Senior Partners

For some projects, Callahan Consulting engages in partnerships with other senior consultants, who are carefully selected for their expertise, skills, and/or artistic background. Below are people that the firm has worked with.

Katrina Bledsoe, Evaluation 

For over 20 years, Katrina Bledsoe, a trained evaluator and social psychologist, has evaluated programs at the federal, state and local levels. In her roles of principal investigator or project director, Bledsoe has secured grants and contracts to evaluate programs ranging from education to school-based health and mental health. She is a consultant or advisor to agencies including the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Science Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and to schools, universities, and community-based organizations.  Bledsoe has trained college students, evaluation practitioners, and nonprofit and government staff who wish to understand and conduct evaluations. She has taught graduate level courses at George Washington University and Claremont Graduate University. She is an advisor for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Bledsoe’s writings address topics at the forefront of the professional evaluation field. Through chapters, articles, and blogs, her perspective provokes thought and informs practice in the areas of mixed methods, cultural responsiveness and social psychology. She has written for journals such as the American Journal of Evaluation; New Directions in Evaluation; and Families in Society.  She has also been published in edited volumes such as Qualitative Inquiry in the Practice of Evaluation; Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice; the International Handbook of Urban Education; the Handbook of Mixed Methods Research; When Research Studies Go Off the Rails: Solutions and Prevention Strategies; Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators; and Evaluation for Equitable Development Results. Learn more about Bledsoe's work at: www.katrina-bledsoe.com.

Diane Mataraza, Cultural Planning

Diane Mataraza is President of Diane L. Mataraza, Inc., an arts management consulting firm based in Florida. Diane's record of accomplishment as an arts educator, a non-profit arts administrator, a federal arts funder, and as a director of a national foundation in the entertainment industry has provided a breadth of practical experience, which is now applied to helping others thrive. Recent projects have included reports for local and state arts agencies in California, Florida, and Ohio, as well as assessments for Philadelphia based organizations as part of the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. From 1999-2001, Diane was Senior Vice President with ArtsMarket, a national consulting firm specializing in cultural planning and marketing. From 1997-1999, she served as the Executive Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Foundation (the Grammy Awards) based in Santa Monica, California. She was Director of the Local Arts Agencies Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. from 1992-96. In her last year at the NEA under the chairmanship of Jane Alexander, Diane served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chairman. Prior to the NEA, Diane directed the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils, the lead advocacy organization for the arts in New York State. She represented the arts community on the Governor's Arts Award Committee; the NYS Senate Committee on the Culture Industry; the Business Council of New York State's Tourism Advisory Committee and the State Education Commissioner's Advisory Committee. Diane ran the Dutchess County Arts Council and its United Arts Fund in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1979-1984. A trained musician, Diane taught high school instrumental music in New York's public schools from 1974-1978. She is the 1998 recipient of the Selina Ottum Award presented by the NEA and Americans for the Arts. Diane holds a BA (cum laude) from Ithaca College School of Music, an MA from New York University, and a Certificate in association management from the US Chamber of Commerce.

Judy Rollins, Evaluation

Judy Rollins, President, Rollins & Associates, Inc., Washington, DC, is adjunct faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and on the board for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. A visual artist, Dr. Rollins founded the Studio G artists-in-residence program in pediatrics at Georgetown, and developed "Arts for Children in Hospitals," a course for first year medical students at Georgetown, which has been replicated in medical schools throughout the nation. Formerly, as Director of Research and Program Development at WVSA arts connection, she developed "ART is the heART," for children and families in home and hospice care. Author of over 70 publications, Dr. Rollins is associate editor for Pediatric Nursing, and consults, writes, and researches on children's issues national and internationally, with a special interest in the psychosocial needs of children and families in healthcare settings and the use of the arts in research to allow children's voices to be heard. In addition to book of the year awards from the American Journal of Nursing and Pediatric Nursing, Dr. Rollins is the recipient of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Research Award, Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Partnership to Promote Arts and Healing Award, National Science Foundation Scholarship, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Travel Award.

Don Glass, Evaluation

Don Glass is an independent education and evaluation consultant whose work focuses on arts curriculum design and evaluation. He was a recent Universal Design for Learning Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston College, in collaboration with CAST. He has published case studies of inclusive arts integrated curriculum as a coauthor in Universal Design for Learning and Technology in the Classroom (Guilford Press, 2012) and as an editor and contributor in Contours of Inclusion: Inclusive Arts Teaching and Learning (VSA, 2010). Prior to his fellowship, he worked for VSA at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.