Mentors

Healthcare is a complex environment with multiple stakeholders. To assist in gaining a full perspective, XLerateHealth has assembled a group of mentors from that will help you launch a viable healthcare business:


Bell, Chiara

Chiara Bell is CEO and founder of Careticker. Careticker is the world’s first mobile platform that helps patients plan in advance for a hospital or outpatient procedure. Preventable hospital readmissions are a significant cost to the U.S. health care system, costing an estimated $25 billion annually. With our mobile and unique texting capabilities, Careticker empowers […]

Bergmeister, Suzanne

Suzanne Bergmeister has fifteen years of experience working with entrepreneurs and start-up companies. She is currently the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Louisville. In this capacity, she teaches in the Entrepreneurial MBA program, the Professional MBA program, the Global MBA program, and the undergraduate Entrepreneurship Minor. She also mentors all of the MBA and undergraduate […]

Bjork, David

David Bjork is a healthcare executive who has devoted his professional career to building healthcare information technology and healthcare services organizations that make a difference to the US healthcare system. Mr. Bjork is Co-founder, President and COO of Telcare, Inc., a company that is transforming diabetes management for individuals living with the disease, their caregivers […]

Charasika, Tendai

In his position with the Kentucky Innovation Network (GLI’s EnterpriseCorp), Tendai is focused on the development and acceleration of early-stage startup companies. His responsibilities range from helping entrepreneurs assess their market opportunities to assisting startups through the various phases of the customer development methodology and raising early-stage venture funding. Previously, Tendai worked intrapreneurially to build […]

Coleman, Joel

Joel’s career spans over 25 years specializing in the management of fast growth startups and small to medium sized businesses. He began his career running a small manufacturing company making precision components for the aircraft industry. The company was sold after tripling its size in just 4 years. Joel then co-founded an investment partnership, Cantor […]

Symonds Clark, Holly

Holly Symonds Clark currently serves as Interim Co-Director of the University of Louisville’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT).  While co-directing OTT, Holly manages a full docket of life science research disclosures, involving the review of new technologies, intellectual property protection, technology marketing and license negotiation.  Holly also enjoys active membership on the Board of Directors […]

Bhandari, Aman

Aman Bhandari is currently a Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer in the Office of the Secretary of US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Aman works on health innovation policy for HHS CTO Todd Park and also the newly formed Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Previously he worked at the White […]

Cooper, Lynn

Lynn Cooper is the president and CEO of BFW Inc., a Louisville-based manufacturer, marketer and exporter of high-intensity surgical headlight systems. As a small business owner she travels globally to successfully compete with big medical device corporations in more than 30 countries in five continents. Within the Kentucky business community, Lynn is an active board […]

Crane, Mark

Mark Crane is a Purdue Engineer-turned-entrepreneur who won the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.  Over the past 20 years, Mark has served as a consultant, business coach, or investor to over 100 local startups.  He currently serves as Chief Operating Office for Edumedics, an innovative healthcare company headquartered in Louisville. Just […]

Dawson, Bill

Bill currently serves at COO at COO at Renew Recovery, an Opioid Addiction facility that uses Suboxone and patient centered and proven recovery methods to break the addiction cycle. As Manager of University Commercialization for EnterpriseCorp, William “Bill” Dawson was responsible for aiding in the creation and development of local companies based on University of […]

Scribner, Jacalyn

  Ms. Scribner is the CEO of Momentivate, which is a consultancy service that works with Fortune 100 companies and start-ups, specializing in Health and Wellness product development and commercialization, mobile devices/apps, telemedicine, Green IT Strategy, Global Solutions & Business Innovation.  Ms. Scribner has extensive experience with Business Development, vendor contract negotiations, securing vendor partnerships […]

Steinbock, Ted

R. Ted Steinbock, M.D. is a practicing radiologist and President of X-Ray Associates of Louisville PSC with a distinguished career of service to patients, organizations, and the community.  Dr. Steinbock has twice been honored with the Louisville Top Doctor award by the Greater Louisville Medical Society.  He is on the Board of Directors of the James […]

Trutman, Alli

  Alli is the founder and CEO of Wicked Sheets. In 2012, Alli won the Louisville Venture Connectors “Venture Sharks” pitch competition for Wicked Sheets. She used the $5,000 winnings to fund a trip to the annual North American Menopause Convention where she gained the support of 60 medical professionals specializing in women’s health issues. […]

Willmot, Jackie

Jackie has over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry and works as a Venture Consultant with start-up organizations.  In addition to her role as Chief Operating Officer of XLerateHealth, Jackie is the Vice President of Prenatal Diagnostics at NX PharmaGen and leads Partner Development at THRIVE365, a diabetes start-up company that originated within Kraft […]

Vennare, Raymond

Raymond F. Vennare is an accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur and investor with more than two decades of hands-on experience creating, launching and building biotechnology and information technology companies across diverse markets. Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors and senior executives, Raymond plays a key role in company formation, capitalization, business development and the […]

Brohman, Brian

Prior to joining NX Prenatal, Mr. Brohman held the position of Chief Financial Officer and/or Chief Business Officer at oncology drug development firms Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc. [TSX: BMR] and Aptamera, Inc. (private company). As a co-founder of Bradmer, Mr. Brohman guided all aspects of the company’s business operations from its inception in 2005 through 2009. […]

