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At AVIA, we believe that transformation requires innovation, and innovation starts with a focus on health systems’ challenges and opportunities. The AVIA Innovator Network brings forward-leaning health systems together to address shared challenges that are ripe for innovation. Our growing, multidisciplinary team has collective experience in medicine, care delivery, technology, strategy, innovation, and venture. We continue to recruit talented team members who are committed to accelerating healthcare transformation.

Meet the team

Eric Langshur Co-Founder/CEO

Eric Langshur

Eric is the CEO and co-founder of AVIA and co-founder of Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose based incubator focused on improving the human condition by creating companies that improve Human Wellness, Human Performance and Human Engagement.

A values-based entrepreneur, Eric is also a co-founder and director of LIFE CrossTraining and is also currently a director of Healthfinch, PUSH Wellness, Transparent Media Partners, and PatientWisdom.

Eric was an early leader in the social media field, as the founder of CarePages sold to Steve Case. Eric also founded Rise Health, a venture-backed healthcare digital technology company sold to Best Doctors.

Before transitioning to values-based entrepreneurship, Eric held top corporate executive positions at United Technologies Corporation and Bombardier Aerospace.

Eric is also a New York Times best-selling author. His book “Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing” was published by Simon and Schuster: North Star Way in 2016.

Ted Meisel Co-Founder

Ted Meisel

Ted is Co-founder of AVIA and active in ensuring that the firm fulfills its mission of accelerating transformation in healthcare. He is an experienced healthcare and technology entrepreneur, executive and investor.

Ted is the former CEO of public company Overture Services, an internet search company, which he led to over $1 billion in revenues before selling to Yahoo!. After leading the Overture division at Yahoo!, Ted became an investor at Elevation Partners, known for its stakes in companies like Facebook, Yelp, and Marketshare. He started his career working on strategy and change management engagements at Mercer and McKinsey

He serves Hope Street Group, an agent of policy change in social sectors, as board chairman, and recently CMS as a senior adviser focused on delivery system and payment reform.

Ted holds a JD from Stanford University and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Linda Finkel President

Linda Finkel

Linda is an experienced business leader with a track record of more than 20 years running successful companies. She brings passion for execution and sustainable change, to our clients and our business.

Prior to joining AVIA, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Accretive Health’s population health business.

Linda holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University.

Linda joined AVIA because she was struck by the energy and passion that the team brings to work each and every day. The AVIA team is committed to achieving its goal and implementing change in healthcare.

Amy Dirks Stevens Executive Vice President, Provider Solutions

Amy Dirks Stevens
Executive Vice President, Provider Solutions

Amy has held significant leadership roles across the healthcare spectrum, including health systems, clinical integration organizations, ambulatory services, and physician practice management. She has been responsible for operations, strategy, and growth at local, regional, and enterprise levels for large, multi-national for-profit health systems with academic and quaternary centers, as well as community faith-based, non-profit systems. She was instrumental in receiving FTC-approval for one of the nation’s vanguard clinical integration organizations and later became its President, managing the MSO services and a network of over 50 healthcare entities, 6000 providers and 30 performance-based contracts with employers, commercial and government payors. Prior to healthcare, Ms. Stevens was a sought-after consultant in the energy and environmental sectors for contentious projects with high public visibility and business impact.

At AVIA, Amy leads the work to match the pressing problems and business drivers of member health systems with viable digital solutions in the market, and scan the horizon for emerging opportunities that can propel the innovation agenda forward.

Cynthia Perazzo Senior Vice President, West

Cynthia Perazzo
Senior Vice President, West

Cynthia is a solutions-oriented healthcare strategist and innovator. As the leader of AVIA’s team in the West, Cynthia assures that AVIA member health systems are achieving the greatest value from adoption of digital solutions.

Before joining AVIA, Cynthia served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Hoag in Newport Beach, California.

Cynthia holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cynthia believes that the network members, team, and friends of AVIA create a uniquely powerful ecosystem that can drive the needed change in the healthcare industry. She believes collaboration is the key to any organization seeking to implement significant change successfully.

Patti Sweeney Senior Vice President, East

Patti Sweeney
Senior Vice President, East

Patti is a results-focused executive with deep knowledge of the healthcare industry, executive relationship management, new business and program development, and executive networks. She has responsibility for AVIA clients in the eastern part of the country, bringing her expertise in forming high-performance trusting teams across disparate skillsets and cultures and her focus on designing custom client and partner solutions with collaboration and tenacity.

As the leader of AVIA’s client team in the East, Patti assures that AVIA member health systems are achieving the greatest value from adoption of digital solutions identified through AVIA’s unique membership model. She and her team work with members to deeply understand their strategy, market dynamics and aspirations to enable meaningful peer interactions with other members and implementation of innovative technologies to address critical organizational needs.

Patti joined AVIA because she relishes bringing innovative solutions to a broad range of healthcare challenges in the context of a long-term relationship with member organizations.


