Our Team

What we do.

Our Team

We are one of the few women owned and managed evaluation firms focused on social
outcomes, and passionate about bringing different or divergent interests together as one to define your impact. An impact that funders of all types should understand holistically not only in terms of dollars invested but more importantly the impact of the results achieved.

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Traci Shirachi, MBA

CEO/President

Traci earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Traci is the CEO of The Mark USA, Inc. Traci is responsible for making key business decisions to increase The Mark’s abilities to address client needs. Traci works with all the evaluators within the organization to deliver quality client service. Traci has over 17 years of work experience with consulting companies of various sizes, including PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Jessica Martone, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Martone earned a Ph.D. and her MSW from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work.  Dr. Martone was a research fellow and is currently a research affiliate for the Institute for Migration and International Social Work. Dr. Martone has been involved with immigration and education focused research projects. 

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Noely Banos, MA

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Noely earned an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Western Carolina University, with a focus in research design and statistics, and further graduate training in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University. Noely has extensive experience utilizing various research methods; including survey design, focus groups, experimental and quasi-experimental designs. 

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Aubrey Roy

Senior Evaluator

Aubrey Roy earned an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where she specialized in quantitative methods and focused the effects of macro-level education spending on the profession of teaching. She also received her B.A. in Sociology and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from University of California, Irvine. 

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Leanne Tortez, Ph.D.

Senior Evaluator

Dr. Tortez holds a Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University with an emphasis on statistics and research design. She is a passionate researcher skilled in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method designs, and is interested in helping empower organizations and programs to make data-driven decisions. 

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Adrienne Celaya

Senior Evaluator

Dr. Celaya holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Miami and an M.A. in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies from Fordham University. She has a background in program implementation and evaluation of research-informed and evidenced-based community projects, as well as domestic violence and child welfare research. 

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Robert Matz, Ph.D.

Senior Evaluator

Dr. Matz holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management & Policy from the University of Georgia with graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management and Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies. He is also the Managing Partner of Sport Business Intelligence, a sport consulting company that focuses on the economic impact of sporting events and teaches sport management courses at Long Beach State Masters and UC Irvine. 

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