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Epic MRA


Company - Team

Bernie Porn, Founding Principal and President
Bernie Porn is a partner and President of EPIC▪MRA. Drawing on over 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, Data Analyst
Neal is responsible for the firm's custom programming and sample production needs and has oversight of the firm's computer network and website. With a degree in computer science and over thirty years of experience with data processing and custom programming, Mr. Richey is charged with the development and maintenance of all company and client databases. He is also responsible for all data analysis including generating frequencies and cross-tabs for all survey data collected.

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Kelly Sullivan, Office Manager and Survey Administrator
Kelly is responsible for overseeing the scheduling of tasks performed outside of the office, as well as assisting in the discharge of the myriad of administrative details associated with projects. He began his tenure with the firm twenty years ago as a part-time interviewer, and his work ethic and attention to detail earned him a full-time position with the company after earning his B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1999.

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