Peggy Baxter Chief of Staff & Vice President, Network Engagement

Peggy Baxter
Chief of Staff & Vice President, Network Engagement

Peggy Baxter is the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Network Engagement for AVIA. She works in tandem with AVIA’s CEO and President to organize and lead initiatives focused on member experience, strategic growth, and organizational performance. As Chief of Staff, Peggy provides AVIA with the critical leadership, efficiency, and process necessary to operate as a high-performing and fast-paced organization.

Peggy has 20 years of healthcare experience and specializes in building partnerships with leading healthcare systems and industry partners. Prior to AVIA, she served as a business development executive with Objective Health, a group within McKinsey & Company that provides strategic and operational consulting services to community and regional health systems. Before joining McKinsey, Peggy spent nearly a decade as a Regional Vice President with Sg2, a health care analytics, research and consulting firm. She led the firm’s growth initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and managed executive-level relationships across a diverse portfolio of health systems and hospitals.

Peggy holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, with a specialized certificate in Health Administration and Policy, and a BA from the University of Vermont.

Derek Baird Vice President, Growth

Derek Baird
Vice President, Growth

As VP of Growth, Derek leads AVIA’s business development and marketing teams and engages with leading health systems to discuss potential membership in the AVIA Innovator Network.

Previously, Derek was an SVP for Health Language, guiding the company through explosive growth and its 2013 sale to Wolters Kluwer Health. He has also held marketing and product management leadership positions at Zynx Health and Practice Partner (now part of McKesson).

Derek holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Derek joined AVIA for the opportunity to accelerate the work-in-progress transformation of American healthcare. And for the free lava lamp.

Mitch Corwin Vice President, Finance

Mitch Corwin
Vice President, Finance

As Vice President of Finance, Mitch is responsible for leading the financial management of the company and working with company leadership on financial decision-making.

Prior to joining AVIA, Mitch served in corporate finance leadership positions Catamaran Corporation (acquired by OptumRx) and Walgreen Co. Before moving into corporate finance, he led a team of stock research analysts at Morningstar, Inc. Mitch brings over 15 years of hands-on and successful experience leading Finance departments, new business initiatives, and consulting engagements.

Mitch is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a BBA degree from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

Mitch joined AVIA to be part of an energetic and passionate team dedicated to facing the most pressing challenges in healthcare today and driving meaningful change.

Jeanette Flom Vice President, Central

Jeanette Flom
Vice President, Central

Jeanette is a strategic convener and leader who is passionate about understanding an organization’s needs and creating strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial. At AVIA Jeanette leads the Central Region health systems in their journey to leverage digital health tools that deliver results.

Prior to pursuing a position at AVIA, she served as East Division Vice President – Development & Stewardship at the American Diabetes Association, with more than a decade bringing likeminded C-Suite executives and their organizations together to do good business. Previously she held leadership positions at the American Heart Association.

Jeanette holds a B.S. degree in Business Computer Information Systems from St Cloud State University and served a five-year sentence as a Software Engineer and Business Analyst. Jeanette is an active member of the Chicago Executives Club and Director of the club’s Leadership Advisory Board.

Jeanette joined AVIA to further her mission to provide technology solutions to improve the healthcare community. She is passionate about making an impact and being part of a fast paced, visionary and brilliant team.

Eric Flyckt, MD Vice President, Product

Eric Flyckt, MD
Vice President, Product

Dr. Eric Flyckt has spent his career focused on the intersection of healthcare, analytics, and technology.

Previously, as Vice President of Informatics at Jiff, Eric developed analytic products as part of an enterprise health benefits platform, and led product management at Explorys, creating data-driven tools to improve clinical quality management and care coordination. Before that Eric spent seven years in McKinsey & Co.’s healthcare practice, addressing strategic and operational issues with health systems, payers, and life science companies, as well as leading analytics and product management for McKinsey’s Objective Health.

Eric earned his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science and Biology from the University of Denver, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

Eric is excited to lead the development of AVIA’s digital platform, building on AVIA’s successful model to further foster collaboration and learning from others’ experience and expertise to accelerate the adoption of emerging tools that will transform healthcare.

Ariana Klitzner Vice President, Provider Solutions

Ariana Klitzner
Vice President, Provider Solutions

As VP of Provider Solutions, Ariana leads a team which presents and evaluates the best fit digital health solutions that meet providers’ most pressing challenges.

Prior to joining AVIA, Ariana worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company and the boutique firm, Mission Measurement. She advised companies on strategy, organizational change and measurement.. She also served as a research fellow at the Innosight Institute where she co-authored studies on disruptive innovations within integrated health systems.

Ariana holds a MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Pomona College.

Ariana joined AVIA because healthcare is an industry which impacts everyone and there is so much opportunity to make people’s lives better.

P. Nelson Le, MD Medical Director

P. Nelson Le, MD
Medical Director

As Medical Director, Nelson provides clinical leadership and expertise in translating health system and clinical operational needs into opportunities for innovation.

Prior to AVIA, Nelson was Senior Clinical Advisor at InterSystems where he helped global healthcare organizations develop and execute strategies for better healthcare delivery through technology. At McKesson Provider Technologies, Nelson was Vice President of Medical Affairs, where he received the company’s award for innovative process improvement.

