MEET THE HIPPO™ TEAM

Delivering knowledge without boundaries to clinicians and experts around the globe.

Founders

Patrick Quinlan, MD

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Extensive history in healthcare delivery, medical administration, governance, governmental relations, international business development, and business transactions. CEO emeritus of the Ochsner Health System. Lead director for the PanAmerican Life insurance Group, board member of Pack4U, and Advisory Board member of TractManager, IBERIABANK, and Perkin Industries.

Brian Hamilton

President & Founder

A recognized pioneer and leader in market acceptance and in the deployment of Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), and wearable computing technologies in healthcare, education, automotive, consumer packaged goods, oil and gas, power and utilities, transportation and logistics, IT and telecom, industrial manufacturing and entertainment. Experienced entrepreneur, Co-founder and Chief Revenue / Business Officer of RealWear, INC where he helped to establish a global sales force and ISV / Channel network in over 57 countries.

Wale Sulaiman, MD, PhD, FRCS(c)

Chief Medical Officer / Co-Founder

Dr. Sulaiman MD., Ph.D., FRCS (C) is an accomplished neurosurgeon and researcher, a proven leader, and successful entrepreneur. As co-founder of Hippo™ and founder and owner of RNZ, a medical management and service company in Nigeria, he is particularly well equipped to bring the power of virtual care to the people of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Craig Williams

EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Strategy / Co-Founder

Craig Williams, Esq. serves as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and General Counsel for Hippo Technologies, Inc. Craig has experience as a senior executive level corporate and international business attorney having served in senior leadership positions with large institutional companies including John Hancock Financial Services, where he headed the corporate merger and acquisition committee, international operations expansion and federal and government relations efforts, Prudential Insurance Company, and Sanborn, Inc., where Craig served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel as a reporting executive leading the company through its initial public offering with a major investment bank. Craig has experience in start-up companies as well, and has provided strategic and legal advice in cross border and international transactions including acquisitions and joint ventures working through Holding Companies in Europe and Asia and closing transactions during the privatization processes of state-owned entities in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Core Team

Dick Kile

Chief Operating Officer

Dick was one of the three founding partners at LendPlus, a diversified financial services company headquartered in Southern California and incorporated in 2007. He previously enjoyed a long career in corporate business, to include twelve years at Citigroup.  He joined CitiFinancial in April of 1994, and in 1999 became  Executive Vice President in the Mortgage Banking Division of CitiFinancial Mortgage, now CitiMortgage. Dick has held previous executive positions at Chrysler First Financial, American General Finance, and Household International, providing him over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Home Equity Mortgage Association (NHEMA), Vice-Chairman of the Board of “BorrowSmart” and he served on the Board of Governors of the Mortgage Banking Association.

Ivan Lumala, Chief Technology Officer

Ivan Lumala

Chief Technology Officer

Ivan is a highly versatile IT professional with over 30 years of combined experience in software development, technical marketing, evangelism, business development, and business analysis consulting in developed and emerging markets. He has extensive experience building multi-disciplinary teams who come together to envision, design, and deliver a product to market. Prior to joining Hippo, he was CTO of Microsoft 4Afrika where he co-led the Innovation Pillar of a Microsoft big-bet initiative in Africa, Microsoft 4Afrika – a multi-year, multi-million dollar strategic initiative to grow Microsoft’s business in Africa by catalyzing and incubating local innovation in high potential growth sectors of Agriculture, Health, Education, Fintech, and eGov. His career has seen him leading or collaborating on teams on highly technical product development including a Microsoft Visual debugger, learning management systems, and big data systems including data warehousing, data modeling, analysis and visualization. Most recently, Ivan served as CTO of Tellistic Technology Services whose clients include hi-potential startups seeking to scale up their operations in and out of their home countries, and innovative teams in the private and public sectors seeking to establish a culture of data-driven decision making. He also served as a Technology Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Africa. Ivan holds a Master’s in Software Engineering from Seattle University and a BS in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.

Peggy Grant

VP Client Integration & Care

Peggy is an organizational systems scholar-practitioner with experience driving large-scale change initiatives in public, private and nonprofit sectors. Her work in the healthcare environment focused on navigating the intersection among patients, clinicians, and technology, systems integration, and patient flow. The resulting innovative solutions advanced culture change and professional practice within multi-disciplinary teams. Peggy is also a professor of Organizational Psychology, preparing the next generation organizational practitioners.

