Helping funders and arts organizers realize their vision since 1996.


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.

In 2019, Suzanne Callahan and Katrina Bledsoe taught Culture and Context Matter: An Introduction to Culturally Responsive Evaluation at the National Performance Network Annual Meeting. This workshop shared with artists and presenters evaluation methods that fit their contacts and practices.  Learn more about speaking and training here.

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 at 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.

John Painter (Statistician)

Since completing his doctorate in Educational Research Methodology at the University of Virginia in 1998, Painter has held multiple academic positions, including at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and continues to serve as a consultant with professional evaluators. Over the course of his career he has been involved with a number of evaluation and data analysis projects, often as the lead analyst and data manager.  Painter is highly experienced using SPSS, SAS, and SQL to extract and manage data, and is well versed in conducting statistical analysis ranging from descriptive to multivariable inferential.  For the past three years, Painter has turned his attention to using data visualization techniques to summarize data and communicate results; and using predictive analytics to improve student educational outcomes.  His teaching experience includes serving as a graduate student TA, where he tutored students and taught classes on regression analysis, analysis of variance, multivariate analysis, and SPSS programming. He has also taught graduate courses in Research Methodology.

Justine A Wayne, MSW, MSPH (Database Support)

Wayne works with nonprofits and has specialized in early childhood topics.  She provides evaluation and data expertise to ensure program accountability and maximize available technology.  After working as a toddler teacher at a childcare center and a case manager for families of children with cancer, Wayne obtained dual MSW and MSPH degrees, with an emphasis on maternal and child health.  Based in North Carolina, she has worked in the Family Support Department and as a Special Projects Coordinator for T.E.A.C.H.(R) at Child Care Services Association.  She now provides program evaluation, support, and monitoring for early childhood agencies and Smart Start local partnerships for children and youth in Caswell, Chatham, Guilford Dare, Orange, and Wake Counties in North Carolina.

Prior Partners

Prior senior partners include Carmen Boston (Planning), Don Glass (Evaluation), Judy Rollins (Evaluation), and Diane Mataraza (Cultural Planning).