Laura Holian

Director of Research

As AnLar’s Director of Research, Laura spends her days looking for patterns in numbers to help districts, states, and other education stakeholders find answers to their questions. She is a skilled program evaluator, and enjoys figuring out why things work in some settings or with some populations and not others. She is interested in education technology and STEM education and brings expertise in transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and in career and technical education.

At AnLar, she leads the evaluation of the Niswonger Foundation’s Rural LIFE program which uses personalized learning strategies to improve literacy in middle schools. She also directs projects using NCES datasets to answer pressing policy questions. Prior to joining the AnLar team, Laura spent over a decade conducting educational research and program evaluations. She used a randomized controlled trial design to evaluate a professional development program and a quasi-experimental design to evaluate a network of shared services across multiple school systems aimed at increasing student access to college level courses. She spent many years working in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky under REL Appalachia. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Virginia where she also completed an IES Doctoral Training Program in Education Science.

When Laura isn’t working or obsessing about beagles, pandas, and sasquatches, you can find her running long distances on the Mount Vernon Trail (and then eating copious amounts of cheese). She is working on mastering the art and sport of land navigation. She enjoys adventure races, and rides her magenta beach cruiser to show others what a serious rider she is.

Our Team

Aaron Petrillo
Director of Federal Initiatives
Amanda Davis
Project Manager
Amy Nicholas
Senior Project Director & Technical Assistance Specialist
Angelique Williams
Technical Assistance & Data Management Analyst
Anthony Garofano
Chief Creative Officer
Ashley Garrison
Accounting Specialist
Audrey Ward
Audrey Ward
Project Manager
Becki Stenger
Communications Designer
Casey Archer
Research Analyst
Cat Warner-Griffin
Senior Research Scientist
Corin Collier
Program Analyst
Dina Shehata
Technical Assistance Team Coordinator and Project Manager
Emily Bytheway
Quality Analyst
Emily Kelly
Director of Operations and Culture Czar
Gary Harmon
Senior Project Director, Special Education Content & Data Expert
Jessica Carroll
Help Desk Support Specialist
John Babb
Senior Developer
Juliet Namazzi
Helpdesk Support Specialist
Kate Grannemann
Project Manager & Technical Assistance Specialist
Kathi Gillaspy
Director of Technical Assistance
Kimberly Mitman
Senior Technical Lead & Senior Database Architect
Laura Holian
Director of Research
Lindsay Dusard
Program Associate
Mia Leland
Senior Program Analyst
Michelle Bloom
Program Analyst
Monica Yudron
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist & Research Scientist
Pearson Barlow
Senior Technical Lead
Rosemary Collins
Senior Program Analyst
Sarah Geldart
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Sarah Criscuolo
Project Manager
Tara Adam
Tara Adam
Research Associate
Tate Gould
Tiffanie Owens
Director of Data Systems and Support
Tikesha Cephas
Finance and Operations Specialist