Chief Operating Officer of Professional Services
Ryan Barry joined Health Catalyst in 2018 as part of the Medicity acquisition and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Professional Services. Ryan brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, delivering complex technology and service solutions and growing client partnerships. Ryan is dedicated to building high performing teams that drive world class client delivery and success. Ryan has held positions as the SVP of Client Success at Health Catalyst and the SVP of Client Experience at Medicity where he led the delivery of the first Statewide Health Information Exchange in the country. Additionally, Ryan began his career providing third party collections and claims processing guidance and solutions to TRICARE Military Health Facilities worldwide.
Ryan holds a BS in Health Policy and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a Certificate in Project Management from George Mason University and is a Project Management Institute (PMI) credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
Anne Marie Bickmore
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer
Anne Marie Bickmore joined Health Catalyst in December 2012 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer. Prior to coming to Health Catalyst, she worked for Lantana Consulting as the lead Project Manager (2011-2012), Director of Informatics at Swedish American Hospital Rockford, IL (2010-2011), and Intermountain Healthcare serving in multiple leadership roles both clinical and IT (1999-2011). Anne Marie has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Utah.
Tarah Neujahr Bryan
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Tarah Neujahr Bryan, MAJMC, joined Health Catalyst in 2013 and has served as Editorial Director, Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Chief Brand and Communications Officer; she currently serves as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a member of the Health Catalyst leadership team. Her tenure includes the company’s IPO in 2019. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Tarah served as the Marketing Communications Director and the Foundation Executive Director at a critical access hospital, managed at an advertising agency, was the Editor and Operations Manager at an archaeology firm, and provided triage assistance and patient admissions at a Level-II Trauma Center. She has a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Montana State University-Billings.
Tarah was named Silicon Slopes CMO of the Year for 2022. She currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Communications Chair for HIMSS-Utah. She also has conducted award-winning volunteer work for Intermountain Therapy Animals, Rotary Club, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Her pro-bono experience includes communications work for American Cancer Society, Wings Cancer Foundation, and many other non-profit organizations.
Chief Executive Officer
Dan Burton serves as CEO of Health Catalyst, joining the company when it was just a three-person startup. Mr. Burton is also the co-founder of HB Ventures, the first outside equity holder in Health Catalyst. Prior to Health Catalyst and HB Ventures, Mr. Burton led the Corporate Strategy Group at Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU). He also spent eight years with Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) in strategy and marketing management roles. Before joining HP he was an associate consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised healthcare systems and technology companies. Mr. Burton holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was elected a George F. Baker Scholar, and a BS in economics, magna cum laude, from BYU.
Senior Vice President, Chief Data Officer, and General Manager of the Data Platform Business Unit
TJ Elbert joined Health Catalyst in January 2019 and serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Data Officer, and General Manager of the Data Platform Business Unit. Mr. Elbert brings over 15 years of healthcare information technology, data warehousing, and analytics experience to Health Catalyst. He came to Health Catalyst from Northwestern Medicine where he held a number of leadership roles in data warehousing and population health. Prior to Northwestern he worked as an Integration Architect at Cerner Corporation where he led a number of large health system EMR implementations and services engagements. Mr. Elbert graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He will complete his MBA and Master of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Iowa in December 2021.
Chief Client Success Officer
Dr. Leslie Hough Falk is the Chief Client Success Officer and a member of the Health Catalyst leadership team. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Boise State University, and an MBA and a BS in Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Green Belt Lean, and Information Privacy Professional (CIPP, CIPP/IT). Dr. Falk has a varied professional background from bedside pediatric critical care, nursing administration, medical product research & development, and education in hospital and industry settings, nursing informatics, biomedical engineering, and marketing.
Chief Commercial Officer
Kevin Freeman came to Health Catalyst in 2020 as part of the Vitalware acquisition, bringing 20+ years of healthcare IT growth leadership experience including publicly traded, private equity, and venture-capital-backed companies. He has a successful track record of building results-driven teams, strengthening client partnerships and driving business development growth. Freeman has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Chief Financial Officer
Bryan Hunt joined Health Catalyst in April 2014 and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to coming to Health Catalyst, Bryan worked for Deloitte Corporate Finance as a Senior Associate in the investment banking group. At Deloitte, Bryan provided strategic advisory and M&A advisory services to companies in healthcare and other industries. Bryan began his career as an investment banking analyst with Moelis & Company. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Data Science Officer
Jason Jones is passionate about achieving the Quadruple Aim through better and easier use of data in healthcare, including helping organizations to find analytic focus; helping providers feel that the systems they work for have their backs; and helping people to understand and have their goals and preferences respected for the hopefully brief periods during which they are “patients.”
