Conference Speakers

Sherri Adame Sherri Adame
Enterprise Metadata Leader
CIGNA

Sherri Adame is an Enterprise Metadata Management Leader at Cigna. Sherri brings deep experience building high performance information management teams across different industries including retail, finance and healthcare. She was named one of the 25 Top Information Managers in 2011, Movers, shakers and game changers who are making information work for business by Information Management Magazine, and has spoken at many MDM and Data Governance Summits. In her current role she is managing the enterprise wide rollout of metadata management practices for Cigna’s Data Lake through agilely delivered programs and projects. Her strong communication and relationship building skills are able to effectively sell the promise of her organization to customers, senior management and inspire her team.

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Jonathan Adams Jonathan Adams
Director Research
DATUM LLC

Jonathan Adams as over 20 years experience in leading requirements, design and implementation efforts for retailers, financial organizations and Federal agencies. For the past 12 years, Jonathan has focused on architecting and implementing analytical and data management solutions focused on fraud detection, regulatory compliance and risk management. While at Booz Allen Hamilton as part of the risk and compliance analytics team, he was a member of the CMMI Data Management Maturity Model development team and is a certified Enterprise Data Management Expert (EDME). Leveraging the DMM, Jonathan has created an execution framework for data management and analytical best practices that aligns data governance and analytical governance with the emerging requirements created by big data, analytics, and the integration of both in the operational context. Jonathan recently joined DATUM LLC as Director of Research to support customers in building governance discipline around analytics and compliance.

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Rex Ahlstrom Rex Ahlstrom
Chief Strategy Officer
BackOffice Associates

Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy Officer at BackOffice Associates, has over 28 years of technology industry leadership experience. He specializes in enterprise software within the data integration and information management space. Responsible for BackOffice Associates’ current product strategy, marketing and technology in addition to analyst engagement and partnership development, he previously served as CEO of two software start-ups and held major leadership roles at multiple Fortune 500 organizations, including SAP. Ahlstrom earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Drexel University. He is an experienced global lecturer, regularly addressing investors, business professionals and large customer communities.

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Shakeel Ahmed Shakeel Ahmed
Data and Platform Group Lead
Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Shakeel Ahmed is leader within the Data Analytics & Governance group at Pacific Gas and Electric company. He brings a strong understanding of business strategy from several industrial sectors including Biofuels, Biochemicals, Food Processing and Water treatment. Shakeel has earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cornell and a MBA from University of Illinois, Champaign.

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Peter Aiken Peter Aiken
Founder and President
Data Blueprint

Peter Aiken is acknowledged to be a top data management (DM) authority. As a practicing data consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively performing and studying DM for more than 30 years. His expertise has been sought by some of the world's most important organizations and his achievements have been recognized internationally. He has held leadership positions and consulted with more than 75 organizations in 21 countries across numerous industries, including defense, banking, healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and author of multiple publications, including his latest the "Case for the CDO" & "Monetizing Data Management." Peter is the Founding Director of Data Blueprint, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for competitive advantage and operational efficiencies. He is also Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and past President of DAMA-I.

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Anthony Algmin Anthony Algmin
Chief Data Officer
Uturn Data Solutions

Anthony J. Algmin helps businesses use data to get better at what they do best. He is currently Chief Data Officer at Uturn Data Solutions, a Chicago-based consulting firm at the nexus of data and cloud technologies. Learn more at www.uturndata.com. Previously, Mr. Algmin was the first Chief Data Officer at the Chicago Transit Authority, developing data analytics capabilities to help provide affordable transportation for millions of Chicagoans. He also spent several years as a data strategy and management consultant transforming businesses in a variety of industries. His early career was in the capital markets industry developing technology and data-driven applications. Mr. Algmin frequently speaks at conferences and local events and contributes to the data governance and data management communities. He has a BA in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Justin Andrade Justin Andrade
Project Manager
Scripps Health

Justin Andrade joined Scripps Health in 2014 as an agile project manager for the company’s System Wide Order Sets project, an enterprise application developed internally to bridge the gap from a previous manual process to an electronic form management system in preparation for the company’s new HER.  Justin now is the agile project manager (using Scrum & TFS) for the company’s data governance program launched in tandem with that new EHR.  Justin has over 15 years of project & product management experience in healthcare with regulated medical devices & custom software applications with a focus on Agile project software development methodology.  Justin earned a BA in communications from Cal State San Marcos and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from University of Redland, and he is a Certified Scrum Master.

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W. Michael Armbruster W. Michael Armbruster
Data Quality Manager
Jeffco Schools

Michael Armbruster the Manager of Data Quality in Ed Tech Support for JeffCo Schools. His background includes over 25 years in IT focusing on data, including management and technical data roles in health care, telecommunications, state government, aerospace, finance, and transportation. Michael's MCIS is from the University of Denver: he is a Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) at the Mastery level. His personal life revolves around his wife, 7 children with kids, 30 years of soccer coaching, Stephen Minister responsibilities (Christian Counseling diploma), and two published books of poetry. Oh, and a dog: Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

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Christophe Barriolade Christophe Barriolade
President & CEO
Orchestra Networks

Christophe Barriolade is President and CEO of Orchestra Networks, a leading and independent data management software vendor. Orchestra Networks’ data management software, EBX5, is a single solution to manage, govern and share any data assets.  Large organizations use EBX5 as a cohesive enterprise platform for data governance, metadata management, and master/reference data management.  He co-founded Orchestra Networks in 2000 and has helped develop what is becoming one of most recognizable pure-play data management brands in today’s market.

Responsible for the direction and strategy of the company, Barriolade brings significant insight into enterprise data governance  and data management requirements and challenges, shared from his working relationships with some of the world’s largest corporations.

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Paul Barth Paul Barth
CEO and Founder
Podium Data

Dr. Paul Barth is founder and CEO of Podium Data, creator of the industry-leading Podium data lake software platform that is redefining enterprise data management. He has spent decades developing advanced data and analytics solutions for Fortune 100 companies, and is a recognized thought-leader on business-driven data strategies and best practices. Prior to founding Podium Data, Paul co-founded NewVantage Partners, a boutique consultancy advising C-level executives at leading banking, investment, and insurance firms. In his roles at Schlumberger, Thinking Machines, Epsilon, Tessera, and iXL, Dr. Barth led the discovery and development of parallel processing and machine learning technologies to dramatically accelerate and simplify data management and analytics. Paul holds a PhD in computer science from the MIT, and an MS from Yale University.

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Geoff Belleau Geoff Belleau
Education Programs Consultant
California Department of Education

Geoff Belleau is an Education Program Consultant at the California Department of Education. With almost 25 years of experience as a High School, Middle and Elementary School Educator he has insight into the schools of California. Before serving over 5 years at the Department of Education, he was a County Office Administrator serving the districts as Program Manager for Instructional Technology where he was responsible for coordinating instructional technology projects along with district IT administrators and working with several schools and districts on technology integration projects and professional development. Geoff has presented at several state and national ed tech conferences and is a member of the TICAL cadre. As a semi active blogger he has also had several articles published helping educators and administrators as they implement technology in the schools. Geoff is a father, husband, self-proclaimed technology enthusiast, cycling enthusiast and aspiring Jedi.

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Michael Berard Michael Berard
Data Management Subject Matter Expert
Experian Data Quality

Michael Berard is a Data Management SME at Experian Data Quality. Michael is focused on helping organizations leverage their data to gain actionable insights, make faster, data-driven business decisions, and gain a competitive advantage. With more than 7 years of experience, Michael has assisted organizations of all sizes to implement data governance programs, reduce regulatory risk, and streamline data migration projects.

