Team ASA

Sue Clery


Sue Clery, Founding Partner

Research philosophy: Quick and effective assessment of client's needs; provide actionable, strategic product. 

Sue has more than 25 years of experience in postsecondary education research. Her work as a higher education researcher fulfills her passion for helping students and higher education staff through projects and studies focusing on student equity and success, program evaluations, and studies on faculty working conditions.  She has technical expertise, knowledge and experience across a wide range of topics, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and evaluation. She has authored and co-authored numerous national statistical analyses and analytical reports. 

Prior to launching ASA, Sue was on the senior research team at JBL Associates, Inc. (JBLA), recently acquired by Coffey Consulting,  where she served as the Senior Study Director and led the higher education team. She holds an MBA from University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Tech.

Abby Miller


Abby Miller, Founding Partner

Research philosophy: Deep and unique insight into higher education and workforce data, taking into account multiple perspectives. Flexible and adaptable to client needs; adept at multiple methodologies. 

Abby has more than 15 years experience conducting and directing research related to postsecondary education access and success. Her areas of interest and expertise include low-income and first-generation students, nontraditional student pathways, financial aid, and the college-to-workforce transition.  She has presented her research at national conferences including the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association.  Abby previously worked in senior research positions for Coffey Consulting, JBL Associates, The Pell Institute, and the Institute of Higher Education Policy. She holds a master’s degree in education policy and leadership with a concentration in higher education from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Elif Bor


Elif Bor, Senior Project Manager

Elif has over 10 years of experience in education research and program evaluation with an emphasis on student success and educational outcomes. She has led and collaborated on a broad range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research projects focused primarily on documenting and reporting student outcomes at either the program or institutional level, with a particular emphasis on historically marginalized student populations. Elif holds a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ege University, Turkey.  She is an alumnus of Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. 

Amy Topper, Ph.D.


Dr. Amelia Topper, Consultant 

Amy has over 15 years of higher education experience researching programs and policies aimed at improving student success and advising colleges regarding their student success initiatives. Currently the Assessment and Evaluation Specialist in the Office of Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment, and Accreditation at the University of Rhode Island, Amy has expertise in using quantitative and qualitative research methods to evaluate postsecondary student access, persistence, transfer, and success. Her doctoral dissertation, which examined student and faculty conceptualizations of student success to generate a more locally-relevant set of student success metrics, was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s Division J Postsecondary Education 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Katharine Carter


Katharine Carter, Consultant 

Katharine has over 10 years of experience of research in education, policy, and mental health. Katharine has worked for ACT, the American Federation of Teachers, and the American Psychological Association, researching topics in a wide variety of areas, including education policy and programs. She is currently a consultant with the American Psychological Association, where she authors articles on current trends in the mental health field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in policy from The Catholic University of America, and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in social work, where she is conducting research on the graduation rates and college acceptance rates of students in special education.

Eric Atchison


Eric Atchison, Strategic Data Coach 


Eric has worked in higher education management for more than 10 years at the institutional and system levels. He began as an analyst at Delta State University, a rural public university, and then moved to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) system office where he served as Director of System Analysis, Research & Enrollment Management. He is currently the Vice President for Strategic Research for the Arkansas State University System.  His responsibilities include overseeing the development of the system-wide data system, statistical analysis, and collaboration across a wide range of constituents within and outside of the ASU system. His work involves continuous discussions about system-wide initiatives and efforts to increase data capacity to enhance student success efforts. Eric has served on university system and statewide committees focused on strategic planning, performance allocation funding, data management, and the implementation of college completion initiatives. He has presented numerous workshops at state, regional, and national meetings regarding data analysis and management. Eric is also a Lead IPEDS Educator for the Association for Institutional Research and has served as a lead presenter to enhance IPEDS data reporting and usage.

Alisa Cunningham


Alisa Cunningham, Strategic Data Coach 

Alisa has two decades of experience managing and conducting research and evaluation projects on a broad array of topics, including higher education financing, financial aid, measures of community college success, and risk factors for student access and success. She has extensive experience with federal and other datasets, in addition to survey development and qualitative analyses. She has also managed a number of programmatic student success initiatives and has worked directly with multiple higher education institutions to help improve their capacity for internal data use and analysis. Alisa has published articles in various journals and magazines and is the author or co-author of many reports and policy briefs. Now an independent consultant, Alisa previously worked at the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, DC for 15 years, including as Vice President for Research, where she oversaw IHEP’s research and programmatic work. She was appointed to the Department of Education’s Committee on Measures of Student Success in 2010-2011 and was a member of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).

Belinda Huang, Ph.D.


Dr. Belinda Huang, Leadership Coach 

Belinda has over 20 years of professional experience in higher education through a variety of capacities. To Team ASA, Belinda brings her expertise in customized leadership, talent and organizational development and training experience. Currently she consults with the University of Maryland, College Park, developing and facilitating diversity and inclusion workshops for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Belinda has developed and led a leadership training program for Asian American college women at 15 selective liberal arts and research institutions and, as Intergroup Dialogue facilitator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland, College Park, she trained facilitators and facilitated group trainings and workshops. She has held faculty positions in Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University, U.C. Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, CSU East Bay, and in the Asian American Studies and Educational Leadership program at Loyola University. She also previously served as the Executive Director of the National Postdoctoral Association, overseeing management of the association and advocating nationally for postdoctoral scholars. Early in her career, Belinda worked as the Associate Director for Student Affairs and provided academic advising and career counseling at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and she served low-income, first generation students in Oakland, Berkeley, and Pinole, CA for the Educational Guidance Center (TRIO).

Kathy Kailikole, Ph.D.


Dr. Kathryn Kailikole, Strategic Data Coach 

Kathy has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Kathy specializes in data collection, analysis and use of data to inform strategic planning and practice with experience extracting data from data warehouses such as NCES, Banner and People Soft. Kathy expands institutional capacities by facilitating campus conversations that demonstrate how to create a link between data provider and data user to maximize the strategic use of actionable data. Specifically, Kathy has extensive experience with retention modeling and analyses; predictive analytics; value-cost proposition; quantitative and qualitative research design for program assessment and evaluation; and developing, managing and monitoring data systems and surveys. Kathy conducts training and workshops on the use of data to inform practice around college access and success, as well as curriculum development and implementation. Now an independent consultant, Kathy previously was the Dean of Mathematics and the Natural and Health Sciences at Palomar Community College, CA; Director of Analysis and Strategic Planning in the Office of Academic Advising, Retention and Diversity at Drexel University; Founding Director of the Louis Stokes Institute for Opportunity in STEM Education; Senior Researcher for the Council for Opportunity in Education; and, has held faculty positions at University of California, Berkeley, Riverside, Santa Cruz, San Diego, and Santa Monica College.