Previously, Jones served as Vice President, Information Support for Care Transformation, at Kaiser Permanente (KP). In that capacity, he brought together and co-led the national Hospital and Healthplan Quality and Finance analytic functions and led development of national quality strategy and care delivery IT investments. Prior to that, he was KP’s Executive Director of Clinical Intelligence and Decision Support and a Research Scientist in KP’s Southern California region.
Before joining KP, Jones was a Senior Medical Informaticist for Intermountain Healthcare. He also held analytic and marketing positions at Bayer Healthcare in Wayne, N.J., and Ingenix (now Optum) Pharmaceutical Information Products in Salt Lake City, where he developed a model for converting United Healthcare data into a saleable asset for external customers conducting outcomes research. Throughout his career, Jones has taught graduate courses in statistics to medical informaticists at the University of Southern California and at the University of Utah. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers in medicine, predictive modeling, and outcomes improvement.
Ben Landry is the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board, with responsibility for all aspects of legal and regulatory affairs at Health Catalyst, originally joining in July 2019 as Assistant General Counsel. Landry has over 12 years of private practice and in-house legal experience, primarily focused on healthcare and information technology. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Landry worked at athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a publicly traded healthcare IT company, for over 4 years in a variety of legal roles, including as Associate General Counsel, leading the corporate team that oversaw corporate governance, securities, mergers & acquisitions, strategic investments, international and other corporate functions. Landry helped support athenahealth’s exploration of strategic alternatives in 2018 that ultimately led to closing a private equity-backed take-private transaction in February 2019, and helped lead aspects of post-transaction integration, including athenahealth’s combination with another portfolio company owned by the acquirer.
Prior to joining athenahealth, Landry worked at a law firm in Boston for over 4 years, primarily focused on corporate, mergers & acquisitions and private equity, and worked at Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), a multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate, in the tax department. Landry received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Professional Services Business Unit
Dan LeSueur has been developing and implementing the core products and services of Health Catalyst since 2011. He started as a data architect, moved into a technical director role and is now the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Professional Services Business Unit. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Dan owned and operated a management consultancy for five years that assisted ambulatory practices in the implementation of electronic health records and data-driven management methodologies. In this venture he served as data architect, business-intelligence developer, and strategic advisor to physicians and practice owners in the strategic management and growth of their practices. Dan holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Health-Sector Management from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brigham Young University.
Senior Vice President of M&A Integration and General Manager of Interoperability
Maxine Liu joined Health Catalyst in 2019, and serves the Senior Vice President of M&A Integration and General Manager of Interoperability. With over 13 years of experience in healthcare technology focused on product and software development, business and product strategy, and partnerships and M&A, she is dedicated to innovation, strategy, and a detail-oriented execution. Maxine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Chief People Officer
Linda Llewelyn is the Chief People Officer at Health Catalyst. Linda joined Health Catalyst in June 2013 as the HR Manager. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, she worked in several industries, including medical technology, health care, and financial services in various HR leadership capacities. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Holly Rimmasch serves as the Chief Clinical Officer and SVP & GM, Clinical Quality Business Unit at Health Catalyst. She brings more than three decades of healthcare experience to her role, ranging from direct patient care to clinical and operational healthcare strategy and management. Key areas of accountability include clinical improvement, patient safety, quality, and population health.
Prior to joining Health Catalyst, she had many roles including the role of the Assistant VP at Intermountain Healthcare responsible for Clinical Services and the system Clinical Operations Director for Cardiovascular and Intensive Medicine. At Intermountain and Health Catalyst, Holly has held leadership roles enabling her to affect change at a system level. Holly also co-founded and was a Principal in HMS, Inc, a healthcare strategic consulting firm focusing on population health.
She has spent the last 25 years dedicated to identifying opportunities through data and analytics, implementing best practices, supporting adoption, and improving clinical, operational and financial outcomes. Holly holds a Master of Science in Adult Physiology from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brigham Young University.
