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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone 301.977.3600

Our Team

Carnevale Associates employs a diverse team of behavioral health and criminal justice professionals:

  • Erika Ostlie, Chief Operating Officer

    Erika manages the firm's entire portfolio, spanning behavioral health treatment and prevention as well as criminal justice engagements. Over her extensive tenure with the firm, she has managed contracts related to performance measurement, strategic planning, research and evaluation, and the development of drug strategies. She is also an expert by training in criminal justice, with over 20 years of criminal justice and legal research experience. Erika holds a Master's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.

  • Raanan Kagan, Director of Health Policy Research

    Raanan oversees the firm's treatment- and prevention-focused behavioral health engagements. As a ten-year veteran of Carnevale Associates, Raanan has worked across the behavioral health spectrum, with subject matter expertise spanning behavioral health financing, the opioid epidemic, marijuana policy, juvenile drug courts, and other areas of substance use treatment & prevention. Raanan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Robin LaVallee, Senior Research Associate

    Robin has over a decade of experience applying her expertise in policy research, evaluation, performance measurement, and data collection and analysis in the public health, substance use, and criminal justice arenas. Robin holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Program Evaluation from the George Washington University.

  • James Steyee, Senior Research Associate

    James brings over 10 years of experience in criminal justice, specializing in law enforcement crime data, drug courts, performance measurement & management, and data analysis. His background includes working with the Office of Justice Programs in multiple capacities on performance management initiatives to meet requirements under the Government Performance Result Act. He has a Master's Degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.

  • David Theiss, Senior Research Associate

    David has over a decade of research, data analysis, project management, and strategic planning experience in high-level settings in the U.S. and Europe. He works across the portfolio of Carnevale Associates' projects, employing statistical research methods, qualitative analysis approaches, and applied econometrics to help clients define and create program and policy solutions. David holds a Master's of Science Degree from the London School of Economics.

  • Josh Esrick, Senior Policy Analyst

    Josh has extensive experience with a variety of federal, state, and local behavioral health organizations, providing support and technical assistance on topics ranging from best practices for collaborative efforts to the latest research on prevention and treatment interventions. He has a Master's of Public Policy Degree from the George Washington University.

  • Amy Dezember, Research Associate

    Amy has experience in criminal justice research and program evaluation, including data collection and analysis, project management, and analytical writing. She specializes in evidence-based practices across the criminal justice system, including courts, corrections, rehabilitation programs, and juvenile justice. She has prior experience working with local, state, and federal agencies and with various types of data sources (administrative data, interviews, surveys). Amy is completing her PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University, with an anticipated graduation of May 2021.

  • Lauren Duhaime, Research Associate

    Lauren offers experience in quantitative data analysis, analytical writing, performance measurement, and criminal justice programming. Her background includes work with local level probation agencies, large administrative datasets, evidence-based practices, the development of performance measures as well as subject matter expertise in criminology (corrections, policing, community corrections and juvenile justice). Lauren is pursuing her Doctorate in Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University.

  • Lauren Pappacena, Research Associate

    Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, and reentry. She brings experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis, policy analysis, program evaluation, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing. Lauren holds a Master's Degree in Social Work Research from Fordham University in New York City.

  • Emily Patton, Research Associate

    Emily offers professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management. Emily holds a Master's of Science Degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice for the University of Edinburgh.

  • Gregory Savage, Research Associate

    Greg has over a decade of experience in program evaluation, data analysis, and project management. He has worked with law enforcement and non-profit organizations as well as state and local governments, with an emphasis on the interaction between the mental health and criminal justice systems. He received his Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University.

  • Sarah Wisotsky, Research Associate

    Sarah offers experience in training and technical assistance, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, analytical writing, and program evaluation. Her background includes the development of performance measures and online training for grant funded juvenile justice programs nationwide, as well as knowledge and expertise in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and criminal justice. Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from the George Washington University.

  • Sam Wilcox, Research Associate

    Sam has a background in behavioral health, criminal justice, and juvenile justice research. She is familiar with evidence-based programs and practices in prevention, diversion, detention, and re-entry. She also has experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytical writing. Sam received her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from University at Albany – SUNY.