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


Charlene Fan

Chief of Staff

Alejandra Fernandez

Marketing Associate

Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant

Klaudia Konieczny

Venture Acceleration Coordinator

Jeana Konstantakopolous

Director of Marketing and Engagement

Katie Kosko

Partnerships Manager

Priyanca Kotwal

Program Associate

Caitlin Kryl

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 Associate

Peter Strandquist

Senior Director of Operations

LaShantay Walls

Venture Acceleration Associate

Courtney Zhu

Venture Acceleration Manager

Pete Albertson

Web Developer

Patrick Flavin


Devin Gross

Venture Acceleration Fellow

David Johnson


Larry Schor

Venture Acceleration Fellow

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 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


Steven A. Gould, MD

Founder & Principal, The Gould Consulting Group

Stephen N. Keith

Medical Director, Syneos Health

James L. Madara, MD

CEO & Executive Vice President, American Medical Association

Suzet McKinney, DrPH

CEO & Executive Director, Illinois Medical District

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

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

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.

Robert Samuel

Executive Director, Enterprise Technology Architecture and Innovation, CVS Health, Inc.

Meg Barron

Vice President, Digital Health Strategy, American Medical Association

Holly Copeland

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

Thomas Kawalec

Executive Partner, Accenture Life Sciences Practice

Kip McCoy

Vice President of Innovation Integration, OSF HealthCare

Addison McGuffin

VP, Digital, Design & Innovation, Health Care Service Corporation

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

Craig Umscheid

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

Jolynn Suko

SVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Parkview Health

Annette Kenney

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