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Invited Speakers

Vitaly Herasevich, Mayo ClinicVitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Herasevich is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology in Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic. He received medical degree in Belarus, finished Cardiology Fellowship and obtained Ph.D. in Interventional Cardiology. In 2007-2010 he was NIH CTSA KL2 scholar and received MSc in clinical research degree at Mayo Clinic.

His interest in the area of clinical informatics extends back more than 15 years and organized around computerized systems in the fast-paced hospital environment such as OR and ICU. He has specific interest in clinical syndromic surveillance alerting systems ("sniffers"), clinical data representation (novel patient-centered EMR), data warehousing for clinical analytics and reporting. He is author of more than 40 Pubmed cited articles and wrote two editions of books "Computer for Physician".

As a part of education effort Dr. Herasevich serves newly established one of the first in USA Clinical Informatics Fellowship program as Associate Program Director and appointed with full faculty privileges in Mayo Graduate School.

He is active within national informatics societies serves number committees at AMIA as well as established and chairing Intensive Care Informatics Working Group. Dr. Herasevich is Certified Professional in Healthcare Management Systems (CPHIMS).

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David Lary, Unum GroupDavid Lary
Professor of Physics, Hanson Center for Space Sciences at the
University of the Texas at Dallas

David Lary is a Physics Professor in the Hanson Center for Space Sciences at UTD, receiving a First Class Double Honors B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry from King’s College London (1987), and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, Churchill College (1991). The thread running through all the research is the use of observation and automation to facilitate scientific discovery. A key part of this is the analysis of massive data sets (BigData) using machine learning for Remote Sensing, Health Applications and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

David held positions at Cambridge University from 1991-2001, including being a faculty member and receiving a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In 2001 he was invited to join NASA as the first distinguished Goddard fellow in Earth Science and stayed at NASA till 2010 when he joined UTD where he is the founding director of the Multi-Scale Integrated Intelligent Interactive Sensing Center (MINTS) at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also adjunct professor in the University of Texas at Dallas Department of Electrical Engineering, Baylor University, Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research, and the School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center. David is also a Scholar of The Institute for Integrative Health and working group Co-Chair of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group on Health.


Bob LeoBob Leo
Vice President of Enterprise Transformation for Unum Group

With more than 26 years of industry experience and leadership, Bob Leo is an information management visionary who specializes in the development of business and information solutions using an integrated customer services and engineering approach to design and development. Bob believes in a customer driven approach to information management that includes coupling industry best practices, with customer needs, creating a process to build application, infrastructure, information management and integration solutions. He is currently the VP of Enterprise Transformation for Unum Group and is responsible for the company’s Enterprise Architects, IT Strategy and Consulting and The Innovation Center.

As a former CIO and Information Strategy Consultant for IBM, Bob has, in the last 10 years, advised over 100 companies in the Fortune 500 on using information as a strategic asset. He has led IBM’s North American Information Governance Practice – a team of highly skilled, business savvy professionals that assist clients in business driven strategies for information quality, security & privacy and information lifecycle management.  He is a 2004 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree.


Pam Manton, Decosimo CPAPam Mantone, CPA CFF, CFE, FCPA, CITP, CGMA, MAFF
Senior Manager, Decosimo Certified Public Accountants

Pam Mantone is a forensic certified public accountant (FCPA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE), and has earned the certified in financial forensics (CFF) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), as well as a certified information technology professional (CITP) and a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).

Pam is also a master analyst in financial forensics (MAFF), as designated by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). She is a senior manager providing litigation support services with emphasis on forensic accounting and fraud examinations and also practices in areas of audit and attestation primarily serving not-for-profits, governments and financial institutions.

A book she authored, titled Using Analytics to Detect Possible Fraud – Tools and Techniques, was published in 2013 and is a practical overview of the first stage of forensic accounting, providing a common source of analytical techniques used for both efficiency and effectiveness in forensic accounting investigations.  She presents to various organizations on a variety of topics including fraud and forensic techniques, use of statistics both in audits and forensic investigations, internal control design and weaknesses and auditing techniques, including assessing risk and sampling techniques.

Christopher Orban, Covenant TransportationChristoper Orban,
Vice President of Advanced Analytics, Covenant Transportation Group

Christopher Orban brings to Covenant Transportation Group more than sixteen years of experience in data analytics and technology, primarily in early stage and high growth companies.

Mr. Orban is a veteran of four startups and played a key role in developing and executing growth strategies for companies in the business services, biotechnology, and software sectors. He has experienced firsthand the challenges of translating high-level vision and strategy into daily operations.

