HealthTech Solutions has worked in or alongside many federal departments including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House. Team members have also worked with or for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in all 56 states and territories. Here are some of our team members:
JoAnne has over a decade of experience in EHR implementation and use. Most recently, she spent seven years with the Indian Health Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helping implement the Health IT for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act program requirements, which included the EHR incentive program. Also, as a certified Scrum Master, JoAnne is experienced in agile development methods.
JoAnne enjoys the variety of projects she is offered at HealthTech Solutions and likes watching states grow their programs. She is a mother of two, and her remote work arrangement allows her to support her daughters traveling for a competitive dance program. For her, the professional growth support as well as the work/life balance offered by working from home communicates that HealthTech Solutions cares about her personal and professional happiness and success.
Mackenzie Brown, MBA
Mackenzie Brown began working for HealthTech Solutions in 2015 after her tenure as a special assistant to the first lady of Kentucky. She tackled office administration and oversight until her recent move to managing human resources for our fast-growing company. In addition to taking her career in new directions with learning about human resources, the work/life balance afforded as part of the company ethos allowed her to pursue her MBA. “I love that this company allows people with less experience find their own way through mentorship and supporting projects.”
Ashley Toth, PMP
HealthTech Solutions was Ashley’s first job out of college, where she studied mathematics. She now has over five years experience in health IT and is able to apply her math training on a number of different analysis projects. She enjoys learning new topic areas and the opportunity to take on new responsibilities with each project. “Friends who work at other companies complain about not feeling supported on projects and not getting to try new things, so I love that I get both of these things at HealthTech Solutions.” She has contributed for multiple years to a large analysis project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is now the lead on these quarterly and annual reports. Ashley’s experience also includes auditing for CMS’s Promoting Interoperability Program.
When Ashley needed to move to Seattle, HealthTech Solutions allowed her to work from a home office – a flexibility she enjoys while still learning and contributing to large-scale projects.
Dawn Gallagher, JD
Dawn is an accomplished organizational leader holding positions at the federal and state agency level, including executive, academic, and consulting-based roles. In Maine, Dawn served as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Conservation, and Director of several departments in the Maine Medicaid program (MaineCare). She also served as the Maine Director of the Office of the State Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where she directed the State’s healthcare technology systems and Maine’s EHR incentive payment program. She led Maine’s collaborative strategic planning efforts for three cabinet level agencies, including the State’s Medicaid five-year health IT strategic plan. Dawn is an attorney and adjunct professor and provides pro bono legal services to veterans and others. Her passion outside work is driving vintage race cars.
Vibhas Chandrachood, PMP, ITIL
Vibhas Chandrachood is an engineer by training, which lets him understand large systems, programs, and IT implementation across all projects. He has over 30 years of experience in delivering IT solutions for private and government services – both from inside government and as a support contractor. Vibhas has held a number of leadership and managerial roles in the state government and with private vendors. In addition to the Enterprise Project Management Office, he leads our work for a state Department of Transportation where he trains project management leaders in best practices. Vibhas is a certified Project Management Professional and ITIL.
Zeda has nearly a decade of experience working in health IT and health information exchange program and policy development in multiple states. She had a six-year career working as a social services caseworker, where she developed frontline human services experience. She enjoys working on multiple projects and continues to grow professionally. Additionally, the remote work arrangement lets her live closer to her aging parents, for whom she provides care. “I love my job, but I need to balance home and work. This is the happiest I’ve been in my career.”
Nicole has nearly a decade of experience working on healthcare and health IT. Prior to joining us, Nicole was a financial manager at a multi-specialty provider practice and she now uses that important background to support program compliance for the federal EHR incentive program, known as the Promoting Interoperability Program. Nicole is also a certified dental hygienist, bringing critical clinical practice experience to her work. She lives with her son in San Diego.
Kim’s career in health and human services programs has spanned more than 35 years. During her tenure with the Alabama Medicaid Agency, Kim had the opportunity to serve in various capacities including Director of Medical Services, Director of Transformational Initiatives, and State Health IT Coordinator. With HealthTech Solutions, Kim has expanded her skills and experiences while working with a variety of states. Kim’s areas of expertise include Health IT, outreach and education, and project management. While Kim enjoys work-related travel and working with people across states, she also likes to come back to Alabama to spend time with family.
Aparna Anil Kumar
Aparna has over 10 years of experience in application design, development, and implementation. Her experience includes working with major systems including the critical functions of coding, testing, and implementation of systems within the related technical environments. Aparna has taken a lead role for a number of major projects at HealthTech Solutions, including the development of State Level Registries in several states. Aparna is proficient in System Development Life Cycle methodologies as well as requirements gathering, analysis, prototyping/proof of concept, testing, configuration, and implementation.
