Conference Speakers

Jonathan Adams Jonathan Adams
Research Director
DATUM

Jonathan. Adams has over 20 years of 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. He is a certified Enterprise Data Management Expert (EDME). Leveraging the DMM, Jonathan has created an execution framework for data management and analytical and risk management 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.

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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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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 teaches organizations how to turn data into value. As Chief Data Officer for Uturn Data Solutions, Anthony coaches executive teams on data leadership in one-on-one and workshop settings. He is an accomplished public speaker, delivering talks at conferences and corporate events for US and international audiences. As the head of client delivery for Uturn, Anthony has led data-driven transformations for many clients, including private enterprises and public-sector organizations. He also created Uturn’s data processing automation tool, the Uturn Data Engine, as well as the Data Value Methodology (DVM) and Smart Data Lake frameworks for data management.

Anthony built his career in several management consulting and industry positions, including serving as the Chicago Transit Authority’s first Chief Data Officer. He has a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Helen Arnold Helen Arnold
President
SAP Data Network

Helen Arnold is the president of SAP Data Network, a business unit, initiated by the Executive Board in May 2016, that runs like a startup inside SAP. This appointment capitalizes on her strong background of leading the digital transformation for SAP as former CIO and Chief Process Officer. In building up this new growth engine for SAP, she works closely with the Executive Board and has relocated with her family to Silicon Valley.

From May 2014 to April 2016, Helen served as SAP’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Process Officer (CPO) for SAP SE as a member of the SAP Global Managing Board.

As an innovation leader with comprehensive experience in reinventing the way SAP runs its business, Helen Arnold drove SAP’s continuous innovation journey in streamlining and rethinking internal processes and systems at SAP. As CIO and CPO, she was responsible for the adoption of SAP’s solution portfolio internally and, as such, renovated key business processes to match SAP’s cloud and platform strategy. Ingrid-Helen worked in close alignment with the business and development to ensure that SAP software is user-centric and innovative. She also ensured that processes and systems are closely aligned in order to strengthen enablement and efficiency across SAP’s lines of business.

Helen led Business Innovation and Application Services from 2014 on, and led SAP cloud delivery from May 2014 to March 2015 operating powerful private (HANA Enterprise Cloud) and public managed Cloud solutions for SAP customers. From 2012 to 2013, she headed Enterprise Analytics & Innovative Solutions at SAP, driving the internal adoption agenda of innovative solutions for SAP and leading several board programs.

Before that she held various positions within SAP, including business controller for the Global Consulting Organization and COO for Global Controlling. She began her career in the finance department at Lafarge (Canada) before joining SAP in 1996. 

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Kimberly Bemiss Kimberly Bemiss
Managerof HIM Data Analytics
SCL Health


Kimberly C. Bemiss, RHIA, CHDA is the Manager of HIM Data Analytics at SCL Health, a Colorado based health system of 8 acute care hospitals and 200 clinics in Colorado, Kansas and Montana. She is an active member of the Colorado Health Information Management Association (CHIMA), volunteering on committees ranging from programs planning to newsletters. Her diverse background in IT systems and analytics includes 6+ years in the semiconductor industry and 10 years in Health Information Management. In addition to Analytics her experience includes Workflow Management, HIM Operations, Electronic Content Management, Coding and Compliance, and Data Governance. She was co-presenter of “An HIM Systems Journey into Emerging Roles in Analytics” at the 2017 National AHIMA Convention, and continues to speak and present on data analytics topics and dashboard implementation.

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Philippe Bettler Philippe Bettler
Director Business Ontology
Dun & Bradstreet


Philippe Bettler has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry in the areas of 
big data, system architecture, communications, and signal processing. Philippe is a technologist with a passion for listening and understanding customer requirements to deliver innovativeand value-driven solutions. Initially a senior architect at Dun & Bradstreet where he led a team of software developers, Philippe is now D&B's Director of Business Ontology. His activity is focused on using innovative technologies to simplify the modeling of data and accelerate the production of value through metadata.

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Wendy Bezotte Wendy Bezotte
Data Governance Program Manager
University of Michigan Medical School


Wendy Bezotte is the Data Governance Program Manager for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Data Governance program. Wendy has over 20 years of leadership and data management experience in the healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. She’s responsible for the management and performance of the Data Governance Program, leading the day-to-day operations to deliver on information quality, standards and value, while working closely with Business and IT leaders across the University. Wendy is active in planning the expansion of data governance, increasing scope to include all data across Michigan Medicine.

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Lisa Bobbitt Lisa Bobbitt
Privacy Architect
Cisco


Lisa Bobbitt, CISSP, CIPM, is the lead Privacy Engineering architect in Cisco’s Privacy Office. Lisa is passionate about embedding privacy awareness, governance, and technology across Cisco by building on the foundation of years of working in mainframe connectivity, mobile routing protocols, innovative concepts in 3D, voice/video/data in Stadium Vision, government adaptation and trustworthy systems. She believes everyone, as a digital citizen, should be a privacy advocate by first understanding the value of authorized use of our personally identifiable information. Lisa has a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Duke University. Lisa lives in North Carolina with her husband where they enjoy its mountains, beach, and especially Lake Gaston, her hometown.

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Mariela Botella Mariela Botella
Data Governance Advisor
ExxonMobil



A geoscientist by background with 16 years at ExxonMobil. Mariela Botella has worked predominantly in the upstream sector and has recently transitioned to the Data & Analytics team within the ExxonMobil IT Company. This team provides consulting and guidance for enterprise data governance within the company.

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Scott Buckles Scott Buckles
Business Unit Executive
IBM North America Business Analytics and Unified Governance Solutions Sales


Scott Buckles is currently the North American Sales Executive for IBM’s Business Analytics, Data Science, and Data Governance solutions. Mr. Buckles has over 20 years of industry experience as a developer, consultant, and sales executive in numerous technology areas and industries focused helping customers achieve their business goals by leveraging technology, process optimization and people. His passion for customers and technology have helped deliver results from the early e-commerce days to today’s burgeoning world of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence. In his current role, Scott is responsible for sales and customer satisfaction 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. He is committed to delivering meaningful and sustained business value to his clients and partners. Scott lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Jen, and 3 boys, Charlie, Matthew, and Ryan. He spends his spare time coaching his boys, golfing, skiing, and playing hockey.

