Our Team

Bill Aldrich

Senior Software Engineer

Bill Aldrich has an extensive background in all phases of software life-cycle development for commercial products and systems. Prior to joining Elder Research, he worked on a diverse set of subject areas including video analytics, image processing / image understanding, and geospatial data analysis and visualization. He has often worked on substantial software refactoring efforts to improve performance and efficiency in order to meet system goals and requirements. Bill holds a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. Outside of the office, he enjoys running, golf, playing the piano, and contract bridge.

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David Ball

Project Manager

David Ball manages business operations in our Baltimore office where he oversees resource planning and contracting. David previously managed the end-to-end life cycle of a software application for a government client at a large consulting firm. He was also an investigator and then the DC-area operations manager for a security company. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from James Madison University, and is a grateful husband and proud father of three children.

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Jordan Barr, PhD

Data Scientist

Dr. Jordan G. Barr was excited to recently return to Elder Research after seven years as a Physical Scientist and Hydrologist with Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida. During 2005 to 2008, Dr. Barr served as a Research Scientist at Elder Research contributing to or leading several successful commercial and government projects. The tools and strategies learned at Elder Research proved invaluable in writing some of the first journal articles elucidating real time functioning of mangrove forests and helped to establish their importance in regional and global carbon budgets. In turn, the Everglades experience taught him much about collaboration, cooperation, and dealing with unforeseen challenges. Jordan enjoys tennis and the outdoors and loves spending time with his wife and four children.

Journal Article: Understanding Coastal Carbon Cycling

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Geoffrey Becker

Software Engineer

Geoffrey Becker enjoys building software designed to enhance a client’s experience through its intuitive simplicity. Previously, he worked several years in government contracting as a software developer implementing web applications built to address challenges that clients face when filtering through large geo-spatial data sets. Geoff graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a BS in Systems Engineering and earned a Masters in Information Technology from Virginia Tech in 2014.

In his spare time, Geoff enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing, and a really good scotch by the fire with friends.

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Carlos Blancarte

Data Scientist 

Carlos Blancarte is drawn to analytics for its power to capture complex relationships and influence decision making. Previously, Carlos was lead statistician for a marketing research firm where he engaged in every stage of the project lifecycle from collecting, cleaning and analyzing data, to building and deploying models. Carlos specialized in predictive modeling (with responsibility also for text mining, segmentation, and structural equation modeling) and enjoyed automating tasks to save clients' time.

Carlos earned a BA in Economics from the University of Arizona and an MS in Analytics from NC State University, and loves learning continually, from coding in new languages, to mastering the classical guitar.

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Parker Bleam

Data Analyst

Parker Bleam enjoys solving difficult problems and delivering results to clients using data science algorithms and techniques. At Elder Research he has gained experience in investment modeling, sports scheduling, customer churn prediction, and fraud detection. He is interested in simplifying complexity, and is a firm believer in using effective visualization to communicate abstract concepts. Parker earned a B.S. in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia.

In his free time, Parker enjoys reading, playing sports, programming, and applying his interest in analytics to the NFL and NBA.

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Trent Bradberry

Data Scientist

Trent Bradberry has lived and worked in the DC area for over a decade. He enjoys the challenge of working with data across a variety of domains to solve problems and extract insights. He has applied predictive modeling in diverse areas involving biological signals, financial time series, images, and text. Trent earned a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland, an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Clemson University.

In his free time, Trent enjoys spending time with his wife and children, Kaggle competitions, genealogical research, and dancing.

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Danny Brady

Data Scientist

Danny Brady has years of experience as a software developer writing in .NET for a hedge fund. He has created tools from the very small, to company wide messaging and automation systems. Danny earned a BS in Computer Engineering from UVA, and more recently, his MS in Data Science also from UVA. He looks to take his experience in computer science, and combine that with his passion for prediction here at Elder Research.

Danny spends, probably too much, of his free time serving as a volunteer firefighter at Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Dept. He continues to volunteer there every week, and has done so for the last 10 years, currently holding the rank of Captain.

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Daniel Brannock

Data Scientist 

Daniel Brannock brings a background in the natural sciences to his analysis work at Elder Research. He earned an MS in Analytics from NC State University, where he gained practical experience with mining electronic health record data. Previously, Daniel obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for three years. His enjoyment analyzing laboratory data sparked a return to school to focus on analyzing data rather than generating it.

