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Senior Leadership Team 

Our passionate executives leave it all on the table in pursuit of a modern, secure healthcare industry.

  • Rick Froehlich

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Rick joined ClearDATA in 2022, bringing decades of high-growth, transformational leadership experience across the tech market. His time at formidable market leaders like Rackspace, Dell, Oracle and Earthlink gave him an opportunity to cut his teeth in high-impact organizations among an elite set of peers.

    Rick’s laser-focus on optimization and efficiency, coupled with a driven pursuit of revenue acceleration and profitability, position him as an ideal leader for this stage of ClearDATA’s growth. His passion and years of experience as Chief Revenue Officer make him a staunch customer advocate and trusted partner in the pursuit of a secure, modern tech infrastructure.

    Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Principia College and a Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School. He lives in New York City, where he and his wife enjoy a vibrant urban culture within walking distance of his two adult daughters.

  • Chris Bowen, CISSP, CCSP, CIPP/US, CIPT

    Chief Information Security Officer & Founder

    Chris is Founder and Chief Information Security Officer at ClearDATA. He leads ClearDATA’s internal privacy, security and compliance strategies as well as advises on the security and privacy risks faced by customers, which include global healthcare organizations, health insurance companies, providers, life science companies, and market leading innovators from Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. Mr. Bowen also leads ClearDATA’s international security risk consulting practice and has provided counsel to some of the world’s largest healthcare organizations.

    He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional from (ISC)2. As one of the leading experts on patient privacy and health data security, Chris has authored dozens of articles and is a frequent speaker at national healthcare industry events.

  • Sanjay Cherian

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Sanjay has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare strategist and digital health product developer, advising and working with top payors, providers, pharma and digital health product companies, driving improvements in health outcomes through technology transformation and scalable growth via SaaS product platforms.

    Prior to joining ClearDATA, Sanjay held roles of VP & Chief Product Officer and  VP & Chief Digital Heath Officer at TELUS Healthwhere he launched the first national interoperable digital health platform connecting the country’s physicians, private payors, pharmacists and patients delivering innovative new digital health services.  Sanjay also served as Vice President of Pharmacy Innovation at Shoppers Drug Mart where he led the digitization of the medication management process for the country’s largest retail pharmacy chain. Sanjay also spent a decade at Accenture where he led strategy and technology-transformation initiatives for healthcare clients to help improve productivity, expand revenue-generating capabilities and maximize ROI in the U.S., Canada and Asia markets.

    Sanjay holds a Master’s in Health Sciences from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology & Computer Science from McMaster University.

  • Jonathan Dampier

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Jonathan came to ClearDATA with over 25 years of B2B, full-stack marketing experience across the spectrum of tech organizations – VP/PE-backed, high-growth startups to Fortune 500 behemoths. His time at larger brands like RetailMeNot, Vignette, Dell Healthcare, and ForcePoint taught him about the opportunities and challenges of successful scaling.

    Jonathan’s deep experience in both healthcare and cybersecurity position him to be an insightful leader at ClearDATA and a valuable internal advocate for our customers. He was a formative contributor to the launch of Dell Healthcare and worked at ESO/Kinnser Healthcare Solutions on EMS health data management. He also led marketing at ForcePoint, a leader in Data Protection platform and services for the mid and enterprise segments.  He is a full-stack martech expert and has worked with all areas of marketing from channel, field, inside, demand gen, product marketing, brand, new product launches and transformations. He is excited to bring to life the market-facing vision for ClearDATA 3.0 as we charge toward the position of market leader. 

    Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Marketing, and Management at Florida State University.

  • Dean Fedenburgh

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Dean has tremendous passion and a long successful history selling and providing technology solutions to the highly regulated industries of healthcare, life sciences, health insurance and finance. He is particularly adept at public cloud, analytics, AI & machine learning technologies and related professional services. Dean is a proven healthcare executive sales leader with technical solution sales and management experience selling to the mid to enterprise healthcare market for more than 20 years. Prior to ClearDATA, Dean led the Healthcare and Life Sciences sales group at Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he was responsible for building the industry-leading enterprise healthcare sales team and helped manage the related solution architect teams. His leadership at AWS included developing and executing national and global healthcare go-to-market and territory execution plans. In the process, he often worked closely with ClearDATA’s senior executive team where he recognized the substantive value in the combined ClearDATA/AWS solution. Dean now works hard to make ClearDATA the strongest healthcare partner in the AWS ecosystem.

