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

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Aaron Petrillo

Director of Federal Initiatives

Amanda Davis

Project Manager

Amelia Barter

Business Development Coordinator

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

Senior Designer

Casey Archer

Research Analyst

Cat Warner-Griffin

Senior Research Scientist

Corin Collier

Technical Assistance Program Analyst

Dina Shehata

Technical Assistance Team Coordinator & Project Manager

Emily Bytheway

Quality Analyst

Emily Kelly

Director of Operations and Culture Czar

Gary Harmon

Senior Project Director, Special Education Content & Data Expert

Jayne James

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Jennifer Howell

Senior Project Director

Jessica Carroll

Help Desk Support Specialist

John Babb

Senior Developer

Juliet Namazzi

Help Desk Support Specialist

Kate Grannemann

Project Manager & Technical Assistance Specialist

Kathi Gillaspy

Director of Technical Assistance

Ken Friedli

Chief Financial Officer

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 Criscuolo

Project Manager

Sarah Geldart

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Tara Adam

Tara Adam

Program Associate

Tate Gould

Company's Computer Guy (and the CEO)

Tiffanie Owens

Director of Data Systems & Support

Tikesha Cephas

Finance and Operations Specialist