Byler, Kerry

Kerry Byler is a Managing Director of BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners. Previously, Kerry was with Batterson Venture Partners, where he focused on healthcare services and information technology companies. He was also with Lehman Brothers’ Global Private Equity Group and The Sprout Group, the venture capital affiliate of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette/Credit Suisse. Kerry was a […]

Dearing, Carla

Carla is Managing Director & CEO of IMC, a global brand licensing and marketing services  agency that offers world-class brand strategy, research and analysis, a wealth of potential strategic partners, creative licensing and sourcing deal expertise and comprehensive program management to help its clients innovate  Carla also serves as CEO of IMC’s Vibrant Nation division, […]

Deschatelets, Pascal

Dr. Deschatelets is the Chief Operating Officer of Apellis Pharmaceuticals, a company he founded in Louisville in 2009.  Apellis is focused on developing a new class of peptide drugs to the market to address a broad range of chronic inflammatory conditions, with an initial emphasis on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Paroxysmal Nocturnal […]

East, Melea

Melea joined the University of Louisville’s Office of Technology Transfer in 2001, and now serves as the Interim Co-Director.  In addition to her management duties, Melea leads negotiation of licenses, options, and other agreements for the Office, and provides expertise on negotiating intellectual property clauses in grants and contracts for the University. She also manages […]

Rounsavall, Elizabeth

  Elizabeth joined Chrysalis in 2007 and provides research and analytical support to the investment team for Chrysalis’ primary investment sectors: healthcare and technology. Prior to Chrysalis, Elizabeth worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in New York, NY as a Senior Associate where she led project teams in delivering financial and economic research, analysis and recommendations […]

Ezrin, Alan

Prior to joining NX PharmaGen, Dr. Ezrin served as Director and CEO of Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc [TSX: BMR], guiding the company’s transfer of its lead brain cancer drug technology from Duke University and the launch of a landmark Phase III trial with that drug. In his role, Dr. Ezrin served as the primary strategic liaison […]

Ford, Leatrice

Ms Ford, the founder of ConsultCare Partners, LLC is a registered nurse and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) specializing in hospital compliance, coding and reimbursement. Her clinical experience includes cardiovascular, nephrology and orthopedics. As a consultant, she worked for four national healthcare consulting companies before creating her own. Her 30 years of healthcare experience in both […]

Francois, Cedric

Cedric Francois’ primary areas of expertise are immunology and immune system mediated disease. Cedric Francois received his medical degree from the University of Leuven in Belgium and his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Louisville. Following postgraduate training in pediatric and transplant surgery, Dr. Francois was a member of the research team that performed […]

Gohmann, Steve

Steve Gohmann has been a faculty member in the Department of Economics in the College of Business at the University of Louisville since 1988. He became the BB&T Professor of Free Enterprise in 2009 and Director of the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise in 2015. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, health economics, information […]

Heller, Richard

Dr. Heller is a practicing pediatric radiologist who is experienced in health care industry consulting, investment, and management. He trained at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and he later completed a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Heller is an Alpha Omega Alpha […]

Helms, Jerrod

A results-oriented executive who has led both staff and project teams to exceed goals and objectives. Business leader with a history of achieving sales, promoting change, developing personnel and effectively communicating to a wide variety of audiences. Exceeded expectations in key roles throughout organizations ranging from $35MM to $8B in sales. Demonstrated areas of expertise […]

Huey, Steve

Steve is a dynamic, results oriented leader with a proven track record of sustainable performance in high tech industries. His most recent engagement was that of Chief Operating Officer of RentalHouses.com where he helped in the turnaround and sale of the company. He has also assumed leadership roles with Earthlink, Inc. that include Mergers and […]

Jain, Sanjay

Dr. Jain is a board certified Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist. He is dedicated to promoting awareness of colon cancer, its incidence, risk factors and ways of prevention and early detection. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He is proficient in all fields of Gastroenterology […]

Keller, Vaughn

Understanding and promoting change –institutional, organizational, individual – has been the organizing theme of Vaughn Keller’s career. He has worked in health care, social change, and communications as a leader, clinician, and consultant.  His graduate studies have led to degrees in systems theory, administration and policy studies, marriage and family therapy, and the creation of […]

Kil, David

David Kil is the founder and CEO of HealthMantic, focusing on lifestyle-medical informatics and sensor-based health gaming. He is also involved in developing optimization algorithms for messaging and patient engagement at HealthCrowd as part-time CSO. Prior to founding HealthMantic, he was Chief Scientist at SKT Americas and Chief Science Officer at Humana, responsible for the […]

Kreiner, Thane

Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The Center’s mission is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its signature Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program has helped more than 160 socially-minded entrepreneurs build sustainable and scalable ventures that deliver essential goods […]

Laden, Brian

Dr. Laden is a co-founder and Managing Director at TriStar Health Partners, a healthcare and life science-focused venture growth fund. THP is an outgrowth of TriStar Technology Ventures, which Dr. Laden helped start in 2009. Through his role at TriStar, he serves on the Board of Directors for Cerebrotech, GenomOncology, Molecular Sensing, NuSirt Biopharma and […]

Langdon, Greg

Mr. Langdon’s background is in corporate and product strategy for technology businesses. He has experience in executive management, business development, marketing and public relations, acquisitions, product management, software architecture and development, project management and digital electronics design. Langdon was part of a core team of executives that led Efficient Networks from a venture-funded startup in […]

Lewis, Al

Google on “Invented disease management” and the entire first page of “hits” will be Al Lewis.   The 9th Annual Report on the Disease Management and Wellness Industries calls him “the leading care management outcomes analyst in the country” and he was recently named one of the unsung heroes changing health care forever. Al Lewis is […]

Lord, Jack

A nationally recognized leader in innovations in health care, Jonathan “Jack” Lord, M.D., became the University of Miami’s Chief Innovation Officer when he returned to his alma mater after three decades in leadership roles that spanned the healthcare spectrum in September 2011. In March 2012, he was named Chief Operating Officer of the Miller School […]

Maldonado-Holmertz, Elisa

Elisa has more than 20 years of experience working with multinational healthcare companies, including consultancy, CRO organizations, large pharmaceuticals and start-up medical device companies, in the USA, Belgium, Sweden and P.R. China. She has held numerous business development, clinical research and reimbursement management roles throughout her professional career and has significant experience with assisting medical […]

Marshall, Ken

Ken founded FoodCare and leads go-to-market partner programs in our restaurant, healthcare, corporate wellness, and food services businesses. Prior to FoodCare, Ken served as the Chief Executive Officer of Appregatta Technologies, a leading market development services business for technology startups comprising a sales force of over 125 highly experienced business development executives, and full service […]

Marvin, Michael

Dr. Marvin is an actively practicing transplant surgeon in Louisville, KY. He is currently the Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Director of Liver Transplantation at Jewish Hospital, and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville. Prior to his relocation to Louisville, Dr. Marvin was a liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon at […]

Matthews, Greg

Greg Matthews is a group director at WCG, where he advises Global and Fortune 500 healthcare companies on social media, communications and enterprise change management. He is currently focused on understanding physicians’ online behavior, and is the originator of the MDigitalLife project.  Greg has also developed a model for teaching business leaders how to activate their professional and personal […]

O’Leary, Sean

Sean manages the Kentucky Enterprise Fund, a seed and early stage technology investment fund.  Previously, Sean was an Associate with MASA Life Science Ventures Fund (MLSV), where he specialized in investments in new biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He holds an M.A. from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky and he […]

Pegues, J.R.

  Mr. Pegues is a seasoned health care expert specializing in strategic marketing, new business development, and strategy formulation and execution.  Mr. Pegues has deep experience developing new markets and leading turnarounds and is expert at catalyzing a clear vision for organizations and securing commitment to and vigorous pursuit of that vision.  Mr. Pegues has […]

Phelps, David

David has served as President & CEO of CreoSalus since 2002. For more than 25 years, his career has included significant management roles with large life science (medical device, drug and biotech) companies, as well as starting life science firms and serving on the scientific advisory boards of a number of medical device firms. After […]

Rand, Christopher

Mr. Rand co-founded TriStar Technology Ventures in 2009. Through his role at TriStar, he serves on the Board of Directors for Pathfinder Therapeutics, MedCenterDisplay, Molecular Sensing, Nashville Technology Council, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Nashville Capital Network, E|Spaces and Bridge Nashville. Prior to co-founding TriStar, Mr. Rand was the Manager of New Venture Development in Vanderbilt’s Office of […]

Raney, Brian

  After earning a Computer Science degree from the University of Kentucky, Brian completed his Master’s Degree in Economics. Brian founded his first software company, APAX Software, a web design and mobile app development firm. Brian co-founded the Young Entrepreneurs of Lexington organization in 2008, before founding Awesome Inc, a business accelerator and entrepreneur epicenter […]

Russell, Craig

A charismatic leader, Craig is a healthcare industry veteran with more than 28 years experience. His passion for practical innovation and drive for performance inspires others to discover market opportunities and create strategies that produce growth. Craig brings to Nurtur his extensive experience in successfully leading health management companies to execute market expansion strategies. He […]

Samaan, Rodney

  Dr. Rodney Samaan is board-certified Cardiologist in the fields of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.  His interdisciplinary training puts him in a unique position to care for teens who have been diagnosed with or are at risk for heart conditions and health problems related to premature poor health (such as hypertension, obesity, […]

Simrall, Grace

  After providing data management and analytics expertise to The University of Chicago and various Fortune 100 retail companies, Grace founded iGlass Analytics to help healthcare companies reduce administrative costs without sacrificing quality of care through smarter use of their data. Past projects include design and implementation of an enterprise data warehouse for ANSI X12 […]

Smith, Ted

Currently, Dr.Smith is a healthcare innovator and entrepreneur. Current focus on bringing new health technologies to transform conventional notions of clinical trials and patient registries to meet the changing values of the healthcare system and the empowerment of patients in the process. Co-founder of largest realt-time community asthma monitoring program in partnership with Propeller Health […]

Sparacio, Ward

Ward Sparacio has nearly 20 years experience in the medical device and medical imaging industries.  Prior to his current work consulting start-up companies in developing their organization and strategy, he has held senior leadership positions, domestic and global, with several healthcare start-up enterprises.  With experience ranging from his foundation as a sales executive through his […]

Khanuja, Sukhwant

Sukhwant Khanuja is the founder CEO of Carematix Inc. He started the company with a vision for developing remote monitoring solutions which are user friendly and drive “sustained compliance”. Carematix has served multiple stakeholders in healthcare across the world delivering intelligenthealthcare solutions to assist in transforming the business and process of healthcare. He has led […]

Sykes, Andrew

  Andrew Sykes, Chairman of Health at Work (HAW), is a qualified actuary, a licensed health insurance broker, an HIAA managed health professional and an accomplished speaker on the topic of consumer-directed health care and wellness. He has worked on four continents in these areas having started and run NMG Consultants and Actuaries for 15 […]

Vance, Richard

Richard joined Chrysalis in 2007, initially as Executive-in-Residence and six months later as Operating Partner. As part of Chrysalis’ hand on approach, he brings operational expertise and assists current portfolio companies within the healthcare and technology sectors. Richard has over 20 years of experience in healthcare analytics and modeling, health services research, product development and […]

Voor, Ruth

Upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1983, Ruth received her commission as an officer in the US Naval Supply Corps and served for 6 years.  During her tenure as an officer, Ruth received numerous leadership awards including Naval Achievement, Naval Commendation medals and Service Warfare Officer Qualification.  She joined Johnson and Johnson […]

Weaver, Kathy

Ms. Kathryn Weaver is an accomplished multidisciplinary healthcare and management information systems professional with greater than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors at a national and international level.  She is highly interested in applying information technology solutions to the challenges of healthcare delivery. Kathy joined Humana in 2002, as a Strategic […]

Chadha, Vik

Vik Chadha is the co-founder of a number of high-tech companies such as Backupify, a leading backup provider for cloud-based data, GlowTouch Technologies, a two-time Inc. 500 software and services company with 800+ employees, and Scalable Ventures, a technology startup investment firm. He is presently serving as the Executive Vice President of Venture Development for Nucleus, where he is leading […]

Granatir, Tom

Tom Granatir joined the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2010 as Senior Vice-President for Health Policy, Government Affairs, and Strategic Partnerships.  He is responsible for state and federal policy and strategic relationships in the private and public sector. Presently on the Board of the PCPI (formerly Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement) and the […]

Bruce, Jan

Jan Bruce is a seasoned media entrepreneur with a proven track record in high-growth, emerging businesses and turnarounds. She has consistently anticipated consumer wellness and health trends and has built cutting edge products to satisfy these demands in fitness, alternative medicine, holistic health, personal growth and balanced living. She has a passion for building consumer-facing […]

McCall, Carol

Carol McCall is responsible for guiding the development of GNS Healthcare’s strategies and aligning them with key initiatives, investments and offerings. Carol is a health actuary with a background in innovation, predictive analytics and health services design. Her specialties are creating novel computational approaches that leverage ‘big data’ in healthcare and designing services and business […]

Parakh, Kapil

Kapil Parakh is a Johns Hopkins cardiologist with a focus on the intersection of health and technology. He has used a combination of lean sigma, design thinking, and lean startup techniques to create an innovative heart failure program that has improved patient outcomes and lowered costs. This unique approach has been well received at national […]

Gehring, Mark

Mark Gehring is co-founder and President of Asthmapolis, a company dedicated to improving asthma control and reducing cost using its FDA-cleared inhaler sensors and mobile apps. He has previously served as CEO of three companies: Geometrics, developer of the first commercial 3D radiation treatment planning system, now marketed by Philips and used to plan 25% […]

Asnaani, Jitin

Jitin is Director of Product Innovation at athenahealth.  Jitin focuses on cloud-based services that enable interoperability and clinical integration across physician practices, healthcare delivery networks (such as ACOs), and the broader healthcare landscape. He also guides product development and physician performance against Meaningful Use requirements. Prior to athenahealth, Jitin worked at the Office of the National […]

Phillips, Lee

Based in Miami, Lee is a senior marketing and communications specialist with more than 20 years’ branding, advertising, marketing, consumer insight and CRM experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has previously worked in senior management roles for global brands such as Vodafone and Harrods, and spent five years in Tokyo on the […]

Powers, Galen

Galen Powers is the President of Vision Dynamics. The company’s focus is developing innovative materials and processes for the production of optical lenses used in prescription eyewear. In addition to leading Vision Dynamics, Mr. Powers’s background includes 30+ years of diverse product development experience and more than fifty issued patents. Building smart, cross-functional, fast moving […]

Saunders, Bob

Mr. Saunders currently serves as a General Partner of OCA Ventures (Chicago) and is a Founding Partner of Saunders Murdock & Associates (Louisville/Boston),  an early stage “super-angel” which specializes in life science and technology investments.  Previously, Saunders served as Senior Managing Director of Chrysalis Ventures from 1997 – 2009. In January 2009, he retired from Chrysalis. As […]

Anna, Lindsey

Lindsey Anna, MPH, is a public health and development professional with over seven years of experience working in global health policy and program implementation. She currently serves as Senior Program Analyst at Social Impact, Inc. Prior to this, she served as a health advisor to OIC International, based in Washington, DC, providing project management and technical […]

