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Faculty and Staff

Jenell Holstead, Ph.D., Director of CAR

Dr. Holstead teaches courses on research methodology, and her research interests focus on the effectiveness of after school programs. Specifically, she examines the extent to which such programs improve academic performance. Dr. Holstead is also the Director of UW-Green Bay's Consortium of Applied Research (CAR). She has worked in program evaluation for the past 12 years, with expertise in educational research. She has evaluated youth development programs and initiatives, afterschool programs, early childhood and school-age environments, and educational initiatives. Dr. Holstead regularly provides professional development trainings and workshops on point-of-service practices to youth development organizations on topics such as: behavior management strategies, working with special education students, and improving academic and social-emotional outcomes of youth. In addition, she also gives technical assistance workshops to organizations on evaluation, making informed data-based decisions, advocating for programming and sustainability issues, and leveraging community resources.
Keara Ryan

Keara Ryan, Graduate Assistant

Keara is a 2023 graduate of the College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University with a bachelors in communication. While at CSBSJU, Keara worked as a youth development professional at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota and became interested in fostering the development of youth through after school programs. At UW-Green Bay, Keara is pursuing a master's degree in sport, exercise, and performance psychology, hoping to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant at the collegiate level. 

Kiley Smith

Kiley Smith, Graduate Assistant

Kiley is a 2023 graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in psychology and certificate in youth mentoringWhile at CSU, she worked as a research assistant in a social psychology lab and gained an interest in researching active workstations, physical activity, and sedentary behavior. At UW-Green Bay, Kiley is pursuing a master’s degree in sport, exercise, and performance psychology, hoping to work as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant for high school athletes or sedentary populations.