Vim is led by a diverse team of health care system experts and technologists
with experience in a variety of fields from health care interoperability to
e-commerce to drone air traffic control.
We’re tackling one of the most important issues facing the country and the world, and we are committed to the cause of making health care higher performing and more affordable for all.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CTO
Vice President of People
Vice President of Finance
Chief Revenue Officer
Vim is advised by some of the leading minds in health care technology and performance innovation.
SVP and CIO, Optum Health and Enterprise Clinical Services
Mouli supports businesses, consumers, and customers of UnitedHealthcare and OptumHealth. In this capacity, he is responsible for technology strategy and delivery across the enterprise.
He also leads the enterprise technology agenda for interoperability and closely partners with UnitedHealthcare and OptumHealth business stakeholders, external regulators, and industry collaborative standards forums to advance the interoperability agenda for the enterprise.
In addition to Mouli’s enterprise leadership role, he is the executive sponsor of the Advancing Equity Globally Leadership Council. Mouli is invested in talent advancement at all levels of the organization and spearheads global talent priorities. Prior to this role, Mouli was the CIO, UnitedHealthcare Core Services and was responsible for establishing, leading, and executing strategic technology roadmaps and the associated capital investments to support UnitedHealthcare’s businesses through innovative and differentiated technology capabilities.
Mouli has a strong background in the technology strategy and software engineering of modern engineering platforms and high volume processing systems across healthcare domain.
Mouli holds his undergraduate degree in electronic engineering from Indian University and his MBA in health care from the University of St. Thomas.
Elizabeth (Liz) Canis
VP Emerging Businesses & Partnerships, Anthem
Liz is responsible for innovating and commercializing new assets for Anthem. She identifies and incubates emerging businesses and assets to different Anthem and diversify sources of future growth for the enterprise.
Liz works extensively with enterprise leaders to inspire a culture of experimentation and optionality, to fail small and fast and enable Anthem to respond to changing market conditions with greater agility and speed. Business development priorities include building innovative solutions internally, investing directly in early stage companies, and crafting new business models and distinctive partnerships with industry constituents and non-traditional entities.
Prior to this role, Liz was responsible for facilitating the planning and direction of all operational, financial and administrative activities of the Office of the CEO. Liz also oversaw Anthem’s strategic planning process to define the company’s business priorities and critical investments to generate sustainable, profitable growth for the enterprise. Additionally, Liz coordinated key Anthem innovation and strategic growth initiatives, partnering with senior business and functional leaders to effectively articulate business impact and execute across the organization.
Liz was formerly a Ventures Lead at Savvysherpa, a health care venture capital/innovation firm. She collaborated with internal research and data scientist teams to identify potential investment opportunities. She then engaged external partners to participate in a methodical experimentation and “de-risking” process to innovate healthcare blockbusters.
Liz is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Pivot Group where she oversaw a senior team of industry experts, innovators, and proven executives offering strategic consulting and advisory services to healthcare organizations and private equity companies. Additionally, Liz spent eleven years at UnitedHealthcare in a variety of leadership roles. Liz began her career at Deloitte in Chicago.
Liz has a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Masters in Business Administration With Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Liz works in Indianapolis and has kept a home in Minneapolis because who doesn’t love those winters! In her spare time, Liz enjoys travel, yoga, competitive ballroom dancing, all things chocolate and spoiling her niece and nephew.
General Partner, Cardinal Partners CEO, Maverick Advisors
Kent Marquardt has over 30 years of healthcare experience with a track record of helping entrepreneurs create significant and successful enterprises. Kent is currently a General Partner at Cardinal Partners and CEO of Maverick Advisors. Kent’s investment focus at Cardinal is AI and machine learning driven companies and technology-enabled services to drive next generation of member experience and engagement. Maverick Advisors specializes in consulting on innovation and strategy with early-stage companies.
Kent currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Kansas City, Prealize, Project Connect (where he is Chairman) and Brook. He is also a strategic advisor to VIM and Tuzag, and a founding advisory board member for Health Velocity Capital.
