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Meet the Team

The Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness (CEEE) in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach is comprised of a talented group of faculty, staff, and graduate students committed to conducting rigorous program evaluations and research activities to find evidence-based best practices that enhance student success, equity, and instutitional effectiveness. The CEEE team possesses a broad array of research, evaluation, and teaching experience, with expertise in quantitative, qualtiative, and mixed methods approaches on a wide range of topics spanning PK-12 and postsecondary education. The CEEE team consists of several groups, including a leadership group overseeing the strategic direction of the center, project directors carrying out evaluation and research activities for center clients, operations staff facilitating administrative functions of the center, and graduate assistants supporting project directors in a living learning laboratory approach. 


Don Haviland, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Don Haviland is the Executive Director of CEEE and Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at CSULB. As Executive Director, Dr. Haviland is responsible for broad oversight and strategic direction of the center, and has more than 20 years of research and evaluation experience in academic and non-profit settings. His research agenda focuses on innovation and change at the organizational level in higher education and he has supervised more than 20 dissertations and theses over the last decade. Dr. Haviland is the Founding Director of CEEE.

Gino Galvez, Ph.D.


Dr. Gino Galvez is the Director of CEEE and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. As Director, he provides general oversight and leadership of the center. He is also leading evaluations for the CSU HSI-STEM Systemwide Research Project and the CSULB HSI-STEM Sí Puedo project. Dr. Galvez has over 15 years of experience conducting mixed-methods evaluation research for grant-supported projects and community-based organizations. In addition, Dr. Galvez has played key roles as an investigator or lead program evaluator on several multi-year grant-funded research projects (e.g., NIH, NSF, DoED). These projects have focused on low-income and underrepresented student success, undergraduate research training programs, mentoring, and science identity development. In the Department of Psychology, he teaches courses in Test Construction, Research Methods, Qualitative Methods, Social Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Allan Taing, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Allan Taing is the Associate Director of CEEE and a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership. As Associate Director, Dr. Taing provides leadership and supervision in the day-to-day operations of CEEE. He also serves as the Project Director for the HSI Caminos Project, MARC, and RISE projects. He has previously worked in higher education administration in a variety of functional areas, including institutional research, academic advising, human resources, and strategic communications. His research interests are in socioeconomic inequality in postsecondary access and completion.

Project Directors

Veronica L. Fematt, Ph.D.

Policy and Practice Dissemination Coordinator

Dr. Veronica L. Fematt is the Policy and Practice Dissemination Coordinator at CEEE and serves a Co-Project Director on the CSU HSI-STEM Summative Evaluation Project. Dr. Fematt is responsible for disseminating emerging policy, practice, and methodological lessons from this project. Prior to her current position, Dr. Fematt was a Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the pre- and post-community college transfer experience with an emphasis on campus climate issues such as, the manifestation of transfer student microaggressions and stereotypes at selective institutions. Her most recent work focuses on the Latinx college student experience in STEM.

May Ling Halim, Ph.D.

Project Director

Dr. May Ling Halim is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the CSULB Culture and Social Identity Development Laboratory. In CEEE, Dr. Halim serves as the Project Director for the CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap project. Her research specializes in understanding children’s self-concepts with an emphasis on gender and ethnic identity development. Many of her studies sample children from low-income, ethnic minority, and immigrant backgrounds. Further, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Psychological Foundation. She has published 21 journal articles and has also written several handbook chapters.

Nada Rayyes, Ph.D.

Program Evaluator

Dr. Nada Rayyes serves as the CEEE Program Evaluator leading evaluation efforts for the BUILD (BUilding Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) project. Dr. Rayyes has been conducting research and evaluation in education, workforce development, and community health for over 20 years, evaluating programs for school districts, non-profit agencies, foundations, the U.S. Department of Education, colleges and universities. Dr. Rayyes has a passion for educational equity, closing the opportunity gap, and increasing access to college and career for students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. Her topical interests include high school effectiveness, college readiness, undergraduate STEM programs, community health, social and emotional learning, school climate, and after school programs.


Makisha Glover-Hill

Operations Analyst


Steffeni Kikuta

Operations Coordinator

Graduate Assistants

Belen Maria Hernandez

Program: M.S. in Counseling, Option in Student Development in Higher Education


Jason Moreno

Program: M.A. in Psychology, Option in Psychological Research 

CEEE is established under guidelines set forth in CSULB Academic Senate Policy 14-04, Policy on Formation and Review of Academic Centers and Institutes. In alignment with this policy, an advisory board is established to provide formal oversight of CEEE. The CEEE Advisory Board meets annually to advise CEEE, the Department of Educational Leadership, and the College of Education, regarding the operations of the center.


Advisory Board

Mahmoud Albawaneh

Executive Director, Institutional Research and Analytics, CSULB


Curtis Bennett

Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSULB


Jody Cormack

Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies, CSULB


Sonia De La Torre

Graduate Student, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, CSULB


Jeff Gold

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success Strategic Initiatives, CSU Office of the Chancellor


Kerry Johnson

Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, CSULB


Farah Naz Khaleghi

Executive Director, Long Beach Community Improvement League


Simon Kim

Associate Vice President of Research & Sponsored Programs, CSULB


Beth Lesen

Vice President of Student Affairs, CSULB


Monica Lounsbery

Dean, College of Health & Human Services, CSULB


Corinne Martinez

Chair, Department of Liberal Studies, CSULB


Zed Mason

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, CSULB


Hiromi Masunaga

Chair, Department of Advanced Studies in Education & Counseling, CSULB


Shireen Pavri

Dean, College of Education, CSULB


Alberto J. Román

President, East Los Angeles College


Fay Shin

Chair, Department of Teacher Education, CSULB


Ed Sullivan

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Research and Resources, CSU Office of the Chancellor


Jinny Rhee

Dean, College of Engineering, CSULB


In addition, CEEE leadership, project directors, and operations staff are members on the CEEE Advisory Board.


Updated September 2021