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.
VP Sales & Business Development
David has spent the last 16 years in healthcare management. He has had a multitude of roles including sales leadership/ project management/product launch management and consultative roles within the acute and ambulatory markets for Cardinal Health. His most recent role was directing a team of spend/clinical analysts, providing value based solutions on behalf of a large not for profit Healthcare system in Houston, TX.
David’s mission is to provide health organizations an immediate, powerful new solution to mitigate risks associated related to the worsening data security crisis within the healthcare market.
Davis has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Christian University. David is married with 2 children. Outside of his family time, David is an avid outdoorsman; always finding time to catch a fish. David is also active in the annual charitable bike ride, MS150, for the National MS Society; raising money and awareness for a debilitating disease.
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.
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.
Member, Advisory Board
Ayse McCracken brings a unique combination of business credentials, healthcare industry knowledge and a transformative mindset to companies’ aspiring to challenge the healthcare status quo.
After serving three decades as a senior executive in some of the country’s most prominent health systems, Ayse aimed her focus, knowledge, and energy on businesses seeking to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare when she founded her consultancy in 2013. Since then, she was contracted to serve as Market President for VillageMD-Houston, launching the first subsidiary of Chicago-based VillageMD, which is a venture backed national practice management company focusing on population health management. She has also been contracted to serve as Interim COO of a 100+ primary care group in the dynamic Northeast where she established future growth goals and strategic positioning. Other clients have retained her to: develop market based outpatient growth strategies; conceptualize the design of care coordination tools, including mobile apps, for children with disabilities; conduct due diligence on companies in digital health services/IT for potential investment; and evaluate M&A options. Ayse is now serving as an advisor to the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx), where she provides strategic advice and counsel to entrepreneurs leading digital health services companies.
Ayse’s prior experiences include serving as CEO of Memorial Hermann Medical Group, a subsidiary of Memorial Hermann Health System, and as SVP of Houston Methodist where she was appointed COO of The Methodist Hospital Physician Organization. In both of these roles, Ayse reported to subsidiary boards, interacted with health system boards and led the development of scalable operating platforms, established governance structures, and led M&A activities supporting the continued successful growth of these companies.
Prior, Ayse spent a significant twelve years of her career serving as a senior executive at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She was initially hired as a consultant to develop the start-up business plan of a subsidiary employing general pediatricians across the city. With the Health System Board’s approval of that business plan and the provision of a multi-million dollar investment, Ayse became CFO of the newly established Texas Children’s Pediatrics. A year later, she was promoted to President of that organization and VP of Texas Children’s Hospital. Under Ayse’s visionary leadership, Texas Children’s Pediatrics became the nation’s largest and most profitable physician practice rollup. The business generated positive cash flow 4x better than market and sufficient to fund continued growth. By 2007, the group served 950,000 patient visits annually through the talents of 920 employees across 42 practice locations. Revenues grew to $135M during Ayse’s tenure; she was promoted to SVP of the health system. Ayse was instrumental in launching innovative services/programs, such as opening the Texas Children’s Maternity Center, forging an international strategic alliance in Turkey, and serving on the team that negotiated a new affiliation agreement with Baylor’s College of Medicine. She hired innovation/design firm IDEO to re-design the delivery of pediatric primary care and led the project to create new service delivery models, facilities, and patient experiences. Ayse was a co-presenter when IDEO selected this project to present at The Mayo Clinic’s 2007 Innovation Symposium.
Ayse is an active Board Member of two nationally recognized non-profits, Neighborhood Centers, Inc. where she sits on the Programs Committee, and the YMCA of Greater Houston where she chairs the Healthy Living Committee. She has previously served on the Boards of Texas Children’s Insurance Company, and the National Board of Medical Examiners where she sat on the Public Stakeholders Committee and the Innovation Committee.
Ayse earned an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business / Accounting from Louisiana State University. A lifelong student, Ayse has attended programs at Harvard’s School of Public Health and at MIT, leveraging her learnings to make greater contributions to her employers and clients. She holds CPA certification through the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
Member, Advisory Board
Mr. Glynn currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer for SandBox Logistics, an innovative new venture that is fundamentally transforming supply chain logistics for bulk commodities. Peter is also the founder and managing director of Marigold Partners, a management consulting firm providing advisory services to the technology, life sciences and energy industries.