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Anne Buff Anne Buff
VP Communications
Data Governance Professionals Organization


Anne Buff is the VP of Communications for the DGPO and Advisory Business Solutions Manager and Thought Leader for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS institute. As a speaker and author she specializes in the topics of data governance, MDM, data integration and data monetization. Anne has been a specialist in the world of data for almost 20 years.
In her current role, she leverages her training and consulting experience and her data-savviness to lead best practices workshops and facilitate intra-team dialogs to help companies realize their “data potential”.

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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 r8. She can be reached at donna.burbank@globaldatastrategy.com. 

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Jill Camper Jill Camper
Data Architect
DST


Jill Camper has over 19 years of experience in the Financial Services sector, and she has spent the last eight years working on all things data. This includes data modeling and giving recommendations on how to better use data, how to clean up your data, and why data governance is so important. 

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Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm
Chief Innovation Officer
First San Francisco Partners


Malcolm Chisholm has over 25 years of experience in data management and has worked in a variety of sectors including finance, insurance, manufacturing, government, defense and intelligence, pharmaceuticals, and retail. He is Chief innovation Officer with First San Francisco Partners where he specializes in data governance, master data management, metadata engineering, business rules management/execution, data architecture and design, and the organization of Enterprise Information Management.

Malcolm is a well-known presenter at conferences in the US and Europe, writes columns in trade journals, and has authored the books "Managing Reference Data in Enterprise Databases," "How to Build a Business Rules Engine," and "Definitions in Information Management." He holds an M.A. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol.

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William Conway William Conway
Data Architect
Information Engineering Associates


Dr. Robert P. Conway is the founder and Principal Consultant of Information Engineering Associates, a Colorado-based consulting firm focused on training and development of data management best practices. His twenty-five year consulting experience spans diverse industries including, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Automotive, Telecommunications, Health Care, Federal and Municipal Government. Bob has implemented successful data warehouses for numerous clients from small start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. As an adjunct faculty member Bob has taught graduate level Information Management at two major universities. Bob is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences. He brings his rich business and technical experience into the classroom with real world examples. His presentation is informative and entertaining.

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Nancy Couture Nancy Couture
Senior Director, Delivery Enablement
Datasource Consulting

Nancy Couture  joined Datasource in 2015. In her role, Nancy leverages her extensive experience in the Business Intelligence industry to develop and refine Datasource’s methodologies, internal competencies, and training to ensure more effective and efficient project delivery. Nancy has over 30 years of experience leading enterprise data management practices in both Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies. She is currently the acting president of the TDWI Colorado Chapter. She has published several articles in the TDWI Business Intelligence Journal and has an active blog on CIO.com. She is a respected authority in the Business Intelligence industry and has repeatedly presented at notable industry events including Information on Demand, Teradata, Health Care Data Warehousing Association, and MIT Information Quality Conference.

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Matt Crittenden Matt Crittenden
North American Information Governance Specialist
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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Kevin Crog Kevin Crog
Data Manager
WRG Insurance


Kevin Crog has been working as a Data Manager at WRG Insurance for four years. This has been his first Data Governance job. He learned about Data Governance principles and practices through books, white papers, webinars, and through a mentoring relationship with Bob Seiner. Kevin finds Data Governance work to be much more rewarding than previous analyst positions he held and hopes to continue holding positions that require at least some Data Governance knowledge.

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Ted Curran Ted Curran
Senior Director, Chief Data Governance Officer
UPMC Insurance Services Division


Ted Curran leads the development, build-out and implementation of data governance, information asset management and business intelligence activities across UPMC Insurance Services Division. Deep management accounting experience and has managed the finances and business operations of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. Serves as an expert advisor and consultant in Business Intelligence, Dashboards, Financial Operations, and Data Governance to the higher ed, healthcare and government industries.

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Mustafa Dadawalla, CSCP Mustafa Dadawalla, CSCP
Manager, Global Data Quality
Corning Optical Communications

Mustafa Dadawall has over 15 years of experience in Data Management and related Analytics technologies in Supply Chain, Information Technology across Manufacturing (Telecom, Trucking), Utility, Financial services and Retail industries. He has a passion for improving business processes/outcomes through the use data that is correct, complete and in right context.

Mustafa currently manages Enterprise Data Governance / Quality function of $3.7B division of Corning Inc.

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Patrick Day Patrick Day
Process Manager, Data Governance Office
Cleveland Clinic


Patrick Day is a five year veteran of Business Intelligence with the Cleveland Clinic and in the past months, has been working in our Data Governance Office. His primary responsibilities include policy development, managing the culture change necessary to implement our Data Governance program and fostering the relationships needed throughout the organization. His background is diverse, having been a hands-on technology developer, business analyst and project manager. He has also worked in several industries, including manufacturing, health insurance, telecommunications and software development.

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Matthew Dean Matthew Dean
Shared Info Support, Senior
Freddie Mac


Matthew Dean is a team leader at Freddie Mac with over a decade of experience in the financial industry. In his current role within the Data Governance group, Matt defines company-wide data requirements, data standards / controls, and ensure applications operationally execute them. Matthew also has extensive experience as a management consultant helping clients define data needs and strategies for large scale transformative projects and has worked as an operations director at Morgan Stanley.

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Barbara Deemer Barbara Deemer
VP Financial Systems and 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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Richard Dudley Richard Dudley
Data Architect
Quicken Loans

Richard  Dudley has 20 years’ experience in IT, spending a lot of that time in software development, data quality and entity resolution. He has presented almost 100 technical talks at numerous conferences, and greatly value interaction with the audience. His hope is always that we laugh and learn together, and leave inspired to tackle the challenges ahead of us.

