Meet The Data Incubator

Where experience meets commitment.

In 2019, The Data Incubator officially became a part of Pragmatic Institute, the authority on comprehensive product management, product marketing, and data science training for today’s leading companies. Founded in 1993 as Pragmatic Marketing, Pragmatic Institute has helped over 200,000 students from more than 9,000 companies across 26 countries and countless industries refine and perfect their corporate strategies through the Pragmatic Framework.

Instructors

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Robert Schroll

Data Scientist in Residence
Robert studied squishy physics in Chicago, Amherst, and Santiago, Chile, before uniting his love of computers, teaching, and making pretty graphs at The Data Incubator. In his free time, he plays tuba and right field, usually not simultaneously.
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Don Fox

Don Fox

Data Scientist in Residence
Born and raised in deep South Texas, Don studied chemical engineering at MIT and Cornell where he researched renewable energy systems. Don was attracted to data science because it is an interdisciplinary field that combines math, statistics, and computer science to derive insights of processes using data. He enjoys puns, wearing ties, cardigans, and everything fall. He is a Data Scientist in Residence.
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Ana Hocevar

Ana Hocevar

Data Scientist in Residence
Ana obtained her PhD in Physics before becoming a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University where she worked on developing and implementing an underwater touchscreen for dolphins. Now she combines her love for coding and teaching as a Data Scientist in Residence. She spends her free time doing pottery, sometimes climbing, and every now and then scuba diving.
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Russell Martin

Data Scientist in Residence
Russ was born in TN, grew up in NY, and got his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech. After that he lived and worked for seventeen years in the United Kingdom, including Warwick University and the University of Liverpool. In his spare time, Russ reads all sorts of science-y things he probably doesn't really understand and plays board games.
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Richard Ott

Data Scientist in Residence
Rich moved from particle physics to data science when he left academia, and is excited to be joining his interests in data and programming with his love of teaching. In his spare time, he's a fan of science, speculative fiction, board games, and hiking.
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Nicholas Dela Fuente

Nicholas Dela Fuente

Data Engineer in Residence
Nicholas studied physics and economics at Arizona State University developing software to examine X-ray distributions for CT-scans in order to classify biominerals within the kidney. Nicholas is excited to be pursuing a combination of two long term passions, teaching and data Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, coming up with ridiculous ML models, and pretty much anything that involves nature. Ask him about philosophy, traveling, or snowboarding and you will gladly get him off-topic.
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Staff

Christine Plitt

Christine Plitt

VP, Operations and Educational Services
Christine is a graduate from Arizona State - both undergrad and MBA and thus earning the title "Double Devil" for having completed both. Prior to joining Pragmatic Institute and TDI, she worked in the hospitality industry in an operations and sales capacity. She has over 10 years of experience in the EdTech industry and brings her incredible guidance to the TDI team. Under her care, the quantity and quality of applicants to the fellowship program has grown, as has the number of hiring partners looking to fill their data science need. Her favorite part about working at TDI is helping the students make the life changing decision to transition into a career in data science, and she's looking forward to expanding the TDI offerings over time.
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Sarah Fugate

Director, Hiring Partnerships
Originally from the Hudson Valley, Sarah has made Washington, DC her home for the past decade. After attending American University, Sarah built her career in the DC tech space with roles ranging from digital marketing to enterprise account management. She's passionate about building great relationships and uses this daily in her work leading TDI's online learning programs and managing our partnerships in the DMV. When she's not working, you can find Sarah enjoying champagne, true crime documentaries, and spending time with her beloved pug, Penny. She hates Star Wars.
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Sierra King

Director, Admissions and Program Services
Originally from Oceanside, California, Sierra found her way to Phoenix, Arizona in 2011. She is an Arizona State University alum with a special interest in Data Analytics. She brings over 7 years of experience in the EdTech space and has held roles in admissions, operations, and sales. She truly enjoys assisting students with reaching their education and career goals. In her free time, you can find Sierra doing a DIY project, binge-watching a new series, or spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
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Niki Lindquist

Marketing Manager
Born and raised in the Finger Lakes Region, Niki is a big outdoors enthusiast. After graduating, marketing as a career fell into her lap - she loved how exciting and creative it could be and surged ahead. She comes to TDI with over 13 years of experience in a variety of marketing roles from web design to brand strategy, and everything in-between. When she isn't strategizing the next campaign, she can be found hiking, attending alpaca yoga, picking blackcaps on a trail, or just hanging outside with her dog Romulus.
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Megan Nissel

Developer
Megan joined The Data Incubator after graduating with dual degrees from American University. She began her career as TDI's Director of Operations before shifting her focus to tech and taking over as the company's Developer. She puts her knowledge of Python to work, maintaining everything the light touches (and many more things that never see the light of day) on the TDI website to ensure applications run smoothly for everyone. In her free time she enjoys gaming, reading sci-fi, practicing martial arts, perfecting steel mace flows, and cultivating her apartment jungle.
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Ryan O'Neil

Partnership and Recruitment Manager
Originally from Pittsburgh, Ryan made the move to Denver in 2007 and never looked back. He brings almost a decade of account management and partnership experience along with having a background in education. When he's not on the hunt for TDI's next big hiring partner, he can be typically found riding his bike, camping, kayaking or just playing a round of disc golf in the sun.
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Lauren Wheeler

Partnership and Recruitment Manager
After graduating from Northern Kentucky University, Lauren used her journalism degree in the realm of politics, working on local, statewide and national campaigns for nearly a decade. She holds the distinguished Kentucky Colonel honor in recognition of her accomplishments and service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Lauren is excited to create strong relationships with hiring partners and students alike at TDI. In her free time, you can find her talking about how much she loves Kentucky, taking road trips, listening to Taylor Swift and hanging out with her dog Senator.
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Molly Henery

Enrollment and Program Specialist
Molly is originally from California and currently lives in Oregon. She earned her BA from the University of Washington and then earned her MA from the University of Denver. She has been working in the field of education since 2015, specializing in admissions, enrollment, and operations. Outside of her day job, Molly is a professional film critic, fiction writer, and spends her time with her husband and her small zoo of animals at home.
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RaVeign Lee

Enrollment and Program Specialist
RaVeign was born in Chicago, IL but grew up in Tuskegee, AL. She joined the United States Army at a young age and served proudly for 8 years. She received her BS from Savannah State University in Savannah, GA. She has spent most of her career working in Admissions and now works with TDI’s Enrollment team! In her spare time, you can catch her outside zip lining or inside watching Netflix. There is really no in-between.
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