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Mariann Bjorkman Mariann Bjorkman
Education Programs Consultant
California Department of Education

Mariann Bjorkman works in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) office, provides state level information on the system, and assists local education agencies with assessment testing systems. She collaborated with the initial group that established student data governance at the California Department of Education. Currently, she is a part of the Educational Data Privacy, Student Data Collections, and Marketing and Communications working groups for the department. She uses her business degrees, education credentials and extensive public and private teaching experience to contribute significantly to the educational community. She has presented at the CETPA and National Charter School conferences. Her passion is to share knowledge to empower others to find innovative education solutions.

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Brenda Brown Brenda Brown
Director of Workforce Technology and Analytics
Consumers Energy

Brenda Brown joined Consumers in 2012 as a Business Relationship Manager in IT and was responsible for IT financial and strategic planning, communications and process improvement in the customer arena. Currently, Brenda leads the HRIS and Workforce Analytics teams to enable the successful implementation of the Talent Management Suite, the centralized contractor tracking project and the delivery of workforce analytics across the Company in order to increase the insights the business uses to make important people decisions.

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Scott Buckles Scott Buckles
Business Unit Executive
IBM Analytics - Information Integration and Governance
IBM

Scott Buckles is responsible for sales and customer satisfaction of IBM's Information Integration and Governance solutions in North America where he leads a team of sales specialists and SME's focused on helping customers transform their raw data into business ready data that they leverage to drive more revenue, competitively differentiate themselves, reduce cost, and ensure compliance.  Scott is passionate about focusing on delivering meaningful and sustained business value. He is the Voice of the Customer into IBM's Offer Management and Development teams and has a key influence on bringing cognitive capabilities to the DGIQ community.

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Donna Burbank Donna Burbank
Managing Director
Global Data Strategy, Ltd

Donna Burbank, is a recognized industry expert in information management with over 20 years of experience in data management and enterprise architecture. She currently is the Managing Director of Global Data Strategy Ltd, an international data management consulting company. Her background is multi-faceted across consulting, product development, product management, brand strategy, marketing, and business leadership in organizations such as CA Technologies, Embarcadero Technologies, and PLATINUM Technologies. She has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies worldwide in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks regularly at industry conferences.  She has co-authored two books: Data Modeling for the Business and Data Modeling Made Simple with CA ERwin Data Modeler.

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Markus Burger Markus Burger
Information Architect
F. Hoffmann-LaRoche

Markus Burger is a Senior Expert in Global Master Data Management at Roche Basel. He has 20 years experience in various Solution-, Information- and Enterprise Architecture roles at Roche Pharma Informatics with a particular focus on Drug Development and Supply Chain information. External data requirements as well as internal process excellence are drivers for his team. Markus is leading the Roche Semantic Web interest group to develop an integration between classical and linked data approaches.

Markus holds a PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of Freiburg, Germany and has run and analyzed before his career at Roche Elementary Particle Physics experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratories/NY.

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Gretchen Burnham Gretchen Burnham
Data Management Consultant
First San Francisco Partners

Gretchen Burnham, CDMP, is an experienced Business Analyst, with many years of experience in Business Metadata Management, Data Governance, and Product Master Data Management.

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Kate Carruthers Kate Carruthers
Chief Data Officer
University of New South Wales

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data Officer for UNSW Australia, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering at UNSW Australia. She is a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board and the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. She has extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organizations such as Citibank, General Electric, AMP, Westfield (now Scentre Group), and NSW Treasury.

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Stan Christiaens Stan Christiaens
Co-founder and CTO
Collibra

Stan Christiaens is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Collibra. He leads the global product organization, and is responsible for product management, product design, and user experience. He also leads Collibra University, delivering education and training in data governance. His passion for data comes from his experience as a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, where he focused on the application of semantics. When not speaking to customers and to audiences around the globe, Stan can be found in New York City.

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Anita Cook Anita Cook
Data Quality Manager
HCA

Anita Cook began an HIM career as an outpatient coder for HCA in 2003 after obtaining RHIT credentials. She held positions within HCA as a coding and education lead and a coding manager, and oversaw coding functions for 13 hospitals and managing more than 50 employees in a shared services environment. In 2013 she moved to HCA Corporate IT&S Department as Senior Product analyst responsible for HCA's Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Product. In 2011, Ms. Cook took an opportunity in the Clinical Services Group to oversee the Vocabulary Standardization Project and partnered with corporate IT&S, Field IT&S and the Terminology Vendor to successfully ensure the mapping of clinical terms and data elements to Industry Standard Nomenclatures in order to meet MU Stage 2 requirements. She is currently serving as Data Quality Manager.

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Matt Crittenden Matt Crittenden
Governance Specialist
North America Information Governance Practice
IBM

Matt Crittenden is a governance specialist and architect for IBM's North America Information Governance organization.  He has 30+ years of data integration, quality and governance experience across many industries, specializing in information quality and metadata assessments to help clients understand the scope of data issues facing their organization.

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Theodore Curran Theodore Curran
Senior Director, Chief Data Governance Officer
UPMC Health Plan

Theodore Curran leads the development, build-out and implementation of data governance and information asset management program and activities across UPMC Health Plan. He has deep management accounting experience and has managed the finances and business operations of a top tier business school.  He serves an expert advisor and consultant in Business Intelligence, Dashboards, Financial Operations and Data Governance to higher ed, healthcare, and government industries.

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Robert Davis Robert Davis
GIS Analyst
MGP, Inc

Robert Davis began his career at MGP in 2013 as a GIS Specialist and now serves as one of the two GIS Analysts on staff. He is a trained engineer, with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. He also leads the Data Quality initiative, ensuring that clients have the most optimal information to aid them in making the best decisions.

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Barbara Deemer Barbara Deemer
VP Financial Systems & Chief Data Steward
Navient

Barbara Deemer has recently assumed the role of VP of Financial Systems and has retained her responsibilities as Chief Data Steward at Navient. In that role she leads the Data Governance Council which is comprised of representatives from all Lines of Business. Barbara has 30 years of experience in the Accounting, Finance and Servicing areas. She was the Controller of the Company from 2000 to 2003 until she took an extended leave of absence. She returned to Sallie Mae in 2005 to work on data improvement projects and is now in her current role at Navient focusing on Data Governance and Data Quality and managing the Financial Systems for the corporation.

Barbara graduated in 1982 from George Washington University with a BA in Accounting.

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Scott Dickinson Scott Dickinson
Process Owner Data Standards and Governance
Genentech/Roche

Scott Dickinson is currently leading efforts to standardize data used to support clinical trials and manage products for a global pharmaceutical. He’s worked in a number of industries and functions often realizing that the success of our operations improvements efforts depends on good data - which requires great governance.

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Ramesh Dontha Ramesh Dontha
Managing Partner
Digital Transformation Pro

Ramesh Dontha is Managing Partner at Digital Transformation Pro, a management consulting company focusing on Data Strategy, Data Governance, Data Quality and related Data management practices. For more than 15 years, Ramesh has put together successful strategies and implementation plans to meet/exceed business objectives and deliver business value. His personal passion is to demystify the intricacies of data governance and data management and make them applicable to business strategies and objectives. Ramesh can either be reached on LinkedIn or via email: rkdontha AT DigitalTransformationPro.com.

