Conference Speakers

Lisa Baughman

Lisa Baughman
North America Data Governance Leader
Dun & Bradstreet
 

Lisa Baughman is the North America Data Governance Leader at Dun & Bradstreet, focusing on governance practices, policies, procedures, regulatory obligations, and meeting the internal customer needs around data. She also ensures the that data governance is coordinated with her counterparts in UK/Europe and Asia. Lisa is also responsible for the pipeline of cases that come to data governance from across the business. These cases consist of diverse requests from understanding data to new data from outside sources. Lisa's background is in the business, which gives her a unique understanding of the viewpoint of data consumers and their needs. Most recently, Lisa has been involved in the implementation of automated tools to support the data governance function.  

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CK Bhatia

CK Bhatia
AVP Database Systems
Farm Credit Mid America
 

CK Bhatia is a 25-year veteran of the Data battles. He currently leads the Data organization at Farm Credit Mid America, a $22 Billion agricultural lending cooperative owned and controlled by our customers.

Previous battlegrounds include Metlife, Aflac and Synovus.

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Ryan Brochez

Ryan Brochez
Enterprise Data Architect
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
 

Ryan Brochez is an Enterprise Data Architect with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is an experienced architect, developer, and business analyst in designing data centric systems. Holding certifications with Cloudera, Oracle, and Microsoft he has delivered technical training internationally. Over the past 20 years he has worked for clients in defense, education, energy, finance, government, health care, and retail. His work has been tweeted by Oracle, featured in SQLServerCentral, and submitted for a Microsoft Canada Impact Award. He has lived in Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Jamaica and the ice rinks are definitely better in Canada.

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Kristin Cacace

Kristin Cacace
Data Governance Manager
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
 

Kristin Cacace is the Data Governance Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.  Kristin, together with executive leadership, assisted in the creation of the Data Governance Office and has been the leader of the Data Governance program at BCBS Alabama since its inception in 2018.  Prior to leading the Data Governance Office, Kristin led the Information Management Program at Blue Cross for over one year, focusing on implementing technical solutions to support business development throughout the organization.  Kristin is an accomplished Project Manager with over 15 years leading technical projects in the retail and health care industry.   

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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 and can be contacted at malcolm@firstsanfranciscopartners.com

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Chris Davis

Chris Davis
Data Governance Manager
Alliance Data
 

Chris Davis is the Data Governance Manager at Alliance Data. He was hired three years ago as the first full time data steward at Alliance Data. Today there are five full time data stewards across the organization. He works in the Credit Risk side of the business, with counterparts in other areas in the business.

His background includes extensive work in analytics and has utilized those skills to working in data governance for Alliance and hasn't looked back.

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Bill Dornback

Bill Dornback
Sr. Mgr, Business Intelligence
Seattle Genetics
 

Bill Dornback is an experienced leader in the Business Intelligence and Analytics space for over 20 years. Early on Bill was a consultant to several small and mid-size organizations providing custom windows and web-based solutions.   He then moved on to working for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company where he helped grow the data and reporting platform.   Most recently Bill has been at Seattle Genetics, a BIO Tech company where he has played a role in implementing an enterprise wide data warehouse while managing a Business Intelligence team.  He has also been tasked with developing and leading the enterprise Data Governance initiative at Seattle Genetics.

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Pat Dougherty

Pat Dougherty
AVP Strategy Lead
AIG
 

For over twenty years, Pat Dougherty has worked in the Financial Services industry specializing in cross functional coordination and change management.  She is a continual improvement professional creating business value and organizational discipline through innovative and holistic solutions that leverage data and enterprise assets to provide competitive advantage and achieve strategic goals.

Pat holds her MBA in MIS from Seton Hall University, and a BA from Montclair State University in NJ.  She is trained in DCAM, a Black Belt in Six Sigma, and on the board of the DAMA NY Chapter.

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Yolanda Eyre

Yolanda Eyre
Data Governance Lead
CAS - Chemical Abstract Service
 

Yolanda Eyre has an enriched professional career which spans a diverse set of IT functions, applications and organizations.  Her 30+ year career has led her through programming, operations, QA, change management, release management, project management and now data governance management. Since 2014, her wealth of experience and skills were redirected to drive the creation of the DG function at CAS. Besides her DG responsibilities, her daily workload incorporates Data Quality, Data Modeling, Data Stewardship, Training and Project management for DG. 

Yolanda’s passion for data and communications drives her to aide in the establishment of a flexible Data Governance program that meets the companies evolving needs.  She strives to keep all aspects of enterprise data management, transparent, organized, and when possible…FUN!

