Executive 2023-2024

President: Dorian Watts
Dorian Watts is a Credentialed Evaluator and the Planning and Evaluation Lead with Public Health at Nova Scotia Health. She is pleased to be serving as the President of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Dorian has over 10 years experience working in various roles related to evaluation and research with a primary focus in health. She is keen to support evaluation, policy and strategic work. Dorian holds a Masters of Science in Community Health Sciences.

Originally from Manitoba, Dorian is happy to now call Nova Scotia home. She has been engaged in the CES Nova Scotia chapter since 2015.
Vice-President: Melissa Neil

Melissa Neil is a Senior Evaluator with the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission who is responsible for overseeing the department’s accountability and performance measurement efforts. She has over 30 years experience in evaluation and research in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She is particularly interested in evaluation capacity-building and participatory program evaluation methods. She is a former Treasurer and Vice-President of the CES Nova Scotia Chapter, and has also served on the board of the CES Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter. Melissa lives and works in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.

Treasurer: Humaira Faizan

With over 14 years of experience in, monitoring, research and evaluations, Humaira brings a strong foundation in Clinical Psychology to dissect complex social issues. She is committed to public service and played a key role in shaping gender policy reforms and hybrid and remote policy development, in Pakistan and Canada. Humaira’s work spans impactful research on child marriage, pro-women laws, gender parity, gender-based violence, adolescent sexual health, and the psychological safety of journalists.  Humaira has joined  CES  in June 2023.

Secretary: Twinkle Dev

Twinkle Dev is currently a CES NS Board Member and acting as the Secretary and Student at Large representative. At present she is working as a Sustainability Policy Analyst with ESG Partners. She has deep research capabilities and expertise in climate change and sustainability, and experience liaising with multilateral, philanthropic and international organizations.

She holds a BS in Earth Sciences and an MS in Environmental Studies and Resource Management, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Dalhousie University. Her public service experience includes fair hiring and employment equity policy development, and interjurisdictional scans for business development and regional economic networks in Canada.

Past President: Andrealisa Belzer
Andrealisa Belzer is a Credentialed Evaluator employed with the Atlantic Region of Indigenous Services Canada. She serves as Past President of CES Nova Scotia Chapter, and on the National Board’s Standing Committee for DEI and Sustainability. She also participates in the EvalPartners EvalIndigenous Network and the Global Advisory Council for Blue Marble Evaluation. Andrealisa has practiced health and social services evaluation since 1995, in Canada and internationally. She is committed to evaluative and decolonizing practice that facilitates systems transformation toward mutualism.
Professional Development Chair: Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier
Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier, PhD, is an educator, researcher, and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in K–12, post-secondary, and adult learning contexts. She is the Associate Dean (Research) and Chair, Adult Education, with Yorkville University’s Faculty of Education. Her research interests include UDL and culturally-responsive practices that promote collaborative, safe learning for students of diverse ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Her consultant work includes supporting community-driven literacy projects, curriculum writing and instructional design, capacity-building, and program and project evaluation.
Membership Chair: Akintunde Odeniyi


Akin who currently works with the Government of Nova Scotia is a dedicated and
accomplished Policy Analyst with over two decades of proven track record in shaping
and implementing effective policies across diverse sectors. Adept at navigating complex
regulatory landscapes, he brings a strategic mindset and analytical rigor to drive
impactful change. His career spans various marketing communication, media planning,
brand and corporate management, project management, planning, and development
roles showcasing a versatile skill set and a passion for fostering sustainable growth. He
is also a media entrepreneur. Akin has master degrees in Business Administration,
Media Communication and of recent, MTEI from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova
Scotia.

Member-at-Large: Clare Levin

 

Clare Levin is a Partner with Research Power Inc. She is a Credentialed Evaluator, with over 10 years of experience conducting evaluation, quality improvement, research and facilitation projects mainly in the health and community services sectors. Clare believes strongly in the importance of participatory and collaborative processes and works closely with clients and stakeholders to build evaluation capacity and support evaluative thinking. Clare has a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on health and development and is a Prosci® certified change management professional.

IT Chair: Vacant