Christy Storey is the Director at the Burruss Institute. She received her B.S. Degree from Georgia
College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University.
She has been with the Institute since 1990 and is a native of Cobb County, Georgia.
She has represented Kennesaw State and the Burruss Institute numerous times as a guest
speaker at area civic organization meetings. She has been a member of area community
committees including the Cherokee County Children and Youth Action Program, the Cobb
County Customer Service Task Force, Neighborhood Cobb, Atlanta's VISION 2020 Transportation
Committee and the Resource Development Committee of Cobb Senior Services. Her past
experience includes employment at Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
and the Transportation Studies Program in the School of Public Administration and
Urban Studies at Georgia State University.
Paul Vaughn, Assistant Director of Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Paul Vaughn is an Assistant Director at the Burruss Institute. He is a graduate of Georgia State
University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and an M.S.
in Psychological Counseling. Paul has over 20 years of experience in survey research.
He joined the Institute staff in 2008.
Dr. Matthew Lyons, Interim Assistant Director for Research and Evaluation
Dr. Matthew Lyons is an implementation scientist whose work engages communities to address the social
determinants of health, with a focus on meeting basic needs to promote health and
welfare in vulnerable populations. He conducts research and evaluation on evidence-based
programs at both individual and community levels. Dr. Lyons received a BA with a double
major in religion and philosophy from Georgia State University, an MTS from Harvard
Divinity School, and an MSW from the University of Southern California. He completed
his PhD in Public Health with a concentration in health promotion and behavior at
Georgia State University. He has conducted community-based research and service among
diverse populations, including veterans, refugees, and persons experiencing homelessness.
He has experience with wide a range of research methods, including longitudinal data
analysis, multilevel modeling, social and geospatial epidemiology, survey design,
structured interviewing, focus groups, and ethnography.
Ashley Crawford is a Research Associate at the Burruss Institute. She began working with the Institute
as an interviewer and data entry associate in August of 2006. After completing her
B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Criminology, Ashley joined the Institute staff
in January 2009.
Akilah Hairston is a Research Associate at the Burruss Institute. She is a graduate of the University
of West Georgia where she earned a B.S in sociology, M.A in Sociology, and was inducted
into the Honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Kappa Delta. She began working with
the Institute as a research intern in May 2018. After completing her M.A. Akilah joined
the Institute staff in July 2019 working on evaluation projects (primarily in substance
abuse prevention and education). Some of her tasks on the evaluation team include
conducting site visits, conducting data analysis, assisting in the authoring of the
formative and summative evaluation reports, and assisting with evaluation planning.