Health Catalyst Senior Vice President and Allina Health Chief Analytics Officer
Britney Rosenau has dedicated her career to improving the way health systems use data and insights to deliver the care patients and communities deserve. She currently serves as the Chief Analytics Officer for Allina Health as a part of a significant partnership between Health Catalyst and Allina Health. Prior to this role Britney led Engagement Management for Health Catalyst where she helped define and operationalize a support model for client delivery. Other career experiences focused on analytics for health care improvement including Research, Quality, Regulatory and Improvement roles.
Her education is from the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Master’s in Public Health. Minnesotan born and raised Britney spends much of her free time with family and two beautiful rescue dogs ‘Up North’.
Chief Technology Officer
Dave Ross joined Health Catalyst in 2021 and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. Dave was the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Twistle, leading all product development and engineering activities for over ten years prior to Twistle being acquired by Health Catalyst. Before starting Twistle, Dave was Director of Information Systems at Albany Medical Center in New York.
Dave is a software engineer at heart. For over twenty years, has built and led software development initiatives across healthcare and educational technology sectors. He is passionate about finding the perfect intersection between engineering excellence and delivering business value. Innovation has always been a central theme of Dave’s work, and he encourages team members to look for novel ways to continuously raise the bar and unlock hidden potential. Dave holds a BS in Information Systems from SUNY Empire State College.
Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Kyle Salyers joined Health Catalyst in August, 2014 as a Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, he was a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of CHV Capital, a venture capital affiliate of Indiana University Health. In addition to Health Catalyst, Kyle led CHV/ Indiana University Health’s investments in a range of healthcare IT and medical device companies, including MedVentive (acquired by McKesson), MindFrame (acquired by Covidien), Perfect Serve, NICO, NeoChord, Par8o, and Celleration. Prior to CHV Capital, he served in a number of leadership positions across government, academia, and in entrepreneurial companies, including as a Special Advisor to the President of Indiana University & Executive Director for Advancing Indiana, Investment Director & Innovation Fellow at Rose-Hulman Ventures and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Senior Vice President of Thomas P. Miller and Associates, Vice President of the Indiana Technology Partnership, and Economic Development Manager for the City of Indianapolis, Mayor Stephen Goldsmith.
Chief Information Security Officer
Kevin is the Chief Information Security Officer at Health Catalyst. Prior to joining with Health Catalyst, he worked for Blue Cross of Idaho in Boise, Idaho as a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Development Manager and worked there for five years. Before Blue Cross of Idaho, Kevin worked in the Hi-Tech sector within e-commerce developing enabling technologies for Micron, a Semiconductor Manufacturer to sell and distribute their product portfolio to consumers. Kevin has an Associates in Political Science from BYI-Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Boise State University and a Master’s of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. He continues to teach as an Instructor at Northwestern in the Masters of Medical Informatics Program and also Computer Science at a local community college.
Senior Vice President International
Jeff Selander currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Expansion Business with focus on the employer and Asia Pacific markets. Prior to this Jeff served as the Chief People Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Health Catalyst. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Mr. Selander was CFO at HB Ventures, a private equity firm in Boise, Idaho. Health Catalyst was Jeff’s fifth start-up as a venture finance professional, and his third as CFO. During his career, Jeff has assisted CEO’s in raising over $250 million in debt and equity from institutional investors. Before joining HB Ventures, Jeff was the CFO for Great Basin Scientific, a pre-revenue life sciences start-up. Previous to Great Basin, Jeff played several senior finance roles for iBAHN Corp., a venture-backed high-speed Internet provider to the hospitality industry. Mr. Selander holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, Boston, Massachusetts and a BA in international relations from BYU.
