Since 1984, Galen Ellis, MPH, President of Ellis Planning Associates Inc., has worked with non-profits, advocacy organizations, public agencies, foundations, and individual social entrepreneurs to develop participatory planning, evaluation, and decision-making approaches. Her primary interest lies in increasing individual and organizational capacity to improve community health and quality of life. Galen has presented nationally on community building, multi-cultural collaboration, and policy advocacy, and has authored numerous publications, which tie health education and planning theory to grounded practice.
As an evaluator, she has developed participatory data analysis processes that engage community stakeholders in all levels of planning and evaluation, including understanding, analyzing, and interpreting data for outcome-based planning. With a team of consultants, Galen has developed a highly interactive and hands-on training approach, called Discovery Zones, that allows diverse participants to explore technical information through collaborative learning.
Galen has directed both a county-wide tobacco control and a childhood lead poisoning prevention program, and developed and launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Project (a national model). She has worked in the fields of occupational health, women’s health, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention as a planner, trainer and evaluator.
Jessica Lime, MA is a Project Manager for Ellis Planning Associates. She is an experienced program development consultant, with 16+ years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for public and nonprofit organizations. Jessica is skilled in helping define project and evaluation needs; collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; developing polished, audience-driven communications and reports; and ensuring quality outcomes are met on time and within budget. Jessica prides herself on being positive, dedicated and highly responsive to our clients. She previously served as the Program Manager for the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program; a Policy Consultant for the California School Boards Association; a Health Educator for the Child Health and Disability Prevention program; and a Project Coordinator for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. She holds an MA in Education from Chapman University.
Suzanna Elkin, PhD is a Research and Evaluation Specialist for Ellis Planning Associates. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of public health and education. Her areas of expertise are program evaluation, public health and educational program planning, and curriculum development. Suzanna has extensive experience with mixed-methods data collection and analysis, theory-driven program development, and collaboration with diverse clients and community partners. Before joining Ellis Planning Associates, she worked as a health educator and program coordinator at public health initiatives in this country and internationally, with a focus on nutrition and sustainable food systems. Suzanna has developed nutrition education curriculum for the USDA and Johns Hopkins, and she teaches undergraduate public health courses. She holds a BA in Community Health from Brown University and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont.