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Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Afzal

Scott Afzal

President

Danny Krifcher

Danny Krifcher

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

VP of State Government & HIE Account Management

Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt is the Chief Executive Officer of Audacious Inquiry (Ai)—he oversees client services, portfolio planning, product development, and operations. In 2004 he founded the company with a mission to use information technology as a change-agent for positive impact. Mr. Brandt led the effort to become one of the first recognized B Corporations in Maryland; integrating our company’s values with the work we take on has resulted in a greater footprint and alignment with our clients’ goals. Through his role in driving the company’s growth over the years, Ai has been consistently recognized in Inc. 5000’s list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, and in 2014, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young for the Maryland Region. Mr. Brandt serves as a staff adviser to CRISP, Maryland’s health information exchange. He served on the boards of the Duke University Alumni Association and the Maryland Small Business Financing Authority. Prior to founding Ai, Mr. Brandt held information technology positions with Prudential. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Computer Science from Duke. Chris is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Scott Afzal

Scott Afzal is the President of Audacious Inquiry and a Strategic Advisor for CRISP, a health information exchange serving Maryland, DC, and West Virginia. Across both roles, Scott establishes organizational growth strategies, delivery system reform initiatives, and technology solutions to support value-based payment models and connected communities. Through Ai, Mr. Afzal advises other states, health systems, and health information organizations on health information exchange (HIE) implementation approaches and sustainability strategy. Previously at CRISP, Mr. Afzal served as the Program Director for the organization’s first 10 years; he managed the roll-out of CRISP’s HIE network while leading the development of new service offerings. Scott is a noted speaker on HIE, having presented at regional and national health IT conferences. Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, he served as a consultant with Accenture, Inc. out of their New York City office. Mr. Afzal holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Bucknell University.

Danny Krifcher

Danny Krifcher is Ai’s Chief Financial Officer and is leading our growth efforts. He is an experienced builder and leader of growth companies including Aledade, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer, leading efforts to expand commercial payer partnerships and other value-based care arrangements; and, Avalere Health, where he was EVP overseeing the company’s Data Analytics Practice, Sales Organization, and Business Intelligence Unit, as well as all corporate functions including Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology and Legal. For more than a decade, Danny was an executive at America Online, where he founded and led the first internet incubator, AOL Greenhouse, and also served as EVP/COO of the AOL Dial-Up business. A Pittsburgh native, Danny graduated from the Wharton School and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller is Ai’s Vice President of State Government Services and HIE Account Management. In this capacity, she leads the Medicaid Strategic Advisory Services Practice and works closely with our state Medicaid agency and HIE clients to build roadmaps for financial sustainability of previous Health IT investments. Prior to coming to Ai, Ms. Miller has more than twelve years of experience in implementing large-scale technology projects in Oregon’s state government, with more than five years of third-party quality assurance work on similar projects prior to her state government service. She is a subject matter expert in project management, information technology, change management for system implementations, and vendor and contract management for large-scale ($150+M) Medicaid technology projects. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and lives in Silverton, Oregon.

Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt is the Chief Executive Officer of Audacious Inquiry (Ai)—he oversees client services, portfolio planning, product development, and operations. In 2004 he founded the company with a mission to use information technology as a change-agent for positive impact. Mr. Brandt led the effort to become one of the first recognized B Corporations in Maryland; integrating our company’s values with the work we take on has resulted in a greater footprint and alignment with our clients’ goals. Through his role in driving the company’s growth over the years, Ai has been consistently recognized in Inc. 5000’s list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, and in 2014, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young for the Maryland Region. Mr. Brandt serves as a staff adviser to CRISP, Maryland’s health information exchange. He served on the boards of the Duke University Alumni Association and the Maryland Small Business Financing Authority. Prior to founding Ai, Mr. Brandt held information technology positions with Prudential. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Computer Science from Duke. Chris is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Scott Afzal

Scott Afzal

President

Scott Afzal

Scott Afzal is the President of Audacious Inquiry and a Strategic Advisor for CRISP, a health information exchange serving Maryland, DC, and West Virginia. Across both roles, Scott establishes organizational growth strategies, delivery system reform initiatives, and technology solutions to support value-based payment models and connected communities. Through Ai, Mr. Afzal advises other states, health systems, and health information organizations on health information exchange (HIE) implementation approaches and sustainability strategy. Previously at CRISP, Mr. Afzal served as the Program Director for the organization’s first 10 years; he managed the roll-out of CRISP’s HIE network while leading the development of new service offerings. Scott is a noted speaker on HIE, having presented at regional and national health IT conferences. Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, he served as a consultant with Accenture, Inc. out of their New York City office. Mr. Afzal holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Bucknell University.

