Mike Barbaro

Programmer Analyst

Mike’s favorite projects are those that have a direct impact on community members. For example, Mike enjoys working on the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) project which started by filling a need in the Missouri Education System and has since spread to partner with and serve communities in other states. When he isn’t working, Mike enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, fishing, and spending time with his family and cat.   

Chris Barnett

Director – Senior Research Associate

Chris has worked at CARES since it began in 1992. Chris most enjoys working on the Missouri Source Water Protection and Assessment project which provides information on public drinking water systems and potential chemical contaminants. When he isn’t working, Chris enjoys going on vacations, hiking, and spearheading efforts to map his family genealogy.  

Yan Barnett

Senior Research Consultant

Yan enjoys creating spatial data visualization components of tools, like dashboards and maps, that help illustrate data to provide visual context. Some of the projects she’s enjoyed working on most include SparkMap, All Things Missouri, PHATE, Salud America, and the Missouri Food Finder. When she isn’t working, Yan likes to read, travel, and sample good food.    

Elisa Cardenas

Research Specialist

Elisa enjoys working with vulnerable populations on social issues through projects like TIME’S UP, Kids Count, Trust for Public Land, Feeding America, and more. When she isn’t at work, Elisa likes cooking and spending time with family and friends including going outdoors to enjoy the weather.  

David Cavins

Programmer Analyst

David is our resident WordPress expert. David enjoys working on projects that directly support those in the field (e.g., researchers, organizations, and field staff and faculty) because he likes knowing his work impacts someone. When he isn’t at work, David spends time playing, building, and repairing stringed instruments, with a particular specialty in playing guitar for square dance music.   

Melissa De Bartolomeo

Programmer Analyst

Melissa is the leader of the SparkMap project and enjoys putting together the various pieces of the tool. In addition, she enjoys making connections with people and helping to meet their needs through the tools developed at CARES. When she isn’t at work, Melissa enjoys running, yoga, spending time outdoors, and brewing. 

Michael Hardy

Senior Research Project Analyst

Michael most enjoys working on the Impact Data Sheet project because it allows him to build and sustain community relationships as well as create a tool used in district and county legislature. When he isn’t at work, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors on his porch relaxing, being with his family, and taking vacations.  

Zhengting He

Research Project Analyst

Zhengting enjoys working on Quality Assurance because spotting and fixing an issue makes her feel so proud. She also loves spatial data analysis that requires a detail-driven mind. When she isn’t at work, Zhengting likes spending time with her cat, Highway.

Angela Johnson

Assistant Director – Research Project Analyst Lead

Angela most enjoys meeting with organizations to think through what data will best help them accomplish their goals, conducting data search and analysis, and then creating various visuals to help deliver tools and products to customers in a new and creative way. When she isn’t at work, Angela enjoys spending time outdoors biking and hiking with her family and puppy, as well as mushroom foraging when the weather allows.   

Amy Keith

Programmer Analyst

Amy is involved in a variety of projects at CARES, including All Things Nebraska, Show-Me-Select, Recovery Friendly Workplace, and Grazing Wedge. She especially enjoys developing data automation processes that support our mapping and reporting applications. In her free time, Amy enjoys fiber arts, reading, playing piano, and singing in a local community choir.

Miles Keaveny

Programmer Analyst

Miles enjoys working on web development—from the visual design elements of the front end to the technical intricacies of the backend. He also has a focus on creating information that is accessible for everyone. When Miles isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, exploring, and surfing; playing and watching soccer; reading; and watching movies.

Jamie Kleinsorge

Assistant Director – Senior Project Coordinator

Jamie enjoys working on community economic development projects and providing training to Hubs on the CARES Network. When she isn’t at work, Jamie loves to bike and roller skate. 

Justin Krohn

Senior Research Project Analyst

Justin enjoys working on data processing and geospatial analysis for research projects. When he isn’t at work, Justin enjoys playing disc golf, board games, card games, and reading. 

Shaye Morrison

Strategic Communications Consultant

Shaye most enjoys using data to tell a story. She enjoys working on projects where she is able to work strategically to create solutions for multiple stakeholders. She also loves engaging with clients through our multimedia content. When she isn’t at work, Shaye likes to travel, spend time outside on the trails with her dog, and fire up her pizza oven.

Jordan Rhodes

Project Coordinator

Jordan enjoys working on any project for which she gets to plan, organize, and chat with new people about our products. Her favorite project to work on is SparkMap, as she loves seeing the ways in which clients use this tool to incite positive changes in their communities. When she isn’t at work, Jordan likes to read, visit art museums, and spend time outdoors.

Chris Stephens

GIS Specialist

Chris works with the maps and he especially enjoys creating the stylistic elements of maps including picking out the colors, visual elements, and cartography that makes them visually appealing. When he isn’t at work, Chris enjoys playing music, hiking, and trying new food. 

Angie Stewart

Business Operations Associate

Angie is behind the scenes on anything fiscal, budget projection/allocation, and interorganizational communication at CARES. She enjoys helping the CARES teams operations run smoothly to make days more efficient and successful. When she isn’t at work, Angie likes to spend time with her family and pets, enjoy the outdoors, go to classic car shows, read, watch TV, and anything Gilmore Girls or the 1990’s.