Nelson earned his MD from Boston University’s Accelerated BA/MD Program, completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Sciences University and MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Nelson joined AVIA to make a difference at scale.

Jason Lineen Vice President, Strategy

Jason Lineen
Vice President, Strategy

Jason is a results-oriented healthcare innovation strategist with broad experience advising health system executives, physician leaders and trustees on their most critical “fork in the road” issues. As the leader of AVIA’s Strategy Team, Jason’s focus is connecting-the-dots between organizational strategic priorities and designing/enabling high performing innovation teams to achieve transformative results.

With nearly 20 years’ experience, Jason has conducted over 100 consulting engagements advising some of the nation’s leading health systems and academic medical centers (AMCs) on matters related to strategic planning, innovation capacity development, mergers/acquisitions/affiliations and the journey to value-based care. Previously Jason was a Director at Navigant Consulting, where he helped build the Healthcare Provider Strategy and M&A practice to over 100 professionals. In addition to leading numerous health system strategy engagements at Navigant, Jason completed hospital M&A transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $1.5 billion. Prior to Navigant, Jason was a healthcare strategist at the Tiber Group (a Chicago-based consultancy acquired by Navigant). He began his consulting career in Health IT at Deloitte.

A frequent speaker and author, Jason has presented at national meetings of American Hospital Association Center for Healthcare Governance and the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) and is a lecturer at Loyola University’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. Jason holds a MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Jason joined AVIA for the opportunity to help solve our health care system’s most complex challenges via innovative digital solutions at scale.

Kevin Meinert Vice President, Engineering

Kevin Meinert
Vice President, Engineering

As the Vice President of Engineering, Kevin leads the organization in technical strategy, architecture, and implementation of apps and tooling as well as deep-dive technical due diligence interviews of external and health system partners.

Prior to joining AVIA, he was CTO at Level EX where he built the engineering team to create game-changing, ultra-realistic 3D virtual surgery mobile phone and tablet apps so physicians can master minimally invasive procedures without risk to live patients. Kevin has also led teams at HERE Maps to develop data products such as Street View (360-degree panoramic imagery) plus cutting edge mobile apps showcasing next generation 3D Maps with glamorous 3D virtual flythroughs, clean Ux, and smart data visualization. He has core graphics rendering and visual effects & simulation experience in the video games industry where he notably leads visual effects for Star Wars The Force Unleashed for Lucasfilm. He also has an extensive background in Virtual Reality across a range of devices and applications and interaction techniques.

Kevin holds an MS and BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.

He joined AVIA because he saw the drive, passion, and diverse spread of talent and intelligence in the people there, and was excited at the potential to apply his experience to improve healthcare.

Amanda Schleede
 Vice President, Operations & Administration

Amanda Schleede

Vice President, Operations & Administration

Amanda is responsible for overall company operations focusing on Human Resources, Recruiting, Office Management and Executive Team special projects. Amanda is a trusted resource for the Executive Team and provides the leadership necessary for AVIA to operate as a high-performing and fast-paced organization.

Amanda has over 20 years of experience in healthcare consulting and company operations. Prior to joining AVIA, Amanda was Chief of Staff for Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences (HLS) practice. She also worked as the Executive Recruiter and Human Resources Manager for ChapterHouse, LLC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

Amanda holds a BS in Education with a concentration in Health and Human Services and a Professional in Human Resources certification from DePaul University.

Amanda chose AVIA for the amazing team, culture and the desire to make meaningful changes to healthcare through innovation.

Mike Warren Vice President, Client Operations

Mike Warren
Vice President, Client Operations

As Vice President of Client Operations, Michael is responsible for ensuring that AVIA’s health system clients and strategic partners achieve value in their relationships with AVIA.

Prior to joining AVIA, Michaelserved as Vice President of Client Relations at Sg2, responsible for client retention, business development, and product and service delivery across a diverse portfolio of health system clients. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as part of the strategy practice at Deloitte Consulting and held sales and marketing roles with Merck & Co.

Michael holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BS from Miami University, Magna Cum Laude.

Michael joined AVIA because, like most kids growing up in Northeastern Ohio, he always dreamed of working for a leading innovation network and health system partner.

Gena Bezdek Senior Director, Client Operations

Gena Bezdek
Senior Director, Client Operations

As the Senior Director of Client Operations, Gena oversees the day-to-day relationships with our network members, serving as a guide through onboarding, tool selection, contracting, and implementation.

Prior to joining AVIA, she managed fundraising projects at Health Leads, a national organization that connects low-income hospital patients to vital social resources. Gena has also worked in Southern Africa as a strategy consultant for TechnoServe and as a member of the convenings team at New Profit Inc., a Boston-based venture philanthropy fund.

Gena holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Tufts University.

Christine Brocato Senior Director, West, Client Operations

Christine Brocato
Senior Director, West, Client Operations

Jill Seidman Senior Director, Provider Solutions

Jill Seidman
Senior Director, Provider Solutions

Nicole Winokur Senior Director, Marketing

Nicole Winokur
Senior Director, Marketing

As the Senior Director of Marketing, Nicole oversees the development, implementation, and tracking of AVIA’s marketing strategies, communications, and digital activities.

