2020 Presenter Bios

This is an alphabetical listing, by last name, of the presenters at the 2020 HEDW Conference in Ogden, Utah.

Member Presenter Bios

Margaret Allen
BI & Data Integrity Analyst, Bowdoin College

Margaret has worked in Bowdoin Institutional Research for 20 years, maintaining the official historical record of the College’s data, developing metrics for internal planning and reporting to external constituencies. In her role as BI & Data Integrity Analyst, Margaret supports data quality by working with colleagues across the campus to develop data standards and definitions. She also works with the data warehousing team and College constituents to migrate data to the dimensionally modeled data warehouse. Margaret holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and earned a BA from Bowdoin College.

Becca Baggett
Data Architect and Manager of Data Integration & Management for IR office, University of Utah

After 12 years as a PeopleSoft business systems analyst, Becca Baggett made the move to the world of IR in 2017. She is currently heading implementation of a faculty/staff reporting architecture from the ground up, carrying out comprehensive data profiling work that is driving data transformation decisions and informing data audit needs, conceiving the data models, and overseeing development. In her prior work, she led and held integral roles in designing and implementing many new enterprise-level applications, vendor interfaces and complex reporting solutions, gaining extensive experience in HR, Finance and Student Recruitment domains along the way.

Nadya Balabanova
Associate Director of BI, Loyola Marymount University

Nadya has worked in BI at LMU for the past 9 years. Her responsibilities run the gamut – from requirements gathering to data modeling to semantic layer and report building, to managing the BI tool and providing leadership for Decision Support.

Kranthi Bandaru
Data Integration and API Manager, University of Michigan

Kranthi Bandaru is Data Integration and API Manager at University of Michigan. He has been at Uofm for 5 years. His career includes domains such as Automobile, Finance and Higher Education. He like to play tennis and is a part of the ParkRun community within US.

Matt Baxter
Data Analyst, Salt Lake Community College

Matt Baxter is a data analyst on the Data Science and Analytics team at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). He is responsible for official state reporting as well as data engineering tasks to support business intelligence reporting.

Christine Beckermann
University of Toronto

Christine Beckermann began her career at UofT as a developer in the Research Services Office. She joined the newly formed Business Intelligence Team in 2002, working in a variety of roles from ETL Developer to System Analyst to Project Lead/Scrum Master. Christine has spent more than 10 years focused on building data sources to support understanding of the undergraduate student experience and recently joined the Research dashboards project.

Pete Benbow
Business Intelligence Team Lead, Davidson College

Pete Benbow is the team lead for analytics and business intelligence within the Technology & Innovation department at Davidson College. Whenever he’s not developing data lakes and data warehouses, he’s usually building reports and dashboards in Microsoft Power BI. With enterprise technology experience that spans both development and product management, he brings an agile and user-centric mindset to his work empowering Davidson staff, faculty, and students with data. Before making the jump to higher education, Pete was Director of Research & Analytics at the Garretson Group, where he led BI and digital transformation projects at the intersection of insurance, healthcare, and legal services. Pete holds a B.A. in political science from Davidson.

Corinne Briggs
Data & Reporting Analyst, Brigham Young University

Corinne Briggs has been involved with data at Brigham Young University for over 12 years – starting as a Data Entry Specialist who processed academic record changes to now being a Data and Reporting Analyst who queries the BYU academic database to provide useful data sets to a vast array of users across campus.  She also authors the data definitions for the academic data elements at BYU. Corinne holds an M.S. in Data Analytics from Western Governors University and a B.A. in English from Southern Utah University.

Kathleen Broderick
Director, Reporting & Analytics, Yale University

Kathleen Broderick  Director of Reporting & Analytics – Yale University  Kathleen Broderick has spent the last 20 years at Yale University focused on Data Warehousing and Reporting.  Kathleen started at Yale as a Senior Oracle developer and has held positions of System Analyst, Technical Manager and now Director of Reporting & Analytics.  Kathleen was the Reporting Technical Lead for the Workday@Yale implementation for HCM and Finance and currently oversees  design, development and support for Workday, Tableau and Power BI reporting platforms.