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Sheila Embree Sheila Embree
Lead Data Governance Analyst
Amica Mutual Insurance  

Sheila Embree is the Lead Data Governance Analyst for Amica Mutual Insurance. She first became interested in data and analytics at Wellesley College, where she graduated with a degree in Economics in 1990. She has significant insurance industry experience, having worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI (BCBSRI) for 20 years. She had various data and analytics roles at BCBSRI, but her favorite role was in Data Governance. Her first Data Governance engagement was there and she brought those talents with her to Amica in 2015. Sheila and her team members continue to evolve the maturity of Amica's Data Governance program. 

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Amirah Fayek Amirah Fayek
Manager, Corporate Planning and Performance
The Canadian Medical Protective Association


Amirah Fayek is a strategic leader in the healthcare industry with expertise in planning and performance measurement, data management and financial management. As the Manager of Planning and Performance, in the Business Strategy and Analytics department, at the Canadian Medical Protective Association, Amirah relies on quality data to facilitate corporate decision-making and the development of strategy. Directly engaged with data analysts and data-driven strategists, Amirah now chairs the Data Governance Operations Group that capitalizes on her collaborative style.

Amirah has 20 years of experience in private and not-for profit sectors both in Canada and internationally. Experience in various industries such as biotech, financial services, and international development and most recently, healthcare has allowed her to bring a wealth of insight from various industries and roles.
Amirah holds a MBA from Sandermoen School of Business in Fredericton and is a designated CPA in Canada.

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Barbara Forth Barbara Forth
Information Technology Executive
B4th Consulting


Barbara O. Forth most recently led the Information Architecture (IA) and Data Governance (DG) functions at Capital Group (CG) in Irvine, CA. She joined CG Enterprise Architecture leadership team in 2012 in the role of Principal Information Architect with a focus on data management and quality and launched and chaired a federated CG Data Governance Council. 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
Services Capability Principal
Collibra


Lowell Fryman is responsible for directing thought leadership and services capabilities 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 VP of Education for DAMA-I Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC), as well as an active speaker at international conferences. He currently authors Business Glossary and metadata articles for TDAN.com. He focuses on practical data governance techniques 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
Atrium Health

Shannon Fuller 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 Atrium Health. His primary responsibility is to design and implement a Data Governance Program for Atrium Health which includes creating a mission and vision for Data Governance, designing and staffing a Data Governance Office and Governance Council, creating a 5 year Governance strategy, educating the organization on the impacts of Data Governance and Data Management, building the CHS Master Data Management Strategy and implementing a Data Quality Program.

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Sue Geuens Sue Geuens
Industry Principal
INFOSYS Limited

Sue Geuens started in Data Management in 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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Darren Goodyear Darren Goodyear
Assistant Director, Data Governance Team
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


Darren Goodyear has over 20 years experience in managing diverse teams, having begun his career at Revenue Canada in 1993. His areas of interest span the gamut of socio-economic policy, broadcasting and telecommunications, program evaluation, and service delivery. In 2009, he joined Passport Canada as Manager of Strategic Research, where he built on this past experience and delved into the fields of strategic foresight and identity management. Most recently he manages the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data governance team. Darren has a graduate history degree specializing in immigration policy from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Alex Gorelik Alex Gorelik
Founder and CEO
Waterline Data

Alex Gorelik is the found and CEO of Waterline Data. He is also the author of "The Enteprise Big Data Lake" ( published by O'Reilly ). Prior to founding Waterline, Alex served as GM of Informatica's Data Quality Business Unit, driving Marketing, Product Management and R&D for an $80M business. Alex joined Informatica from IBM, where he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer for the Information Integration team. IBM acquired Alex's second startup, Exeros, where he was founder, CTO and VP of Engineering. Previously, Alex was co-founder, CTO and VP of Engineering at Acta Technology which was subsequently acquired by Business Objects. Prior to founding Acta, Alex managed development of Replication Server at Sybase and worked on Sybase's strategy for enterprise application integration (EAI).

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Stephanie Grimes Stephanie Grimes
Shared Info 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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Dana Grisham Dana Grisham
Solution Architect
Sandia National Labs

Dana Grisham is currently leading the implementation of Data Governance within the Nuclear Weapons mission area at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is a R&D / Engineering contractor to the Department of Energy. Prior to this role, she worked in several IT groups at Sandia, all with a focus on data management and IT architecture. She also worked for several years as the CIO for the NM Regulation and Licensing Department.

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Danielle Grossi Danielle Grossi
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
SAP Data Network

Danielle Grossi’s 19-year professional background has always been deeply rooted in technology, yet spans diverse facets of it. 

She began her career at Microsoft at the age of 19 as a software engineer, where she first came in contact with enterprise software. From there she has had software development and project management roles as well as SAP system integration and administration roles. After a 3-year stint of startups and experiencing some successes and failures as an entrepreneur herself, she came back to SAP to further her career on the business side of technology. She now runs business development and marketing for SAP Data Network, a newly founded startup initiated and funded by the SAP Executive Board. In her current role, she is responsible for developing business for all of North America as well as managing all brand, marketing and communication experiences globally for the organization.

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Monique Halstead Monique Halstead
Director, Information Integrity and Governance
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Monica Halstead is an accomplished information governance and quality leader with a progressive record of success in the wholesale distribution and “big box” retail environments. She is a highly effective leader bringing value to business through the advancement of information practices. She possesses significant capacity and skills in strategy development and leading teams through fast-paced, flawless execution. She has demonstrated success delivering large-scale data programs and improvements resulting in streamlined operations, optimized resource efficiencies, and improved quality.

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Mark Hensley Mark Hensley
North American Information Governance Specialist
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 HoChun Ho
Global Head, Data Governance and Management
JLL

HoChun 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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Shawn Houston Shawn Houston
VP of Global Data Governance
JLL

Shawn G.A. Houston is a Philadelphia native. He studied Computer Operated Business Information Systems at Howard University in DC and had a unique opportunity to work in a family business developing a budgeting system for colleges and universities. He built upon that experience creating similar systems for country clubs.

