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


Alexa Calingo

Venture Acceleration Senior Associate


Amanda Oster

Technology Product Lead


Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant


Casey Sheridan

Partnerships Manager


Charlene Fan

Chief of Staff


Chris Pagano

Director of Venture Acceleration


Elle Hauser

Venture Acceleration Program Associate


Emma Bradford

Associate Content Marketing Manager


Garrison Anderson

Associate Communications Manager


Hezron Edwards

Operations Associate


Jeana Konstantakopolous

Director of Marketing and Engagement


Joe Rizk

VP, Strategic Partnerships


Kaitlyn Petersen

Venture Acceleration Program Coordinator


Katie Kosko

Partnerships Manager


Kay Nieckarz

Events Associate


Laiqa Smith

Operations Coordinator


Michael Martinez

Events and Marketing Coordinator


Noelle Sales-Griffin

Associate Operations Manager


Olyvia Phillips

Manager of Equity Initiatives


Pete Albertson

Web Developer


Sam Stavig

Senior Partnerships Manager


Shaquela Tracy

Finance Associate


Stanley Zee

Venture Acceleration Manager


Jason Smith

Venture Acceleration Fellow


Pam York

Venture Acceleration Fellow


D. Martin Gershon, MD, JD, MPH

Executive in Residence


Dipul Patadia, MD, MBA

Executive in Residence


Henry Soch

Executive in Residence


Lisa Rometty

Executive in Residence


Mike Abedessa

Executive in Residence


Nilima Rajkumar

Executive in Residence


Simon Mathews, MD

Executive in Residence


Steve Hamman

Executive in Residence

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

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


Laura Ferris Anderson

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


Andrew Cittadine

Chief Operating Officer, Monopar Therapeutics


Steven Collens

CEO


Joel Farran

Executive and Organizational Advisor


Steven A. Gould, MD

Founder & Principal, The Gould Consulting Group


Steve Hamman

Healthcare Executive


Jeffrey D. Kent, MD

Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs and Outcomes Research at Horizon


Stephen N. Keith

Medical Director, Syneos Health


James L. Madara, MD

CEO & Executive Vice President, American Medical Association


David Mao, PhD

Head of Corporate Strategy and Planning, HCSC


Suzet McKinney, DrPH

Principal, Director of Sterling Bay Life Sciences


Peter McNerney

Adjunct Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


David Ormesher

Founder, closerlook Inc.


Ellen A. Rudnick

Sr. Advisor on Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Jeffrey R. Stewart

Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations, AbbVie


Jim Sullivan

Co-founder and CEO, Vanqua


Nancy Sullivan

CEO & Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES


Karen C. Teitelbaum

Former CEO, Sinai Chicago | Board Member | Senior Advisor


Glen Tullman

Chief Executive Officer, Transcarent


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 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

Executive Director, U.S. 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

Vice President, Customer Experience, 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

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board


Charles DeShazer, MD

Director, Clinical Products, Google


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

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Health Care Service Corporation


Nicole Walker

Managing Partner, Arboretum Ventures