Ted Bross
Senior Director, Center for Data, Analytics and Reporting (CeDAR), Princeton University

Ted Bross has 45+ years of experience in Higher Education, working in a variety of institutions and roles. In his current position as Senior Director, Center for Data, Analytics and Reporting (CeDAR) at Princeton University, he is responsible for all strategic and operational administrative reporting. Prior to this current position at Princeton, Ted oversaw the development of the Princeton Information Warehouse as well as directing all custom application development for the university. He has worked as the Associate Director of Institutional Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and both the Director of Administrative Computing and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania). In addition to being an original member of the Higher Education Data Warehouse (HEDW) Board, including being its president in 2011, he has served and chaired two PeopleSoft Product Advisory Groups, was a charter member of the Cognos Higher Education User Group and is a current member the Core Data Service working group sponsored by EDUCAUSE. Ted holds a doctorate from Rutgers University in Adult Development and Learning, has presented at numerous professional conferences and has had multiple papers published in professional journals. He has taught at the graduate level at UMDNJ (now Rutgers), Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University.

Greg Brown
Systems Analyst, Bowling Green State University

Greg Brown is currently a systems analyst/report writer at Bowling Green State University, having joined the team in November of 2015.  He has worked in higher education since 1999, as a programmer & analyst and has supported the areas of Financial Aid, Enrollment, HR and Institutional Research during that time.  He has a bachelor of science in statistics from B.G.S.U.

Sandra “San” Cannon
Chief Data Officer, University of Rochester

Sandra “San” Cannon is the first Associate Vice Provost for Data Governance and Chief Data Officer at the University of Rochester. She is responsible for the University’s enterprise-wide data strategy, data policy and process development, and data support services. Prior to joining the University, San worked in data management and analytics in the Federal Reserve System for more than 20 years. She also teaches predictive analytics and conductions research on data organization and dissemination as well as applications of data science techniques. She holds degrees in economics from the University of California, Irvine, the London School of Economics, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cynthia Carlton
Information Architect, University of Rochester

Cynthia Carlton is an Information Architect at the University of Rochester, where she provides expertise in the development and use of university-wide information (data) architecture and standards. With 20 years of experience in higher education, she focuses on evolving data governance at the university and helping everyone around the table to speak the same language by defining the organization’s institutional information and data. Hearing the words “it’s complicated” fuels her passion to break down the seemingly complex into basic building blocks that can be easily understood by all audiences.

Ann Cesar
University of Guelph

Ann has been working as a project manager and business analyst for the past 20 years primarily  involved in the IT industry in software application and web projects, in both the  Food & Higher Ed industries. Ann is currently helping to lead the University of Guelph institution-wide data strategy program and is a member of the University IT PMO office.  She has a Bachelors of Science and a PMI Professional Certification in Business Analysis.

Heather Chapman
Director of Academic Analytics, Weber State University

Heather Chapman is the Director of Academic Analytics at Weber State University. She can read a spreadsheet, scatterplot, or line chart and loves finding ways to make complicated data problems easy for everyone to understand. She has a passion for creating visualizations that tell a good story to people who are afraid of or uncomfortable with all that data. In her free time, she likes to read, garden, or be outside. One of her favorite activities is teaching stakeholders that “pie is for eating, not for charts and graphs.”

Madhuban Chaudhary
EPM Developer IV, Emory University

Madhuban Chaudhary has been working in Financial, Government and Education sectors with ERP packages, ETL and BI tools in technical and functional roles for close to 15 years. He holds a M.S Degree in Data Analytics and a specialization in Business Analytics from The Wharton School, UPenn. He joined Emory University in 2013 and since then he has been working on defining, designing and implementing technical solutions in Emory Enterprise data warehouse environment.    Product Experience includes:  ERP: PeopleSoft FSCM and HRMS  ETL: DataStage, Talend and ODI  BI: OBIEE and Tableau  Database: Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and DB2  Analytics: SAS and R

Maya Collum
Senior Research Information Analyst, University of Toronto

Data ninja, storyteller, and Product Owner unicorn. Maya Collum designs official institutional statistics used in research and innovation performance evaluation, strategy, and policy development at U of T, as well as at the provincial and national levels. She spends her days transforming data into meaningful institutional narratives, and is the Product Owner on a large-scale university-wide dashboards program. Maya provides high-level support to U of T leadership on a wide range of strategic and operational matters and, on the issue of Hawaiian pizza, she is firmly in support.

