information-insights-staff-18Ellen Ganley

Co-founder, CEO and Principal Consultant

email | phone 907.450.2454 | fax 907.450.2470

Ellen Ganley is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Information Insights. With a background in public health and program evaluation, Ellen’s recent work has focused on health workforce recruitment and retention, Medicaid billing, tobacco cessation, and health-related public opinion surveys. Ellen is a member of the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and served as President of the Alaska Public Health Association. Before founding Information Insights with Brian Rogers, Ellen worked as a substance abuse counselor and program administrator, a state health planner, and founded and managed an organization that conducted quality assurance reviews of human service programs.

Ellen’s work on the Lost Alaskans: Morningside Hospital Project was honored with the 2011 Pathfinder Award by the Alaska Historical Society for uncovering and publishing records of Territorial Alaskans with mental illness and developmental disabilities who were institutionalized outside the state.

Ellen earned a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Urban Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Health from the University of Hawaii.

information-insights-staff-17Rick Lonn

Grant Administrator/ Consultant

email | phone 907.450.2484 | fax 907.450.2470

Rick Lonn administers the Behavioral Health Mini-Grant Program and the Developmental Disabilities Mini-Grant Program through contracts with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. For both programs, grants are provided to Trust beneficiaries for services not covered by other funding sources. The Program Administrator is responsible for submitting grant requests on behalf of individuals and documenting the use of grant funds. Prior to working with the Trust, Rick provided technical support for MediTrack, a Medicaid online billing service. Rick joined Information Insights shortly after its founding and is the corporate secretary/treasurer. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

jana-edited-websizeJana Peirce

Senior Consultant

email | phone 907.450.2450 | fax 907.450.2470

Jana Peirce is an experienced project manager, research analyst, and web and graphic designer who has served as a Senior Consultant with the company for over 10 years. Recent projects have focused on regional energy planning, executive assessments, and salary and benefits studies. Jana has designed websites and helped develop public input processes and social media campaigns for many clients, including Alaska nonprofits, municipalities and state agencies. She has conducted public meetings in over a dozen rural Alaska communities from Hoonah to Barrow. A strong writer with a background in economics and magazine journalism, Jana authors or edits many Information Insights’ reports and enjoys developing charts and information graphics to help bring clarity to complex topics.

Before joining Information Insights in 2003, Jana served as the senior web developer for Third Sector Technologies and as production manager for Mushing Magazine. Jana holds a B.A. in Economics and B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

information-insights-staff-13Jamie Hansen

Senior Consultant

email | phone 907.450.2461

Senior Consultant Jamie Hansen holds an M.S. in Resources and Applied Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has strong communication, project management, and analytical skills. Jamie manages many of Information Insights’ Research and Analysis projects, specializing in economic modeling, data analysis, and quantitative and qualitative survey methods. Her recent work at Information Insights has focused on regional energy planning and community outreach, economic impact assessment, workforce development, and grant evaluation.

Prior to joining Information Insights in 2013, Jamie worked for the University of Alaska’s Center for Economic Development on several projects for businesses and nonprofits in urban and rural Alaska, including business plans and feasibility and market studies. Jamie also holds a B.A. in International Studies from Earlham College and a M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, which she put to use working in the field of international development in the Middle East for four years.

Sherri Wall


email | fax 907.450.2470

Sherri Wall works on a range of projects including strategic planning, facilitation and development of financial literacy courses. Prior to starting with Information Insights, Sherri was a full-time faculty instructor in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Economics department for twelve years. She taught political economy, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and accounting and information systems courses and developed a personal finance curriculum that can be taught both online and face to face. Sherri has also numerous articles in scholarly journals and the textbooks “The Economy Today” and “The Microeconomy Today” for publisher McGraw-Hill Irwin. She has presented at conferences across the country, including the recent “Creative Teaching Ideas for your Basic Economics Course” conference at Florida State University. In April of 2018, Sherri was chosen as the ASUAF outstanding faculty member of the year. In 2013 she co-founded The Landing Church and remains the Children’s Ministries Director. She holds a and an M.S. in resource and applied economics, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

information-insights-staff-7Debbie Mowrey


email | phone 907.450.2457 | fax 907.450.2470

Debbie Mowery sets up and supervises accounting and management systems at Information Insights. She provides revenue and expense forecasts and works with other members of the management team to keep the company running smoothly. As part of her job, Debbie also provides accounting support and conference planning services for the Alaska Public Health Association. Debbie has over 20 years of experience providing accounting services to Fairbanks-area businesses and statewide nonprofits. Prior to joining Information Insights in 1999, Debbie was administrative manager for a Fairbanks nonprofit. She also provided accounting service oversight for a local CPA firm and accounting services to small businesses. She holds A.A.S. degrees in Business and Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Susan Pruitt

Office Manager

email | phone 907.450.2488 | fax 907.450.2470

Susan Pruitt provides bookkeeping and administrative support for Information Insights and assists company clients with program administration and conference planning. Her recent project work includes online survey design and administration, conference and meeting logistics, and grant administration. Prior to joining Information Insights in 2002, Susan worked for six years for a national corporation providing bookkeeping and administrative services. She also owned a restaurant with her family, The Pasta Shop, where they made homemade pasta and sausage. Susan holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Kuba Grzeda

Research Assistant

email | phone 907.450.2456 | fax 907.450.2470

Kuba Grzeda works as a research assistant for Information Insights. Since joining Information Insights, he’s been helping with  projects ranging from organizational and administrative tasks for the Fairbanks Air Quality Stakeholder group meetings to helping connect Southwest Alaskan businesses to USDA discounted energy audits. Kuba grew up in Fairbanks and is finishing up a B.S. in Economics from Portland State University, where he was a co-chair of the Portland State Students Economics Association for three years. In his free time, he’s an assistant coach for West Valley High School cross country in the fall and the Running Club North high school track meet volunteer coordinator in the spring, as well as a member of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.

Kasey Casort

Research Assistant

email | phone 907.450.2458 | fax 907.450.2470

Kasey Casort works as a research assistant with Information Insights. Since joining Information Insights, Kasey has assisted on projects including the Kawerak, Inc. Bering Strait Regional Energy Summit and Northway Natives, Inc. Strategic Planning. She is engaged in federal funding research as well as website and social media upkeep for Information Insights and their partners. Kasey is a lifelong Fairbanksan who is working towards a B.S. in Natural Resources Management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she founded and continues to lead a student health advocacy organization. She also serves on the Nanook Diversity and Action Board, and she is an active member of the UAF Honors Program.