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

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.

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.

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.

Dan Bruns
Senior Data Architect, Pyramart

Dan Bruns is one of our Senior Data Architects and has more than 20 years of experience in Data Warehousing, IT, and Technical Marketing. He has led the development of major Data Warehousing and Big Data initiatives at clients including American Express, Universal Studios, Bank of the West and Ancestry.com. His email address is dan.bruns@pyramart.com

Priscilla Camp
Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialist II, University of Central Florida
Priscilla Camp is a Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialist at the University of Central Florida. She has over 9 years of experience in the field of IT working as a Business Intelligence Analyst. Priscilla started her career working for a startup small business in 2010 and several years later moved over to the Higher Education Industry where she currently resides. Priscilla’s focus is T-SQL, Data Warehousing, MS Power BI, and B.I. Strategy.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

Ken Nagle
University of Notre Dame

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.

Brian Parish
CEO and Founder, iData, Inc.

As CEO and founder of IData, Inc., Brian is a well-respected thought leader in information technology (IT), data governance, and institutional research (IR) for higher education. Brian has worked directly with over 500 colleges and universities to increase their productivity with creative and innovative technology solutions. Since 1995, Brian has had the opportunity to work with most of the major higher education ERP systems, many reporting tools, and integrations with countless vendors used by higher education institutions.

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

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.

Brenda Reeb
Consultant, iData, Inc.

Brenda Reeb is a consultant in data management, data governance, and the information needs of users. She specializes in services that support the information-seeking behavior of data consumers. Brenda has designed and implemented policies, established workflows, and created metadata. She is an experienced advocate for data management at all levels of an organization.

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.

Craig Rudick
Director of Product Strategy and a Data Scientist, HelioCampus

Craig Rudick is the Director of Product Strategy and a Data Scientist at HelioCampus.Until 2019, he was the Director of Institutional Research and Lead Data Scientist at the University of Kentucky, and before starting at UK was an academic researcher in astrophysics. This is his fifth HEDW conference, and he was twice elected to the HEDW Board. Craig’s expertise is in the tools and methods of data science, and their application to solve challenges in higher education.

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.

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.

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.

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.