Elizabeth Linville, PMP
Looking to apply her degree in health services administration, Elizabeth joined HealthTech Solutions with strong research and service delivery competencies. She began as a business analyst and has continued to add tremendous value to her projects. In 2017, she became the procurement manager, where she brings strong analysis, evaluation, and project management skills to our efforts to understand and reply to work solicitations. She has since earned a master’s degree in health informatics and certification as a Project Management Professional.
Elizabeth enjoys being mentored by thought leaders in the health IT field and feeling encouraged that she brings value to projects. “I’m treated as an equal and feel like my input on projects really matters. Everyone is so encouraging and approachable. I think this is because our company was established on enduring core values, which attracts this kind of generous, dependable team.”
Mike Smith, PMP
Mike brings over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, states, and federal clients. His projects focus on improving population health, policy and systems training, creation of federally-required documentation, and setup and operation of multiple help desk operations for state clients. Mike’s previous experience with software development provides him with the understanding of consumer usability needs as well as all phases of the project development life cycle. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.
While outside of the office, Mike is a certified private pilot and loves to fly his family and friends to enjoy the beautiful scenery from 3,000 feet above the ground.
Frank Lassiter, MBA
Frank Lassiter co-founded HealthTech Solutions in 2011, following 30 years of experience in public and private sector leadership roles. He is the former Executive Director of Kentucky’s Office of Administrative Technology Services (OATS) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
In his role with OATS, Frank had management and leadership responsibilities for more than 200 state employees, as well as the technology leaders. Operationally, Frank oversaw the development, procurement, and execution of contracts for all CHFS technology projects. Additionally, he was responsible for the financial management and performance of contracted terms. This included over 60 mission-critical systems and more than 200 applications to support human services programs such as Medicaid and CHIP, public health, services to special needs populations, the Affordable Care Act Marketplace (formerly known as Kynect), SNAP, TANF, child support, EHRs, and the HIE. He also oversaw Kentucky’s child support modernization effort, helping Kentucky become a national leader for states wishing to transition to an updated child support system.
Throughout his career, Frank has served in a number of other executive-level roles in state agencies and private sector enterprise. His experience as an innovative collaborator, supported by his government operations experience, has decisively positioned HealthTech Solutions for continued growth through strong execution of business fundamentals, clear planning, and values focused on continued partnership with our clients. This experience has attracted a team of experts in government services and technology.
Sandeep Kapoor co-founded HealthTech Solutions in 2011, following a 25-year career working with state and federal agencies – first as a software developer, then assuming leadership roles. While serving as the chief technology officer (CTO) for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Sandeep was responsible for technology issues for several human services programs such as Medicaid and CHIP, public health, services to special needs populations, the Affordable Care Act Marketplace (formerly known as Kynect), SNAP, TANF, child support, EHRs, and HIEs.
Sandeep was an early state leader in the national effort to implement program requirements for the EHR Incentive Program. He developed Kentucky’s State Level Registry (SLR) and HIE architecture. He has served as a technical expert for a number of national organizations such as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
Sandeep continues to work with states across the country and is recognized as a thoughtful, innovative partner for state and federal government technology implementation and maintenance. With his background as a technologist and also as a state leader, he brings a unique perspective to the interdependencies of technology, operations, and policymaking.
Drew Hensel, PMP
Drew has nearly 20 years of experience in managing projects and client engagements throughout multiple industries and across multiple continents. For the past 10 years, he has focused on delivering complex healthcare IT projects across state, regional, accountable care, and territorial healthcare organizations. Drew has also been part of the leadership team of a healthcare tech startup that was successfully acquired in 2018. His passion lies in ensuring that the data that drives healthcare is being shared and accessible when it is needed most.
Holly brings 25 years of experience and leadership in health IT project management and technical implementations related to HIEs, EHRs, quality improvement programs, health care operations, and patient/provider-related clinical care. Her passion is using health IT and partnering with health care providers to ensure a well-informed transition to the digitization and interoperability of all aspects of health care. Holly works remotely from Sioux Falls, SD.
Kevin Martin, PMP
Kevin is a results-oriented project manager with over 25 years of IT project management experience. He has a proven track record stewarding large-scale application development projects using waterfall and agile/scrum software development life cycles (SDLC). Kevin is skilled in implementing business intelligence applications, software engineering maturity model certification appraisals, clinical quality measures analytics, and change management governance practices. As a former application developer, Kevin is experienced in all phases of software development. Kevin is a certified Project Management Professional.
Maggie specializes in healthcare communication strategy. She brings experience crafting and executing communication plans for providers, patients and key stakeholders, including legislative and other government partners. She served as the communication lead for the 2017 Colorado MMIS implementation. She lives in Aurora, Colorado with her husband and their dog and cat.
