Ashley Hyon – Candidate for Assoc. Conf. Chair

Ashley Hyon is currently the Vice President of Research & Survey Methods at Marketing Systems Group.  She provides high level consultation on survey methodology and recruitment strategy. She is keenly familiar with all sampling techniques for both quantitative and qualitative research and works closely with clients to determine the best survey design while establishing and maintaining excellent collaborative partnerships.  She graduated in 1994 with a Dual Major BBA in Marketing and International Business from Temple University and has recently completed her Masters in Survey Research at University of Connecticut. Moreover, she is active in various professional organizations and is continuously identifying upcoming trends in survey research to provide insight on the development new products and services.

She is also the Past President of PANJAAPOR and has served on the board for 5 years as the Associate Chair and then Chair of the Program Committee followed by the various stages of presidency.  Ashley also volunteers at the national AAPOR conferences any way she can.  In previous conferences she volunteered for various roles such as a student poster judge, a docent and ran the 2018 Speed Networking Event in Denver.

Ned English – Candidate for VP/Pres

Ned English is a Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago.  He is also a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy Research at the University of Chicago, teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications in the Social Sciences. Ned earned his M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in Geography from McGill University.

Ned is currently serving as MAPOR Conference Chair, having been Associate-Conference Chair during the prior year.   He also served as MAPOR Secretary-Treasurer and Associate Secretary Treasurer from 2015-17.  Ned co-taught a short-course on Address-Based Sampling with Colm O’Muircheartaigh at the 2012 conference.  He is involved in AAPOR as well, presenting regularly and is currently the chair of the Standard Definitions Committee.  In addition, Ned is a past member of the AAPOR Address-Based Sampling (ABS) Taskforce, past chair of the Chapter Liaison Subcommittee of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, and past member of the AAPOR Communications and Standards Committees.

Ned’s primary research interest is the use of GIS and spatial analysis in survey research, focusing on sample design, hard-to-reach populations, address geocoding, linkage to extant social and environmental data, and non-response analysis.  Ned was involved with some of the key early research on ABS designs and continues working in this area.  His research has been published in journals including Public Opinion Quarterly,Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Survey Practice, Field Methods, the Journal of Gerontology, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Now a proud Midwest transplant, Ned made the journey from Boston to Chicago (via Montreal and Madison) 17 years ago. When not conducting survey research he enjoys music, travel, and running.

Mary Losch – Candidate for VP/Pres

Mary Losch is Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR).  The Center conducts applied research utilizing numerous types of survey and other quantitative and qualitative methods to support academic research, evaluate programs and inform policy decision-making at the local, state and national level. Mary received her PhD at the University of Iowa (UI) studying attitudes and psychophysiology with John Cacioppo and then entered the private sector as a survey research analyst. From 1988-1998 she was the Program Director at the UI Social Science Institute.  At UI, she served as vice-chair of the social science IRB and served on the Ad Hoc Conflict of Interest Committee.  In 1998, she joined the faculty at UNI and became Assistant Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research where she was named Director in 2014.  Mary’s service at UNI has included chairing the IRB committee from 2001-2006.  In 2008, she served on the steering committee to establish the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO).  Mary has directed dozens of survey and applied research projects in the areas of public policy, health behavior, and program evaluation among others.  She serves as a reviewer for a several academic journals including Public Opinion Quarterly and hascontributed to Survey Practiceand many other social science and public health journals.


Mary has been an active member of MAPOR since 2014 and a member of AAPOR since 1991.  Mary has served the AAPOR organization in a variety of roles.  At annual meetings, she has been a conference presenter, session chair, and discussant.  She has served two terms on AAPOR’s Executive Council and on numerous committees.  On the Executive Council, she has served as Standards Chair (2008-2009) and in2014-2015 as Secretary-Treasurer.  As a member of the Standards Committee (2001-2009), she chaired the IRB Task Force and led the effort to revise and update the AAPOR Statement to IRBs. While Secretary-Treasurer, she also served on the Conference Steering Committee, Development Committee, Financial Oversight Committee, Investment Committee and Ad Hoc Sustaining Sponsorship Committee.  Other AAPOR service includes chairing theAd Hoc Committee to Review the Code of Professional Ethics and Practice (2009-2010) and serving as a member of the same committee in 2014-2015. During 2014-2015 she served as a member of the Ad Hoc TCPA Committee and served on the AAPOR Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee 2012-2018.  She was a member of the AAPOR Award Committee in 2014-2015 and a member of the 2018 Policy Impact Award Committee.

Sara Walsh – Candidate for Assoc. Conf. Chair

Sara Walsh is a Research Director with NORC at the University of Chicago. Sara started her survey research career as a graduate student working part-time at the University of Chicago Survey Lab as a field interviewer then research assistant and project coordinator. After gaining experience and exposure to a variety of interesting and exciting research projects and data collection methods, Sara was hooked. Sara has worked at NORC now for over five years as a research director specializing in field data collection methods, with specific expertise in anthropometric and biomeasure collections. Sara has served on the AAPOR Membership and Chapter Relations committee for the past two and a half years, and recently joined the MAPOR Council in 2018. Sara has thoroughly enjoyed her work on the MAPOR Conference Support Committee for the 2018 MAPOR Conference and looks forward to continuing her MAPOR service as Associate Conference Chair.