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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.

Megan Chmielewski Megan Chmielewski
IT Analyst
Megan is an IT Analyst working on the Minnesota Compass and Sprockets Database projects. For Compass, she pulls and analyzes national and state data to provide a picture of quality of life in Minnesota’s communities. Full bio

Justin Hollis Justin Hollis
Research Scientist
Justin specializes in policy research, program evaluation, and promoting the use of community indicators and performance measures by government and nonprofit organizations to better engage key stakeholders in assessing the position and progress of communities' quality of life. Full bio
Sheri Holm Sheri Holm
Website Coordinator
Sheri manages and creates new ways to use the web to carry out the mission and goals of the Minnesota Compass project. She develops and maintains current and relevant content on the Minnesota Compass website, supports relationships with key audiences, determines needs regarding online communications, and addresses those needs via online communications channels. Sheri has great depth of experience in communications, including 13 years in her previous position as communications director for the West Central Initiative. 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
Anne Li Anne Li
Research Associate
Anne supports a variety of projects related to Minnesota Compass. Her research interests are in housing, immigration, and environmental sustainability. Anne comes to the Compass team having recently graduated in spring 2019 with a master’s degree in Public Health Administration and Policy. Full bio
Allison Liuzzi Allison Liuzzi
Minnesota Compass Project Director
As Project Director of Minnesota Compass, Allison works with a team of researchers to describe and measure progress on topics related to our shared quality of life in Minnesota. She has particular interest in demographic trends, employment and workforce development, and immigration. Full bio
Bryan Lloyd Bryan Lloyd
Web and Applications Manager
Bryan manages web and application development at Wilder Research for a wide-range of research and consulting clients. Typical projects include web sites, online databases, and APIs. He oversees web and database development for the Compass project, and maintains the code behind our products. 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 Wascalus generates and curates content for the Minnesota Compass website and manages a portfolio of related research projects. He seeks to improve community vitality by promoting the use of data and community indicators to better understand trends in different quality-of-life measures. Jacob brings experience in research, geospatial analysis, writing, and outreach from previous positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, among others. Full bio
Ellen Wolter
Research Scientist
Ellen serves as a Research Scientist for Minnesota Compass where she tracks indicators for the project which provides community-level trends for Minnesota residents. Ellen holds dual master’s degrees in public health and public policy from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in English from Grinnell College. Ellen has presented her work at local and national conferences and currently serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Evaluation Association. Full bio