Liz Conder
University of Utah

Liz Conder has more than 15 years of experience in higher education.  She served at multiple institutions in financial aid and admissions roles and more recently consulted with institutions around the country on enrollment management strategies.  Since Liz’s arrival in the IR Office at the University of Utah, she has been working to improve reporting accuracy and efficiency, especially on university faculty and staff data.  This work has included defining and communicating requirements for reports such as the Common Data Set, IPEDS, and American Association of University Professors.

Addis Crooks-Jones
Director, Information and Analytics Services, New York University

Addis leads the Information and Analytics Services area within New York University, Information Technology’s Enterprise Data Management department.  Her team wears many hats including business analysis, data modeling/reporting design, report development across our OBIEE and Tableau BI toolsets.  Addis loves dragons…

Ryan Fellers
Director, Analytical Information Solutions, University of North Texas

Ryan Fellers leads the Analytical Information Solutions team and partners with other divisions to build up UNT’s analytic landscape.  In these roles, he is responsible for developing strategies, plans, and standards for the architecture and maintenance of UNT’s analytic environments.  Ryan is pursuing a Doctoral degree in the field of Information Science with a concentration in Data Science.  He also holds a Master of Science in Econometrics from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as an undergraduate degree in Economics from UNT.  Ryan has worked with analytics and reporting for over twelve years, and has experience at all levels of the Business Intelligence life-cycle.

Matthew Fields
Principal Data Warehouse Architect, University of North Texas

Currently in his 10th year at the University of North Texas, Matthew leads the Data Modeling and Integration team in the department of Data, Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR). The team manages multiple legacy warehousing environments while concurrently developing a brand new warehouse to support UNT’s new analytics platform, Insights.  Matthew earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Trinity University and Texas A&M University, respectively. He’s worked within various areas at multiple universities, including web development, application support, and database development, before joining the Decision Support team at UNT (which merged with IR to form DAIR).

Barry Goldstein
Senior Business Analyst, Washington University in St. Louis

Barry Goldstein is a Senior Business Analyst focused on establishing, nurturing, and sustaining Data Governance at Washington University in St Louis. He has been a key member of the BIDW team at WashU for over 11 years.  Barry has been involved in Business and Data Analysis, Data Management, and so much more.  Barry has attended 7 HEDW conferences and was the Co-Leader / Co-Founder of the St Louis Cognos User Group for 6 years.  He is also a volunteer support member of the newly formed Higher Ed DG Group.

Meghan Hall
Faculty Data Manager, Brown University

Meghan Hall started her higher education career at Brown University in institutional research as a data analyst and is now the Faculty Data Manager, responsible for the collection, maintenance, reporting, presentation, and analysis of faculty data across the university. She was heavily involved in Brown’s recent transition from a homegrown faculty information system to Workday Academic and is an advanced user of Tableau, R, and Cognos.

Roland Hall
Business Intelligence Developer, Brown University

Roland has over 25 years of experience in higher education, primarily in the areas of institutional research and business intelligence. He has been at Brown for five years. Prior to that, he was at Georgetown University.

Ashley Hallock
Data Scientist, University of Illinois

I’m a passionate data person with a background in clinical research, data architecture, and data analysis. I enjoy digging into data to see what answers it contains and how best to utilize the information taken from it. I have a personal focus on the ethical use of data to answer questions that can be answered accurately and with as little bias as possible. I’m a data scientist in progress and take joy in the work I do.

