Research Staff

Spencer Parkinson Spencer Parkinson Executive Director LinkedIN

As Executive Director of Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS), Spencer Parkinson is responsible for business generation, fulfillment, ensuring client satisfaction and managing the overall operations of the business. He seeks to understand clients’ data challenges, propose potential solutions and works with clients to enhance their decision making processes...


Merlin Siefken Merlin Siefken Business Development Manager LinkedIn

Merlin Siefken contracts with Decision Innovation Solutions to provide Business Development services. He is responsible for maintaining and enhancing business relationships, conducting research of new product lines and service offerings, collaborating with the Decision Innovation Solutions team on project development and fulfillment, administration and identifying prospective customers...


 Patricia S. Patricia Batres-Marquez Senior Research Analyst linkedin

As a Senior Research Analyst for Decision Innovation Solutions, S. Patricia Batres-Marquez is responsible for conducting economic data analysis and modeling to evaluate agricultural policies relevant to clients to make informed decisions. Using her research expertise in the analysis of agricultural economic policies and agricultural trade, Patricia provides economic insight applying appropriate methodologies to address clients’ needs...


Michelle Mensing Michelle Mensing Director of Operations Linkedin

As the Director of Operations for Decision Innovation Solutions, Michelle is responsible for leading and managing the DIS staff, determining workload allocation and guiding project management. She works with clients primarily in the areas of agricultural policy analysis, economic impact modeling and market analytics to assist them in making better strategic business decisions...


Dave Miller David Miller Chief Economist LinkedIn

David Miller, Chief Economist, contracts with Decision Innovation Solutions to provide economic analysis and business development services. He is responsible for building, maintaining and enhancing business relationships, developing new product lines and service offerings, collaborating with the Decision Innovation Solutions team on project development and fulfillment, and identifying prospective clientele... 


Chris Mandt Chris Mandt Research Analyst LinkedIn

As a Research Analyst for Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS), Chris is responsible for analyzing economic and agricultural data to assist clients in making informed strategic business decisions. In this role, he assists clients in the areas of public policy, feasibility and economic impact...


Brittni Echols  Brittni Echols Research Analyst LinkedIn

As a research analyst for Decision Innovation Solutions, Brittni helps develop, manage, and analyze data and solutions to assist clients in making informed and strategic business decisions. Brittni received a BS degree in International Agricultural Economics from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi...


 Jing Tang Decision Innovation Solutions Jing Tang Statistician linkedin

As a Statistician for Decision Innovation Solutions, Jing Tang is responsible for analyzing data to help clients to make better strategic business decisions, and to assist coworkers in improving model prediction and model estimation preference...


Rachel Sonnabed Rachel Sonnabend Marketing-Communications Intern LinkedIn

As an Intern at Decision Innovation Solutions, Rachel Sonnabend is responsible for implementing our social media strategy, as well as managing the DIS blog and web content to better communicate with our clients. As she is originally from a small town in southern Minnesota, her passion for the agricultural industry stems from being raised on a diversified farm...


 LaVerne Sanders Data Warehouse Architect LinkedIn

As Data Warehouse Architect for DIS, LaVerne is working with us as a consultant to enhance our data library. Proper collection of high-quality data is crucial to the research that we do on a daily basis...


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