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Sarah L. Desmarais, PhD, President

Sarah L. Desmarais, Ph.D. has been a Senior Vice President at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) since 2021. She is responsible for developing and providing oversight on research projects, as well as administrative and management duties in support of a variety of other projects… Continue Reading

PRA is staffed by approximately 65 employees, all dedicated to serving populations in need. Our staff is composed of individuals with a diverse range of personal and professional experiences who are organized into program areas (with Program Area Directors) that reflect topical and technical areas of expertise.

The PRA Council is composed of representatives from each program area, standing committees, and larger projects who are appointed annually to provide input and advise in the day-to-day implementation of PRA’s values and guiding principles.

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Kelly Abbruzzese

Administration Area

Dan Abreu

Senior Project Associate II

Lynn Aragona

Administration Area

Ben Barrowman

Senior Project Associate I

Jasher Blocker

Project Associate II

Chantel Boudreau

Project Associate I

Lisa Callahan

Senior Research Associate III

Violette Cloud

Project Associate II

Dan Coladonato

Project Associate II

Holley Davis

Administration Area

Sarah Desmarais

President

Tess Edwards

Project Assistant II

Jen Elder

Senior Project Associate III

Michelle Espinosa-Clark

Project Associate II

Aly Feye

Project Associate I

Michael Foley

Administration Area

Anthony Fortuna

Project Assistant II

Halil Genc

Administration Area

Donald Harris

Senior Project Associate I

Michael Hatch

Senior Project Associate I

Pamela Heine

Senior Project Associate I

Regi Huerter

Senior Project Associate II

Erika Ihara

Project Associate I

Abigail Kirkman

Senior Project Associate I

Ashley Krider

Senior Project Associate II

Lenore Laier

Administration Area

Amy Lamerson

Project Associate II

Barbara Lattimore

Senior Project Associate I

Bryan LaVigne

Administration Area

Kristin Lupfer

Program Area Director

Isolynn Massey

Project Assistant I

Lisa Maye

Senior Project Associate I

Tish McCullough

Project Associate II

Julie McLafferty

Project Associate I

Maureen McLeod

Senior Project Associate I

Aaron Motschmann

Project Assistant I

Chan Noether

Senior Project Associate III

Elianne Paley

Administration Area

Travis Parker

Program Area Director

Sara Partyka

Administration Area

Philip Paty

Project Associate I

Lisa Pellitteri

Program Area Director

Sametra Polkah-Toe

Project Associate I

Karla Reeves

Administration Area

Matthew Robbins

Project Associate II

Pamela Clark Robbins

Sandra Rodriguez

Administration Area

Sam Rogers

Project Assistant II

Emily Russell

Project Assistant II

Ashley Sabatino

Project Assistant II

Steven Sepowski

Project Assistant II

Suzy Sodergren

Senior Project Associate I

Patty Spaulding

Administration Area

Amanda Starkey

Project Associate II

Melissa Stein

Senior Project Associate I

Briela Tollisen

Administration Area

Valarie Valentine

Intern

Richard Van Dorn

Senior Research Associate III

Nicole Vincent-Roller

Administration Area

Dazara Ware

Senior Project Associate I

Stephanieann Winter

Administration Area

Angela Wright

Senior Project Associate II

Samantha Zottola

Research Associate II