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Eric Falthzik

Eric Falthzik
Principal Consultant
Clarity Insights
 

Eric Falthzik is the Co-leader of the Data Governance practice for Clarity Insights. Eric is an acclaimed technology leader with extensive experience leading enterprise-level data governance, master data management, data quality, and analytics projects and teams. Eric is Chairman Emeritus of the Data Science and Analytics Society of the Technology Association of Georgia.

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Amirah Fayek

Amirah Fayek
Director, Safety Program Management
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 Director, Safety Program Management at the Canadian Medical Protective Association, Amirah relies on quality data to facilitate development of strategy and corporate decision-making. As a member of the Data Governance Steering Committee and past chair of the Data Governance Operations Group, she leads and directs strategic data initiatives and capitalized on her collaborative style to engage directly with data analysts and data-driven strategists throughout the organization.

Amirah has over 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, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has her Project Management Professional certification.

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Ho-Chun Ho

Ho-Chun Ho
Global Head of 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.  

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Melissa Hollingsworth

Melissa Hollingsworth
Director of the Data Management
Smith & Nephew

Melissa Hollingsworth, CDMP, is the Director of the Data Management Organization at Smith & Nephew, a leading portfolio medical technology company with a global presence.  Melissa and her team are formalizing data management at S&N and passionately driving the organization up the maturity curve.  Prior to her current position, she was a work stream lead for a multi-year global process optimization project where she implemented an active data governance solution using RPA.  Melissa has 20+ years in business and IT functions, with a focus on data quality and data governance.

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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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Sonya Jordan

Sonya Jordan
Data Governance Consultant
UNC Health Care
 

Sonya Jordan is a resilient and resourceful leader in Data Governance.  She has helped to develop the UNC Health Care Data Governance Office over the past two years, but also joined UNCHCS with extensive experience in Data Quality execution and Data Governance program development research.  Sonya has roots in community service and inspirational speaking.  

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Kim Kaluba

Kim Kaluba
Senior Product Marketing Manager
SAS
 

Kim Kaluba is a Senior Product Marketing Manager in Data Management at SAS. Kim has 25 years of experience in data management include sales, marketing, and enablement. Kim received her business degree in Marketing and Management from Stetson University.

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Michele Koch

Michele Koch
Director Enterprise Data Intelligence
Navient
 

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Josna Koshy

Josna Koshy
Product Manager Enterprise Data Governance Office
Cleveland Clinic
 

Josna Koshy is Product Manager of the Enterprise Data Governance Office and her major role within the Data Governance office would be in Master Data Management to centralize, organize and create single sources of truth for major Domains within Cleveland Clinic Data. Her technical expertise in some of the major companies in the Health care and Consulting industry also helps to bring a unique perspective to Data Governance Policy and Procedure.

She has been with the Cleveland Clinic for 3 years. During her first year she worked as the Technical MDM Lead for the Master Data Management Implementation after which she joined the Data Governance Office as a Product Manager. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, she was a consultant for several years and has implemented MDM at several other Health care organizations.

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David Kowalski, Ph.D

David Kowalski, Ph.D
Engagement Director
Reference Point
 

David Kowalski, Ph.D., has spent his entire professional life showing organizations how to manage, govern, leverage & protect their data. As the head of MIDAS Advisory services, he works with senior information managers at large corporations to assess the efficacy of their information management practices and helps to devise strategies to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of these projects. He appears regularly at conferences across the country and is an active member of the Enterprise Data Management Council.

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Anil Kumar Kunden

Anil Kumar Kunden
Information Standards, Governance and Quality Specialist
American Family Insurance
 

Anil Kumar Kunden joined American Family Insurance 2yrs ago as a Data Quality and Governance specialist. Since then he has been working on identifying and improving information quality services including data health assessments, data validations and reconciliations, data monitoring, data remediation and data conversions. Successfully implemented and helped data analysts save time, effort and overall project and maintenance costs. Prior to American Family, Anil has over 10yrs of experience working in Business Intelligence as Data Architect and Lead at ING Direct (now Capital One), Aegon (aka Transamerica) and Principal Financial Groups.

