Keynote Address

Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Ms. Smith began her career as an accountant in Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget shortly after college graduation in 2004. Through 2009, she served in a variety of accountant positions in the Office of the Budget, eventually taking the role of Project Manager. Ms. Smith became the Director for Strategic Planning and Communications within the Office of the Budget in 2009. Three years later, she was promoted to the Bureau Director for Planning and Management. In November of 2015, Ms. Smith accepted the position of Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Ms. Smith currently serves as Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Plenary Address

Jennifer Gibbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Tara Reis, Senior in Criminal Justice
Penn State Harrisburg

Jennifer C. Gibbs joined the faculty at Penn State Harrisburg in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs. After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Keuka College and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Niagara University, Dr. Gibbs earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she completed her dissertation focusing on the influence of police and state legitimacy on terrorist attacks targeting police in 82 countries – research that won the Homicide Research Working Group 2012 Richard Block Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Dr. Gibbs’ research interests include policing, terrorism, violence and victimization and the scholarship of teaching and learning, and her research has been published in journals such as Crime, Law and Social Change; Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management; Police Practice and Research: An International Journal; Violence Against Women; and Journal of Active Learning in Higher Education. Notably, her research, “Race and attitudes toward police: the mediating effect of social distance”, published in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management was selected as a highly commended paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Dr. Gibbs is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Tara Reis is a student in her senior year at Penn State Harrisburg. Ms. Reis is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice through the School of Public Affairs. She is currently President of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Other Presenters

Conrad Tucker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Affiliate Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering
Penn State University

Dr. Conrad Tucker holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in Engineering Design and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also affiliate faculty in Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory. His research focuses on the design and optimization of systems through the acquisition, integration and mining of large scale, disparate data.
Dr. Tucker has served as PI/Co-PI on several federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He is currently serving as PI and Site Director of the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at Penn State. He received his Ph.D., M.S. (Industrial Engineering), and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dr. Tucker is part of the inaugural class of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program, funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Michael Johnson, Graduate Student of Applied Demography
Penn State University

Mike Johnson is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Demography Masters program at Penn State University. He is also the Data Director at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions that represent 800,000 workers across the Commonwealth. His professional and academic interests revolve around political demography, redistricting, workforce statistics, and public policy. Mike lives in Harrisburg with his wife Kate, his son Alex, and their two dogs, Casio and Duffy.

Michael Ghen, Data Science Program Manager
Benefits Data Trust

Michael Ghen is a Pennsylvania State University Computer Engineer (BS ’14) working on data science projects in the healthcare space. Prior to joining Benefits Data Trust’s Data Science team, Michael worked as a platform engineer for a healthcare logistics startup and consultant with pharmaceutical and health insurance startups. He earned his Master of Science in Strategic Analytics from Brandeis University and has been an avid computer programmer since 2005.

Paul Turcotte, Research Associate
Drexel University & Bureau of Autism Services

Paul Turcotte is the Data Director for the ASERT Collaborative Eastern Region at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Paul has experience in examining healthcare use, primarily in Medicaid claims data, and has done other program evaluation in conjunction with the PA Department of Human Services. Paul has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Drexel University.

Jaclyn L. W. Butler, Research Associate in Office of Planning and Assessment
Penn State University

Phillip Burrell, Director of Research and Data Analytics
Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Ben Gruswitz, Senior Planner
Kim Korejko, Manager of Data Coordination
Soshana Akins, Public Participation Planner
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission