Meet Some of Our Team
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.
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 the Juniper IDEAS 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.
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Chief Privacy & Security Officer and Founder, CISSP, CCSP, CIPP/US, CIPT
Chris Bowen is Founder and Chief Privacy and 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, payers, providers, life science companies, and market leading innovators from Asia Pacific, North American, and Europe. Mr. Bowen also leads ClearDATA’s international security risk consulting practice and has provided counsel to some 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.
Mr. Bowen is a renowned expert in health-related privacy and has deep expertise in multiple public cloud platforms. He has spoken nationally on topics spanning health data security, privacy, HIPAA and GDPR compliance, cybercrime, and breach preparedness. In the past four years alone, he has served as a faculty member for and lectured at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Health Law Institute, as well as presented at:
- multiple, consecutive National HIMSS Conferences
- the Amazon Alexa Challenge in Seattle
- the Start-X-Med: Stanford Inaugural Conference in Palo Alto
- two Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Annual Conferences
- the American Health Lawyers Association Health Information and Technology Practice Group
- the Healthcare Informatics RBMA 360 conference
- the National Dental EDI Council (NDEDIC) as keynote, to name a few.
He has been published by Network World, HealthDATA Management, Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, Mission Critical, Healthcare Business News (DotMed), Journal of mHealth (UK), HIT Leaders and News, Healthcare Info Security, California Health Information Association (CHIA) Journal, and many others.
He holds a M.B.A. and B.S. in Economics from Arizona State University.
- How US Healthcare Providers Should Prepare for GDPR
- Why the new EU privacy rule will be challenging for providers
- Who does what in the wake of a healthcare data breach
- How to keep the top exec up to speed on security issues
- Nine Common Security and Compliance Risks and How to Overcome Them
- A CIO’s Journey to the Cloud
- Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
- Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach
- Healthcare Cloud Security Myths Debunked
- Mitigating Security Risks from Medical Devices
- BYOD Trends, Gaps and Challenges
- And many more
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Dennis Hynson has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, exclusively in the healthcare and medical device industries, aligning well with ClearDATA’s Healthcare IT environments. He has raised VC and debt financing, and has scaled companies from small high-growth startups through IPO a number of times.
Dennis began his career in Houston at Texaco USA with a focus on revenue and royalty accounting. In 1990, he moved to Camco International as an assistant controller and accounting manager. During this time, the company achieved an IPO where he led the IPO finance team (including three international divisions). In 1994, he joined medical device company Centerpulse Orthopedics ($250M; 1,000 employees) and became VP of Finance. Dennis later became Controller at Abbott Spine where he was employee number 68 and helped grow the company at 40% YoY success. He later joined LDR Spine, a high-growth venture-backed medical device company, as CFO. Dennis was employee number 20 and helped grow the company internationally, culminating in a successful IPO in 2013. Dennis also served as CFO/COO at IntelliCyt, a high-growth, VC-backed startup that grew at 70% YoY, where he managed finance, operations, internal IT, customer support, and HR until a successful sale of the company.
Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Houston and is also a certified public accountant (CPA).
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+).
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.
- Maximizing Meaningful Use Reimbursements
- Cloud Assessments for Migration Planning
- Security Risk Assessment Strategies
- Cloud Computing Total Cost of Ownership
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.
Senior Vice President, Customer Experience
Javad brings a wealth of experience to ClearDATA, having served in Oil & Gas, Technology & Services Hosting, and Financial Tech industries. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Banker’s Toolbox, responsible for Customer Service, Consulting, Hosting, and Professional Services. At Rackspace Hosting, he held various leadership positions from Director of Network Security, Director of Hybrid Hosting, and Vice President of Cloud Services, responsible for serving over 50,000 customers in North America and $150 million in annual revenue. Javad has continuously demonstrated his passion for developing talent and creating high performing customer-obsessed teams throughout his career, and is excited to continue this in service of our customers at ClearDATA and making healthcare better. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston.
Vice President, Marketing
Jennifer Rouse brings over 20 years of B2B experience, including over 10 years of management. Adept at market, industry, persona and account-specific research and analysis, as well as content creation and delivery, her focus is on creating a targeted, interesting, and relevant journey for both customers and partners. Her varied experience includes creating and executing marketing activities and strategies for multi-billion dollar companies as well as startups; specializing in turn-arounds, brand development, and building/developing new teams and solutions.
She began her career in sales at industry giants WestLaw/Thomson Companies and SAS Institute, managing millions in revenue targets annually, and becoming proficient in delivering and leading both face-to-face and virtual persuasive meetings and presentations. She then transitioned into strategy, advising marketing and sales teams on various issues, including political, market, licensing, and procurement strategies, go-to-market planning, product introduction, customer experience, demand generation, thought leadership, and PR.
She has led startup teams within both large companies (SAS, IBM, and Cisco) and actual pre-IPO startup companies, and also led a full turn-around within Misys Healthcare Systems (now Allscripts). She is an experienced leader, having managed various sizes and permutations of teams, both on-site and virtual, direct and cross-functional.
