Jeannette B. Truxillo, Dr.P.H., Director of Research and Evaluation Institute
Dr. Truxillo has been actively engaged in program evaluation and behavioral science research for the past 20 years. She holds a doctorate in public health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. Her studies have included evaluations for programs such as those targeting child mental health and Systems of Care, early childhood education and development, positive youth development, teen pregnancy prevention and family preservation. Her specialties are participatory evaluation and logic model development, survey research, continuous quality improvement and qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and has presented at various local and national conferences over the years.
Alicia Gladney, M.S., Research Manager
Alicia Gladney earned her master's degree in sociology from Texas A&M University. Her background is in grassroots community research. She has experience working on projects in relation to cancer prevention, adolescents and smoking, adolescents and mental health and doctor-patient communication. Her research interests include qualitative methodology, educational attainment and program evaluation.
Andres Garcia, M.A., Research Coordinator
Dr. Garcia has been actively engaged in the field of education for the past 18 years. He holds a doctorate in Educational Professional Leadership from the University of Houston. His background is in educational research and has worked on projects in urban school reform, teacher climate and principal leadership. He also has experience evaluating educational programs. His research interests include data driven decision making, action research, school reform, survey research and quantitative analysis.
Demori Driver, LMSW, MPH, Research Coordinator
Demori Driver earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and a master’s degree in public health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. She has experience conducting evaluations of programs, targeting the prevention of child abuse/neglect, teen pregnancy and truancy, as well as working to enhance child mental health, child welfare education and parenting skills. She also has a background in early childhood education and is certified to teach grades 1-6. Her specialties are participatory evaluation, quantitative analysis and survey research.
Likita Durden-Holmes, M.S., Research Coordinator
Likita Durden-Holmes earned her master's degree in psychology from Walden University and her bachelor's degree in social science from University of Houston-Downtown. Her background is in managing pharmacy data for a mental health agency. She has worked in a variety of settings, including education and mental health services.
Rachel Huhman, B.A., Evaluation Associate
Rachel Huhman holds a bachelor of arts in Sociology and Chinese Studies from the University of Houston. Her background includes a variety of different settings, including an undergraduate internship with HCDE. Excited to begin a career in educational research and evaluation, her interests include both qualitative and quantitative methodology. She is proficient in Spanish and Mandarin, and enjoys continually expanding her world.
Nancy Ferriman, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Ferriman provides administrative support to the Research and Evaluation Institute. She has held many positions throughout her career in both industry and education. She brings extensive experience in project coordination, safety and emergency preparedness, as well as telecommunication and technology. While in these positions, she worked on safety performance measure systems, critical emergency preparedness and recovery, and special projects including consolidation of four multi-million dollar companies. Prior to this, Ms. Ferriman designed and managed telecommunication systems and facility management for several years.
To contact a member of this division, call 713-696-1859.