Mick Haney
Data Architect, Nevada State College

Mick Haney started as a High School Teacher, obtained a Masters Degree in Computer Science.  In 1987 he joined the IT division of Hallmark Cards Inc. in Kansas City Missouri.  Joining the database group, Mick became involved in building decision support database for various areas of the company.  After leading a very successful deployment of an ETL Tool, ETI Extract, Mick went to work for the software vendor supporting the rollout of the technology of fortune 500 companies who were building data warehouses.  Next, Mick joined CS Solutions, a solution provider who provided trained personnel (on shore and off shore) to implement data warehousing projects. Mick has moved into higher education, learned PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, and now manages the data infrastructure for Nevada State College.

Richard Hanks
OIT Data Analytics Director, Brigham Young University

Richard joined Higher Ed by taking the Director of Data Analytics job in 2018,  He has worked in Business Intelligence and Analytics for 20+ years.  Prior to Brigham Young University he has worked in Automotive, Banking, and Consulting businesses.  His favorite thing about Higher Ed is working with students and seeing them develop and get jobs in BI / Analytics.


Ravindra Harve
Manager DW & Architecture, Boston College

Ravindra Harve currently serves as Manager of Data warehouse and Architecture at Boston College focussed in areas the Data Architecture, Data Integration, Data Quality, Data Profiling, Data Lake, SOA, Data Governance, and Cognos Infrastructure. Ravi’s technical expertise and focus are in architecture, strategy, planning, and execution of technologies in the areas of Enterprise Data Management, Analytics, Hands-on experience enabling the Business and Data Lineage for Governance. Ravi is planning on diversifying into incorporating AI & ML technologies into EDM.

In addition to adding these technologies, Ravi is interested to see if AI & ML technology, relationship models using Graph and NoSQL will help in managing Student Success. On the infrastructure side, Ravi is planning to incorporate Docker & Kubernetes to manage EDW and BI.

Ravi holds a degree in Systems Management from India and an M.S. Degree in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance from Boston College.

Rob Heenan
BI Development Intern, University of Guelph

Joseph Hutchins
BI Development Intern, University of Utah

Joseph Hutchins has worked in the department of Data Management and Analysis for one year. During that time he has worked on better ways to create dashboard and reports in the data warehouse (i.e. bitmap indexes). Besides performance tuning and dashboard creation, Joseph also worked on automating metadata and data dictionary information into dashboards to help make definitions easier use and limit manual processes. He is looking forward to graduating with his B.S in Information Systems and starting his master’s program in 2021.

Jason Jensen
Principal Research Analyst, University of California, Irvine

I’ve been working in the area of business intelligence for over eight years.  All of this time has been at  UCI.  I have a master’s degree in Information Technology.  For three years, I developed and deployed all of the unversity’s financial reports, using Cognos.  For the last five years, I have developed all of the university’s student data reports.

Abby Kaplan
Data Scientist, Salt Lake Community College

Abby Kaplan was the primary developer for Salt Lake Community College’s data warehouse for two years, starting with its inception in 2017.  She has been responsible for wrangling SLCC’s Banner data and integrating it with various outside sources, including Canvas, DegreeWorks, Starfish, Qualtrics, Salesforce, the US Census Bureau, the National Student Clearinghouse, and a thicket of spreadsheets.  She is currently a data scientist in the Data Science & Analytics department; before joining SLCC, she was an adjunct professor of linguistics at the University of Utah.  She received her PhD in linguistics from UC Santa Cruz in 2010.

Kristin Kennedy
Business Intelligence Developer Principal, Arizona State University

Kristin Kennedy is the lead developer for the Data Intelligence Analytics team in the University Technology Office, which is centralized IT for Arizona State University. This team helps create and maintain dashboards and reports for the entire University. Whether by graphs, charts, maps or complicated queries, the team helps users get the data they need. By empowering the University staff to make data driven decisions we help our students succeed and reach their goals. Kristin has over 25 years’ experience in Higher Education. She has worked in Information Technology for over 20 of those years.