As Covenant Transportation Group's Vice President of Advanced Analytics, Mr. Orban is responsible for the predictive modeling and advanced analytics group, which seeks to identify those areas of the business that are most at need of proactive intervention, and implement solutions for those areas.

Before Covenant Transportation Group, Mr. Orban was Vice President of Technical Services at FleetRisk Advisors (a Qualcomm Company). Mr. Orban was responsible for the development of the business intelligence platform, which included a data warehouse, analytics services, and predictive modeling capabilities. Mr. Orban handled the implementation of predictive models, and clients see an average reduction in accident rate of 22% year over year.

Prior to FleetRisk Advisors, Mr. Orban was head of program management and technology at ActivBiotics Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel antibiotics.  Mr. Orban was responsible for all technology systems and overall program management, including Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III clinical trials.

Mr. Orban holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.


Rubin Pillay

Rubin Pillay, PhD, MD,MBA,MSc,BSc(Hon)Pharm
Medical Futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Collat School of Business, Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rubin Pillay is a medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Collat School of Business and the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was previously the Daniel White Jordan Chair and the founding Executive Director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation in the Spears School of Business and Center for Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He is a Family Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist who holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA and an MSc in Health Management.

Prior to taking up his current position, he headed up programs in Health Leadership (with a focus on Operational Excellence) at the McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government (Pennsylvania, USA) and the School of Business and Finance (Cape Town, South Africa). He has extensive international teaching and consulting experience and has published widely in the field of Strategic Health Leadership. His current work is focused on the role of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the transformation of health and healthcare. He is the first President of the International Society of Healthcare Entrepreneurship Education and Research (ISHEER) and a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow in Health Innovation. In addition to starting several successful biomedical ventures of his own, he has also invested in several others.

Glenn Ricart, US IgniteGlenn Ricart, PhD
Founder and CTO, US Ignite

Glenn Ricart is founder and CTO of US Ignite, an organization which catalyzes new gigabit and SDN applications with public benefit. Glenn is an Internet pioneer who implemented the first Inter-net interconnection point (the FIX in College Park, Maryland) and was recognized for this achievement by being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Glenn was principal investigator for SURAnet, the first TCP/IP (Internet) network of academic and commercial institutions.

Dr. Ricart has also held other senior management positions including Executive Vice President and CTO for Novell in the 1990s, Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and CEO and President of National LambdaRail. Dr. Ricart is also the founder or co-founder of five startups.

Glenn’s formal education includes degrees from Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science is from the University of Maryland, College Park. His inventions have resulted in more than a dozen patents. Dr. Ricart has served on the boards of three public companies in addition to numerous non-profits

David Wade, EPBDavid Wade
Executive Vice President and COO, EPB of Chattanooga

As EPB’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, David Wade leads the company’s effort to build one of the country’s most sophisticated smart electric distribution systems.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has 27 years of experience in the electrical industry ranging from hands-on construction to engineering.

Using a 100% fiber optic network as its backbone, EPB is constructing a “Smart Grid,” a next-generation electric system that includes communication capabilities designed to reduce the impact of power outages, improve response time and allow customers greater control of their electric power usage. This exclusive capability has attracted worldwide attention and earned Chattanooga, TN the nickname “Gig City.”

Sherri Zink, BlueCross Blue Shield of TennesseeSherri Zink
Vice President, Medical Informatics, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

As vice president of medical informatics within the operations division of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Sherri Zink has corporate-wide responsibility for providing the day-to-day leadership, accountability and long term vision for medical informatics operations.

Medical informatics is an emerging discipline that applies information and computer science to advance patient care. In her current role, Sherri is charged with implementing a strategic vision to better align medical informatics initiatives with current and emerging business needs.  Her focus is on relationship management with both internal and external customers to ensure that critical business needs are met for multiple stakeholders.

Sherri has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry serving in multiple roles at two large national health care players, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) and CIGNA. Her background is primarily in the areas of clinical and financial data integration, clinical value based reporting, customer consultation and account management.

Prior to joining BlueCross in August 2010, Sherri served as vice president of clinical reporting and analytics for OptumHealth. In that role she was responsible for establishing enterprise-wide clinical reporting solutions for pre-sale analytics, value measurement analytics and customer reporting. She also drove the business design strategies for data infrastructure and architecture to support internal and external clinical reporting initiatives. In addition, Sherri served in the UnitedHealthcare National Accounts division for two years in a consultative capacity for many large national employers. Sherri spent 21 years at CIGNA Healthcare serving in multiple roles including data analytics, report development, network evaluation, and client consultation. 

Sherri graduated with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in organizational management from Covenant College. She also holds an Associate of Science with an emphasis in information systems technology from Chattanooga State Technical Community College.