People – our reason why

Empathy first, always. To uncover authentic human stories, you need people who are genuinely interested in the rich lives of others. At Aspen Finn, we want the lives we touch to be better because of us. This means we treat each other, our clients and the people we research with kindness and respect.

Julia Eisenberg

Julia Eisenberg

Julia Eisenberg

Senior Vice President

Julia Eisenberg serves as the Senior Vice President at Aspen Finn. In this role, she delights in managing an incredibly smart group of strategic thinkers.  Julia is happiest when helping clients use insights to drive growth.

Julia has been working and learning in the research industry for over 15 years – first on the client side for Gap, Inc. and Crocs, and most recently in strategy and insight which led to the creation of Aspen Finn.  While a researcher at heart, Julia started her career in operations, and so the Aspen Finn team was uniquely built to balance creativity and business acumen.

Outside Aspen Finn, you’ll find Julia riding bikes and building LEGOs with her family, enjoying the Rocky Mountains and supporting the arts in Denver.

Christy Tchoumba

Christy Tchoumba

Christy Tchoumba

Vice President, Strategy

Christy serves as Vice President, Strategy at Aspen Finn and has been conducting strategic research for nearly two decades on behalf of both corporate and political clients. 

Well versed in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative techniques, Christy’s extensive research background includes everything from designing complex project proposals and moderating focus groups to analyzing and presenting findings. In her current role, she draws on her full service experience to ensure she asks the right questions, understands the business challenge at hand and is able to propose actionable and meaningful research designs. A highly consultative partner, she works with clients on projects across a wide range of industries including media/entertainment, technology, financial services, political, non-profit and many more. 

Christy calls Denver home and is raising two very active (not so little) boys that keep her on her toes.  

Kathy Doyle

Kathy Doyle

Kathy Doyle

Vice President, Strategy

Kathy serves as Vice President, Strategy at Aspen Finn.   In that capacity she draws upon 30+ years in market research to consult with clients on the best ways to use research to fuel business growth.

Kathy began her career in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather and started her own qualitative research consulting firm in 1986.  Doyle Research became an industry leader and in 2018 was acquired by 20|20 Research.    The ability to combine the in-house resources that 20|20 offers with her expertise in designing studies that meet her clients’ needs is a match that truly benefits clients. 

Kathy has degrees from both Michigan State and the University of Michigan. She is a former Board member of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association, and an active participant in industry conferences.   When not at work, Kathy loves to grow veggies and herbs in her home-built vertical garden, figure out how to feed her vegan/gluten-free/sugar-free son something edible, serves as President of the Library Board of Trustees in her community, and is famous for her cherry scones (which are NOT vegan, gluten-free or sugar free!).  

Sonya Turner

Sonya Turner

Sonya Turner

Vice President, Strategy

Sonya Turner, our resident storyteller and asker of all the questions, works with clients in retail, media, healthcare and financial services to translate business needs into research strategy.

As VP of Strategy, Sonya’s steady hand guides the design, execution and analysis of some of our most complex global research initiatives—skills she honed being the only Spanish major at Davidson College who actually liked being assigned research papers. Since earning her MS from NYU, Sonya has spent nearly 20 years using insights to help clients drive their business forward.

Sonya calls Colorado home, and spends her time running ultramarathons, exploring the mountains, traveling anywhere there’s good food and live music, serving as a mentor for high school students, and running a personal Uber service for two teenage boys.

Carole Schmidt

Carole Schmidt

Carole Schmidt

Vice President, Research Strategy

Carole Schmidt serves as a Vice President, Research Strategy at Aspen Finn. Carole is passionate about integrating the “voice-of-your-customer” early in brand, positioning, product, and communication development. Whether studying data center operations, gamers’ late night snacking, anglers’ fishing equipment, or morning coffee behaviors, Carole loves intersecting with customers at critical points in the path-to-purchase where true insights are discovered and seeds of innovation take root.

Since college (Northern Illinois University Journalism/Psychology), Carole’s expanded her professional development in Creative Problem Solving certification, by creating method innovations (MineSights, kideation, and Geo-Stories), as a contributing author in two textbooks, was a Quirk’s Excellence in Research Researcher of the Year Finalist (2019), and is now pursuing her New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification. Away from work, Carole and family share a love for camping/hiking the stunning Oregon outdoors, chairing her neighborhood park committee, and participating in zany team events, including leading her Push Mower Drill Team each August.

Chelsea Gibbons

Chelsea Gibbons

Chelsea Gibbons

Research Strategist

Chelsea Gibbons is a Research Strategist  at Aspen Finn. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing large-scale projects and insights development within the Analytics and the Report Writing department. She has also been instrumental in driving the company’s innovation, evaluating and implementing new qualitative methodologies.  

