Announcing Two Promotions: Sharisse Butler and Karlene Hanko Assume New Roles

July 01, 2013

We’re pleased to announce that two terrific teammates in our Chicago office have recently been promoted. Sharisse Butler, who joined the firm a year ago, has been appointed Senior Associate, a position in which she will have additional leadership responsibility and oversight of all stages of the project lifecycle. Karlene Hanko, PhD, who has been with Slover Linett for two years, has been named to the newly-created position of Senior Researcher, in which she will lead project teams in a wide variety of studies.

Butler, whose background includes the Dallas Museum of Art and Institute for Learning Innovation, has diverse experience designing and conducting research and evaluation studies in the cultural sector. At Slover Linett, she has undertaken some of our most complex projects for both performing arts clients and museums of all kinds, including the St. Louis Symphony, J. Paul Getty Trust, National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, and The James Irvine Foundation (as a subcontractor to NORC and the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago).

A social psychologist who received her doctoral training at Cornell University, Hanko joined Slover Linett in 2011 with advanced skills in quantitative analysis, experimental design, and data interpretation. She has managed program and exhibition evaluations and market research studies for clients such as Carnegie Hall, the American Museum of Natural History, and The Field Museum, in addition to becoming a go-to person within the firm for methodological and analytical advice. 

“Sharisse and Karlene have both made indelible contributions to the firm and, more importantly, to our clients in a short amount of time,” says Slover Linett’s co-founder and chairman, Peter Linett. “We’re so delighted to see both of them step into more senior roles, where they’ll be able to shape more creatively what we do in partnership with our clients and the wider field.”

Chloe Chittick Patton, the firm’s Chicago-based vice president, adds that Butler and Hanko are key reasons for the firm’s success. “They’re two of the most responsive, thoughtful communicators I’ve ever worked with, and they’ve earned the respect of their clients in every case. I’m very happy for both of them as they take on more leadership in the cultural sector.”

For more information about our research and evaluation practice, please contact Chloe Chittick Patton by email or at (773) 348-9200 x105.

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