CEO & Founder
Amit Kulkarni is CEO of Cognetyx Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. He founded Cognetyx, bringing more than 18 years of technology leadership, computer network security expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Under his leadership and passion, he helped Cognetyx secure a coveted position in Texas Medical center’s very selective – TMCx Accelerator Digital Health cohort, which enabled the company to have access to the world’s largest medical center and their wealth of information and guidance.Previously he founded Secure Healing™, a healthcare data security company in 2011; successfully patented its technology, architected and developed its initial disruptive product, raised Angel capital, and successfully merged into Cognetyx after gaining early customers.
In Fall 2014, he was also able to get Secure Healing successfully admitted to Chicago’s premiere Healthbox Healthcare accelerator, which selected only 8 companies among 100’s that applied, which helped secure some early customers along with funding. Prior to that he worked at a Houston based fast growing IT security product and services company as a Product Marketing Manager, as well as their in-house competitive product expert helping with market positioning and messaging for all current and upcoming products.
Prior to that he was designing & implementing security architectures for complex healthcare technology products at a large health system. Before that he worked at Thomson Reuters in their legal division in the enterprise network and application security team, overseeing security for the $5B revenue Westlaw product.
He has also worked in IT security technology positions in Medical Insurance and Medical Devices industries in designing and securing PKI infrastructures.
He has an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business specializing in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Marketing. He also earned an MS in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas, Minnesota where focused on Network & Data Security.
Amit also serves as a IT Security advisor/SME for Next Wave Connect’s healthcare security user community consisting of healthcare executives & is also a speaker/panelist for various national and local events on topics of IT Security in Healthcare. He also serves at a few volunteering organizations such as Food Banks, Recycling Centers etc. with his active involvement with HCCA in Minneapolis.
Besides designing innovative technologies for the company’s futuristic product roadmap, he spends time with family and works on DIY projects that range from building a backyard tree house for kids, to tinkering with r/c planes etc.
Executive Vice President
Art has more than 30 years of executive healthcare experience. He has led hospitals as a CEO for twenty years, working primarily in the for-profit sector. Beginning in 2004 he was appointed President of a healthcare data and analytics company providing planning and market assessment services to over 500 hospitals. He served in this role for over ten years.
He has also served on several healthcare company advisory boards.
He received both his BS and MHA from Virginia Commonwealth University and continues to be actively involved in student education and mentorship. He was recognized in 2013 as the Alumnus of the year for the VCU School of Allied Health Professions and in 2015 as Alumnus of the year for the Program in Healthcare Administration.
His goal at Cognetyx is to help bring the most advanced products in cyber security to an industry being overwhelmed by credential hackers and rogue users.
Art recognized immediately that the Cognetyx digital finger print specifically addressed the problem of rogue users and stolen credentials that are the common factor in ninety-five percent of data breaches and HIPAA violations. Anyone using a password and ID that deviates from normal behavior will trigger an alert in real time indicating stolen or unauthorized use.
Eric Barnes is CTO at Cognetyx Corporation researching and planning the technology and software design that keeps us ahead of the competition. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering from LeTourneau University and more than 28 years of professional programming experience. Eric has entrepreneurial experience with startups of his own and has consulted independently through his own company for the past 15 years here in Houston.
Eric is a Java advocate / specialist and has been developing software using it and associated technologies for more than 20 years. He thrives on learning and implementing new technologies while having a keen understanding of the business that drives the technological needs. Despite being a hard core developer, Eric has often found his communication skills being leveraged by clients acting as the bridge between the technology team and the business unit they served. He believes that staying mindful of implementation and ongoing technology costs is key to selecting the right technology to invest in. Eric has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by our development teams and strives for their success by providing the correct tools, attainable goals and a high level of motivation through a willingness to serve them.
Eric is married with one boy and is an avid 4×4 enthusiast, spending his off-time rock crawling around Texas and the country in a custom-built Jeep. He is active in the 4×4 community and is currently the Secretary for Texas Motorized Trails Coalition, helping to securing land and create public off-road parks throughout the State of Texas.
Tom W. Northrop
Thomas W. Northrop, FACHE is an experienced healthcare operations executive skilled in delivering performance improvement solutions. He comes to Cognetyx with former experience as President of the IT Consulting firm, E2T2, delivering IT strategy, cyber security, and staffing. Prior to E2T2, Mr. Northrop was CEO of an innovation springboard firm, NMG, using predictive analytics to improve hospital’s clinical and financial outcomes.
Northrop is a partner with Tri-State Capital, LLC, assisting small companies achieve improved management stability, marketing focus, and capital access. Earlier, he was COO for Virginia Hospital Association’s innovation subsidiary- VHHA Services; led two regional Hospital Alliances; served as CEO of stand-alone hospitals; and delivered physician practice consulting services.