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Norman LeBlanc

Norman LeBlanc
Director of Data Management
NEPC LLC
 

Norman LeBlanc is currently the Director of Data Management at NEPC and is in charge of the Data Management and Governance Group. He joined NEPC in 2013.  Prior to joining NEPC, Norman was a Co-Founder of Delegate Advisors, LLC a new multi-family office. Before launching Delegate, Norman was the Chief Operating Officer of C Change Investments, a start-up Private Equity firm focused on transformative energy and materials and Aurelius Capital Management, a distressed debt hedge fund. Norman joined Aurelius at its June 2005 inception and was responsible for building the infrastructure necessary to support a $1 billion hedge fund. Prior to Aurelius Capital, Norman had 24 years of financial services experience, primarily in senior management roles including five years with Zurich Scudder Investments and with Deutsche Asset Management subsequent to their purchase of Scudder. At Deutsche/Scudder, Norman was a Managing Director and had roles including Global Head of Fixed Income Trading, Business Manager for the Global Investment Management Group and Global Head of Investment Management Integration. 

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LeMay

Don 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 supervisor, and then with vendors working on various projects and systems. During this time, he also acted as a Data Steward before transitioning to a full-time position as an analyst on the Data Governance team. Don brings his varied background to Amica’s Data Governance team and feels fortunate to be a part of something from the start, and to be part of its success as it continues to grow. 

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David Loshin

David Loshin
President
Knowledge Integrity, Inc.
 

David Loshin, President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc. (www.knowledge-integrity.com), is a recognized thought leader, TDWI affiliate analyst, and expert consultant in the areas of data management and business intelligence. David is a prolific author on topics related to business intelligence best practices. He has written numerous books and papers on data management, including Big Data Analytics: From Strategic Planning to Enterprise Integration with Tools, Techniques, NoSQL, and Graph and The Practitioner’s Guide to Data Quality Improvement, with additional content provided at www.dataqualitybook.com. David is a frequently invited speaker at conferences, online seminars, and sponsored websites and channels. David is also a faculty member and Program Director for the Master of Information Management program at University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool).

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Miah Manns

Miah Manns
Data Integrity Manager
Wells Fargo
 

Miah Manns is a Data Integrity Manager for Enterprise Data Governance at Wells Fargo. She is responsible for overseeing and monitoring implementation of the Enterprise Data Governance Policy which establishes the principles for data governance at Wells Fargo and the requirements to effectively govern Wells Fargo's data. Her skill-set includes in-depth analysis of business processes, implementing data standards and providing training and guidance on Data Governance.

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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 CDO, data management, data governance, data warehouse and business intelligence. In 2004 David Marco was named the “Melville 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. He is also has earned CDMP, CDP, and CBIP certifications.

David Marco is the author of the widely acclaimed, top-selling books “Universal Meta Data Models” and “Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository” which were translated into Mandarin (Chinese). He has published hundreds of articles some of which were translated into Mandarin, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and others.

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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 data governance and information quality 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 always tied to an organization's goals, issues, and opportunities. She also emphasizes communication and the human aspects of data quality and governance. Danette is the author of Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information™. An internationally respected expert, her Ten Steps™ approach has been embraced as a proven method for creating, improving, and managing data quality in all types of organizations. Her Fortune 500 clients and thousands of workshop attendees in countries around the world have benefited from her approach.

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Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney
Senior Director Enterprise Data Governance Office
Cleveland Clinic

Kevin Mooney is Senior Director of the Enterprise Data Governance Office and is responsible for developing the strategic and cultural framework related to managing high quality reliable data, in compliance with law and regulation, in order to meet data reliant goals at the Cleveland Clinic’s critical points of need. Prior to this appointment, from 2005 through 2017, Kevin was the Lead IT Commercial Counsel for Cleveland Clinic, Chair of its IT Practice Group and heavily engaged in the strategy and implementation of Cleveland Clinic's technology, analytics, digital health, privacy and cyber security initiatives. Kevin is also one of the founders, and current Secretary and Director on the Board of the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Kevin served as in-house counsel at several other organizations, specializing in technology, intellectual property and commercial law.   

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Nadine Mooney

Nadine Mooney
Data Management Risk Manager
Data Management Insights
Wells Fargo
 

Nadine Mooney is an Operational Risk & Data Management Manager building out an Enterprise Data Management Risk and Governance program within Wells Fargo. Her career has spanned Risk & Compliance, Data Management, and Technology initiatives at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Ford Motor Company. She has led all three companies to develop comprehensive Data Management and Risk programs.