Realizing that his true passion was the data captured by the applications, Shawn focused his journey in the data arena. From database administration to data architecture to business intelligence and finally data governance, Shawn has served in all roles surrounding data.

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John Hovanec John Hovanec
Program Manager & Data Governance Officer
Office of Natural Resources Revenue

John Hovanec has served in the Department of Interior for 37+ years and is currently working in the Office of the Secretary, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR). John has a degree in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and started his career as a mining engineer with the U.S. Geologic Survey in Rock Springs, Wyoming. John is currently a Program Manager and Data Governance Officer tasked with creating and implementing the first data governance program in ONRR. John has spent his career involved in the process of collecting, tracking, and verifying solid mineral and oil & gas production, and royalty data on leasable lands. John is committed to using data to meet the organizational goal of collecting every dollar due for the American public and Native Americans.

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Les Hyde Les Hyde
Head of Demand Management and Data Governance
Boehringer Ingelheim

Les Hyde joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2015 and is currently Head of Demand Management and Data Governance. Les is a former network engineer and has a strong technical background in multiple industries. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and focuses on process improvement across data, workflows and systems to balance efficiency with business needs and technology capabilities.

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Donald Jenkins Donald Jenkins
GM/VP Global Utility Bill Management
EnerNOC

Don Jenkins leads the teams that implement, deliver, and support EnerNOC's suite of Global Utility Bill Management products and managed services, enabling enterprise customers to glean critical business intelligence from their utility bill data and manage their energy spend effectively. His current team operates across five continents, delivering services to clients in more than 100 countries. He is a tireless data champion, driving the collection and application of high quality data in support of energy intelligence efforts. Previously a US Naval Submarine Officer, Don joined EnerNOC in 2007 after retiring from active duty, having served 22 years in both the Navy and Marine Corps. Don has a dual BS/BA degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego and an MS degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, and is currently a PhD candidate at UMass Boston ((MIS with Data Science focus).

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Jimm Johnson Jimm Johnson
Data Governance Program Manager
Scripps Health

With over 20 years of experience in various areas of IT across multiple industries, Jimm Johnson serves as Data Governance Program Manager for Scripps Health, one of the largest healthcare providers in San Diego. Jimm launched the framework for an enterprise data governance program with the company's Epic electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle implementation, and is now evolving that DG program toward its next phase of operationalizing DG using a “data asset management” model to govern specific data assets (reports, metrics, extracts, data marts, glossary terms) and engage owners & stewards with the responsibilities & expectations for their official DG roles.  Jimm received undergraduate degrees in business administration, finance and Spanish literature and psychology from Western Michigan University and a master’s in counseling psychology from San Diego State University.

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Ryan Jordan Ryan Jordan
Chief Data Steward
Office of Natural Resources Revenue

Ryan Jordan is the acting Chief Data Steward at the Department of Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue. Ryan has served 13+ years in the public sector working for the Department of Defense and the Department of Interior. Ryan’s experience includes serving as a liaison between the business and IT for system development, and serving as a Program Analyst for Data Services. Ryan has led many data-related projects including implementing ONRR’s data governance program in 2017.
Ryan has a BS in finance from the University of Denver and is a PMP.

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Kyle Kerbawy Kyle Kerbawy
Enterprise Data Architect
University of Michigan Health Information Technology & Services

Kyle Kerbawy is the Enterprise Data Architect for the University’s Health Information Technology and Services group. In this role, his high-level objective is to progress enterprise data and information resources so that they are best positioned to support the strategic missions of the institution. The scope of his role includes direct and/or consultative work on data architecture, data modeling and design, data governance, data integration, business intelligence and analytics, metadata management, master data management, and database development. He has worked for the University since 2009, and the Health System since 2013, and has been a primary driver of the COMPASS (Comprehensive Analytics Services and Support) program. His B. S. is in Statistics, from the University of Michigan, and he is currently a Master’s candidate in the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems program at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Colleen Kirtland Colleen Kirtland
Director
Pacific Life

Colleen Kirtland is a transformation catalyst leader at the Retirement Solutions Division of Pacific Life. Colleen develops thought leadership to foster symbiosis between Design Thinking, Agile & other practices (Systems Thinking, Code Kata, Forecasting, Scrum, Lean). She inspires organization champions (internal change agents) who are growing, learning, and scaling Agile practices through the magic of human collaboration and engineering practices. The result is seen both on balance sheet and team morale. 

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Peter Kmet Peter Kmet
DQ Manager
Ceska sporitelna, a.s

Peter Kmet is the Data Quality Team Lead at Ceska sporitelna. He has been employed in various BI positions at the bank and is currently Team Leader of the Data Quality Team consistent of 11 data analysts.

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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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Fred Krimmelbein Fred Krimmelbein
Enterprise Data Architect
Discovery, Inc.


Fred  Krimmelbein is an industry leading Enterprise Data Architect focused most recently on Data Governance and Library Sciences, currently employed at Discovery, Inc. He has 25 years of experience in data systems, engineering, architecture and modeling having designed systems for CNA Surety, American Airlines, Freddie Mac, Canadian Airlines and Travelocity.

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John Ladley John Ladley
Chief Delivery Officer
First San Francisco Partners

John Ladley is a business technology thought leader and recognized authority in all aspects of Enterprise Information Management (EIM). John has 35 years’ experience in planning, project management, improving IT organizations and successful implementation of information systems, and is President of First San Francisco Partners.John is widely published, co-authoring a well-known data warehouse methodology and a trademarked process for data strategy planning. His books, Making EIM Work for Business – A Guide to Understanding Information as an Asset and Data Governance – How to Design, Deploy and Sustain a Effective Data Governance Program, are recognized as authoritative sources in the EIM field. His information management experience is balanced between strategic technology planning, project management and practical application of technology to business problems.

