Over the last 62 years, the Resource Development Institute (RDI) has established a reputation for conducting credible, rigorous data collection and analysis while bringing independent and objective perspectives to the evaluation process.

Donna Bushur, MSW., Executive Director. Ms.Bushur is a graduate of the University of Missouri- Kansas City with a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science and psychology. Bushur has over twenty years experience in the design and coordination of system reform related to child welfare, juvenile delinquency and family violence, and the evaluation of macro level system reform. Her skills include: administration / supervision, program management, project design, group facilitation, coordination of multidisciplinary collaborative projects, federal and local grant fiscal management, public education development, professional development and consultation, grant writing, and program evaluation. Bushur served as the Associate Director of RDI for five years, providing supervision and organization management. She has served as the primary evalautor for multiple state and local evaluations. She has also enjoyed the privilege of serving as a reviewer for federal grant applications for Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Justice (OJJDP).

Peggy Davis,Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As CFO, Ms Davis manages all financial transactions and organizational accounting; and serves as RDI’s Human Resources Director. Ms Davis has 51 years experience in accounting, and has been with RDI since 1978 and has been CFO since 2000. At that time the organization was known as The Greater Kansas City Mental Health Foundation. In 1995, the Board changed our name to Resource Development Institute. Ms Davis provides the same level of service and professionalism managing as many as 50 projects a year, funded by multiple national, state and local sources; which has always been the mark of RDI’s commitment to the community and the area in which we live and work.

Amber Pickman, M.A., Project Director. Ms. Pickman is a graduate of Wichita State University with a Master of Arts in Sociology. She has particular expertise in quantitative research and is experienced in evaluating human services supported by public funding. Ms. Pickman has worked with numerous organizations in creating program and evaluation plans through Logic Models. Through working with Catholic Charities initiatives, Ms. Pickman has taught and created Logic Models to more than 75 organizations. As the Lead Evaluator for the Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) in Jackson County, Missouri, she collects and analyzes data from eight law enforcement municipalities throughout the county, as well as information from community mental health centers. Ms. Pickman has also worked as the evaluator for many prevention projects including the evaluation of the Northland Coalition and three SPF-SIG programs.

Nancy Twillman, MST-E, MSW. Project Director. Ms. Twillman holds a master‘s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. She has seven years experience in social services including teaching master’s level qualitative and quantitative research design in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Social Work. Ms. Twillman has evaluated projects funded at the federal (DHHS-NCRR, DHHS-HRSA, and DHHS AoA), state (Missouri DMH DHHS SPF-SIG from CSAP and Missouri DMH Kansas City Missouri Tri-County Northland Coalition DFC program), and local (Health Care Foundation of Kansas City funding of both the Lafayette County Brighter Futures consortium and of Jackson County Safe Family Coalition) levels. Her projects in the Kansas City area have included identifying and assessing local social service needs. These assessments include the City of Lee’s Summit Social Services Needs Assessment and the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund-Young Adults Roundtable Transitioning Youth Assessment (through which a needs assessment/ environmental scan was used to obtain SAMHSA funding for a 5-year DMH project to improve the Kansas City area system of care for young adults in transition).

Eddie Liedtke, Research Associate.  Mr. Liedtke brings to RDI an extensive history of providing direct services to clients with mental health problems as well as individuals who were on probation and parole with substance abuse problems.  Mr. Liedtke has been with RDI for 18 years, and initially served as the Program Coordinator and counselor for RDI’s substance abuse treatment program. In 2006, Mr. Liedtke transitioned to a Research Assistant and worked on several projects including: COMBAT (COMmunity Backed Anti-Drug Tax) Day report Center and community based funded substance abuse treatment services; two SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) projects -  a Targeted Capacity Expansion Jail Diversion Program, and Swope Health Services’ Project Your Choice (housing first model for homeless people). He also worked on the Unified Government Project of Wyandotte County assessing access to health care for the immigrant and refugee population, Family Recovery Coalition and Kaufman Foundation Summer METS  program for youth. Since becoming a Research Associate in 2011, Mr. Liedtke has served as coordinator for multiple projects including: the Jackson County Mental Health Court program; the Kansas City Municipal Drug Court program; the BRIDGES program, an intensive case management program for individuals with a mild to moderate mental diagnosis located at the Regional Correctional (RCC) Facility; and the Samuel Rodgers Co-occurring Disorder Program, to name a few.   

Walt Boulden, Ph.D., Consultant / Contract Investigator. As the former Executive Director, Dr. Boulden administered 35 to 50 evaluation and research projects annually. Dr. Boulden has over twenty years experience working on community-based projects with social service organizations, conducting needs assessment, program development, program evaluation, community-based applied research, data analysis and interpretation, strategic planning, and best practices. He has served as primary evaluator/principal investigator for multiple federal, state and local projects (current and previous projects include NIH, NSF, NCRR, DHHS-HRSA, HCPP, ED, BJA, AOA, CCS, and SAMHSA funded evaluations). Dr. Boulden continues his relationship with RDI as a consultant on special projects.