• Sarah Hidalgo

    Sarah Hidalgo is a Research Specialist Senior and Data Manager for the research methodology team at the REACH Institute. Sarah constructs computer-assisted and online data collection tools, as well as manages incoming data and distributes cleaned and scored data. She also runs basic statistical analysis using SPSS, SAS, and Mplus. Sarah has her M.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.

  • Marianne Fillhouer

    Marianne Fillhouer, M.A., Ed.S., is the Implementation Coordinator for the Positive Family Support Intervention Program (PFS), an evidenced-based school intervention program. She is responsible for the oversight of the program in addition to serving as a nationwide trainer and consultant for PFS. Marianne is a licensed school psychologist with over 15 years of experience in pre K-12 public education in both Minnesota and Arizona. Her interests include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), family-school partnerships, and educational equity.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), her M.A. in Educational Psychology and Ed.S. in Education and School Psychological Services from the University of Minnesota.

  • Kirsten Letham

    Kirsten Letham is a Research Specialist for the ASU REACH Institute. Letham programs computerized assessments used in longitudinal studies, and is involved in the organization, storage, and distribution of data from various information systems. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

  • John Lipfert

    John Lipfert is the Technology Support Analyst Principal. Lipfert supports all ASU REACH projects with their technology needs. He maintains the servers, workstations, laptops, and printers, in addition to performing website maintenance and handling information security. He has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

  • Monique Lopez

    REACH Operations Manager / Director of Data Collection and Implementation Coordinator, joined the ASU REACH Institute team in 2003. She provides financial oversight and budget planning for REACH. She has directed sample acquisition and data collection for 15 NIH-funded research projects. Monique has specific expertise in recruiting, retention, and data collection with Mexican American, bereaved, and divorced families in intervention studies. She also coordinates the training and implementation for several evidence-based intervention programs, which include Bridges, NBP, and Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families. She has specialized training in Salesforce and Qualtrics.  Monique has a B.A. in Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

  • Yasaman Parsi

    Yasaman Parsi, ME.D, M.C., LPC is the Implementation Coordinator for The Family Check-Up Program at REACH Institute. She is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked as an educator and therapist with individuals, families and groups in multiple agency settings such as La Frontera-Empact SPC and MISS Foundation. Yasaman has worked with ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse populations on a variety of mental health concerns such as grief, bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, couples counseling, and parenting skills education. Yasaman has also worked on other REACH programs in the past such as the New Beginnings Program and Bridges to High School Program. Yasaman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women Studies, Master’s degree in Counseling and Master’s degree in Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a Teaching Certificate from Arizona State University.

  • Michele M. Porter

    Dr. Porter is the project director for the Family Bereavement Program 15 Year Follow up at the ASU REACH Institute. Her research interests include cost analysis and evaluation of the long-term effects of prevention programs aimed at helping children and families adjust to stressful life experiences such as divorce, separation and bereavement. She earned her Ph.D. in Family Studies at Arizona State University.

  • Patti Serrano

    Patti Serrano, Research Coordinator and Field Manager, joined the ASU REACH Institute team in 2002. She facilitates data collection for multiple NIH-funded research projects. Patti has specific expertise recruiting and retaining Mexican American families in intervention studies and conducting clinical research in the private sector. She is currently pursuing her masters of science in Clinical Research Management at ASU.

  • Jaimee Virgo

    Jaimee Virgo, Research Specialist Senior and lead data manager for the research methodology team, supports ASU REACH Institute projects in their data management and methodology needs. Jaimee constructs computer assisted and online data collection tools, as well as processes and manages incoming data and runs descriptive statistical analysis. Jaimee has a B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University.

  • Kathy Yakaitis

    Kathy Yakaitis, MSW, LCSW, shares her time as Assistant Program Manager and Assistant to Data Collection at the REACH Institute in the Department of Psychology at ASU.  She supports research activities, maintains contact with research participants and community agencies, and manages budgets and accounts.  Her interests include family resilience, changes in life stages, and quality research practices.