Meet the Team

Meet The Team


The Offices of Budget & Planning and Institutional Analysis are the official source of University information regarding state allocated budgets, students, faculty, departments, colleges, and certain traditional higher education indices, such as institutional revenue sources, student headcount enrollment, student credit hours, student and faculty demographic information, and graduation and degrees awarded information.

These offices report to Cathy Anderson, Chief Financial Officer and are comprised of highly talented and hard working staff.

LEADERSHIP

Sandy Hughes

Director of Budget, Planning and Financial Reporting

Sandy Hughes

Director of Budget, Planning and Financial Reporting
Education: BS in Business Management, BS in Accounting and MPA all at the University of Utah
What is your role in the Budget Office and how long have you been here? 21 years in the Budget Office; first as a Manager and then Director.
What is something that you’ve done but will never do again? Help first graders learn numbers.
When did you first know you loved numbers? First grade when I helped others learn numbers too.
What household chore do you like the least? Dusting since it comes right back.
 sandy.hughes@utah.edu

Mike Martineau, Ph.D.

Director of Institutional Analysis

Mike Martineau, Ph.D.

Director of Institutional Analysis
Education: Ph.D. Economics, University of Utah
M.S. Economics, University of Utah
B.A. Economics, University of Utah
What do you do for OBIA? Serving as the director of Institutional Analysis, I lead the teams responsible for official reporting and analytics for the University. For the most part, I set a vision and plan and then try to stay out of the way of my incredible teams.
What’s the best thing about the U? The people and institutional mission make this place remarkable. I work with the best people around, whose care factor is through the roof. There’s nothing better than being surrounded by passion, talent, and an appetite for trying new things.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Fish tacos, baja style
What is your favorite chart type? Any one that isn’t a pie chart. No, wait, scatterplot.
 mike.martineau@Utah.edu

BUDGET, PLANNING and FINANCIAL REPORTING

Ethan Hacker

Financial Management Analyst

Ethan Hacker

Financial Management Analyst
Education: Dixie State University – Associates of Science
Utah State University – Bachelors of Science
University of Utah – Masters of Business Administration
What is your role in the Budget Office and how long have you been here? Support the university’s central administration’s budgeting, financial reporting and funding distribution process
What is something that you’ve done but will never do again? Riding coast to coast in the U.S. in a Uhaul within a week
What household chore do you like the least? Cleaning Toilets
Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? Octopus Dish
 ethan.hacker@utah.edu

Sharayne Farnsworth

Associate Director of Accounting and Finance

Sharayne Farnsworth

Associate Director of Accounting and Finance
Education: MBA, Westminster College , UT
What is your role in the Budget Office and how long have you been here? Been with the Office of Budget and Planning since 2014
When did you first know you loved numbers? Around 8 when learning multiplication
What household chore do you like the least? Dusting, it returns before your done!
What was your favorite TV show when growing up? Falcon Crest
 sharayne.farnsworth@utah.edu

Jason Atuaia

Special Assistant to the CFO

Jason Atuaia

Special Assistant to the CFO
Education: BS Accounting (University of Utah), MBA (University of Utah)
What is your role in the Budget Office and how long have you been here? Special Assistant to the CFO. 9 months in August 2020
What is something that you’ve done but will never do again? Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. It was windy and crowded the day I did it. In the future I may hike through Walter’s Wiggles, but I won’t attempt the summit again.
Do you prefer Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise? Best Foods Real Mayonnaise. No exceptions, substitutes, or any of that light stuff.
Weirdest food you've ever eaten? Palolo Worms
 jason.atuaia@utah.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS ANALYTICS

Amanda May

Research Analyst

Amanda May

Research Analyst
Education: M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy (University of Utah), BS Psychology (Saint Leo University)
What do you do for OBIA? Support the Student Data Warehouse and work with partner colleges by creating dashboards, student lists, and compiling data for custom requests.
What’s the best thing about the U? The energy that the students bring to campus is one of the best things about working here.
Where is your dream travel destination? Lake Como, Italy
Who would you go see in concert over and over again? Tim McGraw! He’s amazing!
If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep? Google Photos, Smith’s, Instagram
How long have you worked for UU? 10 years
 amanda.may@utah.edu

Ben White

Business Data Analyst

Ben White

Business Data Analyst
Education: BS, Economics, University of Utah, 2010
How long have you worked with OBIA?:I have lived in Utah for over 20 years and love it here! I have been with OBIA since March 2016 but I have been employed at the U almost continuously since July 2006.
What do you do for OBIA? I use data to tell the stories of groups across campus and try to provide insights to help decision-makers in their process.
When did you first know you loved data? Age 6. Due to poor vision, I struggled learning to read. The thing that finally clicked was looking at sports box scores in the morning newspaper.
Where is your dream travel destination? Normandy, France
What was your favorite TV show when growing up? Home Improvement
 ben.white@utah.edu

