Mary Kane, M.S.; President & CEO
Ms. Kane is the Chief Executive and Principal Consultant at Concept Systems, Incorporated (CSI). Having built the company from a single person "shop" to a well-regarded consulting and methodology company, Ms. Kane has restructured The Concept System® and client processes to ensure that organizations benefit fully from CSI's capabilities. Her consulting experience includes strategic operational planning, product and program development, education and training design, and program needs assessment and evaluation. She also supports clients through organizational and leadership development consultations. In collaboration with clients and research colleagues, she has co-authored numerous articles on the applications of group concept mapping and pattern matching in organizational decision-making and strategic planning. Ms. Kane is also co-author of the definitive volume on Concept Mapping: Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation (Sage Publications, 2007).
For over 20 years, Ms. Kane has planned and conducted process and group consulting for federal, state, and county agencies, health and mental health organizations, private corporations, non-profit agencies, and school districts. She has provided consulting counsel to groups ranging from small boards of directors to organizations represented by thousands of stakeholders.
Ms. Kane co-founded and became the Principal Executive of CSI in 1993 after a successful career in the management and growth of community-based cultural and learning organizations. Under her leadership, the company has invested in the redevelopment of its software and process technology, and has expanded the scope of CSI methods and services to meet clients' needs. Ms. Kane holds a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Columbia University.
Scott R. Rosas, Ph.D.; Senior Consultant
Dr. Rosas is a Senior Consultant with Concept Systems. He has more than 10 years of evaluation experience, having led many multi-site evaluation projects. As the lead for various evaluation projects at CSI, he facilitates all aspects of the design and implementation of the evaluation components, including the development of data collection tools, protocols for administration, and data analyses. Dr. Rosas is an expert in the design and use of the group concept mapping methodology, having conducted concept mapping projects with diverse local and national clients.
Dr. Rosas serves as the primary methodologist for CSI, leading the applied investigation of complex problems in social sciences and biomedical research. He has published and presented on methods, techniques, and practices in evaluation. His recent emphasis has been on measurement approaches developed from group concept mapping, with attention to the assessment of the validity and reliability of data collection tools. At CSI, he leads the formal study of the group concept mapping methodology and its application. Since 2000, Dr. Rosas has been a member of American Evaluation Association (AEA) and previously served as a member of the AEA's standing committee on ethics. He received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Delaware, with an emphasis on program evaluation.
Ellen Slusar, B.S.; Senior Director of Operations and Finance
Ms. Slusar's role as Senior Director of Operations and Finance includes leadership responsibility for CSI operations, human resources, financial management, contract management, vendor/contractor relationships, and managing the company's strategic planning.
Over the past twenty five years, Ms. Slusar has held a wide range of business management positions. Her most recent position prior to joining CSI was as the Managing Director and Business Manager at Marsteller, an integrated communications firm based out of New York City. Her extensive experience includes strategic planning to support large revenue growth and company investments in new strategic capabilities, full service financial reporting and analysis, as well as Sarbanes Oxley compliance requirements. Ms. Slusar is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Laura Batten, M.B.A.; Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Ms. Batten is responsible for CSI's sales and marketing, including developing business partnerships.
Prior to Concept Systems, Ms. Batten was Director of Business Development at Ithaca, NY-based Prendismo, a company which developed innovative ways to capture and share business insight and knowledge through digital video content and proprietary technology. She was previously Director of Business Development at Vast.com, a San Francisco, venture-backed startup, and held strategic planning and sales roles at The Boston Globe, working in both print and online divisions of the newspaper. Ms. Batten joined CSI in June 2014. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Cornell University.
Michael Huffman, M.B.A.; Manager of Product Sales and Technology
Mr. Huffman is the Manager of Product Sales and Technology and works closely with the sales and operations teams to manage and conduct license sales, project management requirements, and technology support for clients and teams. Mr. Huffman is the primary contact person for training and license sales. He also manages a range of internal operations for Concept Systems, Inc.
Before joining the CSI team in April of 2008, Mr. Huffman worked as an accountant within several departments at Cornell University. He brings experience in finance, accounting, and marketing to CSI. He is a graduate of Alfred University, receiving both his Bachelor and Master in Business Administration.
