Our Team

Culture

We love what we do. We’re looking for hard-working, fun, creative people who share our passion, want to be part of a culture that integrates professional and personal growth with helping others succeed, and are excited about creating a better healthcare future.

Staff

Chris Butler

Software Engineer

Chris has a multidisciplinary background in information design, web development, and video production. He enjoys the challenge of solving problems and the satisfaction of learning something new, and can always be counted on to lead the charge for efficient and cohesive solutions. He holds a BS in Electronic Media, Arts & Communication with a Human-Computer Interaction minor from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Mike DeRosa

Software Engineer

Mike is an experienced software developer who takes pride in creating experiences that better people's lives. He started his career developing productivity applications for mobile devices before focusing on full stack web development. He likes spending his free time with his family, playing drums, and creating music. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with BS in computer science and mathematics.

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Evan Isaacs

Coordinator

Evan curates the stories that are shared on PatientWisdom, with a focus on rigorous content analysis to extract themes and subthemes. His work helps turn patient perspectives into actionable information that drives learning and improvement. Evan has experience working in a clinical environment, conducting research for NYU-Langone Hospital as well as North Shore University Hospital. He graduated in 2017 from Wesleyan University.

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Brent Jarkowski

CGO

Brent is an energetic sales and business development leader who joined PatientWisdom after 15 years in the healthcare industry with a focus on data analytics, software, consulting, and performance improvement solutions. Most recently, Brent was with Truven Health, an IBM Watson Health company. He is a proud alumni of Sg2, The Advisory Board Company, and Bates College. Brent is a former ski instructor and has completed nine marathons.

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Dave Jenkins

CFO

Dave is a retired Big 4 audit partner with deep finance, accounting, SEC reporting and transaction experience. He has a 30 year track record of assisting companies develop strategies, work through complex business problems, complete transactions, and establish strong business processes and systems.

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Gregory Makoul

Founder and CEO

An expert in doctor-patient communication and shared decision making, Greg is internationally recognized for a radical common sense, patient-centered approach to innovation. He started PatientWisdom because professional and personal experience made it clear that listening to patients – individually and at scale – is the real key to improving health and care. Greg earned a BA from Wesleyan, PhD from Northwestern, and MS in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth.

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AJ Miller

Software Engineer

AJ Miller is a seasoned full stack developer with expertise in scalable and high availability systems. He's architected large-scale systems for companies like Odyssey Logistics, Merial, and Home Depot. When he's not at work, his time is spent with his family and at the gym training in the martial art Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Boston University.

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Jennifer Moore

Implementation Manager

Jennifer is passionate about improving the patient experience. She is based in Milwaukee, and works on-site at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin with a focus on user testing, educating stakeholders, and working with leaders to ensure successful implementation of PatientWisdom across the system. She has a background in Clinic Operations, and holds a MHA from St. Francis University and a certificate in Advanced Lean Training from the Virginia Mason Institute.

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Leigh Morgan

Partner Success Supervisor

Leigh joins PatientWisdom with over 10 years of experience in online advertising, with a focus on building strong client relationships. She began her career working with Fortune 100 partners at Google, managing complex advertising campaigns and leading e-Commerce partner integrations. Most recently, she directed successful account management teams at Twitter. Leigh holds a BA in Communications and Media Studies and MA Public Communications from Fordham University.

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Nate Perry-Thistle

CTO

Nate is an experienced software engineering leader who drives value via agile software development methodologies, including continuous integration and delivery, and a robust dev­ops culture. Over the past 20 years, he has helped pioneer the creation and successful operation of large-scale e­commerce, online learning, and digital advertising sites. He served in the US Air Force, and is a Master of Kung Fu San Soo.

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Katrina Veerman

Business Development Director

Katrina joined PatientWisdom because she is passionate about people and has seen first-hand how personal connections between patients and providers leads to better lives. She has experience building businesses, leading sales teams, and translating the complex into the understandable. Katrina holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business and a BA in English and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania where she was also captain of the crew team.

