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Who we are

Meet the people behind MATTER.


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


Arun Bhatia

Senior Director of Partner Engagement

Charlene Fan

Chief of Staff

Alejandra Fernandez

Marketing Associate

Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant

Liz Kennedy

Marketing Manager

Priyanca Kotwal

Program Associate

Caitlin Kryl

Associate Marketing Manager

Rachel Berliner

Senior Partnerships Manager

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

Daniel Wexler

Venture Acceleration Coordinator

Michael Williams

Venture Acceleration Director

Courtney Zhu

Venture Acceleration Associate

Pete Albertson

Web Developer

Patrick Flavin


David Johnson


Maryam Saleh, PhD


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

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

Andrew Cittadine

President & CEO, Diagnostic Photonics

Steven Collens


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

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

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

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

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

Marco De Polo

Global Head of Strategic Insights and Open Innovation, Roche

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

Michael Senical

Director of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Astellas Pharma

Kevin Tyler

Vice President of Investments, Welltower

Jim Welch

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

Amy West

Senior Director of Digital Health Strategy, Novo Nordisk

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