Our Team

Jason Owen-Smith

Jason Owen-Smith

IRIS Executive Director

Jason manages the activities of IRIS and is the liaison with future and current Member Institutions.  He is an ex officio member of the IRIS Board of Directors. Together with collaborators, Jason works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the public value of the research university, and the network organization of surgical care.  Jason’s work makes use of large-scale administrative data to study fundamental process of network change and their effects in policy relevant domains.  jdos@umich.edu

Najla August

Najla August

IRIS Programmer

Najla is a data visualization expert and applications developer. She stays in the forefront of advancing technologies and is skilled in a variety of programming platforms and languages. Her passion outside of work includes camping and hiking. anajla@umich.edu

Amy Butchart

Amy Butchart

IRIS Programmer

Amy collaborates and coordinates with data curators, researchers, and analysts at federal agencies and at IRIS member institutions. Her work as a programmer on the IRIS team focuses on designing and documenting code to link restricted data sets and producing data products and analytic data sets. Additionally, she conceptualizes and designs additional metrics that can be built using IRIS and federal data.  butchart@umich.edu

Natsuko Nicholls

Natsuko Nicholls

IRIS Research Manager

Natsuko  manages, curates, documents, and analyzes large datasets that include administrative records (on research and award activities) provided by IRIS member universities. She also leads the development of data support and services for researchers who access and use de-identified IRIS data within the IRIS virtual secure data enclave. Natsuko has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and she formerly worked in Academic Libraries since 2009 where she obtained working and research experience in information science. hayashin@umich.edu

Evalyn Yanna

Evalyn Yanna

IRIS Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant for IRIS, Evalyn does all of the meeting scheduling and event planning, as well as the day to day activities to keep the office running smoothly.  Evalyn is an Ann Arbor native who loves to cheer on the Wolverines – Go Blue!  eyanna@umich.edu
Kevin Bjorne

Kevin Bjorne

IRIS Technical Director

Kevin is member of the IRIS leadership team and oversees all aspects of the technical operations of the organization. He works closely with member universities, IRIS staff, and partner organizations like the federal government to provide accurate and meaningful products to be used by IRIS members. kbjorne@umich.edu

Nancy Calvin-Naylor

Nancy Calvin-Naylor

IRIS Managing Director

Nancy handles the day-to-day operations of IRIS, including human resources, financial oversight, and management of internal systems and processes. Additionally, she is part of the IRIS leadership team, helping to set strategic goals and priorities for IRIS. Growing and sustaining the IRIS membership is a key part of her portfolio, as is work with the IRIS Board of Directors. Nancy is avidly outdoorsy, enjoying kayaking and rock collecting; she also plays the piano and takes urban ballroom dance lessons. nbirk@umich.edu

Rob Truex

Rob Truex

IRIS Data Manager

Rob develops tools and scripts for IRIS to clean, maintain and integrate large administrative data sets. He also produces visualizations and provides support to the IRIS Technical Director in ensuring the robustness of the IRIS data system. His work is used in producing IRIS reports to universities and in creating and maintaining the IRIS data made available to universities.  rtruex@umich.edu

Karen Woollams

Karen Woollams

IRIS Research Coordinator

Karen provides pre and post-award grant administration, budget management and reporting, and print and digital publicity material design and production.  She can help with IRIS memberships and member invoicing, contracts, and assorted financial matters.  Karen is passionate about local Habitat for Humanity work and enjoys hiking, gardening and singing with the UM Choral Union.  woollams@umich.edu

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