Thomas Fee

Thomas Fee

CEO, Hippo@Home
Director, Hippo North America

Tom leads Hippo North America and the Hippo@Home subsidiary, developing workflow solutions for Hippo customers in hospitals, post-acute care, physician practices, long-term care and home self-care. Tom has over 38 years of healthcare leadership experience, helping organizations with innovation, performance improvement, technology implementation, agile development, customer engagement, organizational development and strategy. He has worked with hundreds of hospitals, health systems, health plans and medical vendors as a partner at Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Verity Partners. As an EVP at HCA/Parallon, Tom led advisory services for one of the leading providers of outsourced revenue cycle, group purchasing, supply chain management and staffing in the healthcare industry. His education includes degrees in business from the Harvard Business School and computer science from the University of Georgia. He is a certified Innovation Master Coach, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Management Consultant.

Lee Phillips

Chief Marketing Officer

Lee is a seasoned innovator and brand strategist with 30 years' experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has led creative agencies in Tokyo, London and Miami and has previously worked in senior marketing roles for global brands including Vodafone and Harrods. For the last 15 years, he has specialized in the health sector, leading innovation projects for organizations including US healthcare giant Humana, global telehealthcare company Tunstall, and major US health systems and providers. Lee is an expert in consumer engagement and behavior change marketing, and pioneered population health management programs in the UK’s NHS. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor Group, a digital health innovation and growth agency based in Chapel Hill, NC, he is a Co-founder of the non-profit Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHITglobal.org). An entrepreneur at heart, Lee is on the board of several start-up companies in the health sector advising them on their product development and commercialization strategies. He serves as Executive Director of the Lampidis Cancer Foundation, is a member of the Advisory Council for UNC Gillings School of Public Health, and also co-founded the first conveyor-belt sushi bar chain in the UK in 1994. A fluent Japanese speaker, Lee holds a Masters in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University in the UK. 

Brent Hopkins

Chief of Staff

Brent started his career in technology over 10 years ago in security electronics, project managing numerous interdisciplinary teams developing, installing, and testing advanced security systems in prisons and courthouses around the country. After completing his MBA, Brent made the transition to tech startups when he joined the AI company, Mopro, as an analyst in Irvine, CA. Brent was quickly assigned to managerial roles focusing on company expansion and customer retention. His role grew rapidly, leading teams domestically and internationally as the company grew from less than 50 in Irvine to over 1,200 employees across multiple states, India, and the Philippines. After leading analysis and operations teams for over three years, Brent joined RealWear as a Senior Project Manager. He spent the next two years immersed in the augmented and mixed reality industry as he led cross-functional projects focusing on product development, sales, financial planning, and logistics. Before beginning his professional career in technology, Brent served as Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq, and earning the Combat Action Ribbon as well as several other commendations. Brent holds a BS in Business Management from Washington State University and an MBA from University of California, Riverside.

Ivan ElTarabishy

Director, MENA region

Ivan is an MBA graduate from George Washington University, with a 20-year multifaceted career in business development servicing a range of industries in the Far East, Europe and MENA region. For the last decade he has focused primarily on the SME and start-up sectors in MENA. He is an active member of the International Council of Small Business – the largest and oldest organization globally devoted to spearheading knowledge and entrepreneurship.

Mildred Espinoza

Director, Latin America

Espinoza is a two- time Emmy-Award winning journalist and television executive that spent over 15 years in the broadcast industry in NYC. She is the recipient of a silver medal presented to her by the United Nations Correspondent’s Association for her coverage on sustainability, climate change and tourism in Honduras. Espinoza has been recognized as a leading business executive and newswoman by international media outlets. She was named "Newswoman of the Week” by CNN en Español and by the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. Mildred is now the Founder/CEO of Empowering Business Latin America – a creative agency based in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Advisors

Scott Ballenger

President, Locksmith Advisors

Scott is a proven innovator in life sciences. With a strong track record of more than 25 years of monetizing novel solutions that span health-tech, data science and drug development, Scott has worked across both start-ups and industry leading enterprises. Most recently, Scott led a global business development team consolidating five acquisitions in the drug development arena and delivering more than $500 million in annual sales. Scott was a Hollingsworth Scholar at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he graduated with highest honors and distinction.

