The Speakers

Carl Hoover Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Carl Hoover Ph.D.

Carl Hoover has led dozens of data science projects while working with the leading analytics firm Elder Research. His diverse experience includes work in security, counterintelligence, psychology, fraud, finance, insurance, pharmaceuticals, avionics, manufacturing, and robotics.  Most of his recent technical work involves triage and ranking models for human-centric prioritization tasks.  Over his decade of work with Elder, he’s played just about every role in the data science lifecycle including data wrangler, scientist, tech lead, project manager, business manager, executive, and even client.  As Chief Technology Officer, Carl leads long-term technical strategy, manages an R&D portfolio and oversees a technical advisory committee focused on cutting-edge data science research and practice.  Carl is a contractor with the University of Missouri College of Engineering where he teaches graduate-level courses for NGA’s Program of Study in Data Science.  Dr. Hoover earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Clarkson University and a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia in Mechanical Engineering.

Elise Critoph
Senior Debt Management Analyst, Collections and Verification Research Section
Elise Critoph

Elise Critoph, Senior Debt Management Analyst, Collections and Verification Research Section, CRA

Elise Critoph is a subject matter expert in behavioural insights. She focuses on the practical application of nudges, as well as the theoretical foundations for applying behavioural economics’ principles to tax compliance. She provides support on the design of nudges and analysis of nudge experiments and presents at various committees within the CRA on the subject of behavioural insights.

Elise is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Ottawa in Canada and holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal.

Hala Ibrahim
Director, Business Intelligence, Research and Analytics Division
Hala Ibrahim

Hala Ibrahim, Director, Business Intelligence, Research and Analytics Division, Canada Revenue Agency

Mrs. Hala Ibrahim holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Project Management and is a Certified Public Accountant.

She has 26 years’ experience in the CRA, with extensive program knowledge and an insightful perspective of business needs, business intelligence (BI), and advanced applied analytics (AAA).

In the last 6 years, she has been a driving force in impactful strategic business transformations, in embedding a progressive culture and applying BI/AAA to enhance tax compliance operations. She has earned her Division a reputation of being leaders in this field, within the CRA and beyond, which has been acknowledged through multiple awards.

She is the recipient of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada prestigious “2019 APEX Award for Innovation Excellence.”

Hudson Hollister
HData
Hudson Hollister

Hudson Hollister founded HData to help data companies build the relationships, strategies, and understanding they need to deploy their technologies to transform business and governance.

Hudson is a securities lawyer, former regulator, former Congressional investigator, and trade association executive. He has invested his career in applying technological innovations to make regulation, government, and law work better.

Hudson founded the Data Coalition and served as its first executive director. The Data Coalition is the world’s largest open data trade association. Its nearly fifty member companies work together to advocate for policy reforms to adopt common data structures across government management and compliance reporting. The Data Coalition has successfully passed multiple data reforms in Congress.

Hudson also founded the Data Foundation, a research nonprofit which works to define an open and standardized future for our society’s data. The Data Foundation has published market-leading research in the potential of technology to deliver better government management, create public transparency, and automate compliance tasks. The Foundation also works with government agencies to educate civil servants on how to use government data to solve problems. The Foundation hosts Data Transparency, the largest annual open data conference in the United States.

Hudson has written legislation, testified before Congress, and served as a board member and advisor to diverse startup companies and nonprofit organizations. He received the Federal 100 Award in 2015 and 2019.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Jason Miller

Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Network—an all-news multi-media organization focused specifically on covering the federal government and its contractors.

As executive editor, Jason directs the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of technology, procurement, finance and human resources.

As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, cloud, mobile computing and acquisition policies and programs. Jason hosts the weekly Ask the CIO program where he interviews large and small agency CIOs about their priorities and challenges.

Before coming to FederalNewsRadio in March 2008, he worked at Government Computer News for six years and Federal Computer Week for one year. He covered governmentwide technology issues that focused on people, policy and programs. These include the Bush administration’s e-government initiatives, federal enterprise architecture, cybersecurity and HSPD-12.

From 1998 to 2001, Jason covered small business and minority-owned business contracting issues as the editor of Set-Aside Alert newsletter.

Jason has won several awards during his career, including the SBA’s regional Small Business Journalist of the Year in 2000, and a first place in story telling by the Virginia Press Association in 1997.

Jason lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Lita, and two children, Talia, 18, and Elias, 17.