Nitin Korgaonkar, PMP
Nitin has over 20 years of experience leading mid- to large-scale IT initiatives. He is an experienced portfolio and project manager and has successfully implemented Enterprise Project Management Offices (EPMO) at a statewide level. Nitin supports a state client with transformational projects in organizational change management, modularizing the legacy MMIS, and technical planning for shared services by other human services programs. Nitin is a versatile project manager skilled in budgeting, forecasting, business evaluation, and cost-benefit analysis to support and enhance all stages of a project, delivering on time and on budget. Nitin is a certified Project Management Professional and works remotely in Hartford, CT.
Niki Holzer, PMP
Niki has experience working in and with the public sector and has worked extensively in Medicaid, child welfare, and education in multiple states. She particularly enjoys working with states in process improvement of their project management and management of their software development lifecycles by creating tools that promote the use of best practices. Niki works remotely in Denver.
Sean is a System Administrator for HealthTech Solutions with experience in IT technical support. In a short time period, Sean has advanced from help-desk support to managing enterprise level systems.
Mason is an integral part of our Information Technology team. He works as the company’s SharePoint Online Administrator, maintaining and improving our internal sites and creating SharePoint solutions for our team and clients. He also works in information security and vulnerability management, ironing out security patches and other fixes for employee laptops and our servers.
Lori has over 15 years of experience with health IT and she has detailed knowledge of interoperability standards. She has extensive, practical knowledge and experience applying health IT interoperability standards to connect ambulatory and inpatient EHR vendors in support of health information exchange. Lori brings in-depth knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules, EHR incentives and interoperability, and the federal certification standards for EHRs. She has expertise with HL7 standard messages and working with EHR vendors to share data electronically. Lori has an associate certification in Rhapsody 6.4. She is currently completing training to become a certified Project Management Professional.
Matthew specializes in analytical business report development where he works on both internal and external projects. Matthew is experienced in Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) development practices, as well as the Project Management Institute and System Development Life Cycle methodologies.
Trish Alexander, PMP
Trish brings over 30 years of multi-state experience in health information technology. She provides expertise to states on operational aspects of Medicaid, including participant and provider eligibility, coverage, claim reimbursement, certification, program integrity, drug rebates, pharmacy, and third-party liability. A former application developer, Trish is an expert in data analytics and data management including information architecture, testing, data validation, analysis, and reporting. Trish is a certified Project Management Professional.
Adam Combs, PMP
Adam brings a decade of experience in IT. His military experience defines his discipline and leadership skills when tackling large projects. He is experienced in health information exchange and on-boarding providers, hospitals, and others to state systems.
Andrea Adams, MBA, MPH, PMP
Andrea brings nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry working with standalone clinics and multi-facility systems as well as state and federal agencies. She has extensive experience with Medicaid services at the state and provider levels. Andrea has expertise in policy analysis, regulatory compliance, project management, program development, and systems implementations. Andrea provides subject matter expertise to clients in areas including federal funding for health IT and health information exchange. Andrea earned masters’ degrees in business administration and public health from Yale University. Andrea is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Izzy Hernandez, MBA, PMP
Izzy has over 30 years of experience in leading, managing, and implementing IT, business initiatives, and Enterprise Program Management Offices (EPMO) at Fortune 500 companies, city, and state governments. He has proven success in portfolio and project management of large-scale, concurrent state and federal initiatives between and within multiple departments. Izzy’s versatile project management skills include cost-benefit analysis, vendor management, contracts, procurement, costing/budgeting/forecasting, enterprise-wide IT and business implementations, and building strong strategic business alignment at all organizational levels. Izzy is a certified Project Management Professional, Scrum Master, and Scrum Master Product Owner.
Adaeze Aroh, DrPH.
Adaeze is a public health informatics subject matter expert. She holds a Doctor of Public Health Degree, Master of Science in Health Informatics, and Master of Public Health from the University of Kentucky. She has extensive experience in health services research, health economics and policy analysis. Outside work, Adaeze loves to volunteer, mentor and advocate for the underserved/vulnerable population in addition she is a great cook.
Heather has over 20 years of experience in IT and project management. Her focused expertise is in state-based health IT, health information exchange, and state-based marketplaces/exchanges. She has field experience with Fortune 500 companies, states, and local public health clients. Heather works on our business development and account management in order to ensure clients expectations are exceeded.
Caitlyn Turner, MHI
Caitlyn has experience in clinical health, research, and health IT. As a technical writer, Caitlyn has supported a major research institution in the areas of EHRs, HIE, interoperability, and public policy. Her clinical background as a radiology technologist provides her with a perspective on provider issues and familiarity with health standards and messaging. Caitlyn is an active member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She also holds a master’s degree in health informatics.