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Sullivan leads Communications and Diversity & Inclusion efforts as a Health Catalyst leadership team member. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in History from the University of Portland, Oregon. Sullivan brings experience in B2B, B2C + B2G environments, from innovative high tech companies, including biomedical, semiconductor and aerospace & defense. She spent more than a decade in healthcare, including serving more than one hundred Pacific Northwest hospital customers, as CEO of an American Red Cross blood services region. Sullivan’s functional experience includes Operations Management; Human Resources; Marketing; Business Development; Strategy; M & A; Investor, Government + Community Relations; and Brand Development.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Improvement Applications Business Unit
Dan Unger joined Health Catalyst in April 2014 and serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Improvement Applications Business Unit. He came to Health Catalyst after working at R1 RCM where he managed a consulting team that worked with large health systems to improve revenue cycle processes and reduce costs through analytics and operational improvements. Prior to R1, Dan worked as a consultant at Equation Consulting, a physician economics consulting firm, and as a pricing and profitability analyst at JP Morgan Chase. He graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship and received his MBA in International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Melissa Welch is an accomplished, senior executive physician with 35 years of leadership, management, and health care strategic impacts. Melissa’s career spans the private and public healthcare sectors, where she successfully built physician and allied clinical teams, stabilized quality, and operations, and executed critical financial results. A resilient change agent, she is experienced with high-profile clients, mergers, and acquisitions, and driving value-based care results. Dr. Welch is a veteran in the advocacy for diverse and under-served populations and was named to the Top 25 Leaders in Diversity, Modern Healthcare, 2021.
Recently named, Chief Medical Officer at Health Catalyst, Dr. Welch will be the physician voice supporting growth across all areas of the business, to drive data-informed health care improvements. Most recently Chief Medical Officer at InnovAge, Melissa drove expansion of the Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) nationally. During her 3-year tenure ending in June 2022, she led the clinical care strategy for mergers and acquisitions, de novo builds and organic growth, leading to the key investment partners interest in taking the company to Initial Public Offering (IPO) in March 2021.
Earlier tenures include the Vice President of Clinical Quality, Network and Markets Support at Blue Shield of California, United Healthcare, and formerly the Head of Regional Care Management at Aetna where she led care management teams, and value-based care initiatives for Aetna commercial and Medicare members.
Dr. Welch’s career began in public health, with the San Francisco Department of Public Health as a Medical Director in a local community clinic, and later tapped as the Chief Medical Officer to lead integration of the delivery system now known as the San Francisco Community Health Network. She was the former San Francisco, Mayor Willie Brown’s appointee to the San Francisco Health Service Commission, as President + Chair of the Rates/Benefits Committee.
A believer in the added value of all perspectives, Melissa founded Perspectives of Differences Diversity Training and Consultation for Health Professionals from 2000-2011 and is an experienced diversity and cultural competence trainer. As President of Welch Perspectives, LLC (2017-2021), Melissa offered mentoring and leadership development for health professionals, and healthcare consulting.
Dr. Welch is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Primary Care, Internal Medicine. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of California Irvine, and an MPH in Epidemiology from U.C. Berkeley. She was previously an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her philanthropic interests include raising awareness of heart disease in women.
Dan Burton serves as CEO of Health Catalyst, a healthcare data warehousing and analytics company. He became involved with Health Catalyst when it was a three-person startup. Mr. Burton is also the co-founder of HB Ventures, the first investor in Health Catalyst. Prior to Health Catalyst and HB Ventures, Mr. Burton led the Corporate Strategy Group at Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU). He also spent eight years with Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) in strategy and marketing management roles. Before joining HP he was an associate consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised healthcare systems and technology companies. Mr. Burton holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was elected a George F. Baker Scholar, and a BS in economics, magna cum laude, from BYU.
Anita V. Pramoda
Ms. Pramoda has served as CEO of Owned Outcomes, Inc. since 2014. Owned Outcomes, Inc. is a software company that provides analytical help to healthcare providers and payors as they seek financial sustainability in addition to clinical outcomes in patient care. She also serves as an Executive Advisor to Technology Crossover Ventures and on the boards at Dignity Health Foundation and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Los Angeles).
She previously served as the CFO of Epic Systems Corporation and OnTech Operations and as a board member at Allscripts. Ms. Pramoda holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dawn Smith currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cologix, Inc. Prior to her time at Cologix, Dawn served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at VMware, where she led a team of more than 150 people and was responsible for global legal, compliance and government relations. She also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at McAfee.
Duncan Gallagher, President of Donegal Advisory Services, brings over 30 years of experience as an integrated health system CFO and senior management leader. His most recent role was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and CFO of Allina Health, a $4.0 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in Minneapolis. In his seven years as CFO at Allina Health, Gallagher was instrumental in establishing the health system as a national leader in navigating the shifting healthcare payment model from fee-for-service to one based on value and care quality. In the process, Allina demonstrated that the shift is better for patients, and can be financially viable for health system.