Previously, Nicole was a Director at GE Ventures creating new business opportunities for GE and its partners in the area of digital health. She has also held marketing and product management leadership roles at GE Healthcare in traditional and emerging businesses.

Nicole holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Nicole joined AVIA because it was the perfect opportunity to be center stage at the intersection of health and technology.

Jennifer Dzwonchyk Director, Provider Solutions

Jennifer Dzwonchyk
Director, Provider Solutions

Jennifer’s background brings a focus on process, metrics, and problem-solving. At AVIA, Jennifer works with the Clinical and Business Intelligence team to help our health systems identify the metrics that define success and quantify the value that digital solutions bring to their organization.

Prior to joining AVIA, Jennifer was a Private Equity Associate with Frontenac Company where she invested in healthcare services businesses and worked with management teams to address operational and financial challenges. She has also held roles at J.P. Morgan in investment banking and mezzanine lending.

Jennifer holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College.

Jennifer joined AVIA to work with a group of phenomenal people who share a passion for accelerating the pace of healthcare innovation.

April Savage Director, Talent Acquisition

April Savage
Director, Talent Acquisition

As Director of Talent Acquisition, April is charged with finding the curious and motivated healthcare innovators to join the AVIA team.

Prior to joining AVIA, April was led Global Healthcare Services research at executive search firm Egon Zehnder where she worked for global organizations in healthcare ranging from public to private sector, for- and non-profit, healthcare payors, providers, analytics and consumer health. April also served in Public Affairs and Government Relations for Humana. Earlier in her career, she served in leadership positions with the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group.

April holds a Bachelor’s in Government from Lawrence University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration, with an emphasis on healthcare, from Northwestern University.

April joined AVIA because healthcare touches us all, and we can and must make healthcare better- inaction is not an option.

Tim Schulte Director, Provider Solutions

Tim Schulte
Director, Provider Solutions

As a director on the Provider Solutions team, Tim helps AVIA’s health system members prioritize their technology needs, conducts due diligence on solution companies, and supports implementation efforts across the network.

Prior to joining AVIA, he was a management consultant in Accenture’s health strategy practice where he served payers, pharmaceutical companies, and venture capital firms. His work spanned market strategy, customer engagement, and project management.

Tim holds an A.B. from Duke University and is earning his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He serves on the advisory board of Leaptuit, a provider communication company based in Denver and formally acts as a mentor at MATTER, a healthcare incubator in Chicago. Tim is a trustee associate at Boston College High School and a member of Duke University’s Development Council.

Tim joined AVIA to help technology companies scale their businesses.

Kate Soden Director, Marketing Communications

Kate Soden
Director, Marketing Communications

As the Director of Marketing Communications, Kate oversees the creation and management of AVIA’s brand messaging, communications, and public relations activities.

Previously, Kate was a Senior Brand Performance Consultant with SGK where she developed strategic marketing recommendations for C-Suite clients by evaluating brand portfolios, organizational structures, workflows, and technology to guide clients through transformational change. She also worked for Accenture as a Marketing Communications Specialist, leading all communications for the CIO group, creating marketing assets like blogs, videos, case studies, and podcasts, and planning and executing three global webcasts annually.

Kate holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from DePaul University.

Kate joined AVIA to accelerate the transformation of healthcare and lead the company kickball team to a championship.

Kathryn Austin Manager, Provider Solutions

Kathryn Austin
Manager, Provider Solutions

As a manager on the Provider Solutions team, Kathryn helps AVIA’s health system members prioritize their technology needs, conducts due diligence on solution companies, and supports implementation efforts across the network.

Prior to joining AVIA, Kathryn was a project manager/implementation consultant at Epic, where she served health systems in their enterprise EHR deployments. Her work included testing leadership and revenue cycle advisory.

Kathryn holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where she graduated cum laude.

Kathryn joined AVIA because she wanted to deepen providers’ access to innovation and connect them with best-fit digital solutions.

Betsy Bruinsma Manager, Strategy

Betsy Bruinsma
Manager, Strategy

As Manager of Strategy, Betsy aims to ensure healthcare innovation teams are equipped to transform their strategic goals into actionable results using digital health solutions.

Prior to joining AVIA, Betsy worked as a strategy consultant for Navigant Consulting. She also completed an Administrative Fellowship at Loyola University Health System where she served as project manager for various strategic and operational initiatives as well as earned her Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt certificate.

Betsy holds an MHSA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Emory University.

Betsy joined AVIA for the unique opportunity to help health systems turn their strategic goals into operational realities.

Ashley Isaacson Manager, Client Operations

Ashley Isaacson
Manager, Client Operations

Janice Louie Manager, Market Strategies

Janice Louie
Manager, Market Strategies

As manager of Market Strategies, Janice identifies hotspots in today’s healthcare landscape—where the challenges of health systems, marketplace trends, and innovative technologies intersect—which informs the AVIA Network’s innovation agenda.

