Prospects, Challenges, and Trends of Data Science on
Education, Industry, Non Profit, and Government

A Buffalo State Interdisciplinary Unit in Data Science and Analytics (IUDSA) Conference

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Jacqueline Vito LoRusso Alumni and Visitor Center 667 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Registration
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CIO Panel:

Moderator: Dr. Luis Taveras
, CIO, City of Buffalo
Panelists: Dr. Jacquelyn Malcolm, CIO,SUNY Buffalo State College | Jeff Wilkinson, CIO, Delaware North | Sam Marrazzo, Chief Innovation Officer, BNMC | Cletis Earle, SVP , CIO, KALEIDA HEALTH | Eric Decker SVP, IT and CIO, Independent Health | Michael Wisler CIO, M&T Bank

Conference Sponsors/Partners

Buffalo State Buffalo City CUBRC M&T

Supported by

Provost's Office
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Graduate School


Dr. Luis Taveras


City of Buffalo
65 Niagara Square - Buffalo, NY 14202

Dr. Luis E. Taveras, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Information Officer of the City of Buffalo. Prior to this position, Dr. Taveras served as the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President at RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest healthcare provider organization. Prior to that, Dr. Taveras served as the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Hartford HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in the state of Connecticut.

Dr. Jacquelyn Malcolm

CIO & Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing & Communications
SUNY Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Jacquelyn Malcolm is the CIO and Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing & Communications for SUNY Buffalo State College. With nearly 20 years of distinctive higher education experience, Malcolm was the executive director of marketing and communications at Delaware State University. Prior to Delaware State Malcolm worked at the University of the District of Columbia for seven years, where she served as executive director of interactive media and portal administrator, executive director of alumni relations, and assistant vice president for marketing, communications, and alumni relations.

Jeff Wilkinson

Delaware North
250 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Jeff Wilkinson serves as chief information officer at Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality with more than $3 billion in annual revenue and 55,000 associates. Wilkinson is based out of Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y., where he leads the strategy and management of the company’s technology infrastructure and innovations. Wilkinson spent 11 years with AmerisourceBergen Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company in Chesterbrook, Pa., where his leadership role as vice president focused on global data delivery and insights, customer experience, and technology innovation. He began his professional career with Merck & Co., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Delaware North in January 2018, Wilkinson served as vice president and commercial chief information officer for General Electric’s (GE) corporate enterprise. Wilkinson’s leadership enables a more complete enterprise strategy that drives a future vision of stronger infrastructure, more capable and agile services, and greater digital business partnership with company subsidiaries and support functions.

Sam Marrazzo

Chief Innovation Officer
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
640 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

As Chief Innovation Officer of the BNMC, Sam Marrazzo’s focus is looking to the future. With a focus on driving economic opportunity that will position local companies for future growth, as well as to retain and attract young people to the area, Sam leads BNMC efforts to develop an innovative, reliable and secure information technology environment throughout the organization and the community. He is responsible for developing innovation strategy and fostering collaboration with industry, education and start-ups in order to help local organizations prepare for, and capitalize on, current and future technologies. Through his role at the BNMC, Sam is helping local companies re-think their business practices and corporate cultures in order to optimize their position as innovation and technology bring significant changes throughout the economy.

Cletis Earle

SVP, Information Technology, Kaleida Health
Buffalo, NY

Cletis Earle was recruited to Kaleida Health from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh/Cornwall, NY, and serves as vice president and chief information officer. He provides leadership for Kaleida Health’s information technology (IT) team, overseeing strategic and tactical planning, plus development and coordination of the IT platform. Earle previously served as vice president and chief information officer at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital since 2011. He began his IT career as a support manager at Brooklyn Queens Health Care Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, eventually taking on roles as director of technology and vice president, chief information officer and privacy officer within the organization. Earle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, and a master’s degree in information systems from Strayer University in Washington, DC

Eric Decker

Independent Health
511 Farber Lakes Dr, Buffalo, NY 14221

Senior technology leader with 20 years of experience in leading information technology systems design and implementation with a heavy emphasis on business alignment, user satisfaction and team building. Strong experience in interfacing with business stakeholders, end users, vendors and technical resources to create and maintain technical solutions which align with existing or new business processes. Excel in budget management and analysis; effective control of costs through economical utilization of personnel, materials and tools. Persuasive communicator and committed to organization goals, mission and vision statements. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, sourcing, contract negotiations, outsource arrangements, risk mitigation, change management, mergers and acquisitions, product development, enterprise architecture, application development, business intelligence and infrastructure.

Michael Wisler

M&T Bank
Buffalo, NY

At M&T we consider that commitment to community banking to be our lodestar a set of guiding principles that over the years has helped us to chart our course, remaining close to our customers and our communities, never straying too far from them. Staying on course, even through the most turbulent of times, is what has kept M&T safe and sound—and out in front of our peers and competitors. We’ve grown from the fourth largest bank in Buffalo, to the 17th largest U.S. based commercial bank in the country, and the 12th largest by market capitalization. Change on every dimension is hurdling at all of us at an incredible velocity. So at M&T, we choose, as we’ve always chosen, to face change head on, knowing that managing change successfully, adapting and evolving successfully, requires not only a lodestar, a set of guiding principles and values, but it requires talented people to put forth sustained effort over time.


Organizing Committee

For information, please contact:

Dr. Luis Taveras, Conference Chair,City of Buffalo, Email:, Phone: (716) 851-5450
Dr. Joaquin Carbonara, Conference Chair, SUNY Buffalo State, Email:, Phone: (716) 878-6423

Organizing Committee

Melissa Brinson (Millington-Lockwood, Director of Marketing & Business Development)
Diane Marra (SUNY Buffalo State, PSM Coordinator)
Sue McCartney (SUNY Buffalo State, Small Business Development Center -- Buffalo State)

Graduate Assistant and Web Master

Harsha Kankanamge
Mohammad Haque


Dr. Joaquin Carbonara
Professor of Mathematics
Faculty Coordinator, Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics, MS
SUNY PSM Consortium Director
SUNY Buffalo State

Dr. Joaquin Carbonara
Phone: (716) 878-6423