    Dean’s sales and executive experience includes a successful track record of revenue acceleration and growth leading a 450-person division at Teradata, and building high growth sales teams, new business units, developing leaders, optimizing territory and organization structures, devising go-to-market tactics and strategies and building significant market share. Dean also has diverse experience across the spectrum of technology company lifecycles, with success in high growth VC-backed start-ups through mid and large enterprise organizations. He is known for both his strategic leadership skills and tactical execution at driving transformational sales outcomes by building highly effective teams that deliver differentiated performance, allowing the organizations he has worked with to successfully scale to market leadership positions. Dean is hyper-focused on scaling a world-class sales organization at ClearDATA that will meaningfully drive healthcare industries to modernize and protect their IT environments to make healthcare better, every single day!

    Dean has a business degree from University of Richmond and an MBA from Thunderbird.

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    Drew Schaal

    Chief Financial Officer

    Drew leads ClearDATA’s finance strategy and functions as a highly accomplished, results-driven executive with deep experience in dynamic, emerging technology companies. His leadership providing oversight for financial operations, cash management, and legal and corporate matters to VC-backed SaaS companies has allowed him to implement structured process improvements that deliver increased financial controls, revenue growth and profitability. He yields extensive financial management experience, including funding, cash forecasting and management, internal control systems, compliance, and insurance programs.

    Drew earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

  • Suhas Kelkar

    Chief Product Officer

    Suhas has more than 20 years of success architecting and building scalable enterprise applications. He started his career as a hands-on full stack developer and evolved into a well-rounded executive with deep product management expertise, technology incubation skills and customer experience acumen. He has worked with CxOs across North Americas as well as Asia Pacific enterprises. Suhas is also passionate about academia and has taught OOP, C++ and Java certificate courses at the University of Washington, Seattle. Suhas has seven USPTO patents in the area of Cloud Computing.

    Prior to ClearDATA, Suhas was Vice President of Product Security and Quality, Office of the CTO at BMC Software. His 10 years at BMC included roles as CTO for Asia Pacific, VP Application Security, VP Executive Briefing program and VP Incubation/Innovation labs. Prior to BMC, Suhas has worked at Rational Software, Serena and Philips Medical systems in roles including VP of Product Management and Sr. Director of Research and Development. He also co-founded a social impact start-up that won a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

    Suhas holds a MS in Robotics from the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR) at the University of Florida. He also earned an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.

  • Carl Kunkleman

    SVP & Co-Founder

    Carl has 25 years’ experience selling to the Healthcare industry. He is responsible for developing the sales and solutions teams to help healthcare providers and technology companies solve the big needs in healthcare IT today.

    Prior to ClearDATA, he launched U.S. Healthcare Compliance, a best-in-class HIPAA security and privacy services company to help physicians, hospitals and clinics understand how to take advantage of the HITECH Act and address the immediate need for HIPAA security and privacy related work specific to meeting Meaningful Use and information security. ClearDATA acquired his company in 2011.

    Previously, he was with Ventana Medical Systems as their VP of Sales, where he grew this VC-backed cancer diagnostics company from early stages through to a market leading company and successful IPO. For the initial 10 years of his career, he worked for Abbot Laboratories, a Fortune 100 company and for TAP Pharmaceuticals, where he held various positions in sales leadership and business development roles, launched several products, and ran a $300M P&L and large sales teams (120+).

  • Doug McMaster

    Chief Services Officer

    Doug is a managed cloud and professional services leader with over two decades invested in this arena – having built and managed both early stage VC-backed organizations to the world’s largest enterprise managed cloud businesses.

    Doug began the first decade of his career as a CPA before deciding that spectating wasn’t enough. In 1999, he joined digitalNATION, a cloud computing technology start-up of 50 employees that was purchased within six short months by Verio, quickly becoming the leading product supporting over 500 sellers. The resulting explosive growth taught Doug to leverage innovation at every opportunity in order to maintain an exceptional client experience at an affordable price. After yet another acquisition, he ascended to manage one of the largest managed cloud businesses in the world, the Global Cloud Operations for NTT’s Global 2000 enterprise managed cloud customers, where he twice won the competitive NTT Global Solutions award.

    Most recently, Doug served as Executive Vice President of Managed Public Clouds at 2nd Watch, a company recently acquired by STT. During his tenure there, he built managed public cloud services from the ground up, tightly integrated with professional and advisory services.

    Today, as the Chief Services Officer, he leverages his accounting experience and 20+ years of supporting business cloud customers to create an exceptional experience through innovation and unmatched standards in customer support.

  • Clarissa O’Connell

    SVP of People Operations

    Clarissa has had a robust, impressive HR career, spinning up “start-up”HR teams at lightning speed during a decade at Microsoft. During that time, she launched over 125 of those organizations – responsible for building culture as well as recruiting, growing and rewarding teams! As though that experience wouldn’t stand on its own, Clarissa has an extensive background in Executive Human Resource Management. Aside from Microsoft, her former employers include Rite of Passage and Care.com. Clarissa is a certified professional in Learning and Performance from the Association of Talent Development and carries three certifications in Human Resources.

