Team

Linkwell Health is led by a veteran team
of proven industry leaders.
Executive Team: 
Chris Hessler - Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman

Chris Hessler

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman

Chris Hessler

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman

Chris has spent 25 years as a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded and sold two successful companies prior to helping launch Linkwell: On Target Media (a healthcare marketing services co. which was Inc. 23 and acquired by a PE firm) and Imagitas (a public/private partnership with the USPS, which was acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2005 for $265MM). Chris began his career in Procter & Gamble’s Healthcare Division, and earned a BA from Dartmouth with Honors.
Stephen Borkowski - VP Product Development

Stephen Borkowski

VP Product Development

Stephen Borkowski

VP Product Development

Chris Capezzuto - VP of Operations

Chris Capezzuto

VP of Operations

Chris Capezzuto

VP of Operations

Chris oversees Linkwell’s production and operations. He has more than 35 years of experience managing operations, procurement, production, and finance in industries that have included publishing, marketing services, consumer package goods, advertising and printing Industries. Prior to joining Linkwell, Chris held GM positions for Sumner Communications and Welcome Wagon and was a VP at New America Marketing. Chris has a degree in business administration from William Paterson University.
Board of Advisors: 

Richard Thaler, Ph.D.

Director of Decision Research at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business

Richard Thaler, Ph.D.

Director of Decision Research at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business

Widely regarded as the father of behavioral economics, Richard is the author of the bestseller Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. He is co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research project on behavioral economics. Prior to joining the Chicago faculty in 1995, he worked as a research economist for the Center of Naval Analyses.

David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P

Medical Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center

David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P

Medical Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center

Dr. Katz is a renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and a recognized leader in patient-centered care. He is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine/public health. He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™ nutrition guidance program.

Jeff Oxendine

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, UC Berkeley

Jeff Oxendine

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, UC Berkeley

Jeff is Founder and Director of the Center for Health Leadership. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Jeff held senior administrative positions in leading hospitals and medical groups including Partners Healthcare System, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group, and Alta Bates Medical Center.

Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Dr. Thorpe is Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, Rollins School of Public Health, at Emory University in Atlanta. He also co-directs the Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality. He is a frequent advisor to national policymakers on healthcare reform, specifically on alternatives for providing health insurance to the uninsured.

Gene Miller

Healthcare Executive

Gene Miller

Healthcare Executive

Gene has more than 30 years’ experience bringing innovative solutions to health plans in the United States. That experience has included leading organizations in care management, disease management, medical management software, infusion therapy, and outpatient surgery, as well as offsite clinical care. Business experience has spanned early stage development to running a publicly traded company.

Paul Nezi

Healthcare Executive

Paul Nezi

Healthcare Executive

With more than 40 years of experience in managed healthcare, technology, and service industries, Paul brings an extensive background in strategic planning, operations analysis, and general management. His career has included senior executive positions at Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Virginia (Wellpoint) and ChoiceCare (Humana). Paul has a BA from Bucknell and an MBA from Wharton.

Ken Linde

Healthcare Executive

Ken Linde

Healthcare Executive

Ken brings healthcare leadership experience ranging from academic analyst to government regulator to health plan and wellness company CEO (Destiny Health, Principal Health Care). He has been involved with management, development, and operation of HMOs, PPOs, and other health delivery systems. Ken has an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health.

Alan Roth

CEO, Marsh Inc.

Alan Roth

CEO, Marsh Inc.

Alan brings over three decades of global business management and organizational leadership experience from Procter & Gamble, where he held executive positions in North America, Japan, and Europe. Alan also led two start-ups, serving as CEO of Microdyn, a global water purification company, and as COO of dunnhumbyUSA. He received his BS in marketing from Ashland University in Ohio.

Al Lewis

President, Disease Management Purchasing Consortium

Al Lewis

President, Disease Management Purchasing Consortium

Al is co-author of The Next Generation of Disease Management. He is consistently ranked #1 in the field by Managed Healthcare Executive. The Health Industries Research Co.’s 9th Annual Report on the Disease Management and Wellness Industries states that DMPC is “considered the national leader in analyzing care management outcomes.”

Nancy Zigerelli

Market Research Executive

Nancy Zigerelli

Market Research Executive

Nancy has 30 years’ experience as a marketing and market research executive. As Research Manager at Procter & Gamble, she pioneered numerous research advances and led the global rollout of these initiatives. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Management Science Institute, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Tomorrow Fund.
Board of Directors: 

Alex Finkelstein

General Partner, Spark Capital

Alex Finkelstein

General Partner, Spark Capital

Alex Finkelstein led Spark’s investments in 5min Media (acquired by AOL), 8D World, Altius Education, Linkwell, peerTransfer, and OnSwipe. Prior to joining Spark, Alex created and sold a number of TV shows and Internet properties. He has held senior positions with several VC firms. Alex has a BA in political science from Middlebury College.

Ken Berklee

Vice President, Government Programs Marketing, Anthem, Inc.

Ken Berklee

Vice President, Government Programs Marketing, Anthem, Inc.

Peter Grua

Partner, HLM Venture Partners

Peter Grua

Partner, HLM Venture Partners

Peter is a Partner of HLM Venture Partners where he has been investing in the health care industry since 1992. His recent venture investment activity has been focused on health care services and health care information technologies. Peter is currently a director of Medicalis, Nordic Consulting, and Silverlink Communications. He also serves as a director of two public companies: Health Care REIT (NYSE) and The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ). Prior to joining HLM, Peter was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons, where he directed research in the health care services and managed care industries. Previously, he was a research analyst at William Blair & Company and a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Peter received an AB from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Chris Hessler

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman

Chris Hessler

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman

Chris has spent 25 years as a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded and sold two successful companies prior to helping launch Linkwell: On Target Media (a healthcare marketing services co. which was Inc. 23 and acquired by a PE firm) and Imagitas (a public/private partnership with the USPS, which was acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2005 for $265MM). Chris began his career in Procter & Gamble’s Healthcare Division, and earned a BA from Dartmouth with Honors.