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Sonya Edwards Sonya Edwards
Education Administrator
California Department of Education

Sonya Edwards is an administrator for the California Department of Education (CDE). Her education career started at the California Chancellor's Office of Community Colleges where she supported a computer network and managed disabled student data. At the CDE, Sonya helped automate the collection/processing of financial reports from over 1,000 school districts and supported one of the CDE's first local area networks. Sonya oversees data governance and education technology, including leading development of the common data architecture for the statewide longitudinal student data system; managing development/support of the system used by school districts to apply for federal funding; establishing data management policies; and building staff capacity in data management. Sonya also provides national leadership on various issues such as alternative measures for socioeconomic status, metadata management, preventing unnecessary data burden and data standards.

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Tami Flowers Tami Flowers
Director, Governance Solutions
MetaGovernance Solutions, LLC

Tami Flowers is an information strategist with 20 years of experience advancing business objectives through applied technology. Her areas of expertise include business process improvement, information governance, complex financial and accounting systems, business intelligence, and efficiency in systems program and project delivery through an Agile framework. Tami is a PMP, Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and Certified Scrum Master.

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Barbara Forth Barbara Forth
Forth Information Technology

Barbara Forth is an industry expert and former executive leader of enterprise data management at Capital Group and Fidelity Investments. She most recently led the Information Architecture and Data Governance functions at Capital Group (CG), the home of American Funds, one of the nation’s largest actively managed mutual fund families. She joined CG Enterprise Architecture leadership team in 2012 in the role of Principal Information Architect with a focus on data management and quality. Barbara has 25 years + of data management experience in the Financial Services industry and joined CG from Fidelity Investments in Boston. She is an accomplished Information Management leader who has delivered a wide range of IT solutions with a focus on Business Intelligence/Analytics, business and data architecture, database technology research, and large scale operations management.

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Lowell Fryman Lowell Fryman
Practice Principal
Collibra

Lowell Fryman is responsible for directing thought leadership in the Customer Success practice of Collibra. He has been a practitioner in the data management industry for three decades and is recognized as a leader in data governance, analytics and data quality having hands-on experience with implementations across most industries. Lowell is a co-author of the book “Business Metadata; Capturing Enterprise Knowledge” and a coauthor of “The Data and Analytics Playbook” published in 2016. Lowell is a past adjunct professor at Daniels College of Business, Denver University and current VP of Education for DAMA-I Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC), as well as an active speaker at international conferences. He currently leads the LinkedIn groups for Business Glossary and Unstructured Data Warehousing. He focuses on practical data governance practices and has trained thousands of professionals in data governance, data warehousing, data management and data quality techniques.

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Shannon Fuller Shannon Fuller
Director, Data Governance
Carolinas HealthCare System

Shannon Fuller is the Director of Data Governance for the Carolinas Health Care System. He leads the Data Governance Office which is charged with ensuring data is treated as a corporate asset that is owned, managed and controlled leading to trusted, high quality data and accurate reporting across Carolinas HealthCare System. His primary responsibility is to design and implement a Data Governance Program for Carolinas Healthcare System.

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Hemanth Gangaram Hemanth Gangaram
Sr. Manager, Product Owner - BI & Data Governance
First Tech Federal Credit Union

Hemanth Gangaram has over 20+ years of experience in Data Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, FP&A, Application Development & Project Management in Manufacturing, Airlines, & Banking Industries. His current focus is leading BI Analytics & Data Governance within First Tech. Hemanth has a Bachelor's in Engineering from Bangalore University & an MBA from San Francisco State University.

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Sue Geuens Sue Geuens
Data Governance Consultant
The InfoData Group

Sue Geuens started in Data Management during 1996 when she was handed a disk with a list of builders on it and told they were hers to manage. Sue mentions this as fate taking over and providing her with what she was "meant to do". Various data roles later, her clients numbered 3 of the top 4 banking institutions in SA, a number of telco's and various pension funds, insurance companies and health organizations. Sue was the initial designer of data quality matching algorithms for a SA built Data Quality and Matching tool (Plasma Mind). This experience stood her in good stead as she slowly but surely climbed the ladder in Southern Africa to become the first CDMP in the country. Sue worked tirelessly on starting up DAMA SA with the successful Inaugural meeting in February of 2009. She was unanimously voted as President just prior to this event and became Past President at end of 2015. Sue is the current DAMA I President.

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Scott Gidley Scott Gidley
VP of Product Management
Zaloni

Scott Gidley is the Vice President of Product Management and leads the strategy and roadmap of the Zaloni platform portfolio. He is a 20-year veteran of the data management software and services market. Prior to Zaloni, Scott was a senior director with SAS and was the CTO & Co-founder of DataFlux Corporation.

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Elaine Gillespie Elaine Gillespie
Director Data Quality Management
HCA

With 24 years of HIM experience, Elaine Gillespie has been in various positions within the HIM field from clerical to Director. She has been with HCA for 14 years. Her positions have included Consultant, Coding Manger, Consulting Product Analyst. For the last five years, she has been in the Clinical Services Group's Clinical Informatics Department as the Director of Data Quality Management. She is responsible for data quality and governance within our Clinical Data Management Program which includes Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), data profiling & analysis, vocabulary management, and Division Clinical Data Warehouse access and reporting.

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Stephanie Grimes Stephanie Grimes
Shared Information Support, Manager
Freddie Mac

Stephanie Grimes is the Manager of Approved Provisioning Points (APPs) Business Management in Single Family Data Governance & Management at Freddie Mac. With over 15 years in the financial services industry, her expertise is focused on IT application development, business process re-engineering and operations. In her current role, she manages two functional teams, APPs Integration & Portfolio Management and APPs Business Operations team, providing production support for shared data and services.

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Michael Grosky Michael Grosky
Director, Data Governance
Lam Research

Michael Grosky is the data governance lead at Lam Research Corporation, a trusted global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. Michael has led the establishment of a new data governance program to support key business initiatives at Lam. One key initiative is the development of an information delivery hub to support enterprise dashboards, including a customer experience dashboard.

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Beth Harris Beth Harris
Data Governance & Data Quality Lead
J.R. Simplot

Beth Harris is currently a Data Governance & Data Quality Lead for J.R. Simplot, one of North America’s largest privately held food and agribusiness companies. Her responsibilities include laying the groundwork and facilitating the implementation of a Data Governance Program across the global enterprise. She has been with J.R. Simplot for 18 years and has been responsible for initiating several grassroots efforts in Data Governance and Data Quality in our Food Group. Additional experience includes several years as an Evaluator in the Performance Office of Performance Evaluations for the Idaho State Legislature and 10 years as a Quantitative Analyst for the RAND Corporation. She holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

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Mark Hensley Mark Hensley
Governance Specialist
North America Information Governance Practice
IBM

Mark Hensley is a Specialist with IBM's North America Information Governance Practice.  With over 25 years experience in a variety of roles in the Data Integration, Data Quality, Business Intelligence and Analytics space, Mark has broad and deep understanding of governance challenges, and how they can be overcome, across many industries.

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HoChun Ho Ho-Chun Ho
Global Head, Data Governance and Management
JLL

Ho-Chun Ho guides and oversees global data governance and management for the Corporate Solutions business line at JLL. The scope includes the business oversight on master data management, data quality, meta-data management and the overall data roadmap. Ho-Chun and his team defined and established the Data Governance function, its organizational structures, global and regional resources, processes and operating procedures, tools, and communication protocols. He also mentors the organization on overall enterprise data strategy to leverage industry best practices and leading edge technology in enterprise information management, business intelligence, master data management and big data. Ho-Chun is a Regional Director with JLL.

