Meet the Team 


Vinny Olmstead

Managing Director

Vinny is a Co-Founder and Partner at Vocap Investment Partners based in the firm’s Vero Beach office and is a Board Member for Apollidon Learning, Bridgevine, Essess, and formerly Sundrop Mobile before its sale to Mercury Payment Systems.

Vinny has a unique blend of investing, operating, and strategy experience that spans more than 20 years professionally; and more than 30 years when factoring in his entrepreneurial roots, which began in his teens. Prior to Vocap, Vinny was CEO of Bridgevine, an advertising technology company focused on customer acquisition and recognized by the INC 500/5000 the past 6 years in a row. Vinny remains involved as an Executive Board member, and advisor to the incumbent CEO to continue Bridgevine’s ascent in advertising technology. Prior to Bridgevine, Vinny was VP of Corporate Development at 360networks, a fiber optic telecommunications company that went public in the spring of 2000. Prior to 360networks, Vinny spent 8 years as a consultant including 4 years as Partner at Mercer Consulting (a division of Marsh McLennan); and with KPMG Peat Marwick. Vinny spent two years at Coopers and Lybrand.

Vinny is also on the board of the Riverside Theatre, the Indian River Education Foundation, and is Florida Chapter Chair for Young Presidents Organization. Vinny has an MBA & MHS (Master of Health Science) from the University of Florida, and BS of Accounting from Flagler College. In his spare time, Vinny enjoys traveling to unique places with his wife and three children and playing tennis.

Mike Becker

Managing Director

Mike loves the entrepreneurial process and has over 20 years of investing, technology and operations experience, much of it working with growth stage companies. He works with entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors, including marketing technology, supply chain management software, health care IT, and education technology. Mike current serves in a Board or Board observer capacity with Blue Ridge Solutions, Synthio (formerly Social123), Routehappy, Firsthand, and Array Health. Prior to joining Vocap, Mike served as the COO of Triton Digital’s Applications & Services Division. During his tenure at Triton, he led the integration of multiple acquisitions and built a 100+ person Product, Technology, and Client Services team that delivered SaaS loyalty marketing, contesting, research, and gamification solutions to an expanding international client base. Prior to Triton Digital, Mike was a founder and COO of Enticent, a leading SaaS provider of loyalty marketing and audience relationship management tools for media companies. Mike helped to lead the company through three rounds of venture financing and a successful exit with the sale to Triton Digital. In addition to these roles, Mike has served as a Partner with Summit Investors, an investment partnership focusing on private and public investment opportunities. He also held positions with Kurt Salmon Associates and Andersen Consulting, where he worked on management consulting projects related to strategy, operations, and technology implementation.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children. When he is not working with Vocap’s partner companies, you can find him on the weekends coaching or watching a lacrosse game or on the golf links chasing the occasional par.

Wendy Coya

CFO, Partner

Wendy is a CFO, Partner at Vocap Investment Partners based in the firm’s Vero Beach office.

Prior to joining Vocap Wendy was the Director of Finance at Bridgevine, an advertising technology company focused on customer acquisition, where her role included several rounds of fundraising, extensive financial modeling and analysis, and as a founding employee was instrumental in the substantial growth of the company. Before joining Bridgevine Wendy was a Senior Accountant at Kimley Horn & Associates.

Wendy holds a BS from University of Miami’s School of Business with focus on Finance and Contract Law. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, cycling and running.

Emery Waddell


Emery is passionate about finding, funding and furthering early to growth-stage software companies delivering products that improve business and professional outcomes. Post-investment, he specifically concentrates on accelerating growth and widening "moat" by applying i) strategic frameworks, ii) financial and capital planning, iii) and organizational health best practices. His primary areas of focus include enterprise software and healthcare IT. Emery has held various fractional roles with rapidly scaling software businesses including head of strategic initiatives, among others. He also loves to write about his experiences, authoring numerous startup blog series including the Vocap Org Health Guidebook.

Prior to joining Vocap, Emery spent several years with VRA Partners, an investment banking firm focused on providing mergers and acquisitions advisory to entrepreneurial middle-market companies. While at VRA, Emery helped numerous clients in the technology sector raise capital, acquire new businesses, and achieve successful exits.

