Who we are

Meet the people behind MATTER.

Team

We’re a team of restless innovators working to change healthcare. We believe rapid technology advances hold the keys to better health and healthcare. We’re ambitious, entrepreneurial, and optimistic. We’re here to change lives. If that sounds like you, check out our open positions.


Steven Collens

CEO


Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant


Casey Sheridan

Events Manager


Charlene Fan

Chief of Staff


Chris Pagano

Director of Venture Acceleration


Garrison Anderson

Marketing Associate


Jeana Konstantakopolous

Director of Marketing and Engagement


Joe Rizk

VP, Strategic Partnerships


Katie Kosko

Partnerships Manager


Kay Nieckarz

Events Coordinator


Klaudia Konieczny

Venture Acceleration Associate


Noelle Sales-Griffin

Associate Operations Manager


Pete Albertson

Web Developer


Peter Strandquist

Senior Director of Operations


Priyanca Kotwal

Program Associate


Sabrina Rahman

Director of Corporate Innovation and Strategy


Sam Stavig

Senior Partnerships Manager


David Johnson

Author-in-Residence


Maryam Saleh, PhD

Advisor


Patrick Flavin

Advisor


Tom S. Lee, PhD, MBA

Venture Acceleration Fellow

Board of Directors

Our board of directors includes senior leaders from across the healthcare industry who are dedicated to fostering collaboration and innovation to spark meaningful change.


Jeffrey S. Aronin

Chair of the MATTER Board, Chairman and CEO, Paragon Biosciences


Laura Ferris Anderson

Managing Director, Head of Multi-National Sales, Merchant Services U.S. Division, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Andrew Cittadine

Chief Operating Officer, Monopar Therapeutics


Steven Collens

CEO


Steven A. Gould, MD

Founder & Principal, The Gould Consulting Group


Steve Hamman

President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois


Stephen N. Keith

Medical Director, Syneos Health


James L. Madara, MD

CEO & Executive Vice President, American Medical Association


Suzet McKinney, DrPH

Principal, Director of Sterling Bay Life Sciences


Peter McNerney

Adjunct Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


James O'Connor, Jr.

Global Head of Venture Capital, William Blair


David Ormesher

Founder & CEO, closerlook Inc.


Ellen A. Rudnick

Sr. Advisor on Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Kevin Schoeplein

Former CEO, OSF HealthCare


Jeffrey R. Stewart

Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations, AbbVie


Jim Sullivan

Venture Partner, Orbimed


Nancy Sullivan

CEO & Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES


Glen Tullman

Chief Executive Officer, Transcarent


Eric Whitaker

Chairman, TWG Partners, LLC


Rob Weiss

Board Fellow, Kellogg School of Management


Marilyn Vetter

Group Vice President, Market Access, Horizon Therapeutics

Advisory Board

Comprised of leaders from across the healthcare industry, our Advisory Board guides MATTER’s engagement strategy to ensure we provide opportunities for our industry partners to build innovation capacity and connect with our entrepreneurial community.


Meg Barron

Vice President, Digital Health Strategy, American Medical Association


Holly Copeland

Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Impact, Horizon Therapeutics


Marco De Polo

Global Head of Strategic Insights and Open Innovation, Roche


Thomas Kawalec

Executive Partner, Accenture Life Sciences Practice


Kip McCoy

Vice President of Innovation Integration, OSF HealthCare


Francisco M. Rausa

Director, Digital Health & Innovation, AbbVie


Robert Samuel

Executive Director, Enterprise Technology Architecture and Innovation, CVS Health


Michael Senical

Director of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Astellas


Jolynn Suko

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Parkview Health


Nicole Lynn Walker

Senior Director, Innovation Incubator and Design Leader, Health Care Service Corporation


Jim Welch

Global Medtech Leader and Health Science and Wellness Leader for the Americas Central Region, EY


Amy West

Head of U.S. Digital Health Strategy, Novo Nordisk


James Wieselman-Schulman

Global Design Lead, International Innovation, Evernorth

Health Systems Advisory Board

Comprised of leaders within the healthcare delivery space, our Health Systems Advisory Board helps guide MATTER’s engagement strategy to ensure we are providing opportunities for our health system partners to engage with entrepreneurs.


Craig Anderson

Director of Innovation, BayCare


Becky Buchen

SVP Innovation Operations, OSF HealthCare


Daniel Derman

Chief Innovation Executive, Northwestern Medicine


Charlotte Gabet

Director of Innovation and Advanced Simulation Lab, Parkview Health


Jason Keeler

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of Chicago Medical Center


Annette Kenney

System Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Edward-Elmhurst Health


Karl Kochendorfer

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief Health Information Officer & Associate Chief Medical Officer, UI Health


Marcelo Malakooti

Associate Chief Medical Officer of Hospital Operations and Medical Innovation and Medical Director of Lefkofsky Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Lurie Children's Hospital


John Pigott

Chief Innovations Officer, ProMedica

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board


Charles DeShazer, MD

Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer, Highmark Health Plan


Javier Evelyn

CEO and Founder, Alerje


Cristal Gary

Chief Advocacy Officer, AMITA Health


Derek J. Robinson, MD

VP and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois


Charles Smith

CEO and Founder, CS Insurance Strategies


Manika Turnbull

Divisional Senior Vice President, Workforce, Talent & Business Engagement, Health Care Service Corporation


Nicole Walker

Managing Partner, Arboretum Ventures