In 2014, Allina pioneered the outsourcing of Allina’s $10 million, 70 FTE analytics department through a unique partnership with Health Catalyst. Leveraging the intellectual property of both partners while driving sharper focus, this arrangement ties Health Catalyst’s profit from the relationship to the delivery of measurable cost savings tightly aligning Allina’s success with its that of its partner. Gallagher played a central role in the formation of this strategy and led the development and negotiation process
In 2016, Gallagher led a forward-looking strategy development process with the Allina senior management and its Board of Directors, shifting its system strategy and creating an Allina health plan serving the Twin Cities market, supported and enabled by the deep expertise and strong payor platform of its health plan partner, Aetna.
While at Allina, Gallagher was recognized by the Minneapolis Business Journal as 2016 CFO of the year. Before Allina, Gallagher spent 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating/Finance Officer with Des Moines-based Unity Point Health, a $4.1 billion integrated health system. Gallagher previously served as a Partner with KPMG. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
John A. Kane
John (Jack) A. Kane is on the board of athenahealth, Inc., Aesynt, Inc., Health Catalyst, Inc. , Open Tempo, Inc. and DealerPolicy LLC.
He previously occupied the position of CFO, Treasurer & Senior VP-Administration at IDX Systems Corp., Audit Manager at Ernst & Young LLP, Vice President-General Electric Healthcare at General Electric Healthcare Technologies, Inc. and Treasurer for Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to the current responsibilities, Jack has served on boards of ten other companies both private and public.
He received a graduate degree and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.
Julie Larson-Green has left an indelible mark on billions of people and scores of companies over her pioneering 35+ year career. In 2015, Fast Company magazine hailed Julie as one of its Most Productive People, and the Anita Borg Institute recognized her extraordinary technology leadership achievements with their Women of Vision Leadership Award.As Microsoft’s and then Qualtrics’ first-ever Chief Experience Officer, Julie redefined the human-centered engineering and design disciplines to put people first and technology second. The global successes of Microsoft Office, Windows, Xbox and Surface, and the new Experience Management (XM) category at Qualtrics are a testament to Julie’s exceptional track record of design-led product development and inclusive leadership. Her expertise in blending human experience with technology has also redefined our experiences with the tech of tomorrow, like AI, machine learning, natural language processing and mixed reality.As an advisor, investor and board member, Julie currently helps companies successfully develop their people, products and processes to create great experiences and deliver explosive growth. As the beneficiary of positive life-long mentors, Julie is also committed to paying forward all that she’s received and learned. She is on the board of Goleadoras, a non-profit that seeks to battle gender disparity by empowering young women in personal and intuitive ways.Julie earned her Bachelor’s in Business from Western Washington University and her master’s in Computer Software Engineering from Seattle University. She lives in Bellevue, WA, with her family.
Mark B. Templeton
Mark B. Templeton is the former president and chief executive officer of Citrix Systems where he shaped the company’s strategy, growth and execution for over 20 years. After joining in 1995 as Chief Marketing Officer, he was appointed as Citrix president in 1998 and CEO in 2001. Under Templeton’s leadership, Citrix grew from a young public company with one product, one customer segment, and one go-to-market path, to a global software industry leader with annual revenues of more than $3 billion and more than 100 million users worldwide.
At Citrix, Templeton championed a vision for a software-defined ‘virtual workplace’ — where people enjoy better ways to work and live. His energy and vision propelled Citrix into the technology, business, and community spotlights. Templeton also nurtured a design-centered, highly-engaged culture based on the values of respect, integrity, and humility, earning Citrix multiple “best places to work” awards.
Templeton has served as a director on the boards of Equifax, Keysight Technologies, and Adaptive Insights (a Workday Company). Today he is an active board member of Arista Networks where he serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
He holds a B.A. in Product Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Matthew Kolb is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Carle Health. Joining Carle Health in 2014, he focuses on leading clinical operations, care transformation, and strategic growth. He has served in a variety of executive leadership positions since joining Carle. Kolb works as dyad partner with Carle’s chief medical officer to provide exceptional care and service to patients and members.
Prior to joining the leadership team at Carle, Kolb worked at Allina Health System in Minneapolis, MN, for seven years.
He received his Juris Doctor from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Master of Health Administration from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and Bachelor of Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.