Before coming to AVIA, Janice worked for Rush University Medical Center and at the American Health Information Management Association. Janice began her career in education, teaching science on Chicago’s south side.

Janice holds a MS in Health Systems Management from Rush University. She also holds a BA from Vanderbilt University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Janice serves on the advisory board of GoodCity Chicago, a social impact organization committed to high potential community-based entrepreneurs solving complex social and economic issues within the city.

Janice joined AVIA because of her belief that digital provides new and needed answers to some of healthcare’s most pressing challenges.

Neal McCarthy Manager, Business Development

Neal McCarthy
Manager, Business Development

As a member of the Business Development team, Neal helps grow the Innovator Network by engaging health systems that are committed to utilizing digital solutions and eager to collaborate on the work with other leading health systems.

Prior to joining AVIA, Neal improved healthcare on a patient-by-patient basis as an Orthopedic Trauma Sales Representative for Stryker. By growing market share and becoming a trusted resource for surgeons, OR staff and health systems, Neal experienced the challenges that providers face on a daily basis.

Neal has a BS in Business Management from Indiana University

Neal joined AVIA to usher health systems into the digital age and improve care for the masses. He also appreciates not being on call.

Gabrielle Mueller Manager, Client Operations

Gabrielle Mueller
Manager, Client Operations

As the Manager of Client Operations, Gabrielle oversees the day-to-day relationships with members, serving as a guide through onboarding, tool selection, contracting, and implementation.

Prior to joining the Client Operations team, she was a member of AVIA’s Provider Solutions team helping members prioritize their technology needs, conduct due diligence on solution companies, and support implementation efforts. Prior to joining AVIA, she worked in the Advisory Board Company’s Healthcare division based in Washington, DC. In her time at the Advisory Board Company, she led developing research and best practices for hospitals’ Chief Nursing Officers and Chief HR Officers to improve initiatives such as patient experience, care coordination, clinician burnout and employee wellness.

Gabrielle holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Gabrielle joined AVIA because of its unique position in the market—working closely between forward-thinking health systems and innovative digital solutions.

Zak Randall Manager, Market Strategies

Zak Randall
Manager, Market Strategies

Zak is a member of the Market Strategies team and endeavors to set a cogent and persuasive innovation agenda by understanding where creative solutions and health system challenges intersect with marketplace trends. He is responsible for having a ‘pulse on the market’, understanding the latest tech and healthcare trends.

Prior to joining AVIA, Zak worked in Pricing Analytics and Strategy at Hub Group, a leader in Intermodal Transportation. As a founding member of the analytics team, he focused on building short and long-term forecasts along with the creating predictive models to optimize network management, improve sales and pricing strategy, and better understand financial drivers.

Zak holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College and is earning his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, focusing in Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Operations, and Strategy.

Zak joined AVIA because of the culture of shared success and is regularly stunned at the remarkable opportunity to work within his passions – healthcare, technology, and strategy – while making an impact on the lives of others.

Tiwi Oye Senior Analyst, Implementation

Tiwi Oye
Senior Analyst, Implementation

Driven by opportunities in strategy and execution that support healthcare transformation. As a Senior Analyst for Implementation, Tiwi is an integral part of AVIA’s partnerships with health system members and digital solution companies to effectively and efficiently implement solutions at scale.

Previously, Tiwi was VP of Operations for a biotechnology startup company. She also held positions with Sg2 Consulting practice as well as AbbVie. Tiwi is also Founder and President of RightStanding Inc., a faith-based non-profit to support the mental and emotional development of teenage girls. She is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Impacting Lives Foundation, which is dedicated to healthy parental relationships, financial counseling, and global mission work.

Tiwi earned an MPH-Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Biology from Loyola University Chicago.

Tiwi joined AVIA for the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for scaling digital solutions in healthcare. She pretty much likes to see things take off!

Josh Parish Senior Analyst, Provider Solutions

Josh Parish
Senior Analyst, Provider Solutions

As a Senior Analyst in Provider Solutions’ Value-Based Care vertical, Josh works with AVIA’s Network of health systems to prioritize strategic needs and adopt digital health technology focused on the shift toward a value-oriented environment of care delivery and reimbursement.

Prior to joining AVIA, he was a Business Analyst for Lifeline Vascular Access, a strategic business unit of DaVita HealthCare Partners, which co-owns and operates a network of 80+ freestanding vascular surgery centers. His work spanned business development, clinical intelligence and analytics, medical device forecasting, and project management.

Josh holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Social Policy. He serves as a court-appointed advocate for CASA, an organization dedicated to advocating for and supporting children in the foster care system who are victims of child abuse and neglect.

Josh joined AVIA to help further the vision of health systems achieving innovation – together.

Stacey Weis Controller, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance & Accounting

Stacey Weis
Controller, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance & Accounting

Stacey brings over 8 years of US and international accounting & finance experience across the retail, consumer, biotech & healthcare sectors along with a passionate work ethic to AVIA. As Financial Controller, Stacey is responsible for the accounting operations of the company and guiding financial decisions by establishing and enforcing policies and reporting in support of company leadership.