Having spent 12+ years in the research industry, Chelsea has executed hundreds of research projects in a diverse range of client industries. Chelsea uses this background to evaluate a client’s needs and recommend the appropriate research methodologies that will help clients garner the insights they need to grow their business. 

Outside of Aspen Finn, Chelsea enjoys being a competitive swimmer on her master’s swim team, watching reality TV, and re-learning the fundamentals of elementary school with her two boys. 

Chris Efken

Chris Efken

Chris Efken

Research Strategist

As a seasoned qualitative research strategist, moderator and insights sleuth, Chris is expert at conducting in-person, online and mobile qualitative studies that uncover the insights needed to drive smarter business decisions. 

Chris brings a unique perspective to projects in that she’s worked on the client, ad agency and provider side of the consumer insights business, and on both US only and multi-country global qualitative studies.  As a result, she’s as comfortable working on the fuzzy front end of product innovation as she is executing all of the various projects needed during the product lifecycle and workshopping the findings with client teams to craft applicable business building strategies.  

Her breadth of experience includes CPG, personal care, entertainment, retail, travel & leisure, automotive, durables, education, and financial services.   

Chris is an alum of Marquette University.  And, when she’s not talking with and observing consumers, she moonlights as an adjunct marketing instructor at Chicago’s Columbia College. 

Nancie Carollo

Nancie Carollo

Nancie Carollo

Digital Research Strategist

Nancie Carollo is a Digital Research Strategist at Aspen Finn. She stewards research projects from the kickoff—listening closely to the client’s hopes and needs—through to the final report. Nancie often serves as research designer, moderator, and analyst on such projects, and enjoys the long-term business relationships that result.

Nancie continues to build on her five years of market research experience and background as an editor. Data, especially human behavioral data, tell a story. At Aspen Finn, we are always looking for that narrative thread.

Outside of work, Nancie belongs to a family of “foodies” who frequently bond over interesting, delicious meals. She gardens energetically during every short-but-sweet Rocky Mountain summer and has practiced and taught yoga for many years.

Jayme Dodd

Jayme Dodd

Jayme Dodd

Senior Research Manager

As a Senior Research Manager, Jayme leads the Denali full-service client team, overseeing qualitative and quantitative research studies on a global scale. 

The Denali teams’ focus is uncovering the “so what and now what” of research and using their deep experience to successfully execute hundreds of projects each year. Jayme has more than 14 years in various roles with qualitative and quantitative research, including concept testing, ethnographies, path-to-purchase, brand perception, exploratory and longitudinal research.

Aside from making magic happen at Aspen Finn, she’s a busy mom of two girls who enjoys yoga, traveling and the outdoors. 

Katie White

Katie White

Katie White

Director, Business Development

For over a decade, Katie has been involved in myriad facets of the research industry.  From recruiting and supporting technology platforms, to operations management and overseeing a team of dedicated researchers, she has helped execute thousands of research projects.  

Driven by her passion for strategic partnerships, her focus is immersing herself in her client’s business– understanding not only its history and composition, but its evolution in the marketplace, and opportunities for long-term value and growth.  She is wired in “the experience” and bringing out the human element.  She consults colleagues across several industries including media and entertainment, tech, automotive, real estate, education and others, and strategizes on disruptive trends and their implications. Katie and her team received the MRMW award for Best Mobile Qualitative Project in 2016, recognizing innovation and excellence in market research. Katie has been published in QRCA’s Views publication, and is involved in various market research associations such as WIRe and the Insights Association. 

Katie has a BA in Global Studies from the University of Tennessee, focusing on globalization politically, economically, and culturally. She is a Nashville native, and enjoys honing her Master Gardener skills and checking off legendary artists on her concert bucket list.☺

Jordan Wheeler

Jordan Wheeler

Jordan Wheeler

Business Development Manager

Jordan Wheeler is a Business Development Manager, helping bridge the gap between the needs of clients and the solutions offered by Aspen Finn. Jordan has always loved all things marketing and helping people solve problems. He finds his role with Aspen Finn a perfect marriage of both affinities.

With a business development background that spans multiple industries, Jordan has been able to help clients find solutions no matter what they need. He began his career in the trenches, recruiting participants and hosting researchers in his local facility, and most recently spent several years working directly with researchers, advising on project solutions. His unique experience continues to provide a helpful perspective for his work at Aspen Finn.

Jordan is a Nashville native who has never been to a Honky Tonk. Outside the office you’ll likely find him woodworking in the garage, honing his amateur chef skills, or rewatching The Office for the 22nd time. 

