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About Us

The principals at By The Numbers are Dr. Cathy Kassab and Dr. Dave Abler. Together, they have over 50 years of combined experience in project and program evaluation, needs assessments, statistics, surveys, and focus groups. They formed By The Numbers in 1997.
Cathy Kassab, Ph.D.
The Facts:

Dr. Kassab has a doctorate in rural sociology from Penn State University. She also holds advanced degrees in statistics, community development, and organizational theory. Dr. Kassab has worked as a program evaluation specialist in the U.S. General Accounting Office, in the social service field as a drug and alcohol counselor, and as a VISTA volunteer on the Winnebago Indian Reservation.

The Person:

Infused with an incredible amount of personal energy and enthusiasm, Cathy's attitude is positively infectious. Her expertise is always reassuring. Cathy is also the President of Nittany Beagle Rescue, a Pennsylvania-based beagle rescue organization.
Dave Abler, Ph.D.
The Facts:

Dr. Abler earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. He has significant international experience in program and project evaluation, including work in Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, and the United Kingdom. He also has extensive statistical, econometric, and focus group experience.

The Person:

Warm and quietly confident, Dave's spirit shines forth through his ability to explain complex issues in everyday terms that enhance the concepts. Dave is also the President of Centre County PAWS, an animal shelter in State College, Pennsylvania.
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