Who We Are

About Us

Actionable Insights, LLC is led by Melanie Espino and Jen van Stelle, Ph.D. They both bring passion, integrity, and authenticity to organizations who want to make a difference in the community. They provide unparalleled customer attention and support.

Melanie and Jen are excellent facilitators, researchers, and presenters. They have managed a range of projects in the public and non-profit sectors and, together, they bring over 15 years of research and project management expertise.

Melanie Espino

Melanie’s passion is communication and education. She thrives at maximizing research and new technologies to improve organizations, and at guiding groups through difficult changes. Melanie relishes opportunities to present research and data publicly with the ultimate goal of contributing towards collective impact.

Melanie has specific content expertise with the older population, early childhood development, and issues that affect Latinos. She is also experienced in program evaluation and community assessment. Currently, Melanie is an MS student in Northwestern University’s Learning & Organizational Change program.

“Melanie … can be relied on not only to deliver on deadline, but to think critically and provide helpful strategic advice. She is a pleasure to work with.”
David Brody, Executive Director, First 5 Santa Cruz County

Jen van Stelle, Ph.D.

The moment of discovery – the “aha” of an insight – is what underlies Jen’s passion for research. She finds satisfaction in being able to translate those research-based insights into real-world ideas that all audiences can understand, and to help people determine how to apply those insights so that they and their organizations can work better, smarter, and more effectively.

Jen has specific content expertise in youth development and higher education, including the evaluation of college access and STEM enrichment programs for underrepresented youth. She is also experienced in program evaluation for other content areas and in community assessment.

“Jennifer is an incredible talent and communicator. She is very patient, kind and knowledgeable ~ Just a complete joy to work with at ALL aspects of the project. I look forward to working with her again soon!”
Michael Cobb, Foundation Executive Director, St. Rose Hospital

Our Values

  • Insightfulness
  • Integrity & fair play
  • Authenticity
  • Reliability
  • Utility/action-oriented results
  • Making a difference/impact
  • Mutual respect
  • Fulfillment & reaching full potential
  • Professionalism
  • Enthusiasm & passion
  • Generosity of spirit
  • Insightfulness
  • Integrity & fair play
  • Authenticity
  • Reliability
  • Utility/action-oriented results
  • Making a difference/impact
  • Mutual respect
  • Fulfillment & reaching full potential
  • Professionalism
  • Enthusiasm & passion
  • Generosity of spirit

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