Ellen has over 30 years experience in evaluation and program development with an emphasis on capacity building in the public and nonprofit sectors. She trains widely on the use of the logic model in planning and evaluation as well as all aspects of program evaluation and has written extensively on practical evaluation applications. She conducts and manages evaluation studies, provides training and consults with local, state, national and international agencies. From 1994-2011, she was Distinguished Evaluation Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. She is past chair of the Extension Evaluator's Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She served on the American Evaluation Association Board from 2004 to 2007. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, Human Service Studies/College of Human Ecology (program evaluation focus).