Executive 2020-2021

President: 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-President: Dorian 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.

Treasurer: Clare Levin

Clare Levin is a Senior Consultant with Research Power Inc. and a skilled evaluator, with over 10 years of experience conducting evaluation, quality improvement, research and facilitation projects mainly in health care. 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.
Secretary: 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 Carter

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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 Chaytor

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: Nicole Saulnier

Nicole has been an Evaluation Analyst with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) since 2018 where she works with a virtual team to evaluate regional economic development programming and apply evaluative thinking to other priority-driven projects. Her work is focused on meeting ACOA’s evaluation requirements under the Federal Accountability Act and aligning with the Policy on Results. Nicole has attended numerous CES events and she presented at the 2019 CES annual conference in Halifax on integrating GBA+ in evaluation practice at ACOA. Prior to ACOA, she worked for the Halifax Regional Municipality in various policy and planning positions.

Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University as well as a BA from the University of New Brunswick. During her time at Dal, she acted as the Communications Chairs on the boards of both the Atlantic Conference on Public Administration and the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management where her roles were to engage with prospective attendees, contributors and sponsors.

Nicole looks forward to becoming more involved in CES and is working towards her CE designation in the coming year.

IT Chair: Evan Poncelet

Evan is an Evaluation Consultant with Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education and holds an M.A. in Applied Social Psychology. 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.
Member at Large: Scott Christian

A Credentialed Evaluator, Scott is the principal consultant of Insight Consulting & Evaluation, based in Liverpool. Scott has more than eight years of experience in evaluation, measurement, program and policy development. He is passionate about using evaluation practice to ensure social programs, and policies support individual rights, and community wellbeing.

Member at Large: 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.
Member at Large: 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