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GPS program chairs

Each GPS program is led by a chair that teaches courses, recruits and mentors faculty, oversees course quality and advises you and your fellow students on program and course requirements. The chairs also direct the efforts of industry executives who serve on our program advisory boards to ensure that our courses stay current and relevant.

Alan Cheng, PhDAlan Cheng
Program Chair of Bioinformatics
Director, Merck

Alan Cheng, PhD, is a Director of Chemistry, Modeling, and Informatics at Merck Research Labs in South San Francisco, where he works on the discovery of new medicines for cardiacmetabolic diseases and oncology. His research interests include computer-aided drug design and biological sequence-structure relationships. He received a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ashley Nagle Eknaian, MBAAshley Nagle Eknaian
Program Chair of Digital Innovation for FinTech
Chief Digital Strategist/Head of Eastern Labs, Eastern Bank 

Ashley Nagle Eknaian, MBA, is a Chief Digital Strategist, Head of Eastern Labs at Eastern Bank and has more than fifteen years of experience in financial services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master’s in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and international business from Northeastern University.

Steven G. Dupree, MBASteve Dupree
Program Chair of Digital Marketing and Design
Head of Marketing, Amava

Steven Dupree, MBA, has more than a decade of experience helping startups across multiple industries achieve $1B+ valuations through digital marketing and tactical customer acquisition. After receiving an MBA from Stanford University, Mr. Dupree dabbled in venture capital before exiting to build companies again. He continues to invest in and advise promising entrepreneurs in his free time.

Susan Carman, MS, CHCIO, PMP
Program Chair of Health and Medical InformaticsSusan Carman
Chief Information Officer, UHS Hospitals                                            

Susan Carman has been in the Healthcare Information Technology and Informatics industry for a total of 28 years. Before becoming the Chief Information Officer at UHS, Susan served as the VP of Information Technology at Wingate Healthcare implementing an EMR system and building a HIPAA security plan for their 19 Post Acute Care facilities. Susan spent 15 years of her career at Medical Information Technology (MEDITECH) implementing Electronic Medical Records throughout the U.S. and Canada. She transitioned to the Healthcare Provider sector in 2004 starting with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and more recently at Hebrew Senior Life leading her team to complete the implementation of Stage 6 EMR system. Susan is certified as a Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and Project Manager (PMP) and is an active member of HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) and CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives). She is also an active participant in the Executive Mentorship Program with ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). Susan completed her Master's degree in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Massachusetts in 2013.

Sue Bergamo, MBAJoe Dalessandro
Program Chair of Information Security Leadership
Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Episerver

Sue is the CIO & CISO of Episerver, a global digital Commerce company. As an executive, she brings her leadership and broad technology experience to help companies concentrate on growth by promoting innovation and productivity enhancements through application development, infrastructure operations, data analytics, business process optimization and talent management. Previously, she held strategic positions at Microsoft and as the CIO at Net Atlantic, BTE Consulting and for two of Aramark's apparel companies, Galls and Wearguard-Crest. She has also held high level positions at the Staples Corporation and at CVS/pharmacy. As a certified cloud architect, Sue also has an AS in Computer Science from Tunxis College, a BS in Business Administration from Post University, an Executive Leadership MBA from Boston University and a Master's in Security from UMASS.

Brian Salerno, MSBrianSalerno
Program Chair of Learning Experience Design
Associate Director, Learning Design, Boston College

Brian Salerno, MS is the Associate Director, Learning Design in the Center for Digital Innovation in Learning at Boston College. In his role, Brian leads the learning experience design team responsible for online course design and digital innovation projects for the entire Boston College community. The Center for Digital Innovation in Learning is an innovation hub for digital teaching and learning initiatives and provides support in course design and development, instructional media, and academic technology. Brian has had a nearly 20-year career in online learning innovation, including expertise in instructional design, educational technology, experience design, faculty development, and leadership of cross-functional design and support teams. In addition to his work in higher education, Brian has worked as a multimedia designer in the private sector. His academic focus is primarily in the fields of instructional design, faculty development, communications, technology, and interactive media. 

Leanne Bateman, MALeanne Bateman
Program Chair of Project and Program Management
Principal Project Management Consultant, Beacon Strategy Group

Leanne is a senior-level project management consultant with more than sixteen years of experience across the areas of health care, information technology, high-tech manufacturing, construction, senior housing, government, and higher education. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and ASAPM, and she is a certified project management professional (PMP).

Krishna Gopalakrishnan, MS
Program Development Chair of Robotic Software EngineeringKrishna Gopalakrishnan
Director of Vision Engineering, Realtime Robotics

Krishna Gopalakrishnan is a software architect, scientist and tech leader in computer vision and machine learning with over 20 years of experience. He has worked in a broad range of applications ranging from robot perception,  automated inspection for semiconductor manufacturing, 2D barcode decoding and verification, X-ray Fluorescence tomography, destructive and non-destructive reverse engineering of VLSI circuits to name some. Having worked in both commercial and research settings, one of his specialties is in transitioning lab and academic research into product solutions for real world problems.  He is a member of the IEEE.

Aline Yurik, PhDAline Yurik
Program Chair of Software Engineering
Director of Software Engineering at BCBS MA

Aline is a software architect specializing in enterprise and business systems design, architecture and development. She has also been a software development manager on a number of information technology projects. Aline has been managing, leading and participating in a variety of virtual and global technology teams. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Brandeis University. 

Jim La Creta, MS '08, PhDjim_lacreta
Program Chair of Technology Management
Chief Information Officer, Brandeis University

Jim La Creta is the Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in technology and communications. In addition, he is active within several local and national IT consortia. He holds a Master's Degree in IT Management from the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. He also has a Doctorate in Education - Leadership and Communication Specialization from Northeastern University.

Mark Coleman, MAmark_coleman
Program Chair of Strategic Analytics
Director of Business Analytics, Carbonite

Mark is Director of the Business Analytics team for Carbonite, a leading provider of online backup and data protection services for consumers and businesses. Mark leads a multi-disciplinary team of data scientists, analysts, and data engineers that provide data-driven insight, analytical reporting services, and predictive modeling to all core functions across the company.

Previously he held senior analytical management and data science roles at Warner Brothers, The Hartford, and Liberty Mutual. He was also founder and CEO of a successful analytics consulting and forecasting practice serving the institutional investment community. He is a regular speaker at analytics industry forums

Mark has an MA in Economics from Boston College, and a BA in Applied Mathematics and a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Eva KaniastyEva Kaniasty, MS
Program Chair of User-Centered Design
User Experience Design Consultant, Slipper Studios

Eva Kaniasty is the founder of Red Pill UX, LLC, a user experience consultancy providing user experience strategy, research and interaction design in the Boston area. Eva has improved user experiences in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, financial​ services​, and ​high tech. She received her Master's in Human Factors from Bentley University in 2007, served as board member and president of UXPA Boston, and is a repeat presenter at local and national conferences.


Ken Udas, PhDken_udas
Program Development Chair of Open Source Technology Management

Ken Udas has served in a variety of teaching and management roles at universities including Comenius University, Slovakia, the University of Maryland, University College, the Open Polytechnic of NZ, the State University of New York, PennState World Campus, UMassOnline, and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Ken is the co-founder of the Educause Constituency Group on Openness, and the Jasig 2-3-98 project that are focused on the emergence and adoption of open and agile practices, policies, and initiatives. Ken received a PhD from Texas A&M University and is a student of history. His research interests include the history of higher learning and intellectual emigration.

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