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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 a leading thinker on how we evolve beyond the current racial-equity paradigm, a champion of Culturally Responsive Evaluation, and a grassroots advocacy strategist. 

Dr. McBride founded BECOME in 2013 from a belief that communities should be at the center of creating the reality they want and need and that culturally responsive evaluation can be a tool for social justice and thriving communities. Previously she conducted program development and evaluation projects in Arizona, the Chicago area and in Tanzania, Africa. Dr. McBride has worked as a consultant, program director and adjunct faculty member in the field of community psychology and has provided adult, child and family therapy as well as substance abuse counseling. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer for communities, coalitions, and organizations nationally. Her published articles and chapters discuss including culturally responsive evaluation, cultural competence, and prevention and other topics.

Awards and honors Dr. McBride has received for her work include the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Supervisor of the Year Award, Ed Marciniak Bright Start Award from the Bright Promises Foundation, American Evaluation Association Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award and ARK of St. Sabina Dream Maker Award. She also served on the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Consultation from Arizona State University.

Jen LoPiccolo, MSW, Operations and Systems Advocate

Jen is driven by the power of combining evaluation and grassroots work to make socio-political change.

Jen joined BECOME in 2018. Originally from Detroit, she began her career implementing national family-engagement initiatives throughout the Detroit Public Schools, counseling high school youth, and engaging in coalition building for educational justice. As a graduate intern in Strasbourg, France, Jen focused on culturally responsive evaluation while developing a refugee youth counseling program with the Council of Europe’s Pompidou Group. She has also worked as a counselor, writer-in-residence and communications director. 

Jen brings her background of program management, evaluation, youth development, community organizing and policy advocacy to the discipline of culturally responsive evaluation. She holds a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University. 

Gabriela Garcia, PhD, Evaluator Advocate

Gabriela is driven by a commitment to advocate for and nourish communities that have been affected by poverty and injustice. 

Gabriela joined BECOME in June of 2020. She has over 10 years of experience in evaluation and research design, qualitative methods, project management, theory of change and logic model development, and culturally responsive evaluation. She has led or co-led various mixed-method evaluations for a variety of federally- and foundation- funded STEM and health education initiatives. Some of her areas of evaluation, research and technical assistance work have included: curriculum development, after-school programs, diversity and equity-focused initiatives, and broadening participation in STEM projects. 

She is active in presenting her research and evaluation work at professional conferences (e.g., American Evaluation Association, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, National Latino Psychological Association) and recently co-published the article “Situational Awareness and Interpersonal Competence as Evaluator Competencies” in the American Journal of Evaluation. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology with a Program Evaluation specialization from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Casey Solomon-Filer, MA, Evaluator Advocate

Casey’s passion for Culturally Responsive Evaluation stems from interest in how distributions of power influence the everyday lives of individuals and communities, and how evaluation can serve as a tool to help redistribute power towards a more just world. 

She joined BECOME in 2018 as a graduate intern and became a part of the team upon graduating. Her background is in program evaluation, international development and education, teaching, social anthropology, and visitor studies. Her evaluation experience includes programs on civic engagement, training, informal learning, STEM, and conservation. Much of her evaluation projects have focused on youth programs. After living in Senegal, Gabon, France, and Yemen, Casey is delighted to currently reside in the Chicago area.

She has a Master of Arts in Program Evaluation from Michigan State University and another in Arab Studies with a concentration on Culture and Society from Georgetown University.

Keisha Farmer-Smith, PhD, Senior Partner Advocate

Keisha has partnered with organizations dedicated to supporting safe, healthy spaces for youth for 18 years. 

In addition to consulting on culturally responsive evaluation and other projects for BECOME since 2016, she has extensive youth development experience. Her work 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 UCAN. 

Keisha has won awards for her Outstanding Service to Children including as a 2018 University of Illinois 2018 Civic Engagement, Community Service, and Community Organizing (CECSCO) honoree. She has graduate degrees in Counseling and Urban Planning, and a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois.

Adriana Trajkovski, Executive Assistant

Adriana could not be happier to support a passionate and resolute team of people dedicated to social justice and community development. 

An actor who hails from Indiana, she joined BECOME in summer 2020, looking to bring her many years of administrative experience in the travel and advertising industries to a purposeful organization.

Revolution MacInnes, Strategic Operations and Marketing

Rev is a campaigner, organizer, and advocate as well as formerly homeless individual who is using his life experience to help lead BECOME while also bringing its model of culturally responsive practice to the fight to end homelessness. 

He and Dominica met in 2012 at an event both attended seeking volunteers for their respective organizations. Starting as a volunteer, Rev became integral to the organization’s development, marketing and operations work. Prior to working at BECOME, his background includes managing multi-million dollar corporations and leading grassroots campaigns for Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. 

Rev has been recognized for his use of social media, notably by the 140 Conference, where in 2012 he presented on how, despite being homeless at the time, he was able to parlay a Starbucks Gold Card and Twitter account to raise awareness and help others on the street. He is a past member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Automobile Advertising Advisory Board among other roles. He studied film and video at Columbia College Chicago. In addition to his role at BECOME, he can be found online at www.revmac.me

 

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.