Beth has almost 20 years of experience working with public sector programs. She was the founding Chief Operating Officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange where she was a key player in the implementation of the state-based marketplace for private insurance and Medicaid expansion. After a successful launch, Beth was instrumental in transitioning the Exchange from a federally funded start-up to a self-sustainable operation. In her role, Beth oversaw operational activities including eligibility and enrollment, plan management, printing and correspondence, training, and the call center. Beth also oversaw the business system analyst team and helped transition the system development methodology from waterfall to agile techniques. Beth also has strong experience working with strategic planning, business administration and budgets. She was the Business Manager for a non-profit organization serving Washington state where she oversaw the organization’s multi-million-dollar budget and managed employee payroll and benefits.
Stephanie Sullivan, RN, BSN
Stephanie is an accomplished nurse with over 17 years of experience in several clinical specialties. Her dedication to improve the lives of patients led her to collaborating on pharmaceuticals projects. Stephanie directed clients with nationwide product outreach, notable product launch, expanded national clinical trial awareness, while building dependable relationships with the client and their customers. Her work with patients, as well as clients, has brought a great passion for healthcare delivery and integrity. Stephanie is dedicated to client project achievement by her successful adaptation to the ever-changing environment of healthcare. She lives and works in Billings, Montana.
Janice has nearly 40 years of experience with federal human services programs. She spent 25 years working for Kentucky state government in direct client services, management, and policy development. Janice also has over 10 years of experience working on state government IT projects including Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange, formerly known as Kynect. This experience includes writing successful Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Advanced Planning Documents (APD).
Katherine Woods, PMP
Katherine brings experience in project management, Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA), State Innovation Model health IT plan development, electronic health record system support and implementation, and promoting interoperability initiatives such as EHR incentives, pre-verification, and post-payment auditing. Prior to working at HealthTech Solutions, Katherine was a vendor-certified analyst for a large hospital system. She holds four vendor certifications, is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and a master’s degree in Health Informatics. Katherine is President Elect for the Kentucky Health Information Management Association and is currently completing training requirements to become a Project Management Professional.
Jason Webster, PMP
Jason is a solutions architect with nearly 30 years of experience implementing IT projects, including over 15 years of experience in human services systems. He has supported government systems relating to MMIS, public health, revenue, and personnel. Jason served as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Enterprise Architect for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, overseeing many system implementations including very large efforts such as Medicaid, eligibility, HIE, and child welfare. Jason is a certified Project Management Professional.
Jeanne Stamper, PMP
Jeanne is a project management and IT professional with over 25 years of senior management experience leading a wide range of projects and managing enterprise technology platforms. She has provided leadership for innovation, strategic planning, operational improvement, and fiscal optimization initiatives. She is known for her ability to manage complex change across diverse groups, to facilitate team value-add contributions, and to bring projects to closure. Jeanne is a certified Project Management Professional and possesses the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt designation. Jeanne likes to remind people: “At all levels of a project, listening and good communication are the keys to success.”
Ashish has over 15 years of experience in data management and the implementation of large client/server business intelligence applications. He has nearly ten years of experience with Medicaid systems, including MMIS and management of decision support systems in a managed care setting. Ashish also has a lead role in internal product development to support gaps between business needs and technology for our clients.
Pam Zemaitis, MBA
Pam has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She served as Pennsylvania’s Health IT Coordinator where she oversaw the Promoting Interoperability Program. Pam has extensive experience with HIE and the EHRs. She has worked closely with regional health information exchange organizations, as well as various state agencies to expand health data exchange in Pennsylvania. She resides in a suburb of Harrisburg with her two children.
George is a former IT executive with over 35 years of experience in IT systems, strategic planning, personnel, and business administration. He developed one of the first HIE/EHR products and assisted in writing the protocols that allow interoperability between systems today. He was the Health IT Coordinator for the state of Tennessee for six years during the HITECH program implementation. He has extensive hands-on experience managing and consulting in the healthcare industry. George has public and private sector experience and he understands working with and for government, non-profit, and private sector clients to achieve their visions and goals. He splits his time between homes in Tennessee and Florida.
Polly is a leader and expert in health IT and HIE with over 30 years of experience in human services programs. Formerly a rural practicing nurse, her background combines clinical expertise with corporate and state level executive experience in health IT and HIE. Polly is proficient with national health credentialing and performance standards, including those for the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and HIPAA. Polly served as a Deputy Executive Director in Kentucky for the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information to provide efficient management of teams and health IT and HIE projects.
Cara Bradbury, MPA
Cara has nearly ten years of experience building coalitions and working across government, healthcare, and nonprofit sectors. She excels at assisting clients through collaboration, research, strategic design, and relationship building to solve complex issues in social determinants of health. As a former Program Officer for a Colorado-based foundation, her strategic planning efforts led to improved maternal mental health and health outcomes for families with children under five. Cara earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington. Cara is based in Denver and outside of work she enjoys reading classic novels and backpacking in the many Colorado wilderness areas.
