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President, CEO
John was appointed VITL's president and CEO in November 2012. Previously, he was president of Strategic Alliance Advisors, Inc. (d/b/a s2a), a health information exchange consulting firm. John has extensive experience in developing and implementing health information exchanges around the country, having provided leadership for statewide HIE initiatives in Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, and New Hampshire, as well as regional HIE projects in New York and northern Michigan. His firm’s work included assisting both rural and urban HIEs with project management, technical architecture development, vendor selection, sustainability planning, and developing security and privacy policies.
 
Before starting his consulting firm in 2006, John was deeply involved in Vermont’s efforts to develop a statewide health information exchange, as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He also served as the first chair of VITL’s board of directors, when the public-private partnership became an independent non-profit in 2005.
 
Prior to Fletcher Allen Health Care, John served as chief operating officer at hospitals and health systems in Connecticut, where he led several successful turnaround efforts, often leveraging the use of information technology and clinical technology to improve clinical and financial performance. He also served as vice president for Strategic Solutions, a division of Siemens Healthcare in Malvern, Pa., a global leader in health care technology, as well as president and CEO of NovaMed, a technology and diversified health services company, located in Bridgeport, CT.
 
John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, and his master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of UVM’s Vermont Regional Board, and is a retired Army officer. He and his wife Ellen reside in Charlotte, VT.
Vice President of Operations

Kristina joined VITL in January 2012, having previously worked for eight years at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Kristina’s most recent position at DHMC was the manager of ambulatory clinical systems and she served as a leader in the implementation of the hospital’s electronic health records system. Prior to her employment at DHMC, Kristina worked for Verizon Communications as a project manager. Kristina earned both her BA and MBA degrees from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY.

Vice President, Client Services

Judith joins VITL from athenahealth, Inc., where she served as a client account executive working with enterprise health care organizations, to develop customized products including electronic medical records and other service solutions. She has also held marketing, market research, and consulting positions with Competitive Marketing Systems, IDX Systems Corporation (now GE Healthcare), and Macro International, Inc. (now ICF International).

Judith holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing from The University of Vermont. She resides in Essex Junction..

Chief Technology Officer

Michael is a senior information technology professional with over 30 years of experience in diverse environments including health care, defense and academic settings. Prior to joining VITL in February 2013, Michael was the president of Health Information Exchange Partners, LLC, a private healthcare technology consulting firm with a focus in health information exchange system architectures, planning, technical assessments, system selection and implementation management for health care organizations.

He has been involved with several health information exchange projects in Vermont, New York, and Michigan, including serving as the lead technical architect for the state of Michigan to help develop the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) operational strategy, governance structure and architecture plan. Michael was also a co-founder and the chief technology officer for Vermedx, Inc., a developer of clinical decision support systems which manage information on chronically ill patients. Michael earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Rob joined VITL in December, 2013 and is responsible for the promotion of VITL’s health information exchange services to healthcare organizations in Vermont. He also oversees public relations and media activities, education and outreach to the stakeholder community, and the development of new business opportunities.

Prior to joining VITL, Rob held various business development and marketing positions in system networking, IP licensing, high performance computing and computer systems at IBM. Rob holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS). Rob is a board member at Community Health Centers of Burlington.

Executive Director, Research and Value Analysis

Sandy joined VITL in December 2009. Previously, he was the director for infrastructure at Fletcher Allen Health Care. While at Fletcher Allen he was responsible for the development and implementation of a project management office, and was instrumental in development and implementation of the technical infrastructure for the Epic electronic medical record system. From 1990 to 2000, Sandy was an independent consultant, developing strategic business and technology plans for public and private sector organizations throughout the Northeast. 

His early career included design and testing of clinical laboratory equipment, and studies of clinical decision systems as well as differential diagnosis using laboratory results. In addition to his current responsibilities at VITL, Sandy teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Vermont in production and operations management. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A. Sociology), the University of Vermont (M.A. Information Systems), and the Polytechnic Institute of New York (Ph.D. Operations Research).

Medical Director

Kate is a board certified pediatrician and is the managing partner at Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury, VT. She earned her BA from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and her MD from the University of Colorado. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has worked as a hospitalist and as a primary care pediatrician.

She was chief of the medical staff at Paul Oliver Hospital in Frankfort, MI. Currently she is the head of the Department of Pediatrics at Porter Hospital and sits on the board of Porter Hospital. Her practice is currently a level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and has qualified for Meaningful Use each year since 2011. She has implemented and been a Super User for A4, Meditech, and Allscripts Professional.

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Bob joined VITL in April, 2016, and is responsible for directing all financial and human resource activities at VITL, including budget, grants and human resource management for 32 staff members. Prior to VITL, he was the finance director at ReSOURCE, a Vermont nonprofit enterprise formerly known as Recycle North, and was responsible for the organization’s financial management and accounting. During his tenure at General Dynamics, Bob directed cost estimating and strategic program initiatives, as well as financial management for one of the then-largest armament projects at the Vermont operation.

Bob holds a Master of Science in Administration, Finance and Planning from St. Michael’s College, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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