The following dedicated professionals gave us their time and expertise to review some of the chapters in this book to help us be better.


G. Matthew Snodgrass

With a Master’s in Statistics and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon, G. Matthew Snodgrass is an analytic strategy consultant focused on driving value through economic and statistical modeling in the natural resource and energy sectors. Beyond pure quantitative analysis, he engages in risk assessment, risk management, and the development of negotiation positions for his clients. This guy knows his math and how to use it! Yowzah!

Andrew Laing

Blazing the trail as the very first Chief Data Officer for the State of Vermont, Andrew got his start in Engineering. Today, he enables the State of Vermont to realize the value of its rich data assets through enterprise information management, data governance, and operational intelligence. His specialties include systems thinking, business systems architecture, modeling, and engineering, GRC, MDM, DevOps, portfolio management, and being one of the kindest, most patient people you’ll probably ever meet.

Melissa Straw

Melissa Straw is the Director of Data Warehouse and Decision Support at Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. With over seventeen years of experience managing and leading large-scale data warehouse and business intelligence projects, Melissa is an expert at delivering data products that improve decision making. She has spent the last seven years overseeing a team in charge of building and expanding the statewide WISEdash Data Dashboard and Data Warehouse solution. Schools and districts use WISEdash for improvement planning, early warning identification, in addition to snapshot and data quality reporting. The team is also tasked with meeting federal and state reporting requirements, as well as maintaining the public-facing dashboard. In addition, Melissa has focused expertise in implementing proven organizational data governance and data quality solutions.

Lindsey Brownson

Lindsey is a recent graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing program, where she practiced across genres but concentrated in creative non-fiction. Her final thesis project was a 108-page memoir in essays titled Why Are You So Emo. She was a fiction reader and a member of the copyediting staff for the 2018 edition of Hunger Mountain, VCFA’s annual literary journal. She also had the opportunity to intern at The Wendy Sherman Agency in NYC as a reader for in-process fiction manuscripts being prepared for publication. She considers it a privilege to have other writers hand their hard work to her with implicit trust, and couldn’t have been more excited to help with this project.

Nick Maskell

Nick is a graphic artist with an associates degree in graphic design, and a bachelors in fine arts. For the last four years he has worked as a full time designer/illustrator at Susi Art, a custom apparel company in Massachusetts. Since graduation, he has worked across multiple platforms on a wide variety of projects ranging from corporate marketing and ad campaigns, to coloring books and birthday invitations. Working with our authors, he designed the EDDR logo and the cover for this book, as well as some of the visual elements within it. If you would like to see more of his work, or are in need of a freelance designer, please visit for more details.