Derek V. Price, Ph.D
Janelle Clay, M.S.
Janelle has over 12 years of experience designing and implementing rigorous research and evaluation studies. Her work is rooted in providing practical insights to inform the fields of higher education and workforce development and to equip practitioners in enhancing service and program delivery. She is committed to supporting practitioners in incorporating continuous improvement evaluation methods to inform program development and subsequent outcomes. She utilizes strategic, critical, and culturally responsive approaches to inform her work and lift up issues related to diversity, racial equity, inclusion. She is currently a Senior Researcher at DVP-PRAXIS and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Georgia State University in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics.
Drew Curtis, M.P.A.
Drew is a Senior Researcher with DVP-PRAXIS LTD, leveraging experience across workforce development and postsecondary education program implementation, evaluation, and scaling. His areas of expertise include managing project activities, timelines, and collaborators; leading interview and survey question development, administration, and analysis; and communicating themes and recommendations to illuminate and improve complex systems. Drew’s past work has included advising philanthropic foundations on their strategic plans, conducting postsecondary program evaluations on single and multi-site projects, and working with networks of worker serving organizations and employers to adopt equitable coaching and hiring practices. Drew is dedicated to questioning business-as-usual institutions and processes which perpetuate historical inequities and is passionate about focusing efforts on developing accessible and innovative systems which recognize individuals’ existing skills and help them cultivate new ones.
Sarah A. Deal, Ph.D
Sarah is a Senior Researcher with DVP-PRAXIS LTD. Since 2009, her professional experience has included working with a diverse cross-section of postsecondary institutions, including selective four-year universities, community colleges, postsecondary consortia, and a state agency. Her work has centered around program design, execution, and evaluation in areas of holistic and basic needs student supports, guided pathways, and credit for prior learning. She previously worked at Central Carolina Community College as the Project Activity Director for the Carolina Works-US Department of Education First in the World validation grant and served as the Associate Director for the Student Success Center at the North Carolina Community College System Office. Sarah is driven by designing evaluations that provide data-informed and useable findings to improve student postsecondary access and success.
Julia Karpicz, M.A.
Julia joined DVP-PRAXIS as a Senior Researcher in 2021 to advance the company’s qualitative projects focusing on postsecondary education, workforce development, and employment. Prior to joining DVP-PRAXIS, Julia worked and trained as a qualitative researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. She brings expertise in using critical qualitative approaches to examine how stakeholders approach the work of expanding access and advancing equity in postsecondary spaces. As a former student affairs practitioner, she is driven to understand and amplify the experiences of those most impacted by systemic inequity within institutions, with a particular interest in issues related to racial equity and disability justice.