Company - Team
Bernie Porn, Founding Principal and President
Bernie Porn is a partner and President of EPIC▪MRA. Drawing
on three decades of research and communication experience, Mr. Porn's
primary role with the firm involves the writing and analysis of
the survey research conducted for EPIC▪MRA 's clients. He
is also looked to by members of the media, academia and others for
commentary on the wide spectrum of topics researched by the firm.
Mr. Porn is a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, majoring
in urban affairs and schooled in statistics. He was a staff member
in the Michigan House of Representatives for nineteen years, serving
as the Director of Communications from 1990 to 1992. He worked extensively
on the 1981 and 1991 Michigan legislative and congressional redistricting.
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John F. Cavanagh, JD, Founding Principal and Secretary-Treasurer
An original founder of EPIC▪MRA, Mr. Cavanagh serves as Secretary-Treasurer
and as the chief financial officer and administrator for the firm.
He also fills the capacity of general counsel. Notwithstanding his
administrative responsibilities, Mr. Cavanagh is closely involved
in the substantive research work of the firm, from sample design
and questionnaire development to survey presentations and moderating
focus groups. Mr. Cavanagh graduated cum laude from Michigan State
University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He earned his Juris
Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, being sworn in as a member
of the Michigan Bar in 1983.
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||Neal Richey, IT Manager
Neal Richey is responsible for the firm's custom programming and sample
production needs and has oversight of the firm's computer network.
With a degree in computer science and over twenty-five years of experience
with data processing and custom programming, Mr. Richey is charged
with the development and maintenance of all company and client databases.
In addition, he is the lead on programming the software used to analyze
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||Kelly Sullivan, Office Manager and Survey Administrator
Kelly Sullivan oversees survey administration for EPIC▪MRA.
This responsibility includes participation - to varying degrees -
in all phases of a project. In addition, Mr. Sullivan assists in the
programming necessary to analyze the survey data, a task well suited
to his degree in mathematics from Michigan State University.
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