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We’ve got an exciting lineup of executive leaders, thought leaders and industry experts. Curious as to what you’ll learn? Tune in and be inspired by their stories.
Group Chief Risk Officer, Banca Mediolanum
Stefano Biondi began his career at Banca Mediolanum in 2007 as the head of risk control, where he assumed groupwide risk management responsibilities. In 2014, Biondi led the bank’s quantitative modeling, reporting and groupwide risk coordination activities. Before his current role, he was head of risk management and reported to the Group Chief Risk Officer.
Biondi previously worked for JPMorgan Chase and ABN AMRO, where he participated in the implementation of a bankwide credit risk portfolio modeling system and risk reporting tool. While at Standard Bank of South Africa, he led the internal modeling efforts for its Basel 2 FIRB project. Biondi has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, plus an executive master’s in business and banking administration.
Director of Research, Evaluation and Data, Duval County Public Schools
Saul Bloom has worked for Duval County Public Schools since 2004. In his current role, he works alongside a team of developers to create visual dashboards designed to quickly inform district and school-based administrators of student metrics, including promotion, retention, discipline and assessment results. He has served as an English teacher, academic coach and vice principal. Additionally, he was the principal of Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership and Edward H. White High School.
DSc, Vice President of Center for Observational Research, Amgen
Brian Bradbury leads a global team of epidemiologists, data scientists, programmers and operations professionals who generate real-world evidence (RWE) to support Amgen’s medicines across the drug development life cycle. His team collaborates with stakeholders across the health care ecosystem to advance the use of high-quality RWE to inform decision making and help achieve Amgen’s mission to serve patients. He has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of pharmacoepidemiology, cancer and kidney disease epidemiology, and methods for controlling confounding-by-indication in drug safety studies. Bradbury received his DSc in epidemiology from Boston University and an MA in education and psychology from Pepperdine University.
BMO Financial Group
SAS Global Forum 2021 Chair
Dina Duhon is Director of Credit Risk Modeling – Decision Science at BMO Financial Group, where she is responsible for consumer and small business credit decisioning models for North America. Prior to joining BMO, she led teams responsible for the development of adjudication, account management, collections, IFRS 9 and Basel II models (PD, EAD, LGD) for retail portfolios. In addition to risk management, Duhon has experience in developing machine learning and AI solutions for marketing and customer relationship management areas. She holds an MSc in statistics from the University of Toronto.
Principal Solutions Architect for Security Intelligence Practice, SAS
Jen Dunham is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who focuses on providing subject-matter expertise across the world and addressing various security risks such as insider threats, targeting, cybercrime, threat intelligence and all-source (fusion) analysis. She also has expertise in occupational fraud, procurement fraud and prescription drug monitoring analytics.
Previously, Dunham served as an all-source intelligence analyst in the United States Army. She has a unique and comprehensive view of the global defense, intelligence and law enforcement communities. Her contributions have earned her numerous awards from the Army, plus a NATO medal and FBI Certificate of Appreciation.
California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Director of Product Marketing and Sales Enablement, SAS
Brooke Fortson leads the sales enablement strategy for the SAS portfolio, which gives sales teams the resources needed to successfully engage buyers throughout the sales cycle. Fortson also leads the product marketing team responsible for the go-to-market strategy for SAS® fraud and security intelligence solutions.
She is a brand champion for SAS and an advocate for the Women in Analytics network for fraud and financial crimes. Fortson is on the board of directors for the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit that guides its clients through the process of minimizing and mitigating identity theft risk. She is also a program leader for Gigi’s Playhouse, a center of excellence for children and teens with Down syndrome in Raleigh, NC.
Senior Industry Consultant, SAS
John Gottula, PhD, is an AgTech innovator with an applied crop science background and a passion for agroforestry. Gottula applies his knowledge of statistics and analytics to data across the AgTech life cycle to help customers transform agriculture and research operations. His experience spans many areas of agriculture including seed, turf, genetics, fertilizers, pesticides, biologicals, virology and animal nutrition. Gottula is the co-creator of #AgileAg, a movement to link agile processes with crop science to drive analytics adoption in the agriculture sector.
