WIA Team

Want to be a part of the Women in Analytics team? Applications are now open! 

Deadline: July 1st, 2020

WIA Team

Rehgan Avon

Founder & President

Joined WIA: 2016

Rehgan Avon owns her own analytics consultant company helping organizations identify opportunities to improve their analytic development capabilities. With a background in integrated systems engineering and a strong focus on analytical technology, Rehgan has worked on architecting solutions and products around operationalizing machine learning models at scale within the large enterprise. Rehgan’s previous experience has been fueled by a passion for early-stage startups and product development, holding positions as Head of Solutions at Mobikit, Solutions Architect at ModelOp, Lead Data Engineer at Clarivoy, and Product Manager at StepOne. She also teaches courses in python, data science, and web development at MBA programs nationally through an education startup company, Cognitir. 

She is the founder and CEO of Women in Analytics, an organization that increases visibility to women making an impact in the analytics space by providing a platform for women to lead the conversations around the advancements of analytical research, development, and applications. She remains active and involved in fostering collaboration around emerging analytical methods and technologies. She is also the recipient of Columbus CEO’s Future 50 award.

Lauren Burke

Director of Operations

Joined WIA: 2018

Lauren Burke is a Data Scientist at CoverMyMeds, where her work involves using innovative data science and machine learning techniques to find creative solutions to complex problems within the healthcare technology space. Lauren is an active member of both the Columbus and larger technology communities and serves as an Advisor for #BUILTBYGIRLS and a YP Board Member of Columbus's Center for Science and Industry (COSI). She is passionate about initiatives that promote the interests and achievements of women and girls in STEM and enjoys every opportunity to share her appreciation of math, data, and analytics with others. Lauren received a Bachelor's in Mathematics from The College of Wooster, where her thesis investigated the use of machine learning heuristics as solution techniques to a large-scale traveling salesman problem. She enjoys reading, hiking, rock climbing in her free time.

Heath Rittler

Sponsorship Manager

Joined WIA: 2019

Resourceful, high energy analytics professional with 11 years of experience leading a team through challenge and change by implementing strategic planning, establishing direction and executing initiatives in support of business objectives and corporate goals. Strategic problem-solver with proven ability managing benefits initiatives aimed at bottom-line results.

WIA Conference Team

Sahanna Bhatt

Registration Coordinator

Joined WIA: 2019

Sahanna Bhatt is a clinical informatics analyst on the Population Health Analytics team at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio. As a population health data analyst, she is passionate about improving healthcare delivery and outcomes through technology. At OhioHealth, Sahanna delivers analytic solutions for business and healthcare clients across the enterprise. Prior to joining OhioHealth, Sahanna consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton, in Norfolk, Virginia, where she supported the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center as a clinical epidemiologist. Her educational background includes a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from Columbia University (with a graduate certificate in infectious disease epidemiology) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Public Health from The Ohio State University. She is currently working towards a Masters of Science (MS) in Data Science (with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence) from Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies.

Katie Sasso-Schafer

Content Council Lead

Joined WIA: 2017

Katie (Sasso) Schafer, Ph.D. is Director of AI and Automation at Covail. Katie received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a focus on Experimental and Quantitative (minor) Psychology. During her Ph.D. program she worked as a graduate research associate at the Nationwide Insurance Center for Advanced Customer Insights, using experimental methods and statistical analyses to optimize customer outreach and risk assessment. At Covail, Katie has worked on a variety of AI projects across several industries as both developer and project lead. Outside of work, Katie is an avid R user, RStudio Certified Trainer, and proud co-organizer of R-Ladies Columbus meetup. In 2019, she was named a top 30 under 30 in the Columbus Technology scene at the Tech Power Players Summit. She also serves on advisory boards for Franklin University and The Erdos Institute. Katie has been a member of the WIA team member since 2017 with a focus on content and speaker curation.

Mai AlOwaish

Speaker Manager

Joined WIA: 2018

Mai Alowaish is a Lead Analytics Consultant at InfoTrust LLC based in Blue Ash, Ohio. Mai is an advocate of supporting and empowering the women in analytics and tech overall. Mai is a mentor at the Digital Analytics Association, and a previous speaker at the WIA 2019. Mai is also a volunteer in the Tech Corps Analytics Program and OSU's Women in Data Science Summer Camp, as she's passionate about helping the youth get into STEM and learn about data.

Advisory Board

Katie Sasso-Schafer

Director of AI and Automation


Dave Cherry

Executive Strategic Advisor

Cherry Advisory, LLC

Kelly Denney

Director of Data Science & Clinical Analytics

Radiology Partners

Ben Blanquera

VP, Customer Success & Experience

Columbus Collaboratory

Reshama Shaikh

Statistician & Board Member