Su Midghall, President
With 15 years of extensive public opinion research experience, Su is DHM’s expert on different online survey techniques. Additionally, she has vast experience designing community needs assessments and research about the values and beliefs of 12-17 and 18-34 year olds.
Su has analyzed thousands of opinion research projects, and while she’s still involved in dozens of projects each year her core focus now include early learning and K-12, active living and health reform, renewable energy, and community planning. Su also directs research for the annual Oregon Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon, 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, and 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.
Su is a proud Tennessee Vol, receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. She previously worked for the University of Tennessee implementing a marketing program aimed at first-year MBA students and for GTE Corporation developing a strategic marketing plan.
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Adam Davis, Founder and Principal
With over 30 years of experience in all phases of public opinion research, Adam’s expertise ranges from survey research design to focus group moderating. He has conducted projects throughout the United States and on-site in Europe and Japan. Adam’s passion is providing clients with in-depth understanding of public opinion through qualitative and quantitative research.
Too many for a short bio, Adam has overseen hundreds of projects ranging from values and beliefs studies for the Oregon Business Council and gauging Portland residents’ budget priorities in “Your City, Your Choice;” to a seven-state study measuring attitudes about natural resources for the Tennessee Valley Authority and a national focus group project with minority populations about active living for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Adam graduated from of the University of Oregon School of Law where he directed the Interviewing Skills Development Project, and also holds a B.S. in Political Science from Portland State University. He has been a guest speaker for many groups, including the American Planning Association, Northwest Public Schools Public Relations Association, Council of Foundations, the City Club of Portland, and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Adam is a nationally recognized authority on opinion research design, has published articles in national periodicals, and has served as an expert witness.
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Tim Hibbitts, Founder and chief political analyst
Tim has 35 years of experience in all phases of opinion research, including questionnaire and sample design, data analysis, and data presentation. He has completed projects for corporate clients, including Microsoft and Nike, electronic and print media, and public sector decision-makers. His specialty is the study of voter attitudes, and is considered a national expert among non-partisan political analysts.
Since 1976, Tim has conducted survey research on candidates and ballot measures, and has analyzed hundreds of elections and measures in Oregon and Washington. His list of clients includes mayors, governors, and members of Congress, and although he does not now work for candidates on campaigns, he is regularly consulted by political analysts and commentators from across the United States and Europe, including The Washington Post, Time Magazine, CNN, and The Economist.
Tim also conducts regular survey research on public affairs and politics for Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and KPTV News (Fox affiliate) in Portland. He has been providing live election-night analysis for local television stations for over 35 years, and has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of ballot measure and candidate campaigns.
Tim received a B.S. from Portland State University. He has been a guest lecturer at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University.
John Horvick, vice president and director of research
John has 10 years of opinion research experience and manages projects at all levels. Collaborating with principals, he directs the development of survey questionnaires, moderates focus groups, and provides analysis and reporting for the firm.
John has been involved in key projects including the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) working with teachers on school conditions and retention; ConnCAN, surveying teachers on education reform in Connecticut; the Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams; Energy Trust of Oregon; Oregon Health & Science University; Metro (Oregon), and the cities of Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Lake Oswego.
John graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2000. He has worked in different roles on a variety of issues, including youth employment, organizational development, tobacco use and policy, caregiving and aging, and families raising children with behavioral disorders. John previously was a project director at the University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research and Oregon Health and Science University. He was recently voted President Elect of the City Club of Portland. In the past, he has served on the City Club’s Board of Governors and chaired its research board.
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James Kandell, Associate
James has been working in the market research industry for 7 years. His experience ranges from managing data processing to full service project management. His experience includes custom, full-service, quantitative and qualitative market research projects in a wide array of industries, including public services, insurance, utilities, and technology. He is an expert in advanced analysis including: Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, and Conjoint Analysis.
James received his Masters from Ohio University in Educational Research and Evaluation. He has also spent time researching and writing on quality indicators used for institutions of higher education.
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Jenny Allison, Operations Manager & Research Assistant
Jenny has been DHM Research’s operations manager and research assistant since 2009. She supports DHM Research principals and associates with developing deliverables including data processing, document design, focus group coordination, report editing, and presentation coordination. She organizes office operations and procedures, oversees the DHM Panel, and coordinates marketing and proposal initiatives.
Jenny’s passion for sociocultural anthropology and communications design led her to the firm and opinion research in general to work on meaningful projects that keep her curious daily.
Jenny graduated from Oregon State University and holds a B.S. in Multi-Media with a minor in Anthropology. She previously worked as a production coordinator and office manager for Engaging Media Incorporated.