Daniel loves basketball (playing and watching), competing, reading, and especially learning what inspires and motivates others.

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Zachary Brown

Software Engineer

Zachary Brown creates robust and efficient software for clients and for Elder Research's data analytics team, magnifying their productivity. He is proficient in Java and Scala and interested in functional programming design and provably correct software systems. Zach earned a BA in Computer Science and in Mathematics at the University of Virginia.

In his free time he enjoys cooking, baking pies, board games, frisbee golf, and reading about cognitive science.

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Keith Council

Software Engineer

Software Engineer Keith Council brings cloud technologies into practical use and implements data driven software solutions for clients. As an enterprise level service developer Keith has tackled solutions in java, javascript, and SQL as well as other languages and software frameworks.  Mr. Council is an alumnus of North Carolina State University, with a B.S in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration.

Outside of work, Keith enjoys tabletop and board games, riding motorcycles, painting, and rock climbing.

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Jeff Deal

Vice President of Operations

Jeff Deal leads the operations at Elder Research including oversight of finances, contracting, regulatory and legal issues, and human resources. At Elder Research Jeff helps guide expansion as the company continues to grow and open additional offices to support our clients. Jeff has worked with dozens of clients to understand their business needs and organizational goals and, in the process, has gained insight into organizational obstacles to successful data mining engagements. His talk on the Top 10 Data Mining Business Mistakes has been well received at analytic conferences.

In 2016, Jeff and the Elder Research President & CEO, Gerhard Pilcher, published, Mining Your Own Business: A Primer for Executives on Understanding and Employing Data Mining and Predictive Analytics. Mr. Deal is also the Chair for the Predictive Analytics World – Healthcare conference which has been held each year since 2014. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in business operations, planning, and government relations, primarily in the health care industry.

Prior to Elder Research, he was the President of a health planning consulting business that assisted hospitals and physicians with operational analysis, forecasting, and navigating through complex regulatory processes. Jeff has a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary where he was a member of the wrestling team.

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Paul Derstine

Director of Marketing

Paul Derstine works with clients to understand their data management goals and how Elder Research's vast experience with data transformation and predictive analytic model construction can deliver custom knowledge management solutions that enable continued return on their analytics investment.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Paul worked for 18 years for GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville. In his role as Motion and Machine Safety Product Manager, Paul worked with a broad spectrum of global customers to understand their business needs in order to deliver solution value and optimize profit and growth objectives. Paul has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. When not at work Paul enjoys playing tennis, hiking, travelling and photography. He has two daughters who reside in Charlottesville.

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John Dimeo

Software Architect

John Dimeo has over a decade of experience at Elder Research designing and implementing software solutions for data science problems. He has deployed systems across multiple industries using many different technologies and has led the development of Elder Research’s software products. John specializes in usability, data transformation, databases, data visualization, and software best practices.

John received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and began his career as an intern at Elder Research in 2005. He is active in his church, enjoys spending time with his family, and plays drums and board games in his free time.

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Ken Duffau

Data Scientist

Ken Duffau develops solutions to help clients navigate and understand chaotic data environments, and ensures data quality control. Previously, Ken was an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, then an information technologist and GIS Engineer in the Republic of Korea, where he managed client and server GIS applications. He has worked with multiple national security offices to solve data quality and data standard issues and created a data management system that ensures that finished data is homogenous regardless of the original source or format.

Ken earned a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a Masters in the Management of Information Technology at the University of Virginia. During his free time Ken enjoys hiking the Appalachian Mountains, spending time with his family, and reading anything that makes him think.

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John F. Elder IV, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board

20 years ago, John Elder founded Elder Research, America’s largest and most experienced analytics consultancy. With offices in Charlottesville VA, Baltimore MD, Raleigh, NC and Washington DC, they’ve solved hundreds of challenges for commercial and government clients by extracting actionable knowledge from all types of data. Dr. Elder co-authored three books -- on practical data mining, ensembles, and text mining -- two of which won “book of the year” awards. John has created data mining tools, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular workshop and keynote speaker.

Dr. Elder earned Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA, where he’s an Adjunct Professor. He was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security. Lastly, John is grateful to be a follower of Christ and the father of five.

