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

Partner

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

Partner

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

Partner

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 Alteryx ACE Tessellation

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

Solutions Architect

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​

Principal Consultant

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

Principal Consultant, Data Viz Lead

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

Consultant

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

Consultant

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​

LMS Product Owner & Principal Consultant

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

Principal Consultant

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.

Tina Truong

Director of People

Christina has dedicated the last 10 years to developing successful recruiting and people operation strategies for high-growth, fast-paced tech startups. She has created robust sourcing and talent acquisition processes that have yielded high-performing and accomplished individuals. With an index of employee relations, compensation, diversity, equity & inclusion, development and staffing, she has paved a proven path for high-growth companies to follow.

As the Director of People at Tessellation, she is committed to delivering exceptional experiences to employees and candidates. A company’s culture starts with the people – and she definitely has a passion for everything People related!

Christina has a boisterous love for her children, everything and all things that sparkle, unicorns, food and quality time with friends and family.

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.

 

Christina Bernard

Data Scientist

Christina loves helping organizations use data to drive business success. Leveraging Machine Learning tools to help businesses transform processes makes her extremely happy.

Christina has worked as a data science consultant for 5 years. She has built solutions for companies ranging from medical diagnosis to marketing optimization.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Christina helps empower clients through machine learning best practices to solve business problems.

Joe McFarren

Consultant

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

Consultant

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

Consultant

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

Consultant

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.

Gavin Pedersen

Consultant

Gavin is experienced in data analytics, business intelligence, and helping teams establish self-service solutions. He has focused his career on developing competencies in the functional aspects of his M.S. in Data Science.

Gavin began his career on Best Buy’s Order Management BI team and later transitioned to an analytics consulting firm in Washington D.C. Throughout his experience, he has helped lead teams in their analytics journey by developing solutions in Power BI and Alteryx.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Gavin specializes in self-service enablement through dashboard and workflow development throughout the Power Platform. 

Phil Perrin

Consultant

Phil brings a decade of analytics experience in the human services sector to Tessellation. His background has primarily been with developing KPI dashboards with Tableau for executive leaders, but has also built extensive solutions with custom geographic components. He has also designed strategic organizational dashboards using Power BI and Google Data Studio.

For Phil, building out a comprehensive data model is immensely important to any analytic solution. He has a strong background using Alteryx and SQL and also works with Python and R. When possible, the solutions that Phil creates will incorporate advanced statistics combined with intelligent design to make the insight as actionable as possible.

When not enabling analytic insight for clients, Phil enjoys spending time with his family and pets, brewing beer in his garage, or woodworking.

James Zirbes

Consultant

James has over a decade of experience in analytics and BI development which he leverages to build efficient and elegant solutions for his clients. From executive dashboards to operational and real-time reporting, he can leverage complex data sets to solve problems and provide insights that are effective and scalable.

James specializes in health care and insurance data as well as workforce optimization, and has experience in both private and public sector analytics work. He designed a suite of real-time dashboards for operational command centers, analytics tools that allowed a single forecasting team to do the work of several, and systems for efficiently scaling operational reporting across hundreds of metrics and KPIs.

From data source to dashboard, James works to bring clarity to the story that the data is telling, oriented toward design that is relevant and actionable.

Taguma Nicholas

Consultant

Taguma Nicholas is a Data Analyst who’s made a name for herself by helping organizations reach new levels of profitable streamlined success.

Over the last decade, Taguma has delivered Operational improvements through special projects, control frameworks, and data-driven solutions to business problems. These impacts are a direct result of her ability to balance technical and leadership skills – acting as a bridge between IT and product impact. The acquisition of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB), Certified Kaizen Facilitator (CKF), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications are a testament of her commitment to Operational Efficiency and Continuous Improvement.

Her recent work has been in the Energy and Aerospace industries. There she gained experience in several aspects of the Data Lifecycle including Operational Reporting & BI (Cognos, Tableau, SAS Viya, Knime, and Power BI), Data Analysis & Analytics, Data Warehousing & Migration, DevOps, Optimization, and Testing & Automation. She is a TEDx Speaker and has led several workshops, both live and virtual, to train others on the importance of Data Management, Quality, Valuation, and Monetization to name a few.

Katie Kenney

Senior Account Executive

With several years of experience working in the IT consulting industry, Katie has established a reputation as a strong Account Manager. She has a true knack for building lasting relationships, creative problem solving, and developing win-win solutions.