Emery graduated with concentrations in Finance and International Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and son and enjoys getting outdoors and finding the latest fitness gadget.

Patrick J. Welsh

Co-Founder, LP

Pat Welsh co-founded Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and focuses on investments in the information/business services industry. Previously, he spent eight years with Citicorp Venture Capital and was President at the time of his departure. Mr. Welsh graduated from Rutgers University in 1965 and received an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1969.

Brittany King

Marketing & Biz Ops

Christian Meyer


Christian is an Associate in our Atlanta office, where he is based and has lived since 2014.

Prior to joining Vocap, Christian spent several years at Nymbus, a B2B software company providing digital banking solutions. As the first finance hire under the CFO, Christian helped lead multiple fundraising rounds totaling over $100M and supported Sales, Operations, Legal, and HR initiatives in a variety of capacities.

Most recently he served as the Director of Finance and Investor Relations. Before Nymbus, Christian spent two and a half years in the Leveraged & Acquisition Finance group at Truist Securities where he focused on evaluating technology companies.

Christian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, with concentrations in both Finance and Strategy. When off the clock, Christian enjoys a good workout and attending live music/sporting events.


Meg Brossy

Growth Advisor

Meg Meurer Brossy has spent the past 25 years in leadership roles with many data, technology and analytics companies.

Prior to First Party, Meg had senior leadership roles at Grata, 7Park Data , Percolate, Standard Media Index, MarketShare/Neustar, Simulmedia and BrightlineiTV. Additionally, Brossy was the Chief Marketing Officer at 24/7 Media, now Xaxis (WPP).

She graduated from Tulane University and has an Executive MBA certificate from Northwestern/Kellogg School of Management.

Meg lives in Vero Beach FL and is the proud mom of two college age boys.

Stacey Allaster


Stacey Allaster is the Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, with the United States Tennis Association. In this role, Allaster is tasked with setting the strategic vision for the USTA’s pro tennis division – including oversight of the US Open, Emirates Airline US Open Series, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and more – and working closely with the USTA board of directors and the USTA pro tennis staff to ensure the continued viability of professional tennis in the United States.

Prior to her current role with USTA, Allaster served as Chairman & CEO of Women’s Tennis Association as well as VP Sales & Marketing of Tennis Canada. Allaster has been named One of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and has been a featured speaker at espnW, WXN’s Top 100 Leadership Summit. Allaster was also recently appointed to the Devos Sport Business Management Program Board of Advisors.

Allaster holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario where she also received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) and holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. The mother of two, Allaster and husband John Milkovich reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Lisa Coleman

Talent Advisor

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in talent management and development including executive coaching, leadership development, succession planning, team effectiveness and talent acquisition. Through her own coaching and advisory firm, she provides a broad range of coaching, talent management and board advisory services.

Prior to starting her coaching and advisory firm, Lisa served as a Managing Director at a leading global executive search and leadership development firm, Russell Reynolds Associates. As a member of the firm’s private equity practice, she served clients ranging in size from early stage ventures to large multinationals. Prior, she served as Human Capital Partner for Maveron, a consumer only venture capital firm, and as a Partner at Korn/Ferry International, where she led the e-commerce practice.

Lisa earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and completed graduate studies and an Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification at Northwestern University. She holds an International Coach Federation credential and is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.


Martin Bell

Talent Advisor


Jason Fayling

Product & Tech Advisor

Jason is a seasoned, hands-on technology executive, proficient in the design and delivery of cost-effective, high-performance technology platforms in support of rapid growth through product innovation. He is adept in all phases of platform and product development life cycle, from feasibility analysis and conceptual design through implementation and enhancement.

In his advisory capacity, his areas of focus include: team building and talent assessment, software development lifecycle, operations (cloud and on-prem solutions), application support, dev tools, quality assurance and automation, common services/UI/libraries, among others.

His prior experience includes senior technology and IT architecture roles at a mix of startup to enterprise companies including Equifax, Cox Automotive and LexisNexis, among others. Jason currently serves as Chief Technology Architect at Draiver, a rapidly scaling fleet and vehicle logistics software company. He has served as a trusted technical advisor with Vocap Partners since 2017.

