Our Team

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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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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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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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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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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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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