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Leadership Team

Darin Brannan

President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Mr. Brannan has 22 years combined experience as an entrepreneur, public company executive, and venture capitalist. Most recently, Mr. Brannan founded Web.com, a leading Cloud Computing/SaaS provider. He raised $65M from leading VC firms, growing the company to 700+ employees and achieving a successful IPO, with a market value reaching $1.9B.

Previously, he founded Verio, the largest global cloud hosting company, raising over $1B in capital, growing the company to 2,500 employees, $325M in revenue and achieving a successful IPO ($1.2B market cap), shortly afterwards Verio sold to NTT for $6.1B in cash (the largest U.S. technology acquisition by a foreign company). While at Verio, Mr. Brannan wrote the business plan and helped launch VIANet, an international version of Verio, which also achieved a successful IPO with a market value exceeding $3.5B.

Mr. Brannan also managed 34 M&A transactions as part of combined organic and inorganic strategies to achieve market leadership positions.

Prior to his start-up and executive experience, Mr. Brannan worked at two leading Venture Capital Firms, Norwest Venture Partners and Burr, Egan, Deleage & Company, where he helped form companies and played an active role in evaluating and guiding investments in over a dozen private companies that achieved successful IPO’s.

Speaking Experience

With his extensive venture capital, start-up and management experience, Mr. Brannan is frequently invited to speak at venture capital conferences including VentureBeat Summits. He has spoken at numerous national health IT conferences, including Cloud 2.0 and most recently, the Juniper IDEAS Connected 2015 Conference.
He holds a M.B.A. in International Studies from the University of Hartford and a B.S. in Business Administration, Aviation and Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Presentation Topics

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Chris Bowen

Chief Privacy & Security Officer and Founder, CISSP, CCSP, CIPP/US, CIPT

Chris is responsible for ClearDATA’s defense-in-depth approach to cybersecurity and privacy by design. He manages the risks and business impacts faced by global healthcare organizations, with a specific focus on cyber threats, privacy violations, security incidents, social engineering attempts, and data breaches. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from (ISC)2. As one of the leading experts on patient privacy and PHI security, Chris has authored dozens of articles and is a frequent speaker at healthcare industry events. Additionally, he provides consulting services to a wide array of healthcare organization and the technology vendors that support them.

Speaking Experience

With dual certifications as a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States and Certified Information Privacy Technologist from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Mr. Bowen is a renowned expert in privacy and security. He has spoken nationally on topics spanning health data security, privacy, HIPAA compliance, cybercrime and cybersecurity. In the past two years alone, he presented at the Data 360 conference, Start-X-Med: Stanford Inaugural Conference, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Annual Conference, AHLA Health Information and Technology Practice Group, Healthcare Informatics and RBMA 360, to name a few.

He holds a M.B.A. and B.S. in Economics from Arizona State University.

Presentation Topics

  • Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach
  • Healthcare Cloud Security Myths Debunked
  • Mitigating Security Risks from Medical Devices
  • BYOD Trends, Gaps and Challenges

Matt Ferrari

Chief Technology Officer

Matt Ferrari is a skilled technology veteran with more than a decade of success delivering managed hosting and secure cloud-based computing to companies around the world. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), he is responsible for the strategy and execution of ClearDATA’s healthcare technology platform and services. In this role, he oversees Engineering, Product Management, and back- office systems.

Matt’s HIPAA and HITECH expertise, combined with his extensive understanding of Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery, make him uniquely qualified to build healthcare storage environments for organizations that require a high degree of scalability, data security, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to ClearDATA, Matt was the Chief Technology Officer at HOSTING.COM. He architected and built the company’s fast-growing line of managed cloud products and services at HOSTING.COM for over a decade, focusing largely on driving automation and cloud product innovation.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Matt has presented at events such as AWS Re:invent, EMCWorld, VMWorld, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), IT Expo, InterOp, and others. He joins top partners in panel discussions about cloud computing, and nurtures many strategic technology relationships.

Speaking Experience

A sought-after keynote speaker, Mr. Ferrari has presented at events such as Executive Summits, Adobe Max, EMCWorld, CFUnited, VMWorld, and Microsoft Hosting Summit. He joins thought leaders on panel discussions about cloud computing, and nurtures many strategic technology relationships for the organization.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Delaware.