Stephanie Breckel, MBA, PMP
Stephanie brings over 20 years of experience in systems development and project management with Fortune 500 companies, states, and local clients. She has experience in all phases of the project lifecycle and utilizes this insight to add value in many areas of portfolio and program management. At HealthTech Solutions, her experience extends to Medicaid, public health, pharmacy, and HIE. In addition to her extensive project management and leadership experience, Stephanie is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a Master of Business Administration degree. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys traveling, a good Netflix binge, and planning for the next adventure with her husband and two dogs.
Lee Ann Brewer
Lee Ann is a multi-decade veteran of state government service in Kentucky including various leadership capacities within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Cabinet for Energy and Environment, and the Governor’s Office. She is skilled in IT Procurement, customer service, and public speaking. Lee Ann provides procurement expertise both internally for our business development and externally for our clients. She enjoys working with our clients and has proven to be a key resource in understanding the nuances of state government to provide procurement and contracting expertise. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Katie has over 25 years of experience in Medicaid eligibility, member services, and health information technology. She provides strategic and programmatic direction to clients nationwide on Medicaid and human services programs. She has provided technical subject matter expertise and training for a number of statewide projects, including EHR incentives and quality measurement.
Ryan Bussell, PMP
Ryan is as a technical analyst for the design, development, and implementation (DDI) of health IT projects. As a developer, Ryan is experienced with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) translation, data architecture, data warehousing, data ingestion, data integration, data modeling, data interoperability, integrated development environments, and the complete software development lifecycle with best practices in agile/scrum-based methodologies. Ryan’s past experience includes business, technical, and reports-based analyses for both government clients and Fortune 500 companies. Ryan is a certified Project Management Professional.
Chris Clark, PMP, ISM
Chris brings over 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, management, and security of complex enterprise systems. Chris has a notable combination of agency, state, national, and private sector experiences in IT and executive leadership. Prior to joining HealthTech Solutions, Chris served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, a multi-departmental agency that oversees Medicaid and other human services. Chris directed efforts to establish Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange, KYnect, which gained national recognition as a model for the program. Chris is also experienced with major systems programs and projects including MMIS, Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, enterprise resource planning, and administrative reporting systems among others. Chris is a certified Project Management Professional, is a certified Information Security Manager, and is certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT.
Greg Haskamp, PMP
Greg brings over 15 years of experience specializing in finance, operations, project management, and audits. As HealthTech Solutions’ Comptroller, he is responsible for internal controls, reporting, budgeting and cost management, contracts and procurement, insurance and risk management, physical plant, human resources, internal IT, and audits. Greg has expertise in working with clients across government, healthcare, and high-tech industries. Prior to joining HealthTech Solutions, Greg served for seven years with the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet where he was the Executive Director for the Office of Policy and Audit. Greg is also a certified Project Management Professional.
April Smith, PMP
April has over 20 years of diverse multi-state experience in health IT, outreach, and project management. She has field-level experience with Fortune 500 companies, states, and local clients. April has extensive knowledge of federal grants and reporting. As an experienced developer, she has a strong background with Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and user acceptance activities. April is a certified Project Management Professional.
Heather Dorr, MBA
Heather has over ten years of healthcare experience. She has experience managing multiple hospitals’ and providers’ data and quality measurement submissions. Heather obtained her MBA in Healthcare Administration in 2014 and is a Healthcare Accreditation Certified Professional. Outside of HealthTech Solutions, Heather works and volunteers at the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor, Maine.
Tia Frye, PMP
Tia has nearly 10 years of experience working in health IT and managing projects. Prior to joining HealthTech Solutions, Tia worked closely with state clients at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Administrative and Technology Services. Tia is a certified Project Management Professional and a certified Health Technology Specialist. She is committed to the idea that through technology the delivery of healthcare as a service will lead to the improvement of people’s lives and better overall outcomes. In her free time, Tia enjoys gardening and antique furniture restoration.
Danney Conley, PMP
Danney has nearly 30 years of experience with health information systems. He has years of proven ability to manage complex implementation/on-boarding projects and vast experience managing HL7 integration and onboarding projects with products from various healthcare vendors. Danney is a certified Project Management Professional and has worked as a project manager on health IT projects.
Ellen Dickerson, PMP
Ellen has over 20 years of statewide systems design, development, and implementation (DDI) experience. She provides subject matter expertise to clients in areas including federal funding for health IT and HIE. She is experienced in all phases of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), program and project management, business process redesign, requirements gathering, agile release management, and change management processes. She has led complex systems delivery projects and managed technical teams. Ellen is a proficient technical writer, with expertise in requirements gathering and leading Joint Application Design sessions. Ellen is a certified Project Management Professional.
In her spare time, Ellen enjoys horseback riding and Irish dance.
Larkyn Charles, PMP
Larkyn brings experience helping states implement the EHR incentives and interoperability program, known as the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program. Larkyn serves as an analyst and project manager on several state and federal projects where she uses her expertise in the PI Program rules and policies.
