Kristin Nafziger is the Center Director for Region 14. Kristin, an Associate Director at Westat, has 20 years of experience identifying and supporting educators to implement evidence-based education programs and practices that show promising results. She is a nationally sought-after leader in the areas of strategic communications and continuous improvement approaches. She is also an MIT-certified human-centered design thinking facilitator. Kristin has been a senior strategist for the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, has extensive experience implementing large, statewide programs and expertise supporting the implementation of collective action networks to achieve results. Before joining Westat, Kristin founded Edvance Research, a woman- and minority-owned education business. Kristin began her education-related work with the American Productivity & Quality Center in Houston, Texas. She served as a program manager for a national effort to bring excellence and equity to education by implementing Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria and other quality tools. Kristin has an MA in Communications Studies, with an emphasis on organizational development, from Texas Tech University and is a certified PMP.
Paul Koehler is the Deputy Project Director for Region 14. Paul is Senior Director for Leadership Development and Outreach for WestEd. In that role, he works with WestEd’s CEO to support leadership development in WestEd’s Comprehensive Centers (Regions 2, 13, and 15) and works directly with state education leaders. He also facilitates the WestEd Board’s External Relations Committee. Dr. Koehler previously served as Director of the West and Southwest Comprehensive Centers serving the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Previously, Paul served as Education Advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education, a district superintendent and assistant superintendent for 16 years, and a classroom teacher for 10 years. Paul received his Ph.D. in Education Policy from Arizona State University.
Caitlin Beatson is a Senior Director of Capacity Building for Region 14. Caitlin is also a Senior State Technical Assistance Specialist at WestEd. Caitlin applies expertise and experience in the area of educator excellence, leading projects that promote equitable access to highly effective teachers and leaders. Caitlin has supported district and school improvement projects, assessing root causes, and identifying evidence-based improvement strategies to inform change efforts. Caitlin began her career as an English and Spanish teacher in low-income public schools, and, before moving into capacity-building work, held various positions at the Indiana Department of Education. Caitlin received her M.Ed in Literacy, Culture, & Language Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
TaWanna Berry is the Communications Director for Region 14. TaWanna is a Westat Senior Study Director with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of program/strategic planning, management, and social marketing. TaWanna has an extensive background in communications and campaign development for public and private industry clients. She has managed programs for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, 3M Drug Delivery Systems, AstraZeneca, the American Public Health Association, Johnson & Johnson, PhRMA, and Merck & Co. TaWanna received her MA in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jocelyn Franke is a Senior Director of Capacity Building for Region 14. She has more than 10 years of education, policy, and capacity-building experience. Jocelyn helps build the knowledge and capacity of organizations and staff and assists in troubleshooting complex problems, proposing initiatives, and recommending or negotiating solutions. She also designs training opportunities, creates useful tools and products, and collaborates closely with a range of stakeholders. She has served as the technical assistance lead on Westat’s work with the Texas Education Agency’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Community Partnerships grants and with the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) and Promise Neighborhood grant programs. Before shifting her focus to education policy, Jocelyn was an 8th grade social studies teacher at a Title I school in Arizona for 4 years. Jocelyn has an MPAff from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ann Webber is the Evaluation Director for Region 14. Ann is a Westat Senior Study Director with more than 20 years of experience researching education policy issues, from preschool to postsecondary education. She also provides capacity building related to evaluation, performance measurement, data collection, and reporting. As Director of the Data Quality Initiative for the U.S. Department of Education’s Policy and Program Studies Service, Ann led a team in developing performance indicators and data-reporting tools for a range of Federal program offices. This work included efforts to build the capacity of Federal staff through logic model workshops and leading indicator development. Ann also supported grantees in addressing evaluation requirements. She has contributed to several national evaluations of Federal programs, including studies of school vouchers, education reforms, and family literacy interventions. Ann received her MPP from the University of Michigan.