Presentation Topics

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service: Best Practices for Healthcare IT
  • 7 Essential Layers of Security
  • Securing Healthcare Data in a BYOD World
  • Leveraging HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Computing for Greater Patient Health Information Security

Scott Whyte

Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Whyte, a veteran health IT leader, has over 25 years experience serving the nation’s largest life science, provider, payer and health solutions organizations. At ClearDATA, he is responsible for driving innovation, growth and strategic relationships. Additionally, Scott actively advises early stage health technology companies and private equity investors on health technology.

Prior to joining ClearDATA, he was an IT Vice President at Dignity Health, the fifth largest not for profit hospital system in the nation with annual revenue over $12 billion. He oversaw $500+ million in clinical systems budget for over 40 hospitals; his responsibilities included EMRs, Clinical Integration/Accountable Care Organizations, Population Health ARRA, Health Care Reform, Patient Connectivity and Portal Strategies, Imaging, Telemedicine, Workflow and Analytics and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

Prior to joining Dignity Health in 2005, Mr. Whyte was Vice President and CIO at the nationally ranked Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Previously he spent over 17 years helping build the healthcare practices at EY, Siemens Healthcare and Capgemini (practice now part of Accenture) serving hospitals, health insurers and life sciences companies. This included building a health consulting practice of over 70 professionals. He has spoken nationally on topics including accountable care, cloud, health information exchanges, portals and genomics.

Mr. Whyte spoke at the ONC Annual Conference, testified before the ONC HIT Policy Committee and the ONC Privacy & Security Tiger Team, and he served as the Co-Chair of the California state HIE, Cal eConnect, Technology Advisory Group (TAG). He founded and served as Co-Chairman of the HL7 Clinical Genomics Special Interest Group which is working with an international team of physicians, biopharmaceutical specialists, bioinformatics specialists and regulators to develop an international data exchange standard for genetic information.

Dennis Hynson

Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Hynson has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, exclusively in the healthcare and medical device industries. Prior to ClearDATA, Dennis served as CFO of LDR Holding, a global leader in development of innovative spinal solutions. In this role, he partnered with the CEO and executive team to significantly grow the business including revenue growth of 10x over his 7 year tenure. He successfully completed a number of financing transactions, including private equity placements and various debt instruments. Prior to LDR, Dennis held key financial management positions with Centerpulse Orthopedics as Vice President of Finance, and Abbott Spine as Controller. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Houston and is also a certified public accountant (CPA).

Carl Kunkleman

Carl Kunkleman

Senior Vice President and Co-Founder

Mr. Kunkleman 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+).

Speaking Experience

As a Co-founder at ClearDATA, Mr. Kunkleman has expertise in helping hospitals, clinics and providers migrate to the Cloud while maintaining HIPAA compliance.

He has a B.A. in Business and B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland College Park.

Presentation Topics

  • Maximizing Meaningful Use Reimbursements
  • Cloud Assessments for Migration Planning
  • Security Risk Assessment Strategies
  • Cloud Computing Total Cost of Ownership

Sue Darrow

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Sue Darrow has more than 20 years of domestic and international human resources management experience, most recently as Chief People Officer at BuildASign. Prior to that, she was the Chief People Officer for Catapult Systems. Her experience also includes six years as VP, Human Resources at Supportkids, an Austin startup company that grew from 20 employees to 200. While attending the University of Georgia, Sue was awarded an internship in the International Human Resources division at Coca-Cola in Atlanta and then offered a full-time position. She worked at Coca-Cola for three years expanding her knowledge of worldwide compensation and benefits programs. She then accepted a position with Borden in Columbus, Ohio in International Compensation and Benefits where she was responsible for developing compensation and benefits plans for all their overseas locations. Upon leaving, she became the Human Resources Manager for LCI International, a small telecommunications company that grew to over 3000 employees and was then purchased by Qwest. Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.

