Wendi L. Siebold
PRESIDENT & SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Wendi Siebold, M.A., M.P.H. is the President and a Senior Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions. For over 17 years, Wendi has specialized in the assessment of organizational and community capacity for domestic violence response and prevention, violence prevention research, program planning and evaluation, and provides evaluation capacity-building training using a participatory approach. She holds degrees in Health Behavior & Health Education and Community Psychology, which afford her a well-balanced approach that emphasizes scientific rigor within a realistic community context. She has specialized in the prevention of gender-based violence, and is recognized at both state and national levels for her work to prevent and address intimate partner abuse and sexual violence.
Wendi has served as project director and principal investigator on statewide prevention initiatives and program evaluations, developed data collection instruments, and has been responsible for both quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and report writing. She has been contracted to write evaluation and planning tools and trainings for multiple funding organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice and State governments.
Wendi is a national speaker and writer on topics related to organizational and evaluation capacity building, prevention planning and evaluation. She has participated in national expert panels for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention, and is recognized as a national expert in the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. She was an invited researcher at the White House, Office of the Vice President’s, Expert Panel on Teen Dating Violence in December 2010. She also works closely with State Departments of Health in California, Alaska, Montana and Washington.
Wendi was born in California and currently resides in Juneau, Alaska.
Email Wendi at Wendi@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
EVALUATION & PLANNING DIRECTOR,
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Lexi Prunella, MPH., C.H.E.S., is a Senior Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions. Ms. Prunella holds a master’s degree in Public Health Promotion and Health Behavior from Portland State University and a degree in Health Education from Western Oregon University. She began her career in the nonprofit behavioral healthcare sector in Southeast Alaska as a senior health promotion program manager and grants administrator. Since 2014, Lexi has been a key personnel overseeing the evaluation of the CDC-funded DELTA FOCUS violence prevention program in Florida, and has coordinated the collection and analysis of school wide survey data for DELTA FOCUS in Idaho.
Before coming to SPS in 2014, she worked in the Division of Public Health for the State of Alaska, and focused her energy in evaluating a statewide healthy relationship curriculum and engaging stakeholders in sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention among foster youth, allowing her to build many local and national community partnerships. Ms. Prunella is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a trained Prime for Life substance abuse intervention instructor with experience in community assessments, strategic planning, health program planning and evaluation, and social norms marketing.
Her professional passions surround healthy sexuality, gender spectrum and sexual diversity, adolescent development, and the prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. She also has served as a University level wellness educator and adjunct professor, where her community outreach and program development efforts addressed substance abuse prevention, personal safety education, dating violence and sexual assault prevention, healthy sexuality education, and sexual orientation and gender identity topics.
Ms. Prunella has strong background in data collection and analysis, report development and delivery, and working with diverse populations. She has experience reviewing and synthesizing wide nets of community level data, having implemented a Health Impact Assessments in Idaho, a statewide violence prevention policy scan in Florida, and community needs and community readiness assessments in Southeast Alaska.
Ms. Prunella was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Email Lexi at Lexi@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
RESEARCH & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE DIRECTOR,
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Brittany Freitas-Murrell, Ph.D. (Graduation: May 2020), is a Senior Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions. Brittany completed her final Ph.D. graduate requirements at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Clinical-Community Psychology, and has worked in counseling, teaching, and evaluative capacities across Alaska. She has provided evaluation capacity-building training, program planning and evaluation services, and conducted needs assessments for non-profit and tribal entities. As a behavioral health clinician, Brittany has provided individual and group therapy in outpatient and primary care settings. She utilizes the dual focus of her training (clinical-community psychology) to produce well-rounded and empirically-grounded research and practice. Her training emphasizes the balance of evidence-based and scientifically rigorous practices with real-world context application.
Brittany seeks opportunities for collaborative, enriching partnerships that result in context-based, appropriate data collection and interpretation. She has worked at both state and national levels for prevention work addressing intimate partner violence and substance abuse. Brittany has instructed college-level courses, partnered with tribal colleges to develop apprentice-style curriculum, and provided speaking and training to early interventionists and providers in Alaska. Brittany has served as project lead and principal investigator for numerous projects. Topics include: therapy outcomes related research, attitudes and intentions towards help-seeking, prevention of child sexual abuse initiatives, evaluation of patient satisfaction, community-readiness assessments, statewide prevention initiatives, needs assessments, coalition building and support, and process and outcome evaluations.
