and comparability of data across sites and advances the overall body of evidence from G.I. pilots across the country. At the University of Minnesota before she came to Abt, AshLee studied the interplay of social inequities, systems change, and child and family well-being. As a first-generation college student, mixed-raced woman, and former foster child, her life experiences have shaped her goals: to improve the lives and well-being of the marginalized.
Anna Koehle, HS-BCP, CCTP
Anna Koehle is Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with over 18 years of experience in child welfare. Anna is an innovative, collaborative, trauma-informed child welfare professional who works collaboratively with state and local child welfare leaders, federal partners, community service providers, and those with lived experience to implement and sustain effective change and process improvements. Her experience includes federal child welfare technical assistance, Title IV-E and Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) quality assurance and accountability, state child welfare contracts and grants administration, nonprofit leadership, and direct practice in the areas of Child Protective Services, foster care and adoption. As a former foster parent and an adoptive parent, Anna remains committed to helping jurisdictions address issues of racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system and prioritizing the preservation of Black families.
Lori Hunter has more than 20 years of experience in systems analysis, functional requirements analysis, data analysis, database administration and design, web design, and development. Her projects represent a range of complexities, including usability experience, websites, person-centered design, data systems analysis and visualization, technical assistance tracking, evaluation data collection, and communities of practice. In addition to project management, Lori has more than 17 years of experience working on the Child Welfare Information Gateway and other clearinghouses. Her background includes several training and technical assistance efforts, including multiple Children’s Bureau projects such as the Capacity Building Center for States, National Youth in Transition Database, and Cross-Site Evaluations. She has expertise in all aspects of database design, functional requirements analysis, business process integration, and website production, including database-backed web pages. Visit Lori's full bio.
Adele Robinson is a nationally recognized policy advisor on complex legislation, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start, Higher Education, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Child Nutrition, and other initiatives. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she helped write the 2016 regulations for the Child Care and Development Fund and a policy statement on early childhood career pathways. In addition to federal advocacy, she has assisted states and local stakeholders with implementation and strategic advising. She led the public policy work at the National Association for the Education of Young Children for 15 years and prior to that she worked in public policy at the National Education Association, National Association of State Boards of Education, and the U.S. Senate. Visit Adele's full bio. See some of Adele’s work.
Suzanne Gibbons, MA
Suzanne Gibbons has 20 years of experience improving outcomes for children and families through early education and care. She has led professional development efforts to strengthen the workforce, designed an early literacy coaching program for Pre-K teachers, and managed strategic initiatives to align programs and services for children from birth through third grade. Suzanne managed a team at the Region 1 Office of Head Start, facilitating data-informed decisions and responsive solutions for daily operations. She also oversaw high-priority initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to her roles in government, nonprofit, and research organizations, she has served as a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other local and regional early education advisory councils. At Abt, Suzanne contributes to projects ranging from impact evaluation studies to state policy strategic consulting.
Ann Loeffler, MSPH
Ann Loeffler has two decades of experience working with healthcare safety net service delivery providers in the U.S. Trained in epidemiology and biomedical policy, she brings a program perspective, an implementation-science lens, and a focus on data analytics to her work. Over the past 10 years, Ann has served as a project lead for more than 10 federal projects involving program implementation and evaluation. She has worked with health center leaders in frontier, rural, and urban areas on strategic planning, market assessments, and growth strategies. Visit Ann's full bio.