Board of Directors
|Jeffery A. Surges|
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Jeff has more than 20 years of experience managing high-growth technology companies within the information services and healthcare industry. Jeff joined Connecture from previous senior roles as the Chairman of Strategic Health Services (SHS), as well as President of HealthGrades, where he was responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to these roles, Jeff served as the CEO and Board Director of Merge Healthcare, and President of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, where he led the company’s global sales and marketing teams, as well as the company’s Health Systems Group business unit. Jeff joined Allscripts via the acquisition of Extended Care Information Network, Inc. (ECIN), which he co-founded and where he served as CEO and President. While there, he was responsible for raising investment capital and led the company for eight years through start-up, early stage, and growth phases.
As CEO, Jeff is responsible for driving company growth strategies, operations, business functions, and overall organizational development.
|A. John Ansay|
A. John Ansay has been a member of our board of directors since August 2014. Mr. Ansay is the co-founder of Equian, LLC (formerly Health Systems International, Inc.), a payment integrity service and technology provider to the commercial health and workers’ compensation markets that he co-founded in 2001. He has also served as a Principal for Ansay & Associates, LLC, an independent insurance agency, since 1980. He currently serves on the board of directors of Ansay & Associates and The Retirement Advantage, a third-party administrator for retirement plans. Mr. Ansay holds a B.S. in business from Marquette University. He also holds Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations. We believe that Mr. Ansay’s diverse experience in the healthcare industry and insurance industries makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.
|Vickie L. Capps|
Vickie L. Capps has been a member of our board of directors since August 2014. Ms. Capps was the Chief Financial Officer of DJO Global, Inc., a medical device company, from 2002 to 2013. Prior to joining DJO Global, Inc., Ms. Capps served as the chief financial officer of several other public and private companies and as a senior audit and accounting professional at Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Capps has served as a member of the board of directors of Otonomy, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, since March 2014 and is the chair of its audit committee and a member of its nominating and governance committee. Ms. Capps has also served as a member of the board of directors of NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company, since June 2015 and is a member of its audit and nominating and governance committees. In addition, Ms. Capps is a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Consonance Capital Partners, a healthcare investment firm, and is a member of the board of directors of its portfolio company Eagle Rx, Inc., a provider of pharmacy services to the hospice industry. From December 2013 to August 2015, Ms. Capps served as a member of the board of directors of RF Surgical Systems, Inc. and the chair of its audit committee, prior to the company’s acquisition by Medtronic plc. From 2007 to July 2010, Ms. Capps served as a member of the board of directors of SenoRx, Inc., a medical device company, prior to its acquisition by C. R. Bard, Inc. in July 2010. Ms. Capps is a California Certified Public Accountant and was recognized as CFO of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal in 2009 and 2010. She also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego State University Research Foundation. Ms. Capps holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from San Diego State University. We believe that Ms. Capps’ strong skill set consisting of corporate finance, accounting, operations, investor relations, capital markets and strategic business development, along with her experience in the healthcare industry, makes her a valuable member of our board of directors.
|David A. Jones, Jr.|
David A. Jones, Jr. has been a member of our board of directors since 2004 and Chairman of the Board since 2011. Mr. Jones is the Chairman of Chrysalis Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm which he founded in 1993. Mr. Jones has served on the board of directors of Humana Inc., a leading health and well-being company, since 1993 and served as chairman of the board from 2005 through 2010. In addition, Mr. Jones currently serves on the boards of HCCA HoldCo, LLC and MyHealthDIRECT, Inc. Mr. Jones also serves on the boards of the Jefferson County (Kentucky) Board of Education and the Humana Foundation and is a member of the Health Executives Network. Mr. Jones has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. We believe Mr. Jones’ diverse experience in the healthcare industry and his knowledge of emerging technologies and business models through his experience as a successful venture capital investor make him a valuable member and Chairman of our board of directors.
Paul Kusserow has been a member of our board of directors since October 2014. Since June 2014, Mr. Kusserow has served as the Vice Chairman and President, Development of Alignment Healthcare, Inc., an integrated clinical care company. Prior to joining Alignment Healthcare, Mr. Kusserow was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy, Innovations and Corporate Development Officer of Humana Inc., a leading health and well-being company, from January 2008 through July 2013 and remained with the company through December 2013. Mr. Kusserow currently serves on the board of directors of New Century Health, Inc. and AxelaCare Health Solutions, LLC. Mr. Kusserow previously served as the chairman of the board of directors of Availity Inc. and Healthsense, Inc. Mr. Kusserow holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in English from Oxford University. We believe Mr. Kusserow’s extensive experience in the healthcare industry make him a valuable member of our board of directors.
Ezra Perlman has been a member of our board of directors since May 2016. Mr. Perlman is a Co-President at Francisco Partners and focuses primarily on investments in the software and services sectors, with a specific emphasis on healthcare technology. Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2003, Mr. Perlman was a venture capitalist with Battery Ventures, where he was involved in identifying, executing and managing private equity investments in software companies. Mr. Perlman serves on the board of directors of Avalon Healthcare Solutions, LLC, eSolutions Inc., HealthcareSource HR, Inc., Landmark Health, LLC, and Nextech Systems, LLC. Mr. Perlman holds a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Perlman’s experience as a successful investor in software and services companies and his knowledge of the healthcare industry make him a valuable member of our board of directors.
|Russell S. Thomas|
Russell S. Thomas has been a member of our board of directors since January 2015. Mr. Thomas currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Availity LLC, a provider of health information exchange services to healthcare providers and health plans, where he previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2008 to March 2012. Prior to joining Availity, Thomas served as the CEO of Gold Standard, Inc., a health information technology company. Mr. Thomas also serves on the board of directors of the eHealth Initiative, a non-profit, membership organization for the healthcare industry focused on information technology. Mr. Thomas holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. We believe that Mr. Thomas’ significant experience in the healthcare industry and with health information companies makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.