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Ralph Hodgson Ralph Hodgson
CTO and Co-founder
TopQuadrant

Ralph Hodgson is a co-founder and CTO at TopQuadrant, Inc, a US-based company that specializes in semantic standards-based enterprise data governance and information management solutions. He combines expertise in semantic technologies and other emerging technologies for intelligent systems with over 25 years of experience in business application development and deployment, consulting, software development and strategic planning. Prior to co-founding TopQuadrant, Ralph has held executive consulting positions at IBM Global Services and was the founder of Interactive Development Environments in the UK, an international CASE tools vendor.

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Andrew Hohwald Andrew Hohwald
Business Analyst
HCA

Andrew Hohwald has been working for HCA in the Clinical Services Group since 2012. His main focus work of has been on the Data Quality team, primarily working on Identity Management. His work is to ensure the accuracy and validity of patient records for over 40 million patients across 170 hospitals and 850 physician practices.

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Darci Hoogeveen Darci Hoogeveen
AVP, Data and Process Improvement
Lincoln Financial Group

Darci Hoogeveen has extensive knowledge in data and process improvements with over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. She currently leads a team of Data Governance team members that focus on overseeing the quality of data for the Group Protection line of business at Lincoln Financial Group. This Data Governance team works with the business areas to standardize business terms, definitions and calculations; to analyze and validate their data; and to establish and enforce governance policies and practices. This a newer concept for LFG and Darci is seen as an evangelist within the organization as she is paving the way for best practices around Data Governance.

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Ken Jacquier Ken Jacquier
Information Governance Practice
IBM

Ken Jacquier leads IBM’s Information Governance Practice in North America. His team focuses on enabling Business Ready Data leveraging how an organization already “Does mission critical work.” He has a passion for building Information Supply Chains that sustain value  at the pace of business. His knowledge has evolved from various roles at Grainger and IBM. As Director, Sales Operations at Grainger he accelerated his continuous journey of improving the process, people and technology components of Information Governance and Data Quality. As VP, Process Engineering, during one of the world’s largest SAP upgrades, he led business and technology resources tasked with changing business and data processes linked to supply chain optimization, increased revenue, mobility, digital  and improved customer experience. He served as the Chair of Grainger’s Executive Information Governance Steering Committee.  Since joining IBM in October 2010, he has shared his passion to blend the Art of the Possible with the Reality of Execution on  the Data Journey. Ken works with Chief Data Officers and other Data leaders to position Data as a Disruptor and not a blocker of Innovation. He is a firm believer that we need to bring new talent into our Data teams. The ultimate team is a blend of multiple generations. He is excited to help integrate the unique value of your own  data with external data sources .   He helps clients monetize their Data through Analytics and Operational processes.  He is working with clients to bring cognitive capabilities to all Information Governance disciplines. First and foremost, Ken enjoys how Data brings parties to the table to solve problems;  Business and IT, Division and Enterprise.   

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James Johnson James Johnson
Data Governance Program Lead
Scripps Health

With nearly 20 years of IT experience in database administration, tech support, EDW/BI and IT administration across multiple industries (pharmaceutical, banking, restaurants, healthcare), James Johnson now leads the data governance program for Scripps Health, one of the largest healthcare providers in San Diego. Jimm is implementing an enterprise data governance program for the company's Epic electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Jimm holds undergraduate degrees in business administration, finance, Spanish literature and psychology and a graduate degree in counseling psychology.

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Garry Katz Garry Katz
Chief Information Architect
Citi

Garry Katz is Chief Information Architect, Data Management and Strategy, within Citi’s Global Functions Technology Services.  He has held data-focused leadership and management roles within Citi, including Smith Barney Global Wealth Management, for over a decade and prior to that with Bank of America.

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Michael Kelly Michael Kelly
Chief Data Officer
University of South Carolina

Dr. Michael Kelly serves as the University of South Carolina system’s first Chief Data Officer; as one of a dozen or so CDOs working in higher education today, he is helping to adapt the CDO role from business and industry. He leads governance of the university’s data and information assets, ensuring the availability and accuracy of data for making decisions that advance the mission, goals, and strategic priorities of the university’s eight campuses and Palmetto College. Mike works with senior leadership and functional managers to develop a sustainable data governance framework that addresses data stewardship, data standards, data quality & integrity, identity & access management, as well as reporting, analytics, and decision support. He chairs the Data Governance & Chief Data Officers constituent group for EDUCAUSE. Mike holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Michele Koch Michele Koch
Director, Enterprise Data Intelligence
Navient

Michele Koch is the Director of Enterprise Data Intelligence and the Data Governance Office at Navient.  Michele was responsible for the successful design and implementation of the enterprise Data Governance and Data Quality Programs at Navient.  Their Data Governance Program won The Data Warehouse Institute’s (TDWI) 2010 Best Practices Award for the Data Governance category and the 2011 Data Governance Best Practice Award.  She is also responsible for the data modeling team who provides support to development teams and the business user community, the enterprise data warehouse team, and the business analytics team.  Her 35 years of experience include applying structured analysis and design methods for process and data modeling, managing client/server and mainframe DBAs, and consulting at Fortune 500 companies. Michele received dual masters’ degrees in MIS and Computer Systems Applications from The American University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

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Keith Kohl Keith Kohl
VP, Product Management
Trillium Software

Keith Kohl is Vice President of Product Management at Trillium Software.  He is focused on definition and execution of Trillium’s global product strategy for enterprise data quality solutions, encompassing both established and emerging Big Data solutions, as deployed on premise and in the cloud.  Keith has considerable experience in the enterprise data management market.  Prior to Trillium he worked at Syncsort as the head of Product Management and was responsible for the design and launch of multiple offerings within the data integration market – including several that involved Big Data and Cloud solutions.  Prior to Syncsort, Keith worked for Torrent/Ascential and IBM.

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Michael Kryshak Michael Kryshak
Associate Governmental Program Analyst
California Department of Education

Michael Kryshak is an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Education Data Office at the California Department of Education (CDE). Michael serves as a member of the Data Management Improvement Program (DMIP) and assists in facilitating Education Data Governance (EDGO!) Michael has been the Data Resource Guide Coordinator for over three years, responsible for quality control monitoring and coordinating department wide activities and initiatives to ensure the department-wide data inventory data is up-to-date and complete in the department’s data inventory system. Michael has previously worked as a Registrar for Bryan College in Sacramento, and as Director of Research and Education at The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai) in Japan. In his free time, Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, and spending time with his family.

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John Ladley John Ladley
President, Chief Delivery Officer
First San Francisco Partners

John Ladley is a recognized authority in all aspects of enterprise information management (EIM) with 35 years’ experience in planning, project management, improving IT organizations and successful implementation of information systems. Prior to joining First San Francisco Partners in 2015, John was CEO and President of IMCue Solutions, a consultancy he founded in 2007. John focuses on improving a client’s business results through business intelligence, information management and data governance. John is widely published and his books, Making EIM Work for Business – A Guide to Managing Information as an Asset and Data Governance, and Data Governance-How to Deploy and Sustain a Data Governance Program, are recognized as authoritative sources in the EIM field. John frequently writes and speaks on a variety of technology and EIM topics.

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Curtis Lee Curtis Lee
Executive Director for Data Quality
Jeffco Schools

Curtis Lee is currently the Executive Director for Data Quality with JeffCo Schools.

Curtis has held numerous IT leadership positions within K-12 education over the last 25 years in organizations of various sizes and demographic makeup. He is a happily married, washed up soccer player, with two teenage children and a couple of goofy dogs.

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Lori Lennox Lori Lennox
Director, Business Strategy and Analytics
Canadian Medical Protective Association

Lori Lennox is a strategic leader in the health industry with expertise in governance, and data and information management. As the Director of Business Strategy and Analytics at the Canadian Medical Protective Association, Lori leads a team of analysts and data-driven strategists to collect data and derive insights to facilitate corporate decision-making and the development of strategy. Treating data as a strategic resource has been the principle at the heart of every forward thinking organization and Lori's expertise in understanding risks and in building a solid foundation for advanced analytics is invaluable to deliver on that goal.

