At Syllable, we are relentless in our pursuit of a better experience for healthcare consumers. Because finding the front door shouldn’t be so difficult.
Adam has served on the provider side of healthcare for 30 years and received his MD degree from the Pennsylvania State University and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the Northwestern University School of Medicine.
Adam joined the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he served as the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and interim Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Adam was the Primary Care Service Line Leader at St Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT and a regional Chief Population Health Officer for Trinity Health. He was a founding member of the CT Institute for Primary Care Innovation.
Chris is a proven and innovative sales leader with over 15 years of sales and management experience across multiple sectors of the healthcare industry. He has led sales teams at both large Fortune 100 companies such as Centene, as well as early stage healthtech start-up organizations such as GYANT. Chris holds a finance degree from James Madison University and a MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Doug brings 20 years of healthcare sales experience to the Syllable team, working primarily with companies that partner with providers and health systems to transform the patient experience. He was most recently a Senior Sales Executive at Cipher Health, focused on scaling a patient engagement platform that enables healthcare providers to deliver better patient outcomes across the care journey. Doug was previously a Sales Director at GetWellNetwork and PatientPoint, and started his career at GE Healthcare.
Irene has over twenty years of finance and accounting experience in both private and publicly held companies. Formerly as a finance consultant, Irene worked extensively with tech and biomedical startup companies. She had a significant role in board and management reporting, budgeting and forecasting, audit management, establishing policies and procedures in Finance and HR, and managing daily accounting operations across eight startup clients. Irene holds two BS degrees in Accounting and Information Systems.
Jenne brings about two decades of sales experience to the Syllable team, with the past decade focused entirely in healthcare. Jenne was most recently with Spectrum Enterprise, where she partnered with information technology leadership at hospitals to drive adoption of complex data and voice solutions. She also has deep experience in the telecommunications space, having previously worked with major telecommunications providers including Verizon and AT&T (SBC/Pacific Bell).
Ritu is a marketing leader who has dedicated her career to scaling innovation and expanding access within health care and education. Prior to joining Syllable, Ritu built and led the marketing and communications team at Verana Health, a company that analyzes big clinical data sets to accelerate medical research, and at its predecessor DigiSight Technologies, which developed mobile health solutions for health systems. Ritu received a SB from MIT and a MA from Stanford University.
Tom McCormick has over 20 years of experience leading commercial organizations in healthcare. Tom was previously Chief Commercial Officer at Clarify Health, where he scaled the sales team and drove growth across industry segments, and Chief Commercial Officer at Sutherland Healthcare, where he developed long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with healthcare organizations.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Tom was Senior Vice President at Xerox, where he was responsible for the growth of the Government Healthcare Business that focused on Medicaid service and the Emerging Markets Business. Tom is a healthcare expert who has presented at national and international conferences.
Trace has 20 years of sales experience focused entirely in healthcare and has worked closely with hospitals to deploy novel technologies. As a Sales Director at Nuance Communications, he built extensive experience deploying speech recognition technologies at health systems. More recently, Trace worked with Relias, a company providing clinical education solutions to physicians and nurses to improve patient outcomes, and Interlace Health, where he worked with hospitals throughout the western U.S. to automate the patient forms completion process.
Bill brings over two decades of experience in healthcare, driving sales and partnerships at companies across four sectors: interoperability, ACO Enablement, telehealth and EHRs. He was most recently National Director at Smartlink Health Solutions, where he expanded usage of modern data flow technologies in both acute and ambulatory settings. Previously, Bill worked with both large enterprises and startups including Aetna, medaptus, and Advanced ICU Care, with a focus on deploying innovative technologies at health systems and other provider settings.
Product & Operations
Holly has experience working in software implementation, project management, and product management at both healthcare technology companies and healthcare systems for the last 8 years. She worked on projects, ranging from electronic medical record software and patient intake solution software implementation at Phreesia to hospital wayfinding software at a startup, and most recently, robotic process automation and telehealth initiatives for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Transformation and Innovation Teams. Holly received a BS in Health Information Management & Systems from The Ohio State University.
Ibrahim has been building data and AI products for the past decade in a wide range of different industries and companies. Prior to Syllable, his work ranged from Fortune 500 companies to co-founding his own startup. Most recently, Ibrahim was a product lead at Button where he built personalization products for the affiliate industry. Ibrahim graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Georgetown, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Stanford.
Kerry Cassetta has partnered with healthcare providers to optimize care, with a focus on securely automating access to complete and reliable information to enable informed decision making. Kerry was part of the leadership team that built the MobileMD health information exchange and patient portal, acquired by Siemens Healthcare. For more than two decades, Kerry has led multi-disciplinary teams at CGI and Siemens Healthcare that worked with federal agencies, state HHS departments, and commercial healthcare providers across the US.
