Meet Our Team!

We’re a collaborative, diverse team and we’re passionate about making solutions for healthcare.

 Executive Leadership

Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Afzal

Scott Afzal

President

Danny Krifcher

Danny Krifcher

Chief Finanical 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.

Bill Howard

Bill Howard

Principal

Sunil Chandran

Sunil Chandran

Chief Technology Officer

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.

Sunil Chandran

Sunil has a distinguished career with over 22 years of experience leading technical teams across the world.  Most recently he was the CTO at FranConnect, where he led a globally distributed R&D team in transitioning to a pure SaaS platform deployed on AWS. Prior to FranConnect, Sunil was the CTO at Strut Learning, a spin-off from Flatworld Education. Sunil served as the VP of Engineering at SAP, where he managed the R&D team for the SuccessFactors Learning Management System (LMS), a globally deployed solution used by over 18M learners.  He became part of SuccessFactors/SAP through the acquisition of Plateau Systems, where he transformed an on-premise LMS solution to a SaaS platform deployed on the cloud.  Sunil earned his computer science and engineering degree at Pondicherry University in India. He later earned an MBA from Virginia Tech. 

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.

Chris Brandt

Chief Excutive 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

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

Chief Financial 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

VP 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

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.

Sunil Chandran

Chief Technology Officer

Sunil Chandran

Sunil has a distinguished career with over 22 years of experience leading technical teams across the world.  Most recently he was the CTO at FranConnect, where he led a globally distributed R&D team in transitioning to a pure SaaS platform deployed on AWS. Prior to FranConnect, Sunil was the CTO at Strut Learning, a spin-off from Flatworld Education. Sunil served as the VP of Engineering at SAP, where he managed the R&D team for the SuccessFactors Learning Management System (LMS), a globally deployed solution used by over 18M learners.  He became part of SuccessFactors/SAP through the acquisition of Plateau Systems, where he transformed an on-premise LMS solution to a SaaS platform deployed on the cloud.  Sunil earned his computer science and engineering degree at Pondicherry University in India. He later earned an MBA from Virginia Tech. 

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.

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.

Dr. Samit Desai

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.