Danny Krifcher

Danny Krifcher

Chief Finical Officer

Danny Krifcher

Danny Krifcher is Ai’s Chief Financial Officer and is leading our growth efforts. He is an experienced builder and leader of growth companies including Aledade, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer, leading efforts to expand commercial payer partnerships and other value-based care arrangements; and, Avalere Health, where he was EVP overseeing the company’s Data Analytics Practice, Sales Organization, and Business Intelligence Unit, as well as all corporate functions including Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology and Legal. For more than a decade, Danny was an executive at America Online, where he founded and led the first internet incubator, AOL Greenhouse, and also served as EVP/COO of the AOL Dial-Up business. A Pittsburgh native, Danny graduated from the Wharton School and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Vice President of State Government & HIE Account Management

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller is Ai’s Vice President of State Government Services and HIE Account Management. In this capacity, she leads the Medicaid Strategic Advisory Services Practice and works closely with our state Medicaid agency and HIE clients to build roadmaps for financial sustainability of previous Health IT investments. Prior to coming to Ai, Ms. Miller has more than twelve years of experience in implementing large-scale technology projects in Oregon’s state government, with more than five years of third-party quality assurance work on similar projects prior to her state government service. She is a subject matter expert in project management, information technology, change management for system implementations, and vendor and contract management for large-scale ($150+M) Medicaid technology projects. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and lives in Silverton, Oregon.

Bill Howard

Bill Howard

Principal

Greg Farnum

Greg Farnum

Principal

Robert Horst

Robert Horst

Principal

Dr. Samit Desai

Dr. Samit Desai

Chief Medical Officer

Bill Howard

Bill Howard is a Principal at Ai and is a champion for leading team collaboration, healthcare innovation, organizational growth, and technology-driven solutions. More specifically, Mr. Howard drives product development of ADT Alerts, Smart Routing, and Data Quality, among several other custom software development initiatives. His background spans 20+ years of experience with Healthcare IT product and process development focused on creating new solutions to support streamlined healthcare delivery and healthcare reform initiatives. By delivering results for a wide variety of startups, acquisitions, and global Fortune 100 companies, he has encountered multi-system, multi-vendor, complex IT system integrations, which serves as a strong foundation for challenges that lie ahead. Prior to Ai, Mr. Howard provided his expertise to 3M, Roche, IDX, GE, and was most recently the VP of Product Management and Solution Architecture at Caradigm. His BS in Engineering was obtained from the University of Vermont.

Greg Farnum

Greg Farnum is a Principal at Audacious Inquiry with subject matter expertise in health IT and policy. He possesses program management capabilities and he can reliably execute federal and state contracts of all sizes, given his 20+ years in leadership roles. As a relationship manager for the ONC portfolio of contracts, Mr. Farnum oversees Ai’s activities to ensure quality control and stakeholder satisfaction. Currently he supports ONC contracts for: the JIRA issue tracking system; enhancements to the Standards Implementation Testing (SITE) platform; Health IT Certification Program Support Services and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Certified Health IT Product List (”open data” CHPL). In addition to his work for the ONC, Mr. Farnum has operated and worked with multiple health information exchange organizations (HIOs) to deploy population health tools, which support health reform objectives. Before joining Ai, Mr. Farnum was the founder and CEO of the Vermont health information exchange, called Vermont information technology leaders (VITL). He was the former Vice President/CIO for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and he co-founded the New Hampshire/Vermont Strategic HIPAA Implementation Project (NHVSHIP). His Bachelors Degree was obtained through the University of Vermont.