Maddie joins Syllable after serving as an implementation project manager at Epic. At Epic, she was responsible for software implementations at multiple healthcare organizations, with a specialization in the ambulatory care application. She has advised IT project decisions and facilitated workgroup meetings with clinical subject matter experts for large hospital systems. Maddie has also participated in clinical research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, assisting on a study investigating driving behaviors in teens after concussion. Maddie holds a BA in Psychology from Florida Southern College.
Prior to Syllable, Andrew was an early employee at Shift Messenger responsible for mobile application development. Before that he was a software engineer at Stellar, the digital currency, and a software engineer at Google on the Google Wallet team and as an early member of the Android Auto group. Andrew holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Ian has been building technology for more than two decades in roles at Alphabet (Google Search, Pixel Camera, Verily), Motorola, and multiple healthcare startups. In addition, he spent nearly a decade in healthcare research at the University of Illinois at Chicago developing science and technology for high and ultra-high field MR human neuroimaging. Ian received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tom joins Syllable after 37 years as a technology leader and researcher at IBM. Most recently, Tom managed large teams of engineers and operations specialists working on code development and performance evaluation for IBM’s open technologies in Cloud and AI amongst other things. He began his career with the IBM Research team, where he worked on projects in search, knowledge retrieval, and database systems, such as the development of the technology that was the precursor to IBM Watson Jeopardy.
Board & Advisors
Angela Lai is a computer scientist, with decades of experience building complex computing infrastructure and machine-learning platforms at a global scale, including for regulated industries such as health science and financial systems. In 2019, Angela founded BetterOmics to provide the best machine-learning platform for data analysis in life sciences. Angela was previously CTO of GRAIL, where she led the software and bioinformatics team to amass the largest clinical trial data set in oncology, and create a machine-learning platform with bespoke algorithms to detect cancer signals within tumor-derived cell-free nucleic acids in blood.
Prior to her life science endeavors, Angela spent over a decade at Google, where she was VP Engineering. The systems she built operated the $100B+ business, with innovative products and algorithms in Search and Advertising.
Esther Dyson is the Executive Founder of Wellville, a ten-year, five-community project dedicated to showing the value of investing in health as opposed to spending on care. She is also an angel investor in a variety of sectors, including healthcare. In addition to her investment in Syllable, where she is an advisor, her portfolio includes 23andMe (former director), 4D Healthware, Abridge.ai, BAMF Health (board), Big Health, Bioz, Boundless.ai (sold to Thrive Global), Care.Coach, CareMESH, Cecelia, Clover Health, Devoted Health, Element3 Health (board), Eligible, Empathic Technologies, Enso Relief, Epistemic.ai, Ezra.com, Hawthorne Effect, HealthCelerate, HealthTap, Humanity, Hurdle, i2Dx, Lipidio, LuminDx, MealShare, Medesk, MedicaSafe, meQuilibrium, Mindright.io, Nanowear, NeuroGeneCES, Nuna, Omada Health, PatientsKnowBest, Pocket Naloxone, Prognos.ai, Proofpilot, Resilient, Solera, Startup Health, Supportiv, Tega, Tocagen, Virgo SVS and X-Vax. Follow Esther on Twitter: @edyson.
Jed McCaleb is co-founder and Chief Architect of the Stellar Development Foundation, an open network that connects the world’s financial infrastructure. In 2014, Jed created Stellar, an open-source blockchain network built to democratize economic participation by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.
An early pioneer in decentralized systems and blockchain technology, he created eDonkey2000 which became one of the largest file-sharing networks in its time. He later created Mt. Gox, the first bitcoin exchange, which was subsequently sold and re-coded by its current owners. He is also a co-founder of Ripple.
Jed’s devoted his career to developing and leveraging technology that promotes inclusion and transparency.
Rick Schlesinger works with a mix of entrepreneurial healthcare companies and not-for-profit organizations as an advisor and/or board member. As a former consultant, executive, and investor, he has extensive experience across the breadth of health care services, where he has focused his efforts for the past 30+ years.
Rick was most recently a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. During his 20 years with McKinsey, he served clients on a broad cross-section of topics including strategy, business performance, organization, and growth. Prior to McKinsey, he was a venture capitalist investing in healthcare service companies. He has also served as Chief Marketing Officer for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield and ran the Managed Care Operations.
Vig sits on the Board of Directors at Syllable. He joined Oak HC/FT in 2014 and focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in Healthcare. Vig currently serves as a Board Observer at Axial, Cricket Health, Oncology Analytics, TherapyBrands, Unite US, Vesta Healthcare, and VillageMD. Vig is also actively involved with Notable.
Prior to joining Oak HC/FT, Vig was an Associate with LLR Partners, a middle-market growth equity firm, where he focused on investments in healthcare services companies. Vig received a dual Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.