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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


Rachel Berliner

Senior Partnerships Manager


Arun Bhatia

Senior Director of Partner Engagement


Charlene Fan

Chief of Staff


Alejandra Fernandez

Marketing Associate


Kayla Fonseca

Operations Coordinator


Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant


Liz Kennedy

Marketing Manager


Priyanca Kotwal

Program Associate


Caitlin Kryl

Associate Marketing Manager


Nick Morales

Operations Associate


Kay Nieckarz

Events Coordinator


Joe Rizk

VP, Strategic Partnerships


Noelle Sales-Griffin

Associate Operations Manager


Casey Sheridan

Events Manager


Sam Stavig

Partnerships Manager


Juliyana Straley

Marketing Coordinator


Peter Strandquist

Senior Director of Operations


Daniel Wexler

Venture Acceleration Coordinator


Courtney Zhu

Venture Acceleration Manager


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 Therapeutics


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

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

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

Former 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

Venture Partner, Orbimed


Nancy Sullivan

CEO & Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES


Glen Tullman

Executive Chairman, Livongo Health


Manika Turnbull

Divisional Senior Vice President, Workforce, Talent & 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

Vice President, Digital Health Strategy, American Medical Association


Holly Copeland

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


Robert Jennetten

Director of Innovation Partnerships, OSF HealthCare


Thomas Kawalec

Executive Partner, Accenture Life Sciences Practice


Addison McGuffin

VP, Strategic Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois


Plamen Petrov

Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Exponential Technologies and Chief Data Officer, Anthem


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

Director, Digital Health & Innovation, AbbVie


David Roman

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


Michael Senical

Director of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Astellas Pharma


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, 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

SVP Innovation Operations, OSF HealthCare


Daniel Derman

Chief Innovation Executive, Northwestern Memorial Hospital


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

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


John Pigott

Chief Innovations Officer, ProMedica Innovations


Scott Powder

Chief Strategy Officer, Advocate Aurora Health


Jolynn Suko

SVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Parkview Health


Annette Kenney

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