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


Arun Bhatia

Senior Director of Partner Engagement


Alejandra Fernandez

Marketing Coordinator


Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant


Liz Kennedy

Marketing Manager


Priyanca Kotwal

Program Associate


Caitlin Kryl

Marketing Associate


Rachel Lund

Senior Partnerships Manager


Erika Marks

Events Coordinator


Nick Morales

Operations Coordinator


Joe Rizk

VP, Strategic Partnerships


Noelle Sales-Griffin

Operations Associate


Casey Sheridan

Events Manager


Juliyana Straley

Marketing Coordinator


Peter Strandquist

Senior Director of Operations


Monica Vajani

Partnerships Director


Daniel Wexler

Program Coordinator


Michael Williams

Venture Acceleration Director


Courtney Zhu

Program Coordinator


Pete Albertson

Web Developer


Patrick Flavin

Advisor


David Johnson

Author-in-Residence


Maryam Saleh, PhD

Advisor

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

Co-Chairman of the MATTER Board, Chairman and CEO, Paragon Biosciences


Timothy P. Walbert

Co-Chairman of the MATTER Board, Chairman, President & CEO, Horizon Pharma


Laura Ferris Anderson

Chief of Staff, Office of the Midwest Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Andrew Cittadine

President & CEO, Diagnostic Photonics


Steven Collens

CEO


Thomas J. DeRosa

CEO, Welltower


Steven A. Gould, MD

Founder & Principal, The Gould Consulting Group


James L. Madara, MD

CEO & Executive Vice President, American Medical Association


Peter McNerney

Founder & Senior Advisor, Thomas, McNerney & Partners


James O'Connor, Jr.

Global Head of Venture Capital, William Blair


David Ormesher

Founder & CEO, closerlook Inc.


Sheli Z. Rosenberg

Principal, Roselin Investments


Ellen A. Rudnick

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth & Executive Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Kevin Schoeplein

CEO, OSF Healthcare System


David Schonthal

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Kellogg School of Management


Ramona Sequeira

President, United States Business Unit, Takeda


Rishi Shah

Managing Partner, JumpStart Ventures


Jeffrey R. Stewart

President, U.S. Commercial Operations, AbbVie


Jim Sullivan

Vice President, Discovery, AbbVie


Nancy Sullivan

CEO & Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES


Glen Tullman

Chairman and CEO, Livongo Health


Manika Turnbull

Vice President of Workforce and Business Engagement, Health Care Service Corporation


Eric Whitaker

Chairman, TWG Partners, LLC

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

Digital Health Strategy Director, American Medical Association


Holly Copeland

Director of Public Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, Horizon Pharma


Jerry R. DeVault

Global Client Service Partner and Life Sciences Leader, Ernst & Young


Robert Jennetten

Director of Innovation Partnerships, OSF HealthCare System


Lindsey Karberg

Vice President of Digital Strategy and Immersion, Allergan


Thomas Kawalec

Managing Director, Accenture Life Sciences Practice


Christopher Leggett

Director, Commercial Innovation – Market Access, Novo Nordisk, Inc.


Addison McGuffin

Business Technology Innovation Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois


Carlos Noronha

Director - Customer and Program Management Office, Takeda Pharmaceuticals


Nicole Paulk

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Advocate Aurora Health


Francisco M. Rausa

Senior Principal Research Scientist, AbbVie


David Roman

Vice President of Strategy - Global Businesses and Digital Health, Baxter


Kevin Tyler

Vice President of Investments, Welltower


James Wieselman-Schulman

Senior Consultant & Product Marketing Manager, Cigna

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

OSF HealthCare


Daniel Derman

Senior Vice President of Administration, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare


Jason Keeler

Executive Vice President and COO, University of Chicago Medical Center


Karl Kochendorfer

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


Marcelo Malakooti

Medical Director, Lefkofsky Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


John Pigott

Chief Innovations Officer, ProMedica Innovations


Scott Powder

Chief Strategy Officer, Advocate Aurora Health


Craig Umscheid

Chief Quality and Innovation Officer and Vice President for Healthcare Delivery Science, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences