About Us

Leadership Team

StanleySchneider

Stanley Schneider

President/CEO
and Senior Research Scientist

Stan Schneider has broad experience in applied research and evaluation in the areas of educational and youth programs, comprehensive community initiatives, child welfare, and anti-poverty initiatives. His professional interests include designing and managing large research projects, fostering organizational self-evaluation, and building the capacity of communities to collect and interpret data. A proud product of the New York City public schools and the City University of New York, Stan is a former public school teacher and school district director of research and evaluation. He conducted his graduate work in educational psychology at New York University and began working with Metis Associates in 1978.

FrancesSchorr

Frances L. Schorr

Vice President
and Senior Research Scientist

Frances Schorr has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher, evaluator, and consultant in the fields of education, comprehensive community development, and child welfare. Her interests include program development, self-evaluation, and capacity building to help communities collect, interpret, and use data to improve outcomes for children and families. Since joining Metis in 1987, she has directed projects in the areas of family literacy, adult education, comprehensive community improvement, and foster care, concentrating most recently on youth transitioning from care. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Cornell University.

ManuelGutierrez

Manuel GutiÉrrez

Vice President
and Senior Research Scientist

Manuel Gutiérrez joined Metis in 2006. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a researcher, evaluator, and consultant. Manuel applies a community-ecology systems approach to his work. His interests include comprehensive community improvement, dropout prevention, leadership development, youth development, early childhood education, and organizational development. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Temple University.

MarilynZlotnik

Marilyn Zlotnik

Vice President,
Development and Communications

Marilyn Zlotnik directs Metis's marketing, business development, and communications activities. She has extensive experience in program planning and implementation, competitive grants development, and training and technical assistance. Since coming to Metis in 1994, Marilyn has led successful efforts that have secured more than $200 million in competitive grants for Metis clients, including school districts, institutions of higher education, state education departments, and community-based organizations.

Ira Cutler

Ira Cutler

Vice President
for Policy and Strategic Planning

Ira Cutler is a nationally known strategist in the social-services field, with decades of experience helping nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and foundations to articulate and develop policies and practices to further their goals. Ira has a deep breadth of expertise in the public and private sectors, where he has held positions as a grant maker, administrator, and direct service provider. Prior to joining Metis in 2012, as a founding partner in The Cornerstone Consulting Group, Ira assisted a variety of clients in developing thoughtful strategies to promote positive social change. In addition to providing strategic planning consultation to social-services agencies, Ira will be managing Metis's newly-established office in Norwalk Connecticut.

PeterJenkins

Peter Jenkins

Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer

A certified public accountant, Peter Jenkins has particular expertise in financial and cost accounting and reporting. He possesses wide knowledge of computer systems to support processing and fiscal operations and has considerable experience in corporate governance, strategic and business planning, and internal auditing. He joined the Metis team in 1997.

SusanneHarnett

Susanne Harnett

Managing Senior Associate,
Research and Evaluation

Susanne Harnett has more than 15 years of experience in managing large-scale program evaluations, designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research, conducting fieldwork, and analyzing data. Her interests include literacy, arts education, school counseling, high school reform, teacher professional development, and other education-related subjects. Since joining Metis in 1999, Dr. Harnett has been the principal researcher on the evaluation of several large-scale educational initiatives in New York City and other urban school districts around the country. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Virginia.

RobertHarrington

Robert Harrington

Managing Senior Associate,
Information Technology

Robert Harrington leads projects in evaluation, research, information-systems development, and strategic planning for education, workforce development, and community development. A highly skilled developer of analytical databases, Mr. Harrington also oversees information-system support provided to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family-to-Family Initiative and leads evaluation work for Living Cities: the National Community Development Initiative. Mr. Harrington earned a master's of business administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

DonnaTapper

Donna Tapper

Managing Senior Associate,
Research and Evaluation

Donna Tapper has extensive experience in the formative and summative evaluation of human services and educational programs, and has worked as an applied researcher in the public and nonprofit sectors. Her interests include case studies, survey research, and policy evaluation. Since joining Metis in 1997, Donna's work has included evaluations of collaborative, youth-development, and school-to-career programs. She holds a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin and has done graduate work in political science.

DonnaWilkens

Donna Wilkens

Managing Senior Associate,
Research and Evaluation

Adding value to Metis's projects since 1987, Donna Wilkens has more than twenty years of experience in research, evaluation, policy analysis, program planning, and development. Specializing in the field of education, her work has concentrated on early childhood education, family literacy, charter schools, magnet schools, class-size-reduction initiatives, and teacher professional development. Since relocating in 1999 to oversee Metis's Atlanta office, Ms. Wilkens has broadened her work in human services to include the study of comprehensive community initiatives, providing evaluation technical assistance to 10 urban collaboratives as part of Metis's work for the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.