Industry Advisory Boards

Working in collaboration with faculty, advisory board members bring industry perspectives to the Information & Decision Sciences Department. Three different boards advise department leaders on strategy, programs, and various initiatives.

IDSC Department Advisory Board

Focus: Overall Strategic Direction for Department Programs and Initiatives

  • Pat Bajari, Chief Economist and VP, Amazon
  • Deb Bauman, CIO, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Teddy Bekele, CIO, Land O Lakes
  • Doug Bond, Managing Director, Slalom
  • Rajeev Duggirala, Sr. Vice President, Ameriprise
  • Erik Erickson, CDO, Hennepin County
  • Prashant Gandhi, Chief Business Officer, Melio  
  • Justin Kershaw, Corporate VP & CIO, Cargill
  • Dan Johnson, Consultant
  • Tammylynne Jonas, CIO, Francesca's
  • Mike Martiny, COO, HRA-IQ
  • Steven Penn, Sr. Vice President - Corporate Finance Director, US Bank   
  • Janette Smrcka, VP of Information Technology, SoFi Stadium & Hollywood Park

Executive Advisory Board on Curriculum

Focus: Curriculum, Especially Undergraduate Courses

  • Cynthia Bahr, US Bank
  • Tim Boos, Medtronic
  • Jessica Bottensek, Target
  • Chris Bretoi, 3M
  • Martin Caride, Best Buy
  • Alex Carlon Deloitte
  • Craig Espelien, 1201 Partners
  • Mike Grosso, Gartner (board chair)
  • Todd Loncorich, General Mills 
  • Mike McFarlane, Cargill
  • Brent Murray, CoreMedia AG
  • Mary Texer, EVS Consulting
  • Renata Torola, Lurie LLP
  • Tara Wyborny, Genesis 10

MSBA & MABA Programs Advisory Board

Focus: Business Analytics Graduate Programs

  • Adnan Awow, Sr. Director Data Science, Target
  • Colleen Chrisco, Sr. Director of Analytics, Bungie
  • Bonnie Holub, Associate Partner, Business Consulting, Infosys
  • Chelsea Ihle, Sr. Director of Data & Analytics, Slalom Consulting
  • Chris Manrodt, Head of Data Transformation, Philips
  • Jennifer Pettersen, Sr. Manager Data Science, Best Buy
  • Prasoon Sharma, Partner, McKinsey Digital
  • William Stentz, Senior Manager, Data and Analytics, Esri
  • John Tong, Head of Global Marketing Analytics and Technology, Skillz
  • Erik Tonsfeldt, Consultant, BCG
  • Veronika Torarp, Partner, PwC
  • Jack Vishneski, Director of Data Experience, Cargill
  • Jim Willenbring, Consultant & Board President