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Paul Gronke, Political Research Director
Paul Gronke has more than 30 years of experience working with public opinion and elections data, and has particular expertise in research design, survey methodology, and quantitative analysis. Over the past decade, Paul has worked for the Pew Center on the States’ Make Voting Work initiative; been a contractor and subcontractor for the Federal Election Assistance Commission to help design, administer, and analyze their biennial Election Administration and Voting Survey; and has consulted for a number of state and local agencies to help them improve their elections practices and procedures.
Paul Gronke is a Professor of Political Science at Reed College, Portland OR, and founder and director of the Early Voting Information Center, a non-partisan policy research center focusing on early and no-excuse voting and more broadly on election administration, procedures, and practices. Paul has authored or co-authored more than thirty academic articles, book chapters, and policy reports, ranging broadly from congressional elections, trust and confidence in government, presidential approval, and best practices and procedures in election conduct.
Ari Wubbold, Analyst & Project Manager
Ari has a background in legislative research and political science. He supports DHM Research principals and associates with report writing, website maintenance, and project management. He was until recently a research assistant for the Office of Government Relations at Portland State University. Before that he served on the staff of the Center for Public Service, specializing in social media assistance and website development.
Ari graduated from the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in English Literature. He is currently attending Portland State University as a Master’s student in Political Science.
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Gina Davis, Research Assistant
Gina has been a key member of the DHM Research team for the past 14 years. Gina supports DHM Research partners and staff with administrative components of research projects. Gina is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and holds a B.A. in Business Administration.
Michael Midghall, Fusion MR
Michael is the founder and principal of Fusion MR, a market research firm that specializes in new sustainable product design using advanced methods including condensed ethnographies, conjoint analysis, and discrete choice. Michael has been consulting for DHM Research for over a decade, assisting the firm in online survey design, implementation, and analysis including MaxDiff online surveys.
Prior to starting Fusion MR, Michael researched, developed, and marketed products for Intel Corporation. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA with a Marketing and New Venture Analysis concentration from the University of Tennessee.
Matthew Schroeder, DPMuse llc
Matthew is the principal of DPMuse LLC and specializes in statistical table programming for political and market research projects. Matthew’s specialty is generating cross-tabulation reports from quantitative survey data, and whether he is combining data files from multiple sources or simultaneous multi-variate weighting, he is an expert at all elements of processing survey data. In addition to playing a central role in developing the scoring system used in the annual Oregon Business Magazine’s 100 Best Survey, he has aided DHM Research with hundreds of quantitative projects for more than a decade.
Matthew received his undergraduate degree in Social Science from Michigan State University and has also studied economics.
Rick Phillips, KTVA Productions
Rick is the founder and owner of KTVA Productions, a video production company that specializes in documenting focus groups, in-depth interviews, and product usability testing using the most cutting-edge technology, including live web viewing. Rick has been providing DHM Research with qualitative research support for over 10 years. His services assure that DHM Research clients have an accurate record of what focus group participants have to say and video documentation to use for presentations.
Rick holds a B.S in Business from Portland State University and is a winner of nine national awards including the 2008 Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I) Golden Reel Bronze Award, the 2008 Videographer Award of Distinction, and the 2001 MCA-I Portland Chapter’s Pilot’s Award by the MCA-I. He is also a member of the MCA-I and has served on its executive committee for the Portland Chapter for 10 years.
Jim Adriance, Spanish Focus Group Moderator
Jim served for three years as State Coordinator for the Latino Partnership Program at the Oregon Community Foundation. He has spent over three decades working with Latino communities in Central and South America, and a similar time active in conversations related to racial and ethnic diversity and equity. Fluent in Spanish, Jim advises DHM Research on topic guide development, recruiting, and best practices in cross-cultural communications. A skilled moderator and facilitator, Jim’s approach is personable, conversational, and easy-going.
Jim received his Masters from the University of Maryland, and his Bachelors from the University of Rhode Island. He has worked as an economist, technical advisor, program officer, and as the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Guatemala.
MAREN COHN, GRAMMATA COMMUNICATIONS
Maren is principal of Grammata Communications, a business analysis and communications service that specializes in the articulation and management of complex situations and information. Maren has provided analysis and reporting on survey and focus group results for DHM since 2006. She has conducted in-depth interviews, researched background issues, and supported DHM project managers in survey and topic guide development, strategic planning, and client communications. Playing a variety of roles, Maren has extensive experience in such fields as education, healthcare, agriculture, forest products, homebuilding, and economic development in Indian Country.
Maren graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University and earned a Ph.D. in Social Sciences at The University of Chicago. She taught for 12 years at liberal arts colleges before moving gradually into the business environment.
MICHELLE NEISS, POWERED KNOWLEDGE
Michelle is the founder and principal of Powered Knowledge, with over 15 years experience in all phases of behavioral research, including questionnaire design, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of research results. She provides expertise in the use of diverse statistical methods to understand people’s behavior or attitudes and change in behavior over time.
Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University. She has a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Arizona.