Pramod Kunju
Enterprise Data Warehouse Architect, University of California, Irvine

Known to his colleagues as “Data Guru”, Pramod Kunju is a knowledgeable and experienced expert in the fields of data science and artificial intelligence.     Widely recognized for his masterful articulation of complex concepts regarding data analytics, data governance, master data management, and big data, Mr. Kunju has a penchant for explaining data science in a way that makes the information more readily accessible. In addition, the breadth and depth of his data science knowledge and experience make it possible for him to design and implement solutions with incredible efficiency, helping businesses to overcome the challenges preventing them from reaching their full potential. Working on the cutting edge of data technologies, he is also uniquely adept at integrating the latest advancements into existing infrastructure.    Mr. Kunju has spoken on various topics at:    * Informatica World conferences: Washington DC & San Francisco  * Cognos Performance: Los Angeles  * SAP TechEd: Las Vegas  * TieCon: Southwest  * UCTech: Santa Barbara

Hairong Liu
Database Programmer and Analyst – Principle, University of Missouri System

Hairong Liu has dealt with large amounts of data regarding PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, Financial Services, and Human Capital Management (HR) across all four Universities in the University of Missouri System.  She has 15+ years of experience and institutional knowledge which includes extracting, transforming and loading data among local databases and cloud systems, analyzing and modelling data to support decisions, and Oracle database development.

Gregory Locke
Director of Data Management, Yale University

Greg Locke is an Enterprise Data Architect with 40 years of IT experience, including 25 years of data warehousing design/build/run with companies like CIGNA, UTC, IBM, ING and Yale.  Greg’s business background includes Higher-Ed as well as insurance, geo-spatial planning, financial investment services, digital marketing, purchasing, HR, corporate accounting and big data mining and analytics. Currently, Greg leads the Data Management practice for Yale University. Greg lives with his family in New London, CT. and is an active member of the Thames Yacht Club.

Amber MacKenzie
Director of Data & Analytics, University of Michigan

Empowering the University of Michigan community to make data-informed decisions with impactful data visualizations. Shifting our focus to cloud, data virtualization, and AI-powered business intelligence tools powered by voice-based applications. My vision is to be able to provide actionable information to decision-makers in real-time. I have dedicated over 20 years to the importance of data in higher education and healthcare.

Andrew Maliszewski
Program Director, BI Community Support Services, New York University

Andrew Maliszewski leads the BI community support services area within New York University, Information Technology’s Enterprise Data Management department. His team supports the university’s central business intelligence tools, promoting a self-service approach where practical. Andy is an “NYU lifer” with over 35 years of institutional experience, from both client and IT service perspectives.

Nadia Mankins
Senior Data Warehouse Analyst, University of North Texas

Nadia is a Sr Data Warehouse Analyst with 13 years of experience in Higher Education. Nadia has worked as a Sr LAN Administrator in Financial Aid providing support with all their processes and applications and as a Business Analyst II for Admissions and Enrollment Services supporting with multiple systems implementations, CRM reporting and communications, Clearinghouse reporting and generating decision-making reports for leadership. Nadia currently works at UNT in the Data, Analytics and Institutional Research department under the Data Modeling and Integration team.  Nadia develops data models and ETLs using Erwin and SAS and analyses tables with SQL Developer and DataFlux.

Jacob Mastel
Data Modeler, Oregon State University

Jacob Mastel is a Data Modeler at Oregon State University working for the office of Institutional Analytics and Reporting. For the last several years, he’s worked on the CORE team helping to establish BI practices throughout the university. Lately, he and his team have been focused on OSU’s migration to a cloud architecture leveraging AWS and Snowflake.

Karen Matheson
Reporting Application Manager, University of Washington

Karen Matheson, MPA, is a seasoned professional in the field of technology, analytics, program evaluation and higher education. She currently leads the University of Washington Workday Reporting and Analytics team as part of the Integrated Service Center. Karen has presented on related topics in a variety of professional conferences including the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Association for Institutional Research and Planning, American Evaluation Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Association for Professional Researchers for Advancement.

Shelin Mathews
University of Notre Dame

Karen Menard
AVP, Institutional Research & Planning, University of Guelph

Dr. Menard has been in senior administration for almost 20 years, primarily in higher education but also spent time in health care. She has the primary responsibility for building a data platform, governance structure and culture to support operations and strategic planning for the University of Guelph. In partnership with the CIO, she is currently overseeing the implementation of a university-wide data strategy. Dr. Menard has extensive experience building a culture of analytics and informed decision making as well as the implementing the necessary tools to support these initiatives in complex organizations.

