Danielle Varda
Dr. Danielle Varda
CEO & Founder

Danielle is a scientist turned start-up founder, leading VNL as CEO. Her combination of 20 years as a network scientist studying social connectedness and health, published author, 12 years as a tenured professor at the University of CO Denver, and her successful launch and scaling of the Center on Network Science came together in one big idea to start VNL. She is an entrepreneur, technologist, network scientist, fundraiser, and mother to three spirited girls. She is a nationally known expert and keynote speaker on applied network science, with specific expertise in health system, public health system, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and educational system approaches. Danielle has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles on networks and their impact. She leads VNL’s strategic partnership approach, is the company’s lead fundraiser, and has a vision for how to utilize network science to solve our most pressing and intractable problems. 

What Danielle is Reading:

The Infinite Game; A Book by Simon Sinek

The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. 

Click here to learn more about the book.

Meet the Rest of the VNL Team

Danielle Varda

Dr. Danielle Varda,
CEO & Founder
Amanda Beacom

Dr. Amanda Beacom, PhD, MPP,
VP of Research & Data Science
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Mike Cooper,
VP of Engineering
Sara Sprong

Sara Sprong, M.P.A,
VP of Customer Experience
Alex Derr

Alex Derr, M.P.A,
Director of Marketing & Communications
Tobie Tsuzuki

Tobie Tsuzuki,
Full Stack Engineer/Team Lead
Joshua Albert

Joshua Albert,
Full Stack Developer
Rose Hardy

Dr. Rose Y. Hardy,
Network Data Scientist
Andy Zheng

Andy Zheng,
Senior Data Analyst
Kaley Bachinski

Kaley Bachinski, MSc,
Senior Project Manager
Lea Xenakis

Lea Xenakis, M.P.A.,
Director of Research and Evaluation
Kelly Sprong

Kelly Sprong,
VP of Strategic Partnerships
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Zac Thompson,
VP of Product
Tyler Funk

Tyler Funk,
Full Stack Software Developer
Brandon Davis

Brandon Davis,
Product Owner
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Steve Stremsterfer,
UX/UI Design Manager
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Kendall Warwick-Diaz, MA,
Data Analyst
Kahea Hendrickson

Kāhea Hendrickson,
Software Developer
Malinda

Malinda Mochizuki, M.P.A,
QA Specialist
Will Jacobson

Will Jacobson,
Business Development Specialist
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Alena Lidey (She/Her),
Customer Success Manager
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Josh Nikander,
Technology Intern
Jalece

Jalece Wherry, M.H.A, Customer Success Manager
Richard

Richard Funkhouser, Research & Evaluation Manager
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Isabella Spielmann,
Technology Intern
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