Prior to joining AVIA, Stacey was a Manager in the Consumer and Industrial Products and Services Assurance division at PwC Australia/US. Within her role, Stacey gained comprehensive insight into business operations, dealing with major risk areas, profit factors, customer relationships and financial management across a portfolio of iconic US and Australian brands, large listed multi-nationals and privately held companies. Projects included financial due diligence, profitability analysis, contract negotiation advise, financial impact of strategy implementation and audit engagements.

Stacey is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) & Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSAcc) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Stacey joined AVIA to be a part of a passionate team devoted to executing our mission- and who have a bit of FUN along the way.

Phil Ros Analyst, Provider Solutions

Phil Ros
Analyst, Provider Solutions

As a Provider Solutions Analyst, Phil works with the Clinical and Business Operations team and AVIA members to prioritize technology needs, conduct due diligence on innovative companies, and support solution implementation across the AVIA network.

Prior to joining AVIA, Phil worked at Huron Consulting Group and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In these roles, he developed and led process and quality improvement initiatives surrounding patient and hospital billing practices, patient experience, care coordination and mental health promotion.

Phil holds an MPH from UCLA and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Phil chose to work at AVIA because of his passion for healthcare and technology and is thrilled to work with the most innovative healthcare institutions around the country.

Kelsey Sappington Event Coordinator and Executive Assistant, Client Operations

Kelsey Sappington
Event Coordinator and Executive Assistant, Client Operations

Kelsey works as AVIA’s Event Coordinator and an Executive Assistant. She oversees the day-to-day relationships with the Client Operations team and coordinates logistics operations for company events.

She graduated from the University of Missouri where both of her parents are alumni.

Prior to joining AVIA, Kelsey was Abundant Venture Partners Receptionist. She was eager to join the team because they already felt like family to her.

Kelsey was also ecstatic to join such a dedicated and passionate organization that is making healthcare as accessible as possible

Katy Budzinski Executive Assistant, Growth & Strategy

Katy Budzinski
Executive Assistant, Growth & Strategy

Katy is an administrative specialist with a knack for keeping everything and everyone organized. She oversees the day-to-day project management and scheduling for AVIA’s Growth and Strategy teams.     

Prior to joining AVIA, Katy worked at South Bend Orthopedics in the Physical and Occupational Therapy departments. She then worked as an Administrative Coordinator at Rocket Jump, Inc. in Burbank, CA.  

Katy holds a Master’s degree in Administration and Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Indiana University.

Katy was excited to join the AVIA team and be a part of an organization so devoted to the mission of improving healthcare – and the free M&M’s are an added bonus!

Lauren Rencher Executive Assistant, Market Strategies & Provider Solutions

Lauren Rencher
Executive Assistant, Market Strategies & Provider Solutions

Lauren oversees the day-to-day relationships with the Market Strategies and Providers Solutions team including scheduling, project management, and cohort logistics. She also provides support to AVIA’s Senior Vice President of Provider Solutions, Amy Stevens.

Prior to joining AVIA, Lauren was an account executive at AT&T and an office coordinator at LaSalle Network. Lauren also has some previous healthcare experience as a licensed benefits consultant for GoHealth.

Lauren holds of BSBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lauren joined AVIA because of vibrant and unique culture, along with endless professional development and learning opportunities.


Pat Button, EdD, RN Executive-in-Residence

Pat Button, EdD, RN

Dr. Button is an experienced clinical professional with many years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Throughout her career, Dr. Button’s passion has been improving the safety, quality, and efficiency of patient care. Her knowledge, skills, and experience include clinical practice, education, quality improvement, clinical informatics, clinical decision support, population health management, as well as product and project management.

Leveraging the combination of these skills, Dr. Button has held clinical, product and operational management, and senior leadership positions in a variety of health systems, educational, for profit and not for profit organizations including The Advisory Board Company, Zynx Health, and Cerner Corporation. She taught at Syracuse University School of Nursing, and has had Adjunct Faculty positions at various schools of nursing. She also held clinical leadership roles at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital to name a few.

Dr. Button has also held various consulting positions outside of the health care industry and enjoyed a “sabbatical” when she owned and ran The Heart of the Village Inn in Shelburne, Vermont. Dr. Button is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Dr. Button joins AVIA with excitement to support the company’s work in bringing together health systems to innovatively and effectively address key issues with technology solutions.

Gary Byram, PhD Executive-in-Residence

Gary Byram, PhD

Molly Coye Executive-In-Residence

Molly Coye

Dr. Molly Joel Coye is Social Entrepreneur in Residence for the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), a nonprofit national health policy institute focused on advancing high-value innovations.

Previously, Dr. Coye was the Chief Innovation Officer for UCLA Health, heading the Institute for Innovation in Health and the Global Lab for Innovation. Dr. Coye was also the founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center (Health Tech), Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California State Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health.

Dr. Coye is a member of the Institute of Medicine and on the board of directors for Aetna, Inc., Prosetta Biosciences, Inc., Big White Wall, and ACCESS Health International. She previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors at PATH, and on the boards of American Hospital Association, and the China Medical Board. She holds MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Asian History from Stanford University.