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Tera Ladner Tera  Ladner
Director of Information Governance
Aflac

Tera Ladner, JD, IGP, CRM is the current Board Chair of ARMA International. She specializes in information governance enabled technologies, e-discovery and litigation preparedness. Currently she leads the strategy and implementation of the information governance program for Aflac Inc.

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William Lash William Lash
President
Chirality Capital Consulting

William G. Lash, Sr. is the President of Chirality Capital Consulting. He is an executive with over 20 years of information technology (IT) and business transformation management experience with key emphasis on enterprise resource planning (ERP), data governance, continuous process improvement, organization analysis and design, and strategic planning. He has extensive consulting and industry experience working for premier global consultancies delivering solutions for cabinet-level federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Lash has professional certifications in Lean Six Sigma (Master Black Belt), Project Management Institute Project Management Professional, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Mr. Lash is a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and George Mason University with a M.S. in Systems Engineering.

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Allen Lazzara Allen Lazzara
Sr Information Governance Consultant
Aflac

Allen Lazzara is a business analyst, consultant and IG specialist. He is a practitioner in the implementation of information technologies with an emphasis on information architecture, information modeling and life cycle management. He has a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences from Syracuse University with a specialty in knowledge augmented solutions. At Aflac, he is the information architect for the IG program. Aflac is a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia and the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States and Japan.

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Curtis Lee Curtis Lee
Executive Director for Data Quality
Jefferson County 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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Donald LeMay Donald LeMay
Data Governance Analyst
Amica Mutual Insurance  

Don LeMay is a Data Governance Analyst for Amica Mutual Insurance. Don has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has worked in sales, as a trainer and a supervisor, and also with vendors working on various projects and systems. During this time, he acted as a Data Steward before transitioning to a full time position as a Data Governance Analyst. Don brings his diverse background to Amica's Data Governance team and looks forward to being part of its success as it continues to grow.

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Elizabeth Lewis Elizabeth Lewis
Principal Analyst
EnerNoc

Elizabeth (Liz) Lewis is a Principal Analyst for EnerNOC’s Utility Bill Management team. She puts her passion for analytics towards delivering valuable business insights that help drive positive change across her organization.  She works alongside senior management in determining areas of focus ranging from customer data modeling to financial metrics. In tackling these challenges, she uses a data-centric approach to align co-workers across five continents and deliver results. She is an expert in the R-programming language and uses it to deliver powerful business insights. Liz has been with EnerNOC for over eight years and has worked on a number of teams before joining the Utility Bill Management team. Prior to EnerNOC, she worked for the Federal Reserve Board after earning a BS degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Kentucky.

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Van Lin Van Lin
Shared Info Support, Director
Fannie Mae

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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Bill Lobig Bill Lobig
VP
IBM Watson Data & AI

Bill Lobig is VP of Development, IBM Watson Data Platform responsible for WW development of Watson Data's Governance, Cataloging, Data Quality, and Data Transformation capabilities.

Bill has over 16 years experience in the IBM development organization in roles ranging from unstructured data/content management, information life cycle governance, data governance, and cross product disciplines such as performance analysis and capacity planning.

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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 DATAVERSITY, and a number of venues, and is often asked to provide thought leadership to the Information Management Community.

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Angela Maes Angela Maes
Director of HIM Systems and Data Analytics
SCL Health

Angela Maes, RHIA, CHDA, CPHI is the HIM Systems and Analytics Director at SCL Health based in Broomfield, CO comprised of 8 acute care hospitals and over 200 clinics in Colorado, Kansas and Montana. In her current role, she oversees the information systems and related to the EHR, data governance and data analytics. Angela has over 20 years of experience in HIM and healthcare technology. She has served as a CHIMA delegate, participated in panel discussions regarding Information Governance and presented "An HIM System's Journey into Emerging Roles in Data Analytics" at AHIMA's convention.

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Miah Manns Miah Manns
Risk Manager Enterprise Data Governance
Ally Financial Inc.

Miah Manns is a Risk Manager for Enterprise Data Governance at Ally Bank. Her skill-set includes in-depth analysis of business processes, implementing data standards and providing training and guidance on Data Governance. She is responsible for defining and implementing data management objectives that add value to the organization.   Prior to her current role, she worked as an Internal Auditor at Ally Financial and Wachovia/Wells Fargo.

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David Marco David Marco
President
EWSolutions

Best known as the world’s foremost authority on metadata management, David Marco is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of data management, data governance, and business intelligence. 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 and was named by DePaul University as one of their “Top 14 Alumni Under 40”. In 2008 David Marco earned the DAMA Data Management Professional Achievement Award. He is the president of DataManagementU.com and is their lead contributor.

David Marco is the author of the widely acclaimed, 2 top-selling books in metadata management history, “Universal Meta Data Models” and “Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository” (available in multiple languages). In addition, he is a coauthor for multiple books and published hundreds of articles some of which have been translated into Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese and others. DMarco@EWSolutions.com

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Danette McGilvray Danette McGilvray
President and Principal
Granite Falls Consulting, Inc.

Danette McGilvray is president and principal of Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., a firm that helps organizations increase their success by addressing the information quality and data governance aspects of their business efforts. Focusing on bottom-line results, Granite Falls’ strength is in helping clients connect their business strategy to practical steps for implementation. Data quality and governance are never done just for the sake of quality and governance – they are always tied to an organization’s goals, issues, and opportunities.

Danette is the author of Executing Data Quality Projects:  Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information, (Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2008), which provides a foundation for her approach to data quality that applies to all types of data and organizations. 

An internationally respected expert, her Ten Steps™ approach to information quality has been embraced as a proven method for managing information and data quality. She has trained Fortune 500 clients and workshop attendees around the world, her book is used as a textbook in university graduate programs, and a Chinese-language edition is available.

A skilled facilitator, program and project manager, Danette has worked with people in all levels of the organization and from all functional areas, giving her a valuable perspective of organizational challenges based on real-life experience. 