Director, Client Engagement
Laura Friloux joins Cognetyx as Director of Client Engagement transitioning from a successful career as a Senior Information Technology Recruiter and Business Development Representative.
During her twenty year career as a recruiter, she owned and managed a successful recruiting franchise and has assisted numerous professionals in their career search nationally. She has also served as a consultant to organizations and hiring managers advising on market trends, interviewing, hiring, and salary negotiations.
Laura has recruited extensively in the Information Security space and has successfully recruited and placed IT Directors/Managers, Security Analysts, Project and Product Managers in a variety of industries.
In filling these roles she often learned of the security challenges and complexities faced by organizations and their employees. As Director of Client Engagement with Cognetyx she looks forward to raising awareness on Cognetyx’s “Ambient Cognitive Cyber Surveillance™” solution.
Tom E. Northrop
Tom Northrop serves as Regional Director of Business Development. His past experience includes over 30 years of marketing and sales leadership in various organizations. His previous clients have included Inova health, Sentara Health, DuPont, Merck, Coors, Cargill, Tenneco, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Tom’s goal and personal mission is to deploy the ambient cognitive cyber surveillance solution to clients worldwide.
Tom’s first foray into the healthcare field was as the commander of a medical clearing company in the U.S. Army. He learned first-hand the importance of securing and protecting sensitive data and medical information. Tom also served as an intelligence analyst and was a member of the military pentathlon team. Upon leaving the military, Tom served as a Magistrate in 25th judicial district for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tom has also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Virginia, James Madison University and Mary Baldwin College as a cultural geographer.
Tom is the founding partner of Human Capital Consulting and Publishing. Currently he holds certifications as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI – Human Resource Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from The Society of Human Resource Professionals.
Summer is a Project Management Professional (PMI certified PMP) with over 15 years of software implementation experience specializing in the healthcare vertical. She has extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and the solutions needed to maintain compliance with industry regulations and applicable mandates such as: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HiTech), Payment Card Information Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Summer’s mission is to help healthcare organizations utilize Cognetyx’s, Ambient Cognitive Cyber Surveillance technology to overcome compliance hurdles and keep patient data safe.
Summer has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Louisiana State University.
Member, Advisory Board
David Finn, CISA, CISM, CRISC is the Health Information Technology Officer for Symantec. Prior to that role he was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Services for Texas Children’s Hospital, one of the largest pediatric integrated delivery systems in the United States. He also served as the Privacy and Security Officer for Texas Children’s. Prior to that Mr. Finn spent 7 years as a healthcare consultant with IMG/Healthlink and PwC, serving last as the EVP of Operations for Healthlink.
Mr. Finn has more than 30 years’ experience in the planning, management and control of information technology and business processes. He is focused on creating and maintaining trust in and value from information and information systems. Mr. Finn’s key skills include IT Governance and Control, Project Management, Systems Selection and Implementation, Business and IT Partnering, and IT Audit, Control and Security. Mr. Finn has presented nationally and internationally on such topics as project management, professional leadership and staff development, and privacy and security. He has contributed to or written articles on IT Management, Disaster Recovery and Security for such as journals as CIO Digest and Baseline. In 2016, he co-authored The Journey Never Ends: Technology’s Role in Perfecting Health Care Outcomes. Boca Raton: CRC Press for HIMSS Media, writing Chapter 10: “The Future of Information Security in Healthcare.”
Finn holds a BA degree from the University of North Dakota and an MA from Angelo State University. He currently serves on the CHIME Board of Trustees. During 2014, Mr. Finn worked closely with CHIME management to create and initiate the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS). In the past, he served on the national Board of HIMSS and on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s (ISACA’s) Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee (PIAC). He is Vice President of the Patient Care Intervention Center in Houston. In March of 2016, Finn was named to the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force. This HHS Task Force was a requirement of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA).
Juliet Breeze MD
Member, Advisory Board
Juliet Breeze, MD is a healthcare entrepreneur who currently serves as the CEO and Medical Director of Next Level Urgent Care and the Vice President of Vantage Hospice.
Dr. Breeze has developed multiple medical organizations from ground-up including a comprehensive orthopedics practice, a rehabilitation hospital and several surgical centers as well as her two current ventures. She has a deep interest in Healthcare IT and has created proprietary electronic medical records content for all her organizations.
During her career, Dr. Breeze has also served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Boards of several organizations including Vista Bank, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Forum Analytics, Physician Practice Magazine, HealthPost, and as an Excellerator of the Houston Chapter of Young Inventors Association of America. In 2014, the Texas Diversity Council named her one of the Top 25 Business Women in Houston.
Dr. Breeze graduated from Northwestern University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and honors in English. In 1995, she earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine.
Randeep Suneja MD
Member, Advisory Board
Randeep Suneja, M.D. is a Quadruple Board Certified, Practicing Cardiologist who is the Founder and Medical Director of Cardiology Center of Houston. Dr. Suneja is currently in his 25th year of practice having treated over 60,000 patients.