PharmD, Medical Director, SAS
Steve Kearney leads the focus on the future of digital health for the SAS Health Global Solutions team. This world-renowned team helps solve the most complex health care challenges with advanced analytical solutions, machine learning and artificial intelligence. An innovator in health outcomes and digital medicine, Kearney co-developed and implemented one of the first electronic disease registries at Duke Health. He then joined the Medical Outcomes group at Pfizer, where he continued his practical approach to data and the patient journey. Kearney focused on health outcome insights from electronic medical record migrations, early personal digital assistants, novel health software programs and the first large patient claims databases.
Vice President of Internet of Things, SAS
Jason Mann is responsible for growing IoT revenue and providing global focus, strategic direction and alignment across the SAS IoT analytics portfolio. He oversees the research and development, product management and marketing, and execution of the sell-through strategy across the portfolio.
Prior to his current position, Mann served as Director of Product Management for Industry Solutions and the Internet of Things where he set the strategic IoT direction for SAS. He was also responsible for product management of the manufacturing and supply chain, retail, energy, and health and life sciences industry solutions.
Mann received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University.
Josh Morgan, PsyD
National Director of Behavioral Health and Whole Person Care, SAS
Josh Morgan helps health and human services agencies use data and analytics to support a person-centered approach to improving health outcomes. A licensed psychologist, Morgan was previously San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health’s Chief of Behavioral Health Informatics. He is also a member of the board of directors for Mental Health Systems, a large nonprofit community behavioral health provider in California. Morgan earned his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in clinical psychology with an emphasis in family psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He is also trained in dialectical behavior therapy.
Data Scientist, Mercy
Rachel Neuhalfen is a member of the Enterprise Data Science team at Mercy. During her time at Mercy, she has developed a predictive model as part of the inpatient hypoglycemic risk alert system. Additionally, Neuhalfen works on natural language processing queries to develop data sets used in real-world evidence projects.
Prior to joining Mercy, she worked for Boston Medical Center in the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, where she performed data analysis on graduate medical resident research projects.
Neuhalfen brings a clinical perspective to her research through her experience as a medical scribe and emergency medical technician in the emergency department. She has an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Director of Data Science and Advanced Analytics, State Farm Insurance
Andy Pulkstenis leads a team of advanced analytics professionals providing data science, statistical analysis, designed experiments and predictive modeling support for the enterprise across a variety of business units.
He has spent more than 25 years in data science with Trilogy Consulting, Capital One and now State Farm, with a particular focus on applied machine learning, experimental design, building and developing analytics teams, and analytics recruiting. Pulkstenis serves on advisory boards for several cross-industry analytics conferences and recently received the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics designation.
He holds a master’s in statistics from Penn State University and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Messiah College.
Marleen Radigan, PhD
Director of Office of Performance Measurement and Evaluation, NYSOMH
Dr. Marleen Radigan is the lead investigator on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded New York State System of Care Pilot, which aims to improve the outcomes of children and transition-aged youth with serious emotional disturbances. She is also the co-investigator on multiple National Institute of Mental Health-funded projects, such as the Hospital Discharge Planning and Transition to Outpatient Psychiatric Care project and the OnTrackNY’s First Episode Psychosis Learning Health Care System project.
Director, Global Solution Lead for Risk Modeling and Decisioning, SAS
Terisa Roberts has extensive experience in quantitative risk management and advanced analytics. She has worked in a variety of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, energy, retail and government.
Roberts advises banks and regulators around the world on best practices in risk modeling and decisioning, including the responsible use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in risk management. She regularly speaks at international conferences. Roberts holds a PhD in operations research.
Executive Director of Data Science and Analytics, Indiana Department of Correction
Sarah Schelle has been with the department for 13 years, during which time she has served as the Executive Director of Legislation and Data Science, the Deputy Director of Legislative Services and a data analyst. She is the co-chair of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council’s Evidence-Based Decision Making Data Group and has been involved in several high-profile department projects, including the assaults prediction and reduction initiative. Schelle has won several national awards, including the American Criminology Association’s Practitioner of the Year Award, StateScoop 50 Award for “State Up and Comer” and GCN’s Government Innovation Award. She recently was nominated for the Route50 Navigator Award.
Chief Analytics Officer and Professor of Modern Languages, University of Texas at Arlington
Pete Smith holds the AP Endowed Chair in Online Learning and Innovation. He is the founding administrator of University Analytics at UTA, which engages more than 20 data scientists toward achieving the strategic academic and business goals of the university. His teaching and scholarship focus on big data in education, natural language processing and natural language understanding, as well as machine translation. Additionally, he oversees UTA’s Localization and Translation program, offered to students of seven critical languages as an introduction to the language services industry.