An avid writer and speaker, Jennifer has recorded podcasts for HealthcareNOW Radio, written numerous blogs, presented at conferences, been published in various publications, such as PoliceOne Magazine, and has served as a featured contributor in two books:
- Smarter Cities for a Bright, Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective (Ch. 14 – Building Smarter Cities) – Mar 27, 2014, Alan Shark
- CIO Leadership for Public Safety Officials (Ch. 20 – The Power of Video to Save Lives) – Aug 8, 2012, Alan Shark
She has also served on numerous committees, such as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Counties, and is currently a founding board member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), Central Texas Chapter.
Jennifer 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. She also attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
Board and Investor Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Senior Vice President, Healthcare Services at Siemens Healthineers
August Calhoun, Ph.D. has more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience and is well-known in the provider community as a customer centric technology executive and thought leader. He’s been integral to the success and growth of several global healthcare focused technology companies, including Healthcare and Life Sciences divisions within Dell and IBM. His unique combination of technology, healthcare, and consulting experience has enabled many healthcare providers to leverage data and analytics to improve the quality of care and reduce costs. In his current role, as Senior Vice President (SVP) of North America Services at Siemens Healthineers, he’s responsible for leading digital enterprise, and customer services.
Previously, Mr. Calhoun was SVP and General Manager of Provider Solutions at Truven Health Analytics. In that position he oversaw the financial and business performance of the company’s global Solutions Provider business, including Truven Health’s hospital, clinician and population health service lines, and leading brands such as ActionOI®, Micromedex®, CareDiscovery®, CareComparison, MarketDiscovery™, Planning, 360 Care Insights and Truven Health Unify. Prior, Mr Calhoun served as Vice President and General Manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences division. In this role, he was responsible for all customer relationships, account management, customer satisfaction, solutions, and services activity in the provider, life sciences, medical device, and payer markets. Under his leadership, Dell became a technological leader in the healthcare industry, ultimately being recognized by Gartner as the world’s largest health IT services business, and achieving best in KLAS recognition.
Mr. Calhoun has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President and CTO, MedStar Health
In his role as Technical Services Executive, Ed Fisher helps provide guidance and expertise in the complex space of healthcare technology and innovation. He helps a wide range of enterprise healthcare clients challenged with rapidly advancing technology such as unified communication, big data analytics, security threat resolution, mobile device and BYOD requirements while dealing with aging infrastructure and just in time funding.
Mr. Fisher was formerly Vice President of Information Technologies and CTO at Yale New Haven Health System, considered a “Most Wired” Health System, where his primary responsibility was to provide an Information Systems Technology Plan and Vision to aid in the organization’s goal of providing advanced medical care and health promotion with excellence and compassion to Connecticut communities. He has served in similar roles for over 15 years and has been in the healthcare industry for close to 30 years. Previous experience includes Bridgeport Hospital, Norman Regional Health System, and The William W. Backus Hospital.
Enterprise Vice President – Innovation, Humana
In his role as Enterprise Vice President – Innovation for Humana, Aaron leads a team focused on creating products and services through internal and external investments to power Humana’s enterprise strategy of improving member health. Prior to this role, Aaron was responsible for leading the delivery of technology products and services to Humana’s business segments, including population health management, primary care, clinical analytics and services, pharmacy benefit management, traditional and specialty mail order pharmacy, in-home senior care, urgent care, and core insurance. Aaron also previously managed Humana’s Health Information Technology acquisitions Certify Data Systems, Anvita Health and nliven systems.
Aaron also serves on the board of managers of Availity, LLC. Prior to joining Humana in 2006, Aaron was a division general manager with Business Genetics of Denver, Colorado, and held a variety of information technology roles with Wachovia Corp. in Charlotte, NC.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Information Systems) from the University of Louisville’s College of Business, and a Master in Business Administration degree from Duke University.
Chairman and CEO, Welltok, Inc.
Widely recognized as a visionary in the application of innovative technology to the complex and rapidly changing healthcare industry, Jeff Margolis founded The TriZetto Group, Inc. in 1997. He has more than 19 years of experience architecting and managing information technology and services for some of the nation’s largest and most innovative healthcare organizations. He is the former senior vice president and chief information officer of FHP International Corp., a $4 billion healthcare company that operated health plans, multi-specialty physician clinics and hospitals, serving more than 2 million members and patients.
Margolis was named an “up and comer” by Modern Healthcare magazine and is the former chairman of the Managed Care Executive Group. In 2002, he was named Ernst & Young’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Orange County, California. A certified public accountant, Margolis holds certificates in Colorado and Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in business administration in management information systems from the University of Illinois.
William Morris, MD
Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Cleveland Clinic
William Morris, MD, is Staff in the Department of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, appointed in 2006. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2007. He was named Director of Clinical Informatics in 2007, with an area of focus on implementation, optimization and innovation and promoted to Associate Chief Medical Information Officer in 2012.
A prolific inventor and innovator, Dr. Morris started and currently directs the Clinical Solutions Center at Cleveland Clinic. This highly specialized team brings experts in computer science, hardware and software engineers and clinicians to develop the next generation of clinical care tools. In 2008 Dr. Morris was named Innovator of the year for his work in implementing physician order entry for Cleveland Clinic and also received Innovator awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for work around healthcare software.
