Office of Performance Evaluations

Staff Information

The Office of Performance Evaluations has eight full-time staff, including a director who serves at the pleasure of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, an administrative coordinator, and six evaluators. The office also employs part-time and contract staff as needed to supplement project resources.

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Rakesh Mohan

Rakesh Mohan

(208) 332-1470

Rakesh has more than 25 years of experience in program evaluation and policy analysis working for legislatures in Idaho, Washington, Louisiana, and Kansas. He has been the director of OPE since 2002.

Under his direction, OPE has received many awards, including the 2011 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the 2012 Excellence in Research Methods Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rakesh serves on the evaluation advisory committee for the VOICES for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. He is also a member of AEA's Evaluation Policy Task Force and the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Evaluation.

Locally, he is a member of the board of directors of Learning Lab, a Boise nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community through literacy for all. He also guest lectures at Boise State University’s graduate and undergraduate classes in political science and public administration.

In the past, he served on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, the AEA board of directors, the editorial advisory board of New Directions for Evaluation, and the executive committee of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society.
Rakesh is the coeditor of two volumes of New Directions for Evaluation: “Promoting the Use of Government Evaluations in Policymaking” (2006) and “Responding to Sponsors and Stakeholders in Complex Evaluation Environments” (2002).

Rakesh grew up in India and came to the United States in 1976. Before entering the legislative environment, he worked as an analytical chemist in Kansas. He has a master of public administration from the University of Kansas and is a recipient of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship (leadership development program).

Margaret Campbell

Margaret Campbell

Administrative Coordinator
(208) 332-1478

Margaret helped establish OPE in 1994 as assistant to the director. She is secretary to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, edits and desktop publishes reports, maintains the OPE website, and manages human resources and fiscal operations.

She studied business and participated in student government at BYU-Idaho, attended training at the Legislative Staff Management Institute in Sacramento, and is certified as a copy editor through the University of California San Diego.

Margaret's prior work experience includes the federal offices of Apprenticeship and Training, IRS Audits, and Agricultural Statistics. She is a member of the American Copy Editors Society and the National Association of Government Communicators.

Lance McCleve

Lance McCleve

Principal Evaluator
(208) 332-1469

Lance joined OPE to pursue his interest in evaluation design and methodology. He has an undergraduate degree in political science with an emphasis in public policy and a master's degree in public administration.

While at OPE, Lance has worked on projects covering a variety of policy areas including K-12 education, higher education funding, environment, health and welfare, liquor distribution, transportation, and tax policy. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the Oregon Program Evaluators Network, and National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lance grew up in the Treasure Valley and currently lives in Boise with his wife and daughter.

Bryon Welch

Bryon D. Welch

Principal Evaluator
(208) 332-1468

Bryon joined OPE while completing a master's degree in public administration. He has an undergraduate degree in political science and is currently pursuing a PhD in public policy and administration from Boise State University. He also received graduate certificates in geographic information analysis and community and regional planning.

While at OPE, Bryon has worked on projects covering a variety of policy areas including education, environment, health and welfare, and human resources. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the Oregon Program Evaluators Network, and the American Society for Public Administration.

He serves as the technology and social media resource for the office. Bryon grew up in Kent, Washington.

Amanda Bartlett

Amanda Bartlett

Senior Evaluator
(208) 332-1473

Amanda joined OPE with 11 years of experience as a researcher and program evaluator for Ada County. While with the county, she conducted evaluations for departments, including Solid Waste Management, Juvenile Court Services, and Misdemeanor Probation, led multiple strategic planning efforts, and designed employee and citizen feedback surveys.

Amanda has an undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from Liberty University and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Hannah Crumrine

Hannah Crumrine

Senior Evaluator
(208) 332-1474

Hannah came to OPE with experience in grant writing and fundraising. She has been with OPE for 5 years and most enjoys her work in research and survey development. She has worked on projects ranging from health services to public education.

She has a master of health science from Boise State University and an undergraduate degree in liberal studies from the University of Montana.  

Hannah has taught program evaluation for Boise State University. She is a member of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. She grew up in Twin Falls and lives in Boise with her husband and sons.

Tony Grange

Tony Grange, PhD

Senior Evaluator
(208) 332-1476

Tony came to OPE after serving as a research analyst for nearly 10 years for both the Idaho Department of Correction and Ada County Juvenile Court Services. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Idaho State University as well as a master's and PhD in experimental psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.

While at OPE, Tony has worked on projects involving Health and Welfare finances, business tax policy, juvenile justice, and costs of the death penalty, among others. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Tony was raised in Pocatello, and is enjoying all Idaho has to offer after living in three other states prior to returning in 2004.

Tony Grange

Ryan Langrill, PhD

(208) 332-1475

Ryan came to OPE from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught courses on International Economic Policy, the Political Economy of the City, and History of Political Economy.

He completed a BA in economics and history at Gonzaga University in 2008, and a PhD in economics at George Mason University in 2013. Ryan’s studies included interdisciplinary aspects of economics and the other social sciences, with a focus on political economy, economic sociology, and the theory of the market process.

Ryan was an invited participant in 2011 at an Economic History conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has presented at professional conferences and has written publications in economics and interdisciplinary journals. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Ryan was born in Boise and has spent most of his life in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. He is a long-suffering fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Jennifer Tomlinson

Jennifer Tomlinson, AICP

(208) 332-1477

Jennifer joined OPE with 10 years experience in Urban and Regional Planning, most recently as an Associate Comprehensive Planner for the City of Boise. While with the city, she led master planning efforts, was part of the city's first interdepartmental Wildfire Mitigation team, and leveraged citywide GIS assets to implement a robust GIS system for the Planning and Development Services department. Before her work at the city, Jennifer worked for the southwest Idaho economic development district with an emphasis in planning in small and rural communities.

Jennifer completed a BA in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a BA in applied sociology from Hawaii Pacific University, and a master of urban and regional planning and a graduate certificate in GIS from the University of Colorado. She received her American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation from the American Planning Association in 2007 and is a member of that organization.

Jennifer Tomlinson

Chelsea Shaver

(208) 332-1479

Chelsea is earning her bachelor's degree in political science from Boise State University and plans to graduate in May 2015. She assists the office with evaluation research.

A Tresure Valley native, she lives in Meridian and has worked at Scentsy for the past five years.


Professional Memberships

In addition to individual memberships to several professional organizations, all OPE staff are members of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES)—a staff section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).