CIC’s Board of Directors is elected annually by the members of CIC. Board members’ strong leadership and commitment is key to the success of the organization. Click on a name to see biographical information.

We welcome suggestions for new board members — anyone interested in joining the board or nominating a colleague for the board should email us, c/o Nominating Committee, with their suggestion. The next opportunity to join the board will be for 2022.

CIC 2021 Board of Directors

Allison Liuzzi is a Research Manager at Wilder Research, a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She serves as Project Director of Minnesota Compass, a social indicators project that measures progress in Minnesota and its communities. She also manages a portfolio of related projects, including benchmarks and trends on the demographics of leaders, and indicators of interest, identity, access, and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Allison has particular interest in demographic trends, immigration, employment, and workforce development. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Luther College, her master’s degree from Michigan State University, and completed her doctoral coursework in sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

Florencia Gutierrez has worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the past 10 years. In her role as a
Sr Research Associate, she develops and maintains the KIDS COUNT Data Center, KIDS COUNT Data Book
and related national KIDS COUNT products and provides technical support around data and research to the KIDS COUNT network. She also leads the Census work at the Foundation. Previously she was at the Center for Public Policy Priorities where she worked on KIDS COUNT at the state-level, researching issues in the area of education,
wealth, and the economy. She has a MA in Education and another in Public Policy from the University of Texas-Austin.

Chantal Stevens has a long history with CIC. Having previously served as a board member between 2005 and 2008, she also served as its executive director from 2012 to 2020. She’s an experienced nonprofit manager, formerly with Sustainable Seattle, a pioneer in the development of community indicators, and People for Salmon, a statewide public outreach initiative. More recently she has worked for King County as the oversight manager of the Countywide Community Forums and as a performance management analyst . She was the co-lead of the first conference dedicated to the exploration of CI-PM integration and is an active advocate for community indicators and public engagement as a key element of a functioning performance management system in the public and nonprofit sectors. She holds a BS and MMA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jennifer Temmer is a PhD student studying sustainable Arctic food systems at Wilfrid Laurier University and is an associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She managed PEG, Winnipeg’s Community Indicator System until 2019 and continues to support sustainability indicators development for the Province of Manitoba. Jennifer holds a BA International Development & Spanish from Dalhousie University and MSc in Rural Planning from University of Guelph. Jennifer currently lives between Waterloo, Ontario; Kakisa, Northwest Territories, in Canada and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Frank Ridzi, PhD, is Vice President for Community Investment at the Central New York Community Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College and former President of the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. Frank has conducted research and written in the areas of literacy coalitions, sociology of work, and student affairs. His writings have appeared in such places as the Foundation Review, the Journal of Applied Social Sciences, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, and Review of Policy Research.

Frank oversees and monitors the grantmaking process and conducts research on issues or concerns of importance to the community.

Frank holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He also carries a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as Director for the Center of Urban and Regional Applied Research at Le Moyne College, where he still serves as Associate Professor of Sociology.

Dr. Beth Timmers is an environmental social scientist and a Project Manager with the International Institute of Sustainable Development’s Tracking Progress team based in Winnipeg, Canada. In this role, Beth supports communities to build evidence-based policy and track sustainable development. Beth manages Peg, Winnipeg’s Community Indicator System. Beth has a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo and ten years of applied research expertise in food systems sustainability in tropical regions. Beth previously worked at the International Development Research Centre and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and is currently Vice-Chair of Food Matters Manitoba.

Kien S. Lee, Ph.D., Principal Associate & Vice President, Community Science, provides research, evaluation, and technical assistance support to initiatives that address the needs of underserved populations.  Dr. Lee is committed to developing the capacity of community organizations and community leaders to become more informed consumers of data. She has led a national initiative funded by the Office of Minority Health to test a framework to develop community collaboration around the use and sharing of data to inform strategies to end health disparities and a guide to help community-based organizations use and compile social determinants of health data to tell the story of their needs and proposed solutions.   She is developing a handbook to teach community organizations how to be better informed consumers of evaluation and data. She also has published and presented about working in racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities. Dr. Lee is recipient of the 2013 award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology.