A former consultant with McKinsey & Company Peter has held previous positions with BP/Amoco and Schlumberger, in addition to leading multiple new ventures in the biotechnology and digital media industries.
Peter is a seasoned business builder with deep experience in strategy, commercial development, negotiations and financial management. He has provided business leadership on initiatives ranging from multi-billion dollar LNG projects to, biologic drug development and a variety of other technology-based new ventures. In 1995 he received his Masters of International Business Studies (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina. He also holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University.
Member, Advisory Board
Stuart is an industry innovator and advocate. He has 37 years in the Healthcare Sales, Marketing and Product Development field.
Activities included Diagnostic Imaging, PACS/Teleradiology, Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) project management and training, while founding the first PACS System Administrators School, and now consulting in Healthcare Informatics, Infrastructure and Imaging and Storage Strategy development, integration and implementation.
During his tenure he was one of the original developers of the DICOM 3 standard, which is the diagnostic imaging standard for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine.
Several of the companies Stuart has Co-Founded are AVP, Merge Technologies, Inc., and SG&A Consulting and Services.
While part of these esteemed companies he became known as a subject matter expert and joined several editorial boards including the Medical Imaging Magazine, AuntMinnie.com web site, Health Imaging & IT Magazine, and the Federal Grant Review Board.
Member, Advisory Board
Reggie currently serves as Senior Vice President, Partner Development, for Studer Group, a healthcare consulting firm that partners with organizations to build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and quality outcomes over time.
As an executive with a unique blend of sales and operational skills, Reggie has played instrumental roles in improving the enterprise value (ranging from $300K to $1B) of four different privately owned companies, including his own, in the healthcare, technology and logistics industries.Reggie has a breadth of experience and success leading functions such as sales, marketing, operations, account management, analytics, IT, customer education and aspects of finance and serving as a healthcare operational consultant.
Reggie received his BBA from New Mexico State University and his MBA from Arizona State University’s Executive Program.
Member, Advisory Board
Feisal Nanji is seasoned C-Level Technology Risk expert with over 25 years of experience in developing and executing large information security and product development programs.
Mr. Nanji brings a deep knowledge of regulatory frameworks, technology capabilities and process constraints to consistently deliver quality information risk management programs for large health care institutions. He served as Interim Chief Security Officer for a 14 Hospital system with over $5 Billion in revenue and conducted multiple security risk assessments for providers of all sizes.
At EY, Mr. Nanji led a team to review and improve the security of an integrated managed care organization’s electronic medical records (EMR) system with over 8 million members and 3 million health records.
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.
Member, Advisory Board
Mr. McShanag is the Vice President of the Healthcare Provider Solutions practice at Highpoint Solutions. As Vice President, he is responsible for client engagements and satisfaction delivered to hospitals, physicians, and accountable care organizations, and the leadership and development of solution offerings and business partnerships for the Healthcare provider solutions practice. Mr. McShanag possesses extensive experience across Healthcare with information technology (IT), business strategic planning, program/project management, mergers and acquisition, outsourcing, implementation/integration, and best practice methodologies.
He has proven ability to deliver major business change programs and significant operational improvements, through serving in senior management roles for several large provider healthcare organizations. Most recently Mr. McShanag led the overall ICD-10 remediation and merger integration for a large Integrated Health Network as well as the enterprise wide portfolio management strategy engagement for one of the largest health system in the Northeast. He is currently engaged with several Health Systems on their Population Health and Interoperability strategic roadmaps.
Prior to Highpoint Solutions he founded chmGroup Global Consulting Solutions, an international healthcare management consulting company and was also a member of IBM Global Services in Asia Pacific, specializing in eBusiness strategy, around the Globe, conducting projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Upon transfer to the United States by IBM in 2000, Chris joined a privately held consulting firm and was part of the leadership team to successfully take it through an IPO and eventual sale.
He has earned several industry certifications as well as experience speaking internationally on the business benefits and value proposition of technology enabled business strategy and provider impact from Healthcare reform.
Mr. McShanag was born in Australia and now calls Phoenix and the USA home; he actively serves the community on Ronald McDonald House Charities and several Corporate Boards and is married with 4 children.