Leadership Team

Photo of Dr. Alesha Doan Dr. Alesha Doan, Associate Professor at KU, Heartland Project Director

Dr. Doan was appointed Co-Chair of the KU’s Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault in 2014. Dr. Doan has experience leading research teams, including being a principal investigator for a complex project spanning across multiple schools and five states. Dr. Doan has held several leadership positions including chairing the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department from 2013-2016.
Photo of Dr. Juliana Carlson Dr. Juliana Carlson, Assistant Professor at KU, Heartland Project Facilitator

At the state and local level, Dr. Carlson has strong relationships with many sexual and domestic violence prevention stakeholders. Dr. Carlson has also created multiple research reports and web-based educational materials, including five webinars for a national audience.
Photo of Dr. Natabhona Mabachi Dr. Natabhona Mabachi, Assistant Research Professor at KUMC, Heartland Project Evaluator

Dr. Mabachi is involved in several community/society level prevention/intervention programs both locally and internationally. She is currently in her third year as the evaluator for a community level Sexual Violence prevention program that is being developed by the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, which is CDC funded through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She is also skilled in stakeholder engagement and experienced in writing reports, manuscripts and presenting and disseminating materials.
Photo of Christie Holland Christie Holland, Heartland Project Manager

Christie has been with KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research since 2017. In addition to managing the Heartland Project, Christie supports the Center for the Study of Injustice. Christie has volunteered for KU’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center as a Bringing in the Bystander facilitator.
Photo of Marcy Quiason Marcy Quiason, Heartland Project Graduate Research Assistant

Marcy Quiason is a graduate student in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Kansas. Ms. Quiason has served a Graduate Research Assistant with Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initative and has studied the vulnerabilities that push youth into exploitative labor situations. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a domestic violence survivor advocate in the Kansas City metropolitan area for seven years.