Prior to joining Cardinal Partners, Kent was EVP and CFO of Premera Blue Cross for 19 years, where he led all the analytical functions, Innovation, and strategic investments. He drove the early development, design and Premera investments in the following companies: VIM - Landmark - Mobe - Prealize
In addition, he is the managing partner of Balboa Winery in Walla Walla, Washington.
He lives in Walla Walla with his wife Renee and their five Newfoundland dogs.
Kent received his BBA degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and MBA from University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders
Larry Leisure has over four decades of experience in the healthcare services and management. CPF has established a leading reputation as an investor in senior living, provider services and value based care.
In addition to CPF, he co-founded Washington, DC based ADVI, health care advisory firm. Previously, he served in several senior leadership positions including as an Operating Partner at Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers, Global Managing Partner for Accenture’s Health Care Vertical, Health Practice Leader at Towers Perrin (now known as Willis Towers Watson), UnitedHealth Care and Kaiser Permanente.
Larry contributes significant time catalyzing and supporting health care innovation initiatives globally. Serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Serves as Chairman for the UCSF Rosenman Institute, a health technology & life science initiative at the University of California, San Francisco, with its robust community of investors, clinicians, health care industry leaders and technology entrepreneurs.
Serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care in quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access through the best use of information technology and management systems.
Serves as Chairman of the Board of the firm he co-founded, Healthspottr, which gathers some of the most innovative minds in health tech to drive beneficial change in the industry where change is a constant, and new tech can provide a new lease on life for patients in need.
Co-founded the Employer Health Innovation Roundtable (EHIR). EHIR is a coalition of the largest and most progressive employers collectively representing over 6M lives. Their mission is to accelerate the adoption of innovation for the sake of improving employee health, wellness and productivity.
Larry Leisure earned his MBA in Finance from the Andersen School of Management at UCLA, after completing his undergraduate studies in Economics at Stanford University. Larry sits on the boards of several healthcare technology and health services companies, including BioIntelliSense, Impact Advisors, MyCare, P3, Recovery Ways, and WellBe Senior Medical.
Managing Member and Founder, Leverage Health
Late in 2006, excited to move healthcare forward by sharing best-in-class innovations with the industry’s leadership, industry veteran and healthcare executive Richard Lungen founded Leverage Health. Today, with many longtime colleagues on his team, Richard continues to act as an industry connecter and leader, and as an advisor to the most respected companies in healthcare. Leverage Health’s goal is to bring unique perspectives, insights, and solutions to the industry’s most challenging problems.
Prior to founding Leverage Health, Richard was senior vice president of business development at HealthPlan Services, a leading business process outsourcing firm servicing health plans. Between 2001 and 2005, Richard held senior leadership positions overseeing sales and business development with MedAvant Healthcare Solutions (previously ProxyMed, PILL: NASDAQ). From 1998 to 2001, Richard was vice president of sales overseeing all revenue for PlanVista Solutions where he worked with the industry’s premier payers. In 1993, Richard was an original employee at the launch of National Preferred Provider Network (NPPN), one of the nation’s largest PPOs, and worked with them through 1998 when the company was sold to HealthPlan Services. At NPPN, Richard was responsible for virtually all original and subsequent large payer sales. NPPN ingrained in Richard the value of the healthcare provider network business which today is core part of Leverage Health. Between 1992 and 1993, Richard began his career at Medical Administrators, a full-service insurance agency and TPA, which handled small group and individual insurance sales as well as Self-Insured employers which taught him the value of consumers and provides.
Richard continues the work he founded Leverage Health to do, directing the world class team through healthcare’s busiest intersections while driving aspiring innovators to solve industry challenges. By founding the industry’s only Venture Catalyst, Richard has created a framework for solving some of healthcare’s most pressing problems.