Prior to her current role, Lori worked at the Canadian Institute for Health Information, where she held roles in data management, governance and the development of strategy. Lori holds a masters in health administration from the Telfer School of Management and a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Ottawa.

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Van Lin Van Lin
Shared Information Support, Director
Freddie Mac

Van Lin is the Shared Information Support, Director for Freddie Mac's Single Family Data Governance & Management department. She has served in various tactical and strategic roles, with over 18 years of experience in business data operations, IT development and application production support. Van is the Data Steward of shared data and services in the Single Family Division, leading new projects to execute on strategic data architecture and business operations.

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Lynne Lintelman Lynne Lintelman
Senior Product Manager
SAP

Lynne Lintelman is a Senior Product Manager with SAP and has more than 20 years of hands-on data quality and information governance experience. She has strong domain knowledge of the Enterprise Information Management space, with specific expertise in Data Quality, Data Matching, Consolidating and Best Record Creation, Data Enrichment, Information Stewardship, Data Integration, Data Masking and Data Integration.

Lynne has a proven track record of building innovative products, driven by customer requirements, and is frequently a guest speaker at professional and industry events.

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Justin Litz Justin Litz
Global Vice President Enterprise Data Management
SAP SE

Justin Litz is Global Vice President of Enterprise Data Management at SAP SE. Justin has responsibility for the SAP Enterprise Business Partner Data Management practice which includes data strategy, process, and data governance.

Justin has over 17 years of experience helping businesses grow their information management and data governance competency. His works includes building the first data warehouse at Home Depot Supply, implementation of a corporate data cleansing and management practice supporting a new ERP deployment for a $+1 Billion distributor as well as the business lead to evolve the Enterprise Account Data Management practice within SAP including the deployment of MDG.

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David Loshin David Loshin
President
Knowledge Integrity

David Loshin is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc, (www.knowledge-integrity.com), a consulting company focusing on information management solutions (information quality, business intelligence, metadata, and data governance). David is among Knowledge Integrity’s recognized experts in information management, contributing to Intelligent Enterprise and DM Review, and is a channel expert for the Business Intelligence network (www.b-eye-network.com). David's books include "The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement" and "Master Data Management,” and his book, "Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager’s Guide" (June 2003) has been hailed as a resource allowing readers to "gain an understanding of business intelligence, business management disciplines, data warehousing, and how all of the pieces work together." David has created courses for TDWI, DATAVERSITY, and any other number of venues, and is often asked to provide thought leadership to the Information Management Community.

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Joel Lutz Joel Lutz
Head Enterprise Data Governance and Privacy
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Winner of the DGPO Data Governance Best Practice Award

Joel Lutz created and now leads Vanguard’s Enterprise Data Governance and Privacy Department, which focuses on orchestrating people, processes, and technology across Vanguard’s global operations to ensure Vanguard’s data is treated as a vital corporate asset. This includes implementing a global data governance program, a global privacy program, a global records management program, and a global governance, risk, and compliance technology platform. 

Joel graduated from Tulane Law School and began his legal career in private practice focusing on complex business litigation, primarily in the area of state and local taxation. In 2008, he joined The Vanguard Group’s Legal Department where he managed a team of lawyers and analysts advising on a wide range of internal clients on corporate and contract matters. In addition to his law degree, Joel holds bachelor degrees in Economics and Business Management and a Masters Degree in Finance and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). 

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Cheri Mallory Cheri Mallory
Director Information Management
Method360

Cheri Mallory is a data governance and data quality leader, currently a Director in the IM Practice at Method360. Formerly the EIM Solutions Manager at SAP and the Services EIM Practice Lead at SAP, America, she has been planning and leading the implementation of SAP data management projects and technology implementations for ten years, including data quality, data governance, data provisioning, master data management and data migration.

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David Marco David Marco
President
EWSolutions

Best known as the world's foremost authority on meta data management, David Marco is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of data warehousing, data governance and enterprise information management. In 2004 David Marco was named the "Melvil Dewey of Metadata" by Crain's Chicago Business as he was selected to their very prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" list. He followed up this honor in 2007 by being named one of DePaul University's "Top 14 Alumni Under 40". In 2008 David Marco was enshrined into the very select DAMA Data Management Hall of Fame (Professional Achievement Award).

David Marco is the author of the widely acclaimed, top-selling books "Universal Meta Data Models" and "Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository." In addition, he is a co-author of "Impossible Data Warehouse Situations and Solutions From The Experts" and "Data Resource Management." David Marco has published hundreds of articles, is a regular columnist for several technology magazines, is the chairman of the Enterprise Information Management Institute (EIMInstitute.ORG) and has served as a judge in dozens of industry awards.

He is a highly sought after speaker and has presented hundreds of keynote addresses and courses at the major business, data warehousing, and meta data conferences throughout the world. David Marco has taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University and is on the Advisory Council for DePaul University's College of Commerce. In addition, he is the founder and President of EWSolutions, a GSA schedule and Chicago-headquartered strategic partner and full life-cycle systems integrator dedicated to providing companies and large government agencies with best-in-class, award-winning solutions using enterprise information management, data warehousing, data governance and managed meta data environment technologies. Visit www.EWSolutions.com for more.

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Lynn Marsh Lynn Marsh
Consultant, Data and Process Improvement
Lincoln Financial Group

Lynn Marsh MBA, ALMI, ACS, CSM - has over 8 years of experience in the Group Insurance Benefits industry with an emphasis in business processes and data analytics. As a Data Steward on Lincoln Financial Group’s Data Governance team for the past 2 years she is a conduit between the business and IT to provide collaboration and help ensure all teams are speaking the same language when it comes to data. Lynn’s strong facilitation and communication skills combined with her passion for accurate data and process efficiencies have helped the business understand the value and positive impacts of Data Governance and data as a strategic asset.

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Sally McCormack Sally McCormack
Data Quality Competency Lead
Datasource Consulting

Sally McCormack is the Data Quality Competency Lead at Datasource Consulting. As a subject matter expert, Sally provides leadership, management, vision, and technical direction to ensure effective data quality delivery strategies are met. Through technological training, best practice development, and defined processes, Sally provides the executive oversight required for a successful data quality consulting arm. She brings over 13 years of data integration, data quality, data warehousing, and business intelligence excellence. She has expertise in both architecting and implementing ETL and data quality solutions and has provided strategic and tactical leadership on numerous projects, implementing enterprise data warehouses and data quality programs in biotech/pharmaceutical and other industries. Sally is a Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) in Data Integration and Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) in Data Analysis and Design.

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Michael McMorrow Michael McMorrow
Principal
MMM Data Perspectives Ltd

Michael McMorrow is Principal of MMM Data Perspectives, providing consultancy to businesses, and lecturing to business colleges, on common-sense approaches to organizing, understanding and exploiting data.

Prior to this Michael was Head of Information Solution Design at AIB Bank and the leading architect for the design, build and business use of the Enterprise Data Warehouse. Michael was Chairman of the UK & Ireland Teradata User Group in 2003 & 2004 and has presented, lectured and published widely on data-centric topics including governance, quality, modeling and analytics. Michael has a B.A. in History of Art, Philosophy and Film Studies and an M.Sc.Management in Organizational Behavior.