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Evan Elg

Data Scientist

Evan Elg supports Defense & Intelligence clients by creating analytics that leverage supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques to help analysts triage large datasets and improve their work flow. Evan joined Elder Research after working as a civilian for the DoD where he worked on a mission cognizance team reporting to senior leadership on business metrics and predictive analytics.

Evan graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Statistics and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Analytics from the University of Maryland University College. He enjoys spending time with his wife and playing volleyball.

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Ozan Ersoy

Data Scientist

Ozan Ersoy focuses on text mining, fraud detection and data management. Prior to Elder Research, he worked for 16 years as an IT business analyst in the manufacturing and service industries, particularly membership associations. Using his problem solving and business analysis skills, Ozan designed, developed and implemented several IT solutions from global ERP implementations to mobile apps that were strategically vital to the businesses. He has managed several globally-dispersed teams, contributing his vision, energy, and enthusiasm to many difficult projects. Ozan also developed and launched a database-driven storefront for selling exquisite oriental rugs in the early years of the e-commerce boom. Mr. Ersoy is a certified PMP and is experienced with all stages of the software development life cycle. He earned two Master’s degrees from North Carolina State University in Textile Technology Management, and in Advanced Analytics. In his free time, Ozan likes cooking and outdoor sports.

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Cory Everington

Data Scientist 

Cory Everington has extensive experience analyzing healthcare, insurance, and biological data. After earning a BS and MS in Biology from UNC Wilmington, Cory worked five years as a research technician in a genomics sequencing facility, where she designed experiments and managed and generated large biological data sets. Her love of analytic challenges led her to then complete an MS in Analytics at NC State and join Elder Research.

Outside of work, Cory enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and their dog, Toby. She can often be found hiking or biking around Charlottesville, or trying out a new recipe for friends and family.

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Wayne Folta

Data Scientist

Wayne Folta enjoys diving into a new problem space, working with customers to clarify their needs and objectives, and using sophisticated tools and analysis to turn their data into insights. His major technical interests are time-series and predictive analytics. Previously, Wayne developed software in the intelligence community as a government employee and a contractor, and worked in the non-profit world as a video producer. Wayne volunteers in his community, teaching and providing statistical consulting for the local library and others.

Wayne earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from George Mason University, and is also an alumnus of the University of Maryland and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Wayne enjoys snowboarding, the ancient game of Go, and learning R packages and other statistical tools.

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Nathan French

Analyst

Nathan French uses his financial analysis experience on projects in the financial risk domain. Previously, he spent eleven years as a 401(k) consultant to approximately 50 small firms specializing in retirement plan design and financial reporting.

Nathan received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics from the University of Maryland. His graduate work has included motif finding (a specialization of text mining), prediction via Hidden Markov Models and the measure of gene-gene versus gene-environment interactions to locate quantitative traits.

His work at Elder Research has focused on the improvement of statistical models, such as the management of selection bias on both the conceptual and implementation levels.

In his spare time, he enjoys jogging on the Baltimore-Annapolis trail, cheering for the San Diego Padres, and cooking unhealthy food.

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Miriam Friedel, PhD

Director of Commercial Analytics

Dr. Miriam Friedel has over a decade of experience with scientific modeling, predictive analytics, and software engineering in fields spanning theoretical physics, transportation, neuroscience, and telecommunications.  Her unique background enables her to bridge the gap between complex concepts and understandable, actionable results. Dr. Friedel has built and deployed models to predict customer churn and user segmentation, has mined survey responses for a major non-profit, and has wide experience analyzing complex scientific data in physics and biology. Miriam leads the Commercial Data Science Team at Elder Research.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Miriam worked as a management consultant, helping clients to build and deploy software solutions with wide-ranging organizational impact; and as a research scientist in a neuroimaging lab, developing scientific software and performing advanced statistical analysis. Miriam has a B.S. in Physics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a co-author on over fifteen peer-reviewed journal articles. When she is not at work, you can find her practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Anna Godwin

Data Scientist 

Anna Godwin enjoys working closely with customers to assess needs and deliver custom analytic results to generate business value. She values teaming and brainstorming with clients and colleagues. Prior to joining the Elder Research Commercial Data Science team, Anna worked as an engineer in medical device product development, analyzing controlled experiments on production processes to drive decisions in research, development, and manufacturing capacities.  A North Carolina native and Wolfpack fan, Anna holds three degrees from NC State: an MS in Analytics, BS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Textile Engineering.

