Morris R. Davis – Founder and President
Morris Davis, Founder and President of M. Davis and Company, Inc. (MDAC), has more than 40 years of experience in market research, strategic planning, and decision sciences. He has successfully applied his expertise in public and private sector organizations, and not-for profits, seeking to increase profits, improve service delivery, and effectively and efficiently utilize resources to improve business outcomes. Prior to founding MDAC, Mr. Davis was Vice President of Marketing Services, and a partner at the Wellington Group, Inc., then the largest minority owned market research company in the country. He was responsible for strategic planning, development of new accounts, supervising and conducting secondary research, supervising field research staff, and conducting analyses of market research data.
Mr. Davis is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Kim Dorazio – Vice President
Kim Dorazio brings over sixteen years of experience in both the private and public sector managing research projects and also converting large volumes of data into decision-making intelligence. Over the course of her career, the results of her work have been used to shape policy and examine the effectiveness of existing policies. She is a Project Manager and Research Analyst at MDAC and is also a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP). Her proven project management experience, overseeing all aspects of data collection, as well as participating in the planning, design, and management of research projects has been an asset to the company. She is proactive in identifying project specific issues and creates strategies to handle them efficiently and engages others on the team in continual reviews of lessons learned and evaluation of best practices. She has managed projects for NHTSA, the VA, HUD and several other MDAC clients. In addition, Ms. Dorazio has developed curriculum which focused on the government and politics of China and Chinese Language for the University of Virginia and has taught at Ursinus College.
A former Fulbright scholar, Ms. Dorazio earned her BA from La Salle University, her MA from the University of London and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan.
Karen Williamson, MBA – Senior Consultant, Healthcare Research
Karen Williamson brings three decades of marketing, communications and program management experience in the health care and government services sectors. For 17 years, she worked at AmeriChoice Health Services, Inc., an innovative Medicaid managed health care company where she held marketing and strategic planning positions at the corporate and local plan level. (AmeriChoice was acquired by UnitedHealthcare in 2002 and became its platform for serving vulnerable public sector communities.) Her marketing and communications expertise was applied to a range of audiences — from state regulators, providers, community leaders to Medicaid beneficiaries. She also spearheaded the entry of AmeriChoice into Medicare managed care. She has served on the boards of MedStar Health Research Institute and the Green Door, a program for people with persistent mental illness. Ms. Williamson has an AB in economics from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
Donald Kahl, ESQ – Senior Consultant, Housing Research
Donald Kahl brings more than three decades of senior management experience in the legal, business, and non-profit arenas that has included the management and coordination of hundreds of professional and non-professional staff, subject matter experts, outside contractors, and volunteers. Working with MDAC in a variety of capacities, Kahl has been responsible for the design and conduct of complex housing and fair housing projects that have included fact and data gathering using multiple modes. Mr. Kahl has served as the Executive Director of a national non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for the planning and management of a wide variety of initiatives promoting equal opportunity in housing, education, employment, and access to public accommodations and government services. Previously, he was also Senior Counsel for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, he designed the first nation-wide “pattern and practice” lawsuit by a fair housing organization, to bring multifamily housing developers into compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. In addition, he was a partner in a large law firm for over 20 years, leading a practice group of attorneys and legal staff.
Mr. Kahl received both his BA in Psychology and his JD degree from the University of Nebraska.
Paul J. Lavrakas, Ph.D. – Senior Consultant, Advanced Survey Methodology
Dr. Paul Lavrakas is a research psychologist, and currently is serving as a methodological research consultant for several universities, companies, and government agencies. He was a tenured Professor of Journalism and Communication Studies at Northwestern University (1978-1996) and Ohio State University (1996-2000), and was the founding faculty director of the Northwestern University Survey Lab (1982-1996) and the OSU Center for Survey Research (1996-2000). From 2000-2007 he was Vice President and chief methodologist for Nielsen Media Research. Dr. Lavrakas is the co-editor for Advances in Telephone Survey Methodology (Wiley, 2008) and editor of the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (Sage, 2008). He also is the sole/lead author of several books, chapters, and AAPOR Task Force reports on telephone survey methods. He co-authored the book, Applied Qualitative Research, with M. Roller (Guilford, 2015). He served the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) as its President in 2012-2013. Dr. Lavrakas was the co-recipient of the AAPOR 2003 Innovator’s Award for his work on the standardization of survey response rate calculations.
