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About Us

Sara Bolduc, PhD. President, Senior Researcher

Sara Bolduc Planning and Evaluation LLC (SBPE) was founded in 2018. Principal Sara  Bolduc has lived in Hawai’i for nearly twenty years and has worked as research consultant on a range of projects in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific Region since 2009. She has expertise in policy and program evaluation, survey design and implementation,  facilitation, community outreach, and land use and environmental planning. Dr. Bolduc also teaches courses at the University of Hawaiʻi, in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.



Barrett Ristroph, Esq., PhD.

Contributing Senior Researcher

Barrett Ristroph, Esq., PhD, has worked with SBPE as a contributor since 2018. Dr. Ristroph completed her doctoral studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2018 with research focused on Alaskan Native Villages adapting to climate change and how laws and planning may support or hinder native villagers. Originally from Cajun country in Louisiana, USA, she brings a unique perspective having lived and worked in the Northern Mariana Islands, the Philippines, Hawaiʻi, Arctic Alaska and Russia. Through her work, with SBPE, as well as via her own consultancy (Ristroph Law, Planning, and Research), she aims to build bridges between communities in South Louisiana, Alaska, and the Pacific Islands that are struggling with climate change and the need for sustainable development.

Kendi Ho, PhD.

Contributing Associate Researcher

Kendi Ho, PhD, has been a contributor to SBPE since 2021. Dr. Ho completed her doctoral studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Department of Second Language Studies in May 2023. Her mixed methods research focused on perceptions of (un)successful interpersonal cross-cultural communication in elderly care. She has extensive experience in applied linguistics and cross-cultural communication in the workplace. As a second language teacher, she worked with diverse groups of English language learners in the U.S. and Vietnam, and also worked at Honolulu’s McKinley Community School for Adults as its Program Coordinator and Language Arts teacher. Her current work includes evaluating research programs that seek to build capacity with underrepresented groups in STEM career pathways.


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