Make Data-Driven Decisions

The Via Approach

The evaluation team at Via Evaluation is a group of highly-qualified, engaged individuals who love helping people understand data and programming. We pride ourselves on matching evaluation methods to your needs and situation, and follow the tenets of utilization-focused evaluation. Maybe your program needs a logic model. We do that. Or, maybe your program requires an extensive outcome evaluation. We do that. Or, perhaps your school district wants to better understand risk behaviors of students. We do that, too. We offer a wide range of evaluative services so that we can apply our skills to help our clients improve services and outcomes. When you work with us, you will gain a better understanding of evaluation and data, and have access to a team that applies rigorous, up-to-date methods to provide insight and meaningful recommendations.

Via Eval Team

Gary Ciurczak, Ph.D.

Founder, Director of Business Development

Gary infuses his zeal for the positive social implications of quality program implementation and evaluation into every aspect of what we do. In his new role, he loves digging into client needs and finding ways we can help them achieve their desired outcomes.

Jessica Weitzel, M.P.H.

President, Director of Evaluation

Jessica loves what she does! As President and Director of Evaluation, she pairs her extensive experience and broad perspective with that of staff to produce useful information, reports, and other products for clients.

Komani Lundquist

CEO, Director of Operations

Never happier than when everything is running smoothly at Via Evaluation, Komani makes us tick, her hand is in nearly everything we do from managing company finances and human relations to leading the development of the strategic and marketing plans.

Amy Puca, M.S., M.A.


Amy enjoys everything about evaluation, especially when it involves merging her two career passions, education and social science. She believes in the ability of well planned, implemented, and evaluated programs to improve the lives of children.

Caroline Taggart, M.P.H.

Senior Evaluator

Caroline loves nothing more than to see how her work as an evaluator helps organizations achieve their goals through planning and evaluation. For her, being part of the positive change process is what it’s all about.

Emily Hagstrom, M.S. Ed.


Using her background in education and her bilingual skills, Emily drives the evaluation of multiple afterschool programs both in upstate and downstate New York, satisfying her love of combining Pk-12 education with evaluation supported results.

Jadaiman DaCosta, M.S. Ed., M.A.

Research Associate

Passion for education reform sparked Jadaiman’s interest in research, she hopes her work will help to create positive school cultures and foster continuous learning.

Erin Holbrook, B.A.

Research Associate

Erin has a passion for education, service, social advocacy, and community engagement. She hopes to empower Buffalo organizations and schools by using data-driven decision making and evaluation.

Patrick Pidgeon, M.S.

Research Associate

The newest member of our team, Patrick, is excited to use his background in Psychology to impact organizations to generate improved, sustainable outcomes for all.

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What our clients say…

We have recommended Via Evaluation to colleagues in the past. Via Evaluation has done a fantastic job for us. We have utilized their services for over ten years and have developed a strong relationship with them. I cannot imagine working with any other evaluator besides Via.

Valley Community Association, Inc.

Community-Based Organization

Unless you have the time to research and teach yourself and staff about all the requirements for each grant without Via Evaluation our organization might parish. I would recommend using Via Evaluation for the survival of your organization in this competitive business.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns

Community-Based Organization

Holly Dickinson Director of Grant Writing
Do you have a question for Via Evaluation’s Grant Writing Department? That’s great! I'm happy to provide you with a quick response; usually within 24 hours (sometimes it may require some research to supply you with the most accurate answer).
Jessica Weitzel Via Evaluation Director of Evaluation
Hi! I'm Jessica, the Director of Evaluation here at Via Evaluation. I'm here to answer your questions regarding everything evaluation. Send me a message and I'll get back to you in one business day.