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Rachini Moosavi

Rachini Moosavi
Exec. Director Data Solutions & Governance
UNC Health Care

Rachini Moosavi has been in health care analytics and administration for nearly 15 years.  For 9 of those years, she led the Revenue Cycle Analytics team in the governance of data, creation of trusted reporting assets, and the measurement of data quality, all while not knowing that this was a function called Data Governance.  As the health system grew, so did its needs for data and analytics.  With the creation of the Enterprise Analytics & Data Sciences department, Rachini took a leap of faith to begin the first Data Governance Office for UNC Health Care System.

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Kirk Nemshick

Kirk Nemshick
Head of Data Management – Center of Excellence
Vanguard

Kirk Nemshick is the Global Head of The Data Management Center of Excellence. Kirk’s team supports the governance of Investment data across the Vanguard Enterprise. This is a newly formed department which is designing new processes to integrate data governance within the Global Investment Data Management organization. Vanguard has more than 20 million investors in about 170 countries as of Dec 31 2018. 

Prior to this role Kirk lead a data governance team that supported the Investment Product and Account, International, and Finance groups.  In addition to his leadership with these domains, Kirk led the data governance technology program, emerging data quality, and metadata management programs. The team was recognized by the Industry Association of Privacy professionals in 2015 with the Privacy Innovation Award, and Vanguard received recognition from the Data Governance Professional Association for best in class program in 2017. 

Kirk has worked in the non-profit industry for nine years as an Assistant Treasurer and has worked in a variety of Vanguard roles managing business operations groups and has lead corporate wide Information Technology project initiatives.  In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Kirk is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Mike Ostrander

Mike Ostrander
AVP Data Governance
Vizient Inc

Mike Ostrander has spent 20 years in the healthcare ecosystem, helping others make sense of their data better, faster, and/or more easily.  Starting at a major academic medical center as a data warehouse engineer, Mike made the leap to the analytics startup world, and grew from engineer, to architect, to translator, and to diplomat of healthcare analytics.  Mike currently leads the Data Governance team at Vizient, the nation's leading health care performance improvement company. In addition to his background at an academic medical center, Mike Ostrander was also CTO/CIO of a health care data warehousing startup which was acquired by Health Catalyst in 2015.

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Cynthia Parsons

Cynthia Parsons
Consultant, Enterprise Data Governance & Quality Assurance
Nationwide Insurance

Cynthia Parsons has been in the Insurance industry for 35 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. Currently, Cynthia is leading the effort to refresh the enterprise maturity model and the process design for quality assurance rollout in Q2 2019.

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Brian Paull

Brian Paull
Director Credit Risk and Data Mgmt
First Citizens Bank

Brian Paull has 20 years of experience in a variety of roles within financial services that consistently intersect with Data, Process, and Technology.  His experience spans from process re-engineering and optimization, platform/systems product leadership, and enterprise data management working in both large and mid-size financial institutions.  In his current role with First Citizens, Brian leads the enterprise data management organization, overseeing the data infrastructure, governance, and quality to utilize data as an asset for First Citizens.

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Scott Peachey

Scott Peachey
Director Enterprise Data Governance & Quality Assurance
Nationwide Insurance

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 a large financial services institution, directing metadata activity in support of data management, including implementing data governance and data stewardship in applications such as Collibra Data Governance Center. He is also responsible for creation of metadata quality standards, enforcement of business rules through the use of workflows and coordination of personnel across the enterprise, and communication of metadata protocols.

He was formerly the Data Governance Competency Center Manager for Wells Fargo, working heavily in Data Stewardship and Metadata. He was also Global Head of Data Stewardship for AIG, where he was responsible for rolling out data stewardship as part of an overall Data Governance and Data Management effort. 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 nearly 30 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, business rules, and data quality. He also is the author of the book “Data Stewardship, an actionable guide to effective Data Management and Data Governance”.

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Mike Russell

Mike Russell
Enterprise Data Manager
First Citizens Bank

Mike Russell is a leader in Enterprise Data Management at First Citizens Bank with extensive experience in designing and implementing enterprise level analytics and data management solutions.  He has diverse industry experience in data management and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, spending the last 5 years in financial services with Genworth and First Citizens Bank.  In his current role, Mike is responsible for implementing data quality reporting and metadata management for critical data elements at First Citizens Bank.  

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Kevin Schofield

Kevin Schofield
President
ADRM Software, Inc.

Kevin Schofield has led ADRM Software to its current position as the leading independent provider of comprehensive industry-specific data models. He has had the privilege to work directly with most of ADRM’s customers across a wide variety of industries in 19 countries around the world to ensure that their diverse and evolving data and analytic requirements are met now and in the future through the use of large-scale industry-specific data models to facilitate comprehensive digital transformation and data architecture and truly engaging enterprise data governance and through the deployment of large-scale DWs, Data Lakes, ODS, and virtualization layers across diverse platforms, while also reducing risk and benefiting from best practices and lessons learned at other similar large organizations.