In her free time, she enjoys the challenge of weightlifting, a good game of soccer, and board games with friends and family.

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Isaiah Goodall

Director of Business Development

Isaiah Goodall leads business development for the commercial division at Elder Research focusing on the insurance, financial services, healthcare, and software industries. Isaiah enjoys helping clients understand how they can improve their analytics to solve real business challenges and deliver return on investment.

Isaiah is returning to Elder Research after working two years with an international economic development non-profit. In his previous role at ERI, he led business development for five years in the Arlington, Virginia office and helped secure new advanced analytics projects at several government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. In 2011, he was the founding program chair of Predictive Analytics World for Government, a leading, vendor-neutral predictive analytics conference in Washington, DC.

Prior to Elder Research, Isaiah helped start RelayFoods.com in 2008, a fast growing, online grocery startup company headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia with operations across Virginia, DC, Maryland, and North Carolina. He received his B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech in 2007, summa cum laude, with a focus in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology. 

In his spare time, Isaiah enjoys spending time with family and friends in Charlottesville, hiking, fishing, and off-roading in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and watching Virginia Tech football and basketball.

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Will Goodrum, PhD

Data Scientist

Will Goodrum has a decade of experience applying numerical analysis and engineering to solve practical problems and generate value for customers. Previously, Dr. Goodrum worked in an engineering software firm, helping medium-to-large scale customers across industrial sectors develop superior products and reduce their time-to-market. As a graduate student, he applied statistical modeling and physics-based simulation to estimate the impact of policy decisions on lifetime maintenance costs for a regional transportation authority.

Will holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University. Outside work, Will enjoys the fantastic Charlottesville-area food scene with his wife and son, as well as cooking, (most) music, swimming, distance running, and travel.

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Matt Gordon

Analyst

Matt Gordon helps develop and test Turnstile, a streaming analytics and alerting engine. Mr. Gordon graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Economics with focus on Microeconomics including game theory, general equilibrium, and international trade. He has an M.S. in Data Analytics from the University of Maryland University College. Matt enjoys reading science fiction, watching football and baseball, playing games, and anything involving history.

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Todd Grabowsky

Project Manager & Data Scientist

Todd Grabowsky supports multiple projects in the DC area. His primary technical interests include data visualization and predictive analytics. He has provided systems engineering and integration support for research and development projects within the intelligence community, supporting acquisition activities, developing system architectures and concepts of operation, developing requirements, and performing project management. Todd also has experience as a management consultant, managing large-scale IT implementations for multiple federal government agencies. Todd graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. In his free time, he dabbles in web design/development, plays ultimate frisbee, juggles, and collects cheesy jokes.

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Benjamin Guseman

Director of Software Engineering

Ben Guseman is adept at helping clients understand and realize their vision for software tools, especially through requirements analysis, the design and implementation of graphical user interfaces, the creation of automated software deployment tools, and the use of continuous integration techniques with automated testing. Most often, Ben focuses on the development of an aircraft rotor modeling and risk assessment application used by aerospace engineers. Recent work includes visualization and manipulation of attribute data assigned to finite element models, modernization of legacy user interfaces and build systems, and the implementation of a flexible, schema-based data model API. Mr. Guseman joined the ERI team via the 2011 acquisition of Mustard Seed Software, LLC.

Ben earned a BS in Computer Science (2009) and a BA in English (2002), both from the University of Virginia.

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Sean Haler, PhD

Data Scientist

Dr. Sean Haler works on our Defense and Intelligence team where he looks to solve interesting and difficult problems from a wide variety of fields including language modeling, high performance computing, graph theory, and network analysis.  Before joining Elder Research, Dr. Haler spent 10 years as a DoD civilian working as an applied research mathematician, most recently serving as the Deputy Director of a Cryptanalysis Development Program.  Sean earned his doctorate degree in graph theory from the University of Idaho, where he also earned masters and bachelors degrees in math.

Sean volunteers his time teaching Mathematics and Computer Science at his daughter's school.  When he is not working or teaching, Sean is usually trying to solve a puzzle or spending time with his adorable family.

