Our Team

Our Principal and Associates have more than 30 years of research experience. We also maintain relationships with a number of researchers who bring specific skills and areas of expertise to the projects that we work on.

Stephen - LinkedinStephen Reichert – PrincipalView Stephen Reichert's profile on LinkedIn

With an academic and community agency background, Stephen Reichert has more than 20 years of experience in conducting program evaluations and providing research services to non-profits and government organizations. Stephen has worked as the principal investigator on nearly 200 evaluations and research projects, in a variety of areas ranging from primary health care, harm reduction, education and training, seniors and dementia, health promotion, wellness, poverty, community impact studies and Indigenous healing. Utilizing sing both a developmental and participatory approach, Stephen has worked in diverse settings across the country, conducting both formative and summative evaluations and research as well as the design and implementation of complex measuring tools.

In the past, Stephen has been a sessional lecturer in the Office of the First Year at the University of Regina and has guest lectured in a variety of university departments and conferences on topics including racism and social policy.

Stephen is a current member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and has previously served on the Society’s local chapter executive. Stephen is an adoptive parent and currently volunteers as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Adoptive Families Association of BC.  Contact Stephen


Katherine Coatta – Manager of Research

Katherine is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Masters degree in Gerontology, and has a Bachelor’s of Physical Health and Education degree from the University of Toronto. Katherine has worked with non-profit and government organizations across the province, providing evaluation support to a variety of health-based projects. Examples include large-scale health evaluations with the Divisions of Family Practice (A GP for Me and Shared Care initiatives), as well as community-based initiatives aimed to improve health and wellness across the lifespan. Katherine enjoys developing and implementing logical evaluation plans that enable meaningful data to be collected and applied to support the operation of complex projects.

Currently living in Port Moody, Katherine is happiest near the ocean and in the mountains, especially on skis or her bike. She also spends her free time traveling, knitting and volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.


Danielle-01-01Danielle Burch – Research and Evaluation Analyst

Danielle holds a Master degree in Public Health from Simon Fraser University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Victoria. Her research has focused on innovation in primary healthcare delivery and organisation. She has several years of experience working in healthcare administration and has dedicated her time to making places work better. Prior to her role with Reichert and Associates, Danielle worked at BC Children’s Hospital in the cardiology department and with the Canadian Red Cross health equipment loan programs.

Simply put, Danielle is happiest being active and getting outside. She enjoys hiking and camping, and finds pleasure initiating new experiences for friends. Outside of work, Danielle has volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and engaged in several disaster responses.


LauraLaura Dale – Research and Evaluation Analyst

Laura is a graduate from the Master of Public Health program at the University of British Columbia and also holds a B.Sc. Honours degree from McGill University. With her UBC team, Laura won the Canadian Evaluation Society’s annual Case Competition in 2017.

Laura’s research experience covers a range of topics, including life sciences, environmental health, communicable diseases, harm reduction, and sexual health. She is passionate about reducing health inequalities, and her primary academic interest is in the social determinants of health. Laura maintains an additional interest in effective health communication and knowledge mobilization. She often spends her spare time reading about these topics and attending related events and talks. The rest of her time off is spent running, playing soccer, learning Spanish, and enjoying Vancouver in its natural and urban form.


SaraneeSaranee Fernando – Research and Evaluation Analyst

Saranee holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Alberta specializing in Health Promotion, as well as a B.Sc in Integrative Physiology and a B.A. in Health Sciences. She joined Reichert and Associates after working at The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Perinatal Services BC, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. In her roles at these organizations, Saranee gained evaluation experience in areas of women’s health, community-based research, and harm reduction. In addition, Saranee has international experience having spent time in Lusaka, Zambia, evaluating an urban clinic serving HIV-discordant couples, as well as exploring the health care landscape in rural settings. In her current role at Reichert and Associates, Saranee is working on several evaluation initiatives relating women’s health, suicide prevention and increased access to primary health care.


Kevin Lu – Research and Evaluation Analyst

Kevin has a Masters of Public Health degree specializing in population health from Simon Fraser University as well as an Honours B.A. in political science and history from McGill University. He has an extensive background in research having worked in a number of capacities for academia and government, including as a research coordinator for the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, and as an epidemiologist for the Public Health Agency of Canada. Kevin is passionate about reducing health inequities locally, nationally, and globally. To these ends, his core research interests focus upon Indigenous health, health systems , food security, and the social determinants of health.

Kevin is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. Outside of his career, he dedicates the majority of his time training for his two passions: ultimate frisbee and rock-climbing.


Taryn Danford – Grant Writing Workshop Facilitator

Taryn holds a Master of Science in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria. She has more than a decade of experience working for and with international, Canadian and Aboriginal non-governmental organizations as a non-profit consultant, specializing in program development, policy and governance.

Prior to joining Reichert and Associates, Taryn worked as the Executive Director of a Family Services organization in Northeastern BC focused on supporting and enhancing Indigenous child welfare systems. Taryn currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Adoptive Families Association of BC and volunteers her time on two committees with the same organization. Taryn was born and raised in South Africa but calls Vancouver home. She has lived around the world and loves travel, yoga and all that Vancouver has to offer.


Denver McNeney – Data Analyst

Denver McNeney is a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University (Political Science), with an MA from Queen’s University (Political Science) and a BA (History, Political Science) from UBC. His research focuses on quantitative research methodology as it applies to social science, including survey research and automated text analysis. Denver provides statistical analysis support across a range of Reichert and Associates’ projects.


Dr. Marni Westerman – Contract Associate

With an extensive background in research, teaching and policy development, coupled with an understanding of community organizations, Marni brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Reichert and Associates. She has conducted research studies that focus on gender and social inequality and has been actively involved as a board member with a number of organizations.

Marni is the Chair of Anthropology and Sociology at Douglas College and is a member of the Canadian Sociology Association.


Jane Whynot – Contract AssociateView Jane Whynot's profile on LinkedIn

Jane specializes in performance and evaluation. With over a decade of independent management for both the public and private sectors, Jane is known for being a skilled negotiator who forges consensus around clearly communicated, achievable operational plans and compelling visions of success.  She offers leadership and has a history of developing highly motivated teams with proven track records of success who is able to meet and surpass set goals and objectives on a consistent basis.  Jane  has demonstrated strong leadership capabilities on all levels, via the exploration, promotion and facilitation of objectives in established and emerging foci.

Highly motivated and with exceptional interpersonal communication, project management and analytical skills, Jane has demonstrated an ability to excel under pressure in highly stressful environments and interacts supportively within a team setting.  Throughout her career, she has consistently applied highly developed analytical skills to the designated activity.  She is able to identify issues, extract data and convert that data into usable information for other resources. Jane’s strength is her analytic ability in identifying complex subject matter, enabling individuals to easily comprehend difficult issues. Jane is an active member of the Canadian Evaluation Society.