Global Lead for Financial Services, Fraud and Security Intelligence Practice, SAS
David Stewart leads strategy development, guides product management and provides key marketing counsel for fraud and compliance solutions worldwide. In addition to working closely with many of the world’s leading financial institutions and regulatory agencies, Stewart collaborates with SAS R&D and delivery teams to deploy industry best practices for financial crimes solutions. Stewart leads a team of global subject-matter experts in preventing fraud and managing financial crimes risk.
He has extensive industry experience in bringing data mining and machine learning capabilities to market for credit analytics, customer intelligence and financial crimes applications. Stewart has 30 years of financial services industry experience specializing in enterprise analytics.
South Carolina Department of Corrections
Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Noah Valenstein heads the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and serves as the state’s chief resilience officer. During his 15 years of public service, Valenstein has earned respect throughout the environmental community with such honors as being the first DEP secretary to be appointed by two consecutive governors. Valenstein prioritizes building relationships between diverse groups including stakeholders and environmental nonprofits such as the Everglades Foundation, Everglades Trust, Audubon Florida, etc. During his time at DEP, he has continued to champion and advocate for water quality improvements, Everglades and springs restoration, coastal resiliency and conservation of Florida’s prized properties. With Gov. DeSantis’ leadership, Valenstein helped secure $625 million for Everglades restoration and protection of water resources as part of the largest environmental budget in FL’s history and worked to ensure passage of the Clean Waterways Act.
President/CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center
Eva Velasquez is the driving force behind the first free ID theft help app and ITRC’s new artificial intelligence chatbot, ViViAN, currently in beta testing and scheduled for release in 2021.
Previously, Velasquez served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. She is recognized as a nationwide expert and has been featured on numerous news outlets, including CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, Forbes and Bloomberg. Velasquez is a published author who regularly speaks at events nationwide. She is a recipient of the National Crime Victim Service Award and Kelley Consumer Leadership Award.
Chief Risk Officer, Gavilon Group
Tony Vojslavek is responsible for monitoring and managing Gavilon’s market and credit risk exposures.
Vojslavek rejoined Gavilon in October 2019. Previously, he held several positions inside Gavilon’s risk team, including Market Risk Manager, Senior Market Risk Manager, Senior Director of Risk Management and Vice President of Risk Management. Prior to his return to Gavilon, Vojslavek was EVP of Trading & Risk for Green Plains. In this role he managed the trading and ethanol crush for the company. Before first joining Gavilon, Vojslavek held positions at ConAgra Foods, including Risk Analyst in the treasury department and Associate Risk Analyst.
Vojslavek earned his bachelor’s from Washington University and went on to receive both a master’s and MBA from Creighton University.
Senior Vice President – Financial Intelligence Unit and Senior Director, Truist
Will Voorhees is the director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) at Truist Bank in Charlotte, NC. He manages AML operations, investigations, EDD/KYC and high-risk business management. Over the past few years, Voorhees has become an expert in payments and digital currencies, including Bitcoin, and has spoken on the topic to numerous professional groups and government agencies all over the world. Voorhees is a former police officer and holds a master’s degree in forensic accounting. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and is a founding co-chair of the Northern California and Greater Phoenix chapters for ACAMS, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.
Vice President of Global Retail and CPG Solutions, SAS
Richard Widdowson has 25 years of leadership within diverse multi-retail environments, including mass merchants, grocery stores, national chain drug stores and department stores. He developed a portfolio of international business experience working for companies based in the UK, US and Canada, overseeing operations in 14 countries. Widdowson led Oracle, JDA, IBM and SAS® technology implementations and business transformations to improve data and inventory management. Under his direction, those implementations applied advanced analytics that resulted in significant top- and bottom-line growth.
Senior Vice President of Financial Intelligence Unit, Truist
Wren York is a financial services professional with nearly 25 years of proven experience within a variety of financial institutions, including commercial, community, investment and private banking. He maintains a special focus on safety and soundness, consumer protection and technical business analysis. His forte relates to a solid understanding of how regulatory requirements intersect, transactional monitoring, and customer and enhanced due diligence. York uses data analytics and root-cause analyses to identify suspicious activity, risk assessment accuracy and gaps associated with compliance management systems. He is well-versed on risk and compliance management requirements and best practices. York has also performed deep-dive assessments of financial institution policies and procedures that resulted in governance and risk control process improvements.
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