Darren Dworkin Executive-In-Residence

Darren Dworkin

Darren is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems and Chief Information Officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. He has spent over 20 years in information technology.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Darren held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Boston University Medical Center.

Darren holds a BS degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Rob Hoyt Executive-In-Residence

Rob Hoyt

Rob is the founder of Excelar, LLC and has spent over 20 years advising and building health care companies.

Previously, he was a Vice President at Accretive Health and a Partner in Accenture’s health and life sciences strategy practice.

Rob holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Dartmouth College.

Gregory Makoul Executive-In-Residence

Gregory Makoul

Greg is Founding Director of the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut.

Previously, Greg was Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Academic Officer at Saint Francis Care.

He earned a BA from Wesleyan University, a PhD from Northwestern University, and an MS from Dartmouth College.

Greg joined the AVIA team because the people are fun to work with and are at the top of their game, the AVIA team is playing for all of the right reasons.

Bill Petasnick Executive-in-Residence

Bill Petasnick

Bill is one of our nation’s leading healthcare executives with over 35 years of senior executive experience. He is the recently retired Chief Executive Officer of Froedtert Health Inc. in Milwaukee

Bill served as chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Council of Teaching Hospitals.

He holds an MHA from the University of Minnesota.

Bill has always thought that working in healthcare was a special calling, focusing on the patients has always guided direction and purpose. As the CEO of a major academic medical center he always made sure focus was never lost.

Leslie Wainwright Executive-In-Residence

Leslie Wainwright

Leslie has been a founding executive of multiple cutting-edge healthcare startup companies including Sg2 and AVIA. She is actively working on a third start up – Business Models Inc. – a global consultancy that helps organizations better define their current business model(s) and craft new ones to either keep pace or grow.

Her passion revolves around entrepreneurship, healthcare and innovation with her career spanning the disciplines of academic research, pharma/biotechnology and healthcare delivery. Leslie is a frequent speaker/facilitator on the future of healthcare, enabling technologies, disruptive innovation, growth strategies and emerging business models.

She received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland’s Center for Vaccine Development.

Leslie also serves on the Women’s Board of the Field Museum and is intensely involved in their Women in Science fundraising and program development.

Bob Rebitzer Executive-In-Residence

Bob Rebitzer

Bob Rebitzer is a management consultant and healthcare executive who works with organizations seeking to safely reduce the cost, and improve the quality, of healthcare in the United States.​​

Bob was a partner at Accenture where he was a founder of the healthcare strategy practice. He was also a vice president at United Behavioral Health, the behavioral health unit of UnitedHealthGroup and chief operating officer of Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC).​​​

Bob graduated with a master of business administration (MBA) from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a bachelor of science degree from the Honors Biology Program of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Andy Slavitt Senior Advisor

Andy Slavitt
Senior Advisor

Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system.

For the last two years, he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace, where he also oversaw the healthcare.gov turnaround in 2013. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a major resurgence in value-based payment models.

Lyle Berkowitz Advisor

Lyle Berkowitz

Lyle is the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation for Northwestern Medicine and a primary care physician. He has been listed as one of HealthLeader’s “Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better.”

Lyle is also a healthcare IT entrepreneur and co-founder of Healthfinch.

Lyle is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Northwestern University; he received his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Lyle decided to join AVIA because of the smart people and the organization’s awesome mission.

Richard Boxer Advisor

Richard Boxer

Richard is a nationally recognized expert in telemedicine. He was the Chief Medical Officer of Teladoc. He formed a consulting firm, Boxer Health Strategies, to offer services to disruptive medical technology companies.

Richard is a board certified urologist with 34 years experience in private and academic practice.

Richard received his MD from the University of Wisconsin.

Richard is passionate about healthcare because he enjoys caring for people, both individually and populations, it provides sustenance for the soul, compassion for the heart, and healing for the recipient.

Fred Brown Advisor

Fred Brown

Fred is nationally known for his 45 years of leadership in the healthcare industry. He is considered one of the foremost experts in patient quality and safety as well as clinical outcomes and compliance.

He was the founding President and CEO of BJC Healthcare in St. Louis.

He holds an MBA from the George Washington University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Alan Channing Advisor

Alan Channing

Alan H. Channing, MS, FACHE, retired as president and CEO of Sinai Health System in 2014. He served as CEO of a two-hospital system in Cleveland and CEO of Bellevue Medical Center.

Channing holds a BS in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in healthcare management from The Ohio State University. In 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of Becker’s Healthcare 2013 Leadership Awards.

Shruti Jayaraman Advisor

Shruti Jayaraman

Sharon Knight Advisor

Sharon Knight

Sharon is an innovator in consumer health with a passion for patient experience. She is an investor in and active board member of several healthcare startups with a focus on technology enabled healthcare services.

Sharon is currently President & COO or Hawthorne Effect, Inc., which is changing changes how patient follow-up works, creating greater opportunities for patients and stakeholders of clinical research. Previously, Sharon was President of One Medical Group.

Sharon holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA from Smith College.

