Instructors and Staff

Zain Khandwala, Executive Director

Zain Khandwala headshotPrior to moving to Louisville to launch the Institute for Advanced Analytics, Zain spent 15 years as an analytics practitioner, strategist, and team builder in the financial services industry. Including stints at four large multinational banks and a banking-related Silicon Valley startup, his experience spans analytical exercises in marketing, customer service, risk management, and operations. Zain has earned degrees in computer science (University of British Columbia), business (University of Toronto), and analytics (NC State University).

Treva Winlock, Assistant Director

Treva Winlock headshotBeginning her career in international education, Treva’s work in outcome-focused logistics lead to a role at the NCAA, where she gained her first exposure to data-driven business operations. She began to study the science behind corporate tools for organizational development, eventually joining a professional services firm in a supervisory role working with multiple industries in human capital management. Her continued passion for the evolving field of high-quality analytical practices directed her to the Institute.

Nick Holt, Head Instructor

Nick Holt headshotDr. Nick Holt is the Head Instructor for the Institute for Advanced Analytics. He completed his undergraduate work at Morehead State University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville. Following the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Holt worked as an associate research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation before coming to Bellarmine University. Dr. Holt’s analytics experience includes executing laboratory studies of face perception, causal learning, and early child development, wrangling volumes of data to extract insights from eye tracking systems, and serving as a statistical analyst for a variety of government and non-profit research contracts including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Education, and Children International.

Shawn Apostel, Instructor

Dr. Shawn Apostel is an Assistant Professor of Communication and the Instructional Technology Specialist at Bellarmine University. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Communication Coordinator for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University, and the Information and Graphics Specialist for the City of Toccoa. A graphic designer by trade, Dr. Apostel has a B.A. in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College, an M.A. in Professional Communication from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. He serves as webmaster for the National Association of Communication Centers, and as a reviewer for various journals and conferences. His work is published by IGI Global, CCDigital Press, Lexington Books, New Forums Press, Computers and Composition Online, University of Michigan Press’ Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

Casey Barwell, Adjunct Instructor

Casey Barwell is a Senior Data Scientist at SmarterHQ, a retail focused Software as a Service startup. He has over 15 years experience as a software engineer, quantitative analyst, and data scientist in fields that range from banking/finance, Management Consulting, Healthcare Insurance/HEOR (Health Economics Outcomes Research), and B2C Marketing/Retail. His expertise includes developing predictive models with with large data sets; developing ETL pipelines and back-end SQL and Hadoop based processing; applying text mining/NLP techniques on customer service notes, medical health records, and retail product feeds. He is currently focused on developing automated machine learning systems in a contextual/behavioral marketing focused startup, having recently implemented a product recommendation engine for retail clients. Casey received a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science at Centre College in 2001 and a MBA from Bellarmine University in 2009.

Sarah Coldiron, Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Coldiron completed her undergraduate work at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and her M.S. Ph.D .in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Coldiron currently works on the Human Capital Analytics team at Humana as a Research Scientist, consulting on the collection and measurement of human capital data and conducting a variety of statistical analysis to inform strategic business decisions. Dr. Coldiron has taught a variety of topics at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Job Analysis, Compensation, Behavioral Statistics, and Research Methods.

Bob Doligale, Adjunct Instructor

Bob is the President of Splash Analytics, a Louisville-based data analytics and predictive modeling firm that he co-founded in 2012. He began his career with GE in the Manufacturing Management Program, and ultimately spent seven years in various engineering, finance, and operations management positions before leaving to co-found ACCENT Marketing Services in 1994. Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Bellarmine University. Originally from Chicago, Bob moved to Louisville in 1988 where he lives with his wife and four children.

Brandon Metzger, Adjunct Instructor

Brandon is the Vice President of Marketing Analytics at Splash Analytics.  He has 12 years of experience in database marketing, analytics, and market research, focusing primarily on predictive analytics within the home appliance industry for clients such as General Electric, Maytag, Whirlpool Corporation, Best Buy and The Home Depot. His expertise includes predictive modeling, forecasting, and multivariate test design and analysis. He is well versed in multiple statistical programming software packages, including SAS, SPSS, and R, among others. While with ACCENT Marketing, he was the 2010 Employee of the Year in their Performance Marketing division for results achieved due to his predictive modeling work. Brandon received a B.A. in Economics from Bellarmine University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Penn State University.


Drew Theimann, Adjunct Instructor

Drew joined Bellarmine University’s administrative staff as the Senior Reporting and Business Systems Analyst in 2016 after fifteen years as a higher education management consultant, college registrar and legal researcher on Capitol Hill. In his current role at Bellarmine, he guides the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, developing business intelligence dashboards and strategic reporting agendas for a range of stakeholders both on- and off-campus. A native of Arlington, VA, Drew holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests include assessment and instrument design, program evaluation, workforce development, and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in classroom learning.