Ken Nagle
University of Notre Dame

Steve Papaccio
Bowdoin College

Steve has over 10 years of experience as a data technologist and joined Bowdoin in 2015 after working as a Business Intelligence consultant building data warehouses and implementing data analytics programs for a variety of organizations and industries. As a member of Bowdoin’s Institutional Research, Analytics & Consulting team, Steve designs, builds and uses Bowdoin’s dimensionally modeled data warehouse. Steve is a certified Tableau Desktop Specialist, holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned a BA from Boston University.

Meghal Parikh
Director of Institutional Analytics, Rollins College

Meghal Parikh, M.S., is the Director of Institutional Analytics at Rollins College. He provides analytical support to projects that aid planning and decision-making at the institutional level and provides consultation and direct support to the Data Warehouse project at Rollins College. He specializes in developing creative visualizations of quantitative and qualitative data to communicate complex analytics to executive leadership. Previously, he has worked at University of Central Florida as a Data Analyst providing support to create and systemize analytical reports by using SAS and Excel tools. He also assisted in ad-hoc data requests, numerous R&D tasks and university benchmarking studies.

Julie Parmenter
Manager, Enterprise Decision Support Services, Indiana University

Julie Parmenter is the manager for Enterprise Decision Support Services at Indiana University. A longtime IT professional, she has been working on Data Warehouse projects and Business Intelligence solutions for over fifteen years.

Dave Pecora
IT Manager, Enterprise Data Management, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dave has over 25 years of experience in the implementation, management, and support of enterprise applications.  He manages a central IT team responsible for data warehouse development, database administration, and application administration.   Dave is the co-leader of the Enterprise Information Management initiative at RIT

Ashtin Preston
University of North Texas


Matt Portwood
Technology Manager, University of Washington

Matt Portwood is the Technology Manager of the UW-IT Business Intelligence Team. Matt recently moved from Seattle, WA to his new home in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he continues to work remotely for UW-IT.

Sushma Pulluri
Programmer Analyst, University of California, Irvine

Adam J Raab
Senior Financial Analyst, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Adam provides data-driven decision support to institutional senior leadership in the areas of academic program costing, competitive and peer analysis, and institutional rankings. He also oversees the program economic performance model for the institution. Adam has experience in Institutional Research, Strategic Planning, and Business Intelligence, and has managed peer analysis systems, developed an administrative assessment program, and facilitated the development of an academic program financial review process.    Adam holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Aeronautics degree and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.

Kelly Raposo
Planning Analytics Project Lead, Planning & Budget, University of Toronto

Kelly Raposo is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Agile Coach at the University of Toronto. She has over 17 years of experience in development, training, design, user experience, and data analysis in the software industry. For the last two years Kelly has been a member of the BI team at the University of Toronto working on various BI projects.

Sridhar Ravikanti
ERP Data Analyst, Emory University

Sridhar Ravikanti is an ERP Data Analyst in the Analytics & Reporting team under the Division of Financial Planning & Analytics. Since joining Emory in 2012, Sridhar has been responsible for validating the transformed data in the Data Warehouse, with a primary focus on finance data and reports. In addition to data validation, he regularly works with LITS on designing data models to address business needs, develops dashboards, working forecast models for university budgets and provides data sets for ad hoc reporting needs.   Prior to joining Emory, Sridhar worked with several clients on automating PeopleSoft application processes and validating reports developed with Cognos and telecom billing applications.