Sharon decided to join AVIA because both providers and entrepreneurs need help to foster faster improvements to our healthcare system.

Sharon Langshur Advisor

Sharon Langshur

As Chief Operations Officer of Abundant Venture Partners, Sharon brings an extensive background in accelerating early-stage technology and healthcare startup businesses with expertise in finance, human resources, legal, and insurance.

Sharon co-founded CarePages, Inc., a healthcare Internet service linking patients and families with their extended support community, in 2000, and operated in many different roles until its acquisition in 2007 by Revolution Health. In subsequent years, she consulted to several early-stage businesses including Rise Health, Inc., PublicInsite, Inc., and many others.

Sharon completed medical training at the University of Connecticut and underwent pediatric residency training at Northwestern University. She achieved a B.Sc. at McGill University and an M.S. at Sarah Lawrence College prior to her medical training.

Sharon currently sits on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Finance Committee of the Lycée Français de Chicago.

Margaret Laws Advisor

Margaret Laws

Margaret has distinguished herself as a catalytic leader in health care, forging cross-sector partnerships that drive positive social impact. Margaret is the President & CEO of HopeLab where she leads a multidisciplinary team combining behavioral science, user-centered design, rigorous research and partnerships with innovators to create technologies and products that help people thrive.

Prior to HopeLab, Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation in a number of roles, including Director of Public Financing and Policy and Director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. She also founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused fund investing in health care technology and service companies that improve access to and lower costs of health care.

Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University. She serves on the boards of the Health Initiative of the Americas, Health Leads and the DaVita Village Trust and advises a number of early stage health care services and technology companies.

Virginia McFerran Advisor

Virginia McFerran

Virginia is a seasoned healthcare systems executive. She most recently served as Chief Information Officer for the UCLA Health System.

She lectures on entrepreneurship at the University of California, Santa Barbara and in technology and informatics at UCLA. She is on the board of advisors for the UCLA Center for Translational Science Institute.

Virginia holds an MS from Seattle University.

Kavita Patel Advisor

Kavita Patel

Kavita is a Fellow and Managing Director of Delivery System Reform and Clinical Transformation at the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform at the Brookings Institution. Her expertise spans delivery system reform, access, and coverage.

Kavita is a board-certified primary care internal medicine physician at Johns Hopkins.

She received her MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Trevor Price Advisor

Trevor Price

Trevor is Founder and Managing Partner of Oxeon Partners, an investment and retained search firm that invests in and then helps build management teams for healthcare technology and service companies.

Prior to starting Oxeon Partners, Trevor was a Partner & Co-Founder of Daversa Health, a specialized healthcare IT and Services practice within Daversa Partners.

Trevor holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Oxeon’s mission is to “make people healthier”- Trevor goes home every night from his “job” and looks at his kids in the eyes and says that that is what “I did at “work” that day. I’m a lucky dude.”

Jordan Shlain Advisor

Jordan Shlain

Jordan is a practicing primary care doctor, a digital health entrepreneur, and respected thought leader in health policy.

Jordan is the founder and chairman of Healthloop. He is also a health advisor to the Aspen Institute and the Partnership for the future of Medicare, and a board member of the Hope Street Group.

He holds an MD from Georgetown and a BS from UC Berkeley.

Jordan is passionate about healthcare because he enjoys taking care of people; one at a time. Using their ‘personal data’ as a guide to navigate the big data.

Roy Smythe Advisor

Roy Smythe

Roy Smythe, MD has been appointed CEO of HX360. Dr. Smythe has most recently been the first Chief Medical Officer of AVIA. Prior to joining AVIA, Dr. Smythe served as the Senior Vice President for Institute Development and Medical Director of Innovation for the Scott & White Healthcare system. He was also tenured Professor of Surgery, Medicine, and Molecular Medicine, and the Glen and Rita K. Roney Endowed Chair for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Dr. Smythe is an expert in the areas of health care innovation and integrated health care delivery strategy. Throughout his career, Dr. Smythe has focused on exploring innovation — as an internationally-recognized specialty surgeon, a leading molecular therapeutics laboratory investigator, a medical school and health system department chair, and health system executive. His time as a health system leader was focused on a number of clinical, academic and administrative areas, including governance, strategic planning and innovation.

He has published more than 300 manuscripts, articles and essays in both the academic and lay press in subject areas ranging from biomedical investigation and clinical delivery process, to the more human aspects of medical care. He is currently a featured contributor for Forbes.

Dr. Smythe is a passionate evangelist for the need to change the way that health care is delivered in our lifetimes, and the ability to do so using strategies and technologies that are currently available.

Alan Weinstein Advisor

Alan Weinstein

Alan it is national leader in the areas of health care management, supply chain optimization and hospital strategy.

Alan founded and is former President of Premier, Inc. Prior to Premier, he worked with various groups of hospitals, including serving as the CEO and founder of the Premier Health Alliance. He also served as the Executive Vice President at the Illinois Hospital Association, the President and Chief Executive Officer of North Suburban Association for Health Resources in Northbrook, Ill., and as the Executive Director of the Midtown Hospital Association in Denver.

Alan holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Allegheny College.