Our Team

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Aakanksha Bhuria

Aakanksha Bhuria

Application Engineer

Amber Neal

Amber Neal

Director

Anitha Thomas

Anitha Thomas

Test Engineer

Aster Evenson

Aster Evenson

Sr. Manager, Technical Operations

Benjamin Mutuku

Benjamin Mutuku

MDM Engineer

Brian Lindsey

Brian Lindsey

Software Engineer

Christina Caraballo

Christina Caraballo

Director

Colin Rogers

Colin Rogers

Sr. Applications Engineer

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez

Senior Director

Aaron Parsons

Aaron Parsons

Senior Manager

Andrew Larned

Andrew Larned

Solutions Architect

Anusha Kanuri

Anusha Kanuri

Software Engineer

Austin Moody

Austin Moody

Solutions Architect

Beth Davidson

Beth Davidson

HIE Engagement Manager

Brian Smart

Brian Smart

Senior Manager

Chris Cimaszewki

Chris Cimaszewki

Senior Developer Advocate

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

Senior Software Engineer

Dennis Glorioso

Dennis Glorioso

Senior Manager

Abby Sugg

Abby Sugg

Manager

Angelica Simmons

Angelica Simmons

Associate

Ashwini More

Ashwini More

Lead Test Engineer

Ayako Watanabe

Ayako Watanabe

Solutions Architect

Bhoomi Patel

Bhoomi Patel

Senior Test Engineer

Chaitanya Srinadhu

Chaitanya Srinadhu

Senior Manager, Applications

Chris Micle

Chris Micle

Senior Software Engineer

David Byers

David Byers

Software Engineer

Doug Spilling

Doug Spilling

Director

Amanda Hoffman

Amanda Hoffman

Director of Finance/Controller

Anirudh Mayreddy

Anirudh Mayreddy

Senior Integration Engineer

Ashley Wells

Ashley Wells

Director

Barbara Chapman

Barbara Chapman

Sr. Manager, Employee Experience

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Solutions Architect

Chanc Baylor

Chanc Baylor

Graphic Designer

Christalla Thomas

Christalla Thomas

Senior Test Engineer

David Kang

David Kang

Application Engineer

Dylan Kehs

Dylan Kehs

Information Security Analyst

Ed VanBaak

Ed VanBaak

Director, Clinical Informatics

Eileen Wang

Eileen Wang

Integration Engineer

Evan Carter

Evan Carter

Senior Director

Eilleen Lane

Eilleen Lane

Associate, Creative Communications

Evgeniy Sharapov

Evgeniy Sharapov

Senior Software Engineer

Hari Joshi

Hari Joshi

Integration Engineer

Eric Kopins

Eric Kopins

Application Engineer

Florie Van Baak

Florie Van Baak

Project Manager

Heather Geier

Heather Geier

Senior Manager

Eric Tang

Eric Tang

Lead Software Engineer

Geethika John

Geethika John

Application Engineer

Ishant Dudeja

Ishant Dudeja

Senior Manager, MDM Services

Jacob Lambert

Jacob Lambert

Senior Software Engineer

Jerry Iyoha

Jerry Iyoha

Application Engineer

Joe Chromo

Joe Chromo

Senior Software Engineer

Kailash Shrestha

Kailash Shrestha

MDM Engineer

Katy Ekey

Katy Ekey

Senior Software Engineer

Khushboo Dave

Khushboo Dave

Software Engineer

Lindsay Derstine

Lindsay Derstine

Software Engineer

Manasa Vissamsetty

Manasa Vissamsetty

Software Engineer

Matt Carver

Matt Carver

Lead Software Engineer

Michael Melusky

Michael Melusky

Senior Software Engineer

Moss Amer

Moss Amer

Director, Corporate Development

Jae Lee

Jae Lee

Lead Test Engineer

Jim Younkin

Jim Younkin

Senior Director

Joe Gregory

Joe Gregory

Software Engineer

Kai-Yun Kao

Kai-Yun Kao

Manager

Kelly Carulli

Kelly Carulli

Director

Kory Mertz

Kory Mertz

Senior Director

Lindsey Ferris

Lindsey Ferris

Senior Director

Marc Falcone

Marc Falcone

Director, Product Management

Matt Stankiewicz

Matt Stankiewicz

Interactive Designer

Michelle Consolazio

Michelle Consolazio

Senior Manager

Jason Spurck

Jason Spurck

Systems Engineer

John Swank

John Swank

Application Engineer

Joerg Schwarz

Joerg Schwarz

Director

Karen Pruitt

Karen Pruitt

Director

Keith Boone

Keith Boone

Informatics Adept

Lauren Knieser

Lauren Knieser

Director

Lisa Stotz

Lisa Stotz

Technical Engagement Manager

Marc Rabner

Marc Rabner

Director of Clinical Applications

Maxine LeSaux

Maxine LeSaux

Associate

Michelle McCoy

Michelle McCoy

Manager

Jarid Arnold

Jarid Arnold

Application Engineer

Joe Cimaszewski

Joe Cimaszewski

Solutions Architect

Julie Lakhani

Julie Lakhani

Sr. Test Engineer

Katie Iser

Katie Iser

Associate

Katie Tully

Katie Tully

Associate

Lauren Mishner

Lauren Mishner

Director, Financial Planning

Madhura Tendulkar

Madhura Tendulkar

Test Engineer

Marvin Garcia

Marvin Garcia

Application Engineer

Michael Calcagno

Michael Calcagno

Lead Integration Engineer

Michelle Rubin

Michelle Rubin

Manager

Nate Hecker

Nate Hecker

Director of Information Security

Palak Patel

Palak Patel

Test Engineer

Peter Roca

Peter Roca

Solutions Architect

Ranvesha Burla

Ranvesha Burla

Senior Software Engineer

Ruchi Naik

Ruchi Naik

Software Engineer

Neesha Manickam

Neesha Manickam

Director

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson

Sr. SysOps Engineer

Ping Toledano

Ping Toledano

Software Engineer

Rene Lowe

Rene Lowe

Senior Manager

Nick Regier

Nick Regier

Director

Paul Cahill

Paul Cahill

Solutions Architect

Preeti Baddam

Preeti Baddam

Integration Engineer

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Lead Software Engineer

Nitish Patwardhan

Nitish Patwardhan

Product Associate

Pavan Koneru

Pavan Koneru

MDM Engineer

Preethi Tiwari

Preethi Tiwari

Senior Test Engineer

Roxanne Johanning

Roxanne Johanning

Manager

Sandeep Savarala

Sandeep Savarala

Senior Software Engineer

Sandeep Antony

Sandeep Antony

Enterprise Architect

Srini Adhinarayanan

Srini Adhinarayanan

Lead Software Engineer

Syed Rahman

Syed Rahman

Software Engineer

Todd Young

Todd Young

Senior Software Engineer

Samir Mahapatra

Samir Mahapatra

Integration Engineer

Shashank Khede

Shashank Khede

Test Engineer

Susheela Kushwaha

Susheela Kushwaha

Application Engineer

Travis Zimmerman

Travis Zimmerman

Senior Software Engineer

Vinny Chung

Vinny Chung

Application Engineer

Sam VanFossen

Sam VanFossen

Applications Engineer

Shankar Saibabu

Shankar Saibabu

Senior Director

Suman Mode

Suman Mode

Senior Software Engineer

Tyler Carruth

Tyler Carruth

Director

Sabal Shrestha

Sabal Shrestha

Lead Software Engineer

Sowjanya Tumuluru

Sowjanya Tumuluru

Senior MDM Engineer

Swati Bhandari

Swati Bhandari

MDM Engineer

Tim Cohen

Tim Cohen

Software Engineer

Zach Miller

Zach Miller

Application Engineer