Meet the Compass Team

Minnesota Compass and related projects are managed and implemented by staff at Wilder Research. The following Wilder Research staff are involved in the project.

Steven Aviles Steven Aviles
Research Assistant
Steven supports a variety of projects related to Minnesota Compass. Before joining Wilder Research in 2015, Steven worked with the City of Saint Paul, Metro Transit, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation as a GIS intern. Full bio

Steven Aviles Richard Chase
Senior Research Manager, Compass Unit Manager
Richard manages the budget and staffing and advises on strategy for Minnesota Compass and related indicators projects. He has managed research teams and led research projects at Wilder Research since 1983, focusing on studies of early childhood development. Full bio

Megan Chmielewski Megan Chmielewski
Research Associate
Megan splits her time at Wilder Research between Minnesota Compass and the Sprockets/Promise Neighborhood citywide database. For Compass, she pulls indicator data from the U.S. Census, state departments, and other sources and analyzes that information to help give a picture of well-being in Minnesota’s communities. Full bio

Ruth Hamberg Wendy Huckaby
Communications Manager
Wendy provides communications leadership for Wilder Research and Minnesota Compass, developing and implementing print, digital, and event strategies. Wendy has 20 years of experience in strategic communications and public relations. Full bio
Julian Kittelson-Aldred Julian Kittelson-Aldred
Web Developer
Julian contributes website and application support to a variety of projects, with a particular concentration on the Minnesota Compass website and database. She works with colleagues and external stakeholders to deliver data-driven web solutions. Full bio
Allison Liuzzi Allison Liuzzi
Project Director
Allison leads Minnesota Compass. She also works on related projects, including the STEM section of Minnesota Compass, North Dakota Compass, South Dakota Dashboard, and Black Hills Knowledge Network. Full bio
Bryan Lloyd Bryan Lloyd
Web and Applications Manager
Bryan provides technical development expertise and oversight at Wilder Research for a wide-range of IT solutions, focusing primarily on web sites, databases, and applications, He oversees web and database development on the Compass projects. Full bio
Paul Mattessich Paul Mattessich
Wilder Research Executive Director, Compass Governance Chair
Paul provides oversight for the Compass project. He has led Wilder Research since 1982, building a research team dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of organizations and policies aimed at improving lives and strengthening communities. Full bio
Erin Spaeth Erin Spaeth
Research Assistant
Erin is part of the Minnesota Compass project data team. Prior to joining Wilder Research, Erin worked on the City of Brooklyn Park’s Community Indicators Analysis project. She served as a Research Analyst for Labor Market Information at the Kansas Department of Labor, and served as geographic information system (GIS) lead for the agency. Full bio
Ellen Wolter
Research Scientist
Ellen works on Minnesota Compass and related-Compass projects. Ellen joined Wilder Research in 2016, after working as a program evaluator for University of Minnesota’s Office of Community Engagement for Health. Her prior experience includes identifying community trends and conducting program evaluations related to education, health, and social services. Full bio
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