2011 NLPES Executive Committee Election - Nomination Statements

Dale Carlson

NLPES’ role in advancing the art and science of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing is crucial. Its emphasis on the provision of training, exchange of information, and recognition of outstanding work all play a role in providing stakeholders with high-quality information.

I ask for your support to continue as a member of the NLPES Executive Committee. As a committee member since 2008, I’ve worked diligently to provide training (e.g., moderated and served on conference panels), to exchange information (e.g., helped revamp the NLPES website and wrote an article for the NLPES newsletter), and to recognize outstanding work (e.g., served as a judge for NLPES’ annual awards).

I would like to continue serving the NLPES membership. If reelected, I will work to increase NLPES’ value by involving as many staff as possible from its member states, broadening exposure to its training opportunities, and improving the exchange of information. I believe that participation in NLPES helps evaluators better address the critical issues our states face.

I’m a Senior Auditor with California’s Bureau of State Audits and have more than 20 years experience leading performance audits. I have a BA in Political Science and an MPA. I am also a CGFM.

David Dean

As an Audit Coordinator with the Washington Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC), David helps oversee the work of the office’s professional research staff. He has worked at JLARC since 2007. A native of the Pacific Northwest, David has more than 19 years of experience in performance auditing and program evaluation in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado. He also worked for four years as a professional staff member on a small subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives. David is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Pacific University. In 2003, he completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Portland State University with a specialization in program evaluation and performance auditing. If elected to serve on the Executive Committee, David’s goals for NLPES would include: promoting strong legislative performance audit and program evaluation organizations; supporting programs to strengthen individual capabilities and professional development; and encouraging effective communications between audit and evaluation professionals.

Wayne Kidd

I am an audit supervisor for Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General. I have worked for the office for 12 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a BA in Music and Business Management, and the professional designation of Certified Internal Auditor. I have been involved in performance audits covering a variety of topics, such as health insurance, charter schools, 911 systems, and school building construction.

I enjoy being part of NLPES and recognize its value. NLPES provides excellent assistance to program evaluators and performance auditors that improves our ability to serve our legislatures. In the current recession, everyone is under pressure to economize. I will work to continue to increase NLPES’s value by encouraging support systems that will help NLPES members find innovative ways to stretch their resources. I would like to see a focus on existing and new strategies to encourage member sharing of expertise, experiences, and skills. We need to ensure that evaluation functions continue to add value and be recognized by stakeholders as a key contribution—even during difficult economic times. I believe in open communication and will represent members’ interests and concerns.

Marcia Lindsay
South Carolina

I have been employed by the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (LAC) for over 21 years. I worked my way up from an entry-level assistant auditor to my current position as audit manager. I have a B.A. degree in Business from Columbia College and an M.P.A. degree from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, I currently serve as the agency’s training coordinator.

One of my proposed goals for NLPES would be for member states to share more training opportunities, through webinars, podcasts, etc., to enhance professional development opportunities for all legislative program evaluation agencies. This becomes more imperative as budgets grow tighter and as experienced auditors leave the workforce. NLPES training is definitely the most relevant training for what we do at the LAC. Over the years, I have attended and participated in NLPES training conferences, used the listserve to obtain information from other states, and developed contacts which have helped me do my job better. Another of my goals for NLPES is to increase the usefulness of the NLPES website. The website can be an essential communication tool where much needed information is shared and the online newsletter can include some interactive features to direct readers to additional information.   

Carol Ripple
North Carolina

Before assuming the position of principal evaluator in North Carolina General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division at its inception in 2007, I had 15 years’ experience in applied child development and policy research at Yale (where I also earned my BA and PhD in psychology), at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and as an independent consultant to academic researchers, government agencies, and foundations. Here in the division I’ve led evaluations of agricultural research stations, grants to non-profits, mental health services, and children’s programs. I am interested the development of effective leadership and I attended NCSL’s Legislative Staff Management Institute in 2010. Serving on NLPES Research Methods Award committees for the past two years has provided me the opportunity to appreciate the depth and breadth of expertise among our colleagues. As a member of the NLPES Executive Committee I would work to increase dissemination of expertise using web-based technology; build synergy with other NCSL staff sections as we work towards common goals; and affirm the role of NLPES in promoting data-based decision making.

Karl Spock

I am a Senior Manager with the Texas Sunset Commission and have been a member of the NLPES Executive Committee for the last three years.  I currently serve as chair of  the Executive Committee’s Professional Development Subcommittee and have been active in planning and participating in webinars, podcasts, professional development conferences, and other professional development activities for our NLPES membership.  I would appreciate the opportunity to continue this work, emphasizing professional development activities for our membership that involve distance-learning strategies, such as webinars and podcasts, that require no travel and accommodate limited state budgets. 

My 35-year career in and around Texas state government shows the commitment to program evaluation and government service that I would continue to bring to the Executive Committee.  I have more than 20 years of experience evaluating state agencies, working with the Legislative Budget Board for five years and then moving to the Sunset Commission for the remainder of those 20 years.  I also have worked as a management consultant on state-related issues for 13 years, mostly as the sole proprietor of Spock Consulting, and am an active volunteer mediator.  I would continue to bring the perspectives from these experiences and prior membership on the Executive Committee to ongoing NLPES service.