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Ken Mudd Ken Mudd
Manager, Material Data Governance
Illumina, Inc

Ken Mudd is the Manager of Material Data Governance at Illumina, Inc. In his role, Ken has project-based functional responsibility over the data quality, master data management, and reporting aspects of the material data domain. Ken has over 10 years of master data management experience spanning multiple manufacturing companies. He has effectively managed top-performing teams in various data governance organizations with an emphasis in SAP.

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Gena Nelson Gena Nelson
Enterprise Data Architect
ONE Gas

Gena Nelson started her career in IT ready to take on the world of data and prove it fun! Using everything her imagination could dream up, from bribery with home-baked brownies to hosting Data Paloozas and Data Quality Haunted Houses, she has found success in this endeavor. Gena has been on several Enterprise Architecture teams over the past 25 years, as the lead for Data Architecture, including 25+ years in Telecommunications and more recently in the Energy sector. Having worked in both large scale international companies as well as local utilities, she has a vision as well as a proven pragmatic approach to jumpstarting a Data Governance 'community' to right-size a program for any company or business sector to learn to appreciate their data for the asset it is. Gena is passionate about data and life in general!

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Kimberly Nevala Kimberly Nevala
Director, Business Strategies
SAS

Kimberly Nevala is the Director of Business Strategies for the SAS Best Practices team. She is responsible for industry education, key client strategies and market analysis in the areas of business analytics, data governance, and enterprise information management. Kimberly has 20 years of experience advising clients worldwide on strategic customer and information management programs. Kimberly's work has been featured by Information Week, CIO Asia, Knowledge World, Datanami and the IIA. She is the author of Portrait of a CAO (an Analytic eBook), The Anatomy of an Analytic Enterprise, 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Data Governance Program and Sustainable Data Governance.

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Deborah Nichols Deborah Nichols
Data Quality and Governance Lead
J.R. Simplot Company

Deborah Nichols is a new Data Quality and Governance Lead at J.R. Simplot, one of the largest privately held food and agribusiness companies in the nation.  Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, this global organization pioneers innovations in plant nutrition and food processing, with a focus on sustaining ecosystems. She is responsible for facilitating the implementation of a Data Governance Program across the global enterprise.

Previously, she was at Stanford University for 20 years facilitating large-scale multicenter clinical trials in Sleep Medicine.  As Data Coordinating Center Director, she led cross-functional teams to develop end-to-end informatics solutions that defined and harmonized data from diverse sources, with a goal of producing actionable outcomes that drive decision-making.  Her experience includes project management, research design and implementation, data quality and governance, business intelligence, and stakeholder engagement.  Deborah has a M.S. in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry, and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Idaho.

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Cam Ogden Cam Ogden
VP of Solution Management
DATUM

Cameron Ogden is the VP Solution Management for DATUM. With nearly two decades of technology solution and consulting experience, Cameron Ogden has worked with industry-leading companies of all sizes to improve their business performance through data. Cameron has a track record of teaching organizations how to make data governance and stewardship relatable, simple, and aligned with business strategy. Before joining DATUM, Cameron served as Head of Solution Engineering for several leading Global IS Consulting companies, and Program Management for industry-leading companies in the Financial and Banking sectors. Cameron now serves as the Head of Product for DATUM’s Information Value Management® platform and the lead for DATUM’s solution engineering practice.

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Katherine O'Keefe Katherine O'Keefe
Data Governance & Privacy Consultant
Castlebridge Associates

Dr Katherine O'Keefe is a Data Governance and Data Privacy consultant with Castlebridge Associates. Katherine has worked with clients in a variety of sectors on consulting and training engagements since starting with Castlebridge Associates.  She lectures on Data Ethics at the Law Society of Ireland.  In addition to her professional experience in Data Governance and Privacy. Katherine holds a Doctorate in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin and, as well as being a Data Governance and Privacy consultant, is a world leading experts on the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. Katherine is a native San Diegan, living and working in Ireland.

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Kelle O’Neal Kelle O’Neal
Founder and CEO
First San Francisco Partners

Having worked with the software and systems providers key to the formulation of Master Data Management (MDM), Kelle O'Neal has played important roles in many of the groundbreaking initiatives that confirm the value of MDM to the enterprise. Recognizing an unmet need for clear guidance on the intricacies of implementing data solutions, she founded First San Francisco Partners. Under her leadership, FSFP immediately established a reputation as the first-call resource for companies looking to tap the value of Enterprise Information Management (EIM), MDM and Data Governance (DG). Kelle developed her ability to work through organizational complexity, build consensus and drive results in senior roles at companies such as Siperian, GoldenGate Software, Siebel Systems and Oracle. Kelle's strong background enables her to provide expert counsel to organizations seeking to execute an EIM, MDM or DG project. Kelle holds degrees from Duke Univ and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Kathy Patterson Kathy Patterson
Head of Data, Corporate Solutions, Americas Region
JLL

Kathy Patterson has more than 20 years of technology and management experience focusing on data governance, business intelligence and enterprise architecture. As the head of data governance and management in the Americas region, Kathy plays a key role at JLL across industry sectors, geographic regions and Service Lines. Kathy and her team provide leadership to making accurate, integrated, higher-quality data available across our service lines and accounts in order to uncover insights and seize new opportunities. Kathy's expertise includes leveraging big-data technology to improve overall business productivity. She designed a cloud strategy for a major telecom and media company to implement platform-as-a-service for high-volume, real-time data access. Kathy designed and built a big data platform to manage over 15 petabytes of real-time data coming from sensors and set-top-boxes.She has been invited as an advisor on vendor-sponsored customer review boards, has presented in several international data events.

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Jennifer Peeples Jennifer Peeples
Data Governance Analyst
Trinity Health

Jennifer A. Peeples is a Data Governance Analyst at Trinity Health in Livonia, MI. She brings over 10 years of experience in clinical laboratory science, clinical terminology, policies, procedures, and governance practices. Jennifer also has an in-depth knowledge of National Standards. Part of her role at Trinity Health includes building and maintaining an enterprise-wide business glossary, managing data across the organization's MDM/RDM tool, and supporting LOINC document types. Graduating as a Certified Medical Technologist from Michigan State University, Jennifer's background gives her a unique understanding of what the data consumer needs from a clinical viewpoint.

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Shanthi Pudota Shanthi Pudota
Director - Head of Enterprise Data Management and Stewardship
Fannie Mae

Shanthi Pudota is the Head of Enterprise Data Management and Stewardship practice at Fannie Mae. She has over 22 years of experience in Information Management. Shanthi is responsible for leading the Metadata Management, Data Quality, Data Modeling, Data Architecture and Data Stewardship/Governance functions at Fannie Mae. Shanthi has experience implementing large scale data projects with customer centric focus and provides a holistic approach to Data Management.

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Alan Rezazadeh Alan Rezazadeh
Data Governance Consultant
Digital Oil Consulting

Alan Rezazadeh has been working as a petroleum data governance and management consultant for the last two decades in Alberta, Canada, with a number of oil and gas companies focusing mainly on pipelines, well and drilling data. He has worked with Canadian public as well as private sectors on many data management, governance and business process improvement initiatives. Alan earned a PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Regina, Canada in 1995. His recent interests are data governance and business process management.

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Martin Romacker Martin Romacker
Data and Information Architect
F. Hoffmann-LaRoche

Martin Romacker is a Principal Scientist in Data and Information Architecture and Terminologies at Roche Innovation Center Basel. His primary focus is the definition and application of Data Standards to facilitate data federation and answering of complex scientific queries. Current activities include Terminology Management, Semantic Engineering, Scientific Data Integration/Curation, Text Mining and Information Retrieval/ Search Technologies. Previously Martin was working as a Senior Knowledge Engineering Consultant at Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research. He has more than 20 years of practical experience in semantic knowledge management and holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics from University of Freiburg, Germany.

