Meet Our Team

Karen H. Larwin, Ph.D.

Lead Evaluator

Karen Larwin has been a methodologist and evaluator for a little more than 15 years; and in that time, she has managed to fit a lifetime’s worth of research, publications, and professional presentations. In 2007, Karen earned her Ph.D. in Evaluation and Measurement with an Applied Statistics Focus from Kent State University. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Educational Administration at Youngstown State University. Her research has appeared in over 50 scholarly peer-reviewed journals including Research in Higher Education, Journal for Counseling and Development, the International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education, and the American Journal of Health Services. Karen has also presented over 50 times at professional conferences including the American Evaluation Association, the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, the Mixed Methods Research International Association, and the United States Consortium on Teaching Statistics. Outside of her academic achievements, Karen has earned an impeccable reputation as an honest, fair, and comprehensive evaluator. She has over 80 published evaluation projects and reports. Most of this work was generated by word of mouth referrals from collaborators who were impressed by her dedication, analysis, writing and presenting. As an external evaluator, Karen has experience with a variety of projects including 21st Century Grants, Straight A Fund Ohio Grants, and programs sponsored by the Institute for Educational Sciences. She has also conducted private, internal assessments for organizations looking to improve their day-to-day operations. Most importantly, Karen understands the value of practical analysis and evaluation to facilitate positive growth and change for an organization or program. She has the unique quality of taking complex, advanced methodologies and paring them down to the most vital pieces to guide organizational leaders in their decision making.

Evaluation Associates

Dr. Kelly L. Colwell, Ed.D.

Dr. Kelly Colwell has been involved in health care as a registered respiratory therapist for the past 33 years and has extensive experience in the neonatal and pediatric areas of care. He is an instructor for the American academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and he holds specialty certifications as a Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Specialist, a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist and is a Certified Pediatric Asthma Educator. His breadth of clinical experience has been gained by working the majority of his career within the neonatal intensive care units and high risk delivery units where he was nominated by his peers, and received, the 2014 Ohio Society of Respiratory Care, Neonatal Pediatric Practitioner of the year award for his efforts in making a difference in the life of a child and their families. Kelly has also authored several publications including original research on diagnostic exercise studies in children and improving access to healthcare in the pediatric asthma patient populations by decreasing No Show appointment rates. Kelly presently is a professor of health professions at Youngstown State University where he is the director of the Master of respiratory care program and is continuing his research with children at a local pediatric hospital where he remains clinically as well.

Jennifer L. Hollinger, M.Ed.

After serving 10 years as a middle school math teacher and after earning her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2007, Jennifer Hollinger went to work in Higher Education assisting with the training and development of future teachers. In just five years at Malone University, Jennifer was promoted twice due to her outstanding, results-driven leadership beginning as the Director of Field and Clinical Experiences, then becoming Director of Teacher Education and Field & Clinical Experiences, and finally as Director of Educator Preparation Programs. Jennifer also serves as an Educational Consultant for Leader’s Edge where she is leading a pilot study on high school character curriculum developed by John Maxwell. In addition to her work with R.E.M. Consulting & Associates, Jennifer is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Youngstown State University as well as serving an Adjunct Instructor at Mount Union where she instructs ECE and IS Practicum, Introduction to Education, and AYA and MCE Science Methods.

Sarah Bolina

Sarah Bolina earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University in 2015. She spent two years in elementary schools, working with children, collaborating with teachers, and planning interventions. Her research interests incorporate behavioral interventions for children in the school climate, support services for families, and problem solving strategies for younger children. Sarah is currently a student at Youngstown State University, working towards her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology.

David A. Larwin, M.A.

With over 25 years of experience in experimental research and teaching, David Larwin has worked on a myriad of projects for R.E.M Consulting that included both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. With a B.A. and M.A. in Experimental Psychology, David has worked both individually and as part of teams to develop unique experimental designs and measurement instruments. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Kent State University Salem Regional Campus. Over his esteemed career, in addition to teaching General Psychology, David has also taught courses in Child Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Personality, Social Psychology, and Writing in Psychology. His research has been published in peer-reviewed professional journals including the Journal of Education and Leadership, Educational Psychology Review, American Journal of Health Sciences, Journal of Education for Business, and Journal of Psychology. David regularly presents at professional conferences including for the American Evaluation Association and United States Consortium on Teaching Statistics.

Dr. Jennifer Gorman

Jennifer Gorman has over 10 years of experience teaching and researching in Higher Education with an emphasis on Mathematics. In 2007, Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Lehigh University. She is currently a tenured professor at the College of Southern Nevada. Her higher education teaching experience includes four year public and private universities as well as community colleges. Throughout her career she has taught mathematics courses from developmental level through senior capstone courses and all courses in between. She has done numerous presentations on how to engage students in the classroom. Jennifer and her colleagues have created multiple hands on activities to aid in the learning of Mathematics. She is the assistant chair of Mathematics at the College of Southern Nevada, is involved in mathematics outreach activities, as well as multiple curriculum development projects within her department. Her research interests are in graph theory and Mathematics Education.

Marla E. Carano, M.A.

Marla Carano has over 15 years of experience in education and communication teaching, coaching, and training. She graduated from Youngstown State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Comprehensive Communications focus), and in 2009 she earned her Master of Arts in Communication from The University of Akron. Marla is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Youngstown State University with a primary focus on dual-enrollment research and evaluation methodologies. For the last ten years, Marla has served as an adjunct communication instructor at The University of Akron, Youngstown State University, and Kent State University. In addition to the basic speech course, Marla has taught advanced undergraduate courses in Group Decision Making, Research and Statistics, Advanced Rhetorical Analysis, Communication Theory, Business and Professional Speaking, Interviewing, Intercultural Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. From 2010-2014, she served as the Coordinator for Youngstown State University’s dual-enrollment program. Marla’s consulting services have included training on leadership and interpersonal skills, etiquette, personal imaging for individuals and companies, and public speaking, primarily for those delivering reports, keynotes, and campaign speeches. She has also presented at high schools throughout Northeast Ohio on college readiness programs and development and at several national conferences including the American Evaluation Association, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, and the National Communication Association for which she won best overall Scholar to Scholar presenter in 2007 and a top-student paper award in 2016.

Dr. Kelly S. Darney, Ed.D.

Dr. Kelly S. Darney has over 20 years experience in Adult Education, including Post-Secondary teaching and data reporting. In addition, she has been in the education field for over 30 years. Dr. Darney earned her Bachelor’s in Education followed by her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. She earned her Ed.D. from Youngstown State University with her dissertation work entitled “Vocational nursing programs in Appalachia: The effects of technology efficacy across traditional and non-traditional post-secondary students”.Dr. Darney continues to write and research many topics while continuing to work with students in adult education. She is actively involved in Rotary and chairs the local Workforce Investment Board Committees.


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