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2019-2020 SDP Board and Elected Officers

Currently Elected SDP Board and Officers

 

 

  • 2018-2020 - President - Pat Leach
  • 2019-2021 - VP / President Elect - Leslie Lippard
  • 2019-2021 - Secretary - Jennifer Harrington
  • 2018-2020 - Treasurer - Troy Helm
  • 2019-2020 - Board Member - Matt Gorman
  • 2019-2020 - Board Member - Brian Putt
  • 2017-2020 - Board Member - Laura Keating
  • 2018-2021 - Board Member - Candice Junge
  • 2018-2021 - Board Member - Eyas Raddad
  • 2018-2021 - Board Member - Jeremy Walker
  • 2019-2021 - Board Member - Ashlee Burke
  • 2019-2021 - Board Member - Dan Hudson
  • 2019-2021 - Board Member - Andrew Thrift

President & VP/Pres Elect


PAT LEACH
Brief Biography
Patrick Leach has over thirty years of experience in industry and consulting, ranging from New Orleans to Indonesia, Scotland, and Houston. He joined Decision Strategies Inc. in 2004 as a Senior Consultant, and was CEO of the company from August of 2011 through July of 2016. He now works as an independent strategy consultant in Denver and teaches Strategic Decision Making at the Colorado School of Mines as an adjunct professor. Pat is the author of Why Can't You Just Give Me the Number? - An executive's guide to using probabilistic thinking to manage risk and to make better decisions, now in its Second Edition. He was also a Distinguished Lecturer during 2012-2013 for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has written numerous pieces in his blog about the need to move toward sustainable business practices and how to use the principles of decision analysis and behavioral economics to develop strategies to do so. Pat has a B. Sci. degree from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is a Charter Fellow in the Society of Decision Professionals, and holds memberships in the SPE, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and INFORMS.
LESLIE LIPPARD
Brief Biography
Leslie Lippard is an Associate Director with Genentech’s Research and Early Development Portfolio and Pipeline Planning Group. Since joining Genentech in 2014, she has split her time between working on product development strategy and organizational change. Prior to joining Genentech, she was an entrepreneur (Codornices Consulting, SageSpring Partners), a market researcher (AlphaDetail, now Quintiles), a strategy consultant (SDG) and an Engineer (Xerox, Spectra Physics). She has a BS in Physics from Caltech and an MBA from the University of Oregon. She has a deep commitment to community service, and currently serves on the board of 2 other community organizations: The HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association) and PAWMA (the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists). When she is not in the office or on the phone, she can be found running, teaching kid’s judo or keeping bees on her roof.

Secretary

JENNIFER HARRINGTON
Brief Biography

Jennifer Harrington

 Sr Decision Specialist, Intel Corporation

Jennifer is currently part of Intel’s Center for Decision Leadership, a team of decision professionals who assist executives from across Intel in addressing their most significant strategic challenges. In addition to leading internal consulting engagements spanning many of Intel’s business organizations, Jennifer also instructs and coaches employees on building capabilities in decision-making and decision analysis. She joined Intel in 2009 and held a variety of finance roles and experience previously. Jennifer is currently an active board member for the Society for Decision Professionals and a recurring volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement.

Jennifer holds a certificate from Stanford’s Strategic Decision Risk Management Program as well as an MBA in Finance and Corporate Accounting from Michigan State University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. She currently resides in Oregon with her husband, three young children, and Newman the Jack Russell Terrier.

TROY HELM
Brief Biography
Troy Helm is a senior consultant at Strategic Decisions Group, with experience in R&D portfolio strategy, private equity investment and new market entry in a variety of global industries. Having recently returned to SDG after a number of years in technology and services companies, he brings experience from both sides of the table to his role at SDG. Most recently, Troy was at Elanex, Inc., a translation and localization service provider, where he was Senior Vice President of Operations, after having served as General Manager for the Americas and General Manager for Australia. Taking the company from startup to buyout, he gained invaluable experience relevant to today’s technology business climate. Troy has a BA in international relations and an MS in management science and engineering from Stanford University. He is fluent in Japanese.

