Meet the Team
Nan is an independent evaluation consultant, based in Wellington New Zealand. Nan established Research Evaluation Consultancy in 1997 and is a member of the Kinnect Group. Nan has more than 20 years evaluation experience and specializes in evaluation and research with a focus on Maori (the Indigenous people of New Zealand). Nan's iwi (tribal) affiliations are to Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui on the East Coast of the North Island and Ngāti Tukorehe and Ngāti Raukawa, north of Wellington, New Zealand.
Kate McKegg has specialist skills in developmental evaluation as well as policy and programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, teaching, training and facilitation. She has 20 years applying these skills in many sectors, including environment, education, health, social development, Māori and indigenous development, sport, broadcasting, employment, and housing. She is a founding member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), and is the current deputy convenor.Kate has a unique blend of grounded evaluation, research and policy experience, coupled with a strong theoretical grounding in social, political and evaluation theory.
NORa F. Murphy
Nora F. Murphy has a broad set of experiences as an evaluator, researcher, and educator. She has nearly twenty years working with people to support learning and social change. Her primary approach to evaluation is to view programs and people as fundamentally interrelated. Nora’s evaluations are utilization-focused, and seek to weave connections and support change at the intersection of learning, arts, and social justice. Nora is a founding member of TerraLuna Collaborative and serves as the Principal Visionary Officer.
Kataraina is a facilitator, evaluator and composer/musician with an interest in participatory and kaupapa Māori approaches to evaluation. Her expertise traverses evaluation, research, facilitation, training and singing/songwriting. She is the National PATH Facilitation Trainer and is a Master TetraMap Facilitator. She enjoys the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in ways that enable a diverse range of perspectives to unravel the ‘magic’ of initiatives to find out what really works, in what ways and for whom.
A. Rafael Johnson
A. Rafael Johnson is the lead arts-based evaluator for TerraLuna Collaborative, where he uses the methodologies of the arts to understand systems, organizations, and programs. His fiction and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Kweli Journal, African American Review, and Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America. His first novel, ‘The Through’ is currently a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. He currently teaches at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Andy writes the daily blog UNOFFICIAL, which helps readers navigate and resist the Trump Administration. In 2014, Andy was named a Fellow at Kimbilio Fiction.
Jennifer is a second year Masters of Development Practice candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has over seven years of experience working in adult literacy education, community engagement and partnership building, and nonprofit fund development. Jennifer is interested in issues of forced migration and refugee resettlement, a passion that stems from working with refugees in Amman, Jordan and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is looking forward to growing her experience with evaluation methods, and enthusiastic about working with TerraLuna over the course of the next semester.
Patrick Roisen is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Development Practice degree with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Before arriving at the University of Minnesota, Patrick served over three years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Education Specialist. There he worked as the National Program Coordinator and later as a Development Officer for an international non-governmental organization focused on gender policy and female empowerment. Patrick serves on the Board of Pathways Togo and Minnesota Public Radio’s Advisory Council. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Patrick is originally from Buenos Aires (Argentina), and spent a majority of his upbringing living in various international places and contexts.
Vanessa Voller is a second year graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She is pursuing a Master's degree in International Development Practice with a graduate minor in International Education. Vanessa holds a BA in Sociology from Colorado College and a Wilderness First Responder certificate from the National Outdoor Leadership School. While originally from Saint Paul, Vanessa has lived, studied, and worked throughout Central and South America. Vanessa is thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to collaborate with TerraLuna and hopes to bring her passion for critical pedagogy and experiential learning to the project.