Brian Parish, CEO and Founder
As CEO and founder of IData, Inc., Brian is a well-respected thought leader in the information technology (IT), data governance, and institutional research (IR) for higher education. Brian has worked directly with over 500 colleges and universities to increase their productivity with creative and innovative technology solutions. Since 1995, Brian has had the opportunity to work with most of the major higher education ERP systems, many reporting tools, and integrations with countless vendors used by higher education institutions.
Ken Dezio, CTO
As IData’s Chief Technology Officer, he heads the company’s Innovative Products Division and is responsible for creating exciting new software applications such as the Data Cookbook and the IDataHub. He has 19 years of experience designing, developing, and consulting on higher education administrative software and has worked with a variety of different systems, languages, and tools. Ken has a MS in Technology Management from George Mason University and a BS in Chemistry from University of Maryland.
Marla Ballenger, COO
Marla is the Chief Operating Officer of IData, Incorporated with a primary focus on the company’s operations, including the project management office, finance, HR, general admin, marketing, event management and logistics, strategic and operational planning, and product management. She has over 20 years of industry and IT consulting experience in package implementations, integrations and custom application development. She has worked with multiple student information systems including Banner, Oracle and PeopleSoft. Marla has worked in various roles including project director, project manager, functional analyst, technical analyst and developer. Marla was also the head of the implementation services group at a startup SaaS SIS provider where she oversaw the implementation and data migration projects for all clients.
Louis is an information technology professional with an extensive background in higher-education enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, Unix systems and applications development. Louis has worked with Datatel’s products for over 10 years and has written numerous customizations, reports, batch processes, workflows and integration processes to satisfy a large, diverse and very demanding user community. He always seeks to improve the performance, security and stability of the systems he works on.
When David joined IData in mid-2007, he brought with him a strong background in higher education technology with an emphasis on software development, systems integration and customization. As a former employee of Datatel for over nine years, he obtained a wealth of knowledge and experience as a programmer in many areas of the Colleague system and also spent time as a lead technical analyst working directly with clients to resolve their unique problems and system issues. David enjoys utilizing his specialized insight and problem solving skills to help our clients meet their needs and he is always looking forward to a challenge whether it is the design and implementation of a simple system customization, an import, export or integration process, or tackling other complex issues and database related projects. His formal education includes a BS in Computer Science from William & Mary.
Paula graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Accounting and it has been her only career in over 30 years. Prior to joining the team at IData, she worked in a variety of lead accounting positions at Datatel for 23 years, providing her with a strong background in financial statement preparation, budgets, audit and tax preparation, maintenance renewals, and client contract review and billing.