The Team

The Team

Education Management Organizations

Team Members

Gary MironDr. Gary J. Miron, Project Director
Ph.D., 1994, Stockholm University
(269) 599-7965

Dr. Miron has extensive experience in directing and leading large scale evaluations and research studies including statewide, national, and international studies and has focused on evaluations of school reforms and education policies.

He works with the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research (EMR) graduate program and he leads a number of grants and contracts related to the evaluation of school reforms.

Dr. Miron is a professor of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at WMU’s College of Education and Human Development. He has worked on a variety of evaluations for charter schools in six states and a federally sponsored a study of the correlates of success in American charter schools. He recently led are a 5-year systemic initiative in North Central Louisiana and a scholarship program for 2,000 low-income Native Hawaiians. In the past he has evaluated a number of high stakes school reforms including a national voucher reform in Sweden and an evaluation of student achievement in schools operated by Edison Schools Inc.

Jessica UrschelJessica Urschel, Project Manager
M.A., 2009, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Western Michigan University
(269) 387-3802

Jessica is currently Project Manager for the for-profit and nonprofit EMOs Profiles Reports. She has been working on numerous grants and contracts regarding EMOs and other education policy issues since 2007. Her focus is on project management, as well as data collection and analysis.

Jessica holds a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Behavior Analysis program at Western Michigan University. She is also an instructor of record for undergraduate statistics, a teaching assistant for graduate-level statistics courses in psychology, and has process management consulting experience in health care, higher education, and local government.

Jessica UrschelNicholas Saxton, Project Manager

Nicholas is working on earning his Master's Degree in Evaluation, Measurement and Research. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Philosophy from Western Michigan University. He has been with the team since September of 2010.

Yulia Leonova, Research Assistant

Yuliya is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Journalism with a Minor in English. She has recently been working on several projects in relation to the Kalamazoo Promise and other related scholarships. She has been working with the team since 2009.

Karl BoswellKarl Boswell, Research Assistant

Karl is a freshman at WMU and is yet undecided as to what his major will be. He has been working on various projects including the Kalamazoo Promise evaluation and EMO-related projects since fall 2010.

Xiaojie HuXiaojie Hu, Research Assistant

Xiaojie is currently working on his Master's degree in Educational Leadership. He has recently been working on several projects including the EMO Profiles Reports, the Kalamazoo Promise evaluation and other related scholarships. He has been working with the team since 2010.

James LindJames Lind, Research Assistant

James is a freshman at WMU majoring in aeronautical engineering. He joined the team in fall 2010 and has been working on projects related to the Kalamazoo Promise evaluation and the EMO Profiles Reports.


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