Our Story

We founded kGrove because we saw strong need across the landscape of higher education and corporate engagement for better tools to describe and find people. Our goal is to create applications and resources that facilitate more structured organization of information about skills, relationships and subject matter expertise.

kGrove LLC is part of Ploughman Analytics, Inc. To learn more about Ploughman please visit www.ploughman-analytics.com.

Our Team

Dr. Charles Linville, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Linville has held positions with International Business Machines, the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, American University, Archer Daniels Midland, and the University of Illinois, where he directed the Corporate Roundtable. He has taught in university departments of computer science and information systems, environmental studies and public administration, and library and information science. He has presented on a variety of topics before audiences at the National Academy of Sciences, the United States Institute for Peace, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Caltech, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Dr. Deborah Swanson
VP of Business Development

Dr. Swanson joined kGrove in January 2010. She previously held research positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH, and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Swanson has Bachelor degrees in Biology and Computer Science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins.