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Research Analysts | Media Contact | Research Associates | Office Staff | Board of Advisors

Morrison Institute’s researchers are recognized as some of Arizona’s most experienced and insightful policy analysts. Their extensive backgrounds span both the public and private sectors, and encompass policy development at the local, state, and national levels. Arizona State University faculty members and experts from throughout the United States also contribute regularly to the Institute’s research and public outreach. Such experience ensures that Morrison Institute’s work is balanced, realistic, and objective.

Rob Melnick

Rob Melnick, Ph.D.


  • urban growth
  • education reform
  • workforce development
  • government restructuring

Mary Jo Waits

Mary Jo Waits
Associate Director

  • economic development
  • industry cluster-based economic development strategies
  • violence prevention
  • new economy characteristics and implications
  • metropolitan growth/development patterns and issues

Senior Research Analysts

Rebecca Gau

Rebecca Gau

  • K-12 education
  • science and technology policy
  • workforce development
  • school-to-work
  • urban growth

Rick Heffernon

Rick Heffernon

  • education
  • regional water management
  • at-risk youth
  • rural economic development/rural community issues
Position open for Research Analyst - To apply, click here.

Karen Leland

Media Contact &
Community Fellows Coordinator

Karen Leland

Policy Research Associates

John Hall

John Hall, Ph.D.
School of Public Affairs
College of Public Programs/ASU

  • Regionalism
  • State Capacity for Health and Welfare Reform
  • Intergovernmental and Urban Issues

Tom Rex

Tom Rex
Center for Business Research
L. William Seidman Research Institute
College of Business/ASU

  • Arizona Economic Trends and Demographics

Howard Sullivan, Ph.D.
College of Education/ASU

Psychology in Education
Winner of 2002 Outstanding Doctoral Mentor
Click here to read PDF of award annoucement

  • Program Evaluation
  • Education
  • Instructional Development

Heather Campbell, Ph.D
School of Public Affairs
MPA Director effective August 2002
College of Public Programs/ASU

  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Regression Methods
  • Public Utility Regulation
  • Environmental Regulation

Office Staff and Graduate Associates

Patrick Hays
Business Manager

Rosie Martinez
Graduate Associate

Cherylene Schick
Computer Documentation Specialist, Principal

Karen Leland
Public Affairs Coordinator
ASU Community Fellows Program Coordinator

Nielle McCammon
Office Specialist Sr.

Alice Willey
Administrative Assistant

Board of Advisors

The Honorable Carol Allen
Representative, District 28
House Minority Leader

The Honorable Betsey Bayless
Secretary of State
State of Arizona

Drew Brown
Managing Director and President
DMB Associates, Inc.

Robert Bulla
President and CEO
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Arizona

Jeff Chapman, Ph.D.
Director, School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University

Sue Clark Johnson
Chairman, CEO and Publisher
Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.

Jack DeBolske
Former Executive Director
League of Arizona Cities & Towns

Catherine Eden, Ph.D.
Arizona Department of Health Services

Ed Fox
Chairman, Morrison Institute
Board of Advisors

Vice President
Communications, Environment
and Safety, Pinnacle West

Grady Gammage
Vice Chairman, Morrison Institute
Board of Advisors

Gammage and Burnham

The Honorable Randall Gnant
Senator, District 28
Senate President

Alfredo Gutierrez
Jamieson and Gutierrez

Chris Herstam
Government Relations Director
Lewis and Roca

The Honorable Jane Dee Hull
State of Arizona

The Honorable John Keegan
City of Peoria

Cathy McKee
Sr. VP/Director of
Strategic Business Services
General Dynamics Decision Systems

Richard Morrison
Salmon, Lewis & Weldon

Kathryn Munro
BridgeWest LLC

Alfred J. Pfister
Vice President
Institutional Advancement
Arizona State University

Gary Richardson
Gary Richardson Consulting

Anne Schneider, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Programs
Arizona State University

Dick Silverman
General Manager
Salt River Project

Quentin Smith, Jr.
Employee Solutions, Inc.

Mary Upchurch
Vice President of Consumer Sales/Integrated Services

Martin Vanacour, Ph.D
CEO, Dynamic Relations, LLC

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