Who We Are

Brian Zucker

President

 

B.A., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis, The New School for Social Research

M.A., Regional Science, University of Pennsylvania

Brian Zucker, the founder and president of HCRC, is a recognized national expert on the financing of college education, enrollment strategy, financial aid, and higher education reform. He has designed and developed some of the profession’s most robust analytical tools and approaches for understanding the higher education market, promoting access and opportunity, achieving enrollment and revenue goals, assessing educational outcomes, and improving institutional performance, productivity and profitability. His experience, perspective and insights have led hundreds of college and university presidents, trustees, provosts, CFOs and chief enrollment officers to engage his services, seek his support and trust his counsel.   

Prior to founding HCRC in 1991, Brian served as Vice President for Research and Policy Development at the Minnesota Private College Council, Research Foundation and Fund; Senior Economist, Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development; Special Projects Coordinator for the South Bronx Development Corporation; and Research Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania under contract with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

TEAM PROFILE

Consultants & Project Leaders

Brian Christensen

Vice President

B.S., Psychological Services

Northwestern University

M.S.Ed., Higher Education Administration and Policy

Northwestern University

Mark Engberg

Analyst Consultant

B.A., Economics

University of Michigan

M.A., Counseling Psychology

Northwestern University

Ph.D., Higher Education

University of Michigan

Johanna Peterson

Analyst Consultant

B.A., Sociology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master of Public Policy

University of Chicago

Jamie Swartzer

Analyst Consultant

B.A., English

University of South Dakota

M.P.P., Advanced Policy Analysis

University of Minnesota

Keith Christensen

Analyst Consultant

B.S., Mathematics, Statistics

Winona State University

David Kalsbeek

Consultant

B.A., Philosophy

Muskingum College

M.A., Higher Education Administration

The Ohio State University

Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis

Saint Louis University

Christina Roellig

Analyst Consultant

B.A., Statistics, Sociology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brad West

Analyst Consultant

B.A., Psychology, General Studies in Business

Bowling Green State University

M.A., Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Michigan State University

Matthew Eging

Vice President

B.A., Sociology

College of Wooster

M.A., Sociology

Loyola University Chicago

John Nelson

Consultant

B.A., History

Binghamton University

Master of Public Affairs

University of Texas at Austin

Tyler Saenz

Analyst Consultant

B.A., Psychology

Northern Illinois University

M.A., Educational Psychology, Program Evaluation and Research

West Virginia University

Steve West

Analyst Consultant

B.A., Business, Mathematics

Bowling Green State University

M.A., Experimental Psychology

Wake Forest University

Analysts

Amanda Algarra

Research Analyst

B.A., Psychology, English

University of Illinois Chicago

M.A., Industrial & Organizational Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

David Gosz

Research Analyst

B.A., Economics

University of Chicago

Eleanor Marshall

Research Analyst

B.S., Mathematical Sciences

DePaul University

M.S., Applied Statistics

DePaul University

Luke McCarty

Research Analyst

B.S., Supply Chain Management; Business Analysis

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jacob Noon

Research Analyst

B.S., Physics

University of Toledo

M.S., Applied Mathematics

University of Toledo

Vicky Stavropoulos

Research Analyst

B.A., Public Policy Studies

University of Chicago

Master of Public Policy

University of Chicago

Oscar Andrade

Survey Analyst

B.S., Psychology

San Diego State University

M.S., Industrial & Organizational Psychology

University of Baltimore

Himal Koshy

Research Analyst

B.A., Economics, Statistics

Loyola University Chicago

Tamara Marz

Research Analyst

M.B.A.

Simmons College

Timothy Minich

Research Analyst

B.S., Mathematics, Statistics

University of Texas at Dallas

M.S., Economics

University of North Texas

Matthew Olson

Research Analyst

B.S., Psychology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., Industrial & Organizational Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

LaNette Urbin

Research Analyst

B.S., Psychology

University of Evansville

M.A., Psychology 

Loyola University Chicago

 

Brian Fenaughty

Research Analyst

B.A., Sociology

University of Chicago

Sarah Light

Research Analyst

B.S., Environment and Natural Resources

Ohio State University

M.S., Applied Economics

Ohio State University

Sandra Mazlagic

Research Analyst

B.A., Romance Languages

University of Pennsylvania

M.P.A., International Development

London School of Economics

Mark Nicholson

Analyst

B.A., Economics, American Culture Studies

Washington University

Rebecca Rachan

Research Analyst

B.A., Mathematics

North Central College

M.S., Statistics

University of Iowa

Zach Vigneau

Research Analyst

B.S., Economics

University of Michigan

 

Slate Services

Chris Browning

Executive Director, Slate

B.A., Political Science, History

Washington and Lee University

Rob Galarza

Director, Slate

B.A., Spanish, Theology

Elmhurst University

Technology & Support 

Ed Kahler

Vice President, Technology

B.S., Computer Science

University of Illinois Chicago

M.S., Computer Science

University of Illinois Chicago

Tish Ritter

Administrative Assistant

B.A., English

Marquette University

Rich Krupa

System Administrator

Computer Science

Northeastern Illinois University

Mike Schuppe

Business Manager

B.A., Theatre, Telecommunications

Indiana University

M.F.A., Directing

DePaul University

Dresden Lawler

Executive Assistant

B.A., Psychology

Fordham University