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Jon Ruelle Jon Ruelle
Data Governance Program Manager
Pacific Life - Life Insurance Division

Jon Ruelle is the Data Governance Program Manager focused on creating a sustainable data governance program through alignment with a large software implementation effort at Pacific Life Insurance Company.

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Sarah Samreth Sarah Samreth
Data Governance Analyst
Trinity Health

Sarah Samreth is a Senior Informatics Business Analyst at Trinity Health, a non-profit healthcare organization serving predominately the East and Midwest regions. She joined Trinity Health in 2014 and have been involved in data governance projects ever since. Her work ranges from data profiling to creating policies and procedures for the organization's master and reference data management tool, while adhering to industry standards and best practices. Inspired by prior DGIQ sessions, Sarah and her colleagues are now leading the effort to design and build an enterprise-wide business glossary. Prior to her role in Data Governance, she attended the University of Michigan where she received her master's degree in Health Informatics.

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Robert S. Seiner Robert S. Seiner
Publisher/President
TDAN.com/KIK Consulting

Robert (Bob) S. Seiner is the President and Principal of KIK Consulting & Educational Services and the Publisher of The Data Administration Newsletter (TDAN.com). In 2017, TDAN.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In 2016, KIK Consulting celebrated its 15th anniversary focusing on knowledge transfer and consultative mentoring in the areas of Data Governance, Metadata, and Information Quality.

Bob was recently awarded the DAMA Professional Award for significant and demonstrable contributions to the data management industry. Bob specializes in Non-Invasive Data Governance™, data stewardship, and metadata management solutions, and has successfully assisted and mentored many notable organizations.

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Ben Sharma Ben Sharma
CEO and Cofounder
Zaloni

Ben Sharma is CEO and cofounder of Zaloni. Ben is a passionate technologist with experience in solutions architecture and service delivery of big data, analytics, and enterprise infrastructure solutions. With previous experience in technology leadership positions for NetApp, Fujitsu, and others, Ben’s expertise ranges from development to production deployment in a wide array of technologies including Hadoop, HBase, databases, virtualization, and storage. Ben is the coauthor of Java in Telecommunications and Architecting Data Lakes, and he holds two patents.

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Chitta Shirolkar Chitta Shirolkar
Information Management Consultant
Slalom Consulting

Chitta Shirolkar is a consultant in Slalom’s Information Management & Analytics practice in San Francisco. He has worked on several projects in data management/ governance, data quality and analytics strategy in Utility, Oil & Gas, High-tech, Banking and Insurance industries. Expert in identifying business value of data initiatives; planning and executing them.

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Len Silverston Len Silverston
President
Universal Data Models, LLC

Len Silverston is a best-selling author, consultant, and speaker with over 30 years of experience helping organizations in data governance and data management. Mr. Silverston is an internationally acclaimed expert and thought leader in data governance, data modeling, data management, and in the human dynamics of integrating information. He has helped many organizations successfully implement data governance programs, for example, from 2010 through 2012, he provided data governance consulting for his client who won the 2012 Data Governance Best Practice Award. 

He is the author of the best selling, 'The Data Model Resource Book' series (Volumes 1, 2, and 3 and the winner of the DAMA (Data Administration Management Association) International Professional Achievement Award for 2004 and the DAMA International Community Award for 2006. He has received the highest speaker rating at several international conferences. his company provides consulting, training, publications and software.

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Aya Smith Aya Smith
Data Management Analyst
Fannie Mae

Aya Smith began her journey for data quality assurance nearly 20 years ago while working as a research assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System when her Economist asked, "the model looks fine but why does the data look so odd?" This simple question led to a variety of positions including a Financial Systems Analyst role for the FFIEC and a Business Analyst for at Booz Allen Hamilton and Fannie Mae where she identified and corrected poor quality data and addressed a variety of compliance issues.  She transitioned into a Data Management Analyst Role on the Fannie Mae Data Stewardship team in July of 2015 where she continues to explore data quality assurance at an enterprise level.

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Sunil Soares Sunil Soares
Founder & Managing Partner
Information Asset

Sunil Soares is the Founder & Managing Partner of Information Asset, a consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations build out their data governance programs. Prior to this role, Sunil was the Director of Information Governance at IBM. He is the author of seven books on data governance.

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Josh Stageberg Josh Stageberg
Sr. Director
Veritas

Joshua Stageberg is Sr. Director of Product Management at Veritas. For more than a decade, Joshua has worked in the information management space, with a special focus on helping enterprises better manage their unstructured data. He leads product management teams responsible for software-as-a-service (SaaS) products, including Veritas Information Map and on-premises software products, including Veritas Data Insight. Joshua was previously the Vice President of Product at LiveOffice (a SaaS Enterprise Information Archiving startup) which was sold to Symantec in 2012. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ryan Steele Ryan Steele
Director
Amberleaf

Ryan Steele has been architecting data management and CRM systems for 20 years. From meta data management  to big data architectures to connecting sales and marketing systems to the appropriate data, Ryan has been helping his clients leverage information for competitive advantage across all the major industries. For the last several years, Ryan has focused on data governance and data intelligence to help organizations improve their data quality  and accelerate their time to market with information related programs.

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Mark Stockwell Mark Stockwell
Data Governance Program Manager
Asante

Mark Stockwell is a veteran information technology professional with over 30 years technology and data management experience.  Mark has held Manager, Director and Principal level positions with a wide range of companies from early stage startups to large multi-nationals including: Ariba, Microsoft, DigitalGlobe, Opera Solutions and is currently with Asante.  Over the past 8 years Mark’s positions have included the processing and management of high volume satellite imagery as well as the added variety and velocity of big data serving predictive analytics across Global Markets, Consumer Risk and Healthcare.  Following positions supporting Population Health and Data Warehousing at Asante Mark has recently taken the position of Data Governance Program Manager.  Mark resides in the beautiful wine country of southern Oregon with his wife Tami, 3 horses, a dog and 3 cats, he is active in both viticulture and oenology and has won several amateur wine making awards.

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John Talburt John Talburt
Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

John R. Talburt, PhD, IQCP, CDMP, is Acxiom Chair of Information Quality and Director of the Information Quality Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).He serves as the Chief Scientist for Black Oak Analytics, Inc., a company specializing in data quality and identity information management solutions. In addition, Dr. Talburt is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the area of data quality. He is an inventor for several patents related to customer data integration and the author of numerous research papers and articles on information quality and entity resolution. His books include Entity Resolution and Information Quality (Morgan Kaufmann, 2011), Data Engineering: Mining, Information and Intelligence (Springer, 2010), Information Quality and Governance for Business Intelligence (IGI Global, 2014), and Entity Information Life Cycle for Big Data: Master Data Management and Informat.

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Stuart Tarmy Stuart Tarmy
VP, Business Development and Sales
ROKITT Inc

Stuart Tarmy brings over 20 years of experience as a GM and head of sales, marketing and product management for leading global financial service technology, ecommerce, data management and predictive analytics (Big Data) companies.  He has held senior executive roles with Fiserv, Albridge Solutions (acquired by Pershing/BNY Mellon), MasterCard, and McKinsey & Company.  Stuart earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, and a Sc.B. with Honors in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.

