Laura Gerhard joined Choice Research Associates in September 2013 as the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Enterprise Systems Administrator for the District of Columbia Truancy Project funded by Justice Grants Administration. Her background includes over 20 years specialized experience in the field of Information Technology (IT), where she has performed data analysis, requirements definition, website design and development, program design and development, systems implementation, customer training and IT problem resolution.
Ms. Gerhard has experience working independently as well as collaboratively, as a member of several system development teams. She has been involved in all areas of the life cycle development process and enjoys working with customers to ensure successful system implementations.
Most recently, Ms. Gerhard has worked with a variety of businesses, designing and developing websites that place their products and services in the best possible light for future success. She has a solid foundation collaborating with small business owners through the process of identifying and defining data sources, content, company brand, and potential customers.
She also performs competitive analysis, so that customers can make informed decisions about brand strategy and determine key elements of website functionality. She provides a personalized, customized service that focuses on the specific needs of each customer.
Ms. Gerhard graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics.
Zachary Rowan, MA, Research Associate, began working with Choice Research Associates in February 2014 on an evaluation project for the District of Columbia Community-Based Truancy Reduction Project.
Zachary is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice where he is pursuing his doctorate. He has worked on a variety of projects including an assessment of racial disparity for capital punishment, a study considering the nature of collective group behavior, and an inquiry into the transmission of intergenerational criminal capital. Zachary has also been a research associate with The Sentencing Project in Washington, DC where he assisted with a project calculating total state juvenile justice expenditures. Zachary is primarily interested in juvenile delinquency, group offending behavior, collateral consequences, and criminal justice policy.
Zach earned his Master's Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2014, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice in 2011.
Ajima Olaghere began working with Choice Research Associates in March 2014 on the DHS PASS Truancy Diversion Program, currently underway, where she is primarily responsible for assisting in the development of a detailed evaluation plan, creating data collection tools, training and technical assistance to DHS PASS social workers and conducting data analysis and report writing.
Ajima is also currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Criminology, Law and Society department at George Mason University. She has worked and continues to work in the area of systematic reviews on research questions related to juvenile justice. Aside from her research work, her other research interests include correctional education, rehabilitation, and reentry.
Ajima earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society in 2015 from George Mason University, her M.A. degree in Justice, Law and Crime Policy from George Mason University in 2010, and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Colby College in 2007.
Liza Krohn began working with Choice Research Associates in 2016 as part of the evaluation of the Community Mediation Maryland Re-Entry Project. Liza’s initial involvement with this program was as a Re-entry Specialist and Community Mediation Americorps member from 2010-2012. Through this work, and experience in a variety of roles in school and community-based organizations, Liza has worked extensively with incarcerated individuals, children and families in Baltimore City. Liza is particularly interested in the impact incarceration has on children and families, and has most recently worked in Baltimore City Schools to support individuals and communities through expanded school mental health.
Liza earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2016, where her studies focused on the behavioral health needs of children and trauma informed care. She graduated from Goucher College with a B.A. in Sociology in 2009.