ⓘ Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic


Insight from data has made an impactful difference in Hawaii’s response to COVID. Join Deena Tearney, CEO of Pacific Point, as she moderates a panel that shares how:

  • Successful response requires everyone to come together and rapidly innovate in times of crisis
  • Data, data visualizations, and data integration with other system increases decision making value
  • You can create and foster a data culture at your organization

Joining Deena on the panel are:

  • Jeremy Blaney – Senior Manager, Customer Success at Tableau
  • Erin Hughey, PhD – Director of Global Operations at Pacific Disaster Center
  • Nick Redding, PhD – Executive Director at Hawaii Data Collaborative



More about Deena

Deena White Tearney is the Founder and CEO of Pacific Point and is responsible for the company’s operations and growth. She has a technical background and a long history of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software development and consulting, both as a consultant with “Big Five” consulting firms, Capgemini Ernst & Young and IBM Global Services and in industry, prior to founding Pacific Point. As CEO of Pacific Point, Deena brings her depth of CRM experience in a wide range of industries to Pacific Point’s clients.

Deena has a passion for encouraging youth to pursue careers in business, leadership, and technology. She has a long-standing history of support for various youth programs in Hawaii focused on topics such as STEM, Women in Business and Leadership, and Women in Technology. She was the keynote speaker for the 2017 Girls Summit and the 2020 Science Symposium for Girls. She and her team have volunteered 3 years in a row at the STEM Works Hawaii annual conference as professional mentors.

More about Erin

For over 20 years, Dr. Erin Hughey has dedicated her academic and professional life’s work to advancing evidence-based practices in the field of disaster management. Leading PDC global efforts, she has developed the foundation for the largest operationalized national and subnational risk and disaster preparedness assessment. The breadth of her career spans hand-on response operations at local, state, federal, and international levels, to the development of regional and global policy focused on disaster risk reduction. Erin received her PhD from the University of South Florida and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Georgetown University in the Disaster and Emergency Management program.

More about Jeremy

Jeremy Blaney is a customer success leader at Tableau, helping people see and understand data and organizations become more data-driven. During his tenure at Tableau, he has partnered with many clients to create and implement data transformation strategies, including the United Nations, global financial services firms, U.S. government agencies, and Fortune 500 retail companies. Beyond his customer success role, Jeremy is dual-hatting as the Tableau Product Owner for the COVID-19 Data Platform, a free Salesforce, MuleSoft, and Tableau service that gathers, unifies and delivers trusted COVID-19 data to organizations around the world.

In addition to his work at Tableau, Jeremy is a lecturer on data analytics at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the University of Texas. Jeremy served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, largely as an intelligence analyst, completing assignments with NATO’s Allied Air Command and deploying in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. After separating from the military, he worked at Bank of America, leading people analytics projects in support of diversity and inclusion, organizational health, employee relations and other people-focused areas.

Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, a master of arts in diplomacy from Norwich University and a master of international business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

More about Nick

Nick Redding is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Data Collaborative, a nonprofit organization focused on making meaning from data for solving Hawaii’s pressing challenges. Prior to founding the Collaborative, he served as Director of Social Research and Strategy for the Ulupono Initiative, a Hawaii-focused organization working to promote locally produced food, renewable energy, clean transportation, and better management of water and waste. Nick holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where he conducted research on the dynamics of conflict, and complexity-aware leadership.