Abby Sears: Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Abby Sears is responsible for the overall strategy and executive leadership at OCHIN. Abby has been with OCHIN since its inception and has helped grow the organization nationally, focusing on building a learning organization that supports the transformation of healthcare through the use of data and technology. A prominent national speaker and HIT advisor with over 15 years of healthcare expertise, she is focused on building a premier information and technology network leveraging Health IT products, services, and the use of practice-based research to help community practices nationwide achieve federal and industry standards for healthcare delivery, quality, and cost control. In 2012, Abby was named CEO of the Year for Nonprofits in Oregon
by the Portland Business Journal. She holds an MBA and MHA, both from the University of Minnesota.
Sean Whiteley-Ross: Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Sean Whiteley-Ross is responsible for OCHIN’s overall financial internal control structure and reporting, corporate budgeting and forecasting, and external banking relationships. Sean has been with OCHIN as its CFO since 2008 and has over 20 years of finance experience. Prior to OCHIN, Sean specialized in public accounting in both tax and audit with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the nation’s largest public accounting firm; private sector accounting as the Controller of a publicly traded software firm in Portland; and as the Vice President of Finance (and then Treasurer) for SmithBucklin, the nation’s largest association management company in Chicago. During Sean’s tenure as CFO, OCHIN has grown from $9M in total revenue to an estimate of more than $28M in fiscal year 2014.
Yedda Trawick: Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Yedda Trawick leads the following teams: Epic Operations, Quality Improvement, Project Management, Leadership and Organizational Development, and IT. Her teams integrate new member organizations into the OCHIN Collaborative, as well as provide a broad range of service and product offerings. Yedda has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, beginning her career at a not-for-profit hospital and working subsequently as a business and technical consultant for healthcare payers in Indiana, Mississippi, and Oregon, as well as for a Third-Party Administrator, managing and directing implementations and system conversions. She served as the Director of Operational Excellence at CareOregon, where it was her responsibility to design and implement the Learning Center, which provided training for clinicians and clinical staff participating in the Care Support and System Innovation (CSSI) program, as well as driving system-wide improvement for CareOregon using the Model for Improvement. This work is published in two books, The Improvement Guide and Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs. She is trained in Quality as a Business Strategy (QBS), a leadership philosophy and method by the Associates in Process Improvement. Yedda is a graduate of Intermountain’s Advanced Training Program (ATP) in Healthcare Delivery Improvement, and she received a BS degree from the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Business and Accountancy.
Paul Matthews: Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Security Officer
As Chief Technology Officer and principal architect, Paul Matthews is responsible for the technical delivery and hosting architecture for OCHIN’s Epic and Data Analytics business lines. Externally, he is focused on the implementation of Health Information Exchanges (HIE) within communities. With more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing large-scale information systems around the world, Paul has focused on Health IT and secure information exchange and currently serves in the following ways: The Sequoia Project (formerly Healtheway) (Board of Directors), eHealth Exchange (Coordinating Committee), Carequality (Advisory Council), Northwest Access Exchange (Board of Directors), and the Health Share of Oregon (technical oversight group). Paul has previously served on Epic Corporation’s Care Everywhere Governance Committee and the State of Oregon Health Information Technology Oversight Council (Technology Workgroup).
Scott Fields, MD: Chief Medical Officer/Chief Medical Informatics Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Scott Fields is responsible for providing clinical leadership and guidance to the development, implementation, and management of clinical and health IT systems, including electronic health records (EHRs) and other HIT systems. He is also responsible for the information needs of OCHIN’s clinical research, support, and clinical consulting services. Dr. Fields serves as Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine at OHSU, where he has been on faculty for over 24 years. As a practicing family physician and clinical leader, he has extensive experience in organizing and effectively using data in the clinical environment. As a clinical leader at an academic health center, he has expertise in integrating research into clinical care. He also has experience working with multiple EHR platforms and served as the physician lead for installing OHSU’s outpatient Epic EHR in 2006. Since then, Dr. Fields has led a data and analytics team that provides reporting services to OCHIN’s community practices, as well as to many OHSU departments. As the leader of OCHIN’s national Clinical Oversight Group, Dr. Fields has worked with diverse clinics and communities, helping to teach clinicians and staff about the connections among training, workflow, data management, data quality, and improvements in care delivery and patient health.