Brittany has experience in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data collection, and analysis. She has authored several research publications and a book chapter and currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Email Brittany at Brittany@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Patricia Reyes, M.P.H., is a Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions who currently resides in the Bay Area of California. She brings over twenty-five years of experience evaluating a range of risk reduction and asset building efforts including those addressing access to health and mental health services for children, youth and families; substance abuse prevention and treatment; violence prevention; and school readiness and youth development. Pat is skilled in a variety of quantitative and qualitative tool design, data collection and analysis methodologies including: surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies, observations, program record review, electronic data sets, and textual analysis.
Pat seeks opportunities for evaluation capacity building and is currently the Empowerment Evaluator for a CDC-funded violence prevention project awarded to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence that is focused on adolescent dating abuse and the role of school policies. Working with programs to improve delivery of behavioral health services is another of her key areas of concentration. Pat brings to her work with clients the perspective that evaluation is a tool both for making decisions and achieving excellence. She embraces a utilization-focused and participatory philosophy of evaluation planning, implementation, and reporting of findings. Ms. Reyes earned a Master’s of Public Health degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine.
Email Pat at Pat@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Jennifer Burkhart, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions. Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology, MS in Clinical Psychology, and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology with a rural, indigenous emphasis from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).
Her professional interests include program development and evaluation, the integration of clinical and community psychology perspectives, individual and community wellness and resilience, community-based and mixed-methods research, indigenous ways of knowing and healing, and the use of technology to support efforts in all of these domains. She has been involved with several research, evaluation, and training projects serving tribal and non-tribal communities, including UAA’s Departments of Psychology and Theatre and Dance, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Behavioral Health Aide program, and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Behavioral Health Department.
Recently, she has been involved in designing and developing eLearning courses for village-based behavioral health counselors throughout the state, revising the state regulations and creating a best practice guide for Alaskan programs serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA), preparing capacity assessment reports for Alaskan DVSA programs, completing an outcome evaluation for a jazz music education program for youth in California, and supporting completion of a process and outcome evaluation for a multi-site initiative to improve services to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in a northwestern state.
Dr. Burkhart currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska.
Email Jennifer at Jennifer@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
Melissa Kwon, Ph.D., M.A., is a Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions. She is passionate about and committed to preventing domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence through research, evaluation, collaborative partnerships, program planning, and trainings. Melissa has extensive experience conducting domestic and sexual violence prevention research (quantitative and qualitative), evaluation, and program planning at state agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, as well as community non-profits, including the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
In her position as the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, she designed and implemented an inaugural statewide strategic plan to prevent campus sexual violence and assault, domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. Throughout this process, she developed and implemented interactive empowerment-based regional community needs assessments across the state to guide program direction as well as created and led capacity building trainings, technical assistance, and professional development for staff and professionals. She provided leadership in public health program planning as an Evaluator at the Minnesota Department of Health where she developed and managed a comprehensive statewide sexual and domestic violence prevention evaluation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rape Prevention Education Program.
She earned her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education and her MA in Education with an emphasis in Research Methodology, both from UC Santa Barbara, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Ethnic Studies and Education from UC Berkeley. She grew up and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Email Melissa at Melissa@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
Rachel Wintz was born and raised in Alaska. She attended the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), where she conducted community-based research on a wide variety of social issue topics in conjunction with the Institute of Social & Economic Research, UAA Office of Undergraduate Research, UAA Justice Center, and the Center for Community Engagement and Learning. She received a degree in Sociology, Spanish and Civic Engagement from UAA. She went on to work in the international development field in Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru. When she’d soaked in enough sun, she came back to Alaska and entered the violence prevention field where she served as the Statewide Coordinator for Girls on the Run of Greater Alaska.
Rachel uses the skills she’s developed around the world to bring a unique perspective to the Administrative Manager position at SPS. When she’s not hiking, singing, or hitting the beach near her Southern California office location, she enjoys providing excellent service to SPS’s clients!
Email Rachel at Rachel@StrategicPreventionSolutions.com.
SPS makes use of consultants to keep expertise high and project costs down. Our consultants are highly trained in community research and evaluation, and are hired on a project-specific basis. Recent consultants include:
Paul Cotter, Ph.D., Evalu-Logic (Alaska)
Sharon M. Wasco, Ph.D., Independent Consultant (Ohio)
Gretchen Clarke, M.P.H., ICF International (Alaska)
Breauna Spencer, M.A., Independent Consultant (California)
David Driscoll, Ph.D., University of Virginia (Virginia)
Claire Crooks, PhD., C.Psych, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Jamie Powell, M.P.H., Independent Consultant (Idaho)
Deinera Exner-Cortens, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Rebecca Osborn-Lewis, M.S.W., M.P.H., Holyoke Community College (Massachusetts)
Brandy Selover, M.P.H., Independent Consultant (Idaho)
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