Susan Groenwald RN, PhD

President Emerita, Chamberlain University

Susan recently retired as CEO of the Chamberlain school of nursing, the largest nursing school in the country, with extensive online education. She grew the company from a one site location to the largest nursing school in the Nation with 25 sites and 29,000 students. She is also the chair of the Board of Ross Medical School, a subsidiary of Adtalem, and has served on the BOD of two national companies, and also founded and led two successful healthcare startup companies.

Ana Milena Hands, MD

VP, International Health & Transplant Services - Ochsner Health

Since joining Ochsner in 2005, Dr. Hands has been responsible for overseeing all strategic planning, business development and operational components of the International Health and Organ Transplant Services. Under her direction, Ochsner has launched successful initiatives for destination healthcare, global academic partnerships and international consulting services, making it one of the top transplant programs in the country. In 2009, Dr. Hands received the New Orleans City Business Health Care Hero award for her work on integrating Hispanic immigrants in post-Katrina New Orleans. Dr. Hands is an active member of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and also serves on the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation reporting directly to the US Secretary of Health.

David Lawrence, MD

Kaiser CEO & Chairman (Ret)

David is currently the Dean of a new medical school in development sponsored by the Keck Institute of USC in Los Angeles, as well as pursuing his interests in teaching, public policy, and writing. He is a member of the boards of Aditazz, CellWorks, MedECube, and OncoStem. He is a member of the Health Advisory Board of the RAND corporation; advisor to the CEOs of SomaLogic and Medial/EarlySign; and associated with Artiman Ventures. He has served on the boards of Hewlett Packard, its spin-off company, Agilent Technologies, McKesson Corp, PGE Corp, Raffles Medical Group (Singapore); and as a Trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation. He consults with selected healthcare systems around the globe (China, India, Saudi Arabia, among others).

James Marinucci

Principal & CEO, Alleanza Group

During his 25 years at The George Washington University and The GW Medical Faculty Associates, Mr. Marinucci was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Trauma Technology and Wound Management, served as Interim Executive Director for the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, and as Director of both International Special Projects and Emergency Medical Education Training Programs. Prior to founding Alleanza, he was CEO of Via Medica International (US), a healthcare development group based in Washington, DC. Jim has extensive international experience on the ground in the Middle East, Turkey, Mexico and Europe. In addition, he has run operations in South America, Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Thomas Matthew, MD

Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital

Thomas L. Matthew, MD, is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Matthew has expertise in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery. He has surgical interests in complex coronary artery surgical revascularization, mitral valve repair, reparative cardiac surgery and aortic valve replacement including the TAVR procedure. He has also conducted medical missionary work in Rwanda.

Dick Olds, MD

President, St. George's University

An educator, physician, and administrator during a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. G. Richard Olds has served as the President of St. George’s University in Grenada since August 2015. Dr. Olds is dedicated to the advancement of the University and its students, and collectively, hopes to help address the shortage and maldistribution of physicians in the US and around the world. Previously, Dr. Olds was the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Dr. Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. He chaired a large Gates Foundation health initiative in Tanzania, Uganda, and Francophone Africa, and currently serves on the expert committee of the WHO. 

Dirk Peek, MD

CEO, Teso Telemedicine Solutions

Dirk is an Anesthesiologist – Pain Specialist and eHealth/Telemedicine consultant and entrepreneur. During his studies, he conducted a variety of research in the medical field and is an author of an extensive list of publications. Subsequently, he trained as an Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist at University Hospital Maastricht in the Netherlands. For the past few years he has been involved in eHealth and Telemedicine projects as a Telemedicine consultant with a focus on Ambulance-based Telemedicine Systems and remote patient monitoring, for which he has won several awards.

Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris

Chief Technology Officer

Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris is the Chief Technology Officer for Healthcare and Life Sciences for Microsoft Industry Solutions. Kerri-Lynn serves as an advisor in the Mixed Reality and connected IoT space and is passionate about the potential that AR/VR/MR and IoT bring to healthcare. Prior to Microsoft, Kerri-Lynn was the Executive Director of Technology Experience at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she was responsible for driving the success of large transformational programs, working in the space between business and technology to find effective solutions that focused on stakeholder needs. Kerri-Lynn began her career in consulting, holding various positions at both Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. Kerri-Lynn is a co-founder of Sauvie Island School, a K-8 place-based education charter school in Portland, Oregon. She is also a competitive runner and multi-time Team Captain for the 200-mile Hood to Coast Relay.