Staff DirectoryLeadership Team

Stan Schneider
President/CEO and Senior Research Scientist

Stan Schneider brings an evidence-based and compassionate approach to serving as Metis’s president and CEO. He has extensive and broad experience in applied research and evaluation in the areas of P-12 and higher education, collective impact (formerly known as comprehensive community initiatives), child safety, and anti-poverty initiatives. His professional interests include designing and managing large-scale research projects, fostering organizational self-evaluation, and building the capacity of communities to obtain, maintain, and interpret data. Stan is committed to using and modeling a collaborative approach to sanction-free research and evaluation. A proud product of the New York City public school system, Stan is a former public school teacher and school district director of research and evaluation.

Marilyn Zlotnik
Chief Operating Officer

Marilyn Zlotnik leads the design and execution of Metis’s strategic plan. She coordinates critical initiatives in the areas of marketing and business development, operations, and internal and external communications activities. Marilyn also heads up the grant writing service area at Metis. Under her leadership, Metis grant writers have secured more than $525 million in competitive grants for our clients. Among her specialty areas are magnet and charter school, college access and success, and the arts. She has designed and conducted training in the field of competitive grants development for numerous clients, and she has presented on grant writing best practices at local and national conferences. Marilyn is an active member of the national Grant Professionals Association and the New Jersey GPA chapter.

Robert Harrington
Chief Financial Officer

Bob Harrington leads the firm’s finance and administration operations, overseeing a team of fiscal and administrative professionals. As our Chief Financial Officer, he tracks, analyzes, and communicates strategic financial information to the Leadership Team. A seasoned IT and business administration professional, Bob also manages our financial, human resources, and networking systems. He brings his IT expertise to the data management services we offer clients, such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Arkansas Department of Education, among others.

Claire Aulicino
Managing Senior Associate

Claire Aulicino leads Metis’s work for school districts and other organizations pursuing equitable and integrated learning environments. A significant component of her work since 2001, Claire directs the evaluation of magnet and other special academic and choice programs specifically designed to foster racial/ethnic and socioeconomic integration within public schools. She also heads a team of Metis researchers who develop and conduct evaluations of various initiatives in K-12 and human services. These include educational technology, STEM education, charter schools, out-of-school time, college readiness and success, youth development, and juvenile and criminal justice prevention.

Dr. Susanne Harnett
Managing Senior Associate

Dr. Susanne Harnett leads our work in arts education and engagement, overseeing a team of Metis researchers and evaluators with particular expertise in this focus area. Since 1999, Susanne has been the principal investigator on the study of several large-scale educational initiatives in New York City and other urban school districts around the country. She has a wide range of interests in educational evaluation, including literacy, school counseling, high school reform, and teacher professional development, among other areas. Susanne is also an expert in designing and directing rigorous impact studies of these types of initiatives, and a seasoned presenter of study findings to different audiences.

Donna Wilkens
Managing Senior Associate

Donna Wilkens is a seasoned program evaluator and researcher with a keen professional interest in studying efforts related to children, families, and communities. She directs large-scale studies of education interventions, such as community schools, out-of-school time programs, teen pregnancy prevention, and school climate and culture transformation initiatives. Donna also is an expert grant writer, and she helps clients win competitive grant funding to support their work in these and other areas. Based in Metis’s Atlanta office, Donna manages a team of researchers that specialize in data management and support, research design, and statistical analysis.