As a fierce customer advocate, Katie has a signature communication style that is confident, curious, and welcoming. Her “listen-first” attitude makes her the person you are eager to talk to at a conference, an event, or even dinner party.

Katie embodies Tessellation’s core values, striving to build authentic, empathetic relationships with our clients and community.

Lucky Mohamud

Consultant

Lucky has over a decade of experience in analytics and BI development as a Business Analyst, Project Manager, and Scrum Master. Lucky previously worked for Accenture and Slalom where she modeled core Agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability and visibility. Ensured consistent application of scrum and Kanban methodologies across 3 teams to deliver a suite of Salesforce and Tableau reporting packages.

In her time she has delivered team training materials and workshops, building knowledge and skills to facilitate the Agile transformation. She has also coached teams, Scrum Masters, Business Analysts and Product Owners on Agile values and principles to promote continuous improvement in practices and artifacts. 

Lucky mentors teams, leading them to be self-directed with accountability, decision making, conflict resolution and transparency. She has improved team velocity by incorporating capacity planning into sprint planning sessions

Katie Zwiefel

Marketing Specialist

Katie joined the Tessellation team in the Spring of 2021, following her graduation with a degree in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Katie loves telling a company’s story through her skills and knowledge in marketing. From social media management to branding, Katie captures the essence of Tessellation as a company through her marketing efforts. As a Marketing Specialist, she looks to engage the community with Tessellation’s highly-skilled business professionals to solve any data analytics obstacle.

When Katie is not at her desk working, you can find her cooking meals with her friends and family, playing with her dog, or reading a book outside on her deck.

Lynda Chao

Consultant

Prior to Tessellation, Lynda’s background was in urban and regional planning. Through her planning experience, Lynda was used to analyzing data from a variety of sources to identify gaps, challenges, opportunities, and solutions for municipal needs around infrastructure and amenities. What excites her the most, is transforming data into interesting maps, infographics, and plans for a variety of audiences. Lynda enjoys combining her design creativity with data storytelling to produce visualizations that are accessible, practical, and fun.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Lynda helps clients see the full potential of their data, and how insightful, meaningful, and visually engaging stories can be told. Outside of work, Lynda enjoys cooking, trying new eateries, playing rugby, or reading comics.

Alex Johnson

Intern

Alex is a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in both Data Science and Statistics. Before joining Tessellation, he held analytical roles in the non-profit and startup industries. He is also an undergraduate research assistant within the Department of Statistics at Wisconsin. Through his work experience, research, and studies, Alex gained relevant and transferable knowledge in data analysis and visualization. 

As an intern at Tessellation, he is eager to continue his development in analytics. Outside of the office, he enjoys time at his cabin, skiing in the mountains, and curating new music playlists.

Sunny Yan

Data Analyst

Sunny is passionate about all things data. He loves exploring data to uncover new insights and tell stories. He is a big proponent of learning new skills and is always looking to improve himself, both personally and professionally. 

With his previous experience in Sales, Sunny understands what it takes for a business to succeed and how to work effectively with clients. As an analyst at Tessellation, Sunny excels at analyzing data and creating effective data visualizations that allow clients to easily understand what is going on with their business. Outside of work, Sunny enjoys reading, playing golf, and joining pickup basketball games around New York.

Alice McKnight

Consultant

Alice McKnight brings twenty years of experience as a public health professional in the public sector to her role as a Tessellation consultant. During her career she has developed, delivered, managed, and evaluated training resources across modalities to a diverse range of audiences. 

After adding Tableau to her skillset, she has developed data management workflows, streamlined reporting, and created executive dashboards for leadership and granular dashboards for projects and teams. Alice’s work has contributed to moving projects and teams from the traditional task driven decision making processes to a more data driven one. 

Alice has an eye for straightforward data storytelling, is a proven problem solver and thrives on discovering insights for end users.

Jake Miknuk

Analyst

Jake started his career in Sales and Supply Chain Consulting, but has always had a passion for analytics. While working at Alteryx, Jake was included as an Analytics Ambassador Leader in Onalytica’s report of the 2021 Top 100 “Who’s Who” in Data Science. With a strong determination to consistently improve and to help clients, Jake decided to blend his sales and technical skills in order to one day become an Analytics Consultant. 

