Faculty and Staff

Poverty Center Staff (1)




Claudia Coulton, PhD, Co-Director

Distinguished University Professor, Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research

216.368.2304. claudia.coulton@case.edu



rob_fischer_0986Robert Fischer, PhD, Co-Director

Research Associate Professor

216.368.2711. fischer@case.edu



David Crampton, PhD, Associate Directordavid_crampton_1089

Associate Professor

216.368.6680. david.crampton@case.edu



Mark Chupp, PhD, Assistant Professor

216.368.5157. mark.chupp@case.edu




Joseph_Mark_29Mark Joseph, PhD, Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

Associate Professor

216.368.3426. mark.joseph@case.edu



FranciscaBanner2Francisca Richter, PhD, Research Assistant Professor

216.368.8686. francisca.richter@case.edu





Elizabeth Anthony, PhD, Research Assistant Professor

Senior Research Associate

216.368.2734. elizabeth.anthony@case.edu




Research and Programming Staff

Marci BlueResearch Assistant

216.368.5091. marci.blue@case.edu

Marci Blue, MSSA and MNO from Case Western Reserve University, joined the Center in 2012. As a Research Assistant she provides support to the center’s projects through data management and processing, conducting descriptive and statistical analyses, providing technical assistance to community partners, and developing materials for public dissemination, among other duties. Prior to joining the Center as staff, she worked for three years as a graduate assistant on the center’s evaluation of Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children program.

Tsui ChanProgrammer/Analyst

216.368.2321. tsui.chan@case.edu

Tsui Chan, BS in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University, is a Programmer/Analyst at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Her responsibilities include developing and designing databases, analyzing data using SAS and other software packages, conducting spatial analysis and mapping, and managing the Center’s servers. She also maintains the databases for the Center’s online neighborhood information system (NEOCANDO) and provides data to support Center’s research projects and program evaluations.


ycho_150x150Postdoctoral Scholar


Youngmin Cho, PhD in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center. His research interests focus on the effects of poverty and neighborhood disadvantage on child and family well-being, the relationship between parental employment and work-family conflict, and risk and protective factors contributing to child and adolescent development. His current work involves the evaluation of social interventions by applying a longitudinal integrated data system.


Taryn Gress_change agentResearch Associate, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

216.368.5359. taryn.gress@case.edu

Taryn Gress, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University joined the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) as Project Coordinator in 2012. NIMC, which officially launched in the fall of 2013, is based in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Taryn came to NIMC from The Civic Commons, a community and civic engagement organization serving Northeast Ohio. She’s also worked with Cleveland community-based nonprofit Slavic Village Development, America SCORES Cleveland, and The Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County. Taryn works with Associate Professor, Dr. Mark Joseph to provide research and development support for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities.

Eamon JohnsonPostdoctoral Scholar

216.368.3188. eamon.johnson@case.edu

Eamon Johnson, is a post-doctoral scholar who received his PhD in computer science from Case Western Reserve University in 2016.   He uses his deep background in software, networking, and databases to guide the design, build, and maintenance of the Center’s web-based data services.



216.368.3029. nina.lalich@case.edu

Nina Lalich, MSPH in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an Analyst/Programmer at the Center. She provides data management and statistical analysis in support of the Center’s research and evaluation efforts. She is currently involved in the evaluation study of Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children program. She has also participated in studies of welfare recipients and welfare leavers. Prior to joining the Center, Nina was a Public Health Service officer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

hlee_150x150Postdoctoral Scholar


Haenim Lee, PhD in Social Work from Boston College, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Her program of research seeks to investigate pathways to child and adolescent health of multi-generational families, and community-based intervention research related to reducing health disparities for vulnerable populations, including families and children.

emiller_150x150Research Assistant/Project Coordinator, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC)


Emily Miller, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University, joined the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities in 2014 as a graduate student employee before becoming a Research Assistant and Project Coordinator. She has experience working in education as well as immigration and refugee services, and her research interests include community development, social development, and community building.

Meghan Salas AtwellSenior Research Associate

216.368.1875. margaret.salasatwell@case.edu

Meghan Salas Atwell, PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University, joined the center in 2016 as a Senior Research Associate. Her research uses integrated data to evaluate programs aimed at alleviating the effects of poverty on individuals and families. Prior to joining the center, Meghan worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Urban Institute examining issues relating state and local government fiscal health and the criminal justice system. During her graduate work she investigated educational outcomes of immigrant students in Florida.