With over a decade of experience, Nathan previously served as both state staff and as a consultant to gubernatorial administrations in two different states for different political parties. Nathan has a strong track record of operationalizing complex healthcare issues including: mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, alternative payment models, All Payer Claims Databases, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and HIEs. He currently resides in Colorado with his family where he’s an avid skier and golfer.
Anna Dunn is the Executive Support Administrator for HealthTech Solutions. Working closely with all members of our team, she provides outstanding support to Sandeep and Frank, our CEO and COO. Anna brings over 25 years of experience, having worked in public and private health and human services organizations. In addition to administrative support, Anna has provided technical assistance to clients and project teams nationwide.
Lindsay Espenship, PMP
Lindsay has more than 13 years of project management experience leading health IT projects for both the public and private sectors, with the majority of her time spent leading large-scale projects for Colorado. She values continuous education within the industry and carries the PMP, CPHIMS, CSM, and Prosci professional certifications. Lindsay is skilled in program management, organizational change management, IV&V, requirements gathering, and workshop facilitation.
Rosa has nearly 40 years of experience in human services. She is an exceptional assistant and is highly organized and motivated. She lives in Connecticut and enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Angie brings over 20 years of experience in Medicare and Medicaid. She has extensive experience with claims and encounter data, managed care, capitation payments, eligibility, and contracting activities, including risk adjustment, procurement planning, implementation, and certification efforts. She also provides expertise to states on operational aspects of Medicaid. Angie holds a master’s degree in management and is currently completing studies to become a certified Project Management Professional. She lives in Louisville and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and horse racing.
Kathy Frye, PMP
Kathy is a nationally recognized expert in health IT with over 30 years of experience in human service programs, including health information exchange and Medicaid. She has served over 23 years in a number of public service executive roles including previously serving as the CIO at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services where she oversaw the technical implementation of statewide Medicaid managed care. Her experience includes health IT and HIE strategic consulting and enterprise program management. Kathy currently manages a number of high profile client projects with state and federal clients including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is a certified Project Management Professional.
Chris Huckabee, MSN-APRN
Chris has over 15 years of experience specializing in clinical care and patient information systems. She has a master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner with more than eight years of field-based experience in patient safety, coding, and medical records. Chris has deep experience with clinical practice, clinical quality measurement, public health, and rural health. Chris has served as a technical assistance support to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services state officers, as well as with the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Chris provides unique expertise for our clients to help bridge the gap between the technical environments and clinical application.
Ahyoung Huff, MPT, MHA
Ahyoung has 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry. She started her career as a physical therapist and has spent the last 19 years in management in various healthcare settings, including pain clinics, nursing homes, and critical access hospitals. She has experience in managing operations of hospital ancillary departments, strategic planning, measuring the patient experience, grant writing, and project management. She also has experience operating a 425-mile fiber optic network serving over 20 healthcare facilities and higher education campuses in Northwest and Northcentral Montana. Her passion for improving interoperability between healthcare facilities with disparate EHRs to improve transition of care has led to directing projects related to health IT and HIE as well as implementing integrated behavioral health programs. Ahyoung has master’s degrees in Physical Therapy and Health Administration. She lives and works in Libby, MT.
Sumana Sinha, PMP
Sumana brings over 25 years of experience in all facets of project management, software design, development and delivery, process definition, and process improvement. She has a unique blend of education and experience in technology, business, and communications. Sumana has architected many solutions for application development in different business areas and effectively managed large teams working in different software development phases across different technology platforms. Internally, she has led many process improvement initiatives, including our rating as a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) DEV Level 3 Maturity Rating. Sumana has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Tucker brings experience in IT in healthcare and government environments. As a Sergeant in the Kentucky Army National Guard Cyber Protection Team, he adds extensive experience and discipline to our HealthTech Solutions team. He is experienced in customer and application support, information security, policies, incident response frameworks, digital forensics, and penetration testing. He is currently working towards his CISSP certification.
Debbie Keith, PMP
Debbie has over 35 years of experience in Medicaid eligibility, member services, project management, procurement, and human services health IT. Since joining HealthTech, she provides training services and programmatic direction to HealthTech’s clients nationwide on MMIS, as well as programmatic assessments and policy recommendations. Prior to joining us, Debbie served as Director of Member Services for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services where she worked on Kentucky’s planning activities for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Debbie is a certified Project Management Professional.
Dilpreet Singh, PMP
Dilpreet is an experienced project manager with nearly 25 years of experience in business and government consulting, client management, and information technology. Dilpreet is a certified as a Project Management Professional and as an Agile Scrum Master. In his free time, he enjoys reading, especially about new discoveries in all fields. He loves to cook and enjoys learning new recipes.
Aman has over 30 years of experience in leading, growing, and managing the government sector business for Fortune 500 IT companies. He also has expertise in public sector budgeting solutions. Aman is an effective leader with the ability to develop and guide global cross-functional teams as well as build strategic relationships at all levels of the organization, business partners, and customers.
