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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 Associate
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

Richard Chase 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
IT Analyst
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

Justin Hollis Justin Hollis
Research Scientist
Justin works on Minnesota Compass. He specializes in policy research, program evaluation, and promoting the use of community indicators and performance measures by governmental and non-profit organizations to better engage community and other key stakeholders in assessing the position and progress of communities' quality of life. Before joining Wilder Research, Justin worked for Ramsey County supporting strategic planning and implementation, policy research and analysis, and performance management. Full bio
Wendy Huckaby 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
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 IT systems and application development expertise and oversight at Wilder Research. His focus is primarily on building and deploying web applications in support of research projects. He oversees web and database development on Compass projects, and is principal developer of and its supporting infrastructure. 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
Jacob Wascalus Jacob Wascalus
Research Scientist
Jacob seeks to improve community vitality by promoting the use of data and community indicators to better understand trends in different quality-of-life measures. He generates and curates content for the Minnesota Compass website and manages a portfolio of related research projects. 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