Vanguard Team


Anette Asher, Founder and CEO

Most recently, as CEO of George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, she became intimately aware of the need to support caregivers—hence her new venture, dedicated to using technology to help mitigate caregiver burn-out.

Prior to Glenner, Anette was CEO of the Life Science Information Technology Global Institute. After LSIT merged with HIMSS where she served as acting director of life sciences information systems and successfully developed and published Good Informatics Practices (GIP), an aggregation of best practices, standards, regulations and tools to facilitate the deployment of better, faster and more affordable IT systems within life science and healthcare organizations.

Before joining LSIT, Anette was director of programs for CONNECT, a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products incubated by linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. She later joined the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, as head of industry relations for the life sciences community.

 

Robert Sanchez, Wireless Technology and Fintech

Mr. Sanchez has over 25 years of experience in the wireless and telecom space. He began his engineering career in the defense industry and became an early employee at wireless innovator Qualcomm.

After leaving Qualcomm in 1999, he found that his interest in wireless telecommunications continued to foster new ideas, leading him to co-found inCode Wireless, a consulting company to the major wireless telecommunication companies.

Following the sale of inCode Wireless to Verisign in 2006, he joined GlobalTel Media as the company’s President and CEO.

Mr. Sanchez holds an MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BA in Math from the University of California at San Diego. He also sits on several companies’ boards and is a senior member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers.

 

Jason Cooper, Innovation and Information Analytics

Mr. Cooper most recently served as Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer for Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. where he was responsible for enterprise-wide data analytics and informatics.

Jason is a 20+year data and analytics professional and seasoned business executive specializing in analytics and informatics covering for-profit, nonprofit and government domains, including leading teams at Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, Cigna and CVS Health, as well as experience with advanced NIOSH, NASA, DOD and other software systems. He is a well-published author, experienced public speaker and prior funded researcher.  Additionally, Jason is a member of the International Institute for Analytics, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Sentrian’s Advisory Board.  He holds Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering.

Jason is owner and managing director of an analytics consulting firm.

 

Linda J. Speake, Administration and Project Management

For decades Linda has managed multiple varieties of Information Technology teams. Her experiences includes highly respected organizations such as General Electric, NASD/NASDAQ, Ford Aerospace, and Eli Lilly-Hybritech, several small bio-pharma organizations and most recently Hewlett-Packard.

At HP she was fortunate to manage a highly skilled “best and brightest” staff of professionals that supported the NASA account.

Linda’s primary experience is with life science organizations managing IT services, employees, vendors and consultants in every facet of technology. Linda is a certified auditor for ISO QMS 9001:2008 and contributed to authoring sections of Good Informatics Practices for LSIT/HIMSS.

 

 

Matt Norris, Business Development

Mr. Norris has spent his professional life working in investment banking, venture capital and real estate. For the last eight years Matt has been involved in the bidding, development and management of U.S. government leased office space.

Prior to his work in real estate, Matt was a member of the Executive Finance Development Program at Thermo Fisher Scientific and was part of a small team responsible for all the finance activities related to the company’s Healthcare Division, a $1 billion revenue division.

Prior to attending business school, Matt worked at Comdisco Ventures as a portfolio manager focused on managing a portfolio of debt and equity investments ($80 million in investment) in technology and healthcare companies.

Before working at Comdisco Ventures, he joined OffRoad Capital, an investment bank focused on private capital raising activities utilizing the Internet as a distribution medium. As an associate in the Private Capital Group, Mr. Norris successfully managed 7 transactions raising $45 million in capital for private technology companies from a network of accredited investors via the Internet.

 

Gayle Knepper, Market Strategy & Development Ms. Knepper is a strategic business and market development executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in launching new products and companies, and building profitable business in competitive, rapidly-changing markets in North America and internationally. Her experience includes launching, re-building and growing companies in a broad range of B to C and B to C industries including healthcare, technology, consumer products, finance and energy.

She is the CEO of The Strategy Biz, Inc., a company providing strategic business and market development support to pre-revenue, early stage and established companies. Its emphasis is on go-to-market strategies and profitable growth through maximizing market competitiveness. Ms. Knepper has worked with public and private-sector organizations ranging in size from one to hundreds of locations doing business in rapid-growth markets in North America, Europe and Russia.

Prior to founding The Strategy Biz, Ms. Knepper was a corporate executive overseeing new market development and expansion for industries ranging from healthcare, technology and finance to consumer products, professional services and energy.

She is active in the angel and venture funding communities where she also serves as a mentor and on screening committees for companies seeking funding.

 

Ginger Cardona, Product Management

Ginger Cardona has been in medical software within product management and training for over 25 years. She had led multiple product management groups of more than twenty. Recently has been within the oncology software field.

 

 

Steve Morrison, Finance and Treasurer

Steve has over 20 years of professional experience across multiple industries and within some of the largest companies in the world. Steve graduated from Brigham Young University with a dual Master’s Degree in Accounting and Information Systems and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was one of the first to go through the firm’s system-based technology audit training programs, now a critical part of PwC’s assurance services.

While with PwC, he helped build the firm’s automated testing tools used to audit the accounting and processing controls of sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning applications.

After leaving PwC, Steve held a management position within Motorola’s 75-person internal audit group where he became certified in Six Sigma, led an initiative to pivot the group into an internal consultancy group, and travelled around the world teaching regulation and compliance concepts to hundreds of finance, accounting and operations colleagues.

Steve moved to San Diego with CareFusion where he assisted the newly spun-off organization in building an audit and compliance organization from the ground up. Continuing his passion for developing leaders, Steve transformed his department to become a leadership development prototype for the rest of the organization. Steve has experience assisting start-up organizations in healthcare, technology, consulting and life sciences industries and has donated his time to worthwhile causes throughout his career, including organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, Carmel Dad’s Club, All Pro Dad’s Club, Temecula Youth Baseball and United Way.

Steve is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Kristine McKeown, Sales and Digital Marketing

Kristine has been a top performer and senior level Director in sales roles for over 28 years.

She is a skilled negotiator and team builder to drive revenues and operational efficiencies. With tactical and innovative approaches to client retention she has increased sales 20% year over year. With her energetic attention to operational and contractual details including infrastructure development, she has doubled the number of transactions processed per day while reducing errors by over 75%.

Kristine has a passion for helping families and solving problems and is propelled to be a social entrepreneur who improves the well-being of families everywhere.