Board Members

MATT GORMAN
Brief Biography
Matthew (Matt) Gorman is a career management consultant with 25 years of experience serving clients in the Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Food, Chemical and Agricultural industries. Over the course of his career, Matt has been involved in a range of operational capacities from database design and testing, ERP systems implementation, production and materials management, technology and process training, and regulatory compliance assurance and auditing. Matt began his work in the Decision Sciences with Kromite in 2009. At Kromite, Matt applied his knowledge of business processes to the discipline of Decision Sciences. From 2014 to 2018, Matt oversaw the communication and execution of many decision modeling projects in the agricultural sector.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and an Executive MBA, both from Villanova University.
BRIAN PUTT
Brief Biography
Brian worked 41 years with Chevron performing project analysis in the petroleum industry, mostly upstream.  He holds a BA in Economics from CMC, and  a BS in General Engineering and MS in Operations Research from Stanford.

Brian was responsible for improving Decision Analysis organizational capability throughout Chevron Corporation that included developing decision analysis evaluation techniques, training programs at all levels, and development of Corporation Analysis guidelines.   In addition, he managed a team of internal DA consultants that supported the various Chevron Upstream operating companies worldwide. 

After retirement he has volunteered with SDP, Probability Management and Decision Education Foundation to promote Decision Quality.  Brian is active in the Scouting program and has conducted DQ training at the University of Scouting.   Brian also conducts training in SIPmath for Probability Management.  Brian maintains a YouTube Channel on DQ, Excel and SIPmath applications.
LAURA KEATING
Brief Biography
Laura Keating is an enthusiastic decision professional with a love for nature. Her skill set sits at the intersection of environmental conservation and Decision Quality, and she is passionate about bringing the two disciplines together. She has several years of consulting experience, first as an environmental planner and wildlife biologist with TERA Environmental Consultants/CH2M Hill (2007-2015) and more recently as an associate consultant with Strategic Decisions Group (2015-2017). Ms. Keating will soon be transitioning roles to work with the conservation research group at the Calgary Zoo, where she will help develop effective conservation strategies for endangered species. She holds a B.Sc. Honors in Environmental Science and Biology from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing from the University of Oxford.
CANDICE JUNGE
Brief Biography
Candice received her PhD in molecular and systems pharmacology with a focus in neuroscience from Emory University and BS in chemical engineering from University of Missouri in Columbia. Candice started her career in industry as a research scientist at Agensys/Astellas developing novel oncology therapeutics. She moved into clinical development at Baxter BioScience where she worked with the cellular therapy team on program strategy, study design and development options for cardiovascular and vascular disease indications. She then moved to Cline, Davis and Mann to work with large pharma and biotech clients to develop their marketing and brand strategies for marketed products as well as products in late-stage development. From there she went on to join Caladrius Biosciences where she was Associate Vice President of clinical strategy and commercial assessment for development programs in oncology, cardiovascular, vascular and autoimmune indications. Candice joined Amgen's Center for Design and Analysis in January 2016 as a Strategic Clinical Development Director. In this role, she acts as a strategic partner for development teams and works with them to develop a decision framework, which enables decision quality and the creation of innovative clinical development options.
EYAS RADDAD
Brief Biography
Eyas is a seasoned drug discovery and development researcher, strategist and innovator. Since he joined Eli Lilly and Company in 2001, he applied sophisticated data analytics and strategic frameworks to improve decision making in drug discovery and development process, and led a group of scientist in his technical area of PK/PD. He later moved to Chorus, the industry-renowned innovative early development engine, where he established the PK/PD function, and helped advance tens of novel drugs to a decisive proof-of-concept stage, setting a record that is the envy of the industry. He continues to pursue efforts that help increase the productivity of the drug discovery and development innovation cycle. Over his career, he implemented Decision Analytic techniques in drug development applications. In 2017, Eyas established and led Research Decision Analytics function in Lilly Research Laboratories, with a mission that includes portfolio management, decision consulting and decision education. A native of Jordan, Eyas holds a BS in Pharmacy (University of Jordan; 1997), and a PhD in Pharmaceutics (University of Georgia; 2001). To aid his innovation and transformation agenda, Eyas completed an MBA from MIT-Sloan School of Management in 2013.
JEREMY WALKER
Brief Biography
Jeremy Walker has been with Decision Frameworks since 2005. He is the Vice President of Business Development, and a Consultant, with a background in business strategy development, petroleum economics, portfolio management systems, and asset acquisition and divestitures. Prior to joining Decision Frameworks, Mr. Walker was the General Manager of IndigoPool, a Schlumberger company that specializes in integrated acquisition and divestiture solutions and targeted transaction support services to companies and countries engaged in acquisitions, licensing rounds, and divestitures in the petroleum sector. His previous assignments were heading up Schlumberger’s sales and marketing efforts for the Value   Risk products in Europe, Africa and the CIS based out of London. and ten years of numerous sales, marketing, and management roles as a partner in Merak Projects, a petroleum software company. Mr. Walker is a 1986 graduate of the University of Toronto, with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Economics.