David Ricker
Director of Enterprise Analytics and Busines Systems, Dartmouth College

David W. Ricker is currently the Director of Enterprise Analytics and Business Systems at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Prior to this he served as the Associate Director of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (a group he founded) and before that a Senior Programmer/Analyst for strategic financial applications for Dartmouth’s Endowment and Investment Office. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Mr. Ricker was a Senior Programmer/Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he held a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Mr. Ricker has worked in the Information Technology (IT) field for over 35 years in industries as diverse as manufacturing, global trade, publishing, public utilities, telecommunications, and education. By the time he had graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1986 with a B.S. in Computer Science, he already had three years of IT experience in a marketing firm and a technology startup. Upon graduation, he began his formal career with consulting wing of Arthur Andersen and Co. (which later became Accenture) with clients in Cleveland, Manhattan and Chicago. After leaving Andersen, he became an independent consultant and during that period obtained a Master’s Degree in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland. Mr. Ricker has been part of Information Technology Council of Western Governors University (WGU) since its inception in 1998 as an advisor and senior faculty member on curricular matters, including curriculum and assessment development, course auditing, and a short stint as a mentor to mentors. He has also served on the board of the Rivendell Interstate School District since 2012.

Nate Rochester
BI Analyst, Portland State University

Nate Rochester began his career in higher education in 2016 as an academic advisor and data analyst at Portland State University. In 2018 he joined PSU’s Business Intelligence Team as a full time BI Analyst specializing in student and course data. As a Cognos report author for enrollment management and student success initiatives, Nate draws on his advising experience to develop effective BI reporting tools for use by program administrators as well as the faculty and academic professionals on the front line of student support services.

Bay Rodriguez
Data Analyst, Rollins College

Bayrex Rodriguez is a Data Analyst at Rollins College. He assists the Data Warehouse Analyst in the development of the Data Warehouse ETLs, data modeling, validation, and integration. As part of the Data Warehouse project team, he helps in the administration of data tools such as Talend Cloud, Tableau, and the recently added SAS Enterprise Guide suite. He also supports the Director of Institutional Analytics in the development of complex Tableau. Previously, he functioned as the SharePoint Business Analyst at Rollins College where he assisted departments in improving productivity by automating everyday tasks within the SharePoint ecosystem.

Charles Rosenberg, PhD
Programmer/Analyst Lead, University of Rochester

Dr. Charles Rosenberg is a Programmer/Analyst Lead at the University of Rochester with extensive experience in data warehousing and software development.  Prior to coming to the U of R in March, 2019, Dr. Rosenberg taught in Computer Science and Psychology departments at Rochester Institute of Technology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and the University of Utah and has worked as senior software engineer at a variety of large and small companies. He received a PhD from Princeton University in Psychology (Cognitive) and completed post-doctoral research at Stanford University with David Rumelhart and at Hadassah Medical Center.

Mike Salisbury
Programmer/Assistant Director for the University Data Warehouse, University of Rochester

Mike Salisbury is the Assistant Director for the University Data Warehouse at the University of Rochester, leading projects over the last 3 years for Student (Workday!), Admissions (Slate), Financial Aid (PowerFaids) and an analytics portal application. Prior to joining the U of R team, he was a product owner at Ellucian for Ellucian Analytics, a cloud-SaaS BI solution for Higher Education, and their Banner data warehouse and performance applications. He started his BI career as a consultant, building consulting practices and engaging customers in designing and developing business intelligence solutions in the higher education, service, manufacturing and telecommunications industries.

Susan Schaefer
Data Governance Analyst, University of Utah

Biographical Information: Susan Schaefer has worked for the University of Utah for six years. She started in Institution Research as a research analyst and moved towards more technical work. Susan recently moved to the department of Data Management and Analysis as a data governance analyst, where she is working on implementing data governance practices that help departments speak the same data language and increase transparency around data processes. She received her B.S. in Economics from Idaho State University in 2013, and she is looking forward to graduating with her M.S. in Information Systems in August 2020.

Ryan Schlagheck
Senior Director, Enterprise Data & Analytics, Yale University

Ryan Schlagheck oversees the services and technologies supporting the University’s data integration, reporting and analytical needs, joining data across Human Resources, Finance, Research Administration, Student, Faculty, the Office of Development and others. Ryan joined Yale in August 2012 as Program Director, Workday@Yale, with delivery responsibility for Yale’s multiyear implementation of Workday. Prior to joining Yale, Ryan served as a director of IT at global health insurer Cigna, where he led large development and production functions. Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.

