People

Jorge Andrews, MPH

  • Evaluation Associate
Jorge Andrews is an Evaluation Associate with the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center. Jorge is part of the regional training team, conducting in person trainings as well as webinars. He has worked as part of the Healthy Stores for Healthy Communities support team at TCEC, providing assistance to all Local Lead agencies as they collect data from tobacco retailers throughout the state. He oversees the device lending program at TCEC, as well as the SurveyAnalytics accounts for all prop 99/56 funded projects. Jorge has a BA degree in History and Cultural Anthropology from UC Riverside, as well as Masters in Public Health degree from UC Davis.

Diana Cassady, DrPH

  • Principal Investigator
As the Principal Investigator (PI), Diana Cassady has overall responsibility for TCEC’s evaluation technical assistance activities and research agenda. Committed to using technology to improve efficiency and learning, she initiated TCEC’s mobile device program for data collection and co-created an online, interactive training module for data collectors. Her research on tobacco control policy in California has been published in Preventing Chronic Disease and Tobacco. She also conducts research on food deserts and food advertising, has evaluated programs in nutrition education in schools and community settings, and teaches in the MPH program at UC Davis. Diana is a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, with a master’s degree in communication from Stanford University and a doctoral degree in health education from the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.

Catherine Z Dizon, MPH

  • Project Director
Catherine Dizon is the Project Director of the UC Davis Tobacco Control Evaluation Center (TCEC) and works collaboratively with the TCEC team to deliver quality trainings, webinars, tutorials, and resources on evaluation for tobacco control advocates. With a Master of Public Health and BS in Human Development and from UC Davis, Catherine is trained in public health, health informatics, and cultural diversity and ethics. She has over a decade of experience promoting diversity in leadership and cultural inclusiveness through community programs in the Bay Area and Sacramento region. Catherine specializes in project management and the use of mobile technology for data collection. Other professional interests include training development, facilitation and presentation techniques, e-learning, culturally responsive evaluation, participatory data analysis and interpretation, and making evaluation accessible for all to use.

Diana Dmitrevsky

  • Administrative Specialist
Diana Dmitrevsky is an Administrative Assistant at The Tobacco Control Evaluation Center, where she oversees the day-to-day office activities and manages our communications. She is usually your first point of contact when calling TCEC. She will direct your requests for technical assistance to our evaluation staff and help in any way she can. She has more than 25 years of experience working for public health and educational organizations.

Melanie Dove, MPH, ScD

  • Statistician
Melanie Dove is the Statistician for TCEC. She conducts research on how tobacco control policies and programs impact behavior and health. For example, she examined the impact of the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Project, which provided incentives to smokers enrolled in Medi-Cal to call the California Smokers’ Helpline. She also evaluated a Department of Justice program that provided grants to local agencies to reduce youth tobacco use. Melanie Dove is a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis and teaches an Introduction to SAS class. She has an MPH from Boston University and a doctoral degree in Environmental Health from Harvard.

Evelyn Garcia

  • Student Assistant
Evelyn Garcia is a student assistant at TCEC. She currently aids the staff in video production as well as provides help in any necessary projects. Evelyn is currently a senior at UC Davis pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Film and TV. She wants to work in the film industry, creating projects that are inclusive to more communities and that include stories that have yet to be told.

Sarah Hellesen

  • Research Associate
Sarah Hellesen is a Research Associate at the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center, where she manages TCEC's research, communications, and marketing, and collaborates on a number of TCEC projects. She has previously worked as a research assistant on a Tobacco Related Disease Research Program-funded pilot Community Academic Research Award, and as a reporter for the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, covering issues of healthcare access and quality in California. She graduated with a degree in Sociology from UC Davis.

Lance Jimenez

  • Student Assistant
Lance Jimenez is a student assistant at TCEC. He aids the staff by organizing and maintaining files and providing very tedious but very necessary help with Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community data organization. Lance Jimenez is currently a freshman in UC Davis pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Genetics.

Robin Kipke, MS

  • Evaluation Associate
As an Evaluation Associate, Robin Kipke’s primary mission is to strengthen the evaluation capacity of client organizations by developing “how-to” resources, online tutorials, webinars and face-to-face trainings on evaluation methodology and practice.  Currently she is exploring how to utilize data visualization principles to communicate evaluation findings more effectively.  Robin has also led in-country data collection teams on large scale evaluations of village banking programs in Africa, evaluated a rural community media project for Cooperative Extension, and facilitated strategic planning efforts for local non-profits.  Robin earned an MS degree from UC Davis in International Agricultural Development with a specialization in program management and evaluation.

Danielle Lippert, MPH

  • Evaluation Associate
As an evaluation associate, Danielle is responsible for analyzing and evaluating strategies to improve training capacity, driving efforts to better understand client needs and identify strategies for addressing them, and conducting regular needs assessments to identify desired topics and means of delivery particularly in priority populations. Prior to working for TCEC, Danielle worked as a program coordinator serving the American Indian/Alaskan Native population of California, focusing on coalition building, data collection and analysis, and policy change. Danielle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Davis.