Edelman, David

David Edelman is an entrepreneur and patient advocate using social technologies to improve health and happiness. He is Co-Founder of Diabetes Daily, a leading online community and educational platform. He also proudly serves on the board of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, an organization that’s empowering people with diabetes on a global scale. His other passions […]

Hutti, Marianne

Marianne H. Hutti, PhD, WHNP-BC, joined the University of Louisville (UofL) faculty in 1979.  She is Professor and Coordinator or the Women’s Health-Family Nurse Practitioner Double Major Program at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Nursing, and currently teaches MSN and PhD students.  She was the first Associate Director of the Delphi Center for […]

Iseri, Mert

Mert Hilmi Iseri is the young turk of design. His journey started off in Istanbul, Turkey and changed courses completely once he arrived at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. After graduating with his own degree “Entrepreneurial Design” in the spring of 2011, he is excited to embrace design and entrepreneurship to galvanize a generation into […]

Malina, Yuri

Yuri Frank Maxwell Malina is many things, an entrepreneur, a scientist, a design activist, but most of all, he is an eternal optimist. Born in France, educated in the United States, Yuri has spent his life exposed to different European and American peoples and cultures, and as a result truly feels part of one human […]

Lee, Jin

Dr. Jin Lee is currently working at the Innovation Center at Humana as an Emerging Technology Consultant. She primarily vets start-ups from academia and partners with professors from leading universities to accelerate the needs of business in Humana. Dr. Lee is also the co-founder and VP of Anacrusis Press, a publishing press that partners with schools and NGOs to […]

Koch, Troy

Dr. Troy Koch joined Hobart in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Director of Client Services and is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Hobart Core, a managed markets focused marketing and communications agency within Hobart Group Holdings. Before joining Hobart, Troy was responsible for Business Development the health economics and outcomes research firm, […]

Murcek, Ben

Benjamin W. Murcek, D.O., FAOCO, is a board certified otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon who practices is in Sandusky, OH. Dr. Murcek is a founding member and currently chair of the board of directors of Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS). NOMS is a multispecialty group medical practice based in Sandusky, OH with approximately 50 physician […]

Norris, Brian

  Brian Norris is an experienced healthcare clinician, executive and innovator. He has held various executive, clinical, consulting and technology roles within several of today’s largest healthcare and consulting institutions. Brian has led HealthIT initiatives in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He is a recognized as a leader in informatics, and his work has been recognized […]

Phillips, Eve

  Eve is an experienced Silicon Valley product builder, entrepreneur and investor with expertise in assembling diverse teams to solve hard problems. Eve started her career as a product manager at Trilogy, an enterprise ecommerce software company, working on new ventures. From there, Eve held product, strategy and business development roles in software and internet […]

Sundar, Viji

Viji Sundar has 18+ years of experience as an IT professional with Fortune 500 companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Kraft Foods and Humana Inc. She currently leads the Enterprise Solution Architecture team with Humana Inc., where she excels in delivering robust Application, Business, and Information Technology Architecture solutions on several multi-million dollar Healthcare initiatives across the enterprise. […]

Baghdadi, Ramsey

Ramsey Baghdadi is co-founder of Prevision Policy, a continuous information service tracks, assesses and explains regulatory and reimbursement policies that affect the biopharmaceutical industry. He is also editor of The RPM Report, a health policy magazine that looks at trends in drug development.

Carroll, Dallas

Dallas is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of domestic and international healthcare experience working in virtually every delivery spoke of the health care system, including hands-on operational experience in insurance, HMOs, government audits, hospital and clinical operations and research as well as having hands-on experience in the health care lobbying process in […]

Ikeguchi, Ed

Dr. Ikeguchi is a board certified urologist trained at Columbia Physicians and Surgeons.  After completing residency in general surgery and urology followed by fellowship in neurourology, he remained in academic practice with Columbia University until founding Internet technology company OceanTek in 1995, which specialized in creating software products for web security and social media. In […]

Williams, Stuart

Dr. Stuart Williams received his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Delaware, followed by postdoctoral training in pathology at the Yale School of Medicine. During the period 1980 to 1990 he held a faculty appointment at Jefferson Medical College, where he was director of research in the department of surgery. In 1990 Dr. […]

Hall, Stephen

Stephen Hall (Steve) is a Registered Patent Attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Louisville.  He helps clients create, protect, and realize value from their patents and other intellectual property, in the areas of medical devices, biotechnology, microelectromechanical systems, software, and chemical inventions.  Steve takes an integrated approach in helping clients make decisions and take action […]

Kuehn, Henry

Following an early career at Baxter, International, ending up as a division General Manager. Henry Kuehn spent the next 30 years as CEO of venture backed companies in the medical and healthcare industry. Beginning with Smith Laboratories, where guided the company through the FDA approval of a new pharmaceutical product and a successful IPO, he […]

Nagle, David

David Nagle is a Registered Patent Attorney who has been with the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group since its inception. He holds an advanced engineering degree, and his technical knowledge consistently allows him to better understand his clients’ business needs and processes. David has extensive experience prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications covering a […]

