Our Team

Our team is comprised of a broad array of evaluators, researchers, community psychologists, and community activists, who are passionate about creating a socially just world. As community transformation catalysts, we seek to confront injustice and inequity that may exist at all levels within and around communities. We firmly believe that the community must be at the heart of identifying the solutions to address their challenges and create their desired reality. By building trust and authentic relationships with our partners, we help communities see the big ideas and also help them implement those ideas to achieve their dream or vision. It is our greatest joy to participate in this work and spread hope and healing to all.

Dominica McBride, PhD, Founder and CEO
Dr. Dominica McBride is an award-winning evaluator and champion of Culturally Responsive Evaluation. She has conducted program development and evaluation projects with many diverse communities, both in the United States and Tanzania. She also conducts training for communities, coalitions, and organizations nationally. She has received awards from the American Evaluation Association, ARK of St. Sabina, and Bright Promises Foundation for her work in evaluation and community development. She has published articles and chapters on various topics, including culturally responsive evaluation, cultural competence, and prevention. Dr. McBride has also provided adult, child and family therapy as well as substance abuse counseling. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Consultation from Arizona State University. Email: dmcbride@becomecenter.org

Jen LoPiccolo, MSW, Evaluation Specialist
Jen LoPiccolo brings a background of program management, evaluation, youth development, community organizing and policy advocacy to the discipline of culturally responsive evaluation. Originally from Detroit, Jen discovered her passion for leveraging community voice while implementing national family-engagement initiatives throughout the Detroit Public Schools, counseling high school youth, and engaging in coalition building for educational justice. Jen graduated from Syracuse University with her Master’s in Social Work, where she focused on culturally responsive evaluation while developing a refugee youth counseling program. During her graduate degree studies, Jennifer worked on policy-action research at the Council of Europe, concentrating on transcultural challenges for preventing substance use among refugees. She is driven by the combined power of evaluation and grassroots work to make socio-political change.

Alicia Anderson, MS, Project Manager and Consultant
Alicia Anderson has a range of experiences in public health, business data analytics, program evaluation, human resources, and finance, she applies an eclectic approach to working with individuals and organizations. Alicia’s interests include Organizational Behavior Management, performance management, and program evaluation, streamlining processes and creating efficiencies on a day-to-day basis for individuals and companies.  She has assisted companies with talent acquisition, staff training and process improvement. She completed her M.S. in Applied Behavioral Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she was also a Community Partners Leadership Fellow with BECOME. She received her B.S. in Psychology from DePaul University where she realized her passion for applied sciences versus theory-based approaches to problem solving. Alicia is driven by her passion for philanthropy, building community, and applying behavior analytic principles to issues of social significance. Email: aanderson@becomecenter.org

Simone Sydnor, Administrative Assistant
Simone helps the BECOME team stay on track by assisting with various projects and overseeing all administrative needs. She has a wealth of professional experience ranging from military logistics, international teaching and work in the energy sector. Simone is passionate about holistic healing on interpersonal and community levels.

Keisha Farmer-Smith, PhD, Senior Project Consultant
Dr. Keisha Farmer-Smith has partnered with organizations dedicated to supporting safe, healthy spaces for youth for 18 years. Her past youth development experience includes: supervising program outcomes and impact at Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago; serving as director of programs at Family Focus Inc.; managing gender specific after school programs at Alternatives, Inc.; and coordinating educational and vocational services for Illinois Department of Child and Family Services youth at Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network. Her research and evaluation focus is primarily around youth development programs. She has graduate degrees in Counseling and Urban Planning, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois and has won awards for her Outstanding Service to Children.

Revolution MacInnes, Senior Adviser / Board Member
Revolution MacInnes is an internationally known advocate on issues of homelessness and social change. Having been homeless himself, he is using his real life experience to help to bring BECOME’s model of a culturally responsive practice to the fight to end homelessness. He has managed multi-million dollar corporations and grassroots campaigns for organizations like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. He has also served as Campaign Director for the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. He is a past member of the Illinois Attorney Generals Automobile Advertising Advisory Board. Previously he was the President and Chief Operating Officer at BECOME. Email: rmacinnes@becomecenter.org

Board & Advisors

Board of Directors

Rachel Marusarz
Sinai Health System

Ricardo Millet
Millet & Associates

Israil Thomas
Financial Advisor

Dominica McBride
Founder & CEO

Revolution MacInnes
Senior Adviser

Advisors

Patricia Arredondo
Patricia Arredondo, AAG President, has been a business consultant for 30 years, engaged in the higher education, healthcare, finance, non-profit, manufacturing, consumer, and publishing sectors, domestically and internationally. She established partnerships with universities in South Korea, Poland, Guatemala and Mexico, and with numerous corporations in and around Boston and Milwaukee. Arredondo is founder and president of Empowerment Workshops, Inc., a company in Boston she led for 13 years. She is a licensed psychologist and has been a faculty member and senior administrator at research universities and a professional school of psychology. Arredondo is published extensively in the areas of workforce diversity, women’s leadership, the Latina/o quotient, and cultural competency development; she is bilingual in English and Spanish and a licensed psychologist. Her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University.

Jennifer Greene
Jennifer Greene is a Professor in Educational Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on the intersections of social science and social policy. Her work in the domain of educational and social program evaluation seeks to advance the theory and practice of alternative forms of evaluation, including qualitative, democratic, and mixed methods evaluation approaches. Her current work emphasizes evaluation as a venue for democratizing dialogue about critical social and educational issues, with a focus on conceptualizing evaluation as a “public good.” She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University. She is a former President of the American Evaluation Association.

Karen Kirkhart
Karen E. Kirkhart holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from The University of Michigan and is currently Professor, School of Social Work, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Syracuse University. She served as President of the American Evaluation Association in 1994 and has held a number of leadership roles in that organization. Dr. Kirkhart’s work on multicultural validity seeks to bring issues of culture competence to the center of the evaluation profession by placing them squarely in the middle of validity theory. Her work on evaluation influence recasts use more broadly in terms of both scope and intention and calls for closer examination of the consequences of evaluators’ work. Dr. Kirkhart’s contributions to the evaluation profession have been recognized by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) with the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory and the Robert Ingle Award for Outstanding Services to the AEA. She collaborated with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in their development of an Indigenous Evaluation Framework and was a member of the writing team for the AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation.

Michael Quinn Patton
Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development and program evaluation consultant and former president of the American Evaluation Association. Patton has written many books on the art and science of program evaluation, including Utilization-Focused Evaluation, in which he emphasizes the importance of designing evaluations to ensure their usefulness, rather than simply creating long reports that may never get read or never result in any practical changes. He has written about evaluation and worked in the field beginning in the 1970s when evaluation in the nonprofit sector was a relatively new development. After receiving his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he spent 18 years on the faculty of University of Minnesota, including five as Director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research and ten years with the Minnesota Extension Service.