About Us

The Decision Center for Educational Excellence relies on the collaboration of the ASU community and our external partners. We encourage students, faculty members and others to get involved in our work. 

Here are the current DC Ed Ex participants:

Staff & Associates

Joe O'Reilly, Ph.D., Director  

Joe came to the Center after 30 years of directing research, assessment and accountability in Arizona's largest school district. He is past vice-president of the American Education Research Association and has been extensively involved in Arizona education issues for many years.

Momoko Rai, Data Scientist

Momoko has a masters in data analytics from Michigan State and has over twenty years experience conducting research. Momoko is embedded at the Arizona Department of Education and is an expert on PK-12 data. She has recently been involved in studies of rigorous courses (AP, dual enrollment) and longitudinal course taking. 

Gevork Harootunian, Director of Data Science

Gevork brings a great deal of knowledge and experience from his work in health care, most recently as  the Vice-president of Data Analytics and Technology at the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers. He also played a leading role in the ASU Center for Health Information and Research. Gevork is leading our education and workforce visualization, our research on the impact of CTE, and working with ABOR on university readiness.

Rebecca McKay, Data Scientist

Rebecca is a data scientist with the Center and is also the Director of ASSIST, the Arizona State System for Information on Student Transfer, which is part of AZ Transfer. She has developed the Postsecondary Feedback Reports and has been instrumental in connecting the PK-12 and college data. 

Chris Ozuna, Ph.D., Strategic Data Project Fellow

Chris is currently a Fellow in the Strategic Data Project at Harvard that is assigned to the Center. He is creating the "Success Catalog" of the practices that schools that produce very successful students when they go to college. He is also working on the Postsecondary Feedback Reports, the impacts of COVID, and data visualizations. Earlier in his career Chris was a classroom teacher.

Luke Tate, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Opportunity Initiatives

Luke is the Managing Director of the Office of Applied Innovations, which includes the Decision Center. Previously he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Mobility on President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council.

Jeong Im Jin, MLFTC doctoral student, Intern

Jeong Im is a graduate student in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and is serving as an intern in the Center. An experienced teacher, her work is focused on teaching and the use of research in applied educational settings. She is studying the impacts of COVID on education along with Chris Ozuna.