Decker, Mandy Wilson

Mandy Wilson Decker is a Patent Attorney and is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property protection strategy, including counseling clients on infringement, validity and patentability, transfer of intellectual property, patent drafting, and patent prosecution. Contributing to her practice is a scientific background in chemistry and […]

Wright, Terry

Terry Wright is an attorney with Stites & Harbison based in the Louisville office. He is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. His practice focuses on patent-related aspects of intellectual property, including patent drafting, patent prosecution and counseling clients on infringement, validity and patentability. Contributing […]

Rosenthal, Josh

  Josh is a Co-Founder and CSO of RowdMap. RowdMap’s Health Profit Intelligence platform creates Simple Growth, Performance & Value for Health Plans, Providers, Hospitals & Nursing Homes.  Before co-founding RowdMap, Josh founded Sprigley (acquired by Eliza Corporation, 2008), a health engagement platform and data/analytic system that quantified qualitative data, while creating socio-graphic and psychographic […]

Frommeyer, Alex

Alex Frommeyer is a Co-Founder & CEO of Beam Technologies. His company seeks to embed sensors into your everyday life. Their first product, the Beam Brush, is the worlds first connected toothbrush. Alex has experience in developing and commercializing digital health hardware. His company was a participant in Rock Health’s fourth class. They have won several awards including being a CTIA Emerging […]

Hogg, Chris

Chris Hogg is a Health 2.0 advocate, tech enthusiast, researcher and analyst of all things healthcare. He is interested in how technology is changing the healthcare landscape, specifically the impact it has on behavior change. Chris is passionate about the value and utility of new forms of health data, and the changing relationship between physician […]

Yu, Wil

  Wil Yu currently advises a number of organizations, public and private, on strategies related to new healthcare markets driven by changing policy and technology environments. He is engaged in several collaborations designed to foster both national care delivery transformation and increased patient engagement. He also works closely with a number of health IT and […]

Steier, Joe

  Joe Steier, III is the President & CEO and Co-Founder of Signature HealthCARE, one of the nation’s leading long-term care providers with 75 facilities in six states. The mission and vision of the organization is to “radically change long term care forever” through its three foundational pillars – Spirituality, Learning and Intrapruenership. SHC has […]

Massey, Bill

Dr. Massey is President and Chief Operating Officer of SureGene.  He is an academic scientist and business professional with a proven track record of leadership success. He has twenty-two years experience in executive management, operations, basic research, clinical affairs, regulatory affairs and marketing, in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related industries. He has played a leadership role […]

Yates Brown, Vickie

Vickie Yates Brown is the President and CEO of Nucleus, Kentucky’s Innovation Center, LLC, a subsidiary of the University of Louisville Foundation, which serves as the economic development arm of the University of Louisville.  Vickie is also responsible for securing and administering tax increment financing for the University’s three research parks.  The most recent TIF […]

Reinhart, John

John is the founder and CEO of InnovateLTC, a for-profit accelerator focused on disruptive products, service models and technologies that enhance both the quality of life and care for the global aging population. John is a serial entrepreneur, founding partner of Commonwealth Leverage Group and past president of AIC acquired by Allscripts Healthcare. In 2004 […]

Beckman, Charles

Charles began his career with Humana in 1994 as a management trainee. During his 19 years with the company, Charles has held a variety of roles, including Network Development Specialist, Manager of Ancillary Networks, Director of Specialty Products, Director of Venture Capital, and currently Vice President of Corporate Development. For the last decade, Charles has […]

Murdock, Greg

Gregory Murdock is a partner in Saunders Murdock Associates, a super angel partnership that invests in early stage technology and life science companies. In this role, Greg is actively involved in many of our portfolio companies where he works with CEO’s on strategy, fundraising and communications . Portfolio companies include Bioscale, a proteomics platform company; […]

O’Neil, Michael

Michael O’Neil has spent his career in leadership roles designing and realizing complex business software systems.  He is currently a Partner at New York technology consulting firm Control Group, where he is heading up a new Enterprise Innovation and Transformation practice.  He has previously served Control Group over a number of years as CTO and […]

Kennedy, Dave

David Kennedy is President of MobileMedTek, a medical device company that specializes in cloud-enabled portable neurodiagnostic equipment for monitoring and diagnosing seizure activity caused by epilepsy and related brain disorders.  He is responsible for overseeing product development and day to day operations including anticipated ISO 13485 certification for MobileMedTek’s manufacturing operations and anticipated 510k market clearance […]

Spalding, Kim

Kimberly Spalding, CPA co-founded NarrowCast Group, LLC/IT Business Edge in 2004, as an online media and database marketing company focused on high-level technology decision makers, www.itbusinessedge.com, and served as its Chief Financial Officer until its sale to QuinStreet in August 2011. Kim also co-founded TechRepublic in June 1997 and served as its Chief Financial Officer […]

Tapolsky, Mary

Mary Tapolsky is Director of Technology Commercialization and Program Administration at Nucleus.  Mary has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and ten years experience in research and development, and has worked in both academia and for a technology-based start-up company.  Subsequently, Mary worked with the University of Colorado’s […]

Russman, Michael

Mr. Russman’s background is in mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, and financial operations.  For most of the last 15 years, he has held director levels roles at Humana Inc. in the Corporate Development department and in the Medicare Segment. Russman was responsible for leading or co-leading over $750 million of acquisitions at Humana Inc.  As […]