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William Tanenbaum William Tanenbaum
Head, Tech Transactions
Arent Fox LLP

Bill Tanenbaum Co-Heads the Technology Transactions Group and leads the Healthcare IT Group at the law firm of Arent Fox. He was named as one of the Top Five IT Lawyers in the U.S. by Who’s Who Legal in 2016. He was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York by US News & World Report. He was selected as the 2017 “Cyber Security Law Expert” in New York (only one is selected in each state) by Global Law Experts. Chambers, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, ranks Bill as one of five lawyers in Band One in Technology & Outsourcing in New York. He was named to Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017. Clients endorse Bill as “a brilliant lawyer. I cannot imagine working with anyone else;” “extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and practical;” and “the best IP lawyer I have worked with.”

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Morgan Templar Morgan Templar
Business Solution Architect
Blue Shield of California

Morgan Templar is the Business Solution Architect for Provider Operations at Blue Shield of California. Morgan joined Blue Shield of CA in 2013 to implement several strategic projects including Provider Manager. She manages the Provider Manager Product Operations and Provider Analytics & Training team in addition to supporting an enterprise portfolio of Program/Project work. She is responsible to define enabling capabilities, infrastructure, and processes to support the Provider Operations teams and improve the customer experience. Morgan is the founding Chairman of Blue Shield of California's Enterprise Data Governance Data Steward Council. She provides thought leadership on provider data quality initiatives, directory accuracy, data issue resolution, regulatory and market challenges, and standardizing data, metrics, and reporting.

She has 12 years of healthcare experience. Has a Masters of Health Administration. And has worked for hospitals and healthcare payers.

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Jenna Throne Jenna Throne
Associate Governmental Program Analyst
California Department of Education

Jenna Throne is an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Education Data Office at the California Department of Education (CDE). Jenna serves as a member of the Data Management Improvement Program (DMIP) and assists in facilitating Education Data Governance (EDGO!) Projects. Jenna has nearly a decade of experience in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data from various programs monitored by the State of California and has previously worked for the Department of Education in the Special Education Division and the California Department of Public Health. In her free time, Jenna enjoys travelling, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.

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Stefhan van Helvoirt Stefhan van Helvoirt
Data Management Expert
ING

Stefhan van Helvoirt is a data management expert with a strong focus on the business perspective of data management. He is responsible for parts of the Data Lake implementation and involved in the creation of one shared language across the entire bank. He is especially focused on utilizing metadata and metadata practices to enable effective data management.

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Reuben James Vandeventer Reuben James Vandeventer
President
Data Clairvoyance Strategic Partner of Infogix

Reuben Vandeventer has been driving progress in the data space for more than a decade, across many industries including Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Insurance and Asset Management. As the data space has rapidly evolved over the last few years, his background in science, statistics and finance has created a robust foundation to deliver real value to organizations in new and innovative ways. Throughout his career, he has served in key strategic leadership roles for some of the top pharmaceutical and financial services organizations in the world. In these roles, he developed a repeatable way to analyze, study, and design data communities that have revolutionized each of the respective organization’s for which they were designed. Mr. Vandeventer has a Bachelors of Science with focus in Microbiology from Indiana University, an MBA from the University of Indianapolis with focus in Finance.

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Steve Wagner Steve Wagner
Enterprise Data Architect
Consumers Energy

Steve Wagner has 25 years of enterprise systems experience spanning developer to program management landing in enterprise architecture for the 17 years. His industry experience spans, utilities, automotive, retail and consumer products. He has over decade of experience in defining and deploying master data governance and management solutions spanning strategy definition to tactical implementations in business operations, IT systems architecture, controls/tools and organizational alignment.

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Sue Waite Sue Waite
Director, Global Center of Excellence for Database and Data Management
SAP

As a member of SAP's Center of Excellence team for Database and Data Management, Sue Waite leverages 20+ years’ hands-on experience with enterprise software technologies to provide technical expertise and leadership to SAP's top customers. She has successfully helped companies achieve their digital transformation objectives across a broad range of engagements encompassing information management, transactional processing, data warehousing, big data and internet of things (IoT). 

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Lauren Walcott Lauren Walcott
GIS Specialist
MGP, Inc

Lauren Walcott began her career at MGP in 2013 and is the primary GIS Specialist in the City of Des Plaines. She has carried out an impactful role in her time at MGP by creating a strong focus for maintaining good data quality standards.

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Tyler Warden Tyler Warden
VP of Product Solutions
BackOffice Associates

As VP of Solution Management, Tyler Warden drives the market facing initiatives and direction for all BackOffice software including developing and supporting the go to market strategy, field sales efforts, customer and prospect needs, as well as overall market direction of the BackOffice software portfolio as a part of the Strategic and Product leadership teams. In his time at BackOffice, Tyler has worked in all areas of R&D as well as at customer sites giving him a unique perspective on the needs of the Information Governance market and the current and future needs of customers.

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Elizabeth Wisnia Elizabeth Wisnia
Education Programs Consultant
California Department of Education

Elizabeth Wisnia is the Data Privacy and Data Governance Consultant for the California Department of Education (CDE). Elizabeth coordinates/provides support for the CDE's data governance-related initiatives and develops/delivers data privacy training annually to all CDE staff with access to personally identifiable student data. Elizabeth also collaborates with other states, the federal government, professional organizations and private sector partners to provide support and resources to local educational agencies, counties, partner agencies, and schools. Prior to working for the CDE, Elizabeth worked as an analyst/researcher for various public agencies including the University of California, Davis, the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), and the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). Elizabeth also has experience teaching and administering educational programs for the San Juan Unified School District.

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Jeff Wolkove Jeff Wolkove
Data Governance Architect
Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology Office

Jeff Wolkove is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Quebec, Canada) and has specialized in information systems through most of his career. Jeff moved his family to Arizona in 1992 and spent 15 years in senior IT positions in the health care industry, realizing millions of dollars of savings through innovative process improvements. After serving as Director of Data Integration and Production Support for CareWise Health, he joined the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology Office (ASET) in 2012. ASET, a division of Arizona’s Department of Administration, provides IT services and regulates Information Technology policies, standards and project oversight for state agencies. Jeff’s role with ASET’s Business Engineering Group includes defining the State’s IT strategy and roadmap as well as leading the state’s Data Management Program. Jeff is also an avid photographer and shows his work at two Phoenix-area art galleries.

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Steve Zagoudis Steve Zagoudis
CEO
MetaGovernance Solutions LLC

Steve Zagoudis is CEO of MetaGovernance Solutions. Steve is implementing a new paradigm in data governance that puts into practice the nuances in applying technology in a regulated world and addressing regulation through governance process and controls. Steve has substantial corporate experience directing IT, data governance and information governance efforts at BP, IBM, Goldman, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. As a result of his experience base, he has repeatedly demonstrated the dynamics of governance controls in the world of structured and unstructured big data, created value through augmentation of failed data warehouses by improving use from increased data confidence and control automation, and established an approach for eliminating waste across the information flow of organizations. Steve's involvement with executive-level management puts into practice his passion of driving business and competitive advantage through the optimal use of an organization's assets.

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Stephanie Zatyko Stephanie Zatyko
Marketing Manager
Experian Data Quality

Stephanie Zatyko is the Marketing Manager at Experian Data Quality. Stephanie’s core focus is the symbiotic relationship between data quality and data governance, and how both are critical for organizations that want to leverage their data as a strategic asset.

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Sondra Zinke Sondra Zinke
Senior Consultant, Data and Process Improvement
Lincoln Financial Group

Sondra Zinke is a founding member of the Data Governance team at Lincoln Financial Group. Our goal is to oversee the quality of data to ensure the organization has consistent, trustworthy, accurate, and standardized way to use information across all business lines. Sondra has over 20 years of experience focusing on the areas of data governance, corporate decision support, analytics, project management, consulting, and training.

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