Team Panda 2019-04-23T10:27:39-04:00

Leadership Team

Cal Al-Dhubaib

Chief Data Scientist & Partner

Cal is a data science thought leader in Northeast Ohio. He leads teams to help organizations launch data science initiatives and use advanced technologies, like artificial intelligence, to impact the bottom line. Cal regularly speaks on topics in machine learning and what organizations can do to start leveraging their data for impact. He has received both national and international recognition for his work in predictive modeling and entrepreneurship.

As the first data science graduate from Case Western Reserve University, he works tirelessly to advocate for careers and educational pathways in data science and contributes to workforce development initiatives throughout Northeast Ohio.

When he is not revolutionizing the world of data science, Cal enjoys spending time with his five nephews and niece, collecting art from around the world, salsa dancing (fun fact: he used to teach), competitive running, and teaching his cat, Oreo, to do tricks (yes, some cats will actually humor us humans).

Nicole Ponstingle

Chief Operating Officer & Partner

Nicole is a marketing and business development strategist with 20+ years of experience. She has worked in both the SMB and enterprise but has a passion for helping smaller organizations become sustainable and thrive. Career highlights include serving as a Strategic Business Consultant to Marathon Oil, Director of Marketing & Client Services at BlueBridge Networks, North American Marketing Manager for KTM Motorcycles, and as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Mail Marketing, a 30-year-old direct marketing firm that she helped to successfully transition and integrate after an acquisition.

As the COO of Pandata, Nicole’s role is very diverse and compliments her varied skillsets, ability to pivot, and ardor for finding operational efficiencies. Coupled with that is her unique savvy around positioning sales and marketing to be a cohesive force for the overall welfare of an organization.

When Nicole isn’t devising new initiatives for Pandata, she has a passion for animal welfare (fun fact: she volunteers with two dog rescues), traveling, wine tasting, live music, and being a “fur-kid” mom to her Boston Terrier, Sadie, Frenchton, Lux, and American Bobtail, Maeve.

Hannah Arnson

Data Scientist

Hannah is a neuroscientist turned data scientist. She earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University, in St. Louis, and conducted postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University where she studied topics ranging from the sense of smell to navigation in pigeons. She developed mathematical models for neural activity and then validated them with data collection and statistical testing. She now applies those skills to solve problems for Pandata clients.

When not delving deeply into data, she fiddles old-time string band tunes with several area groups. She also enjoys the Metropark system whenever possible. As a native Clevelander, she is excited to bring her talents back to Cleveland.