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Erin Wolter

Coordinator

Erin focuses on user-­centered testing and calibration. She also handles curation of PatientWisdom content and manages operations related to the Communication Assessment Tool (CAT). Erin has experience supporting the patient experience at hospitals in New England and working as a medical interpreter at wellness clinics across Connecticut. She graduated from Boston College with a BS in Biology and a minor in Hispanic Studies.

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Board

Eric Langshur

Eric is co-founder of Abundant Venture Partners as well as PatientWisdom, AVIA, and LifeXT. Prior to co-founding these partnerships, Eric was Founder and Chairman of Rise Health, a venture-backed digital technology and services company. An early leader in social media, Eric is also Founder of CarePages, which he built to become the world’s largest healthcare social networking website. Eric has dedicated his career to modeling values-based leadership by caring for people and investing time in developing their potential. He cultivates organizations that nurture individuals while unleashing the power of innovation through Abundant Venture Partners, which focuses on investing in and building companies that can improve the human condition. Eric is co-author of the New York Times best-selling book, Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing. He earned a BBA from the University of New Brunswick and holds an MBA from Columbia.

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Dr. Gregory Makoul

Greg is internationally recognized for expertise in physician-patient communication and shared decision making as well as a radical common sense, person-centered approach to health care innovation. He is Founder and CEO of PatientWisdom and Executive-in-Residence at AVIA. He is also Professor of Medicine at the UConn School of Medicine. Greg devoted six years to care transformation as Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer / Chief Academic Officer at Saint Francis Care, an integrated delivery system based in Hartford, gaining real-world experience that complemented 15 years on the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The tools he developed for teaching and assessing communication skills – as well as his award-winning series of videos for bringing patient perspectives into health care – are used worldwide. Greg earned a BA from Wesleyan, PhD from Northwestern, and MS in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth.

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Patty Riskind

Patty is a dynamic healthcare services leader with demonstrated success developing innovative analytic software products, selling digital solutions, streamlining operational processes, supporting C-level clients, and managing high performance teams. She has had success achieving exponential growth with both small and large companies, reengineering stagnant operations, and energizing a company culture for expansion and growth. Patty was Chief Client Experience Officer (CXO) at Press Ganey Associates. As CXO, Patty oversaw all business units, product strategy, operations, business development, and client support. Previously, Patty founded PatientImpact LLC, an e-survey company that was the first “Survey Monkey” for healthcare, and co-founded 3d Health, Inc., an ambulatory strategy consulting firm. She has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Matt Storeygard

As Director of Investments at Connecticut Innovations (CI), Matt is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring new investments and monitoring portfolio companies. He has led a number of CI’s deals in the digital health sector. Matt’s extensive experience includes five years at Cross Sector Consulting, where he provided strategic consulting services including planning, financial analyses, competitive analyses and implementation strategies for a variety of clients, including health care, education, community development finance and workforce organizations. Previously, he worked at the Urban Institute, where he developed predictive models to analyze the effects of health policy legislation.

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Advisers

Dr. Glyn Elwyn

Glyn is a tenured professor and physician-researcher at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, where he leads The Preference Laboratory, an interdisciplinary team that studies shared decision making. His main focus is to develop and understand the impact of Option Grids decision aids, evidence-based tools to foster better conversations. He developed the Observer OPTION and CollaboRATE measures of shared decision making. Glyn studied medicine in the United Kingdom and did his doctorate with Professor Richard Grol in the Netherlands. His international experience and expertise in shared decision making research and tool development will add value to the PatientWisdom platform.

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Barry Leffler

Barry is the Chief Marketing Officer for Tenet Healthcare, a Fortune 200 healthcare services company operating more than 400 hospitals and outpatient centers across the country. Prior to joining Tenet in January 2014, Barry was the owner of WCHL, a radio station in Chapel Hill, becoming nationally known for an innovative and groundbreaking approach to hyper-local digital media. Previously, he led the largest expansion of a local television station in the US while transforming its business plan through imaginative innovation projects to better serve the community on multiple platforms. Barry earned a BS in Broadcast Communication / Marketing from the University of Miami. Barry’s international experience and expertise in digital marketing and consumer engagement will add value to the PatientWisdom platform.

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