Vālenz Leadership

Vālenz® is governed by a Board of Directors comprising a range of business, finance and health industry experts.

Our executive leadership team includes:

Rob Gelb

Chief Executive Officer

An accomplished executive leader with a proven record of strategic and tactical success across his 30+ year career, Rob is best known for inspiring and leading the development of the self-insured industry’s first truly integrated clinical advocacy and cost containment ecosystem. Rob is widely regarded in the industry for being a results-driven leader and his commitment to a high-performance, “yes, and” culture, and use of data and analytically driven approaches that simplify the complexities of self-insurance.

Larry Eisel, CPA, CMA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Once named CFO of the Year by Financial Executives International and Outstanding CFO by the Phoenix Business Journal, Larry is an innovative and results-driven financial leader. A nationally and internationally certified accountant, Larry’s experience in finance spans more than three decades. Prior to joining Valenz in 2019, he served for 11 years as CFO of Total Transit, a privately owned holding company that included Veyo, a healthcare logistics data analytics firm. Larry has an accounting degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Nathan Nelson

Chief Revenue Officer

Nathan’s career includes 20+ years of proven success in sales and account management for the healthcare industry, primarily in the managed care segment. He has expertise in claim management, workers’ compensation, underwriting and sales management. Nathan graduated magna cum laude with an MBA in Business from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Amy Gasbarro

Chief Care Officer

Amy’s career spans more than 20 years of executive leadership at companies focused on population health and cost management solutions for self-funded employer group plans. Prior to joining Valenz in 2018, Amy worked for Medical Cost Management Corporation, where she held such positions as VP of Operations, COO and President during her long tenure. Today, in addition to her role as CCO, Amy serves on the Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) Board of Directors and its No Surprises and Transparency Workgroup. She is a past Trustee on the SIIA Political Action Committee.

John Paolacci, MBA

Chief Claims Officer

John leads the Validation, Integrity and Accuracy (VIA) of claims and payments, implementing tech-enabled solutions that support a robust claim infrastructure for accelerated and streamlined claim operations. A results-driven, solutions-oriented leader with deep expertise in managed care and cost containment, John holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

Maurice Steenland

Chief Product Officer

As an executive team member with 20+ years of senior leadership experience at healthcare-related organizations, Maurice enables development, growth and scale for the ecosystem product suite. Before joining Valenz, Maurice held operations, informatics and product leadership positions with Optum, CIGNA Healthcare, Coventry Health Care and Intracorp, and he earned his MBA from The Wharton School.

Ed Zwicker, MBA

Chief Information Officer

With 35 years’ experience in design, development, and implementation of highly robust data systems and business intelligence applications, Ed creates and executes IT initiatives and data strategies that align with business goals. A mentor and trusted leader who proactively drives projects and programs, Ed achieves exceptional business results and excels at fostering partnerships between IT and business teams.

Brad Lewis

Senior Vice President, Business Development

With 40 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Brad offers deep expertise in claims, underwriting, auditing, account management and marketing. After beginning his career with the Brougher Insurance Group, he became executive vice president and a founding member of IMG-Stop Loss in 1998. Nearly 20 years later, Brad was one of four principals who transitioned IMG-Stop Loss to its current incarnation as Certus Management Group, which became a Valenz Affinity Company in 2022.

Jordan Hersh, MBA

Senior Vice President, Channel Distribution

Since 2007, Jordan’s career has been dedicated to solving cost-related healthcare challenges for employers and companies of all sizes. He leads innovation in channel distribution and has extensive experience in business development, strategic partnerships, product marketing, account management and sales strategy.

Kevin O’Donnell, MPA

Senior Vice President, Product & Marketing

With more than a decade of expertise in operations, change management, payment integrity and claims quality, Kevin leads the expansion and integration of Valenz ecosystem solutions for providers and payers. Previously Kevin was with Evolent Health and Navigant. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in health and human services from the University of Arizona.

Stefani Voorhees, SHRM-SCP

Senior Vice President, People

An innovative leader in human resources, employee engagement and organizational strategy, Stefani develops and implements people-focused programs that drive an outstanding workplace culture and experience. She also led HR programs at Companion Protect, BranchPattern, PeopleAdmin and Modis. Stefani holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management.

Brian Campbell

Vice President, Client Services

With his extensive track record of putting clients first to help them succeed, Brian is solutions-focused and dedicated to delivering results. His experience includes 20+ years leading national accounts in commercial insurance, workers’ compensation, reinsurance and more. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University, where he studied Marketing and International Business.

Randy Dorshorst

Vice President, Bill Review Solutions

With a passion to optimize product, data and client solutions, Randy leads the expansion of the Valenz ecosystem to position clients for long-term success. He has 30+ years’ experience in driving growth, engaging teams, and developing strategic solutions for complex health administrative challenges. Randy held executive roles with AViDEL Medical Management and Service Lloyds Insurance Company before joining Valenz.

Eric Hanna

Vice President, Claim and Access Solutions

Eric’s 15 years of experience with Valenz include key roles that range from claims analysis to implementation management and network contracting. He has a strong reputation for going the extra mile to deliver results for his team, and his dedication to client success is undeniable. Eric was selected for the Valenz Extended Leadership Team (ELT) in 2019. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and Management from Northern Arizona University.

Suzann Chesek, BSN, RN, MBA, CCM

Vice President, Care

Suzann’s rich blend of leadership skills and technical expertise supports Valenz Care clients with superior capabilities in planning, decision-making and change management. Before joining Valenz in 2022, she spent 20 years with managed care and healthcare organizations, holding key positions in clinical operations for Trustmark Health Benefits, Holy Spirit Health System and Wellspan Health. In addition, she has served as an ICU nurse in multiple roles. With an MBA in Healthcare Management, Suzann is pursuing a second master’s degree in Management & Leadership.

Aaron Prose

Vice President, Enterprise Analytics

With 20 years’ experience in software strategy, development, implementation and support, Aaron oversees data analytics within the Valenz ecosystem/v-Lenz environment. He excels in the strategic use of data to support business efficiencies and decision-enablement across the ecosystem. Aaron has a background in Computer Engineering and deep expertise in predictive modeling and analytics.

Kurt Smith

Corporate Information Security Officer

With over 30 years of experience in information technology, Kurt possesses a strong background in information security with a focus on cybersecurity in the healthcare field. He has a demonstrated track record of building and maintaining highly skilled and effective security teams and security programs. Kurt holds his ISC2 – CISSP and GIAC – GSEC certifications.

Sales and Client Service

Driven by the promise to engage early and often for smarter, better, faster healthcare, our sales and service professionals deliver comprehensive, client-centric solutions that influence better health outcomes while substantially reducing total cost of care.

About Our Investors

Valenz is proud to be a Great Point Partners portfolio company. Founded in 2003 and based in Greenwich, Connecticut, Great Point Partners is a leading healthcare investment firm currently investing in the U.S., Canada and western Europe. Great Point Partners has provided growth equity, growth recapitalization and management buyout financing to more than 100 growing healthcare companies. The private equity funds invest across all sectors of the healthcare industry, with particular emphasis on biopharmaceutical services and supplies, outsourcing and alternate site care, pharmaceutical infrastructure, and information technology-enabled businesses. The firm pursues a proactive and proprietary approach to sourcing investments and tuck-in acquisitions for its portfolio companies.

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