Danette is an invited speaker at conferences around the world and received IAIDQ's Distinguished Member Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of information and data quality.

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Mike McMorrow Mike 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 organising, 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, modelling and analytics.

Michael has a B.A. in History of Art, Philosophy and Film Studies and an M.Sc.Management in Organisational Behaviour.

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Melanie Mecca Melanie Mecca
Director of Data Management Products and Services
CMMI

Melanie Mecca, CMMI Institute’s Director of Data Management Products and Services, led development of the Data Management Maturity (DMM) Model.  Her team created a business-centric method for assessing an organization’s capabilities via the DMM, and she leads Assessments for organizations in multiple industries.  She directed creation of the Building EDM Capabilities, Mastering EDM Capabilities, and Enterprise Data Management Expert (EDME) courses leading to the EDME certification.   In her 30+ years solving enterprise data challenges, Ms. Mecca advocates measuring data management capabilities as the quickest path to business value, and is devoted to empowering our industry through data management education.

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Tim Musgrove Tim Musgrove
CTO
Callisto Media Publishing

Tim Musgrove has worked on cognitive semantics, data science and natural language processing since the late 1990's, resulting in a number of product launches, publications and patents. Tools developed by his teams have been generating content (and/or filtering content) in high volume for numerous digital media companies for a number of years.

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Kimberly Nevala Kimberly Nevala
Director, Business Strategies
SAS Best Practices

Kimberly Nevala is the Director of Business Strategies for SAS Best Practices. She advises customers on how to balance forward-thinking strategies with real-world perspectives on business analytics, data governance, analytic culture and change management. Kimberly’s current focus is helping customers understand both the business potential as well as the practical implications and limitations of artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

A popular speaker and author, Kimberly has published numerous eBooks and white papers including “The Machine Learning Primer”, “Data-Driven: From All Gut to Analytically-Driven Glory”, “Anatomy of an Analytic Enterprise”, “The CAO eBook” and “Sustainable Data Governance”. Her latest SAS eBook “Making SENSE of AI” is coming soon!

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Judith Okapal Judith Okapal
Sr Analyst
Boehringer Ingelheim

Judi Okapal joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2011 and is currently a Sr. Analyst with the Demand Management and Data Governance team. With a strong IT background, she is currently responsible for the implementation of business-led data governance for marketing and sales in the US animal health business. Judi loves working puzzles and solving problems and strives to make sustainable improvements in everything she does.

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Cynthia Parsons Cynthia Parsons
Consultant, IT Data & Analytics
Nationwide

Cynthia Parsons has been in the Insurance industry for 33 years. She has been engaged in Data Governance since 2004 - started "grass roots" effort at Nationwide. She played a key role in the incorporation of Data Governance into Finance, through the development of a Shared Services model. She created the first fully functioning Enterprise wide Data Stewardship council to represent Finance interests across the company. In 2014, she became a member of the Enterprise Data Governance Team reporting up to the Chief Data Officer. As a member of the Enterprise Data Governance Team, Cynthia has had oversight of several domain data governance teams providing assistance for both run and build operations. However, in her current role, Cynthia is responsible for process development/improvement, data governance training and consultation.

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Christopher Paskins Christopher Paskins
Sr. Mgr. Enterprise Data Quality
Western Digital

Christopher Paskins has worked in the high tech field for the last 21 years in the engineering, data science and information systems capacities. He has vast experience throughout his career in information systems architecture, project management, problem solving, statistics, quality management systems, data analysis, data science, data modeling, data profiling, data governance and data quality. Throughout his career he has utilized data as a bridge between engineering and information systems to help turn ideas to actions to solutions.

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Scott Peachey Scott Peachey
Sr. Consultant, IT Data and Analytics
Nationwide

Scott Peachey has been around aspects of data, compliance and oversight for 14 years. He has been engaged in several roles that include data analysis, data manipulation, security and reporting. Additionally, Scott has been dedicated to continuous improvement throughout his career. In 2014, he became a member of the Enterprise Data Governance Team reporting up to the Chief Data Officer. As a member of the Enterprise Data Governance Team, Scott has had oversight of many business units data governance teams, including current Enterprise Data Governance team engagements. In his current role, Scott is accountable for stewardship support workload distribution, responsible for process development/improvement, training, consulting and video development.

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David Plotkin David Plotkin
Director of Metadata Services
MUFG

David Plotkin is the Director of Metadata Services at MUFG, working in Enterprise Data Solutions. He is responsible for rolling out data stewardship as part of an overall Data Governance and Data Management effort. This includes creating a stewardship strategy, training, and leading the stewardship community, as well as specifying the requirements for the data stewardship tool suite (Collibra and IBM). He has previously been a consultant for EMC, working on data quality, data governance and master data management engagements at client companies. He has also previously managed Data Governance at an insurance company and managed data quality at two large banks.  He has been working with data governance, data modeling, metadata and data quality for over 25 years. He is a popular speaker at DAMA chapters and conferences, and serves as a subject matter expert on many topics around metadata, data governance, and data quality. 

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Richard Pluschau Richard Pluschau
Head of Data Governance & Information Management
AIG General Insurance

Rich Pluschau has over 30 years’ experience across Insurance and Financial Services business and technical operations including: Data Governance and Management, Consulting, Actuarial, Claims, Operations, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Policy Administration, Risk Management, and Shared Services.

He is currently responsible for Data Governance, Metadata, Master and Reference Data strategies at AIG and its Commercial and Personal lines of insurance across the AIG global footprint.  In prior roles at AIG, Rich has developed metadata strategies in alignment to a common framework for data lifecycle management.  He has developed taxonomies for classification of data aligned with Governance and Stewardship, Designed complete business and technical metadata standards and implemented a strategic Data Lifecycle Management framework incorporating Governance, Standards, Quality, Risk and Architecture - Operationalizing Business Driven Data Governance and resulting in controlled data environments.

Rich received his BS degree in Mathematics, Business and Statistics from SUNY Albany and his MBA in Insurance and Risk Management from the College of Insurance/St. Johns Peter J. Tobin school of Risk Management.