Nisha Sheth

Nisha Sheth

Nisha Sheth

Business Development Manager

Nisha Sheth serves as Business Development Manager at Aspen Finn. In this role, she enjoys working with a group of strategic thinkers, listening to the opportunities being explored and challenges being faced by clients, and designing research to help get answers to key business questions.

Nisha has been working and learning in the research industry for over five years – first on the client side for Hanesbrands and Charles Schwab, and most recently in business development strategy and consultative insights at Aspen Finn. While she always had a curious and analytical mind, Nisha started her career in accounting and finance, bringing a blend of creativity and business sense to the table.

Outside Aspen Finn, you’ll find Nisha making her way across the world and visiting cities and countries on her “bucket list,” learning about different cultures and exploring local food scenes. In addition to that, she is happy to call Denver home, and loves spending time with family, friends, and the newest member in her life, her puppy, Luna.

Adrianna Chard

Adrianna Chard

Adrianna Chard

Research Manager

Adrianna Chard serves as a Research Manager at Aspen Finn. She is responsible for keeping day-to-day research organized and on track to deliver our clients insights on time. 

With over 9 years of experience in market research, Adrianna has been helping clients turn their research questions into compelling insights. She uses her background in tech support and 7+ years as a Research Manager to ensure each project’s success.

Outside of Aspen Finn, you’ll find Adrianna in Nashville, TN cheering on her favorite sports teams (Chicago Cubs and Tennessee Titans), trying out new recipes, re-watching FRIENDS for the 100th time and playing fetch with her sweet 3-year-old black lab.

Katie Greene

Katie Greene

Katie Greene

Research Manager

Katie Greene joins the team at Aspen Finn having worked in the market research space since 2014. She began as a recruiter fresh out of Belmont University and has served in roles as a Logistics Coordinator and Research Manager since then. Her projects have spanned across the spectrum from consumer products to education, but she gained a reputation for facilitating politically-based projects beginning with the 2018 mid-terms and most recently, the 2020 election cycle. 

Katie earned her Master’s in Public Health from UAB in 2020, with interests in health behavior theory, policy, and global infectious disease prevention and management. A self-proclaimed multipotentialite, Katie believes some of the best innovation and opportunity for growth comes from exploring intersectionality. 

In her newly rediscovered spare time, Katie enjoys reading, gardening, cheering on the Braves, Georgia Bulldogs and Belmont Bruins, and indulging in the occasional binge of Below Deck. 

Natanya Rubin

Natanya Rubin

Natanya Rubin

Project Director

Project Director Natanya Rubin comes to Aspen Finn with a passion for project management that was born in the world of theater. As a veteran of the Chicago stage, Natanya has filled roles as both a producer and performer, developing skills in coordinating teams of stakeholders to bring substantial, multifaceted projects to fruition.

A market research professional since 2008, Natanya has provided top to bottom support for hundreds of projects and is adept at all aspects of field management. Whether crafting screeners, overseeing recruits, or supervising the technology needs of a piece of research, Natanya is ready to use her expertise to put your project in the spotlight!

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan

Research Manager

Ryan Sullivan is a Research Manager with Aspen Finn. While much of his day is spent ensuring projects run smoothly and successfully, Ryan also loves digging into the data and finding interesting insights for his clients.  

Ryan has spent nearly a decade in the market research industry, holding roles ranging from data processing to analysis to research design and management.     

Outside of work, you’ll find Ryan wandering the world with his camera, visiting museums, or tending to his ever-growing collection of houseplants.

Jennie Josich

Jennie Josich

Jennie Josich

Qualitative Analyst

Jennie Josich is a Qualitative Analyst at Aspen Finn. She delights in learning all about the thoughts and opinions of the respondents while helping to convey their message to clients.

With a background in sociology, Jennie began working in the industry as a moderator in 2017, later transitioning into her current position.

Outside of work Jennie enjoys spending quality time with family, watching movies, and working on puzzles (much like piecing together a report).

Kathryn Graeff

Kathryn Graeff

Kathryn Graeff

Quantitative Analyst

Kathryn Graeff is a Quantitative Analyst at Aspen Finn. In her role, she utilizes empirical research and data analysis to better understand people—their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors—and what these insights mean for businesses and brands. 

She holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology Research and draws upon her background in psychology and statistics to uncover and communicate compelling consumer stories. Kathryn especially enjoys any opportunity to integrate both quantitative and qualitative insights to tell the narrative behind the data and offer clients the complete picture. 