Making sure to be asking the right questions and telling the best story possible with data is a key imperative for Jake. Outside of work, Jake enjoys playing the guitar, reading, running, hanging out with his girlfriend and their dog, and riding anything electric; such as bikes or scooters.

Alex Dixon

Consultant

An experienced multidisciplinary designer and Tableau developer, Alex approaches every project with a user-centered attitude, always looking for ways to include and understand the end user’s perspective in his work. Not only does he manage to deliver projects that provide an exceptional user experience, but they are also sustainable and well-documented, so his customers can easily maintain them.

Previously, Alex designed and developed an award-winning data portal using Tableau for University of Kentucky Research. Before that, he served as a user experience lead, business analyst, and technical project manager for various organizations, from state government and an international law firm to an e-learning startup.

Hayley Hadges

Intern

Having previously worked as a Business Development Intern at Tessellation, Hayley’s love for design and storytelling as well as her enthusiasm for statistics and coding led her to branch out into Data Science and Visualization. She has gained hands-on experience in data analytics through her internship at Greenspring Media as a Marketing Database Analyst, and has enjoyed expanding her analytical knowledge through coursework from multiple sources, including Data Coach. She will graduate in the spring of 2022 from Macalester College with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and a minor in Computer Science. 

At Tessellation, Hayley looks forward to building her brand, learning from her colleagues, and growing her skills in the data science field. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with garlic, reading, and spending time with friends.

Johann Carreno

Learning Manager, LMS Lead

Johann is an innovative problem solver with over 19 years of professional experience in design, education, and learning & development. His diverse skill set in visual design, eLearning, and learning psychology is evident in his body of work. He recently led the digital transformation of learning at Invitation Homes and incorporated asynchronous learning and UX design practices to training problem-solving. Johann was born in Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.

He earned an Educational Technology M.Ed. from Texas A&M and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He holds multiple certifications in professional coaching, including 360 Degree Coaching feedback.

Mitch Lee

Data Analyst

Mitch believes that efficient data management and clear, purpose-driven communication are essential to translating data into action — and he loves taking on the challenge of helping people and organizations to accomplish both.

 Over the past four years, Mitch contributed to human health research as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the NIH before earning a Master of Science in Public Health. During those experiences, he tackled clinical data management problems to enable multiple publications and delivered several award-winning presentations. He also learned that good analytics can’t happen with bad data, or help anyone without fervent communication and advocacy.

As an analyst at Tessellation, Mitch helps develop and deliver products that enable organizations to better manage, analyze, and visualize their data. His goal is always to make the process easier and more effective for clients so that they can make the best decisions possible.

Jennifer Hunter

Consultant

Jenn has focused her entire career on teaching and empowering others to solve problems. First, as a math teacher, Jenn helped students gain the problem solving and critical thinking skills they would need to be successful after high school. After completing graduate school, she decided to transition into the analytics industry and has since put these same skills to work herself in an effort to help businesses use data to solve their problems and take action.

Jenn has been working as an analyst/consultant/teacher across a variety of industries for the past 6 years, most notably in CPG/retail, higher education, healthcare, and finance. Jenn also leads the Pittsburgh Tableau User Group, is a User Group Ambassador for Tableau, and teaches a statistics class at a local university.

As a consultant at Tessellation, Jenn partners with clients to use their data to transform complicated business problems into clear and quantifiable metrics that drive their every day business decision making. Outside of work, Jenn loves baking, puzzles/games, and anything involving exercise or outdoor activities.

Ryan Lurquin

Consultant

Ryan has worked in a variety of analytical roles over the past 5 years. In his most recent role, Ryan was the lead Power BI developer for a newly public healthcare company where he established, developed, and commercialized Power BI reporting across the organization.

Ryan has a passion for helping solve business problems with data, developing interactive Power BI dashboards that are insightful, actionable, and easy to use, and teaching end users the benefits of Power BI.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with family, traveling, attempting to cook, and playing golf.

Allison Just

Senior Account Executive

With 17  years of experience in the healthcare and medical device industry, Allie brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the specific needs around data and analytics that health care and medical device companies have. 

Allie’s professionalism and style are perfect for any situation. She’s just as comfortable in a C-level suite boardroom as a hospital hallway walk and talk. 

Allie proudly embodies Tessellation’s core values, striving to build authentic, empathetic relationships with our clients and community.