Congratulations to the BOSS Fall 2018 Cohort Scholarship Recipient!

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Congratulations to doctoral candidate Blake Urbach for receiving the scholarship for the 2018 cohort of Blast Off to Stellar Slides

Website: https://www.ppeonline.net

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blake-urbach-03488717/

I applied for this scholarship because I am eager to participate in BOSS and learn more about the exciting world of contemporary presentation design and delivery.  To date, I have not had formal training in slide development or presentation best practices. I have much to learn about storyboarding and design principles, and I am looking forward to the benefits of comprehensive and interactive instruction from Dr. Echo Rivera and the learning community of BOSS.

I am committed to conducting quality and participatory evaluations that build the capacity of my firm’s partners while improving new or existing grant-funded projects. Thus, my clients and the constituents of their projects will be the ultimate beneficiaries of my improvement in presentation skills and proficiencies. I believe that my participation in BOSS will provide the tools and competencies required to present project-specific findings and recommendations in a way that is more memorable, meaningful, and actionable. Thank you for this awesome opportunity to be a part of the upcoming cohort.

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is an independent grant program evaluator with 18 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors.  As the principal consultant of Preferred Program Evaluations, she designs and performs evaluations funded by governments and foundations for the purpose of informing educational and social policy.  Through meaningful data and dynamic visuals, Ms. Urbach makes targeted recommendations that have the power to engage stakeholders, increase understanding, and contribute to positive programmatic outcomes.

Ms. Urbach holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and has formal training in program evaluation, statistics, and research methods.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.  Ms. Urbach has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, presented nationally on the topic of community collaboration, taught as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Florida, and was a charter member of the Institutional Review Board of Valencia College.

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