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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Our Team

Carnevale Associates employs a diverse team of professionals with deep expertise in behavioral health and criminal justice.

  • Raanan Kagan, Chief Operating Officer

    Raanan directs Carnevale Associates’ portfolio of behavioral health and criminal justice engagements and is responsible for day-to-day operations. He shapes internal policy to foster a thriving and dynamic culture, where personal and professional development accompany corporate growth. Over a 15+ year career with the firm, Raanan has overseen dozens of successful projects across Carnevale Associates’ portfolio, including two national evaluations of juvenile drug treatment courts and nine state-level substance use evaluations. His recent work is focused on youth, SUD treatment, and the opioid crisis and he is published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, Drug Court Review, Health & Justice, and Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. Raanan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

  • Robin LaVallee, Senior Research Associate

    Robin leads the evaluation of the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health’s State Opioid Response program. While at the firm, she has worked on varied projects, including supporting a study on the use of medication for opioid use disorder in jails for the NIH Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network and providing performance management expertise to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at USDOJ. Robin previously spent over a decade conducting alcohol epidemiology and policy research for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and played a leading role in a CDC-funded study of youth sports traumatic brain injury policies. Robin has published in The American Journal of Public Health and holds a Master of Public Policy and Program Evaluation degree from the George Washington University.

  • James (Jimmy) Steyee, Senior Research Associate

    Jimmy serves as the Deputy Task Lead for the USDOJ, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Performance Management Project (PMP), working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In this role, he oversees performance measurement, including data analysis and reporting, logic modeling, and strategic planning. Jimmy has been advising the OJP on the PMP in multiple roles since 2012. He brings 15 years of experience in criminal justice, specializing in law enforcement crime data, performance management, and data analysis. Prior to working with BJA, Jimmy worked for the Montana Board of Crime Control as the Director of the Statistical Analysis Center where he oversaw the Montana Incident Based Reporting System. Jimmy holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine.

  • David Theiss, Senior Research Associate

    David is the lead analyst at Carnevale Associates, leading all data analytics work and several program evaluation and research projects. David also oversees the development of the firm’s external-facing and data visualization products. In this multifaceted role, he works across the firm’s portfolio to help clients define and create program and policy solutions. While at the firm, David’s work has spanned several subject matter specialisms, ranging from biased-based policing, medication for opioid use disorders, drug courts, and layered interventions for unhoused individuals. He has 15 years of research, data analysis, data communication, project management, and strategic planning experience in high-level settings in the U.S. and Europe. David holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics.

  • Josh Esrick, Senior Policy Analyst

    Josh leads the firm’s training and technical assistance (T/TA) projects, specializing in substance use prevention. He has overseen the development of hundreds of trainings and products for numerous clients, including five of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the former Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, and several Mental Health and Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTCs and ATTCs). Over his 10 years with Carnevale Associates, Josh has led or supported many other projects, such as evaluations of youth substance use treatment programs. He has published in the International Journal of Drug Policy; Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy; and the Journal of Applied Research on Children. Josh holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University.

  • Jeannine Bulbulia, Research Associate

    Jeannine provides analytical support on the USDOJ, OJP PMP working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Focusing on law enforcement and tribal programs, she assists with program development, develops performance measures, analyzes performance data, and produces performance reports. Jeannine has a background in public health and criminal justice research, with over 10 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis, data collection, analytical writing, program evaluation, project management, and performance measurement. Jeannine holds a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University.

  • Lauren Pappacena, Research Associate

    Lauren works across the firm’s portfolio, specializing in program and policy evaluation at the intersection of substance use and criminal justice. She leads the reporting on training evaluations for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and previously performed data collection for the qualitative component of an evaluation of juvenile drug treatment courts for the USDOJ. Lauren previously served as Deputy Project Director for the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov and the OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide. She has published in Health and Justice, the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, and 21st Century Social Justice. Lauren holds a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.

  • Emily Patton, Research Associate

    Emily serves across the firm’s portfolio, focusing on program evaluation, performance measurement, and training & technical assistance (T/TA). She leads reporting and analysis for multiple substance use and mental health program evaluations for the District of Columbia’s Department of Behavioral Health. Emily also serves as a T/TA Specialist, developing dozens of T/TA products across SAMHSA’s PTTC, ATTC, and MHTTC networks. Emily previously served as a Senior Research Associate with the USDOJ OJP PMP, where she provided expertise in performance measurement and grant management on topics including human trafficking and Tribal justice under the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Emily holds a Master of Science degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University.

  • Gregory Savage, Research Associate

    Greg provides technical support on the USDOJ, OJP PMP, working with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Strategic Planning and Performance Division. In this role, he assists offices across OJP with program planning, evaluation, and reporting. He has over a decade of experience working with law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and governments in program evaluation, data analysis, and project management. Prior to joining Carnevale Associates, Greg served as a Criminal Justice Specialist at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and worked for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services. Greg holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University.

  • Sarah Wisotsky, Research Associate

    Sarah provides analytical support on the USDOJ, OJP PMP, working as the lead research associate with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In this role, she oversees a portfolio of eight OJJDP programs, primarily under the Special Victims and Violent Offenders Division. In addition to providing direct T/TA, Sarah manages the team’s data analysis, performance management, and ad hoc data requests. In her previous role, Sarah supported the Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Transportation as a technical editor. She has over 13 years of research, data analysis, and T/TA experience in psychology, forensic psychology, and juvenile justice. Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University.

  • Sam Wilcox, Research Associate

    Sam supports the USDOJ, OJP PMP, working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In this role, she manages and analyzes complex datasets to identify trends and gaps in grantee performance data, drafts reports for various audiences, creates performance measures, and leads trainings for grantees on best practices in performance data reporting. Sam responds to Congressional inquiries, federal agency audits, and other government data requests. In addition to her work for BJA, Sam serves as an editor for the firm’s consumer-facing products. She has publications in Justice Quarterly and Monitor on Psychology and holds a Master of Criminal Justice degree from University at Albany – State University of New York.