He is active on numerous advisory committees include medical-legal, quality and safety committees and co-chairs distance health and mHealth initiatives within the health system. He continues his clinical role as a Hospitalist with in the Medicine Institute as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
James D. Murray, MS, CPHIMS
VP Clinical Informatics and Interoperability, CVS Health
James Murray is Vice President, Clinical Informatics and Interoperability for CVS Health. He is responsible for the all systems and solutions to support over 1100 walk in medical clinics. Mr. Murray works to support a medical practice of over 2800 providers by enabling the efficient use of technology in the clinical setting. MinuteClinic maintains a strong focus on collaboration with medical systems in the communities we serve. The integration of medical records with their affiliate institutions across the country helps to improve continuity of care and enable communication around all aspects of a patient’s care. Working with Epic, CommonWell Alliance, Surescripts, and Carequality, Mr. Murray has been at the forefront of enabling disparate systems to share medical records and improve the continuity of care. The retail healthcare space has a strong need to drive this technology forward and CVS Health is committed to that effort.
Mr. Murray has over 20 years experience in Healthcare Information Technology beginning his career as an application developer for the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Mr. Murray moved on to technical management at Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization prior to accepting a role of Corporate Manager of Support and Technology Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. While working at MGH, he led teams supporting patient administrative systems as well as the development and deployment of a variety of software including mobile solutions for physicians and ambulatory patient tracking. Mr. Murray moved on to work for Partners Healthcare corporate Information Systems as a Technology Architect.
Mr. Murray has spoken to national audiences on the topics of healthcare information technology, data integration, cyber security, and disruptive innovation.
Cleco Board Chair and Interim CEO, Cleco Corporate Holdings
Peggy Scott is Chair of the CLE CO board a $6 billion investor owned organization and currently serves as interim CEO. She is the former Executive Vice President and COO/CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA, where she also served as Chief Strategy Officer leading the response to the Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Scott had a distinguished earlier career in public accounting where she quickly became Deloitte’s first female office Managing Partner in their 100-year history. Ms. Scott also draws on unique experience in both insurers and fully integrated healthcare organizations spanning hospitals to hospice. Skilled in reinventing large complex U.5./International companies in dramatically changing environments, she served in Senior Executive roles at Novant Health, Pan-American Life and General Health System. There she led transformations, grew companies organically and with M&A, and led operations and finance in eight countries.
Ms. Scott is an advisor to healthcare, technology and private equity. She is a consultant/advisor for Francisco Partners and serves on Health Catalyst Capital and the Blue Cross Foundation boards. She is on the LSU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, having served as President Prior service included International Plan Solutions, LLC, Partners National Health Plans, LA Superdome, and corporations in Latin America. She was an Adjunct Professor at Tulane’s Medical School. Ms. Scott was featured in the Wall Street Journal as National Financial Executive of the Year, inducted into the AICPA”s Business Hall of Fame, and named Parker Pen USA LTD’s Woman of Achievement. She is in the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction, LSU’s highest honor, named a Tulane Outstanding Alumnus, and holds a Ronald Reagan presidential citation. Business Insurance selected her as one of the nation’s Women to Watch. She is a CPA and certified in Valuations and Forensics. She holds an MBA from Tulane and a B.S. in accounting from LSU magna cum Laude.
Principal, BrightWork Advisory, LLC
Gary Seay has more than 25 years of experience developing and delivering systems and business process solutions in the healthcare industry. Most recently he served as the CIO of Community Health Systems, a $138 IDN, for 19 years. Prior to that he held executive positions at EQUICOR, CIGNA, and Humana.
Additionally, Mr. Seay has served on the United Way of Williamson County Board of Directors as chair of the Tennessee HIMSSC IO Advisory Council and as a board member of the Nashville Technology Council. His professional and community involvement has included membership in HP Health and Life Sciences Board of Advisors, Belmont University School of Pharmacy External Advisory Council, Technology Advisory Committee for the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund (HHIF), and the Verizon Healthcare Customer Advisory Board.
Currently, Mr. Seay is Principal of BrightWork Advisory, LLC., a practice focused on enabling innovative healthcare solution success. He is an author, speaker and advisor possessing extensive executive experience with major healthcare provider systems, managed care organizations, venture capital firms, and academic programs.
Senior Vice President and CIO, LifePoint Hospitals
As a healthcare leader with nineteen years of business unit and organizational leadership, general management, and program management experience, Mr. Tuley enjoys building successful teams, developing and executing strategic plans, fostering strong internal and external customer relationships, and driving effective organizational and operational change. He is currently Senior Vice President and CIO of LifePoint Hospitals.
Previously, Tuley served as Vice President of Provider Services for Emdeon Business Services, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle solutions for healthcare organizations. Prior to that, Tuley held various management positions within Perot Systems Corporation and was responsible for supporting healthcare clients.
Tuley earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Citadel As a former officer in the United States Army, he makes himself available to provide guidance to members of the military community seeking to transition to a career in business.