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Robert (Bob) S. Seiner

Robert (Bob) S. Seiner
President and Principal
KIK Consulting & Publisher 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 online, and 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.

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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Gregory Serapiglia

Gregory Serapiglia
Senior Data Steward
NEPC LLC

Gregory Serapiglia joined NEPC in 2016, taking on the Senior Data Steward position. Prior to joining NEPC, Gregory worked at State Street Corporation/State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) for 17 years serving in a variety of roles, many focused-on Data Management and Data Governance.  Gregory's last role at SSGA was serving as the North America Client Data Steward, responsible for all client and account related data for all the United States and Canada based clients.   

Gregory in his current role at NEPC reports to the Director of Data Management, Norman LeBlanc.  He also has 2 Data Management Service Analysts reporting directly to him.

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Amber Sexton

Amber Sexton
Data Governance Manager
Washington Health Care Authority

Amber Sexton is the data governance program manager for the Washington State Health Care Authority. Her unit is responsible for developing guidance on the management of the Health Care Authority’s data assets across the data lifecycle. Due to the risk associated with data sharing, this has been the initial focus of the governance program which has developed a standard Data Request Process, a Data Request Tracking Tool, and facilitates the Data Utilization Committee. Amber joins the Health Care Authority after 10 years at Seattle Children’s, where she managed an international pregnancy and neonate biobank. In this role, Amber developed an innovative regulatory and consent structure ensuring compliance with Health and Human Services human subjects research regulations while allowing for broad access to these scarce specimen and data to biomedical researchers. Her and her team also developed standards for specimen and data collection which were utilized for harmonizing Gates Foundation funded maternal cohorts around the world. In this role, Amber has related publications and has presented her work at the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories conventions in Sydney and Berlin and the International Federation of Placenta Association meeting in Paris. Before joining Children’s, she coordinated research projects at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington.

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Kevin Shannon

Kevin Shannon
Global Head of Enterprise Data Governance
Dun & Bradstreet

Kevin Shannon Global Head of Enterprise Data Governance is a senior enterprise data governance leader who has held senior 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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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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Art Steele

Art Steele
Enterprise Data Governance and Quality Lead
Grange Insurance

Art Steele is a passionate and strategic data professional. After starting as an intern at Grange Insurance, he has moved through Claims, Underwriting, Sales & Marketing and Technology Services at Grange for the last 16 years.  For the last 3 of those years, Art has been changing the way people think and use data. He works with the enterprise to change this behavior through standards and creating a data community of sharing information. Art earned an MBA in Business Administration. Art lives in Columbus, Ohio.  

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John Talburt

John Talburt
Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

John R. Talburt, PhD, IQCP, CDMP, is the Acxiom Chair of Information Quality and Director of the Information Quality Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 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 Information Life Cycle for Big Data: Master Data Management and Information Integration (Morgan Kaufmann, 2015), Entity Resolution and Information Quality (Morgan Kaufmann, 2011), Data Engineering: Mining, Information and Intelligence (Springer, 2010), and Information Quality and Governance for Business Intelligence (IGI Global, 2014).

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Greg Whicker

Greg Whicker
Director, ITS Information Management
Salt River Project (SRP)

A 30-year veteran of SRP, Greg Whicker now manages the Information Management (IM) department within ITS.  The Information Management department provides support for enterprise analytics, content and collaboration services, database administration, data quality and master data management, records management, eDiscovery, information governance, and integration services.  The goal of information management at SRP is to optimize the value of its information assets by: managing those assets throughout their lifecycle; keeping them relevant, accurate, and easily accessible; and analyzing them to improve operations, provide better customer insights, and mitigate risk.

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Jennifer Yoakum

Jennifer Yoakum
BI Analyst
Seattle Genetics

Obsessively detail-oriented, Jennifer Yoakum has been analyzing data and modeling information in the biotech industry for 19 years. Beginning with library and laboratory notebook administration, Jennifer ensured the accurate consolidation of seven disparate systems into one. After that she moved onto metadata, taxonomy, and ontology modeling and management for search and data mining activities. Most recently at Seattle Genetics, Jennifer has been creating integrated, report-layer models for the Enterprise Data Warehouse, enabling grass-roots reference data management with SharePoint and SQL, and collaborating on the development of the Enterprise Data Governance initiative.

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