Elaine M. Wolf, PhD, and Renie Kehres, Ph.D join the team at Apter & O’Connor. Dr. Wolf is a sociologist with 25 years of experience in research and evaluation, primarily in the areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and health-related interventions. She holds an M.A. and the Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University and an A.B. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience includes the Director of Research at the Center for Community Alternatives (Syracuse and New York City) (1999-2010); Adjunct Professor in the Sociology Department and School of Social Work at Syracuse University (1994-99); Senior Research Associate at the United States Sentencing Commission (1988-92); and Senior Associate at the Institute for Law and Justice (1985-86). Her research has been published in Evaluation Review, Crime and Delinquency; Journal of Drug Issues; and in James Nolan’s edited volume, Drug Courts: In Theory and In Practice. One of Elaine’s first projects with A&O will be the evaluation of the Neighborhood Action Initiative of the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. She will lend her expertise to the team in evaluation design, qualitative methods including conducting focus groups and interviews , and in the analysis and presentation of data.
Dr. Kehres has a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies. She has over thirty years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in various settings. Her specialty interests include youth development, resiliency and strength-based practices and bullying. Before joining Apter and O’Connor, Renie had her own evaluation practice which included a U.S. Department of Education grant (Partnerships in Character Education) with the Utica City School District, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs for the Syracuse City School District, YMCA, Contact Community Services and the School of the HeARTS, and the Genesis Health Project. Renie is currently the Assistant Dean for Student Services and a Professor of Practice in Child and Family Studies in the Falk College at Syracuse University.
We are excited to welcome these two Associates as they bring a wealth of knowledge and evaluation expertise to our firm.