Rob Horst

Rob Horst is a Principal and Privacy and Security Officer for Audacious Inquiry. He has over 15 years of leadership experience in the healthcare information technology domain. Rob creates meaningful and lasting partnerships with Ai customers in Maryland (CRISP), Delaware (DHIN), Utah (UHIN) and the Philadelphia Metro area (HealthShare Exchange), and oversees the deployment and optimization Ai’s leading Encounter Notification Service (ENS®). He also applies his domain expertise as a consultant to regional hospitals and health systems as they look to optimize the use and value of health information exchange tools. He previously taught Medical Informatics for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and served for over seven years as Director of IT Services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. His BA in Biology was obtained from Elon University and he holds a MBA in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University. Rob recently served as professional faculty for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he taught Medical Informatics for four years. Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, Mr. Horst served for over seven years as Director of IT Services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Horst also holds a BA in Biology from Elon University and a MBA in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Samit Desai

Samit Desai is Ai’s Chief Medical Officer, offering his clinical perspective to support value-added product development, and he serves as a senior adviser to CRISP, a regional health information organization serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to Ai, Dr. Desai was the CMIO at St. Agnes Ascension Health. He is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He attended Drexel University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Later, he completed an ONC-sponsored Applied Clinical Informatics program at the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Bill Howard

Bill Howard

Principal

Bill Howard

Bill Howard is a Principal at Ai and is a champion for leading team collaboration, healthcare innovation, organizational growth, and technology-driven solutions. More specifically, Mr. Howard drives product development of ADT Alerts, Smart Routing, and Data Quality, among several other custom software development initiatives. His background spans 20+ years of experience with Healthcare IT product and process development focused on creating new solutions to support streamlined healthcare delivery and healthcare reform initiatives. By delivering results for a wide variety of startups, acquisitions, and global Fortune 100 companies, he has encountered multi-system, multi-vendor, complex IT system integrations, which serves as a strong foundation for challenges that lie ahead. Prior to Ai, Mr. Howard provided his expertise to 3M, Roche, IDX, GE, and was most recently the VP of Product Management and Solution Architecture at Caradigm. His BS in Engineering was obtained from the University of Vermont.

Rob Horst

Rob Horst

Principal

Rob Horst

Rob Horst is a Principal and Privacy and Security Officer for Audacious Inquiry. He has over 15 years of leadership experience in the healthcare information technology domain. Rob creates meaningful and lasting partnerships with Ai customers in Maryland (CRISP), Delaware (DHIN), Utah (UHIN) and the Philadelphia Metro area (HealthShare Exchange), and oversees the deployment and optimization Ai’s leading Encounter Notification Service (ENS®). He also applies his domain expertise as a consultant to regional hospitals and health systems as they look to optimize the use and value of health information exchange tools. He previously taught Medical Informatics for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and served for over seven years as Director of IT Services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. His BA in Biology was obtained from Elon University and he holds a MBA in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University. Rob recently served as professional faculty for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he taught Medical Informatics for four years. Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, Mr. Horst served for over seven years as Director of IT Services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Horst also holds a BA in Biology from Elon University and a MBA in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.

Greg Farnum

Greg Farnum

Principal

Greg Farnum

Greg Farnum is a Principal at Audacious Inquiry with subject matter expertise in health IT and policy. He possesses program management capabilities and he can reliably execute federal and state contracts of all sizes, given his 20+ years in leadership roles. As a relationship manager for the ONC portfolio of contracts, Mr. Farnum oversees Ai’s activities to ensure quality control and stakeholder satisfaction. Currently he supports ONC contracts for: the JIRA issue tracking system; enhancements to the Standards Implementation Testing (SITE) platform; Health IT Certification Program Support Services and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Certified Health IT Product List (”open data” CHPL). In addition to his work for the ONC, Mr. Farnum has operated and worked with multiple health information exchange organizations (HIOs) to deploy population health tools, which support health reform objectives. Before joining Ai, Mr. Farnum was the founder and CEO of the Vermont health information exchange, called Vermont information technology leaders (VITL). He was the former Vice President/CIO for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and he co-founded the New Hampshire/Vermont Strategic HIPAA Implementation Project (NHVSHIP). His Bachelors Degree was obtained through the University of Vermont.

