About Us

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Magnolia Consulting is a woman-owned, small business with headquarters in central Virginia and a network of consultants throughout the country. We offer comprehensive, customized evaluation and research services. We cultivate learning and positive change by meeting clients’ specific needs with timely, relevant, and useful information.

With our expertise, we help clients achieve their goals in PK-20 education, adult education, organizational change and development, community and school-based programs, and informal education and public outreach.

Together, our team offers more than a century of evaluation experience and represents a broad range of fields including education, human services, and social science.

Meet Stephanie Baird Wilkerson, Ph.D., President. In this short 2 minute video, learn about the evaluation process and why it works so well.

Our Executive Team

Carol Haden, Ed.D.

Carol Haden, Ed.D.

Vice President of Operations

Lisa Shannon, Ph.D.

Lisa Shannon, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

Our researchers and Evaluators

Mary Styers

Mary Styers, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher and Evaluator


Molly Henschel, Ph.D.

Researcher and Evaluator


Elizabeth Peery, M.A.

Researcher and Evaluator


Anne Cosby, M.S.W.

Research and Evaluation Associate


deKoven Pelton, Ph.D.

Research and Evaluation Associate, Qualitative


Serena Chapman, M.S.

Research Assistant

Our Support Team


Beverly Bunch

Executive Assistant


Catherine Pearson, B.S.

Budget and Contracts Manager

“We were very fortunate to work with Magnolia Consulting. We found their expertise and professionalism to be first-rate. They provided a highly collaborative working relationship and their reports were thorough and of the highest quality. The NCEA staff would not hesitate to hire Magnolia Consulting again for evaluation services.”
Lynn Mellor, Ph.D.
Former Principal Research Manager

National Center for Educational Achievement

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