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Reg Shiverick

Reg Shiverick


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.

Chris Crans

Chris Crans

Vice President of Sales

Chris Crans serves as Vice President of Sales for Dakota Software. Chris is primarily responsible for leading the sales organization and generating new revenue for Dakota. Additionally, Chris leads a team of Solution Consultants and partners closely with other departments within Dakota to ensure clients are receiving the best possible experience.

Prior to joining Dakota, Chris served as Vice President of Sales for SilkRoad Technology, an HR software company based in Chicago. Prior to that, Chris operated in several leadership capacities at companies like Cornerstone OnDemand, PureSafety and Apple, Inc.

Joyce Higgins

Joyce Higgins

Vice President of Product Strategy, Dakota Software

Ms. Higgins is responsible for setting the strategic vision and advancing Dakota in their mission to help the world’s leading organizations with EHS compliance assurance and reduced operational risk. She leads new product initiatives and further improvements of the Dakota EHS platform. She brings more than 20 years of product management experience leading the planning and execution of technology solutions for companies in highly-regulated industries.

Prior to joining Dakota, Ms. Higgins held several senior product leadership positions where she set the product vision, roadmap, and go-to-market strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Illinois State University and has certifications from the Scrum Alliance and Pragmatic Marketing Institution.

Ankur Patel

Ankur Patel

Director of Technology, Dakota Software

Ankur is responsible for leading the development organization focusing on the design, development, and validation of Dakota's existing and new software products. He focus on the intersection of Software Engineering and Solutions Architecture, with the goal to deliver high quality solutions for end users while balancing the need for technological innovation and long term stability. Additionally, Ankur works closely with Dakota's technology vendor partners to ensure customers both internal and external are receiving the best product possible.

Prior to joining Dakota, Ankur served as Director of Technology for Publicis Sapient, a global consultancy within the Publicis Groupe. During Ankur's time at Publicis Sapient, he worked closely with clients large and small including, VF Corporation, Entegris, Marriott, Allegion, Intel, Sherwin Williams and many more. Ankur holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Julianne Wayton

Julianne Wayton

Director of Human Resources

Julianne is responsible for planning, designing, developing and evaluating human resource-related initiatives to support organizational strategic goals. These areas include, but are not limited to talent acquisition and development, performance management, employee engagement and general policies and practices.

Prior to joining Dakota in 2018, Julianne worked at Hyland Software in talent acquisition, then as a Global HR Business Partner. She gained additional experience serving as an HR Manager at The Sherwin-Williams Company supporting various teams in IT. Julianne earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Communication Studies, with a focus on Human Resources, from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Robert Kimball

Robert Kimball

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.

Ann Rippe

Ann Rippe

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.

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