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Vladislav Repta Vladislav Repta
Head of BI
Ceska sporitelna, a.s

Vladislav Repta is Head of Business Intelligence & Controlling data production in Ceska sporitelna which is the largest bank in Czech Republic, member of Erste Group. He has been working in the banking industry in the US and EU for the past 12 years in finance positions i.e. Controlling, Controlling data production and BI. The biggest challenge over the past 3 years was to get onboard of new Group project aiming at building 1 common Business Data Model across the Group, introducing the Data Governance and Data Quality Management into the bank and last but not least to ensure the timely and full delivery of data to newly built Group Data Store.

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Kathy Rondon Kathy Rondon
Chief Operating Officer
The Reports & Requirements Co

Kathy Rondon has worked as a government employee and contractor in information management and data governance for over 20 years. Most of her career has focused on the proper handling, classifications, controls, and clearance of national security data, and she has recently applied this expertise to designing and delivering enterprise level training on data governance of classified information. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for The Reports & Requirements Company, which provides innovative operations and data sharing solutions to US government clients on sensitive data collections. Ms. Rondon is a Master Level Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP)..

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Andrew Rosenbush Andrew Rosenbush
Senior Business Systems Analyst
EnerNoc

Andrew Rosenbush has held a number of positions at EnerNOC, but is currently a Senior Business Systems Analyst for the Utility Bill Management team. In this role, his data-centric focus helps define and refine the business. Andrew has a passion for software engineering and has applied this to his role where he uses it to develop tools that help internal stakeholders access previously unreachable data and then use that data to make more informed decisions. He also focuses on process alignment, helping to define and document processes being used by co-workers across the globe. Andrew has been with EnerNOC for over six years and joined the company while completing a MS degree in Energy Systems from Northeastern University. Prior to that, he earned a BA degree in both Engineering Management and Economics from Lafayette College.

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Danny Sandwell Danny Sandwell
Director of Product Marketing
erwin, Inc.

Danny Sandwell is an IT industry veteran with 30+ years of experience. As a director of product marketing for erwin, Inc., he is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s data governance solutions to meet evolving customer needs. During Danny’s 16 years with erwin and CA prior, he also has worked in presales consulting, business development and business strategy roles – all giving him deep insight into a broad range of issues facing organizations as they attempt to discover, understand, govern and socialize their data assets to mitigate risk, improve operational performance, and accelerate growth.

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

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 celebrated 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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Kevin Shannon Kevin Shannon
Global Head of Enterprise Data Governance
Dun & Bradstreet

Kevin Shannon is a senior enterprise data governance leader who has held seniors roles with companies such as AIG, Standard & Poor's and, currently, Dun & Bradstreet. Overall, he has more than 20 years of experience conceiving and implementing enterprise data management strategies and technology solutions, defining information architecture, establishing vision from concept through completion, and overseeing the associated IT and business process change.

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Len Silverston Len Silverston
President
Universal Data Models

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' (Volumes 1, 2, and 3 and winner of the DAMA International Professional Achievement Award and the International Community Award. He received the highest speaker rating at several international conferences. His company www.universaldatamodels.com, provides consulting, training, publications and software. He is also a fully ordained Zen priest www.zenwithlen.com.

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Michael Smith Michael Smith
SVP, Head of Data Strategy, Governance & Privacy- US Consumer
Citi Bank

Mike Smith brings over 20 years of extensive experience leading all aspects of data and information management from analytics to security. Specifically, engaging both business and IT to govern their most critical asset - data, effectively and efficiently. His previous executive roles were at IBM Global Business Services where he was a Sr. Managing Consultant where he drove information strategy solutions across financial services in addition to other industries. In this role, he interacted extensively with Business Leaders to design and execute on Information/Data Strategy Roadmaps helping the respective teams to maximize value from their data programs. Before IBM Mike oversaw digital, data and technology solutions for Iron Mountain Information Management during his 15-year tenure. He is an adjunct for Masters and Doctoral courses in data management. Mike holds a BS in Management and MIS, a MBA in Strategy and a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership Information Systems.

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Sunil Soares Sunil Soares
Founder and Managing Partner
Information  Asset

Sunil Soares is the Founder and 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 eight books on data governance.

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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). Previously he led the Data Research and Development group for Acxiom Corporation where he implemented their Total Data Quality Management program. He is currently serving as 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 (2011), Data Engineering: Mining, Information and Intelligence (2010), Information Quality and Governance for Business Intelligence (2014), and Entity Information Life Cycle for Big Data: Master Data Management and Information Integration (2015).

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Marichelle Tanag Marichelle Tanag
Head of Data Management Controls and Practices
AIG

Marichelle Tanag has over 16 years of experience in data management, leading programs for data governance, maturity measurement and data analysis focusing on master data management. Currently, Marichelle is the program lead for Data Governance frameworks at AIG, overseeing the development and compliance of the Enterprise Data Management Policy and ensuring the alignments to the firm’s partnering control functions including its Enterprise Application Development framework, Operational Risk and regulations including GDPR.

Marichelle received her degree in Computer Science and Film Studies from Boston College.

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William Tanenbaum William Tanenbaum
Co-Head, Technology 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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Mike Tibodeau Mike Tibodeau
Data Protection Operations Manager
Cisco

Mike Tibodeau is the operations manager and chief of staff for Cisco's Data Protection program. He has helped develop the data protection program with an emphasis in awareness, continuing to moving educational programs forward such as embedding privacy (by design) into development processes. Prior to this, Mike worked in technical and business roles including consulting, product management, sales, and services management. He holds a BS and MS in Systems Engineering and an MBA, as well as various industry certifications including CIPP/E. He lives in Virginia and spends his free time on the W&OD trail.

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Barbara Turner Barbara Turner
Director, Enterprise Data Governance
Western Digital Corp.

