Employees

Currently, BSRI has six full-time employees and utilizes research associates and consultants as needed to fulfill project and contractual duties. The BSRI team handles project administration and management, qualitative and quantitative analysis and design, and final reporting for funders (local, State, and Federal). BSRI also provides lead staff support and administration to grant-funded committees and advisory boards.  

We are proud to have affiliations with Universities and Colleges, serving as a preceptor for many interns studying public health and psychology. BSRI is a proud member of the following national and state-wide organizations:

  • American Evaluation Association,
  • Society for Community Research and Action (American Psychological Association, Division 27),
  • Southeast Evaluation Association,
  • Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association / Florida Behavioral Health Association, and the 
  • American Public Health Association.
They are humble and always available to answer questions. Annual client survey, 2019

BSRI also values community connection and is a member of local organizations such as:

  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce,
  • Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce,
  • Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County,
  • Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, and
  • Miami-Dade County Public School System School Health Advisory Committee.

Executive Director

Angela Mooss, Ph.D.

Dr. Angela Mooss received her PhD in Community Psychology from Georgia State University and holds a graduate certificate (CPH) in public health epidemiology. She has more than 15 years of experience in conducting research with communities, in areas such as behavioral health, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and alternatives to incarceration. She has conducted strategic planning, needs assessments, and program evaluations for agencies in Florida and throughout the United States. As Executive Director, she oversees all administrative functions for BSRI and provides lead project director and evaluation expertise across all BSRI clients. Her community participation includes being a voting member of Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership: Strategic Planning and Prevention Committees and a care coordination champion for Thriving Mind.

Contact: amooss@bsrinstitute.org

Associate Director

Megan Hartman, B.S.

Megan Hartman received her B.S. in Human and Social Development from the University of Miami and holds a graduate certificate in Evaluation Studies from the University of Wisconsin Stout. She has eight years of experience in the fields of public health, program evaluation, capacity building, and prevention science with a strong focus on community collaborations and health disparities. As a Community Psychology practitioner, she highly values the systems perspective of program implementation and social change as well as the community’s perspective in completing research and evaluation projects. This is evident from her community participation as a Co-Chair and voting member of Miami-Dade County Public School’s School Health Advisory Committee (2019-2021) and as a trauma-informed care champion for Thriving Mind. As Associate Director, she provides executive oversight on operations, strategic planning, business development, and marketing while also leading multiple healthcare, prevention, and strategic planning-related projects.

Contact: mhartman@bsrinstitute.org

Senior Evaluation Associate

Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.D.

Zafreen Jaffery holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership specializing in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University. She has more than eight years of professional experience in helping practitioners and policymakers use data and research evidence to solve complex problems. She supports clients to improve access to equitable education and healthcare by contributing expertise in qualitative, mixed methods research and evaluation to help close achievement and opportunity gaps. Before joining BSRI, she spent three years with the Children’s Trust overseeing research-practice partnerships and program performance monitoring and evaluation for a multi-million early childhood development portfolio. At BSRI, she is excited to be in a position that supports her love of learning and allows her to conduct research and disseminate actionable results that can positively impact the lives of children and families. Her community participation includes sitting as Secretary of Miami-Dade County Public School’s School Health Advisory Committee (2019-2021) and is a member of the Muslim Women’s Organization of South Florida.

Contact: zjaffery@bsrinstitute.org

Evaluation Associate II

Alexandra Rivas, M.P.H.

Alexandra Rivas received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from George Mason University in 2014. She holds expertise in assessing health issues, risks and outcomes through data collection as well as conducting surveillance, analysis and research within local and state levels. As Evaluation Associate II she provides evaluation consulting, design and analysis skills across multiple BSRI projects and clients. Her community participation includes being a child welfare champion for Thriving Mind and a Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocating for the best interest of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Contact: arivas@bsrinstitute.org

Evaluation Associate II

Derek Boyd, M.P.H.

In December 2016, Derek graduated from Florida International University with his Master of Public Health, with focus in Health Policy & Management. He also completed a graduate certificate from the College of Business in Healthcare Management. He has previous work experience in hospital systems, working on population health outcomes and diabetes. As an Evaluation Associate II at BSRI he focuses on evaluation and research for Behavioral Health initiatives in the South Florida area. His community participation includes being a behavioral health and primary health care champion for Thriving Mind and a voting member of the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership: Care & Treatment Committee.

Contact: dboyd@bsrinstitute.org

Evaluation Associate

Leila Rogers, M.P.H.

Leila Rogers received her MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Florida International University in 2019. She is passionate about combatting health disparities in South Florida and beyond through the use of education and applied research. Her previous experience includes working as a lead presenter for a youth mental health education program called ‘Ending the Silence’ via the National Alliance on Mental Illness. As an Evaluation Associate at BSRI, she provides team-oriented project support from a public health perspective.

Contact: lrogers@bsrinstitute.org

Melanie Gonzalez

Melanie Gonzalez received her B.A in International Relations from Florida International University. She is a Florida Bar Certified Paralegal and certified Translator in the English and Spanish Language. She is a notary for the State of Florida and is a freelance writer. Melanie has 6 years of professional experience in Immigration Law and Criminal Law. Working alongside defense attorneys as a Senior Paralegal and Office Manager, before joining BSRI, Melanie assisted in the preparation of Immigration applications and waivers to facilitate immigrants looking to adjust status in the United States and/or seek relief from deportation in Immigration Court. Her community participation includes participating in presentations within the immigrant community seeking immigration legal advice and assisting her superior on pro-bono special immigrant juvenile cases assigned by the state. Melanie has a passion for helping people and is now part of the BSRI team as their Office Manager. As the Office Manager for BSRI, Melanie supports the company by maintaining the office system, procedures and operations.

Office Pup

Luna

Luna is a loyal employee with five years of experience who works diligently for pets and treats. She’s always around to listen to another team member’s story or diffuse stress, although, she spends many work hours sleeping in her office bed … so you have to catch her when she’s awake. All in a day’s work!