He practices the motto “Caring for your Heart with our Hearts”° and truly believes in the philosophy of “I treat, HE Cures”*.
Dr. Suneja has received numerous awards including 2015 Citizen of the Year of Katy, Texas, Houstonia Top Docs of Houston 2013 and 2016, America’s Best Physicians 2016 and Top Cardiologist in Katy 2014 and 2015. He has served as Chief of Staff, Chief of Cardiology and Chief of Internal Medicine in the various Houston area hospitals.
Dr. Suneja is very active in the community and has been a mentor for the Katy ISD PACE Program for 16 years. He is the former President and Chairman of the American Heart Association, Katy Chapter. He is currently serving on the Board of non-profit PRATHAM and on the Board of India House.
Dr. Suneja joined medical school at the age 17 and graduated with Top Honors from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India receiving a Gold medal from the President of India and took the Hippocratic Oath with Nobel Laureate, Mother Teresa at the time of graduation. He subsequently did his Internal Medicine Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York and Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Suneja lives with his family in Katy, Texas and enjoys running half marathons, traveling and spending time with his family. He is currently writing a memoir.
Member, Advisory Board
Ileana launched Trevino Consulting Group in the summer of 2016. TCG is a boutique firm designed to work primarily for, but not exclusively, not for profits, to strategically assist them in moving to the ‘next level’ in Board Governance, fundraising, positioning in the community, corporate partnerships and advocacy.
Ileana Treviño joined the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in August 2004 as Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Hermann Foundation and Executive Vice President. She served as a member of the senior executive team of Memorial Hermann and was a member of the President’s Cabinet tasked with making strategic policy and budgetary decisions about the System. She provided oversight and vision for the Foundation and led its fundraising efforts. She planned and coordinated the Foundation’s priorities and philanthropic opportunities in conjunction with the Systems direction. She also coordinated sponsorship and underwriting opportunities to maximize Memorial Hermann’s impact and visibility in the community, while promoting the brand and driving the image and reputation.
Ms. Treviño was the CEO of the Memorial Hermann Foundation Board of Directors and worked to maximize relationships with Board members, community leaders, philanthropists, business and civic leaders, and local government officials. She carried a portfolio of major donors and prospects and coordinated the System CEO’s portfolio of major gift donors and prospects.
Ms. Treviño formerly served as Vice-Chancellor for Advancement at the University of Houston, where she oversaw 130 employees working in development, marketing, public relations, communications and advertising. Previously, Ms. Treviño was the Executive Director of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity at UH.
Before moving to Houston in 1997, she worked for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. From 1989 to 1995 she had her own management consulting firm. From 1979 to 1989 Ms. Treviño worked in the Federal Government in Washington, DC in Human Resources.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Romance Languages from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston University in Boston, MA. A native of Washington, DC, Ms. Treviño’s family is originally from Bogota, Colombia, and she is fluent in Spanish.
Member, Advisory Board
Randy Gleason is a distinguished healthcare and legal professional with more than 20 years of high level industry expertise.
His dynamic career includes having worked with government agencies, serving at the executive level at Texas Children’s Hospital, Hermann Hospital Estate, and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
He is currently a partner at Atlas Energy group which owns and manages several distinct asset portfolios throughout the country.
With exemplary knowledge in both the healthcare and legal professions, Mr. Gleason is a nationally recognized executive leader with a deep level of expertise in healthcare operations, risk management, privacy, security, and investments.
Warren T. Brennan
Member, Advisory Board
Warren is a co-founder of NHA (New Health Analytics) and manages the company’s operations including data management, technology development, reporting, and customer relationships. Prior startups in which he participated include Med3000, Coastal Physician Group, and CareData.com.
His professional career in healthcare began with service in the US military including a tour in Vietnam as executive officer of a 350-bed evacuation Hospital and then a tour as a management aid to the US Army Surgeon General.
His consulting experience evolved from a role as a senior executive with Touche Ross.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Masters in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine as a doctoral candidate.
Member, Advisory Board
Marti Arvin is a well-known healthcare compliance professional with extensive experience and expertise. She has focused her career primarily on compliance issues associated with academic medicine. She has been a chief compliance officer at four academic medical centers, most recently as the Chief Compliance Officer for the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Her experience and expertise encompasses privacy, information security, billing and coding, research and other areas of healthcare compliance.
She has spoken at numerous conferences for the Healthcare Compliance Association, the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Ms. Arvin was involved with the Compliance Certification Board for a number of years and sat on the exam committees for the CHC, CHC-F, CCEP, CCEP-F, CHRC and CHPC.
She has served as an expert witness for privacy and information security cases. She is an adjunct professor in the LLM and MJ programs at the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. She holds the CHC-F, CCEP-F, CHRC and CHPC certifications. She is also the recipient of the 2007 Compliance Professional’s Award.