Matt Avril


Mr. Avril retired from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. on December 31, 2012, where he had served as President, Hotel Group since September 2008. Mr. Avril was responsible for hotel operations worldwide for Starwood’s nine hotel brands, consisting of approximately 1,100 properties in more than 100 countries. Mr. Avril also oversaw Starwood’s global sales organization. Mr. Avril has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and vacation ownership industry, serving as President and Managing Director of Operations for Starwood Vacation Ownership (SVO), a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from 2002 to 2008 (Mr. Avril also worked with the predecessor entity Vistana Resort from 1989 to 1998). There, he oversaw Sales & Marketing, Resort Operations, Finance, Legal Affairs, Homeowner Association Management, and Human Resources functions. Mr. Avril graduated in 1982 with honors from the University of Miami and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Avril serves on the Board of Directors of Aaron’s Inc (AAN) where he serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He also serves on the Board of API Technologies, Inc (ATNY) where he serves on the Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Governance Committees. In addition, he serves on the Boards of two privately held companies – Zentila, Inc and American Hotel Register.

Matt also enjoys playing competitive golf and qualified for the 2012 United States Senior Open Championship.
Matt and his wife Kathy, who live in Vero Beach, Florida, have 3 daughters and 2 grandsons.

Brian Barefoot


Brian M. Barefoot has more than 30 years of experience in financial services, having served in senior executive roles with top brokerage and financial firms, including PaineWebber Group Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. His expertise includes Investment Banking, where he has been involved with leading public equity and debt transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions as well as private equity raise-ups. He also is experienced in managing equity and debt trading and risk management.

Mr. Barefoot has previously served as President of Babson College, President and Chief Executive Officer of NeoVision Hypersystems Inc., Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Banking of PaineWebber Group, Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Director at Merril Lynch & Co, and Founder and CEO of Frontier Sports Development Corp.

Currently, Mr. Barefoot serves as the Mayor of Indian River Shores, FL and is a respected advisor to many organizations. He is a Director, member of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee of Cynosure Inc.; Director and member of the Audit and Investment Committees, and Chair of the Finance & Business Operations Committee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Senior Advisor to Carl Marks Advisory Group in New York, NY; the Advisory Board of Lending Club in San Francisco, CA; the Advisory Board of Harmoney Corp. Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand; Vice Chair of the Indian River Medical Center Foundation in Vero Beach, FL; Director of BigBelly, Inc. in Newton, MA; Director of Array Health Solutions, Inc. in Seattle, WA; Trustee of Little Harbor MultiStrategy Composite Fund, Marblehead, MA; Board of Trustees of Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, VT; and, Board of Trustees of Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach, FL.

Mr. Barefoot received a B.S. from Babson College, earned an M.B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, and has attended a number of Harvard Business School Executive Education programs. In 1998, Mr. Barefoot received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the Ellis Island Honor Society for his contributions to the business and educational communities.

Randy Dobbs


Mr. Randy Dobbs is a proven leader with more than 34 years of experience successfully operating and growing businesses.

Most recently, Mr. Dobbs was the President & CEO of Matrix Medical Network, a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) that provides medical healthcare providers with in-home assessments of their Medicare Advantage member population. Under Mr. Dobb’s leadership, the company grew its EBITDA more than six-fold before being acquired in 2014.

Prior to Matrix Medical, Mr. Dobbs served in many leadership roles including Senior Operations Executive with WCAS, CEO of United States Investigations Services Inc., President & CEO North America of Philips Medical Company, and President & CEO of GE Capital – Information Technology Solutions.

Mr. Dobbs currently serves on the board of AGNC – a publicly traded REIT listed on the NASDAQ, and Peak10, a privately held company owned by WCAS.

Mr. Dobbs earned his B.S. from Arkansas State University. In his spare time Mr. Dobbs enjoys reading, exercising, biking and golfing.

