and Principal Evaluator
rAMONA tENORIO, PH.D.
Ramona Tenorio is a Jewish Latina (Jewtina) with Mexican/Indigenous and Dutch ancestry. Her background in research and evaluation as a trained anthropologist and geographer led her to start her own consulting firm, Broader Impact, LLC in 2019, and co-launch Tiyuv Initiative in 2021. Ramona is a mentor for the Wisconsin Center for Evaluation Research (WCER) Clinical Program, mentoring graduate students as they engage in applied and practical evaluation field experience. Ramona is a national speaker and educator on cultural humility, community engagement, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, health equity, and spatial equity. She has taught at all levels of education from K-12, college/university, graduate school, medical school, medical residency programs. As a faculty member of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Ramona played an active role in facilitating community-engaged research and scholarship on campus. She was team leader for the campus National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Coalition Builders Leadership chapter. NCBI is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. She has an unwavering commitment to the principles and values of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has held several leadership positions in these spaces within healthcare, research, nonprofit, and academic settings. Her passion for justice draws inspiration, guidance, and direction from the Jewish ethos of Tikkun Olam. Ramona currently serves as a board member of Jewtina y Co, Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council (JCRP), and Congregation Sinai, a Reform Congregation in Fox Point, Wisconsin.
Co-Founder and Evaluator
Shahanna Mckinney-baldon, m.e.d
Shahanna McKinney-Baldon is a longtime national thought leader on racial and ethnic diversity in the Jewish community. A former classroom teacher and education administrator, Shahanna has held leadership roles in Jewish education settings and in public school districts and community organizations, including serving in the roles of Reform synagogue Education Director and Jewish Federation high school program administrator; and as Advanced Academic Programs director, Chief Diversity Officer, and Director of Family and Community Engagement for large public-school districts. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Social Justice Education Program and the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Education, she led applied research work in the role of and Director of Professional Learning for Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)–a consortium of 30 US public school districts working to end the effects of racism on their schools. Shahanna is the former Special Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Center for Evaluation Research (WCER), and she currently serves there as an evaluator as well as in the role of WCER Clinical Program Co-Director. Shahanna sits on the Board of Governors for Reconstructing Judaism, and co-chairs the Tikkun Olam Commission for the Reconstructionist Movement, one of the major streams of Judaism in North America. She comes from a large Midwest US African American and Ashkenazi family with Seminole, Cherokee, Blackfoot, and Sephardi heritages.
Instructor and Evaluator
Gage Gorsky is a queer mixed Mexican Jewish multimodal research advisor, data analyst, and program evaluator who uses a dynamic approach to explore intersections of identity and the phenomenon of social categorization, with a focus on the tension between marginality and belonging. They have a doctorate in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Washington, where their research inquiry bridged social science themes to better understand the intersections of identity and math achievement. In 2020, they helped lead “Beyond the Count,” the largest ever study of Jews of Color, released August 2021. They serve as an advisor for OneTable, the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), Edot Midwest, as well as a number of independent research projects. In addition to ongoing work with SVARA and the Jim Joseph Foundation, they are currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Graduate School of Education, concentration in Jewish Studies, at Stanford University.
Hannah borison, MPA
Eddie Chavez Calderon is a Tiyuv alum. Since he was a teenager, has been deeply involved in social justice work. From the trenches to the coasts and everywhere in between, Eddie fights for a progressive movement that works towards a more inclusive, diverse America. Despite having many obstacles in his way, nothing has deterred Eddie from continuing to fight for the migrant community! As a DACA recipient and identifying as part of the Jewish community, Eddie finds his passion for justice and equity through his Jewish values of continuous education and repairing the world, as well as his personal experiences through border struggles and systemic oppression.
Eddie Chavez Calderon
Hannah Borison is a Tiyuv alum and young professional based in Washington DC. She currently works full-time as an Engagement Associate at the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2023 she received her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation from the George Washington University. Prior to moving to DC, Hannah grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Public Affairs. After graduation, she worked on various political and nonpolitical campaigns in the greater Los Angeles area, including Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for President and Equality California’s Covid-19 outreach campaign in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health. As a mixed person, she has always had a personal interest in intersectionality, but has recently become very interested in culturally responsive evaluation after learning about it in graduate school. She is extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural cohort of Tiyuv’s new evaluators’ training and mentoring program.
Adam Okoye, MS
Adam Okoye is a Tiyuv alum and recent graduate with a master’s degree in bilingualism studies from the University of Ottawa. His thesis focused on the experiences of people who had immigrated to Quebec as children from non-francophone countries and learned French in Quebec primary and secondary schools. This research explored not only linguistic experiences, but also experiences of racism and xenophobia in educational contexts from the standpoint of students. Adam has over seven years of research experience in academic settings where he has worked with researchers from the North America, Europe, and Asia. At the University of Ottawa, he worked collaboratively with professors doing research on linguistic risk taking, place-based digital storytelling, as well as the longitudinal research on students going to francophone primary schools in the Vancouver area. Adam completed his bachelor’s degree at Portland State University where he worked with the 503 Design Collective, a research group in the department of applied linguistics. While there, he co-developed a place-based argument reality game for second language learners. This game has been used as the basis for research on the ways people co-create meaning in real world tasks outside of traditional language learning environments. Outside of his work in higher education, Adam also has experience working with and advocating for first generation students in the Portland Public School District.