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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


Alexa Calingo

Venture Acceleration Senior Associate

Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant

Casey Sheridan

Events Manager

Charlene Fan

Chief of Staff

Chris Pagano

Director of Venture Acceleration

Elle Hauser

Venture Acceleration Program Coordinator

Emma Bradford

Marketing Associate

Garrison Anderson

Marketing Associate

Jeana Konstantakopolous

Director of Marketing and Engagement

Joe Rizk

VP, Strategic Partnerships

Katie Kosko

Partnerships Manager

Kay Nieckarz

Events Coordinator

Noelle Sales-Griffin

Associate Operations Manager

Olyvia Phillips

Manager of Equity Initiatives

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

Stanley Zee

Venture Acceleration Manager

David Johnson


Maryam Saleh, PhD


Patrick Flavin


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.

Laura Ferris Anderson

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

Jeffrey S. Aronin

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

Andrew Cittadine

Chief Operating Officer, Monopar Therapeutics

Steven Collens


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

Shoeb Sitafalwalla, MD

Chief Strategy Officer, Advocate Aurora Health

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