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Best Wishes to Two Evaluators

NWCPHP says goodbye to two important members of the Evaluation Team. Sandy Senter, who has worked with NWCPHP for ten years, will be retiring and Katherine Sabourin, a NWCPHP research assistant, will be moving to Ohio.
Best Wishes to Two Evaluators

Sandy Senter

March 9, 2012

This month NWCPHP says goodbye to two important members of the Evaluation Team. Sandy Senter, who has worked with NWCPHP for ten years, will be retiring and Katherine Sabourin, a NWCPHP research assistant, will be moving to Ohio.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these talented individuals," said Luann D'Ambrosio, NWCPHP Associate Director and the leader of the Evaluation Team. "Filling their shoes will not be an easy task."

NWCPHP partners with many community organizations, but the partnership with Group Health that has resulted in Senter's 10-year affiliation with NWCPHP is one of the longest. Senter is a research associate and senior program manager in the Center for Community Health and Evaluation at the Group Health Research Institute.

"We were thrilled to be working with Sandy," said Jack Thompson, who was NWCPHP's director at the time the partnership began. "She brought an expertise that was incredibly valuable to improve our capacity to evaluate NWCPHP activities and assist us in our national role around evaluation leadership."

Senter's retirement takes effect at the end of March and, although she will miss the people she works with, she is looking forward to retiring. She is active in her community, has a home woodshop for multiple home-remodel and other projects, and plans to spend a lot of time gardening and traveling.

Katherine SabourinSabourin began at NWCPHP in the summer of 2010 as part of a practicum for her Masters degree in Public Health and shortly after was hired as a research assistant while she worked to complete her degree. Sabourin graduated with an MPH in 2011, but stayed on as an essential part of the evaluation team, acting as project manager for various evaluation activities.

"The evaluation team has a number of responsibilities," said D'Ambrosio. "Katherine worked on developing instruments, conducting the evaluation, analyzing the data, and then producing comprehensive reports on the findings."

Sabourin didn't mind the diversity of the work, in fact, that was one of her favorite parts of the job. She explained that the diversity helped her further develop many of her skills and she enjoyed working with the practice community.

"I have more of a science-focused background," she explained, "with a degree in biology and then a Master's in Epidemiology. I am grateful for the opportunity to see research results be integrated into the practice community and see the research in a broader context."

D'Ambrosio plans to hire a full-time Evaluation Specialist to help replace the talents of Senter and Sabourin, both of whom will be missed. Everyone at NWCPHP wishes them the best of luck with their future endeavors.

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