Under his vision and leadership, Dakota Software has become an industry leader for environmental management software. Known as an industry expert on the structure and role of environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs, Mr. Shiverick has written and made numerous presentations on the subject. Specifically, he has presented on the role of technology at the American Society for Quality Control, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and The Auditing Roundtable.
Mr. Shiverick was awarded the Extraordinary Service Award from The Auditing Roundtable, a professional organization dedicated to the development and professional practice of environmental, health, and safety auditing. He values his long standing interest in environmental issues and has been closely associated with the Student Conservation Association, a nationwide force of high school and college-age volunteers who are committed to protecting and preserving the environment.
Mr. Shiverick received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Bucknell University.
Vice President of Development
Mr. Walter is responsible for leading the development team, driving the development process, and overseeing product management and strategy across all applications in the organization. Prior to Dakota, Mr. Walter worked at Rosetta and Progressive Insurance where he held various positions in the development process from programming, information architecture, product management, and Technical Director.
He is an expert in designing and developing creative business solutions using industry standards and best practices. Mr. Walter holds a Bachelors in Business Administration, Management Information Systems, from Bowling Green State University.
Director of Compliance Services
Dr. Cole leads Dakota's Compliance Services Team of EHS professionals providing tactical project management and client system configuration including delivery of full implementation services to Dakota Software clients. She has more than 30 years of onsite industry experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety compliance and auditing fields, as well as 18 years of database administration experience with Dakota’s products.
Prior to joining Dakota, Dr. Cole held positions in the regulatory arena and in industry with global responsibility. Dr. Cole holds two Master’s Degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering respectively, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. She also holds QEP, CPEA, CVI and Six Sigma Transactional Green Belt certifications.
Director of Marketing
Mr. Kimball is responsible for Dakota's internal and external marketing communications, brand management, and coordination of industry-related and user-focused events. With a background in design and promotions, he oversees product communications, public relations, social media, and overall brand awareness.
Mr. Kimball holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Graphics and Marketing from Cleveland State University, with a focus on graphic design and multimedia communication.
Director of Customer Success
Doug Balash is the Director of Customer Success at Dakota Software and is responsible for ensuring that customers realize the full value of Dakota’s solutions. Mr. Balash leads day-to-day operations for client support, project management, and training. After working in software implementation for over 20 years, he has touched everything from sales to client success to entrepreneurship. His results-driven business ethics has provided him with extensive experience in managing complex solutions and delivering strategic initiatives to improve client efficiencies and increase business performance to the following areas: software development, support, training, client services, consulting, operations management, and project management. Throughout the years, Mr. Balash has learned to deliver dynamic, charismatic and straight forward leadership to the workplace environment with a track record for excellence.
Prior to joining Dakota Software Doug worked at IBM Watson Health, and was instrumental in leading multiple complex client engagements, developing and being the liaison between the project team members and the client’s key executives. Doug has also held leadership roles at National Interstate Insurance and MRI Software where he managed high growth product and services lines. Doug holds a Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.
Director of Sales
Since joining Dakota Software in 2005 as an Account Executive, Mr. Cross has assisted global clients like BASF, Sherwin Williams, and Monsanto with their environmental, health and safety (EHS) management programs. Utilizing his knowledge of data management systems and EHS management needs, he now leads Dakota's Sales and Account Management teams as the Director of Sales.
Mr. Cross holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing & Management from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Manager of Regulatory Services
Ms. Rippe is responsible for managing all aspects of Regulatory Services at Dakota Software including identification and prioritization of content development and customization tasks, monitoring content aspects of product development and customer support activities, and development and trouble-shooting of database tools. She participates in content development tasks by researching and analyzing EPA, DOT, OSHA and other regulations and initiatives; and devising strategies for the content to leverage the software’s features and functions.
Prior to joining Dakota, Ms. Rippe was an adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and worked as a chemical hygiene consultant providing regulatory support and planning, including identification and analysis of pertinent federal, state, and local codes and regulations; training; and emergency incident response.
Ms. Rippe earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental, Health and Safety Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from St. John Fisher College.