Lisa Parson is Project Manager with the City of Santa Monica. She recently developed the City of Santa Monica Wellbeing Index

Dr. Luis Estevez is an Associate Professor of Planning & Community Development in the Dept of Geography & Planning at St. Cloud State University. His research and experience focus in master planning, affordable housing, land use regulations, and assessment of indexes. Recently, he has focused on strategies addressing the need of neighborhood indicators, specifically for the assessment of quality of housing. Previously, he taught at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, Dominican Republic and Mexico. He has also been
involved with planning and housing projects in Mexico and Latin American countries. Dr. Estevez, a Fulbright scholar, earned his PhD in Urban & Regional Science from Texas A&M University, and two MAs in urban planning from Texas A&M University and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico).

Since 2004, Lyle Wray has served as Executive Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford, Connecticut (, after serving as Executive Director of the Ventura County Civic Alliance. Earlier he served as Executive Director at the Citizens League in the Twin Cities for 11 years. Before that he served as Dakota County Administrator and Human Services Director for 7 years in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area.

Originally from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, he earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1980. He has had a variety of international teaching and consulting experience in e-government, performance measurement, civil society, and human services. He co-authored the book Results That Matter published by J. Wiley in 2006. He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015  and served as Chair of the Board of the Community Indicators Consortium in 2017 .

International travel is his main hobby in addition to reading nonfiction and fiction.

Senior Research Fellow within the Healthy Liveable Cities Unit and Centre for Urban Design at RMIT University – Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)

Dr Melanie Davern interests and passion are in policy focused research with specific expertise in the development and application of population based indicators of wellbeing at the community level (community indicators) and the individual level (subjective wellbeing) within Australia and internationally.

She has extensive expertise in the development and construction of community wellbeing indicators, worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about using data as a catalyst for action.

Melanie was formally the Director of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) at the McCaughey VicHealth Unit of Community Wellbeing, which is located within the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population & Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

Noel is a co-founder and current senior researcher at the Sustainable Calgary Society, an active & founding member of the National Working Group for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, and is Associate Professor of Sustainable Design in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.

Noel has 30 years experience working in community development both locally and internationally. His work has included local renewable energy assessment and design, sustainability education, community development, popular theatre, sustainability indicators design and technology assessment. Through his unique experience Noel has been successful in building bridges between community groups and planning and engineering professionals. Internationally, Noel has worked in Central America, Central and South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Locally, Noel has worked with community groups in Alberta, Newfoundland and British Columbia.

Dr. Patsy Kraeger is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies. Prior to working in academia, she worked in community development in Arizona for the Arizona Governor’s office, state government and in nonprofit organizations.

She researches in community development, community well-being philanthropy and social enterprise, public policy implications philanthropy and social enterprise. Dr. Kraeger presents her research at international, national and regional academic conferences. She has authored book chapters and edited books for Edward Elgar Publishing, Routledge Publishing and Springer Publishing. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kraeger is the Reviews Editor for Local Development and Society and the Special Issues Editor for the international Journal For Community Well-Being, both peer –reviewed journals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS). Dr. Kraeger is the Founding Co-Chair of the Nonprofit, Philanthropy, Social Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship (NPSEE) section for the Western Social Science Association (WSSA).

Sarah Treuhaft is Senior Director at PoliciyLink where she coordinates the organization’s work on demographic change and the economy, collaborating with local and national partners on research and action projects that aim to build a more equitable economy. She oversees the All-In Cities initiative, which equips city officials, community advocates, and other civic leaders with policy ideas, data, and hands-on assistance to advance racial economic inclusion and equitable growth. She also manages the research partnership between PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California, which provides community leaders with data and analysis to make the case that equity is both a moral imperative and the key to sustainable economic prosperity. The PolicyLink/PERE partnership maintains the National Equity Atlas data and policy tool. She holds master’s degrees in city planning and international and area studies from the University of California, Berkeley.