2019-2020 Board of Directors

John Parent: President

John has been working in the Data Management for 20+ years data management in a number of industries including Finance, Marketing, High Tech and currently in Health Care as Vice President of Customer Data Management for Medecision.  John has been certified as a  data management professional (CDMP) with specialization in Data Quality and as a business intelligence professional (CBIP).
John strongly believes in the value of high quality, trustworthy data as a foundation for building data driven insights and models.  He is committed to evangelizing this belief and raising the awareness that before you use the data you have to ensure that it is actually usable. 

Jeff Johnson: Past President

Jeff has 20+ years data management experience, including at Starbucks, Experian Information Solutions, World Vision, Sila Solutions Group and DeepData. He holds a Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) Practitioner certificate from DAMA International. Jeff has a desire to lead the strategic direction of DAMA-PS with a team of committed members in order to proactively grow DAMA-Puget Sound's presence in the Puget Sound area.

ChaiJen To: Vice President of Operations

ChaiJen is a consultant on both traditional and Cloud data architecture,  for Global 1000 companies and mid-size organizations. He has designed or helped design and implemented CRM and data warehouse projects with Big Data or in a SOA environment for cyber security, banking, telecommunication, retail, workforce, and manufacturing industries. ChaiJen has written over 1000 db objects and design scalable solution on Cloud MPP with data integrity for enterprise data management and business intelligence systems. He is a CDP, CDMP, CBIP, and is active in TDWI, ISSA and AI events.

Malu Septien Milan: Co-Vice President of Programs and Education

Malu brings extensive experience in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Enterprise Data Management, Digital Quality, Process Automation, Enterprise Architecture and IT Management.  She is currently CTO of Focal Pointe Group’s where she is building its clients capabilities in the emerging technology space. Prior to this role she led Privacy GDPR/CCPA/GRC Cybersecurity Go to Market Operations for Capgemini North America, also spent six years at Microsoft as General Manager of Quality Business Excellence solving very complex operational, process and data problems that permeated product and services across the enterprise. She led the Microsoft Quality Academy that trained more than 1500 employees globally and drove delivery of LEAN Six Sigma, Change Management and Data Analytics Projects.

Malu has driven the engendering of data driven decisions for a couple of decades and continues to define tomorrow’s best practices in the use of data to solve business problems that add significant value and scale. Her career includes 25 years of experience and seasoned Senior Leadership Roles across Fortune 100’s:  AT&T, Motorola, PepsiCo, Microsoft, NASA, Three Start-ups, Capgemini Consulting and volunteerism in Operational Excellence, Technology and Minority boards. Malu has two children and loves dogs.

Valentina Haack: Co-Vice President of Programs and Education

Valentina Haack has a 20+ year career with strong data management at the core of all successful deliveries. As a strategic transformation leader who fosters innovation to ensure growth. Valentina consistently supplied relevant business value for numerous organizations in Canada and in the US across various private and public sectors. The past 12 years at Microsoft Valentina has lead change to divisional re-architecting, design of strategies, enablement of new business models, adoption/execution of Enterprise Architecture methodologies, and the delivery of noteworthy operational excellence efforts. Valentina brings to DAMA her insatiable curiosity to learn, adapt and share.

Patrick Edward Zeine: Co-Vice President of Finance

Patrick has 18+ years of IT experience and has been a Product Data Management specialist at Boeing for the last 4 years.
Patrick was CEO and founder of a business from 1997 – 2007 and has been a local member of DAMA PS for over a year.
He has been Vice Commander of the Sons of American Legion post 141. He has been involved in several leadership positions in several Fraternal Orders and am familiar with Roberts Rules of Order. Patrick currently is a member in good standing of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Freeland, WA.). Patrick is familiar with preparing income tax reports (IRS 990) for non-profit organizations, and can prepare an annual report.

Michael Stillings: Co-Vice President of Communications

Mike has been working in Data Management and Analytics for 14 years and been a member of Puget Sound DAMA for five years. He has also developed engineering, database and web applications, consulted external and internal customers, taught classes and been a team, project and technical leader and mentor. He enjoys technical writing and other forms of disseminating information and knowledge. He has worked in the aerospace industry for 32 years. Mike has architected and designed the end-to-end process for taking in value-added data on one end and performing all the steps required to release cleansed and integrated data out the other end for data scientists and engineers. He has also facilitated Decision Support via Data Warehouse-based Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics products.

Stacie Benton: Co-Vice President of Membership

Stacie Benton, CDMP, is the Enterprise Data Governance Practice Lead at Starbucks Coffee Company. Stacie is leading efforts to streamline and empower data governance efforts across all key business subject areas to support a growing global presence. She's been engaged in establishing Enterprise Information Management capabilities to deliver on business information needs such as next-gen marketing efforts, Enterprise Data Catalog, regulatory and privacy compliance, and Digital Platforms.

With over 20 years of experience, Stacie was an Information Architect for Microsoft and an Enterprise Information Architect for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she established Data Governance programs and designed information platforms, facilitating and mentoring the organization's transformation to data-driven culture. She started her career as a developer then moved from program management into data as a result of her passion for connecting business and technology.

She's a regular speaker at Steve Hoberman's Data Modeling Zone and has presented many times at Microsoft's Sales professionals conference, Ready, as well at DAMA Puget Sound chapter meetings.

Jessica Tjhin Southworth: Co-VP of Special Events

Jessica has 10+ years of finance, data and analytics experience, including at the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile and more recently at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has a wide breadth of consulting at large enterprises in finance, revenue management and reporting programs as a developer, analyst and program manager. She attained her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Washington, is a certified Tableau Desktop associate and as well as a certified Scrum Master. She has worked the Microsoft data platform Product Marketing team to develop developer content and educational materials, developed a cost estimate and analysis process at Boeing for the 787 program and more recently has created a release management process for all foundation reports at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Jessica is passionate about growing the DAMA-PS chapter fellow data enthusiasts and building alliances with other data groups in the Puget Sound area.

Elan May Rinck: Co-Vice President of Marketing

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Serik Smagulov: Co-Vice President of Marketing


Serik is an award-winning IT entrepreneur and was named as an Entrepreneur of the Year. Serik has 10+ years of management experience and consults IT startups and Fortune 100 companies focusing on digital experience, strategy, cybersecurity, product management, and data analytics.

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