Prior to her role with the Global Enterprise Information Security Office, Allison served as the Director of National Healthcare Compliance for UnitedHealthcare, Chief Privacy Officer for OptumHealth and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, National Privacy Director for UnitedHealthcare.
In addition to global cybersecurity, Allison has over 20 years of experience in health information systems and crisis management. During her tenure at UnitedHealth Group, Allison developed systems to identify the gaps in care and predict health outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions. Allison is a volunteer EMT and First Responder in the State of Louisiana serving residents during Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Most recently, Allison had the privilege of serving Refugees in Greece providing healthcare support to the clinicians on the frontlines.
Allison’s undergraduate (BA) studies were in Political Science and Sociology; she has completed Executive Education & Management post-college at Wharton, Kellogg Executive Education and MIT Sloan. She was part of the cohort that authored and attained the ISC2 Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Professional Certification and holds her HCISSP, in addition to holding certifications from GIAC, ISACA, HCCS and other technology areas of focus beyond security.
Allison continues to volunteer her time across organizations to help raise the level awareness regarding emerging cyber security landscape and the threats they present to patient care globally. In 2021, Allison partnered with the University of Minnesota to launch the Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity, the first program focused on the intersection of cyber risk, medical devices, and the delivery of patient care. The mission of the CMDC is to foster university-industry-government partnerships to assure that medical devices are safe and secure from cybersecurity threats.
Allison is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys), Strategic Advisor to Black Girls in Cyber, CyberIreland and speaks publicly at schools and colleges around the globe.