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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone 410.685.1169

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 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.

  • Jeannine Bulbulia, Research Associate

    Jeannine has a background in public health and criminal justice research. She has experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis, data collection, and analytical writing. Her background includes program evaluation, data analysis, project management, and performance measure development. Jeannine holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston 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.