John Elder Ph.D.
Founder & Chair
John Elder Ph.D.

John Elder chairs America’s most experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research has offices in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Washington DC. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 award-winning books on analytics, which is a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. John is occasionally attached to Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Larry Koskinen
Chief Risk Officer
Larry Koskinen

Larry Koskinen has served the public interest for more than forty years through executive positions in the federal government, commercial professional services firms, and non-profit organizations, both within the United States and abroad.  He is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and is currently serving as Chief Risk Officer at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He recently led the Business Transformation Team for New Core, HUD’s administrative shared services partnership with the Treasury Administrative Resource Center, and, at the invitation of the Office of Management and Budget, led the project team that drafted the government-wide playbook for federal shared services adoption.  Prior to joining HUD, he served as an executive in the federal Inspector General community, managing analytics, finance, human capital, information technology, strategic planning and support operations at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.  He has been involved in multiple federal-level government reform efforts, notably the Reagan-era Grace Commission, and the Clinton-era National Performance Review.

Koskinen was a Vice President at the non-profit Council for Excellence in Government, and a Vice President at the international development consultancy Development Alternatives, Inc.  Prior to that he was Director of Administration and Finance at the non-profit Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in Budapest.  He was Management Officer for Peace Corps International Operations and also Chief Business Architect.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Lori Ruderman
BUYSMARTER Initiative Lead
Lori Ruderman

Lori Ruderman serves as the initiative lead for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) BuySmarter, an innovative new HHS-wide program that uses technology to streamline and modernize acquisitions across HHS to achieve significant economies of scale and gain Department-wide efficiencies.  

Ruderman has over 30 years’ experience in diverse range of leadership and management roles.  She spent more than 20 years of her career serving in the healthcare arena.  During the course of her career to-date, Ruderman has served as the director of a not-for-profit health program and has served as a hospital administrator for two different healthcare systems before joining the federal government in 2008. Since entering public service, she has spent the past ten years in the federal shared services environment with the majority of that time focused on federal acquisitions.

Mike Thurber
Lead Data Scientist
Mike Thurber

Mike Thurber is the Lead Data Scientist in Elder Research’s Commercial Analytics Group working across multiple teams and industries – including finance, retail, energy, and telecom – to deliver information products that drive business value.  Mike’s primary focus is healthcare and insurance, where his projects range from predicting extreme payouts on long-term care claims, and identifying healthcare provider fraud, to measuring the effect of Cesarean delivery on infant health. His expertise in collaboration, data exploration, predictive modeling and rigorous testing, and in remediating the selection bias common to analytic algorithms, creates confidence in the actions recommended by the analytic products of his team.

Mike earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Statistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. For the last four years, Mike has been teaching principles and best practices of predictive modeling to a broad audience of emerging data scientists.

Peter Gloade
Senior Modeller, Applied Predictive Analytics Section
Peter Gloade

Peter Gloade is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He worked in the private industry for 3 years before joining the CRA as a Collections Officer for 12 years. In 2005, he joined a newly minted predictive analytics’ team at Headquarters, set up to improve CRA’s programs, tax recovery and compliance. Since then, he has designed and developed 23 predictive models to improve the outcomes of multiple programs. Five of these models were successfully deployed for voluntary resolution, low risk accounts, and future payment arrangements. He also designed a model that predicts eventual debtors in the non-filer population.

Snezana Vucic
Manager, Collections and Verification Research Section
Snezana Vucic

Snezana Vucic has more than 17 years’ experience in applied research at the CRA. She has gained extensive experience in applying various analytical techniques including forecasting, experimental design, and modelling to directly or indirectly support evidence-based decision making within various CRA programs. Since January 2011, she has successfully managed one of the most engaged CRA research teams. She has led more than 60 research initiatives, 33 of which were published. A select few have been shared at intergovernmental meetings, as well as at Canadian and international tax conferences.

Snezana holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with a Minor in Business Administration, from the University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

Virginia Foxx
Congresswoman
Virginia Foxx

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. She is Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor and also serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. From 2013 to 2016, she served as Secretary of the House Republican Conference. Before serving on Capitol Hill, Foxx spent 10 years in the North Carolina State Senate.  She began her career in the field of higher education, which included serving as a sociology instructor at Appalachian State University and holding several administrative positions at ASU, including Assistant Dean of the General College.  She also served as President of Mayland Community College. Foxx is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Arts in College Teaching in sociology. She also holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.