TIG Leadership

We would like to sincerely thank Katie Richards-Schuster for her amazing leadership and contributions to our TIG. We wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

Katie Richards-Schuster, PhD., Past Co-Chair

Assistant Professor, Social Work and Director Undergraduate Minor Programs, University of Michigan. kers@umich.edu

Katie’s research focuses on understanding the strategies and approaches for engaging young people in communities, the contexts and environments that facilitate youth engagement across settings, and the impact of youth participation in creating community change. 

Meet the Youth Focused Evaluation TIG Leadership Team for 2019 onwards!

Christina Olenik, PhD., TIG Chair


Vice President Youth Development, Making Cents International. Christy@makingcents.com

Christy has designed, implemented, and evaluated holistic youth programs for multiple donors, local governments, and private foundations in the US and internationally.

Ross VeLure Roholt, PhD., Incoming TIG Chair


Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota. rossvr@umn.edu

Ross' work focuses on the meaning and experiences of youth engagement, especially around youth involvement in community, social, political, economic development both within the U.S. and internationally. His interest includes both understanding experiences of engagement as well as the policies, programs, opportunities, and practices that support youth engagement on public issues young people personally care about. 

Monica Ruiz Casares, PhD., Program Chair

Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University & Scientific Advisor/Investigator at SHERPA. monica.ruizcasares@mcgill.ca

Monica conducts policy-relevant research and evaluation related to child wellbeing and protection, child participation, and ethics and methods in doing so with young people in Canada and in the Majority World.

Julie Poncelet, PhD., Incoming Program Chair


Independent Evaluation Consultant, Action Evaluation Collaborative & Lecturer School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Julie.poncelet@gmail.com

Julie designs and implements evaluations both within the U.S. and internationally with an emphasis on participatory, action learning approaches and focuses on the areas of social justice, youth activism, and gender equity. 

Nick Petten, MA, Communications Chair

Evaluator & Researcher, Petten Consulting, Toronto, Ontario, nick@pettenconsulting.com , and Region of Peel, Strategic Planning, Management and Evaluation Specialist

Nick is a researcher, consultant and evaluator with over 10 years of experience working with culturally diverse populations. He is primarily concerned with how to meaningfully and ethically involve children and youth in research and program design. He is currently working at the Region of Peel in Ontario on Strategic Planning, Management and Evaluation.

Pia Saunders Campbell, Incoming Communications Chair
Pia Saunders Campbell

Director, Measurement, Evaluation, Research & Learning, International Youth Foundation

Pia is a measurement, evaluation and strategic learning professional with 15+ years working in sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and the U.S. and 10 years focused on youth wellbeing and economic opportunity.  

Christen Pentek, MSW, Site Visit Chair
Christen Pentek
Associate Consultant, The Improve Group. christenp@theimprovegroup.com

Christen’s data inquiry focuses on community engagement and collaborative projects that are responsive to community interests and needs, particularly the desires of young people to take steps toward building a better world through sustainable systems change.