Padmanabhan, Pradeep

Dr. Padmanabhan graduated medical school from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India. He underwent my pediatric residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY and completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at University of Louisville, KY. He is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Louisville and is also […]

Moses, Paul

Paul Moses is a Director for the Purdue Research Foundation, managing the Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana and its high-tech incubation program.  Moses has developed a portfolio of 12 high-tech client including defense, medical device, I.T. and clean-tech companies. Moses is very active in Indiana and Louisville’s entrepreneur and business community.  He co-founded and […]

Pulim, Sandeep

  Sandeep Pulim, MD is a physician entrepreneur who currently is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Health for America.  He co-founded a patient engagement company, HRS, which helps hospitals reduce CHF readmissions.  Sandeep was also a “Floating Founder” at Blueprint Health, and a Health 2.0 code-a-thon winner.  He previously served as Senior Medical Editor at MDLinx, an […]

Rakowski, Kelly

Kelly is a member of Accenture’s Global Healthcare Leadership team. The team works with provider, payer, public sector and pharmaceutical companies helping clients and Accenture achieve one of our guiding missions: “to improve the way the world works and lives.” Kelly has specific responsibility for the U.S. Provider Healthcare market. She and her team service […]

Ostrovsky, Andrey

  Physician and social entrepreneur. CEO, Co-Founder of Care at Hand. Creating disruptive technology to better health for vulnerable populations. Specialize in applying lean methodology to discovering social and commercial value of innovations in healthcare. Previously worked in health policy, global health, and clinical research. Specialties: Customer and Product Development, Post-discharge care, Readmission reduction, Care […]

Katsiyiannis, Dean

Dean Katsiyiannis is currently the President and CEO at Hamilton Jones, a global, business to business, match-making company.  Dean is a former U.S. diplomat with expertise in international relations and global business development.   Dean has served as a strategic consultant at the corporate level for the global exchange of researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers.  He was […]

Choucair, Ali

Ali K. Choucair, M.D., cares for patients at the Brain Tumor Center, a collaboration between Norton Neuroscience Institute and Norton Cancer Institute. It’s the only center of its kind in the region featuring a team of fellowship-trained physicians specializing in advanced tumor treatment. The team includes a neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist. Additional providers in the […]

Easley, Mike

Mr. Easley currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for Signature HealthCARE, LLC.  Signature HealthCARE, LLC provides management services to 90 senior care facilities with over 10,000 resident beds.  Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Easley was the Vice President of Network Operations and Engineering for UltraBridge, Inc., an application service provider for the long-term care […]

Makhija, Sharmila

Sharmila Makhija, MD MBA, is a tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds the Donald E. Baxter Endowed Chair. She presently serves on the University Medical Center Board, Passport Board, University of Louisville Physician Executive Committee, is the UofL […]

Baxter, Amy

Dr. Baxter is a pediatric emergency physician and the Director of Emergency Research, Scottish Rite, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. After graduating from Yale University and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Dr. Baxter completed a pediatrics residency, child abuse fellowship, and emergency pediatrics fellowship. She is boarded in Pediatrics and Emergency Pediatrics.  Federally funded […]

Puopolo, Paul

Paul Puopolo joined Highmark Inc. in 2011 to serve as vice president of Business Innovation and Development. In this position, he is accountable for developing the company’s innovation portfolio and its strategic implementation to improve access, quality and more cost efficient care to Highmark’s members and the community it serves. He leads a professional team […]

Renda, Andrew

Andrew Renda, M.D., M.P.H, is Program Manager for the Chronic Care Strategies Team at Humana.  He is responsible for strategy and solutions, as well as monitoring spend, trend and utilization, for respiratory and metabolic conditions. Dr. Renda has designed and implemented population health clinical interventions for chronic conditions ranging from messaging campaigns and self-care interventions […]

Barber, Debbie

Dr. Barber practices anesthesia in Louisville at an ambulatory surgery center. She is co-owner and co-founder of the anesthesia practice, Triple Crown Anesthesia. Debra Barber graduated from Northwestern State University in Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She practiced pediatric critical care nursing for several years. Ms. Barber returned to graduate school at […]

Liu, Cristian

  Cristian Liu is currently a Project Leader and Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Previously he was an Associate with Booz & Company’s healthcare practice based out of San Francisco.  His focus is on healthcare innovation, particularly in topics that deal with revolutionizing care delivery, emerging health IT, and payment reform (e.g., ACO and […]

Schy, Tony

  Tony is the Managing Director for Velocity Indiana – an Entrepreneur Center focused on developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem through education and programming initiatives.  Among other programs, Velocity operates its flagship business accelerator twice annually.  He is an active Angel Investor – investing in both start-up companies and real estate.  He serves on the Board […]

Wilson, Adam

Adam Wilson is Chief of Staff at United Healthcare.  Adam started his career in IT in 1998, developing enterprise management and carrier class cellular testing software for companies like Cisco and 3COM. In 2007 after completion of his MBA, he shifted his career from technology to management and strategy in healthcare and moved from Chicago to […]