    Despite her extensive HR responsibilities, Clarissa finds spare time to volunteer at the food bank, revels in Friday nights at local football games and enjoys the Texas Hill Country with her daughters and two dogs. Clarissa and her family live just outside Austin, in Dripping Springs, Texas.

With decades of experience in the complex and evolving landscape of the healthcare market, ClearDATA’s leaders provide unique insights to privacy, security, digital health and cloud.

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Board of Directors

The most ambitious of goals require a deep and invested bench of subject matter experts, resources and champions. Our story is no exception. Meet our Board of investors and advocates for change as we collectively work toward making healthcare work better – every single day.

  • Robert Abbott

    Senior Advisor
    Norwest Venture Partners

    Robert is a successful venture capitalist and Silicon Valley tech operator, and an all-around great guy. Robert joined NVP (Norwest Venture Partners) in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories, including mobile, cloud & IT infrastructure. His current investments and board seats include Act-On Software, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, mBlox, Mozes and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Brand.net (acquired by Valassis Communications), Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), KACE (acquired by Dell), Occam Networks (acquired by Calix), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices) and SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He has also worked with such companies as Embark (acquired by Princeton Review), Escalate (acquired by GERS), Kayak (Nasdaq: KYAK), mPower (acquired by Morningstar) and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra).

    Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining NVP, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Robert worked at IBM-ROLM Systems.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

  • Vin Fabiani

    Partner, HLM Venture Partners

    Vin is a partner at HLM Venture Partners and leads the firm’s healthcare technology accelerator and start-up efforts. Vin holds several portfolio company board seats and observer roles, oversees investor relations and communications, administrative functions, and is active in various aspects of new investment due diligence. Vin is a board member of HLM portfolio companies ClearDATA and Prism Education and is an observer at ArroHealth, Binary Fountain and Persivia.  Vin is also on the board of Zillion. Vin has been a mentor to various start-up companies through several healthcare accelerator programs, including, among others AidIn, Credsimple, Luminate Health, WellTrackOne and MediQuire. Prior to joining HLM, Vin held several senior financial executive positions in the financial services industry, including Vice President-General Manager at First Data Investors Services where he was responsible for managing a $35M division providing outsourced accounting and administrative services to mutual fund and brokerage companies and developing offshore administration and global custody businesses to support clients’ international growth. Vin is a former Director of the Private Equity CFO Association as well as several nonprofit board roles.

  • Bill Geary

    General Partner, Flare Capital Partners

    Bill is a General Partner at Flare Capital Partners. Prior to co-founding Flare Capital Partners, Bill was with North Bridge Venture Partners since its inception in 1994.

    During Bill’s more than 20-year tenure investing in young and emerging healthcare technology companies, he has served on the Boards of numerous industry-leading companies and played a critical role, actively helping and working closely with founders and management. Flare Capital Partners is focused exclusively on healthcare technology and investments include Aetion, Bright Health, Circulation, ClearDATA, Curisium, Health Verity, HealthReveal, Iora Health, Valence Health (Evolent Health), VisitPay and Welltok. In Bill’s prior firm, healthcare technology investments included Humedica (Optum Analytics), Connance, Phase Forward (Oracle), Pharmetrics (IMS Health), NaviNet (Nant Health) and eBenX (ADP).

    Previously, Bill was a Partner at Hambro International Equity Partners. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer at MathSoft, a science and engineering applications software start-up that went public on the NASDAQ and was later acquired by a leading design and product lifecycle software solutions company, and a CPA at Arthur Andersen and Company.

    Bill received an undergraduate degree from Boston College’s Carrol School of Management Honors Program and has served his alma mater in a variety of capacities, including former Chair of the Board of Trustees and current member of its Investment and Endowment Committee. He has been Chair of the Parents Committee of Duke University and Chair of the Stanford University Parents Advisory Board. Additionally, Bill is on the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, was appointed by the Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, to the Oversight Council of the Center For Health Information and Analysis, and is on the Advisory Council of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.  Reach Bill at bill@flarecapital.com.

  • Graham Hunter

    Partner at Heritage Group

    Graham Hunter joined Heritage Group in 2012 and serves as a Partner for the firm. Prior to joining Heritage Group, Graham was an Associate with Ridgemont Equity Partners, a $3 billion private equity firm in Charlotte, NC focused on buyout and growth investments across a broad range of industries. While at Ridgemont, he played an active role in all aspects of deal execution and provided post-acquisition support to portfolio companies. From 2006-2009, he worked as an Analyst in Leveraged Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In that role, he helped originate, structure and execute approximately $30 billion in credit facilities to support leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations and refinancings.

    Graham graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College. He resides in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.

