Our People

Our People

We are growing rapidly and would love for you to join our team. If you want to be a member of a smart, fast-moving team, check out our open positions.

Alex Christensen


Alex has an encyclopedic knowledge of the analytics technology stack. He is passionate about the processes and strategy that enable adoptions of new environments or optimizing existing ones. Alex enables more effective centers-of-excellence by focusing on development best practices, process optimization, strategy, and customized training.

Alex has been working as an analytics and business intelligence consultant and trainer for 7 years. He has worked across almost every vertical, but has extra experience in consumer packaged, healthcare, insurance, retail, public sector, manufacturing, and human capital.

Baxter Boe


Baxter partners closely with clients to help design solutions or products that go beyond the needs of the organization through a methodological, sustainable approach. He specializes in analytics enablement, project management, and organizational change management that serve client’s toughest self-service challenges. Baxter has partnered with clients across multiple industries and has developed content expertise in hospitals systems, payers, financial institutions, consumer-packaged goods, and pharmaceutics.

Luke Stanke, PhD


Luke is a data visualization and advanced analytics expert who focuses on producing results. He inspires thousands of data visualization and data science professionals around the globe through speaking and community events. Luke has earned top honors in the analytics community–being selected as a 2x Tableau Zen Master. He is equally regarded for his data science expertise, blending business-first approaches, modern data architecture, and the latest advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

Nick Haylund

Principal Consultant

Nick found his way to a career in data analytics on a path full of VLookups, Pivot Tables, VBA and SQL. Today, you’ll find Nick delivering data products ranging from Alteryx workflows and macros, to Tableau and Power BI dashboards.

Nick is also an Alteryx ACE, a top honor in that platform’s community. He also enjoys leading local user groups and conferences in talking about all things data, and bringing advanced analytics to everyone.

As Principal Consultant & Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Nick leads the Alteryx practice and manages relationships between Tessellation and their software partners. 

John Emery

John Emery


John’s strengths lie in his problem solving skills. He has a knack for being thrown in to new environments and being able to navigate his way to solutions efficiently. John has been working with data and analytics for 5 years post-graduate school. He has worked for the Department of Defense doing combat modeling and acquisitions studies, consumer finance, and has experience consulting on consumer packaged goods, healthcare, and the public sector. As a consultant at Tessellation, John develops solutions for clients, whether visualizations, data queries, or analytic workflows. John has also used his extensive statistics and mathematics background to create learning content for clients.

Aidan Bramel​


Aidan has extensive knowledge of the analytic stack and a proven track record for leading world-class analytic server deployments. Her experience spans server deployments anywhere from 5 to 80,000 users with security requirements ranging from public to highly restricted defense data. Previously a one-stop analytics shop at a global conglomerate, Aidan is no stranger to supporting, training, and enabling users of all experience levels.

Aidan has been working in the business analytics industry for 4 years. As a Consultant at Tessellation, Aidan takes on projects involving server deployment and governance, as well as dashboard and data product development projects in Tableau, Alteryx, and Looker.

Spencer Baucke


Spencer is passionate about enabling organizations to leverage their data through data visualization, most notably Power BI and Tableau.

Spencer has been a Tableau Public Featured Author, 14x Viz of the Day winner, and is a co-founder of the Tableau community initiative #SportsVizSunday. Spencer has also been a speaker at TC18 in New Orleans, TCE19 in Berlin, and TC19 in Las Vegas. 

In addition to Tableau, Spencer enjoys leveraging data and analytics in Power BI. Spencer is DA-100 exam certified and co-leads the #PowerBI #WorkoutWednesday community initiative. For Tessellation Spencer has enabled organizations to develop, share, and utilize Power BI reports across their enterprise.

Autumn Battani


Autumn has been working in the analytics space for four years with concentrated experience in the media and entertainment industry after supporting The Walt Disney Company in their efforts to reach consumers through their content. She has a passion for creating workflow efficiencies and streamlining processes to allow for more effective deployment while prioritizing user-friendly designs and interactivity that can support any level of data literacy.

In her work, Autumn leans on her education in psychology to help her hone in on important variables affecting a problem and supplements her analysis with her communication background to help her effectively highlight solutions for the client.

Katrina Johnson


Katrina has always been guided by her curiosity and search for understanding “why”.  She has worked in a variety of analytical roles for the last 6 years. Her most recent role involved being the sole analyst managing all aspects from data management to data presentation and analysis.  She helps lead a local Tableau User Group and is active in the online analytics community.   

As a consultant at Tessellation, Katrina partners with clients to help them better understand their data and how to respond to insights.  She helps turn data into action by translating complex technical ideas into everyday terms.

Alicia Bembenek, PhD​


Alicia has spent her entire career teaching others and working with data. She was first a psychology professor and researcher, before discovering her interest and aptitude for the field of data visualization.

Alicia has been working as an analytics and business intelligence consultant and trainer for over three  years. Her career has focused on developing Tableau trainings, survey analytics, and analytics in the field of higher education.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Alicia develops and directs programs and provides software training. She applies her extensive background in psychology, memory, and learning when determining how to most effectively communicate and teach others. 

Michael Green

Principal Consultant

Michael enjoys thinking of creative ways to solve problems that matter.  He finds joy in the journey of learning a little more each day, and applying what he has learned to make life better for the people around him.  Michael is skilled at understanding complex concepts and sharing what he has learned with others in a simple, relatable way.

Michael has been working with data for 7 years in a number of domains including manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, healthcare, sports, and agriculture.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Michael partners with clients to answer complex questions with data.  He helps clients build automated, end-to-end workflows that encompass all aspects of data prep, data science, and data visualization, enabling their organizations to optimize their decision making at scale.

