Jenna LeComte-Hinely, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. LeComte-Hinely oversees and conducts a wide range of research and evaluation services, including program evaluation, needs assessments, and representative community health assessments. Prior to becoming CEO of HARC, Dr. LeComte-Hinely held the role of Director of Research and Evaluation for two years.
Dr. LeComte-Hinely obtained her doctorate from Portland State University in the field of Applied Psychology. Her expertise is in the area of Occupational Health Psychology, which aims to keep workers healthy, happy, and productive. Dr. LeComte-Hinely has been conducting research for more than 15 years, studying a wide range of topics including health, well-being, work-life balance, supportive supervision in the workplace, green business, professional network development, gender discrimination, leadership, and informal science education.
Prior to joining HARC, Dr. LeComte-Hinely worked in the research and evaluation field at the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health; the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI); and the University of Redlands.
In 2019, Dr. LeComte-Hinely was named one of the top 50 “influencers” in the Coachella Valley by Palm Springs Life and was included in Desert Charities News’ “Women in Philanthropy” issue honoring the industry leaders and influencers. In 2018, Dr. LeComte-Hinely was named one of Palm Springs Life’s “40 Under Forty”, as well as one of Desert Charities News’ “Women Who Inspire Us”. Jenna also serves on the Board of Trustees of Borrego Health.
Casey Leier, PhD
Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Cassaundra Leier is a researcher with more than a decade of experience in research design and analysis. She holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from California State University of San Bernardino and a doctorate in organizational communication from Arizona State University. Dr. Leier has conducted research related to individual well-being and workplace practices that foster positivity and creativity.
Prior to working for HARC, Dr. Leier worked at Arizona State University teaching courses on a variety of different topics including leadership, conflict and negotiation, and advanced research methods.
One of the most critical health topics, according to Dr. Leier, is our connection to other people and living a fulfilling social life. Dr. Leier also serves on the Board of Directors of Health to Hope Clinics.
Daniel Polk, PhD
Research and Evaluation Associate
Daniel Polk is a writer and researcher who focuses on social equity and environmental health. He has over 12 years of experience in research, including with archival and ethnographic methods. He earned a bachelor’s in history from UC Riverside and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Princeton University. His work looks at environmental politics in the United States and Latin America and its effects on historically marginalized communities.
Prior to joining HARC, Dr. Polk served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Bill Lane Center at Stanford University, where he conducted research on the social impacts of water policy in California and Mexico.
Dr. Polk is especially interested in how public health outcomes are improved through class and cross-cultural solidarity.
Chris Morin, MS
Research and Evaluation Associate
Chris Morin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, and his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. Chris brings a wealth of relevant experience to HARC with his advanced statistical analysis training, including techniques such as structural equation modeling, analysis of variance, and psychometrics. His research interests include performance management topics such as feedback-seeking in the workplace, workforce motivation topics such as goal orientation, and scale development/measurement.
Prior to joining HARC, Chris worked as a behavioral tutor, in which he conducted assessments and treatment plans for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Chris also has experience in academia as a Supplemental Instructor Leader for CSU San Bernardino and as an adjunct professor at Copper Mountain College. Chris originally started with HARC as an intern before being promoted to staff based on his strong performance.
Amairani Ramos, BA
Research and Evaluation Assistant
Amairani Ramos is a research and evaluation assistant at HARC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).
Before joining HARC, she was a research assistant for the Asian American Transnational Research Initiative working on a project titled the Generation Project at Cal Poly Pomona. Her research skills set includes conducting literature review, assisting with the cleaning and input of data, as well as analyzing quantitative data. Amairani also has experience working in college student affairs as a resident advisor and student orientation leader.
As a Coachella Valley resident, Amairani hopes to bring awareness to diverse issues in the Valley that could help unify and strengthen the community.
Theresa Sama is the Administrative Manager at HARC, Inc. Theresa manages the overall general daily office operations, as well as scheduling meetings to contract and insurance compliance, computer support, payroll and accounts payable/receivable. Also, Theresa provides creative and professional design work for many of HARC’s reports and special projects. In addition, Theresa has completed the Nonprofit Management Certification Program from the University California Riverside.
Prior to HARC, Theresa worked at ULCA from 1995 – 2007, where she formatted grant applications, manuscripts for journal submission, reports, brochures, and designed PowerPoint presentations. She also worked closely with the computer support team and managed several websites, while serving administrative needs for the Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Samantha Tweddell is the first ever Development Manager for HARC. She joins the team as an experienced nonprofit professional with a background in management, development, and data. Before joining HARC, Samantha was the Development Manager of the American Cancer Society (ACS) where she engaged the Coachella Valley community through education, fundraising campaigns, and by organizing large community events such as “Relay for Life of the Coachella Valley” and “Climb to Conquer Cancer”. It was also here that she fostered partnerships with the largest and most influential employers in the valley and secured a number of grants to strengthen the efforts of ACS.
While living in the Los Angeles area Samantha worked at a multi-million-dollar nonprofit
agency, Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), where she trained and oversaw staff in all things related to data for the statewide biennial project California Child Care Portfolio. At CCRC she was also the primary community and business outreach liaison for all development initiatives. Samantha is excited to leverage the vast information HARC has amassed over the years to uplift the health of residents in the Coachella Valley. She is also looking forward to engaging local stakeholders on the importance of our work and exploring ways to make our impact even greater.