Our technical team can help you identify and act on challenges you face in education.

Gibson has deep technical talent in key areas – financial, research and evaluation, data analysis, efficiency, technology, surveys, internal audit, organizational analysis, and academic program reviews, among others.  Each member of Gibson’s team  makes professional and personal commitments to our education clients to help them solve problems, be more effective, and find better and more efficient ways of doing things.

Meet our team and learn more about us.


LEADERSHIP TEAM

Greg Gibson President

Greg is the founder and President of Gibson Consulting Group and is one of the nation’s leading experts on school district efficiency and management effectiveness. He has over 30 years of experience, and has led over 150 school system efficiency studies for districts ranging from 500 students to over 600,000 students. Greg is the director of the firm’s Management and Organization and Internal Audit Practices, and has directed a wide range of other projects in public education, including information systems selection and implementation, organizational analysis, process re-engineering, data integrity reviews, and program evaluations. Previously, Greg led the Management Consulting Services Practice for the Austin office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) – an international accounting and consulting firm. He is a speaker and trainer on school district efficiency and internal auditing at state conferences and conventions for school administrators and board members.

Ali Taylan Chief Information Officer

Ali has over 17 years of experience in technology management practices, data visualization, and programming. He leads our Data Visualization Practice Area, and is our lead technology consultant on efficiency studies and software selection. He develops and implements business intelligence solutions that support educational decisions. These solutions allow users, including administrators and board members, to more easily grasp vast amounts of information through graphics-based presentation and drill-down capabilities. Ali has developed academic (e.g., student performance) and administrative (e.g., budget analysis and department efficiency) performance measurement systems for school districts.

Ali also conducts technology department performance audits, and helps school districts select application software to support more efficient operations. He supports virtually every other practice area in the firm, generating data visualizations for survey research results, conducting data analytics to support internal audit, and integrating multiple data sets on efficiency studies.

Joseph Shields, Education Research

Joseph Shields Director of Evaluation

Joseph serves as Director of Evaluation, and has over 20 years of experience in research and program evaluation delivering results based on rigorous methodological designs. Joseph is currently involved in a wide array of research studies, including prekindergarten research, assessments of afterschool program quality, and studies of pedagogical change at the higher education level. Recent work has included an impact study of online math and reading program usage in Texas, an evaluation of University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program which was selected as the intervention for the Texas District Turnaround Leadership Initiative, and of a multi-year college completion study for the national AVID Center. He is also leading two studies in New Mexico as part of the Southwest Regional Education Laboratory – The New Mexico Prekindergarten participation study and the Kindergarten Readiness Study.

Previously, Mr. Shields served as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Grants and Evaluation at the Texas Education Agency, where he was responsible for directing statewide evaluation activities and overseeing the administration of approximately $4 billion in annual state and federal grant funds to school districts.

Dr. Amie Rapaport, Education Research

Dr. Amie Rapaport Director of Research

Dr. Amie Rapaport is the Director of Research and has over 10 years of applied education research experience. She serves as project director for several large-scale, multi-site research and evaluation projects, including several Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs). Dr. Rapaport’s projects span various content areas, including educator professional development, STEM education, civics education, teacher evaluation and appraisal systems, and measures of student/parent/employee satisfaction and school climate. She is also a What Works Clearinghouse-certified reviewer.

Dr. Rapaport earned her doctorate in Social Psychology from New York University, with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology. Her statistical training, combined with her years of experience working with state education agencies and school district staff, enables her to translate technical research language to non-technical audiences, helping to inform educational policy and local decision making.

Marshall Garland, Education Research

Marshall Garland Senior Research Scientist

Mr. Garland serves as the lead methodologist and quantitative analyst on multiple research and evaluation projects at Gibson, including two multi-site randomized controlled trials (RCTs). His expertise and research interests are diverse, but his primary interest is in using longitudinal data to address research questions pertaining to equitable student access to high-quality instruction and curriculum, and the academic supports necessary to support successful student transitions from high school into college and the workforce. Recently, he served as the lead methodologist and analyst for two peer-reviewed studies supported by the Institute for Education Sciences through the Regional Education Laboratory Southwest.

Before coming to Gibson, Mr. Garland was a research scientist at the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a program evaluator at Austin ISD, where he evaluated several school redesign initiatives funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His graduate training in Political Economy included research methodology and econometrics with a concentration on panel data analysis techniques.

Beth Frank Operations Manager

Beth is responsible for conducting all business operations within the firm, including accounting, billing, human resources, insurance, office management and contract management. She has been with Gibson for over 10 years, and as part of the leadership team she is involved in every major business decision the firm makes.


STAFF

Keri Munkwitz Senior Efficiency Consultant

With over 20 years of public education consulting experience, Keri has worked with both urban and suburban school systems across the country on many different types of engagements.  She has managed numerous performance audits and operational reviews. She has conducted organizational analyses, per pupil spending analyses, school-level resource use analyses, process mapping and reengineering, and has worked as part of a Project Management Office (PMO) on a multi-agency ERP implementation. Her work has primarily focused on helping school systems to identify opportunities for reallocating resources in order to better ensure their alignment with district priorities.

Keri holds a Master in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and earned her undergraduate degree from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.  Prior to Gibson, Keri worked for a not-for-profit education consulting firm, focusing exclusively on assisting urban school systems to analyze spending patterns, in order to rethink how they can better organize their resources for improved efficiency and effectiveness.  Keri also worked for KPMG Consulting (later BearingPoint) as a manager in their Public Education Practice for many years.

Danial Hoepfner, Education Research

Danial Hoepfner Research Scientist

Danial has over six years of research experience, including a considerable background in complex quantitative data analysis. His experience includes the gathering, cleaning, and merging of datasets, as well as working with large, pooled cross-sectional datasets. At Gibson, he has recently conducted analytic work for projects, including surveys for measuring and reporting Indicator 8 for the Office of Special Education Programs for New Hampshire and Texas, studies of Pre-Kindergarten Participation and Kindergarten Readiness in New Mexico for the Southwest Regional Education Laboratory, and evaluations of the College Completion Project for AVID Center and of the AVID program for Lee County Schools in North Carolina.

Prior to joining Gibson, Danial worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, where he regularly presented complex methodological and theoretical material to non-experts. His work there focused on analyzing theoretical structures in survey data. He has also spent time volunteering for an international educational organization. Danial holds a Master of Science from the University of Utah and is working on his dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh to earn his PhD in Political Science with emphases on Methods, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. He has received extensive graduate training in research design and econometrics, including through additional econometric training at the University of Michigan.

Kent Ingram prepared to assist with performance measures

Kent Ingram, CPA Consultant / Auditor

Kent is a consultant at Gibson supporting our internal audit and efficiency practice areas. His experience includes the development of an efficiency report card for a 70,000-student district in Florida, and conducting an asset and risk management audit and a nutrition services audit for a 40,000-student district in Texas. Prior to his time at Gibson, Kent worked as an external auditor for four years, with Deloitte and Touche in Dallas, Texas and PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, United Kingdom. During that time, he conducted and managed audit projects, working primarily with large, publicly traded companies. Kent is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tami Bohls Operations Coordinator

As Operations Coordinator, Tami is involved with vendor invoice processing, time and expense management, purchasing, and general office management support. Tami also provides executive support to the President of the firm. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Arkansas and has served in administrative support roles for over 10 years.