Barbara Turner is a Data Governance pioneer. With more than a decade of experience in data warehousing and business intelligence, Barbara turned to Data Governance as the best avenue for ensuring measured improvement in information architecture, data standardization and simplification, data architecture, data management, data quality and metadata management. Focusing on Data Governance since 2006, Barbara has become one of the most passionate advocates in the industry. She loves to share her experience and strategies for ensuring data governance success.

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James Tyo James Tyo
VP, Chief Data Officer
Nationwide

James (Jim) Tyo is the enterprise Chief Data Officer for Nationwide.  He is responsible for overall strategic vision, planning, execution and management of all activities related to operation of the Enterprise Data Office (EDO) for Nationwide.  With the overarching goal of providing trusted data services for business optimization, they own and deliver on the data and analytics strategy by enabling alignment of needs, skills and governance across the lifecycle of solutions through improved data accessibility and analytic capabilities.  They are the champions of data as a strategic asset to challenge and improve current products, services and processes.  Jim formerly worked at BB&T; one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S., where he was their first enterprise CDO, and USAA; a member owned association dedicated to providing financial services to the military community and their families, where he began their first Chief Data Office.  Prior to USAA, Jim held senior positions within GE Capital and Key Bank. 

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Jan Ulrych Jan Ulrych
Senior Technology Advisor
MANTA

Jan Ulrych is a data consultant with more than 10 years of experience working on data management and data governance projects. He's a database engineer by education, but he quickly evolved into a recognized integration architect, with clients such as DHL, Thomson Reuters, and Moody's under his belt.

He currently works for MANTA, the data lineage automation company. At MANTA, he's responsible for business development, particularly in the customer success area—making sure that proof-of-concepts and deployments all over the world are running smoothly. This unique perspective allows him to understand each customer's complex story—their business needs on one side and technical background on the other.

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Sue Waite Sue Waite
Senior Director
SAP Center of Excellence

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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T'Pring Westbrook T'Pring Westbrook
Senior Research Associate
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

T’Pring R. Westbrook is a Senior Research Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she manages a portfolio of human service program research and evaluation. Prior to coming to the Foundation, she worked as a Social Science Research Analyst within the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Westbrook has published peer-reviewed articles, served as a guest-editor for academic journals, and presented at professional conferences before national and international audiences. As a leader in the field of program evaluation and human service research, she has also served as both convener and participant on numerous committees and expert panels. Her data governance efforts began upon the realization of the knowledge and resource gap in human services which threatens optimum service delivery to families.  Dr. Westbrook received a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University and a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Laurie Westrope Laurie Westrope
Senior Director of Enterprise Business Analytics
SCL Health

Laurie Westrope have been with the organization over 30 years as the ministry grew into SCL Health, which is comprised of 8 acute care hospitals and over 200 clinics in Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Laurie is a leader at the System level for the areas of financial analysis and reporting, including cost accounting, productivity, benchmarking, charge master, and pricing. She is currently entering a leadership role in the Enterprise Data Governance Program.

American International Group, Inc., also known as AIG, is an American multinational insurance corporation with operations in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions that is on a journey to establish itself as a data-centric organization. In his current capacity as the Head of Enterprise Data Governance, Standards and Risk.

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David Williams David Williams
Head of Data Governance, Standards and Risk
AIG

David Williams is responsible for providing oversight for the firm's overall Data Roadmap, including the standing up of an Enterprise Data governance framework for policy, governing bodies and maturity measurement, the establishment of an Accountability framework for data ownership and stewardship, defining the enterprise's Metadata Strategy and providing data risk expertise for local and global regulations impacting data management.

David has over 20 years of experience in the Data Management arena and obtained his degree from the University of Westminster, London, England.

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Erika Williams Erika Williams
Managing Partner
The Albireo Group

Erika Williams is Founder and Managing Partner of The Albireo Group. She was the Senior Research Officer with Fulton County Government’s Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Excellence. She managed the research, evaluation and planning activities for the Human Service Department to determine the impact of the department’s social service delivery system on Fulton County’s families.  Formerly, she was the Director of Accountability & Communications with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. She focused on strategy development and performance measurement for neighborhood-scale programs and policies that sought to strengthen families and neighborhoods in Atlanta.  Her expertise includes the development of tool kits to help organizations manage and use their data to inform program improvement strategies. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration & Management from Lincoln University and a M.S. in Urban Policy & Analysis from the New School University.

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Lisa Williams Lisa Williams
Manager, Office of Data Management
Arizona Department of Water Resources

Lisa Williams is the manager of the Office of Data Management at the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). ADWR ensures long-term, reliable water supplies to support the continued economic prosperity of the State. For her first 27 years at the agency, she administered Arizona’s 1980 Groundwater Management Act and assisted the regulated community in understanding, and complying with the requirements of that statute. She was also responsible for implementing new statutory requirements, and for overseeing the collection and compilation of demand and supply numbers for the areas required to report water use. The efficient and accurate collection, storage and use of data has always been her first passion, however, so she officially moved to full-time data management when ADWR began the process of implementing enterprise data management.

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Susan Yamin Susan Yamin
Enterprise Data Governance Director
Ally Financial Inc.

Susan Yamin, CPA is a Risk Management Director for Enterprise Data Governance  at Ally Bank.  Susan has over 25 years of Data Management and Governance experience and a current focus of integrating Data Governance successfully with Big Data and Analytics. Previously, Susan built out a complete Enterprise Data Governance structure for Ally Bank creating a team of professionals to support the culture shift to data management and ownership. Data Governance includes the development of a Business Glossary, End to End Lineage and Data Quality testing on a re-occurring basis.

Prior to her role at Ally, Susan was an Internal Audit Executive with a Fortune 500 Company and within the Health Care industry focused on converting corporate culture through value added integrated audit approaches, instituted data mining,  constructed audit methodologies and infrastructure reporting mechanisms to improve the internal audit function.

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Steve Zagoudis Steve Zagoudis
CEO
MetaGovernance

Steve Zagoudis is CEO of MetaGovernance. 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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