Shahanna McKinney-Baldon, MEd
(she/her), Co-Founder/Director and Principal Evaluator
Shahanna McKinney-Baldon is a former classroom teacher who has held leadership roles in public school districts and community organizations, including serving as Advanced Academic Programs coordinator, Chief Diversity Officer, and Director of Family and Community Engagement in large public-school districts. She is a longtime national thought leader on racial and ethnic diversity in the Jewish community. A graduate of the UW Madison School of Education, Shahanna is also a leader in evaluation, equity education, and advocacy work and has led local and regional projects that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including in faith community settings and in the role of and Director of Professional Learning for Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)–a consortium of 30 US public school districts working to end the effects of racism on their schools. She serves as the Wisconsin Center for Evaluation Research (WCER) Special Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she convenes a DEI change team to identify and implement rapid-cycle WCER DEI improvements; works to facilitate and grow DEI work across the center through co-leading a WCER DEI learning community with the UW Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement; works with the WCER business office to create DEI professional learning opportunities across WCER projects and service units; facilitates a process for the WCER HR department to review and improve processes for recruitment, hiring, and onboarding, using a DEI lens; and advises WCER leadership and other colleagues on matters related to DEI at the center. Shahanna currently sits on the Board of Governors for Reconstructing Judaism, and co-chairs the Tikkun Olam Commission for the Reconstructionist Movement, one of the major streams of Judaism in North America. Shahanna comes from a large Midwest US African American and Ashkenazi family with Seminole, Cherokee, Blackfoot, and Sephardi heritage.
Ramona Tenorio, PhD
(she/her/hers/ella), Co-Founder/Director and Principal Evaluator
Ramona Tenorio is a Jewish Latina (Jewtina) with Mexican/Indigenous and Dutch ancestry. Her background in research and evaluation as a trained anthropologist and geographer led her to start her own consulting firm, Broader Impact, LLC in 2019, and co-launch Tiyuv Initiative in 2021. Ramona is a mentor for the Wisconsin Center for Evaluation Research (WCER) Clinical Program, mentoring graduate students as they engage in applied and practical evaluation field experience. Ramona is a national speaker and educator on cultural humility, community engagement, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, health equity, and spatial equity. She has taught at all levels of education from K-12, college/university, graduate school, medical school, medical residency programs. As a faculty member of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Ramona played an active role in facilitating community-engaged research and scholarship on campus. She was team leader for the campus National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Coalition Builders Leadership chapter. NCBI is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. She has an unwavering commitment to the principles and values of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has held several leadership positions in these spaces within healthcare, research, nonprofit, and academic settings. Her passion for justice draws inspiration, guidance, and direction from the Jewish ethos of Tikkun Olam. Ramona currently serves as a member of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council (JCRP) and Board of Trustee for Congregation Sinai, a Reform Congregation in Fox Point, Wisconsin.
Tobin Belzer, PhD
(she/her), Advisory Board
Tobin Belzer is an applied sociologist whose research and program evaluations for Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and secular non-profit organizations and philanthropists have focused on identity and character development, organizational culture, teens and emerging adults, leadership development, education, congregational studies, gender, arts and culture, special needs inclusion, and Jewish/Muslim relations. Tobin is a Contributing Fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California and a Research Affiliate at Stanford SPARQ. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University (2014, 2015-2016) and a Research Associate at the CRCC (2004-2014). She has worked with and for numerous organizations and foundations including Jim Joseph Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, California Community Foundation, Koret Foundation, the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, the Lily Endowment, and the Covenant Foundation. From 2010-2012, Tobin served as the Senior Project Director at Rosov Consulting, LLC, a strategic consultancy that helps foundations, philanthropists and Jewish communal organizations meet their goals, assess progress, and enhance impact. She earned her doctorate in sociology and joint master’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from Brandeis University. As a doctoral candidate, she was awarded the Joshua Venture Fellowship for Young Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. With Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler, she is the co-editor of Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives (SUNY Press, 2003). https://crcc.usc.edu/people/tobin-belzer/
Annalee Good, PhD
(she/her), Advisory Board
Annalee Good is an evaluator and researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), co-director of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative, and Director of the WCER Clinical Program. She is co-PI on an ongoing study of digital tools in K-12 education, and supports many youth-serving organizations through culturally responsive evaluation in topics such as tutoring, personalized learning, community schools, and ensuring equitable access and outcomes in advanced learning opportunities. She has published and presented numerous papers on topics including public contracting for digital instructional tools, the nature of the instructional landscape in out-of-school time tutoring, the role of tutoring in school reform, and the role of K-12 teachers in the creation of public policy. Annalee also is the co-lead of the Wisconsin chapter of Scholars Strategy Network. She was an 8th grade social studies teacher before earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Policy Studies from UW-Madison.
Gage Gorsky, PhD
(they/them), Advisory Board
Gage Gorsky is a queer mixed Mexican Jewish multimodal research advisor and data analyst who uses a range of methodologies to explore intersections of identity and the phenomenon of social categorization, with a focus on liminal and marginal experiences. They have a doctorate in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Washington, where their dissertation examined persistent gender stereotypes embedded into the linguistic features of middle school math word problems. Gage’s inquiry bridges social science themes, with expertise and experience doing research spanning disciplines (education, history, statistics, feminist and queer theories, psychology, and identity development). Past projects have covered dynamic subject matter, including a genealogical and historical study of the Mormon migration to California during the mid-19th century, a statistical exploration of factors influencing healthcare utilization among transgender adults in the United States, and HR- and disability justice-focused survey research on workplace inclusion practices within a markedly mixed-ability workforce. Their current work explores the dynamic expression of intersectional Jewish identity, including collaborations with the Jews of Color Initiative, where they helped lead “Beyond the Count,” the largest ever study of Jews of Color, as well as the Jim Joseph Foundation, and synagogues across the United States.
Adam W. McKinney, MA
(he/him), Advisory Board
Adam W. McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, and community activist. He is the Co-Director of DNAWORKS (www.dnaworks.org), an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. Adam was New Mexico School for the Arts’ inaugural Dance Department Chair (Santa Fe, NM). Adam holds a BFA in Dance Performance with high honors from Butler University and an MA in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories from NYU-Gallatin. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU and teaches courses in classical ballet, modern dance (Horton), and choreography. Areas of research include: dance performance, site-specific dance, mixed ability dance, trans-generational trauma, dance and PTSD, Queer dance, Black dance, Jewish dance, and dance with veterans. He is recipient of the 2019 Interchange Fellowship from Mid-America Arts Alliance. Adam has danced with some of the world’s preeminent dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne (Switzerland), Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, ZviDance, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, and Milwaukee Ballet Company. He has led dance work with diverse populations across the U.S. and in Benin, Canada, England, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, Rwanda, Serbia, Spain, and South Africa. Awards of note include an Asylum Arts award for truth and reconciliation artwork about the Fort Worth (TX) lynching of Fred Rouse entitled “SCAB;” Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Research & Creative Activities Award for “Dancing through a Door of Return,” site-specific dance performances in West African slave castles; New York University’s President’s Service Award for dance work with populations who struggle with heroin addiction; Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Choreographers grant for dance work with Ethiopian-Israeli communities; National Artist Teacher Fellowship for “The Borders Project” at the Mexico/U.S. border; and LEAD:NM, an educational fellowship for teachers and leaders of color creating change in charter education in New Mexico. Adam was a School of American Ballet National Visiting Teaching Fellow, an opportunity to engage in important conversations around diversity and inclusion in classical ballet. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI, by St. Vincent DePaul. Adam serves as President for Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, a Fort Worth-based social justice organization.