Current Board of Directors
Nikhat Rasheed, President
Nikhat Rasheed is an independent consultant and former Executive Director, with expertise in leading multi-institutional projects and program evaluations in the education and non-profit sectors. Projects are funded by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and regional/ local foundations. Her areas of expertise include immigrant integration, pathways to employment, labour market planning, diversity and inclusion, crime prevention and delivering training initiatives to achieve social change.
Nikhat currently serves as the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario. Over the past 7 years, she has served in various leadership capacities including Membership Committee Chair, Vice-President, Past President and Treasurer. She was one of the Diversity Champions that launched Canada’s first-ever regional Diversity & Inclusion Charter in Peel Region and has served as a director with the Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel. Nikhat is a founding member of the Azeeza project. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Leeds, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Term: This is Nikhat’s fourth term on the CES-ON Board.
Maria Mirzoyan, Vice-President, Interim Treasurer
Maria Mirzoyan is an Evaluation Specialist with over four years of experience in monitoring and evaluating community-based programs. Her evaluation experiences are with organizations in the non-profit sector and the health care industry, including Jays Care Foundation, OntarioMD and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Maria holds a Master of Health Evaluation Degree from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society from York University. She is passionate about her career in evaluation and strives to ensure all voices are heard to create positive social change.
Term: This is Maria’s second term on the CES-ON Board
Tanya Darisi, Secretary
Tanya has close to 20 years’ experience working across the public, private and non-profit sectors, where her core areas of contribution include applied research and evaluation, capacity building, program design and strategy. Committed to equity, inclusion and wellbeing for all, Tanya has designed and implemented measurement and evaluation frameworks for a full range of interventions and initiatives, from grassroots to systems level evaluations, and multi-stakeholder engagements. The excellence and value of her work as an external evaluator is evidenced by the number of long-term relationships she holds with clients, including with her first program evaluation client from 2003. She is a natural born problem solver with a gift for navigating complexity and seizing emergent opportunities and challenges.
Tanya holds a Masters Degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph, where she also achieved a PhD candidacy before turning her attention away from academia and towards on-the-ground social change. She has been a course instructor for undergraduate courses in research methods, evaluation and social psychology. She is a founding partner and mentor with RhyzeVentures, supporting women entrepreneurs with leadership and business development. She has a certificate in Impact Investing from Oxford-Saïd School of Business and is currently pursing a Certificate in Law from Queen’s University.
Term: This is Tanya’s first term on the CES-ON Board of Directors
Nick Petten, National Representative
Nick Petten is a researcher, consultant and evaluator with over 10 years’ experience working with culturally diverse populations in multiple roles and positions. He is primarily concerned with how to meaningfully and ethically involve children and youth in research and program design.
Nick has extensive knowledge and demonstrated research ability developed through a masters-level education in early childhood studies with a focus on children’s rights, program evaluation, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and early learning. He is currently conducting several program evaluations and research projects focusing on youth engagement, peacebuilding, children’s rights, health equity, and other social justice issues. He provides professional consultations on monitoring and evaluation activities, community consultations, participatory research methodologies, and ethical guidance on working with adolescent and child stakeholders. His ongoing research focuses on a children’s rights-based approach to public-private partnerships in an emerging, digitally-facilitated knowledge economy and corporate partnerships in the provision of public education. Nick has in-depth and front-line experience working with children and adolescents with multiple needs and capabilities through parent education programs, early childhood education centres, adolescent treatment centres and community programs. You can connect with him on Linkedin.
Term: This is Nick’s third term on the CES-ON board
Antoine Vandemoortele, Membership Committee Co-Chair
Antoine Vandemoortele currently works as Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) working on policy, research and strategy for OLG’s social responsibility and responsible gambling portfolio.
He is a researcher and policy professional with over fifteen years of experience providing strategic and operational advice, leading high performing teams, and managing research & evaluation projects. His expertise includes strategic planning, policy development, stakeholder engagement, program evaluation & results-based management, and research & data analysis.
Term: This is Antoine’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Allison Prieur, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Allison Prieur is an evaluation and organizational learning leader who has 20 years of experience working with non-profits and foundations. She is particularly interested in building evaluation capacity to support organizational development in human service non-profits, and the role of foundations in supporting doing and using evaluations among their grantees and for their own strategic decision making.
Allison is a student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. She also holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology with Thesis, both from the University of Windsor.
Term: This is Allison’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Holly Stack-Cutler, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Holly Stack-Cutler is an evaluator and community-based researcher with 20 years of experience leading evaluation and research projects. She is passionate about using data visualization and knowledge mobilization strategies to move findings into action; writing grants in order to implement and evaluate quality programs for children, youth, and families; and cultivating mutually-beneficial and collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders.
Holly holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta; an MEd in Studies in Teaching and Learning and an MA in Lifespan Development Psychology, both from Brock University; and a BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Windsor. Holly also holds certificates in Knowledge Mobilization, Non-profit Management, and Program Evaluation.
Term: This is Holly’s first term on the CES-ON Board.