Our Team

Teri Ooms

Executive Director
Teri is responsible for all facets of research, organizational strategy, and management.

Andrew Chew, AICP

Director of Research
Andrew is responsible for directing many of The Institute’s community-based and client research projects.

Jill Avery-Stoss

Director of Operations
Jill directs The Institute’s internship program and is responsible for much of The Institute’s research dissemination.

Jolene Carey-Pace, Ed.D.

Research Analyst
Jo provides research and analysis, writes reports, and helps clients meet research needs.

Sarah Bender

Research Assistant
Sarah conducts data analysis and provides quantitative and qualitative research support across a variety of projects.


The Institute is a partnership of 13 colleges and universities and the business community, with offices in northeastern Pennsylvania.