Ignite Health’s Advisors are healthcare industry experts working in organizations representing providers, payors, health technology, medical devices, academia, venture capital, and advisory services – legal and consulting. Advisors serve as mentors, judges, discussion leaders to support Ignite Health’s programs to discover, connect, and accelerate the success of health tech startups led by women.


Tamara Neuhaus, MD

Ob/Gyn, Strategic Advisor to Startups, Former Chief Medical Officer, The Cusp

Myra Davis

Chief Information Innovation Officer, Texas Children's Hospital

Jeff Carnrite

Partner, Carnrite Ventures

Deb Gage

Board Member/Strategic Consultant, Former CEO, Medecision

Kelli Newman, APR

President, Newman and Newman, Inc.

Erin Henkel

Chief Design Officer, NOCD

Hillary Biskner, MBA, FACHE

Founder & Managing Partner, HBH Strategy, Former VP, Head of Product, Cerner Corporation

Stephanie Fertig

HHS Small Business Program Lead at The National Institutes of Health

Bill Turpin

VP North America / CardMedic, TMCi Advisor

Ashkara Reddy

Senior Vice President, Consumer Health Solutions, Baylor Scott & White

Sara Brand, PhD

Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Kimberly Noel, MD, MPH

Chief Clinical Advisor, Carehive Health, Former Medical Director, 23andMe

Michelle Stansbury

Vice President, Innovation and IT Applications, Houston Methodist

Roberta Schwartz, PhD

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Houston Methodist Hospital

Heidi Schwarzwald, MD, MPH

VP and CMO of Provider Network, Aetna a CVSHealth Company

Kassity Mai

Associate, Cooley, LLP

Ken Janda

Founder and Principal, Wild Blue Health Solutions, Former President/CEO Community Health Choice

M. Justin Coffey, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Workout Health

David Bradshaw

Managing Partner, WayPoint Healthcare Solutions, LLC, Former, Sr VP Consumer and Employer Solutions, Cerner Corporation

Kerry Rupp

General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Devin Dunn

Head, HealthTech Accelerator, Texas Medical Center Innovation

Dan Jenson

Founder & CFO, CardioOne

Scott Talbot

Partner, Cooley LLP

Karen Deschaine

Partner, Cooley LLP

Alyssa Reisner

Lead Director and Principal, CVS Health Ventures

Stefanie Diaz

Sr. Manager, Industry Discovery & Venture, Catalyst by Wellstar

Jay Goss

General Partner, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

Craig Cordola

Executive Vice President, Ascension Capital

Tray Cockerell

Chief Growth Officer, Patient Care Intervention Center, President and CEO, High Potential Consulting, LLC, Former Strategic Relationship Executive, Humana

Winji Miao

SEVP, Chief Operating Officer, Texas Health Resources

Jeff Davis, MD

Founder and CEO at Exploring 4 Solutions, LLC and Retired NASA Director

Angela Shippy, MD, MHA, FACP, FHM

Senior Physician Executive & Clinical Innovation Lead for Nonprofit Health, AWS

Amanda Hammel

SVP, Chief Information Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System

Lance Black, MD, MBID

Senior Medical Director, 3ive Labs

Steph Carlton

Partner, McKinsey & Company

David H. Berger, MD, MHCM

CEO, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Professor of Surgery and Public Health, SUNY

Kathryn Peek, PhD

Managing Director | Golden Seeds Early-Stage Investment Firm, Member | GS Healthcare Sector Group

Irene Helsinger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Managing Director | Leadership Team | Human Capital Practice Leader, NewPort, LLC

Patricia Gail Bray, PhD

President, Westlake Consulting, Founding Director, BridgeUp at Menninger Center

Sheila Bangelore

Venture Partner, SpringTide Ventures

Brad Otto

Principal at SpringTide Ventures

Becca Shmukler

Principal | Laerdal Million Lives Fund

Susan (Susie) Distefano

Consultant & Leadership Coach, Consultant & Leadershio Coach Distefano Consulting, LLC

Andrew J. Truscott

Global Health Technology Lead, Accenture

Margaret B. Row, MD, MBA, FACP

Former Chief Oncology, Summit Health, Former VP Clinical Operations, MD Anderson Cancer Network

Samir Batra

BAHA Enterprises: Founder & CEO, HIP: Managing Partner

Ini Ekiko Thomas

VP, Information Technology, Memorial Hermann Health System

Laurie Levermann, MHA

Chief information Officer, Community Health Choice

Karen Hill, SVP, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Texas Children's Health Plan

Kim Schwartz

Managing Director – Healthcare Technology, Accenture

Amanda Ebbighausen Bernal

Managing Director - Digital Health, Accenture

Catherine Mitchell

Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Optum

Will Krawczyk

Director, New Ventures & Commercialization, Banner Health

Anna Zornosa

Advisor, Entrepreneur, Investor, Entrepreneur in Residence, NIH Seed Fund

Nada O. Hanafi, MSc. MPH

Senior Vice President – Regulatory Strategy, Veranex

Barb Cross

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Vice President, Product & Strategy

Justin Meade

Assistant Director Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Texas Children’s Innovation Hub