Founder and President, Esri
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.
Director, Global Business Development, Esri
Christopher Cappelli is the corporate director responsible for leading Esri’s global sales and business development activities. A computational geographer with a passion for science and technology, he has worked for Esri for 25 years in a variety of key roles.
A native of Pennsylvania and graduate of Penn State University, Christopher joined Esri as a consultative GIS technician, assisting numerous organizations in the eastern US with the planning, implementation, and maintenance of their geospatial systems. Over the next four years, he developed GIS analytical models and applications to improve operational processes, site new facilities, optimize supply chains, and support strategic decision making.
In 1995, Christopher opened the Esri Pennsylvania regional office. There, he built a team to support users and win new customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. While cultivating business partnerships throughout the region, he conducted planning and design workshops to help people get the most out of their Esri investments.
In 2004, Christopher moved to Redlands, California, to work closely with Esri President Jack Dangermond and assume leadership of the Esri sales group. Since then, his role has expanded to guide Esri’s broader business development activities. He’s been instrumental in evangelizing GIS across the globe and championing the mission and core values of Jack and Laura Dangermond.
Christopher and his wife Dawn live in Redlands and have four children. An avid woodworker, amateur astronomer, and triathlete, Christopher refuses to depart from his technical roots; he still programs in Python and uses ArcGIS daily.
Health Education Supervisor, Oakland County Health Division
Trisha Zizumbo, MSA, CHES®, is one of two Health Education Supervisors at the Oakland County Health Division. Trisha has over 12 years of public health experience, including managing substance abuse treatment and prevention services, and currently facilitates the Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership. Trisha also coordinates health communication efforts to reach Oakland County’s 1.2 million residents through crisis communications, marketing/advertising, social media, internal and external websites, GovDelivery and other digital platforms.
Trisha is also the National Delegate for the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (GLC-SOPHE), and previously served as President-Elect and President. Trisha has a BS with a double major in Spanish and Health Education and Promotion and a MSA with a concentration in health services administration, both from Central Michigan University. Fire up Chips!
Jennifer N. Sayles, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, IEHP
Jennifer N. Sayles, MD, MPH joined IEHP as the Chief Medical Officer in June 2016. In this role Dr. Sayles is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of clinical services and programs, including initiatives on behavioral health integration, complex care, practice transformation, alternative access, housing and recuperative care as well as addressing social determinants in the MediCal population. She is also leading efforts to increase value based contracting and support practice transformation in the Inland Empire MediCal network. Dr. Sayles continues to practice in HIV and primary care, and maintains teaching appointments at USC and the RAND Corporation.
Prior to joining IEHP, Dr. Sayles held the positions of Chief Population Health Officer for LA County USC Medical Center and the Director of Value Based Healthcare for LA County Department of Health Services. Here she led the implementation of population health management, with a focus on care transitions, identifying and managing high-risk populations, and effective utilization management. Dr. Sayles’ has also served as Medical Director of Quality Improvement and Health Assessment at LA Care Health Plan, Medical Director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the LA County Department of Public Health, as well as research faculty in the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine, focusing on health disparities and access to care for underserved populations in LA and internationally.
Dr. Kamran Khan
Physician and Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital
Dr. Kamran Khan is a practicing infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Kamran completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto and subsequently specialized in infectious diseases, preventive medicine and public health at Cornell, Columbia and Harvard. Since the 2003 worldwide SARS epidemic, Kamran has been studying global population mobility and the international spread of emerging infectious diseases such as pandemic [H1N1] influenza, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and more recently, Ebola virus disease and Zika virus. In 2013, Kamran founded BlueDot, a social benefit corporation ("B corp") to harness the power of big data, GIS and advanced analytics, and web and mobile technologies to empower policymakers, healthcare providers and the public with timely insights that help prevent or mitigate the health, economic, and social impacts of dangerous infectious diseases.
Nirav R. Shah
Senior V.P. and Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, is the senior vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region, a $25B health system with over 4.4 million insured members. He is a thought leader in patient safety and quality, the social determinants of health, and the strategies required to transition to lower-cost, patient-centered health care.
Dr. Shah is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Medicine. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, he serves on the HHS Secretary’s advisory committee to set the nation’s health priorities, Healthy People 2030. He has served as a director for dozens of public and private institutions, as the chairman of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant review panels, on the editorial boards of medical journals, received numerous NIH grants, and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Most recently, he served as commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.
Lead Product Engineer, Esri
Lauren Bennett is the Lead Product Engineer on the Spatial Statistics team at Esri. She works on the research and development of the Spatial Statistics and Space Time Pattern Mining tools. Other responsibilities include contributing vision for innovative analytical software development across the ArcGIS platform, teaching graduate level seminars in spatial statistics, and evangelizing the value of spatial analytics. She received her MS in Geographic and Cartographic Science from George Mason University, her BA in Geography from McGill University, and is currently working on her PhD from the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University.
Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director, Esri
Dr. Geraghty MD, MS, MPH, CPH, GISP, leads business development for the Health and Human Services sector, focusing on applying The Science of Where™ to unlock data’s full potential in every health organization. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Geraghty led the state vital records and public health informatics programs. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability. While serving as an Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis she conducted research on geographic approaches to influencing health policy and advancing community development programs. In addition to her degrees in Medicine, Medical Informatics and Public Health, Dr. Geraghty is also a board certified public health professional (CPH) and a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).