Thomas Sexton, Ph.D. – Senior Consultant, Advanced Statistics
Dr. Thomas Sexton is a Senior Statistician and Consultant at M. Davis & Company, Inc., as well as a professor in the College of Business at Stony Brook University. He has over 30 years of experience with research design and also the application of statistics and mathematical modeling to public and private sector initiatives. His expertise has been invaluable for MDAC projects for NHTSA, the VA, CMS, HUD, SEPTA, various NYC agencies, and several other entities. He teaches or has taught graduate level courses in data analysis, modeling, decision support systems, health care management, operations research, probability and statistics.
Dr. Sexton received a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from St. John’s University, a M.A. in Mathematics from Hofstra University, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University.
Wayne Wormley, Ph.D. – Senior Consultant, Education and Training Research
Dr. Wormley has played a variety of roles at MDAC over the past twenty years – focus group moderator, internal training and development consultant, internal strategic planning consultant, and subject matter expert (SME) in Diversity and Inclusion. He currently is the Senior Practice Leader and SME for Education, Management & Training and the Compliance Officer across all research operations. In addition, he plays a role in marketing and business development, helping to identify potential business opportunities at the local, state and federal levels. And he leads MDAC’s efforts to identify new contract opportunities in education, training, workforce development, process improvement and management practice. Dr. Wormley has conducted, analyzed, and presented findings of focus groups, employee satisfaction surveys and culture audits; designed and delivered educational, professional development and training sessions to employees; and helped managers and senior leaders develop effective strategies to improve overall organizational productivity, efficiency and profitability.
He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Black Studies (double major) from Amherst College and graduate degrees from Stanford University in business (MBA) and education (MA and Ph.D.).
Inspector Richard Miller – Senior Consultant, Transportation Research
Inspector Richard Miller is a retired law enforcement professional with extensive experience in traffic safety research. During his 27 year career with the Michigan Department of State Police, Mr. Miller directed several traffic safety initiatives involving speed, impaired driving and seat belts for the Department and served in the field as Post Commander at both small and large state police posts. In his final position as an Assistant District Commander he directed the activities of over 250 field staff. He was then selected as Chief of Police for a department in southeast Michigan followed by another career as traffic safety spokesman for AAA Michigan.
With MDAC, Mr. Miller has served as Principal Investigator on two NHTSA automated speed enforcement projects and Project Manager on a NHTSA nighttime seatbelt enforcement project directed at identifying the characteristics of unbelted drivers in the hours of darkness. Mr. Miller co-instructs the National Highway Institute course: Road Safety Audits/Assessments (NHI380069). He is one of a handful of law enforcement traffic safety experts selected by NHTSA to serve on their State Occupant Protection Program Assessment panels. Mr. Miller has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.
Stephen Poulin, Ph.D. – Senior Consultant, Advanced Statistics and Data Analytics
Dr. Stephen Poulin brings 30 years of IBM SPSS software and analytics experience to the MDAC Team, and has been involved in data preparation and analytics for over 250 organizations. He also worked for 10 years as a researcher for the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University of Pennsylvania. His data analytics experience includes predictive modeling, which ranks the predictors of target outcomes and can be used to predict future outcomes. He has also been involved in developing cluster models to identify groups with similar preferences or behaviors, and analyzed text data identify sentiments or topics, which can, in turn, be used for predictive and cluster modeling.
Dr. Poulin received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his Doctorate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work with a concentration in Social Policy, Planning, and Policy Analysis.
