Assistant Vice President and Acting Haas Center Director
Dr. Brice Harris was appointed Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Opportunity in July 2015. Previously at UWF, Dr. Harris held the titles of Associate Director and, later, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement. Dr. Harris began his employment with UWF as a Consultant to the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, and later served as Co-Director of that center.
Amy Newburn joined the Haas Center in 2013. She specializes in survey research, which includes both an internal 10-seat call center and various online platforms. She has worked on applied projects in many areas of economic research, including economic impact studies, community development, and strategic planning. She has professional certifications in SPSS, as well as one for the Business Applications of Statistics and Data Analytics. She received her Master’s in Political Science from the University of West Florida and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Economic Development Coordinator
Allison Tyler Romer joined the Haas Center team in November 2014. Since then she has been overseeing efforts to implement the Six Pillars Community Economic Development Strategic Plan, developed by the Haas Center, for the town of Century, FL. She also specializes in community development and economic impact analysis. Prior to joining the Haas Center, Allison spent time working in both the private and non-profit sectors. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Samford University in 2005 and her M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2012. She is a member of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Leadership Pensacola class.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Human Resources at the University of West Florida. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of West Florida. Ms. Colombaro has collaborated with clients and the Haas Center to create survey instruments to compile information within Escambia County. She has collected data via in-person surveys and computer-assisted telephone interviews on behalf of the University of West Florida, government, and the private sector. Most recently, she has assisted in conducting focus groups, data analysis, and drafting survey results for Haas Center clients.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
David Franklin joined the Haas Center in 2015 and concentrates his efforts on the Haas Center's social media marketing and content creation. He is currently pursuing his MBA at UWF and received a Bachelor's in Political Science from the same school in 2017. He has conducted cyber-security and congressional research on behalf of the Department of Government at UWF, and has collected data via in-person surveys and computer-assisted telephone interviews for the Haas Center.
Database Developer/Data Analyst
Teresa Middleton joined the Haas Center in March 2014 where she leads a dynamic team of software developers and IT professionals in the creation and implementation of innovative, cloud-based software applications. Teresa earned her Master of Science degree in Data Analytics from the University of Maryland University College, and her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology: Networking and Telecommunications Technologies from the University of West Florida. She also holds a graduate certificate from UMUC in the Foundations of Business Analytics, and certificates in Database Systems and Technology Systems Support from UWF. Prior to joining the Haas Center team, Teresa spent 8 years in the survey research industry performing database administration, data processing, and computer programming duties.
Skye Li serves as the Haas Center IT Team Lead Programmer. Skye concentrates her efforts on developing creative and responsive web designs. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida in 2015 and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Computer Science. She joined the Haas Center in Nov. 2014. She currently provides front-end and back-end programming for web applications. Prior to joining the Haas Center team, Skye tutored computer science students at UWF and designed several web applications. Skye has also lent her bilingual abilities to a project to translate computer science training materials from English to Chinese.
Phyllis K. Pooley has lived in the Pensacola area since 1997. Originally from Virginia, she attended the College of William and Mary as an undergraduate and Washington and Lee University School of Law for her juris doctor degree. She received her MBA from the University of West Florida in 2001. Ms. Pooley began her career at UWF with the Haas Center as a graduate student assistant and was promoted to associate director in 2004. She joined the OEDE in 2011.