Rob Golding


Mr. Golding is a Partner with GarMark Partners, a private investment manager focused on investing in private debt and structured equity securities of middle market companies. Prior to joining GarMark in 2016, Mr. Golding was a Managing Director and Investment Committee Member of Star Mountain Capital.
Mr. Golding is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of York Street Capital Partners, a private debt firm founded in 2002.

Mr. Golding served in a board capacity in companies such as Bare Escentuals, Panther Expedited Services and Miller Heiman. From 1996 until 2002, Mr. Golding was with The CIT Group as the Managing Director and Group Head of the Corporate Finance Group.

From 1994 until 1996, Mr. Golding served as the Managing Director and Group Head of Structured Finance at AT&T Capital Corporation. From 1992 until 1994, Mr. Golding served as a Vice President of Capital Markets at Salomon Brothers Inc.

From 1988 until 1992, Mr. Golding was a Senior Vice President in the Lease and Project Finance Group at AT&T Capital Corporation. Previously, Mr. Golding worked at Salomon Brothers Inc and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets after beginning his career at Irving Trust Company.

Mr. Golding received his B.A. from Trinity College.

Michael Leitner


Mr. Leitner is a Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining TCP in 2005, Mr. Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications, and before that as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications, leading the company through a successful turnaround and sale. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of 360networks and served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and business applications software sectors. Prior to Microsoft, he was a Vice President in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Leitner currently serves as a Director on the boards of Integra Telecom, Primacom and WIND Canada. Mr. Leitner is active in community events, and currently serves on the board of Team Primetime.

Mr. Leitner earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Cameron McCaskill


Cameron McCaskill is a serial entrepreneur with 23 years of experience in emerging companies. Cameron is an execution-oriented business development executive who has also run sales, marketing and operations. Cameron’s domain expertise includes the semiconductor, home networking, and internet software industries.
Mr. McCaskill has been a key leader in all types of financing activities and his experiences includes an IPO, four mergers, and many rounds of venture and angel financing. His most recent merger brought him to Qualcomm, where Mr. McCaskill runs business development for wireline service providers and new vertical market development for North America.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. McCaskill served in many roles; such as, Vice President of Business Development at Intellon, Tech Transfer Consultant to Fuentek LLC, and various management positions at Plurimus Corporation, Calendar Central, Inc., Interpath Communications and TriNet Services. Mr. McCaskill was also President/Co-founder of BioControl, Inc, which licensed and commercialized a University of Florida patent.

Mr. McCaskill earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and his M.B.A. from the University of Florida, completing grad school in 1992. He mentors several entrepreneurs and regularly serves as a judge/mentor for the Florida Innovation Hub. In his spare time, Mr. McCaskill enjoys music, tennis, fishing and off-road biking.

Ray Oglethorpe


Ray serves as the President of Oglethorpe Holdings, LLC, a private investment company. Previously, Mr. Oglethorpe served as President of America Online, where he led America Online’s major organizations responsible for software development, network operations, service, and infrastructure support. He built the resources and technical systems that would define AOL’s Member Services Organization, taking it from less than 400 employees to more than 8,000 international service consultants representing the “Voice of AOL” to members.

Prior to joining America Online in 1994, Mr. Oglethorpe served as the Chief Operating Officer of Redgate Communications Corporation, and he held executive positions in international sales, marketing, and product development at both Harris Corporation and IBM.

Mr. Oglethorpe has been a Director of ProPhotonix Limited since July 2000, and he has previously served on many additional Boards — Bridgevine Inc., Artifact Software Inc., The George Washington University, St. Edward’s School, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Johns Hopkins Heart Institute Advisory Council, and Ampro Corporation, to name a few.

Ray Oglethorpe served as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he received the Army Commendation Medal.

Mr. Ray Oglethorpe received his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and his M.B.A. from George Washington University. Additionally, he completed executive programs at both the Wharton Business School and the Harvard Business School. Mr. Oglethorpe is very passionate about child education, and he enjoys golf and skiing in his past time.

Jason Patchen


Jason Patchen is the founder and former CEO of Visionary HealthWare, Inc., a division of CompuGroup USA. With more than twenty years of experience in managed care and related healthcare technology service, Jason possesses a unique and extensive depth of knowledge and experience with the HIT industry. Before creating Visionary HealthWare and the American Healthcare Holdings family, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Health Integrated, Inc. As one of the largest disease management companies in the United States, Health Integrated provides a variety of healthcare services for the chronically ill in the commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid markets. Jason was instrumental in growing that company from its early stage to a multimillion dollar enterprise.

Jason was recognized as a finalist in both the 22nd and 24th annual Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year® (2008 and 2010) award program. Considered one of the most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs, Ernst & Young recognizes extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance, as well as his personal commitment to businesses and communities.

A winner of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award for promise in business, Jason also has been recognized as one of the most influential people in healthcare by the Florida Medical Business Journal. Past experience includes co-founder and President of WebHealthy, Inc., an e-healthcare and provider management services company with revenues of $20,000,000, and Vice-President of Corporate Development at Heritage Southeast Medical Group, a startup company in the State of Florida, where he was instrumental in generating revenues of $70,000,000. As Executive Director of Better Health Plan, Buffalo, New York, at the young age of 25, Jason grew the organization from startup to $30,000,000, before transitioning via sale to a publicly traded company. Jason began his healthcare career as a Department of Health regulator for the State of New York.

Jason is a graduate of Potsdam University with a degree in Economics. He holds an MBA in Finance as well as an MBA in Human Resources from the Sage Graduate School of Russell Sage College in Troy, New York and is an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Jason is married and lives in Crystal Beach, Florida with his wife Bonnie and their three children.

Erik Perkins

Talent Advisor / EOS Implementor


Travis Priest

Product & Tech Advisor

Travis Priest is a serial entrepreneur and business builder, currently serving as Entrepreneur in Residence at Vocap Partners. Vocap has worked with Mr. Priest for over a decade, including backing two of his businesses.

Mr. Priest has founded multiple companies and created new products that solved unmet market needs, leading to acquisitions by Symantec, Mercury Payment Systems, Vantiv, and Updater resulting in significant returns for shareholders. Mr. Priest holds 3 FinTech patents, received the payment industry’s Best Choice Retail Card award in 2018, and has been inducted into the Old Dominion University Strome Entrepreneurial Center Hall of Fame.

Mr. Priest currently consults with post Series A & B funded companies in the areas of technology, data, product, marketing, and operations to help accelerate growth while incubating new start-ups.

Bryan Rubin


Bryan Rubin is currently a Director on the Corporate Development team at Google, and has over 20 years of experience across Corporate Development, Investment Banking and private equity.

Mr. Rubin began his career as a Financial Analyst for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He then went on to work in the Corporate Development groups for companies such as 360networks, Adelphia Communications and Motorola Mobility. Bryan also made and managed equity investments in growth stage companies at Constellation Growth Capital (part of Highbridge Principal Strategies).

Previously, Bryan held Board of Directors or Board Observer seats for OnePhone, Wasserman Media Group, Hibernia Networks, and MediaXstream.

Bryan graduated with a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Mr. Rubin enjoys ultra-distance trail running, and he is an avid Michigan and Cleveland sports fan.

Greg Stanger


Mr. Gregory S. Stanger, also known as Greg, has 20 years of experience with technology companies in Silicon Valley. Greg has been Chief Financial Officer of Duetto Research, Inc. since December 2014; he also serves as an Advisor at Vocap Investment Partners, LLC.

Prior to Duetto Research, Mr. Stanger served as the Chief Financial Officer of oDesk Corporation, an online employment platform operator, and had served since March 2012. Prior to oDesk, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Chegg, Inc., a textbook rental service, from March 2010 to October 2011. From June 2005 to June 2009, Mr. Stanger served as a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, a private equity and venture capital firm, and was an executive in residence from December 2003 to June 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Stanger served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and director of Expedia, Inc., an online travel company, from February 2002 to December 2003 and as its Chief Financial Officer from October 1999 to December 2003. Before joining Expedia, he served as Senior Director, Corporate Development of Microsoft Corporation and held various positions within Microsoft’s finance and corporate development departments since 1991. He led a successful IPO and follow-on financing. He also managed five acquisitions and one joint venture, the sale of Microsoft’s majority interest in Expedia to USA Networks, and the subsequent sale of the remaining public shares to InterActiveCorp in a transaction. He worked in investment banking with PaineWebber from 1987 to 1989. Mr. Stanger was an Investment Banking Professional of UBS Wealth Management USA.

