Executive 2019-2020

Andrealisa Belzer
Andrealisa Belzer is a Credentialed Evaluator employed with the Atlantic Region of Indigenous Services Canada. She serves as Past Chair of the CES Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, Chair of the CES Sustainability Working Group and President of CES Nova Scotia Chapter. She also participates in the American Evaluation Association and European Evaluation Society.  Andrealisa has practiced health and social services evaluation since 1995, in Canada and internationally.  She is committed to evaluative processes and products that enhance collective consciousness, facilitate decolonization, and enable adaptive management for mutual benefit across human and natural systems.


Vice-PresidentDorian Watts Dorian Watts became a Credentialed Evaluator and successfully completed the REAL Evaluation Fellowship with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in 2018.

Dorian is the Planning and Evaluation Lead with Pubic Health with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has nearly ten years experience working in various roles related to evaluation and research with a primary focus in health. She is keen to support evaluation work, policy, and strategy. 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 local CES chapter since 2015.



Joanna Nemis-White

Joanna has worked collaboratively in the healthcare industry across Canada since 1990. For the past 22 years, she has developed and supported continuous quality improvement partnership projects aimed at enhancing patient care and outcomes, with numerous and diverse healthcare stakeholders in both the public, non-profit and private sectors. As a leader in project and quality improvement, Joanna holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.  Joanna is also certified in change management in accordance with Prosci® methodologies and tools, having extensive practical experience supporting stakeholders during the change processes. Joanna has been a CES-NS member for the past 3 years and Principal/Founder of Strive Health Management since 2010.



Dessi Telbis

Dessi Telbis is a Public Policy Analyst with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She recently joined the NS chapter, having recently moved back from Ontario. Dessi comes from a research background and has worked in various roles where she has supported evaluation projects, primarily focusing on public health programs. She holds a Master of Public Health and a BA in Psychology. She is looking forward to supporting the work of the local CES chapter and engaging in the local evaluation community. Dessi grew up in the Northwest Territories and is happily residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Past President and National Representative

nancy - head shotNancy Carter

Nancy is an Evaluation Scientist with the Research, Innovation and Discovery division of Nova Scotia’s Health Authority. She is particularly interested in building cultures of evaluation by applying evaluation theory and practice to support innovation, collaboration and system transformation. Nancy has been a CES member for 18 years, holds the society’s Credentialed Evaluator designation and co-chaired the 2019 CES National Conference. She seeks to influence evaluation provincially and nationally through her professional role and through her position as Chair of the CES National Professional Learning Committee.
Program Co-Chair

Kaireen Chater



Kaireen carried out evaluations for 25 years and has taught program evaluation in Public Admin, and in the Information Management Program. Kaireen is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Administration. She is invited to do a lot of in-service teaching. She recently taught for UPEI and the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, in their Policy Analysis Diploma Program.

 In 2003 Kaireen was recognized with the “Contribution to Evaluation Theory and Practice” Award – by the Canadian Evaluation Society.  Kaireen is a “Credentialed Evaluator” and served on the Credentialing Board since its inception and hung in there until this June. She is Board Member Emeritus for the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund.

 Kaireen is a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society.  She serves on the Fellows executive. Kaireen has presented at national and international conferences. Her interest now is in building evaluation capacity into organizations and building evaluation cultures.


Program Co-Chair

Maria Tendencia



Maria enjoys the world of policy, planning, strategy and evaluation and has held roles as Evaluator, Strategic Planner and Acting Director at the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and Senior Evaluator at NS Department of Health and Wellness.  She is currently the Director of Policy and Planning at the NS Public Service Commission.

She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and is always excited to use evaluative thinking in her work.  She’s informed by her deep faith, volunteering experience, and lived experience in multiple countries.

Membership Chair

Evan Poncelet


Evan is an Evaluation Consultant with Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education. He has been engaged in evaluation since 2016. Quickly becoming interested in the field, Evan began attending evaluation conferences (CES, AEA), competed in the 2017 and 2018 CES-CESEF Student Evaluation Case Competition finals, and has volunteered in several capacities with the Canadian Evaluation Society. To date, Evan has been involved in evaluation projects across multiple sectors including not-for-profits, the public sector, healthcare, and education and looks forward to the many more to come in his nascent career.


IT Chair

George Frempong

Bio coming soon
Member at Large

Paula Hutchinson



Paula Hutchinson works with Horizons Community Development Associates Inc as a senior evaluator, educator, and facilitator. With an academic background in Educational Psychology (M.A.) and Interdisciplinary Health (Ph.D.), Paula has extensive experience in conducting program, service, system, and community-based evaluations using qualitative and quantitative methods. Her current work includes developing accessible evaluation tools and facilitating solution-focused conversations among Nova Scotians living in marginalized communities and those experiencing crises, disability,  mental health, and addictions. By working collaboratively with government and community leaders to understand and improve programs, services, and systems, Paula creates processes for evaluative thinking, generating utilization-focused recommendations, and informing policy.
Member at Large

Lisa Jacobs

Lisa Jacobs is a Credentialed (CE), independent program evaluator, facilitator, and social worker. She has been working in evaluation for over 10 years, both within government and, currently, as principal owner of Contact Consulting. Lisa’s main content areas are health, youth, social services, and justice.