Claudia Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Manifest MedEx, bringing over 20 years’ experience catalyzing and scaling change and innovation in healthcare. She was previously Senior Advisor for Health Technology and Innovation at the White House where she helped lead President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and collaborated with private and public partners that are leveraging HITECH, new payment models and open data to remake the digital landscape in health care. Before joining the White House, Williams was Director of Health Information Exchange at HHS, galvanizing national progress on health information sharing between providers, with patients, and for research. Prior to joining HHS, she was Director of Health Policy and Public Affairs at the Markle Foundation, where she led Connecting for Health, a 100 member public-private collaborative of technology, provider, consumer and health plan leaders working to improve health and health care through health IT. She holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Duke University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.
Chief of Staff and VP of Programs and Partnerships
Erica is a recognized expert on health information exchange and interoperability aimed at improving patient safety and enabling value-based care. She most recently led the HIE work for Aledade Inc.’s Accountable Care Organizations, which span 15 states and account for more than $1.5B in annual health care spend. There, she led efforts that tripled the company’s hospital connectivity from just over 200 hospitals to well over 600, and helped evolve the ways in which independent primary care providers use health information to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and emergency department use.
Prior to that, she led the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC’s) Interoperability Portfolio, including the development of the Office’s 10 Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure and its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. She also served as one of the Directors of ONC’s State HIE Program and as Program Manager for AHIMA’s State-Level HIE Consensus Project. Erica came to the HIE space through years of health care quality and patient safety research at The Joint Commission. Her collaborative research, convening, and publications have informed accreditation standards on continuity of care, language access, and culturally competent care. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Six Sigma yellow belt from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Chief Technology Officer
David Kates is the Chief Technology Officer for Manifest MedEx. Before MX, David has served in senior leadership roles at Wellpass, Inc (CTO), The Advisory Board Company, NaviNet, WebMD, Hx Technologies, and Cerner Corporation where he has led health information technology strategy, development, product management, and implementation activities. He has led the development and implementation of innovative health information exchange, EHR, and consumer products managing onshore and offshore staff, third party contractors, and leveraging commercial products. He is a recognized industry leader that has provided direction to the various health industry stakeholders he’s served – payers, providers, pharmacy, and patients.
Mr. Kates is an active contributor to government and industry HIT activities. He serves on the ONC Standards FACA Implementation Workgroup. Mr. Kates served as co-chair for CCHIT and past board member of HL7 and represented The Advisory Board Company on the FHIR/Argonaut project. Mr. Kates has also authored several publications on health information technology.
Mr. Kates received his BS and MS in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg LeClaire has extensive experience in finance and accounting and has served as chief financial officer for a number of different start-up and publicly traded healthcare, technology, and manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Manifest MedEx, Greg served as chief financial officer for three companies within Aetna Inc.’s Healthagen division, including Medicity, Inc., a provider of health information exchange and technology enablement solutions; HDMS, Inc. a provider of analytical healthcare reporting tools and Population Health IT, a centralized Healthagen software development organization. Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer for ClearOne Communications, Inc., a communications solutions company and for Utah Medical Products, Inc., a specialty medical device manufacturer. He also has consulted for and served as chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration for a number of early-stage startup companies.
Greg holds a master’s degree in management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.
Chief Privacy Officer & Deputy General Counsel
Chuck Ott has extensive experience in healthcare, technology, privacy issues and general corporate transactions. For the past seven years, Chuck was the Chief Privacy Officer and Assistant General Counsel at Castlight Health, Inc., a healthcare technology company, where he established and built up the legal and privacy functions and supported all areas of the company as it experienced rapid growth through several private placements and an IPO. Chuck’s responsibilities included advising the product team on privacy issues and data restrictions, handling all legal matters with data partners, working closely with the security team on security and privacy matters and incident response and all aspects of the company’s privacy compliance.
For ten years prior to that Chuck was a solo practitioner focusing on providing general counsel advice and services to private healthcare companies, advice to business development groups of public healthcare companies and privacy and HIPAA advice to public and private healthcare companies. Prior to commencing his own practice, he worked as the CFO and General Counsel for a venture capital firm specializing in financial technologies, as the General Counsel for a healthcare company taken private by three major buy-out firms, and as the General Counsel of a publicly held NYSE traded healthcare company.
Chuck holds a juris doctor from the University of Minnesota School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Gerald Peters is a former Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Healthcare Practice Group. His practice focused on business, transactional and regulatory matters for healthcare clients, including healthcare systems, hospitals, physician groups and payers. Jerry often served as lead attorney in transactions requiring strategic business planning, particularly mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, development of integrated healthcare systems, medical practice consolidation and contract negotiation.
Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America recognized Jerry for his healthcare expertise. Nightingale’s Healthcare News named him one of the 12 “Outstanding Health Care Transaction Lawyers.” He was ranked as one of America’s top 10 healthcare lawyers in Legal Media Group’s Guide to Leading U.S. Lawyers, and inducted into the American Health Lawyers Association’s inaugural class of Fellows.
Jerry has published two books on healthcare business transactions, co-authored four other books on healthcare topics, published numerous articles, and was a frequent speaker in the U.S. for over 20 years. He served as an adjunct professor of Healthcare Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is currently a board member at Huckleberry Youth Programs and Hospice by the Bay. He is a former board member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Chief Product Officer
Jay solves complex real-world problems with software products that are well designed and easy to use. Over the past two decades, Jay has helped solve problems related to pharmaceutical manufacturing, clinical trials, laboratory informatics, public health, and animal health surveillance. Most recently, Jay helped physicians with the switch from paper to electronic health records and from fee-for-service to fee-for-value payment models with one of the largest Ambulatory EHR’s on the market. The experiences working with those industries all involved data sharing, and typically the sharing of complex information across multiple organizations. Jay brings this experience to Manifest MedEx to help Californians live healthier lives by helping care coordinators and providers share data efficiently. Jay holds a bachelor’s of science from Capella University.
Director of People
Bob has worked for many years within the health care industry in California, including as an executive in The Permanente Medical Group based in Oakland, California. He has both designed and implemented a wide variety of performance feedback programs and culture change programs.
Bob earned his graduate degrees in Industrial/Organizational psychology at Colorado State University and completed his undergraduate studies in political science and economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of California and the University Nebraska at Omaha.