Brandi has over 15 years of experience in Health IT and project management. She brings expertise in organizational and systems-based transitions. She is experienced with state EHR incentive programs and the related system development and implementation, clinical services, and claims digestion and analysis. Brandi has experience with clinical practice administration, clinical quality measurement, public health, rural health, and provider services. Her experience comes from work with Fortune 500 companies, states, and local clients.
Mike has over 15 years of experience in public health and 10 years of experience in health data interoperability and informatics. He has extensive experience in electronic implementation, Public Health Registries, HIEs, and clinical practice software. Mike is currently completing his Project Management Professional training.
Pat has more than 25 years of health IT experience in clinical system implementation and support, clinical operations in acute care facilities, and provider relationship management. She has extensive health information exchange knowledge, including provider outreach, as well as experience connecting providers. As a technical onboarding analyst, Pat managed all aspects of provider onboarding for two state HIEs.
Teresa James, LCSW
Teresa has over 30 years of experience in human services in both clinical and administrative settings. She is also a nationally recognized expert in human services programs with expertise in public health and community-based services. Prior to joining HealthTech Solutions, she served in executive roles as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner within the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services. Teresa is an expert in public health grant programs as well as child and adult assistance services. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of field experience.
Mike Montgomery, PMP
Mike brings over 20 years of experience leading and working with multi-site programs and organizations to develop and deliver platform technology solutions and roadmaps. Mike is an experienced project manager with broad expertise in the management and delivery of enterprise solutions in the service of large public and private partners. Mike is also a Certified Enterprise Architect.
Josh is a network engineer with over 15 years of experience in commercial networking and multimedia communications. Prior to joining us, he served in the Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard, the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, and the private sector with multiple IT-based roles. He is adept at configuring network infrastructure, establishing connectivity, planning remote and onsite network topologies, and troubleshooting advanced network issues.
Ashley Kruger, PMP
Ashley has nearly ten years of experience in state and federal health IT and project management. She has expertise in health data analytics, health information exchange, and the federal EHR Promoting Interoperability Program. Ashley has provided project management services to a number of HealthTech clients including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health, and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Ashley enjoys building relationships with clients and working together to achieve high-value outcomes. Prior to joining us, Ashley worked with the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services. Ashley is a certified Project Management Professional.
Pam Kaur, PMP
Pam has over 10 years of experience working in healthcare and health IT. She has served in roles such as account management and vendor management, as well as program and project management. Pam has experience with various health IT systems, implementation of software, and staff augmentation solutions in dynamic environments. Currently, Pam works as part of our Enterprise Program Management Office, supporting a state client. In her spare time, Pam previously served the role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children, working closely with Child Support Agencies.
Kellie McDermott, PMP
Kellie is a credentialed Project Management Professional providing training management, instructional design, and facilitation services to Health IT clients. She is experienced in technical writing, software application training, customer service, and various learning processes including adult learning techniques. As a former high school English teacher, Kellie enjoys leading trainings, writing, and creating computer-based modules and curriculum. In her spare time, Kellie is actively involved in the lives of her eight wonderful children.
Kim brings over 30 years of expertise in human services programs. She has worked with child support programs in various states for over two decades and spent over 10 years with Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), and health insurance exchanges/marketplaces. She has experience with business process redesign projects for child support programs in over 15 states and has proficiency with managing complex, interrelated, and large-scale programs and service delivery models.
Julie Schwab, RN, PMP
Julie is a nurse and healthcare policy and program leader with over three decades of experience working in Medicaid, hospital, and ambulatory healthcare settings. Julie served as the State Medicaid Director in North Dakota where she led the effort to expand Medicaid and implement the Medicaid provisions for the Affordable Care Act. Julie also served as the executive director for an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Julie has a strong background in directing, developing, and delivering clinical and operational training to meet practice needs. Julie is a certified Project Management Professional. She has nine siblings and four children of her own. She has a deep passion for quality of care at the end of life.
Garr is our Chief Information Security Officer. He has over 15 years of experience in Healthcare IT in both the public and private sector, with the last seven years focusing primarily on Information Security. While working previously as the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Incident Response Manager, he responded to all incidents impacting Information Security, as well as any HIPAA concerns.
Sean is our Chief Information Officer and has over 20 years of experience with enterprise level systems. He has provided technical subject matter expertise for a number of statewide implementations where he is responsible for setup, configuration, administration, and support of on-premise systems, cloud-based services, and externally hosted applications. Sean is proficient in System Development Life Cycle methodologies as well as requirements gathering, analysis, prototyping/proof of concept, testing, database configuration, and implementation.
Carlos brings more than 13 years of experience in design, development, and maintenance of applications and databases that support the federal and state EHR incentive programs, as well as a major research institution. He has extensive experience working with major systems including the critical functions of coding, testing, and implementation of systems within the related technical environments. Carlos is an expert in data analytics and data management including information architecture, data validation, analysis, and reporting.