Leadership: Aperture Health, Board Advisor / VIM, Board Advisor / HCEG, Board Member / PsychHub, Board Advisor
Education: State University of New York, Buffalo
Stuart H. Levine, MD, MHA
Partner, Care Model Innovation, Chicago Pacific Founders
Dr. Stuart Levine is currently an Operating Partner for Chicago Pacific Founders specializing in Care Model Innovation supporting current companies as well as founding new companies in this arena. Dr. Levine is on the board/ executive advisor of a number of health care companies including XSELL (Health care IT), P3 (PCP led global risk medical IPA), Atrio (Medicare Advantage Plan), MyCare (global risk PCP led medical group) WellBe Senior Health (Home Care for the chronically ill and frail), Windstone Behavioral (BH medical group), VIM (health care IT), Luna (PT) and HealthMap (CKD chronic care), and VillageMD (primary care global risk). He is also a Founder of Agilon health and previously worked as the Chief Medical and Innovation Officer for Agilon Health, a physician group and IPA platform providing integrated and coordinated care in multiple geographies powered by advanced technology. Dr. Levine is also the Director/ Chief Physician Strategist at Google Health.
Prior to co-founding Agilon, Dr. Levine served as the Chief Innovation and Clinical Care Officer at Blue Shield at California where he was responsible for the ACO initiative state-wide, clinical optimization across all partner provider groups/ systems and business lines, strategic planning, medical management infrastructure development and government programs and clinical innovations for the enterprise. He had also previously served as the Vice President of Quality, and Vendor Management of External Clinical Programs at Blue Shield of California in San Francisco.
Prior to rejoining Blue Shield, Dr. Levine served as the Executive Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Clinical Integration and Transformation Officer at Heritage Medical Systems where he was responsible for clinical optimization and innovation across the enterprise. In addition, Dr. Levine was responsible for putting together the joint venture between Trinity Health and Heritage Provider Group to form one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the United States.
Prior to Heritage, Dr. Levine was the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Accretive Health and was the leader of the company’s physician engagement strategies, clinical quality, and Accretive Health’s Quality and Total Cost of Care and Population Health program.
Dr. Levine was the Corporate Medical Director and Regional Medical Director of HealthCare Partners Medical Group of California where he was responsible for the company’s clinical-focused initiatives for 6 years, prior to and through the transition to DaVita, including company-wide clinical optimization and innovation, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate and regional operations including managing global capitation on all patient populations.
Prior to joining HealthCare Partners Medical Group, Dr. Levine was the Medical Director for SCAN Health Plan for 10 years. He was responsible for all clinical operations for the HMO as well as all clinical operations for network management, provider services and contracting.
Dr. Levine initially started out his physician leadership career as the CEO of PsychCare Alliance and Topaz Health, where grew this to become the largest behavioral health medical group in the United States doing full risk and collaborative behavioral health care.
Dr. Levine is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine since 1992 as well as resident expert on Population Health. Dr Levine is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and has been active in their teaching programs around population health and future of medicine since 2014. He has published over four dozen articles, book chapters and other abstracts in a variety of referred journals in addition to multiple national presentations and other works. This has included a wide array of subjects including population health, palliative care, the future of medicine, risk stratification and collaborative care in behavioral health as one of the principal investigators of IMPACT depression care and CALM anxiety care programs.
Dr. Levine completed his Psychiatry Residency at UCLA NPI and internship in Medicine and Pediatrics at LAC-USC and is board certified in psychiatry. He later taught and ran the consultation liaison psychiatry service at USC-LAC and the HIV services for LA County -USC Hospital.
Dr. Levine graduated from the University of Illinois College Of Medicine at Chicago as a James Scholar. He also holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Levine is also a graduate of fellowships at University of California, San Francisco/ CHCF in health care leadership and health care policy as well as a fellowship at Stanford University in Biodesign and Medical innovation. He currently serves on a number of boards for health care companies including as the Past President and member of the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Alumni Board, the Health Care Transformation Task Force and the Partners of Care Foundation.
