The EnCompass Team
Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas is a co-founder of EnCompass, and serves as the CEO and CFO. She has led the development of responsible stewardship and strong management along with a transparent and inclusive corporate culture at EnCompass. Ms. Catsambas has over 25 years of experience in evaluation and organizational change.
Ms. Catsambas has created and implemented an appreciative model for evaluating organizational and program performance, and is co-author of the first text on this topic (Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry, Sage Publications, June 2006). In 2015, she received the International EvalPartners Award in recognition of her leadership, creativity and exceptional contributions to the global evaluation community. In 2017, she was elected to a senior leadership position within the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Ms. Catsambas holds an MPP from Harvard University.Read More
Sherry Rockey is EnCompass' President, overseeing senior management, business development, partner engagement, and communications. She has more than 25 years of experience building and managing effective, innovative, and adaptable international organizations.
Ms. Rockey's career has focused on enhancing organizational capacity through strategic planning, sophisticated business and marketing initiatives, and building effective teams. She brings technical expertise in the fields of women’s empowerment, media and communications, nonprofit organizations, and U.S. foreign policy. She began working with EnCompass in 2003 and previously held positions as Vice President of Independent Sector, Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation and Director of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Ms. Rockey holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics from American University.Read More
Kathy Callahan is Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development. She is a leader in experiential learning, blended learning, and the intersection between learning and technology with over 20 years of experience in international development at the local, regional, and global levels. She holds an MA in Sociology, International Training and Education from The American University.Read More
Lynne Franco serves as Vice President of Technical Assistance and Evaluation. She has over 35 years' experience in international development. Dr. Franco holds an MHS in Health Planning and a ScD in International Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.Read More
Pam Homan is the Vice President of Finance and Administration. She has managed the daily operations of EnCompass’ domestic and international projects since its founding. Ms. Homan has over 25 years' experience in contract and financial management, and she holds a BA in International Business and Spanish from Grove City College.Read More
Vera Connolly is the Director of Talent Management for EnCompass, managing workshop and course facilitation, curriculum design, and e-Learning programs. She brings over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Ms. Connolly holds an MBA and an MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland University College.Read More
Michelle DeFayette is Director of Business Growth Strategies, with over 25 years of experience as a versatile leader in design and implementation of adult learning, performance improvement, cross-cultural exchange, and development programs for government and non-profit organizations. In her role at EnCompass, she assesses and develops growth strategies with new and existing clients, positioning and preparing for larger and more complex opportunities and developing strategies for new business lines.Read More
Lyn Messner is the Director of Gender and Inclusive Development activities, and serves as EnCompass' IDIQ Manager for the USAID ADVANTAGE program. Ms. Messner has 25 years of experience in project design, organizational development, training design and facilitiation, program evaluation, and gender analysis. She holds an MA in Development Anthropology from the George Washington University.Read More
Robert (Bob) Rice serves as the Program Director for the GHPOD II program. He has over 20 years of management experience in professional and organizational development, and over 30 years of international development experience, including extensive work with USAID Global Health.Read More
Beeta Shadman Tahmassebi is a Director of Strategic Initiatives, helping to oversee and implement programs that support EnCompass' strategic goals. She also has technical expertise in evaluation, learning and capacity strengthening, and organizational development. Ms. Tahmassebi holds an MBA from Georgetown University.Read More
Nelson Fernandez has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, government, academic, and private sectors. His expertise is in the financial management of grants and contracts, including international and domestic financial compliance, budgeting, and financial reporting.Read More
Jonathan Jones is EnCompass' Associate Director of Evaluation. With twelve years of direct fieldwork experience in over 20 developing countries, he has led M&E efforts in several sectors including democracy assistance programs. Dr. Jones obtained a PhD in political science from the University of Florida, and has taught graduate level M&E courses at the George Washington University and Georgetown.Read More
Alaine Kennedy is the Associate Director, managing EnCompass' business development activities. She has over 15 years of experience in proposal design and writing for government agency and international development organization procurements. Ms. Kennedy holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.Read More