Jennifer Rouse

Vice President, Marketing

As VP of Marketing, Jennifer Rouse is responsible for driving the continuing growth of the company. Her focus includes brand messaging, market development, lead generation and continuing to grow and lead a marketing team that gets results. She brings more than two decades of experience in B2B Marketing strategy, with a proven track record of creating and executing marketing strategies for multi-billion dollar companies such as IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute and Misys Healthcare Systems.

Educational History

Rouse obtained a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Communications from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

Board and Investor Team

Bob Abbott

General Partner at 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.

Joseph B. Volpe III

VP / Managing Director & General Manager Merck Health Innovation PE

Joe has more than two decades of experience in health care 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 Prognos (Medivo), Liaison/Remedy, Preventice, ClearDATA, Exostar and MiHealth. Previously he sat on the boards with Aptus (Physicians Interactive), Healthsense and Koneksa.

Colleagues have called Joe 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 Liaison, Preventice, Physicians Interactive, Koneksa, Prognos, WellDoc, Exostar, Milheath and ClearDATA. He has evaluated thousands of digital health companies and has invested in two to three companies annually since 2011. During that same period, he has also managed 40-plus transactions at Merck, all at various stages of maturity.

Another notable success for Joe was 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 MerckGHIF. Joe also led the acquisitions of MedHelp, Quantia MD and Tomorrow Networks.

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 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.

Caleb Winder

Managing Director, Excel Venture Management

Caleb has nearly 20 years of operating, startup, 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 M.B.A. from Babson College, magna cum laude, where he was a Babson Fellow in the Center for Technology Enterprise. He received a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Economics from Colby College.

Paul Wallace

Managing Director, Heritage Group

Paul Wallace serves as Managing Director for Heritage Group, a venture capital firm sponsored by some of the nation's leading healthcare organizations.  Prior to joining Heritage, Mr. Wallace served as a Venture Partner for SV Life Sciences, a $2 billion international private equity firm investing exclusively in health care. He also spent 6 years leading corporate development for Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY), during which time the company’s revenue increased more than five-fold.

Prior to joining Healthways, Mr. Wallace was a General Partner of Petra Capital Partners, a $120 million private equity investment firm in Nashville, TN. From 1997-2001, he was a founding member and Managing Director with New York-based Gilbert Global Equity Partners, a $1.2 billion global private equity fund. Prior to GGEP, Mr. Wallace was a Vice President with Lazard Asia Investment Management, a Singapore-based $250 million private equity fund. Early in his career, he served as an Associate with Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner (GTCR), a $4 billion private equity firm based in Chicago.

He received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his B.A. from the University of Richmond. He is a native of Nashville, where he resides with his wife and three children.

Vin Fabiani

Partner, HLM Venture Partner

Vin is a partner at HLM Venture Partners and leads the firm’s health care technology accelerator and start-up efforts.  Vin holds several portfolio company board seats and observer roles, oversees investor relations and communications, administrative functions as well 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 health care 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 non-profit board roles.

Bill Geary

General Partner, Flare Capital Partners

Bill Geary 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 twenty-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 which 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.

Kevin Thompson

President and Chief Executive Officer, SolarWinds

Kevin Thompson is President and Chief Executive Officer at SolarWinds, an IT monitoring and management tools company. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of Surgient, Inc., a software company, from November 2005 until March 2006 and was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SAS Institute, a business intelligence software company, from September 2004 until November 2005. From October 2000 until August 2004, Thompson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company. Thompson holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He also serves on the Boards of SolarWinds, Instructure, and Blackline.

Advisory Board

ClearDATA believes in continually seeking outside industry insights, guidance and expertise in helping us to set the highest standards for technology, security, and customer satisfaction in the healthcare industry. We thoughtfully approached some of the leaders in our industry and asked for their advisory help in our quest. They are a stellar group of individuals and invaluable to us in guiding us down the right path toward our vision. 

  • August Calhoun
    Senior Vice President, Healthcare Services at Siemens Healthineers

  • Ed Fisher
    Vice President and CTO MedStar Health 

  • Aaron Gani
    Enterprise Vice President – Innovation, Humana 

  • Jeff Margolis 
    Chairman and CEO, Welltok, Inc. 

  • William Morris, MD
    Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Cleveland Clinic