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Robert Han

Director and Program Manager

Robert Han is an experienced technology and management consultant overseeing the application and integration of predictive analytics, data mining, and software engineering technologies that address the specific challenges within government program integrity, oversight, compliance, and fraud, waste, and abuse detection. He works closely with client partners to develop organizational strategies and tactical plans to drive successful and data mining and analytics initiatives, including the deployment of multiple production data mining models and data visualization tools.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Robert worked for a global consulting firm as a technology and management consultant, with most of his experience coming from enterprise and supply chain COTS products implementations. Most recently, Robert came from a small software firm as a technology and professional services practitioner. He worked closely with clients across various industries (technology, software, education, finance, government, human resources) and gained experience in cloud software implementations, enterprise technology architectures, agile software development practices, business intelligence and reporting across multiple platforms, change and risk management, and product and project management.

Robert holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a certified Project Management Professional.

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Carl D. Hoover, Ph.D.

Director and Senior Scientist

Dr. Carl Hoover leads Elder Research's analytics team in our Baltimore office. Dr. Hoover primarily focuses on developing sophisticated, data-driven counterintelligence, security and threat control systems. Other areas of interest are time-series data mining, event-based risk assessment, risk aggregation techniques, and the merging of controls engineering with data mining. Dr. Hoover rejoined Elder Research after graduating from Clarkson University with Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His doctoral research on control algorithms for a bionic above-knee prosthetic limb is the subject of several peer-reviewed publications and on-going research in the rehabilitation robotics field.

Prior to graduate study, Carl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, worked in the avionics industry as a Test Engineer, and served with Elder Research as a Research Scientist. Carl's diverse expertise in data mining and engineering enables him to develop solutions that help clients make real-time decisions in a complex information environment. Carl’s data mining background includes experience in insider threat, fraud, marketing, pharmaceutical, and financial applications. His engineering background includes experience in dynamic systems, control systems, mechatronics, machine design, musculoskeletal modeling, biomechanical testing, aero-elasticity, avionics production, and process control. Dr. Hoover is a Member of ASME.

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J. Dustin Hux

Vice President and Senior Scientist

Dustin Hux has 15 years of applied statistical modeling and data mining experience. He has led teams solving problems in the commercial, financial, and scientific domains including fraud detection, cross-selling, customer profiling, product bundling, direct marketing, biometric identification, stock selection, market timing, text mining, and atmospheric modeling. Dustin is particularly honored to be a part of projects that apply data mining and advanced analytics to challenges facing the intelligence community. Mr. Hux is expert with leading data mining software tools and advises vendors on enhancements. For KDD, he was on the 2004 Data Mining Standards, Services, and Platforms Program Committee and was 2006 Sponsorship Committee Co-chair. Dustin earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Economics from Emory and Henry College.

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LeAnna Kent

Data Scientist

LeAnna Kent enjoys blending programming and mathematics to gain understanding from data and guide decision making. Ms. Kent has practical experience with trend detection, unstructured data, and policy analysis. LeAnna has a Master’s in Analytics from North Carolina State University, and a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Rhodes College. In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking, crime shows, and logic puzzles.

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Aric LaBarr

Senior Data Scientist

Dr. Aric LaBarr is passionate about helping people solve challenges using their data. He mentors a team of data scientists to work closely with clients and partners to solve problems in predictive modeling, advanced analytics, forecasting, and risk management. 

Prior to joining Elder Research, Aric was a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University, the nation's first master of science in analytics degree program.  There he helped design the innovative program to prepare a modern work force to wisely communicate and handle a data-driven future.  Dr. Labarr developed and taught courses in statistics, mathematics, finance, risk management, and operations research, where his focus was to teach, mentor, and consult with students and businesses on modern techniques for making data-driven decisions.

Aric holds a Ph.D. in Statistics with a minor in Economics, an M.S. in Statistics, and B.S. degrees in Statistics and Economics — all from North Carolina State University.  Aric likes spending time with his family, reading, and playing sports - mostly basketball and tennis/squash. 

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Zach Lamberty

Data Scientist

Zach Lamberty is an enthusiastic strategist, problem solver, and communicator. He enjoys the boundary between the scientific and business communities where he can apply data science to solve real-world problems. He earned a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University, and has worked as a data-focused developer in the finance industry.

In his free time, Zach enjoys learning new things (especially about Python programming), exploring the world with his wife, watching college football (Go Irish!), solving logic and crossword puzzles, and engaging in civic hacking.