Theresa Sherwood
Manager, ITS Enterprise Reporting Team, Bowling Green State University

Theresa Sherwood is the manager of the ITS Enterprise Reporting team at Bowling Green State University.  She has over twenty years of experience in higher education, including ten years on the Enterprise Reporting team at BGSU.  Theresa has worked with data from many different areas of higher education including Admissions, Enrollment, Human Resources, Finance, Institutional Research, and Sponsored Program and Research.  She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration majoring in Information Systems and an MBA specializing in Information Systems, both from the University of Toledo.

Andrew Siefert
Statistical Modeler, Ithaca College

Andrew Siefert Ph.D. has been a Statistical Modeler at Ithaca since 2017. He conducts predictive modeling and research on student success and the impact of student engagement. Previously, he was a plant ecologist with a Ph.D. in Biology from Syracuse University and a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis.

Rochelle Smits-Seemann
Assistant Director, Salt Lake Community College

Rochelle Smits-Seemann is the assistant director of Data Science and Analytics at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). She oversees accountability reporting and launched and is managing data warehouse development at SLCC. Prior to SLCC, Rochelle managed academic research at a nationally recognized cancer institute, consulted in business intelligence for a local startup, and dabbled in non-profit program management.

Dobby Spencer
Data Warehouse Analyst, Rollins College

Dobby Spencer, BSc (Hons), MSc, CISSP, is the Data Warehouse Analyst at Rollins. He has 26 years of IT experience and 13 years of military experience which has made him an experienced leader. Currently responsible for the development of the Rollins Data Warehouse architecture including the data models, building of ETL routines and development of the semantic layer to enable self-service institutional reporting and analytics. Previously, he has worked for a telecommunication company as Head of eEnablement and Business Intelligence responsible for developing a data warehouse to provide operational and strategic reporting in reaction to fierce competition in the mobile.

Steve Sporinsky
Reporting & Analytics Consultant, University of Notre Dame

Steve Sporinsky is a member of Notre Dame’s Business Intelligence Department.  His 20 years  working on the customer facing side for the Office of Information Technologies has burned into him a permanent mindset of seeing services from the end users’, less technical point of view.     Today, he is responsible for promoting the adoption of, and providing support for the analytics and reporting services.  Steve provides support for Tableau users, consults with department heads, assists with reporting projects, and conducts customized Tableau training for faculty and staff of the University.

Katerina Stepanova
Business Intelligence Developer, Brown University

Kate is a Business Intelligence Developer on the Business Intelligence team in Computing Information & Services. She has experience in all stages of BI SDLC (requirements and logical design, physical design, ETL, testing and implementation). Prior to coming to Brown, Kate worked at American Power Conversion as a database programmer and analyst.

Roger Tervort
Brigham Young University


Dimuthu Tilakaratne
University of Illinois

Data analytics professional with 15 years of higher education experience with a proven track record in organizational leadership, successful project management, staff development and analytics development. Dimuthu is a strong advocate of the use of self-service tools, empowering everyone to take advantage of organizational data, while championing opportunities for innovation in data analytics to better serve the University community.

Lance Tucker
Associate Technology Director, Application Services, Boston College

Lance Tucker has been involved with business intelligence and data warehousing for over thirty-five years.  Lance helped launch Boston College’s Data Warehouse Program in 2003 and has continued to expand the program, including the incorporation of information governance best practices. The data warehouse represents the University’s largest collection of administrative data.  Lance currently oversees three teams at Boston College: business intelligence and departmental applications, data integration and architecture, and the database administration group.  Outside of work, Lance keeps busy with family, tennis, art history, and writing projects.

Alexis Wall
Senior Business Intelligence Engineer, University of Washington

Alexis Wall is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer with the UW-IT Business Intelligence Team. Alexis is a certified Tableau expert, and has been leading the UW Report Prioritization Group for the last year.

Russell Youngberg
Brigham Young University

Russell Youngberg has worked with data extraction, transformation, and loading at Brigham Young University as a student and full time employee for over five years providing clean database tables to SQL analysts for research and reporting. Russell received his B.S. in Recreation from Brigham Young University.