ASHLEE BURKE
Brief Biography
Sr. Decision Specialist, Intel Corporation

Since joining Intel in 2011, Ashlee has held a number of roles in the IT and Data Center groups.   Her experience, prior to joining Intel’s Center for Decision Leadership, includes budgets and planning, financial strategy and program development, PnL management and product line analysis. In her current role as a decision professional, Ashlee blends her analytical experience with her passion for helping people make better decisions at work and in their personal lives. She is part of a team of decision professionals who assist leaders across Intel in addressing their most significant strategic challenges.   Ashlee also contributes to training and coaching Intel employees in all aspects of decision quality.

Ashlee holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana, an MBA from Willamette University, and a certificate in Strategic Decision & Risk Management from Stanford University. She lives in Oregon with her husband, their two young kids and their giant golden doodle.  Ashlee’s interests outside of work include spending time with family and friends, running, and anything outdoors.
DAN HUDSON
Brief Biography

Dan Hudson is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Analytics Officer for ReefPoint Group, a management consulting firm that applies decision science to enhance healthcare processes and outcomes within the Federal sector. Dan previously served for ten years as a Reliability Engineer and Risk Analyst for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), where he performed risk analyses to identify and prioritize potential risk management strategies and enhanced the agency’s use of quantitative and qualitative analyses to inform regulatory and policy decisions. Dan also worked as a part-time Senior Decision Scientist for Innovative Decisions, Inc. (IDI), where he applied and evaluated machine learning techniques to enhance insider threat detection. Dan served for more than ten years on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, first as an enlisted Marine, and then as a Navy Diver and Submarine Warfare Officer. Dan is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) and is Certified in Public Health (CPH). Dan earned a B.S. degree with summa cum laude honors in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. degree in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. degree in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University.

ANDREW THRIFT
Brief Biography
Andrew provides planning and decision support for projects and operations in his role as Manager, Business and Resource Planning, Base Metals with Teck Resources, a diversified mining company based in Vancouver. In his current role he leads a decision quality initiative focused on enhancing value and integration of sustainability considerations into decision making. He has worked in the area of sustainability, environment and community affairs for senior and junior mining companies, a federal government agency and consulting companies. Andrew holds Bachelors and Master degrees in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He has served as board member and chair for a social enterprise non-profit and his church. Andrew has served on the program committee for the last two DAAG conferences, and is an active member of the Chapter & Outreach Council. He is also a member of the leadership team developing a local SDP chapter in Vancouver.


The Society would like to thank its past Board Members for their contributions 

2017-2018

  • Ellen Coopersmith, President
  • Jim Driscoll, Vice President / President Elect
  • Terry Karner, Secretary
  • Henk Krijnen, Treasurer
  • Elayne Ko
  • Willian Leaf-Herrmann
  • Somik Raha
  • Tyler Ludlow
  • Jonathan Mauer
  • AmyStranieri
  • Jennifer Harrington
  • Laura Keating
  • Leslie Lippard

2016-2017

  • Larry Neal, President
  • Ellen Coopersmith, Vice President / President Elect
  • Eric Johnson, Secretary
  • Henk Krijnen, Treasurer
  • Steve Begg
  • Jim Driscoll
  • Karen Jenni
  • Bruce Judd
  • Elayne Ko
  • William Leaf-Herrmann
  • Tyler Ludlow
  • Somik Raha
  • Amy Stranieri

2015-2016

  • Jack Kloeber, President
  • Larry Neal, Vice President / President Elect
  • Eric Johnson, Secretary
  • Steve Tani, Treasurer
  • Steve Begg
  • Terry Bresnick
  • Raymond Fonk
  • Karen Jenni
  • Bruce Judd
  • Elayne Ko
  • William Leaf-Herrmann
  • Tim Nieman
  • Somik Raha

2014-2015

  • Bill Klimack, President
  • Jack Kloeber, Vice President / President Elect
  • Jay Andersen, Secretary
  • Steve Tani, Treasurer
  • Steve Begg
  • Reidar Bratvold
  • Terry Bresnick
  • Raymond Fonk
  • Max Henrion
  • Karen Jenni
  • Bruce Judd
  • William Leaf-Herrmann
  • Tim Nieman

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