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Andrew Lutes

Data Scientist 

Andrew Lutes enjoys using analytic techniques to find order and meaning within noisy and complex systems. Andrew's technical focuses include causal analysis, experimental design, and predictive analytics.  Previously, Andrew applied analytics to support the Department of Homeland Security, aid corporate investigations, inform strategic decision making for growing start-ups, and (in his spare time) assess decision making in sports. Andrew earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Currently, he is pursuing an M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys water skiing, lacrosse, logic puzzles, and philosophy conversations.

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Halee Mason

Data Scientist

Halee Mason brings three years of clinical laboratory data analysis experience to the team. Previously, at the UVA Medical Center, she enjoyed optimizing workflow and developing applications for improved clinical outcomes. Halee graduated with a BS in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and is pursuing an MS in Data Science from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. In her spare time she enjoys training and doing Agility with her Australian Shepherd, scuba diving, and hiking.

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Ryan McGibony

Data Scientist

Ryan McGibony came to Elder Research after earning a Master of Science in Analytics from North Carolina State University. In his previous work, he conducted and analyzed custom marketing research for corporate and non-profit clients at a full-service research firm. While there, he gained experience in customer segmentation and predictive modeling techniques. Ryan also spent two years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer, supporting the staff of a local chamber of commerce in improving their service delivery to member businesses. Throughout his career, Ryan has enjoyed working with a wide variety of clients, taking care to understand their needs, and finding solutions to their problems.

Outside of work, Ryan's interests include watching baseball, playing ultimate frisbee, volunteering in his community, and traveling to new places.

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Meredith Noble

Director of Resources

Meredith Noble is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she received the Bachelor of Arts degree. Since then, Meredith has administrated the financial and human resources infrastructure for a number of local firms. Meredith joined Elder Research in 1998 as the office manager. In that capacity, Meredith oversees and administrates Elder Research's financial accounts and investments, personnel resources and benefits, and general company logistics. Previously, Meredith managed the offices for two architecture firms in the Charlottesville area and oversaw customer service for a software firm. Meredith has traveled extensively for international missions and is a proud mother of three.

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Debbie Owen

Administrative Specialist

Debbie Owen, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, has worked in several small companies as an office administrator, contracts manager, and bookkeeper. At Elder Research, she manages all the bookkeeping needs of the company, and helps on many special projects, including cost proposals and inventory tracking. In her spare time, Debbie likes to work with local community theaters, frequently as a stage manager. She and her husband, Charlie, came to Charlottesville, VA, in 1993, and have two teenage children. 

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Ramon Perez

Director of Financial Analytics

Ramon Perez focuses on financial modeling and market risk detection. A decorated war veteran, Major Perez served as an Air Force Intelligence Officer specializing in Signals Intelligence. As a mission director at the National Security Agency, Ramon led teams analyzing enormous data sets to produce actionable information in support of worldwide contingency operations--including deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and South America in support of Special Operations. Upon leaving the military, Ramon returned to graduate school with an interest in understanding economic models. Prior to joining Elder Research, he analyzed long-term defense budget projections for the Congressional Budget Office. Ramon holds a Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as Masters degrees from Harvard and Georgetown in Finance and Economics, respectively. He and his wife are avid travelers, having lived in Asia and South America, and having visited over 30 countries.

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Carter Phillips

Business Development Associate

Carter Phillips is a Business Development Associate who works to connect with existing Elder Research clients and solicit new clients in the Healthcare, Insurance, and Financial sectors. Carter earned a B.S. from James Madison University in 2016, studying Philosophy and Integrated Science and Technology. While at JMU, Carter worked as a backpacking guide over two summers in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. 

In his free time, Carter enjoys soccer and taking in Charlottesville’s abundant dining and outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Gerhard Pilcher

Chief Executive Officer

Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining, especially related to the areas of Fraud Detection, Financial Risk Management, and Health Care outcomes using various analytical methods, working with people, leading change, and timely management of complex projects. His work experience spans both private and government sectors including international experience.

Gerhard teaches at Georgetown University as an adjunct faculty member in the Math and Statistics Masters degree program. He also is an instructor for the three day SAS Business Knowledge Series course "Data Mining: Principles and Best Practices" and been invited to teach at international conferences.

Gerhard currently serves on the Institute for Advanced Analytics Advisory Board and George Washington University Masters in Science in Business Analytics Advisory Board.