Vance Bauer: Vice President of Research
As VP of Research, Vance Bauer promotes and facilitates leading-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of OCHIN and OCHIN’s member health care systems. Since joining OCHIN in 2011, he has helped create the nation’s foremost community laboratory for health outcomes, policy, and primary care research with vulnerable and underserved populations. Vance also serves as the Project Director for the OCHIN-led ADVANCE Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, one of only 13 funded CDRNs in the nation. Vance has over 20 years of experience managing complex research networks and projects and directing research teams. Prior to joining OCHIN, he worked at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) for over 10 years where he served as both a research associate and project manager. While at CHR, Vance played a pivotal role in establishing OCHIN’s Practice Based Research Network and supported the creation of research infrastructure at OCHIN. Prior to joining CHR, he was a senior research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. Vance obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Reed College.
Kevin Geoffroy: Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Kevin Geoffroy serves as a member of the OCHIN Executive Leadership Team. Kevin is responsible for supporting the needs of the CEO and coordinates corporate governance, strategic planning, marketing, corporate communications, and member engagement strategy. Prior to his current role, Kevin was OCHIN’s VP of Marketing and before that, OCHIN’s VP of EHR Operations. Kevin has over 20 years of operations and technology experience, and he has worked with organizations such as Sapient, Arcadia, and Innovatix. Kevin has a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Clayton Gillett: Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Clayton Gillett is responsible for the overall data governance and consistent and efficient use and application of data across all OCHIN platforms and integration of data with third party systems. Clayton is the CEO of HIT Impacts, a services organization charged with leveraging the strengths of the two largest Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs): OCHIN Inc. and Health Choice Network. Prior to his work with HIT Impacts, Clayton was the Executive Director of O-HITEC, the Regional Extension Center for Oregon; the Chief Operating Officer of OCHIN; and a consultant for a large independent firm providing strategic advice, implementation assistance, and general consulting services to integrated delivery systems, MSOs, hospitals, and large group practices. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Utah, a Masters of Business Administration, and a Masters of Healthcare Administration, both from the University of Washington.
Kim Klupenger: Chief Experience Officer
As Chief Experience Officer, Kim Klupenger is responsible for leading the account management teams, fulfilling the established member and revenue goals for OCHIN, and ensuring a quality membership experience. Kim also is the program lead for the Regional Extension Center and FCC Broadband programs. Before OCHIN’s acquisition of Oregon Health Network (OHN) in 2013, Kim was a founding leader and Chief Operations Officer for OHN, establishing the organization’s core infrastructure and managing the original $20.182 million dollar FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program. Her background includes a career in human resource management, as well as company launches, with an emphasis in operations and finance. She has also worked with Medicaid in establishing and promoting Medicaid billing systems, built and managed insurance claims systems, and worked with many medical organizations and providers in the areas of operations, recruitment, staffing, and finance. Kim earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Oregon State University.
James Maldonado, JD: Corporate Legal and Compliance Counsel
As Corporate Legal and Compliance Counsel, James Maldonado provides legal and compliance leadership and oversees OCHIN’s Legal Compliance, Human Resources, and Procurement teams. James works with and implements processes and protocols around data privacy and compliance with state and federal data privacy regulations (HIPAA, HITECH Act, etc.), and provides analysis and advice on all legal and compliance matters for OCHIN and the OCHIN Board. He has over 15 years experience working in the legal group and operations group of multiple global billion-dollar companies. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Portland State University and his Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law.
Eric Brown: President, California Telehealth Network
Eric Brown is President of the California Telehealth Network. Eric is an experienced manager in the telecommunications industry and a 15-year veteran of the cable television industry. He combines senior-level experience in cable network affiliate relations and experience in managing multiple broadband system marketing and operations. Eric served as past Chairman of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) and is a recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for excellence in cable operations and the cable industry’s CTAM Chairman’s Award for excellence in cable marketing. He has worked with organizations including Herring Broadcasting, The Africa Channel, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, The Procter & Gamble Company, H.J. Heinz, and Bumble Bee Seafoods. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA, where he played football and was a four-time All-American in track and field. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business Management at the University of Virginia and has completed post-graduate work including the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and the CTAMU Marketing Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School.