Jennifer Royer, M.P.A.; Client Services Consultant
Ms. Royer joined CSI in September 2011. As a Client Services Consultant, she assists Senior Consultants in all aspects of project management, from project design and planning to final reporting. She also supports the staff at CSI with various aspects of internal operations.
Prior to joining the CSI team, Ms. Royer worked at the Broome County Legislature as a Deputy Clerk. During her four years there she provided assistance to Broome County legislators and other county department personnel, in addition to updating the county's FOIL Program. Ms. Royer holds a Masters in Public Administration from Binghamton University and a Bachelor of Arts with focuses on Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Sociology from Drew University.
Jessica Gosa, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.; Client Services Consultant
Ms. Gosa began her position at Concept Systems in May 2014. Her primary role at CSI is working closely with the Senior Consultants in all areas of project management including: project planning, design, tracking, research and reporting in multi-stream, multi-phase projects.
Prior to joining the CSI team, Ms. Gosa worked at Family and Children's Service of Ithaca, NY as the Senior Services Program Coordinator where she was responsible for managing the Caregiver Counseling, Respite and Geriatric Care Management programs. In this role, Ms. Gosa provided educational community outreach, counseling, grant-proposal writing, program development and implementation. Her other prior experience includes healthcare marketing and work in social services with Genesis Healthcare and Medstar Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a John A. Hartford fellowship in Aging and holds a Master in Social Work from State University of New York at Albany with concentration in human service organization management, gerontology and community development. Additionally, she holds a license as a Master Level Social Worker in New York State.
Alyssa Goldman, M.S.; Client Services Consultant
Ms. Goldman began her work at CSI in October 2010. As a Client Services Consultant, she assists Senior Consultants in all aspects of project management including: project design and planning, setting deliverables, statement synthesis, preliminary interpretations, and final reporting.
Prior to joining the CSI team, Ms. Goldman worked at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management as a Visiting Scholar in the Management and Organizations Department, where she assisted faculty members with research projects and course development. Ms. Goldman holds a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelors in Psychology and Government from Cornell University.
Marie Cope, M.P.H., M.S.W.; Client Services Consultant
Ms. Cope began her position at CSI in December 2010. Her primary focus at CSI is public sector planning, evaluation, and research. She works closely with Senior Consultants on the planning, design, tracking, and managing of large, multi-stream, multi-phase projects. Prior to coming to CSI, Ms. Cope worked at the University of Michigan as a Project Director for a Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant to educate the campus on sexualized violence and to strengthen the coordinated community response team, including through policies and protocol reform.
Her other prior experience includes work in social services, such as Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor, MI) and Washtenaw County Public Health Department, as well as work in research, evaluation, marketing, and development. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, with a focus on health behavior, health education, and community organizing.
Steven Vedder, B.S.; Business Development and Administration Associate
Mr. Vedder joined the staff at CSI in July 2014. He provides support for business development and various marketing and sales operations. Additionally, he provides high level administration support to the CEO and other senior members of the firm.
Prior to joining CSI, Mr. Vedder worked for Glenora Wine Cellars as a Retail Sales Representative where he sold wine-related products and experiences while also performing various administrative duties. Mr. Vedder is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a concentration in Psychology.
Diana Crawford; Assistant Administrator
Ms. Crawford's duties include maintenance of the Concept Systems' client database and invoicing system. She also organizes CSI's on-site training seminars and supports day-to-day needs in managing the office. She has organizational and secretarial experience in publishing, and medical and educational offices.
William M.K. Trochim, Ph.D.; Founding Partner
Dr. Trochim is the developer of the concept mapping approach, and originally programmed The Concept System®. He is a full professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and is Director of Evaluation for the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). Dr. Trochim received a PhD in Methodology and Evaluation Research from the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, and has been at Cornell University since 1980.
Dr. Trochim's research is broadly in the area of applied social research methodology, with an emphasis on program planning and evaluation methods. He has written several books, including a widely used introductory research methods text. He manages one of the most widely used websites in applied social research (www.socialresearchmethods.net), and has authored, or co-authored, hundreds of articles on concept mapping and other research methodologies. He has been an active member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and is a past President of its Board.