Gerhard has extensive industry experience in government oversight, financial, construction and telecommunication industries both as a business owner and executive. He is a recognized expert in three dimensional roadway modeling and automated machine guidance using Global Positioning Satellite systems and has presented to various agencies including the Transportation Research Board. In his role as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering for Pulse Communications, Gerhard directed the design of early digital subscriber line systems (internet over the telephone line) and was a member of the international forum defining the standards for DSL implementation. Prior to Pulse Communications he was Director of Operations for Bell Northern Research leading the design and delivery of hardware and software for large scale telephony switching and fiber optic systems.

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Robert Pitney

Data Scientist

Robert Pitney enjoys listening to the needs of clients and finding ways that data can be used to solve problems, increase efficiency, or prevent fraud. Previously, Robert worked six years in the private sector as an IT Systems Integrator followed by eight years in the government sector as an Information Security Manager and an IT Auditor. In these roles, he learned the importance of analyzing data to ensure the continued security and integrity of key information technology systems, and became a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Robert joined Elder Research after earning a Master’s of Science in Analytics from North Carolina State University, from which he also had earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Computer Science. He actively seeks to cross-pollinate ideas from these fields to maximize positive impacts for clients.

In his spare time, Robert enjoys reading a good book, running, snow skiing, and cheering on his son at multiple sporting events. He has a passion for teaching and has served as an instructor for CISSP exam review courses.

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Stuart Price, PhD

Data Scientist

Stuart Price has experience applying machine learning, optimization, and simulation to problems in healthcare. He enjoys working in new fields and learning from subject matter experts. His research interests include applying machine learning and optimization to create decision support tools to be used in healthcare and predictive confidence.

Stuart earned a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Hendrix College, and an MS in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of work he enjoys backpacking, cooking, and reading.

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William Proffitt

Software Engineer

William Proffitt applies his skills in design, software, writing, and collaboration to create revolutionary data visualizations our clients love using daily. His work has made a difference for investigators, auditors, engineers, telecommunications companies, investment clients, and think tanks. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. When he isn’t working for Elder Research, William enjoys hiking, dancing, and creating art.

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Temple Riehl

Software Engineer

Temple Riehl designs and implements software applications to enhance data analysis for national security clients. Current work includes development of streaming cyber analytics and deployment of InterCEPT - Elder Research's complex event trigger processing software. He has years of experience in the design and development of signal collection, data forwarding, search, reporting and data archiving systems. He also has extensive experience in developing desktop and web-based user interfaces.

Mr. Riehl received a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys reading and Civil War sightseeing. Temple and his wife, Dina, have a son and daughter who currently attend St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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Sean Robinson

Director of Business Development

Sean Robinson helps clients understand how to build an effective analytics capability within their organization to improve data-driven decision making. Prior to ERI, Sean spent nearly 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the field of Information Technology (IT). Sean was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School and completed assignments at multiple levels throughout the Air Force, including several leadership and high-visibility positions. Lieutenant Colonel Robinson concluded his service as a Staff Action Officer for the Directorate for Intelligence (J2) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he provided IT expertise for defining policies and procedures related to the Intelligence Community.

Sean graduated from West Virginia State College with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and completed two master's degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the National Defense Intelligence College. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Jennifer Schaff, Ph.D.

Data Scientist 

Jennifer Schaff began her analytics journey exploring and generating large biological data sets while earning a PhD in Plant Pathology. Dr. Schaff continued to develop her data interest and skills analyzing sequencing data while building and leading NCSU’s genomics facility program. Love for analytics challenges led her to recently complete the Master’s program at NCSU’s Institute for Advanced Analytics.

True to her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, you will find Jennifer in her free time in the great outdoors, where she enjoys running, long bike rides, photography field trips with friends and family, and strolls with her dog.

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Tom Shafer, PhD

Data Scientist

Tom Shafer joined Elder Research after completing a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of North Carolina. In his research, Dr. Shafer computed the decay properties of heavy atomic nuclei to study an astrophysical process that formed the heaviest elements. Those computations were made possible by collaboratively developing a new parallel computing algorithm to calculate nuclear properties. Tom also earned degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He enjoys spending time with his wife and with friends, playing music, reading, programming, and watching football (soccer).

