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Associate Professor of Organizational Development
Boston University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine & Biostatistics
Converse at Nike
Director, Talent Management, Talent Development & Culture
eAssist Dental Solutions
USI Insurance Services
Sr. VP, National Casualty/Liability Claims
ELISE DALLIMORE (Ph.D., U/Washington 1998) is the former Associate Vice Provost for First-Year Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor of Organizational Development—in the Department of Communication Studies with a joint appointment in the College of Business Administration—at Northeastern University. Early in her career she worked in public relations, marketing, and program management. Her research investigates various areas of organizational learning and decision making including newcomer socialization, quality of life, instructional design and pedagogy, including classroom discussion facilitation and service-learning. She is the principal investigator of a national study in collaboration with the National Council for Adoption; this research explores the barriers and challenges faced by foster and pre-adoptive parents with the goal of creating policies and practices to more effectively recruit and retain foster parents. She is a licensed foster parent, MAPP trainer for prospective foster parents, and a foster-care advocate. Some of the journals in which her research has been published include Human Relations; Community, Work and Family; Journal of Management Education; Business Communication Quarterly; Communication Education, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Journal for Excellence in College Teaching. Additionally, she has worked as an instructional and organizational consultant for over two decades.
W. Evan Johnson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Associate Chief of the Division of Computational Biomedicine in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 2007. The focus of his research is to develop computational and statistical approaches for the accurate determination of optimal diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic regimens for individual patients. His lab specializes in the development and application of statistical methodologies for the analysis of genomic data across a wide range of platforms, including next-generation sequencing technologies for gene expression and epigenetics. Over the years, he has received NIH funding for the development of novel computational tools and for the application of these tools in various fields, including cancer and infectious diseases. His group has published dozens of papers associated with the analysis and application of sequencing data, most of these through ongoing collaborations with multiple different researchers. His group has developed several user-friendly software tools for facilitating clinical and biomedical research applications, including algorithms for profiling transcription factors (MAT, MA2C), preprocessing and integrating of genomic data (ComBat, SCAN-UPC), aligning sequencing reads (GNUMAP), developing multi-gene biomarker signatures (ASSIGN), and metagenomic profiling (PathoScope). His group has successfully applied their tools for precision genomics in several clinical scenarios, including the prediction of cancer drug efficacy in individual patients, metagenomic profiling in the airways of patients to identify colonizing pathogens commonly associated with disease development and exacerbation, and the identification of the genetic variants causing a rare but lethal X-linked disorder. Current work in his group focuses on the development of genomic biomarkers for multiple chronic diseases including TB and cancer, understating and visualizing host-microbe interactions, and the integration of data of multiple types, or from different technology platforms. Dr. Johnson is the co-founder of Aperiomics, which is a molecular diagnostics company able to detect every known bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasite in clinical samples through Deep Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing, using their world renown database containing over 37,000 microbes. Aperiomics helps doctors and their patients identify the causes of infections that other tests cannot identify, thus streamlining the path to a positive clinical outcomes.
Lisa Wardle, MA is the Director of Talent Management at Converse - Nike. She is a high-energy leader with over 18 years of professional experience in the areas of executive and leadership development and strategic human capital. A self-starter who meets deadlines and has a strong sense of teamwork. Strengths include:
• Executive learning design, development and delivery
• High Potential and Accelerated Program design, development and delivery
• Client relationship management
• Behavior change initiatives
• Talent Management
• Project management
• Lead and manage human resources programs: recruitment, selection, retention, performance management
• Business development
• Organizational development
Jonathan Bowen, MBA grew up in the Boston area when there was only 1 stake called the Boston stake. The old Boston stake is now broken up into the Boston stake, Cambridge stake, North shore stake, and Blackstone valley stake. His parents moved to Boston for graduate school in the 60s from Utah. They loved it so much and decided to stay.
Jonathan’s father is an academic so I grew up knowing that education is important to use in life.
College took him to Utah, where he graduated with a business management degree and began looking around the country for work. From Wilmington Delaware with Amazon, to Jackson Tennessee with Toyota, then back to Boston for business school.
Jonathan now works for the largest dental billing company in the country, running all operations for the company.
He has been married 17 years this May and has 4 kids and lives in Woburn Massachusetts.
Mathew Romano, JD is a Senior VP at USI Insurance Services. for the past 20 years has been working as an insurance broker advocating for coverage of the most complex and difficult claims. Matt also helps clients as an insurance advisor evaluating risks and designing insurance programs to maximize coverage and performance.
CCS Growth Partners
Driven CFO professional for small businesses with experience in Fortune 500 finance, private equity, with an MBA and MSc. In Finance, and extensive management and leadership positions.
Highly experienced in financial planning and analysis, financial structuring and modeling, valuation, M&A, buyout and return analysis.
Proven ability to build new complex and sophisticated financial models to add insight that tells a compelling story, with an eye for details. Excellent communication skills and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Excellent in taking raw data and converting it into insights.
• Financial Modeling
• Financial Planning and Analysis
• Private Equity
• Venture Capital
• Buyout Modeling and Return Analysis
• Variance Analysis
• 3 Statement Financials
• Operations Budget
• Additional Funds Needed
• Cash Flow Conversion Cycle
• And much more
Experienced in building complex financial models to create insight and clarity. Decreased elements of internal financial reporting analysis time from 2 days to 5 hours and increased financial transparency exponentially.
Board Member, BYU MS Boston Chapter
President, BYU MS Boston Chapter
CCS Growth Partners
Board Member/Treasurer, BYU MS Boston Chapter
Board Member, BYU MS Boston Chapter