Marsha Lewis

Director of Research

Marsha Lewis, Ph.D. serves as Director of Research for the Appalachian Children Coalition. Her career has focused on applied research in education, public health, and community development. She worked at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service for 29 years, teaching in the Master of Public Administration program and leading applied research and evaluation projects, mostly based in Ohio’s Appalachian region.


Marsha has served and continues to serve on numerous state and national advisory committees focused on making data accessible to practitioners and supporting the use of data to make the best decisions for children. She currently participates in Ohio’s Regional Data Leads network as a higher education partner and is a key investigator on a U.S. Department of Education project focused on supporting K-12 educators in the use of evidence-based interventions. She also serves as a data analyst for the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center.


Lewis has a master's degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation. Marsha has lived and worked in Appalachian Ohio most of her life. She currently lives in Jackson with her husband who is in his 34th year of teaching in Pike County, Ohio.

Marsha Lewis