Dr Samit Desi

Dr Samit Desi

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Samit Desai

Samit Desai is Ai’s Chief Medical Officer, offering his clinical perspective to support value-added product development, and he serves as a senior adviser to CRISP, a regional health information organization serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to Ai, Dr. Desai was the CMIO at St. Agnes Ascension Health. He is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He attended Drexel University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Later, he completed an ONC-sponsored Applied Clinical Informatics program at the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Aakanksha Bhuria

Aakanksha Bhuria

Support Engineer

Anand Raghavan

Anand Raghavan

Director of Integration Services

Anitha Thomas

Anitha Thomas

Support Engineer

Ashwini More

Ashwini More

Lead Test Engineer

Aaron Parsons

Aaron Parsons

Manager

Andrew Larned

Andrew Larned

Solutions Architect

Anusha Kanuri

Anusha Kanuri

Software Engineer

Aster Evenson

Aster Evenson

Sr. Manager, Technical Operations

Amanda Hoffman

Amanda Hoffman

Director of Finance/Controller

Angelica Conway

Angelica Conway

Associate

Ashley Wells

Ashley Wells

Director

Austin Moody

Austin Moody

Senior Integration Engineer

Amber Neal

Amber Neal

Director

Anirudh Mayreddy

Anirudh Mayreddy

Senior Integration Engineer

Ashwin Iyer

Ashwin Iyer

Test Engineer

Ayako Watanabe

Ayako Watanabe

Solutions Architect

Barbara Chapman

Barbara Chapman

Senior Manager, Employee Experience

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Solutions Architect

Benjamin Mutuku

Benjamin Mutuku

MDM Engineer

Brian Lindsey

Brian Lindsey

Software Engineer

Beth Davidson

Beth Davidson

HIE Engagement Manager

Brian Smart

Brian Smart

Senior Manager

Bhoomi Patel

Bhoomi Patel

Senior Test Engineer

Chaitanya Srinadhu

Chaitanya Srinadhu

Senior Operations Engineer

Chris Cimaszewki

Chris Cimaszewki

Senior Developer Advocate

Christopher Watson

Christopher Watson

Software Engineer

Dennis Glorioso

Dennis Glorioso

Senior Manager

Chris Micle

Chris Micle

Senior Software Engineer

Colin Rogers

Colin Rogers

Senior Operations Engineer

Dominic Anello

Dominic Anello

Lead Software Engineer

Christalla Thomas

Christalla Thomas

Senior Test Engineer

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

Senior Software Engineer

Doug Spilling

Doug Spilling

Director

Christina Caraballo

Christina Caraballo

Director

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez

Director

Ed VanBaak

Ed VanBaak

Director, Clinical Informatics

Eileen Wang

Eileen Wang

Integration Engineer

Evan Carter

Evan Carter

Senior Director

Hari Joshi

Hari Joshi

Integration Engineer

Eilleen Lane

Eilleen Lane

Associate, Creative Communications

Evgeniy Sharapov

Evgeniy Sharapov

Senior Software Engineer

Heather Geier

Heather Geier

Senior Manager

Eric Kopins

Eric Kopins

Support Engineer

Florie Van Baak

Florie Van Baak

Project Manager

Ishant Dudeja

Ishant Dudeja

Senior Manager, MDM Services

Eric Tang

Eric Tang

Lead Software Engineer

Geethika John

Geethika John

Support Engineer

Jacob Lambert

Jacob Lambert

Senior Software Engineer

Jae Lee

Jae Lee

Lead Test Engineer

Jenner Alpern

Jenner Alpern

Senior Software Engineer

John Swank

John Swank

Support Engineer

Jason Spurck

Jason Spurck

Systems Engineer

Jim Younkin