Jeff brings nearly 20 years of experience working with IT applications, the majority of that time in state human services programs. His experience is focused in Medicaid reporting systems and business intelligence, including database and application development. Jeff also has experience in systems administration. His passion is creating efficiency for government through better automation and simplifying processes. Jeff lives in San Diego.
Swetha Nalakonda, PMP
Swetha is a Technical Solutions Architect with nearly 15 years of diverse experience in health and human services. She began her career as a software developer, eventually serving as a Lead Architect in implementing a successful statewide HIE in Kentucky. She has experience leading multi-agency system implementations with diverse groups of stakeholders and managing multiple vendors. She has detailed knowledge of Health IT interoperability and experience working with multiple HIE vendors on various implementations. Outside of work, Swetha enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Mohsin Naqvi has nearly three decades of enterprise IT experience with many different customers, technologies, and leadership roles. Mohsin is intimately knowledgeable of the functions, processes, technologies, and fiscal agent operations required to successfully implement, operate, and certify an MMIS and an in-depth understanding of Medicaid processes, including MITA. Mohsin supports the development of the architectural framework, guidelines, and the planning of certification activities that are necessary for a successful transformation to a modular Medicaid Enterprise System.
Gary Ozanich, Ph.D.
Gary is a nationally-recognized HIT and HIE expert. He has more than 30 years of experience as an industry and technology analyst. He has conducted extensive research and consulting projects on HIE structure, interoperability, services, and sustainability, as well as projects examining care coordination and transitions in care. He is an active member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and served as the Co-Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Community and as the National Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Committee. His academic career includes positions at Columbia University, Michigan State University, and SUNY-Buffalo, and he is currently the Director of Health Informatics at Northern Kentucky University. He spent over 12 years as a Vice President for large investment banks including Bear Stearns & Prudential Securities as an industry analyst. Gary holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jeanette Polaschek, RN
Jeanette is an expert in the design, development, and implementation (DDI) of clinical information solutions with over 30 years of experience in both primary care and health IT. She has worked extensively with integrated delivery networks, health information exchanges, and payer affiliates to leverage technology and operational improvements to drive clinical engagement, optimize patient care processes, and maximize financial investments. She specializes in population health management and is a clinically experienced Registered Nurse. Jeanette is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Kristen Pelosi, RN
With HealthTech Solutions, Kristin made a career change out of clinical nursing practice and now works in our business office, where she handles employee travel and expense reports. After a decade of nursing in a variety of medical settings, Kristin moved to Kentucky to be closer to family. She enjoys the family-friendly support she gets at HealthTech Solutions, which lets her spend more time with her husband and young children.
Renee Propps, PMP
Renee is a certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years’ experience with program and project management in state government including oversight and management of Medicaid reimbursement and state policies, new program implementations, and federal regulations. During her time at the State of Wyoming, she was a key lead in the development and implementation of multiple alternative payment methodologies and supplemental payment programs. Most recently, Renee provides consultation to a state client for testing verification and Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) initiatives. Renee lives in Arizona where she enjoys time listening to live music, traveling, and practicing yoga.
Lisa brings over 30 years of experience in hospital and physician practice settings. She is a multi-decade veteran of health information management and the practice transitions to electronic data. Lisa has extensive knowledge in clinician billing, including developing and providing billing services from the practice level to hospital groups and major research institutions.
Tracey is a Registered Health Information Technician with nearly 30 years of experience in health information management leadership roles in a variety of settings. She has extensive knowledge in HIE and EHR implementation and optimization. She has provided outreach and education for providers in many health IT and value-based purchasing programs at the federal level. She spent over 20 years of her career in North Dakota gaining experience with rural health challenges and now resides in Florida providing remote consulting in both urban and rural settings. Tracey is committed to creating partnerships and solving problems through technology.
Dan Roach, M.D.
Dan has over 16 years of experience in health IT and currently focuses on data analytics, data science, enterprise data governance, and health IT solutions. Dan received several appointments in Alabama: to the Health Information Exchange Commission, as assistant dean of Medical Informatics Education at the University of South Alabama, as State Health IT Coordinator, as Director of the Alabama Regional Extension Center, and as Director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation. Prior to a career in health IT, Dan worked as a clinical pathologist. He currently lives in Mobile, Alabama with his twin teenage daughters and his dog, Buddy.
Amy Osborne, PMP
Amy brings over 25 years of multi-state experience in health IT. Amy has served in executive and management roles for design, development, and implementation (DDI) projects, including state MMIS. Over her career, she has worked on almost all aspects of Medicaid including claims, encounters, third-party liability, membership, reporting, and analytics. Amy is a recognized leader in EHR incentive reimbursement systems and is a certified Project Management Professional.