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DEI Spotlight: National Hispanic Heritage Month – Stephanie Finnel

Stephanie Finnel

Finance Committee Chair
Chapter Treasurer

Current title, place of employment, length of tenure:

  • Principal Data Scientist, Aetna, Since January 2022

Personal info (family, hobbies, exciting accomplishments):

  • I live in Moorestown, NJ, with my husband, my 3-year-old son, and my 1-year-old daughter.
  • Professionally, my biggest accomplishment is developing a pilot program to offer medication management for seniors receiving home healthcare. I enjoy trying new recipes, jigsaw puzzles, and dancing salsa and merengue.

Educational background or certifications:

  • BA in Economics and Mathematics at Yale University; PhD and MS in Marketing at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

How I started in healthcare:

  • My favorite project in graduate school focused on understanding the drivers of adherence to medication regimens. Figuring out why people do not take medications as directed was a challenge, but I enjoyed it because I knew the result would make a difference in the lives of patients. Thus, when the time came to look for a job, I sought opportunities in healthcare. My first healthcare role was at BAY ADA Home Health Care.

Personal & Professional Interests:

  • Data science, statistics, behavioral economics, cooking, puzzles, Latin dancing

Why is DEI important to you:

  • I am a Mexican American who grew up in the U.S. and Mexico. Having two cultures has enriched my life in countless ways. For this reason, I want my children to grow up in a world that celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives.