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2023 OPEN Leadership

The Oregon Program Evaluator Network (OPEN) is managed by a council of voting officers and committee chairs. Council leadership is elected by OPEN members, unless filled by appointment due to vacancy (appointed by the President and confirmed by the council).

We are now recruiting for the 2023 OPEN Council! Learn more about OPEN leadership roles and opportunities on the Council Positions page.

Frances E.K Hampton 


Frances E.K Hampton is a proud multicultural urban woman in the Ph.D. Applied Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at Portland State University. Her research focuses on workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) for underrepresented employees. Her leadership style values different ideas and perspectives to accomplish shared goals. Frances enjoys supporting various socially responsible corporate goals and community initiatives. Her passion for effective change brings her to OPEN!  

"I hope to use my heart and voice to advocate for the fair and fruitful treatment of underrepresented groups in workplaces across the U.S. while improving organizational branding and increasing profits!"

Chari Smith 


Chari Smith believes evaluation should be accessible, practical and usable. She founded Evaluation into Action to help nonprofit professionals create realistic and meaningful program evaluation processes. She has taught several workshops helping nonprofit professionals understand the value and use of program evaluation. Her book, Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple: Get Your Data. Show Your Impact. Improve Your Programs., provides step by step instruction on how to do program evaluation.

Chari is a proud member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN) and the International Society of Evaluation Education (ISEE). She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Nonprofit MBA program. You can learn more at 

Alexis Burnett
Financial Officer

Alexis has over 5 years of evaluation experience in K-12 education in Oregon. Before that, her experience as a substitute teacher in the California Bay Area gave her insight into the importance of teacher onboarding and mentorship as well as the importance of representation of culturally and ethnically diverse educators.

Throughout her time in Oregon, she has gained additional interests in social-emotional learning, culturally responsive evaluation, and data-driven storytelling. Her pandemic hobbies of re-working her own household’s spending and saving habits led her to an interest in the responsibilities of OPEN’s Finance Officer and the community that the council helps to build.

Beryl Neequaye
Communication Officer

Beryl Neequaye has been doing program evaluation for over five years and is currently an Evaluation and Data Specialist at The Research Institute (TRI) in the Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR). In this role, Beryl uses data visualization tools, database management techniques, and culturally responsive approaches to evaluate programs for continuous quality improvement.

She enjoys working with faculty, staff, clients, and other stakeholders in the development of evaluation plans for proposals to federal, state, or local funding agencies.

Beenish Mehboob 
Events Officer

Beenish, an accomplished epidemiologist with over 8 years of experience, holds an MPH from Harvard and an MSc in health policy from Brandeis. Recently completing the UC Berkeley Data Analytics and Visualization Bootcamp and the Stanford Online Data Analysis with Python course, she has fortified her expertise in data science. Currently serving as an evaluation specialist at NARA Northwest in Portland, Oregon, Beenish is not only focused on infectious disease management but is also actively engaged in policy development and adeptly manages partnerships. Recognized as a WiDS Ambassador for Data Science 2023-24, her dedication to diversity and continuous learning positions her as a valuable asset in the dynamic fields of public health and data science.

Beenish's versatility extends beyond her background in epidemiology and public health; she has a strong foundation in computer systems. Her commitment to promoting diversity and excellence, highlighted by her role as a WiDS Ambassador, underscores her passion for advancing women in the ever-evolving landscape of data science.

Tryce Taylor 
Community Outreach & Program Development 

A recent arrival to Portland, Kirsten's background includes compliance and functionality in online higher education, arts program management, and teaching English in China and Colombia. As the Communication Officer, Kirsten's goals include increased utilization of electronic information technology (EIT) accessibility standards and increased visibility on multiple platforms.

Kirsten has been a member of OPEN since 2019. She holds an M.S. in Evaluation & Applied Research from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in American Studies from Scripps College.

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