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Ryan Sharp

Intern

Ryan Sharp is pursuing a BS in computer science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is interested in application development, virtual reality, and developing software to solve difficult real world problems. Ryan is currently building a human behavior analytics framework for national security applications. Prior to joining Elder Research, he interned at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board where he helped integrate software into workflows and assess vendor software. In his free time, Ryan enjoys building computers, sailing, watching superhero movies with friends and helping others with all manner of technology issues.

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Teresa Spencer

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Teresa serves as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager in the Washington, DC office. Previously she worked for an adoption agency coordinating travel for families adopting children from China. Teresa is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication. While at JMU, Teresa minored in both Human Resource Development and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, specifically down to Nicaragua where she has been involved in several orphan care opportunities. Teresa is also a devoted country music fan.

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Andrew Stewart

Intern

Andrew Stewart is an inquisitive and tenacious problem-solver who enjoys diving into new methods and tools. After serving 8 years in the Marine Corps and completing multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sergeant Stewart became an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) defense contractor for the Air Force. There, Andrew taught pilots and crew members how to use their ISR capabilities to monitor high-value individuals and support troops in combat.

Andrew holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from California State University - Sacramento and is currently pursuing a MS in Mathematics and Statistics at Georgetown University. 

Andrew fills his free time with hobby analytics projects, backpacking, travel, and playing rugby for the Georgetown Law School.

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Colin Thomas

Senior Software Engineer

Colin Thomas brings over 10 years of development, IT support, and unstructured data analysis experience. His primary focus is developing systems that extract and display meaningful information from large text-based data collections. Prior to joining Elder Research, Colin managed the IT/Developer group for an intangible asset risk management firm; he was responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining the company's web-based data analytics platforms. He earned both a BS (2003) and ME (2008) in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. In his spare time, Colin enjoys exploring various hobbies such as boardgames, photography, and miniature painting.

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Mike Thurber

Lead Data Scientist

Mike Thurber is the Lead Data Scientist in Elder Research’s Commercial Analytics Group working across multiple teams and industries – including finance, retail, energy, and telecom – to deliver information products that drive business value.  Mike’s primary focus is healthcare and insurance, where his projects range from predicting extreme payouts on long-term care claims, and identifying healthcare provider fraud, to measuring the effect of Cesarean delivery on infant health. His expertise in collaboration, data exploration, predictive modeling and rigorous testing, and in remediating the selection bias common to analytic algorithms, creates confidence in the actions recommended by the analytic products of his team.

Mike earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in Statistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. For the last four years, Mike has been teaching principles and best practices of predictive modeling to a broad audience of emerging data scientists.

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Niral Upadhyaya

Data Scientist

Niral Upadhyaya enjoys gaining valuable insights from available data and currently works on fraud detection and data visualization.  Prior to Elder Research, Niral worked for a global information technology consulting firm where she acquired experience in biometrics and problem solving across all phases of the software development life cycle.  Her interests in data mining were realized through evaluation of three biometric solutions, analysis of data integrity, and identification of monthly trends and cost performance.  Niral earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.S in Analytics from the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University.

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Jeffrey Whittemore

Data Scientist

Data Scientist Jeffrey Whittemore has more than ten years of experience in analytics and predictive modeling, and has been working in the intelligence community since 2009.  He has both led and been a vital technical member of projects in a wide range of disciplines including insider threat, fraud detection, churn modeling, text mining, credit scoring, crime analysis, and risk prioritization.  Jeff is actively involved in business development and operations for the IC team.

Jeff received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he worked in the computational systems biology laboratory.  Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing all sports, hiking, and all things related to Boston and UVA athletics.

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Michael Wingate

Analyst

Michael Wingate enjoys solving complex problems by breaking them down into their core elements. Mr. Wingate develops web-based software applications, including one that displays and analyzes national cancer research study data using the latest JavaScript tools. Michael graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Mathematics with Minors in Statistics and Computer Science. He and his wife, Amanda, enjoy volunteering for their home church. He loves to spend his spare time rock climbing, reading, building computers, and playing games.

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Valerie Woodside

Administrative Assistant

Valerie serves as an Administrative Assistant in our Charlottesville office. She is a graduate of Grove City College, where she studied biology and religion. Valerie has broad experience that includes work in mental health, retail management and financial research. She is also an active volunteer, most recently serving as an employment skills mentor. She and her husband love traveling, literature and movies.

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