Jim Younkin

Senior Director

Jarid Arnold

Jarid Arnold

Support Engineer

Joe Cimaszewski

Joe Cimaszewski

Solutions Architect

Jerry Iyoha

Jerry Iyoha

Support Engineer

Joerg Schwarz

Joerg Schwarz

Director

Kai-Yun Kao

Kai-Yun Kao

Manager

Katie Iser

Katie Iser

Associate

Keith Konecke

Keith Konecke

Senior Systems Engineer

Lauren Mishner

Lauren Mishner

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Kailash Shrestha

Kailash Shrestha

MDM Engineer

Katie Tully

Katie Tully

Associate

Kelly Carulli

Kelly Carulli

Director

Lindsay Derstine

Lindsay Derstine

Integration Engineer

Karen Pruitt

Karen Pruitt

Director

Katy Ekey

Katy Ekey

Senior Software Engineer

Khushboo Dave

Khushboo Dave

Software Engineer

Lindsey Ferris

Lindsey Ferris

Senior Director

Kate Ricker-Kiefert

Kate Ricker-Kiefert

Director

Keith Boone

Keith Boone

Informatics Adept

Kory Mertz

Kory Mertz

Director of Policy

Lisa Stotz

Lisa Stotz

Lead Support Engineer

Madhura Tendulkar

Madhura Tendulkar

Test Engineer

Marvin Garcia

Marvin Garcia

Support Engineer

Maxine LeSaux

Maxine LeSaux

Associate

Michelle McCoy

Michelle McCoy

Manager

Nick Regier

Nick Regier

Director

Manasa Vissamsetty

Manasa Vissamsetty

Software Engineer

Matt Carver

Matt Carver

Senior Software Engineer

Michael Calcagno

Michael Calcagno

Senior Integration Engineer

Michelle Rubin

Michelle Rubin

Associate

Nitish Patwardhan

Nitish Patwardhan

Product Associate

Marc Falcone

Marc Falcone

Director, Product Management

Matt Stankiewicz

Matt Stankiewicz

Interactive Designer

Michael Melusky

Michael Melusky

Senior Software Engineer

Moss Amer

Moss Amer

Director, Corporate Development

Omkar Adhali

Omkar Adhali

Software Engineer

Marnie Basom

Marnie Basom

Senior Director

Matthew Griffiths

Matthew Griffiths

Senior Systems Engineer

Michelle Consolazio

Michelle Consolazio

Senior Manager

Nate Hecker

Nate Hecker

Director of Information Security

Paul Cahill

Paul Cahill

Solutions Architect

Pavan Koneru

Pavan Koneru

MDM Engineer

Preethi Tiwari

Preethi Tiwari

Senior Test Engineer

Rene Lowe

Rene Lowe

Senior Manager

Sandeep Savarala

Sandeep Savarala

Software Engineer

Sowjanya Tumuluru

Sowjanya Tumuluru

MDM Engineer

Srini Adhinarayanan

Srini Adhinarayanan

Senior Software Engineer

Vinny Chung

Vinny Chung

Support Engineer

Ping Toledano

Ping Toledano

Software Engineer

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Lead Software Engineer

Roxanne Johanning

Roxanne Johanning

Manager

Samir Mahapatra

Samir Mahapatra

Integration Engineer

Susheela Kushwaha

Susheela Kushwaha

Support Engineer

Swati Bhandari

Swati Bhandari

MDM Engineer

Zach Miller

Zach Miller

Support Engineer

Peter Roca

Peter Roca

Solutions Architect

Ruchi Naik

Ruchi Naik

Software Engineer

Sabal Shrestha

Sabal Shrestha

Lead Software Engineer

Shashank Khede

Shashank Khede

Test Engineer

Suman Mode

Suman Mode

Senior Software Engineer

Todd Young

Todd Young

Senior Software Engineer

Travis Zimmerman

Travis Zimmerman

Senior Software Engineer

Preeti Baddam

Preeti Baddam

Integration Engineer

Ranvesha Burla

Ranvesha Burla

Senior Software Engineer

Sandeep Antony

Sandeep Antony

Enterprise Architect

Syed Rahman

Syed Rahman

Software Engineer

Shankar Saibabu

Shankar Saibabu

Senior Director

Tyler Carruth

Tyler Carruth

Director

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