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BASUG Leadership

Our Steering Committee is a team of dedicated volunteers who plan, organize, and run all of our events and manage our website. Our volunteer Board of Directors ensures that we fulfill our mission, and oversees our finances.

Members of each are listed below.


Elizabeth Axelrod


Board of Directors

Elizabeth chaired BASUG for 20 years. She has presented her work at SUGI/SASGF and a number of regional and local SAS users groups. She is a Lead Programmer Analyst at Abt Associates where she has been programming in SAS since 1982.


Bruno Berszoner


Board of Directors

Bruno is a health care analytics professional combining comprehensive health care industry knowledge, statistical programming and a focus on data quality. He has more than 20 years of programming experience in SAS solving critical issues related to physician and risk contracts for HMOs and PPOs, member identification, program evaluation and outcomes analysis in a health care setting.


Lori Goldman

Meeting Coordinator

Talent Scout

Lori has been programming and building SAS applications for Healthcare, Life Science and Software companies throughout her career. She has been on the BASUG Steering Committee for over 20 years in a variety of different roles.  Lori has also presented her work at the regional NESUG conference and, thus, is officially published in the NESUG Proceedings.


Dan Habtemariam

Webinar Production Team

Talent Scout

Dan works at Biostatistics Core at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and holds a MPH. He is a  multi-disciplinary analyst with experience in statistics and epidemiology from both theoretical and applied standpoints; specializing in using SAS to analyze healthcare data for scientific research.


Brian Saper, MSEE



Brian is retired from Saper Systems where he helped large corporations upgrade their mainframe technology. He used SAS for 30 years to analyze mainframe computer performance. Now he enjoys life as an electrician and repair person. He has helped organize BASUG meetings and trainings for many years.


Quentin McMullen

Vice President, Board of Directors

Chairperson, Steering Committee

Quentin has been programming in SAS for more than 20 years, primarily in healthcare settings. He has contributed papers to the  NESUG, SESUG, and SGF.


Betsy Allo



Betsy is a Biostatistician and has been programming in SAS six years in the Hospital/Healthcare and Medical Technology industries. She has been an active member of the BASUG Steering Committee since 2018.


Betty Liu

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Paul Grant

SAS & User Group Liaison

Website Development Team

Paul is a retired Senior Technical Architect with SAS Institute. He served in leadership roles with SUGI/SAS Global Forum, the Northeast SAS Users Group and the Boston Area SAS Users Group for almost 40 years. He has been a SAS programmer since 1981.


Rita Volya

Meeting Coordinator

Talent Scout

Rita has been programming in SAS for Research in Health Care for over 30 years. She worked at the Department of Health Care Policy of Harvard Medical School for over 27 years. Now she is a Senor Programmer Analyst / Program Manager at  Health Policy Research Center of Mongan Institute at MGH. She has contributed a paper to NESUG on SAS Hash Objects.


Karen Olson

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Talent Scout

Karen’s job as a research analyst introduced her to SAS in 1992. 20+ years attending BASUG events enhanced her skills and fondness for the software. She has been treasurer since 2004.


Sche Arab-Lemon

Webinar Production Team

Sche works in the pharmaceutical industry and has been programming in SAS for 20 years. She has been on the BASUG Steering Committee since 2019.


Nancy McGarry


Registration & Logistics

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Jean Roth

Survey Administrator

Webinar Production Team

Jean Roth is a longtime SAS coder and a certified SAS programmer. She has been active in a number of roles in BASUG.


Karen Wallace

Meeting Coordinator

Webinar Production Team

Karen is a senior analyst in the Health Policy, Innovation, and Information Technology Center of Excellence at Public Consulting Group. In recent years, she had the honor of presenting two papers at SAS® Global Forum, Southeast SAS® User's Group (SESUG) and the Western Area SAS® User's Group (WUSS). She received a SAS® Programming Certificate from University of California – San Diego, Extension in 2016.


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