About Us

For more information on our curriculum, training team, expert consultants and mentors, and our application materials please visit https://u.osu.edu/ebitraining/ . The training program is free but space is limited. Email us at ebiteohio@gmail.com with any questions.

About Our Team



Ann A. O’Connell, Ed.D., is the Principal Investigator for the EBITE program and is Professor of Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement at The Ohio State University. She received her Master’s in Statistics from the University of Connecticut and her Doctorate in Measurement and Evaluation from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City. Dr. O’Connell teaches courses and workshops nationally and internationally in program evaluation and introductory and advanced statistics including multilevel analysis, sampling designs and categorical methods. She has served as the lead evaluator on numerous education and health intervention studies, and regularly provides expertise to Statewide and National advisory boards and working groups, including the advisory panel for the Ohio Evidence-based Clearinghouse.


Natasha K. Bowen is a Professor at the Ohio State University College of Social Work. She received her Master’s and PhD degrees in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bowen teaches PhD courses on intermediate statistics and structural equation modeling. She developed an online system of decision-making supports for schools that starts with a comprehensive social environmental assessment for students and ends with the choice and implementation of appropriate evidence-based practices. Since moving to OSU in 2015 she has been working with schools and community agencies to reduce educational disparities for racial/ethnic and refugee families.


Kevin Gowdy holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences from Metro State University of Denver (MSUD). He is also certified in Elementary K-6 and Special Education K-12 from MSUD. He taught special education and computer technology K-8 in Denver, Colorado. He  graduated from The Ohio State University May 2021, with his Masters of Learning Technologies within the Department of Education and Human Ecology. He is currently an Instructional Designer and Program Associate for the Department of Educational Studies at Ohio State.


Marsha Lewis is an associate professor in Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She currently teaches courses in program evaluation and research methods and  manages applied research projects related public sector strategy development and K-12 education performance. Marsha has a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation with concentrations in statistical analysis and psychometrics. Before joining Ohio University, Marsha was a high school social studies teacher.


Ani Ruhil is a Professor in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. He teaches courses on data analytics and visualization in Master of Public Administration curriculum and works on a number of program evaluations and applied research projects in the public health and K-12 education arenas. Most recently, Ani worked with Dr. O’Connell and Dr. Lewis on a multi-year evaluation of Ohio’s principal evaluation system (OPES) and teacher evaluation system (OTES). He has also worked with Dr. Lewis on various evaluations of Battelle for Kids-initiated pilots around value-added analysis in Ohio for progress and achievement.  


Krisann Stephany is a doctoral student in the Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement program at The Ohio State University. She originally got her Bachelor’s in physics and astronomy from Ohio State before being introduced to science education research. She has worked in numerous informal learning environments such as the Center of Science and Industry and has done research in program development in astronomy education.


Dr. Tracey Stuckey is Senior Lecturer & Program Coordinator in the Learning Technologies Program, Department of Educational Studies, College of Education & Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She currently teaches courses in instructional technology & design and research methods. She has years of formal training and experience in web design, using technology for instruction/learning, and delivery of instructional materials using online systems. Her background in research methods includes formal education and training in both qualitative and quantitative research techniques and educational research & evaluation. Over the past decade, she has served as a methodologist on doctoral exam and dissertation committees, and as a Co-Investigator on funded research projects.

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