Research Associate, Analyst/Programmer

216.368.0206. michael.schramm@case.edu

Michael Schramm, MA in geography from Syracuse University, is a Research Associate and Analyst/Programmer at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is extensively involved in the development and maintenance of the Center’s neighborhood information system, NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing). He also assists the community on a continuing basis with data and GIS mapping and conducts regular training sessions on how to use the NEO CANDO as a tool for social change. Michael’s research interests include: lending and foreclosure patterns, vacant properties and neighborhood revitalization. Michael’s expertise on foreclosure, subprime mortgages, and other real property data have been extensively utilized by the Neighborhood Stabilization Team sponsored by Neighborhood Progress, Inc, the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program as well as the newly established Cuyahoga County Land Bank. He is also active in the local foreclosure and vacant property dialogue through VAPAC (Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council) and has presented at numerous national meeting and conferences on these topics. Beginning in July 2010, Michael took on an additional role as the Director of IT and Research at the Cuyahoga Land Bank, but continues to be associated with Case and NEO CANDO in an advisory role.

Research Associate

Stephen Steh, MS in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University, MA in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University, is a Research Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. He is involved in data management, improvement, and upkeep of the CHILD system. He also aids in the creation and analysis of integrated data sets at the center.

April UrbanResearch Associate

216.368.3390. april.urban@case.edu

April Urban, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University, is a research associate with a passion for building Cleveland’s capacity to use data to solve civic problems. April oversees the Poverty Center’s NEOCANDO data tools, aids in research and community consultation on projects related to the built environment, and often works with community groups seeking the Poverty Center’s help in using community indicators in their work. She is the Poverty Center’s liaison to the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership at the Urban Institute and served on the Executive Committee from 2016-2018. She is the co-creator and co-lead organizer of Data Days CLE, and is a part of the Cleveland Civic Tech and Open Data Collaborative.



dellis_150x150Department Assistant, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC)

216.368.2266. dawn.ellis@case.edu

Dawn Ellis, MA in Historic Preservation and Conservation from Ursuline College, is the Department Assistant for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities.

Nic GoodallDepartment Administrator

216.368.3424. nic.goodall@case.edu

Nic Goodall, MSW in Social Administrator from the Ohio State University is the Department Administrator to the Poverty Center. Before moving to the Poverty Center, Nic worked for many years as Project Manager of the cornea and retina image analysis centers at the CWRU School of Medicine and University Hospitals Eye Institute. Before that, Nic coordinated special education identification and service provision at an elementary and secondary school, and served as a case management auditor for agencies receiving Ryan White Title II funds disbursed through the Ohio Department of Health. Nic’s hobbies include spending time with family, swimming, geology and fossil collecting.

Heather Lenz

Assistant Director, Community Innovation Network (Comm-IN)

216.368.5349. heather.lenz@case.edu

Heather Lenz, MA from Cleveland State University, is the Assistant Director of the Community Innovation Network (Comm-IN) at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Prior to joining Comm-IN, Heather spent 8 years consulting with local, state, and national nonprofit organizations and governments, helping them develop and implement evidence-based strategies to increase their capacity, launch new programs, and amplify long-term impact with both the Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice at Cleveland State University and a national consulting firm, Advocacy and Communication Solutions.

dshoemaker_150x150Department Administrator, National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities (NIMC)

216.368.4396. diane.shoemaker@case.edu

Diane Shoemaker, MFA in Painting from Ohio University and a Certificate of Non Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University, is the Department Administrator for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. Diane recently celebrated her 10th anniversary at CWRU. She moves to NIMC from her role as a prospect researcher in the university’s Advancement Services fundraising office. She has worked as a fine arts jeweler, an arts instructor, and exhibited her artwork for many years before transitioning to executive and administrative work in the nonprofit sector. She is a co-founder and former Board President of Art House in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood of Cleveland. She has also volunteered and worked for several arts organizations in the Cleveland area including The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, The Fine Arts Association; EIO Gallery; Dobama Theatre, Waterloo Arts, and she has hosted a two hour program on WRUW FM.