Kathryn is a Nashville, TN native, and when she’s not trying out new baking recipes, you can find her crafting, cheering on her favorite sports teams, or getting lost in a good book. 

Meghan Schock

Meghan Schock

Meghan Schock

Qualitative Analyst

Meghan Schock is a Qualitative Analyst at Aspen Finn. She specializes in qualitative data visualization and plays an instrumental role in Aspen Finn’s report optics. Meghan aims to bring research findings to life, striking that often-elusive balance between visual appeal and substance.

Meghan started as an academic researcher in behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado. She has over a decade of experience as a moderator and analyst in the consumer market research industry and is constantly on the lookout for methods to make research data more accessible and usable for clients.

Outside of work, Meghan is a dog-lover and hobbyist photographer who enjoys taking her kids on new adventures, escaping to the Colorado mountains, and cooking a mean breakfast crepe.

Nile Freeman

Nile Freeman

Nile Freeman

Qualitative Analyst

Nile Freeman is a Qualitative Analyst at Aspen Finn, who comes to work excited by the promise of something new. He glides through streams of data and handpicks the most relevant and impactful information that will help solve a client’s problems or answer their questions. 

Nile’s anthropological background enables him to attack projects differently at Aspen Finn — with an open mindedness that allows him to quickly identify context and a passion for understanding people and peoples. 

In his free time, Nile is a futbol journalist, who is more interested in the way the beautiful game impacts life off the field than on it. He also enjoys bird watching, and volunteering at archaeological dig sites in the shadows of the Appalachians.

Forrest Philpott

Forrest Philpott

Forrest Philpott

Research Associate

Forrest Philpott serves as a Research Associate at Aspen Finn. With 5 years of experience in the market research industry, he supports qualitative and quantitative, full-service research studies by providing expert knowledge in project coordination and quality control.

Forrest is behind the scenes ensuring that the data our clients need is being captured accurately and efficiently. He is an expert on our research platforms’ functionality and is happiest when collaborating with others to find solutions to the complex issues we face.

Outside of Aspen Finn, you will find Forrest playing ice hockey, riding his mountain bike, and perfecting his stir fry recipe.

Frankie Lipinski

Frankie Lipinski

Frankie Lipinski

Business Development Associate

As Aspen Finn’s Business Development Associate, Frankie Lipinski is passionate about understanding and supporting clients. Permeating every facet of a business with marketing research will provide tangible outcomes that, if acted on properly, can impact society and change the world. This is such a driving force for Frankie, motivating her to connect with new clients, listen to their stories, and see how Aspen Finn can support their business endeavors.

As a recent graduate of the #1 Master of Science in Marketing Research program at Michigan State University, Frankie has been exposed to the full scope of research, which ensures that she is method-agnostic and brings a fresh perspective to the research design process. Frankie studied Psychology and Marketing for her undergraduate degree, blending empathy and analytics together in practice. On a personal note, she prioritizes holistic wellness in her daily life with yoga and other pursuits.

Colleen Kollman

Colleen Kollman

Colleen Kollman

Partner Strategist

Colleen is an energetic research strategist who is passionate about consumer behavior.  With a background that includes both client side and agency experience, she is able to uncover key insights and offers strategic guidance that helps clients make better decisions.  

Her warm and friendly moderating style results in lively and illuminating groups and interviews. Colleen enjoys listening to and engaging with respondents of all ages and backgrounds and is equally comfortable talking to parents, physicians, retirees, or teens.  She has deep category experience in CPG, personal care, retail, healthcare, and financial services.

Colleen holds degrees in Marketing from both the University of Notre Dame and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has honed her moderating skills at the Burke Institute and trained in creative brainstorming techniques at CPSI. 

Based in Ann Arbor, Colleen enjoys attending her children’s high school music and sporting events. She also loves lacing up her running shoes and enjoying the beautiful Michigan outdoors.

Expertise without ego

There really is an Aspen Finn way of doing things. Like many insights consultants, we seek out people whose curiosity knows no bounds, who have a true passion for understanding others and telling stories. But you’ll find a team here who are also excellent listeners, practical and likeable. EQ as well as IQ. It’s the Aspen Finn way.

Working on a project at Aspen Finn is a little bit like going to an escape room. We have a few clues and a team of bright people excited to tackle projects together with their collective brainpower.

Strategist, Aspen Finn

Working at Aspen Finn is about clients. It’s about taking time to listen, deeply and carefully, so that the work we do can be laser focused on the right things.

Sr. Director, Aspen Finn

I don’t just feel–I know–that my team has my back. From the top down, I’ve always felt supported, understood and encouraged.

Analyst, Aspen Finn