William G. Swenson, Ph.D. – Subject Matter Expert, Disability and Emergency Preparedness Research
Dr. William Swenson has directed or managed national, State, and local level projects under grants from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and other departments serving people who are aging or have disabilities. He has developed and deployed evaluation, training and technical assistance programs, and planning materials for national and state agencies. He has directed and managed national and state level projects, surveying people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, and conducting other research and planning projects.
Romell Cooks– Subject Matter Expert, Transportation Research
Romell Cooks is a proven leader with 20 years of management and organizational experience, managing, planning and implementing transportation safety programs in the public and private sectors. She is an expert in the areas of state and community occupant protection programs, occupant protection enforcement programs and outreach to stakeholders.
Her work with MDAC involves subject matter expertise on projects related to transportation, housing, and advocacy for older adults, and she has more than 20 years of experience directing government agency and civic leaders in the planning, development and initiation of programs in these same sectors. Mrs. Cooks also has substantial experience in utilizing financial and statistical data to document program performance and manage issues and risks impacting program performance and has been an invaluable resource to MDAC with regard to its Program Evaluation service offering.
Daniel Goscicki – Research Assistant and Financial Operations
Daniel Goscicki is heavily involved in the day-to-day operations at MDAC. He primarily assists our project managers to ensure that all projects are running on-schedule. This includes running and updating reports, aggregating and manipulating large data sets, conducting passive tracking operations, and performing Quality Control on outreach materials just to name a few. Daniel has a breadth of experience spanning multiple industries and positions, and we take full advantage of his varied and robust skill set. His extensive background in legal research and writing renders him an indispensable tool at the outset of a project, assisting in much of the preliminary research to ensure clients’ project goals are being met from all angles; as well as drafting and proofing reports and other deliverables throughout the lifecycle of a project.
In addition to his roles on active projects, Daniel is also responsible for supporting our accounting and HR departments, and contributing insight on RFP’s.
Samantha Alivio– Administrative Coordinator
Samantha Alivio successfully combines her experience in administration and client services with her background in qualitative and quantitative research and information security. Her strengths are in streamlining business processes and increasing efficiency by incorporating strong attention to detail and focus on organization. She effectively maintains client relationships, and helps to manage administrative needs enterprise-wide in MDAC’s fast-paced and ever-changing environment. She has been instrumental in developing and strengthening the necessary protocols and day-to-day operational needs of MDAC. The knowledge she has of information security, system design and technology provides innovative ideas and creative methods to MDAC’s organization and business development.
Dingming Fan– Research Assistant
Dingming Fan assists in aggregating and manipulating large data sets, data preparation, analysis, reporting, and visualization. Her data analysis experience includes predictive modeling, Naïve Bayes Classification, Decision Tree, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Sentiment Analysis. She has also been involved in developing cluster models and k-means to identify groups with similar preferences or behaviors. In addition, Dingming has analyzed text data such as customer comments to identify sentiments or topics, which can, in turn, be used for predictive and cluster modeling.
Victoria Osten, Ph.D.– Research Assistant
Dr. Victoria Osten brings over five years of experience gathering and analyzing data using advanced qualitative and quantitative methods for gaining insights and support research projects at leading public and private institutions. She is a social science researcher with hands-on experience in all aspects of research projects from design to publications. Dr. Osten uses STATA, SPSS, R and nVivo to translate complex data into clear and understandable stories for non-technical stakeholders and scholarly publications. She obtained her doctoral degree in sociology from University of Ottawa in 2019 and her Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education is from University of Toronto.
Our Professional Call Center Staff
The leadership of M. Davis and Company, Inc. attribute the success of our call center in Center City Philadelphia to a dedicated group of professional supervisors and interviewers. In this regard, we are proud to recognize an exceptional group of individuals who have five or more years tenure with the company: Debra Taylor (Lead Supervisor), Trina Boyd, Michael Robinson Sr., Eugene Arties, and Anita Pomante.