  • Reed D. Taussig

    Chief Executive Officer, Outseer, LLC

    Reed is the former President and CEO of ThreatMetrix, the leader in digital identities to provide identity authentication and fraud prevention. At ThreatMetrix, Reed guided the company from first product introduction to an $830M acquisition in 2018 by LexisNexis. Prior to joining ThreatMetrix, Reed was the president and CEO of Callidus Software, where he led the company from its inception through IPO. Reed has more than 30 years of experience scaling growth companies. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Arkose Labs.

  • Caleb Winder

    Managing Director, Excel Venture Management Managing Director, MemorialCare Innovation Fund

    Caleb has nearly 20 years of operating, start-up and financing experience in life science and healthcare companies. He plays an instrumental role in sourcing and structuring deals and works closely with portfolio companies to form strategic partnerships and to develop commercialization and marketing strategies. He currently (or formerly) represents Excel as a Board Director or Observer at Aileron, Aventura, ClearData, InfoBionic, Molecular Templates, ShapeUp, Saladax, Biomedical and MedVentive (sold to McKesson).

    Prior to joining Excel, Caleb was a Principal at Biotechonomy, where he financed and managed several entrepreneurial ventures, including Synthetic Genomics, where he was also the Director of Finance, BioTrove (sold to Life Technologies), Biocius (sold to Agilent Technologies), and Xcellerex (sold to GE).

    Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Caleb was an award-winning sales and marketing executive at medical device and diagnostics companies. He received his MBA from Babson College, magna cum laude, where he was a Babson Fellow in the Center for Technology Enterprise. He received a BA in Biology with a minor in Economics from Colby College.

  • Joseph B. Volpe III

    VP/Managing Director, Global Health Innovation Fund
 General Manager, Merck Health Innovation PE Fund

    Joe has more than two decades of experience in healthcare investing applying a technical engineering background coupled with an understanding of emerging technologies. He is considered to be one of the industry’s leading corporate investors. In 2016, Joe was named by Global Corporate Venturing as one of the top five rising stars.

    Joe currently holds board seats with Aerosafe, ClearDATA, TriNetX, Prognos, Preventice and Volansi (observer). Previously he sat on the board of Koneksa, and has exited companies: Aptus Health, Exostar, Humedica, Liaison and Remedy Informatics. Joe chairs several M&A and audit committees at these companies while holding current board seats.

    Joe has been instrumental in transforming Merck GHIF from a leader, not only in venture capital, but also in growth equity and M&A. He earned industry laurels when he participated in the sale of Humedica, a healthcare analytics company, to UnitedHealth Group in 2013, a transaction that produced a 17-fold return.

    In addition to his success with Humedica, Joe has led investments and acquisitions in companies such as AeroSafe, TriNetX, Liaison, Preventice, Physicians Interactive, Koneksa, Prognos, Volansi, WellDoc, Exostar and ClearDATA. During this same period, he has also managed 60-plus transactions at Merck, all at various stages of maturity.

    Joe is also renowned for his leadership with Preventice to further develop its remote care monitoring platform for cardiac arrhythmia patients. Joe led the Merck strategy and merger of Preventice with eCardio and eventually sold a portion of the combined company to a leading healthcare channel partner, which paid back the fund for the original investment while maintaining majority share of a more valued company. Joe also focused on the patient-physician engagement space with his Physicians Interactive (now called Aptus) investments. He eventually led the acquisition of the company on behalf of Merck GHIF. Joe also led the acquisitions of MedHelp, Quantia MD and Tomorrow Networks within Aptus.

    Joe came to Merck from Johnson and Johnson where he spent more than 20 years in innovation and investment roles across Consumer, Pharma and Device sectors of J&J. Prior to that he was a consultant with EDS where he was selected and graduated from their Top Gun business and technology program. He went to the University of South Florida where he obtained a degree in Business/Information Systems and Engineering.

  • Aman Raheja

    CISO and Head of IT Operations, Humana

    CISO and Head of IT Operations, Humana

Advisory Board

  • August Calhoun

    EVP & President, Sales Operations
Change Healthcare

  • Ed Fisher

    VP and Chief Technology Officer MedStar Health

  • Aaron Gani

    Founder & CEO BehaVR, LLC

  • Jimmy Lee

    Executive Consultant, Strategic Advisor, Board of Directors & CEO Consultant

  • Jeff Margolis

    Chairman of the Board
 Welltok, Inc.

  • William Morris, MD

    Healthcare & Life Sciences
 Google Cloud

  • James D. Murray, MS, CPHIMS

    VP Clinical Informatics & Interoperability 
CVS Health

  • Gary Seay

    Vice President
 Leidos

  • Peggy Scott

    Senior Fund Advisory & Advisory Board Member Health Catalyst Capital Management, LLC

  • Sean Tuley

    SVP & Chief Information Officer Global Medical Response

  • Scott Whyte

    Former Chief Strategy Officer
 ClearDATA Chief Digital Officer
 AeroSafe Global

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