Elizabeth Dinevski

Elizabeth Dinevski


Elizabeth loves blending business strategy with technology to enable data-driven decision making. She drives success in business transformation by understanding the core problem, leveraging analytical methods, and tying everything back to the end user. 

Elizabeth has worked in the field of data & analytics for about 3 years in various capacities, ranging from business analyst to data scientist. Often times, she plays multiple roles during a project. She has extensive experience in the consumer products industry, but has also worked in banking and government. 

As a consultant at Tessellation, Elizabeth helps clients transform the way they conduct business by leveraging the power of data science. She loves understanding what a client is trying to achieve then go heads down to develop the solution.

Eric Stevens

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Accounts

Eric has spent most of his career within the data and analytics sales space where he loves working with different technology partners and clients to dream and discover better ways to improve processes, help make better business decisions and improves lives. Authentic, long-term relationships is what he strives for when working with others and making sure the solutions and products offered are a perfect fit.

Eric brings a diverse range of industry experience from large to small companies, ideas that think out of the box and to always look up and downstream at any problem or opportunity to insure you are getting a full scale approach to a solution.

Krishn Rapoor

Business Development Lead

Krishn joined the Tessellation team September, 2020 from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Krishn has worked in the startup industry for 3 years now, focusing on data/business analytics. Krishn has worked for an array of companies from fast-casual restaurant chains to medical oncology. Krishn specializes in building close relationships, while finding creative and personal solutions. He is passionate about helping people and has a curiosity to learn and address their issues.

Krishn played college football for the Macalester College Fighting Scots and continues to participate in recreational sports in his free time. Krishn enjoys meeting new rivals on the basketball and tennis court.

Ako Nagahama

Operations Manager

Prior to Tessellation, Ako’s background includes a diverse range of educational product development, complex interactive media production and software testing. She is a motivated, personable business professional with more than 10 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. Ako provides a high level of lead client services, project management and internal coordination. Her versatility applies equally well to Tessellation’s core principles of educating people, optimizing technology, and developing world-class products.

She earned her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. from the University of Mary Washington.


Ankit Prasad

Data Scientist

Ankit is passionate about telling stories with data that help organizations solve their most pressing needs. Understanding an organization’s strategic vision and leveraging cutting edge machine learning and technical tools is of particular interest to him.

Ankit worked in analytics as a data science consultant for almost three years. He has tackled data science problems with a broad range of data volume and use cases. These use cases include (but are not limited to) demand forecasting in the consumer products industry and recommendation engines.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Ankit helps empower and educate clients about analytics best practices while solutioning the business problem at hand. He enjoys demystifying data science to help clients understand the building blocks and eventually the full capabilities of what analytics can do.

Joe McFarren


Joe’s first introduction to data visualization was as an academic research scientist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer center performing experiments to observe and track brain tumor growth. This led him to a path into consulting, where he has had experience in healthcare, medical devices, consumer goods, media, 3D printing, manufacturing, and a few places in between.

Joe has been a consultant for 4 years undertaking various roles as a business analyst, project manager, scrum master, data analyst, and developer, and he has a strong interest in data science and how to apply data best practices to our clients.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Joe interacts with our clients to understand their data needs and problems, helps craft a solution, and empowers the client to own the end product so there are no gaps in the hand off process. In his free time, Joe enjoys cooking, learning about the science behind baking bread, and walking his Siberian Husky with his fiancée.

Adam Luckeroth

Director, Business Development at Tessellation

Adam is a hands-on sales leader who enjoys working directly with clients while building world-class sales organizations that rely heavily on fierce customer advocacy. Adam has spent his career selling various types of technology. He believes that through a thoughtful approach to sales that focuses on solving challenging business problems, you not only build value in your product, but you create customer evangelists that build into a wave of mutually beneficial success.

Jacob Blizzard


Jacob is passionate about all things data. His love for data was discovered during his first college internship and has grown exponentially ever since. He never backs down from a challenge, loves solving puzzles, and is an advocate for continuous education. Jacob lives by the saying “there is always room for improvement” in both his professional and personal life. He earned his M.S. in Business Analytics from the University of Cincinnati.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Jacob helps enable clients to make timely, informed decisions using data as the foundation for the decision making process. In his free time, Jacob loves to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle by playing indoor & beach volleyball as well as hiking & backpacking in the Pacific Northwest.

Jacob Kahn


Before entering the world of consultancy in data analytics and engineering, Jacob worked at one of the world’s largest public accounting firms. As exciting as tax gets, Jacob was introduced to data analytics, automation, and dashboarding in the financial, corporate, audit, and tax industries. Jacob was tasked with asking new questions about tax data, understanding trends in performance, and automating audit testing.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Jacob is most excited about getting our client’s excited about their data and implementing efficient and effective solutions. Jacob is all about building beautiful and easy to use workflows and dashboards. Jacob enjoys building personal relationships and hanging out with his colleagues and clients. In his free time, Jacob is with his friends, at the gym, or reading a novel.

Zac Zinda


After two years of teaching high school chemistry and time in the mortgage industry, Zac found himself drawn to working with numbers and began pursuing a career in data. Following years of self learning, he formalized his education with an M.S. in Business Analytics from the University of Minnesota. Zac has an interest and experience in machine learning with languages like Python and R, as well as data visualization with Power BI and Tableau. Zac leverages his diverse work background, with roles in sectors ranging from public education to banking and digital retail, to bring a fresh perspective and broad skillset to any project. 

As a consultant at Tessellation, Zac helps clients harness the power of their data to find actionable insights and drive business value. Outside of work, Zac enjoys cycling, playing the guitar, trying out new cookbooks, and hiking with his family’s dog.