SVP, OptumCare, UnitedHealth Group
As SVP for OptumCare, Tim is responsible for network contracting standards, the physician experience, practice portals, workflow interoperability, and payment integrity.
Prior to his role at OptumCare, Tim was SVP and Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealthcare Networks. He was responsible for managing and developing contract management and fee schedule development systems, workflows, interoperability and operations used by network contractors and network care providers when doing business with UHC.
Formerly, Tim was responsible for the development of the Link Platform at Optum. Link is a multi-payer cloud enabled digital healthcare platform/portal designed for collaboration among all health system participants to make healthcare measurably easier, more affordable, and faster. It is used by more than 1 million users today.
Preceding his role with Optum, Tim was responsible for physician and hospital service operations throughout UnitedHealthcare, including provider contract installation, demographic maintenance, and directories across UnitedHealth Group. Tim led the charge for both 5010 and ICD10 deployments and other Affordable Care Act Administrative transaction requirements for UnitedHealth Group while promoting the principles of administrative simplification and interoperability that is critical to Healthcare Reform.
Previous roles include: the development and build out of the current local provider relations teams across all US markets, the development and build out of the Corporate Network Operations organization within UnitedHealthcare which brought together contract installation, physician demographics, reimbursement policy development/implementation and coding protocols, credentialing, and claim repricing operations. Tim was responsible for the initial development and build of Audit and Recovery Operations, Claim Cost Management, Fraud and Abuse, COB Operations, and other Payment Integrity Operations (that are now part of Optum Insight) prior to his role in Provider Service.
Tim began his career as a Claim Examiner with AARP Operations in Milwaukee, WI in 1985.
He has a MBA and BS from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
Tim and his wife, Lilly, currently live in Naples, FL. They enjoy traveling, running, and spending time with their four grown children.
Yael Peled Adam
Co-Founder and CPO, Laguna Health (Co-Founder, Vim)
Yael co-founded Vim and is currently co-Founder and CPO of Laguna Health, a digital recovery assurance startup focused on member recovery post-hospitalization using data, technology, and live behavioral health support. At Laguna, Yael leads product strategy, research, and development.
Yael is a technology expert with over 15 years of experience building human-centered products that solve difficult challenges in the tech and health sectors. Prior to founding Vim, Yael was at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she was a key member of the VPICU (Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), where she managed the development of advanced algorithms to gain insight into complex medical data for research and bedside decision support.
Yael started her technology career as a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft and Amazon, where she led product and security teams. Yael has a BS in Computer Science and Math from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a member of the track team.
Yael is an accomplished athlete and has competed on the international level in a variety of sports, including track and field, handball, rugby and sailing. She participated in the European and World Championships, and trained with the Israel Olympic team. Yael lives in Tel Aviv with her husband Etai, a pediatric hematologist oncologist, and their three children.
John Espinola, MD, MPH
EVP, Healthcare Services, Premera Blue Cross
He provides leadership for Premera's healthcare strategy, including provider network development, value-based contracting, clinical solutions, and healthcare quality. He leads Premera’s collaboration with healthcare providers and other partners to develop innovative solutions that meet the needs of Premera’s customers. He also leads Premera’s innovation and strategic investments efforts. Espinola joined Premera in 2010. Prior to that, he served in various roles at other health plans. He also practiced geriatric medicine in the Seattle metro area in a variety of settings. Espinola is board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Scripps Clinic in San Diego and in geriatrics at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has Doctor of Medicine and master’s degree in public health from Tufts University School of Medicine, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
About Premera Blue Cross
Our purpose is to improve customers’ lives by making healthcare work better. We provide health coverage and related services to approximately 2.1 million people in Washington and Alaska. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933, and Alaska since 1952. Premera Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Premera Blue Cross is a member of a family of companies based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, that provide health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, and other related products and services.
For more information, visit www.premera.com.
Jan 1, 1990 – Nov 1, 2019