Stephanie Nalbone

Business Data Analyst

Stephanie Nalbone

Business Data Analyst
Education: B.S. Consumer and Community Studies (University of Utah)
Where are you from? Grew up in Western NY State; Started with OBIA in 2018.
What do you do for OBIA? Consult with University partner colleges to provide student lists, descriptive statistics, and dashboards utilizing the University’s Student Data Warehouse in order to support decision-making and strategic initiatives.
Where is your dream travel destination? Morocco If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Anything with black bean and sweet potato.
 stephanie.nalbone@utah.edu

Luis Oquendo

Manager of Analytics

Luis Oquendo

Manager of Analytics
Education: Ph.D. University of Utah
Hometown: Hometown: Vancouver, WA
What do you do for OBIA? Data-driven consultations on strategic planning/decision-making, statistical & predictive analyses. Provide guidance on data utilization, data governance, and data best practices.
What’s the best thing about the U? I’ll take the breakfast buffet, anytime, anyplace.
When did you first know you loved data? That’s Private.
If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep? ? One app is sufficient: The Woodshop Widget.
 luis.oquendo@utah.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS DATA

Becca Baggett

Data Architect and Manager

Becca Baggett

Data Architect and Manager
Education: B.A. University of Wyoming
What do you do for OBIA? Research enterprise-wide data sources, design new data models structured for reporting and analysis, and lead OBIA's database management team.
When did you first know you loved data? The day I learned to speak PeopleSoft’s query language. It rocked my world and I’ve never looked back.
Where is your dream travel destination? The forest surrounding my childhood family cabin in Star Valley. It’s where all my summers were spent as a kid, with a moose pond in our front yard, wild huckleberry and strawberry patches in the woods, and endless hours spent exploring the forest on foot and four-wheeler.
 rebecca.baggett@utah.edu

Jennifer Long-Pratt

Sr Data Warehouse Developer/Analyst

Jennifer Long-Pratt

Sr Data Warehouse Developer/Analyst
Education: Bachelor of Music – Utah State University
What do you do for OBIA? My role is to manage the OBIA database, and to prepare and transform data for reporting.
What are a few things you love? Indian and Middle Eastern food; hackey sack (although I never get to play anymore!); and of course music and dance. I also love birds, and have kept cockatiels as pets for almost 25 years.
 jennifer.long-pratt@utah.edu

Scott Mikos

Data Warehouse Developer/Analyst

Scott Mikos

Data Warehouse Developer/Analyst
Education: MS in Math and BS in Math (Western Illinois University). BA in Psychology (University of South Florida)
What do you do for OBIA? I build and maintain database objects used by our analysts for state/federal reporting, institutional surveys, and internal/external analytics projects. I develop processes to audit and improve the integrity of data elements brought together from different systems.
What is your favorite Star Trek series? Deep Space Nine. Hands down. If you like Star Trek but not DS9, you need to binge DS9 from the beginning and reconsider.
What’s your favorite band? Reel Big Fish!
 scott.mikos@utah.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS REPORTING

Liz Conder

Manager of Reporting

Liz Conder

Manager of Reporting
Education: MBA, The College of Saint Rose, NY
What is your role in the Budget Office and how long have you been here? I was born and raised in upstate New York. I came to Utah for a job (well, really to ski) and I like here so much (especially when it snows) that I’ve stayed for over ten years.
What do you do for OBIA? Reporting for state and federal agencies, accreditation and state program reviews, reporting to ranking agencies like U.S. News, create public dashboards, provide analyses for decision-making.
What’s the best thing about the U? The U has such a broad reach that its impact is huge. It seems like everyone has a connection to the U and from a data perspective, it’s really fun to work on such a wide variety of projects and data sets.
When did you first know you loved numbers? The first time I was able to answer a question based on data was an eye-opening moment. It’s rewarding to be able to prove or dispel anecdotal evidence and contribute to decision-making based on data.
Where is your dream travel destination? The top of any mountain where there’s snow. Heli-skiing in Alaska is on my bucket list.
 liz.conder@utah.edu

Riley Lensink

Reporting Analyst

Riley Lensink

Reporting Analyst
Education: Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Montana State University
Where are you from? I am originally from Northern California and have worked with the OBIA team since June of 2019.
What do you do for OBIA? Compile, analyze, and interpret institutional data to complete external surveys and internal requests.
What’s the best thing about the U? Being in an educational environment and the Dinky Donuts food truck.
When did you first know you loved data? Through my coursework in college, which ultimately led to my decision to minor in statistics.
What was your favorite TV show when growing up? Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
 riley.lensink@obia.utah.edu