Greg serves as a Director of Infovell, Inc. He serves as a Board Member of Rocketship Education. He served as a Director of Bridgevine, Inc. since February 2008. He served as a Director of NexTag, Inc.; LiveMocha, Inc. and DeepDyve, Inc. Mr. Stanger served as a Director of Kayak Software Corporation since March 2011. He served on the Board of the Yosemite Conservancy since 2010 and Global Market Insite, Inc. since June 5, 2006. He served as an Independent Director of Inc. from April 2003 to June 3, 2011. He served as a Director of Netflix Inc. from June 8, 2005 to July 1, 2010 and Expedia Inc. from February 2002 to December 2003.

Mr. Stanger holds an MBA in Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Williams College.

Russ Thomas


Russ Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Availity, a company that helps physician practices, hospitals and health plans run healthy businesses.
He leads Availity in its mission to empower health care professionals to make meaningful business improvements and build thriving organizations, by continuously extending the value of Availity’s health information network with tools, technology and insights.

Thomas is committed to Availity’s growth. He oversaw the 2010 acquisition of RealMed, an award-winning provider of physician revenue cycle management services. The combined enterprise now delivers health care business solutions to a growing network that connects more than 350,000 physicians and allied care providers, some 2,700 hospitals, and more than 575 technology partners with health plans nationwide.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in March 2012, Thomas had been the company’s president and Chief Operating Officer since 2008. He brings a strong background in health care technology and clinical information solutions to Availity. Formerly the CEO of Gold Standard, a drug information database and clinical knowledge solution, Thomas grew that company from a small start-up to a multi-sector leader in the health care market before selling the business to Reed Elsevier in 2006. He remained with Reed Elsevier as a senior executive in their clinical information business until 2008.

In addition to his current professional responsibilities, Thomas is active in industry and philanthropic organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for eHealth Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that seeks to drive improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through information technology. He is also active with United Way of Northeast Florida, where Availity has partnered with Ribault Middle School in the “Achievers for Life” dropout prevention program. Thomas was formerly a founding board member and past chairman of Hillsborough Kids, Inc., which provides oversight and resources for more than 4,000 disadvantaged children in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Louise Cherry

Talent Advisor

A respected strategic business partner and human resources leader, Louise Cherry Barber has a distinguished career building human resources organizations and processes for technology companies. She is a collaborative leader gaining insights through executive feedback, employee input and data to effectively connect business and people strategies.

Louise has worked for several nationally known technology and recruitment companies throughout her nearly 25-year career. She has extensive experience building people and culture programs, improving employee engagement, establishing recruitment strategies and building total reward programs. A human capital expert, she has successfully managed large and small teams, budgets and projects to support business goals and day-to-day operations.

Prior to the purchase of Patientco by Waystar, a consumer-focused healthcare payment technology company, Louise was Patientco’s Chief People Officer and a member of the executive team. At Patientco, a start-up technology system serving large health systems, she led the people function and created a culture program to enhance growth, diversity and inclusion. She joined Patientco in 2016 as Vice President, Culture and Experience, and quickly proved her strategic human capital expertise and business acumen by improving employee engagement, reducing turnover and developing COVID-19 protocols to maintain engagement.

Previously, Louise led talent management for Earthlink, a leading information technology services, network and communications provider, as Senior Director, Talent Management. In this role, she directed talent acquisition, sales training and talent development and built a recruiting program aligned with strategic goals and executive expectations. Her recruitment success started with positions at EzGov, Inc., and Korn/Ferry International.

After graduating from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Louise went on to earn her MBA from Georgia State University. She also received certification in the University of California Berkley’s Leading Innovative Change program and in TalentQuest 360 Assessment. A former board member, she remains active in the Human Resources Leadership Forum. The Atlanta native lives in the city with her husband and two step children. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and traveling.