Whitepaper: If It Ain't Broke, Fix It
This whitepaper provides background information on the industry, highlights the increasing margin pressure, and identifies an innovative approach to reducing SG&A costs. Fill out the form to read more!
Dunston Almeida is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of triValence. Dunston has over 20 years of experience in tech and healthcare investing at leading global corporations. Previously, he was part of the executive team that grew eviCore from a few hundred million to $3.6 billion leading to its eventual sale to Express Scripts, the largest stand-alone PBM. He also headed up Medco’s (Express Scripts) Emerging Markets strategies, including Brazil, India and China. He has worked on transactions across the healthcare spectrum, including HCIT, CROs, home infusion, specialty pharma, Medicare/Medicaid and has completed over $30 billion of M&A in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia with extensive experience across the entire capital structure.
He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Mark Ciamarra serves as Chief Growth Officer at triValence. Mark has more than 30 years in progressively expanding executive-leadership and growth marketing-related roles in small to Fortune 50 companies. He has an extensive background in implementing fast growth marketing strategies, most recently in his role as Chief Growth Officer at careNext Health. As eviCore’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mark oversaw exceptional growth, expansion, and market disruption, and was a leader in the integration, rebranding, and consolidation of the industry’s largest MBMs: CareCore National and MedSolutions. Prior to eviCore, he served as Head of Marketing at PBMs Catamaran and Restat. He also established creative marketing and sales enablement teams at the emerging market-leader Caremark.
Mark earned his Bachelor in Journalism from West Virginia University and an MBA (Marketing) from The Johns Hopkins University.
Brian Giessler serves as SVP of Operations at triValence. Brian has more than 22 years of healthcare experience in financial management, operations, and administration. Most recently, Brian served as Health System VP and Chief Administrative Officer of ASCs and Perioperative Optimization at Johns Hopkins Health System. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he was the senior vice president of operations and business services for Sovereign Healthcare in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he oversaw the financial and operational functions of their surgery centers and four anesthesia groups. He was a supply chain consultant with Navigant, with a focus on spine and orthopedic procurement strategies for large health systems and Academic Medical Centers. He was a business analyst and surgical centers business manager at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and a labor and senior financial analyst at Caritas Christi Health Care System in Boston, Massachusetts.
Brian earned a master’s degree in business administration and a Master of Legal Studies in health care and compliance and transaction law. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from Bryant College.
Steve Smerz serves as Chief Technology Officer at triValence. Steve is a 38 Year IT veteran. He has worked in numerous industries including banking, manufacturing, software and transportation. He transitioned to Healthcare Technology and has successfully led 5 companies from startup to significant financial events. These companies include Stratyc (lab supply-chain), Definity Health (consumer-driven health plan sold to United Health), Ability Network (secure data transport for Medicare/Medicaid sold to Innovalon), Icario (member engagement platform for Payers), and Haloo Health (Clinical Communication Platform sold to Symplr).
Steve attended the Air Force Academy and later attended the University of Minnesota in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.
Piper Su serves as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at triValence. Piper has several years of experience as a health care attorney and strategic advisor to health care providers, payers, and manufacturers. Recently, she was an experienced member of the executive leadership teams at Mayo Clinic and the Advisory Board. Previously, she served as health care counsel in the U.S. Congress and advised U.S. Senator Ken Salazar and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
Piper earned her J.D. at American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
John Mwangi serves as VP of Fintech Product Development at triValence. John has over 11 years of experience in various areas of product development, product management, and strategy. John currently leads triValence’s Fintech Product Development team responsible for all aspects of fintech products and strategy. Prior to triValence, John spent his career in multiple roles spanning product management and strategy at Mastercard and previously held various roles in multiple global organizations including PayPal, Deloitte, and Action Against Hunger.
John holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.
Meredith Truitt serves as VP of People and Talent at triValence. Meredith has over fourteen years of HR experience and over 20 years of experience in career leadership roles with solving problems, aligning to the greater enterprise strategy, and building programs that meet the needs of the people and the business. Meredith started as an HR Generalist, gained exposure to each functional area, and increased expertise in designing and managing Total Rewards strategies, Talent Management/Learning programming, and leading HR Project Management teams. During her career, Meredith has worked for three Fortune 500 Companies and is now working for a start-up. She has served in various leadership roles during nine mergers and acquisitions, built a TR program that received numerous awards from the ground up and stood up two HR PMOs, one for a Fortune 13 Company.
Meredith earned her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and Master’s degree from Villanova University in HR Development.
Katie St. Onge serves as the head of Supply Chain Product at triValence. Katie has nearly 20 years’ experience in healthcare; she started her career in healthcare supply chain at a large IDN, which evolved to a consulting role where she had the opportunity to collaborate and create with some of healthcare’s most innovative supply chain leaders and health system executives. Most recently before joining triValence, Katie served as an account executive at a predominant GPO and technology firm.
Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s in business administration and Health Management Systems at Duquesne University.
Alex Wallace serves as VP of Marketing Operations at triValence. With more than 30 years in the healthcare industry, she has spent most of her career in pharmacy benefit management (PBM) at CVS/Caremark and Optum in various leadership roles. In 2013, she shifted her focus to medical benefits management. Alex joined eviCore healthcare, now a Cigna sub-brand, where she led an Opportunity Management team whose responsibilities included content management, sales enablement, marketing, internal and external communications, and digital oversight.
Alex graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.