Bajorinas, Lisa

Lisa Bajorinas is Executive Director, EnterpriseCorp and the Director of Kentucky Innovation Network.  Lisa is responsible for the development of innovation-driven, technology based companies through client services including capital access, talent attraction, key strategic introductions, and business coaching. She creates and directs programs, workshops, and events that add to the culture of Louisville’s vibrant startup […]

Shade, Alice

Alice Shade is the CEO and Co-founder of Edumedics, a technology enabled health care delivery company. Alice’s deep background in the health care industry gives her a unique perspective of the importance of having providers, insurers, businesses, and consumers work together to solve the challenges of providing effective and efficient health care services. Edumedics was […]

Thurston, Natalie

Natalie Thurston RN, MBA, CPHQ is a health care reimbursement professional. With almost 20 years of experience, Natalie has the unique perspective of working on the insurance side and provider side of healthcare. Insurance experience includes managing a team of clinicians responsible for guiding members to the Humana National Transplant Network, and implementing Humana’s new […]

Chanda, Debra

Ms. Debra Chanda served in various senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing positions.   She has worked with North American start-ups, SMEs (private), multinational (public) and private equity companies primarily representing enterprise SaaS software technologies (B2B), medical devices regulatory class 1 through 3 in spine, cardiovascular therapeutic spaces. Ms. Chanda leadership positions at leading medical […]

Fang, Ming

Before joining Safeguard, Ming was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where he advised private equity firms, biopharma / medical device companies, and providers on acquisition and growth strategy opportunities. Ming also acquired a balanced global perspective with his extensive engagement experiences in China and Southeast Asia. Prior to McKinsey, Ming co-founded a medical […]

Fannon, Michael

Michael Fannon is the President and Founder of BioIT Solutions, Inc. in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mike has over 20 years of experience in the design, development and management of systems focused on Biotechnology research, development, clinical trials and product manufacturing. Mike is the chief architect of the BioIT Solutions Portal Products that form the foundation […]

Hamilton-Cotter, Nick

As Director, Nick lead all project development activities including pipeline management, collaborator agreements, consortium building, and alignment with strategic partners. He advised pre-revenue start-ups in the healthcare/biotech space on strategy and business plan execution. He was the lead analyst responsible for GE’s healthcare software portfolio in the US and Canada. Prior to that role he […]

Santulli, Bill

Bill Santulli, FACHE, is a health system executive with over 30  years of experience in health delivery system leadership roles.  For over 12 years, he has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Advocate Health Care, a $5.7 billion health system based in Downers Grove, Illinois.  Bill is responsible for all operations […]

Miller, Jake

Executive with over 18 years experience designing, developing, and implementing new products, services, and business models. Professional focus is on making entrepreneurial endeavors a reality for enterprises of all sizes. Recent professional highlights include introducing a first-of-its-kind retail-health clinical trial model and leading the cross-functional launch of 11 new products in less than 18 months […]

Myong, Lee

Mr. Myong Lee has over 15 years of extensive Operations, Finance and analytics, and Network Development experience. Most recently Mr. Lee was VP Operations for Satellite Health Plan, a startup MA-PD SNP plan for members with ESRD. Mr. Lee has full P&L responsibility of the health plan and mentored the CFO of the health plan. Previously, Mr. Lee was […]

Kerns, Alyssa

Alyssa has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry and is currently working at Humana as a consultant. Her primary role is to evaluate clinical programs for opportunities and provide insights on new ventures. Key areas of focus include HEDIS, STARS, Medical Expense Ratio, consumer experience and clinical validation of predictive analytics. Alyssa joined Humana in 2006 […]

Dlugo, David

David Dlugo, Founder of D6 Product Development Consultants, LLC., brings with him almost 25 years of experience in complex engineering, regulatory and business leadership across various disciplines and groups within the Medical Device Industry. Over the years, he has achieved success for almost every US Fortune 500 medical device company. He also has worked closely […]

Clareen, Steve

Steven Spencer Clareen is a Life Sciences Executive that specializes in turnaround management as well as leading the commercialization of business units from start-up to established brand. Steve has diverse expertise in the biotechnology and medical device industries with experience in general management, business development, upstream and downstream marketing, sales and commercial operations. Most recently, […]

Arizmendi, Mark

Mark founded Northwestern Capital Partners, LLC in 2001 as an early stage and middle-market investment bank, focused on life sciences and agriculture.  The company has worked with some of nation’s largest institutional investors, and has completed transactions worth well over half a billion dollars since 2008. The company is also an investor and manager for […]

Deonarine, Keisha

Keisha Deonarine is an Economic Development Manager for the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development, having transitioned from Greater Louisville Inc’s ED team in early July 2014. Keisha began her career in banking in 1999, where she specialized in financial planning, commercial and residential lending and business development. Keisha is the cluster manager of the […]

Rodarte, Carlos

  Carlos is the Founder & Managing Director of Volar Health, LLC — an operations-focused consultancy that helps innovative health companies refine their product strategy and rapidly commercialize their solutions. Areas of expertise include digital health, wearables, biosensors, Internet-of-Things, and genomics.  Previously, Carlos was co-founder & CEO of HealthRhythms, a digital health startup utilizing smartphone sensor technology […]

Bonick, Marty