The CRS Team

Kaia Gallagher, PhD, President, has over 30 years of research and evaluation experience, including strategic planning and evidence-based programming development.  She has worked extensively with governmental agencies, public health programs, and non-profit agencies throughout Colorado and the US. Kaia has a Doctoral degree in Sociology and has served as an evaluation consultant for programs in the areas of education, adolescent violence prevention, teen pregnancy, women’s health, school health, suicide, HIV education and health professions development.  She offers an understanding of prevention and treatment programs and grants management issues.  Kaia serves as a member of the Tri-County Board of Health and is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, books and evaluation reports.

Kim Riley, M.P.H., Director of Health Education, offers over 16 years of experience working in community health education and research focused primarily on health disparity issues in underserved communities.  She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has worked with Latino communities in the Denver area. Kim managed a large randomized clinical study focused on self-management of chronic illness and community resource support targeted to a primarily Spanish speaking patient population of a community health center. Ms. Riley has recently worked on several school and community-based program evaluations, including a pilot test of a tobacco advocacy curriculum for middle school youth, Wellness Policy implementation in Colorado school districts, physical education and nutrition programming in the Denver Public School system, and the implementation of a multi-component intervention on second-hand smoke exposure in the Latino community.

Carli Friss, B.A., Data Analyst, has over four years of experience in research and program evaluation. She currently works in the areas of HIV prevention, specialty courts, and juvenile justice. She previously participated in work surrounding Colorado Division of Youth Corrections assisting with evaluation and data analysis activities for the SB 94 and Continuum of Care programs. Prior to joining CRS, she worked as a research assistant for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Fort Carson, CO assisting in studies involving neuro-feedback training. This training was being investigated as a treatment for soldiers suffering from cognitive and emotional problems that can persist after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She is currently working on her M.S. in Information Systems with a concentration Business Intelligence.