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McKaye Black

McKaye Black serves as the Senior Business Design Strategist for the C1 Innovation Lab, where she is responsible for identifying and supporting the innovation needs of the members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Montana plans. 

Prior to this role, McKaye served as a design and innovation strategist for companies from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, in a variety of industries, identify fuel for growth by unearthing meaningful insights, creating experiences that people love, and developing winning strategies.

McKaye is a graduate of the MMM Program at Northwestern University, holding an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a MS of Design Innovation from the Segal Design Institute, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

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Hubert Zajicek

Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a top ranked healthcare accelerator and fund in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to up to 12 healthcare related startups during an intensive 3 month program, annually. The fund has invested in 88 healthcare startups, which have attracted over $200M in capital in about 8 years. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is an active speaker, panelist and thought leader on healthcare startups, entrepreneurship, financing & healthcare. He serves as advisor, mentor and board member on various organizations and startup companies.

In March of 2020, Dr. Zajicek started the Health Hacking Crisis Network (HHCN), a non-profit organization that engages in bringing together a rapid reaction force to deal with acute problems arising in healthcare due to COVID-19. The organization has over 500 volunteer members and has supported the creation of a variety of initiatives that had a big impact on the North Texas region and beyond.

Prior to Health Wildcatters and the creation of HHCN, he was managing director – medical technology at NTEC (North Texas Enterprise Center), where he ran what eventually became the Southwest’s largest medtech investment conference, showcasing startups that attracted in excess of $300M. Prior, he was on faculty at UT Southwestern, as an NIH funded principal investigator, in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology. He has an MD from the University of Vienna and an MBA from SMU. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Beth McNally Zajicek, MD and two daughters.

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Lauren Tyra

Dr. Tyra joined Green Park & Golf in 2017 and serves as Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to joining Green Park & Golf, she completed graduate studies in the Neuroscience program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Tyra is a published scientific author, with publications in Developmental Cell, eLife, Development, and the Journal of Cell Biology.

At GPG, Dr. Tyra leads diligence efforts and has participated in more than 60 of the firm’s healthcare and technology investments. She serves as an active board observer or director for Genomenon, Prima Temp, and Gregor Diagnostics.

In 2021, Dr. Tyra was elected to Place 1 of the Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees. She is excited to serve students in PISD, where she and her husband both received their K-12 education and their children are receiving their primary education. 

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Jack Hooper

Jack Hooper is on a mission to modernize health insurance and employee benefits. Jack is the founder of Take Command Health, a software platform focused on introducing a new model of insurance based on reimbursements (ICHRA and QSEHRA), and is currently the chairman of the HRA Council, a non-profit, non-partisan industry group dedicated to creating a vibrant defined contribution community. Jack has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and an engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

When not nerding out on health insurance, you can find Jack spending time with his family (wife and 3 boys), tinkering in his garage, playing golf, or watching college football.

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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cariloop, a digital care company and public benefit corporation based in Richardson, Texas. Since founding the company in 2012, Michael has successfully raised over $24 million in venture financing for Cariloop, empowering Cariloop to recruit an incredibly talented and compassionate team and support hundreds of thousands of caregivers, parents, and families all over the world. This foundational work has led Cariloop’s team to be able to provide the world’s first tech-enabled Caregiver Support Platform, which guides working caregivers, parents, and families as they plan for and manage the care of their loved ones.

Michael and Cariloop have been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine (Entrepreneur 360), TexChange (One to Watch), Dallas Business Journal (Who’s Who in Healthcare and Best Places to Work), D Healthcare Daily (Innovation in Medical Technology), Aging 2.0 (Global Startup Search), Tech.co (Startup of the Year), Powderkeg (Top Rated Culture) and Becker’s Hospital Review (Healthcare Entrepreneurs to Know). Michael also served as the President of the Dallas Roundtable, founded the Dallas chapter of Health 2.0, and holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certification in Personal Training (CPT). Michael holds a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University and lives in Plano, Texas with his wife Melanie and 2 dogs, Izzy and Bailey.

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Dr. Frank Webster

Dr. Frank Webster is the Behavioral Health Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas supporting more than 16 million members. He is responsible for development and clinical oversight of behavioral health care managed programs, including medical management, utilization management, case management, quality improvement, appeals, and medical policy.  There are over 400 employees in the behavioral health clinical operations area.  Dr. Webster is the liaison to physician consultants, providers, and health care staff for medically related issues.   Dr. Webster is heavily involved in data and analytics (one of his driving passions) at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and teaches Health Informatics at the University of Texas at Tyler, in their Masters of Public Health Program

Previously, Dr. Webster held roles in Behavioral Health as senior medical director for five years (2013-2018) and senior executive medical director for two years (2019-2020) prior to assuming his current position.  

As a licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Webster also served as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital (2006-2010).  In 2008 he helped lead a cooperative effort between UT Southwestern, Parkland Hospital, and Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas to ensure the continued functioning of Psychiatric Emergency Services during a time of upheaval.  During this time, he also became Medical Director of Psychiatric Services for the City of Dallas mass shelter program. In this role he had the responsibility of oversight and provisioning mental health services during Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Harvey. He received awards from Mental Health America and from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill at both state and national levels.  He still practices hospital psychiatry on weekends.  

Dr. Webster was vice president and medical director at Value Options where he had oversight over large national accounts.  He also has extensive experience with the public sector and government programs, as well as disability management.  

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Aldo Maspóns

Aldo Maspóns, MD is the CEO/Co-Founder of VeMiDoc.  He is a pediatric gastroenterologist practicing in the health provider shortage area of El Paso, TX.  He has a passion for social determinants of health and understands that quality, efficiency, scalability, and population health are vital to medical outcomes.  They are the drivers of healthcare sustainability. He has unique insight into how technology can be be an augmenter of care, and how physicians and healthcare systems can leverage technology to add value to their practice and improve the outcomes of their patients/members.. 

He obtained his B.A. and B.S at Santa Clara University, his M.D. at UT Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas, Pediatric residency in Pediatrics at University of New Mexico and his Pediatric Gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.  He is a published author and has lectured at major academic institutions and national conferences.

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Amy Looper

Amy Looper, Co-Founder/COO of OneSeventeen Media, PBC, is an AI EdTech – MedTech social venture entrepreneur.

She grew her first tech company 8,164% in 35 months resulting in a $158M IPO and has since focused her efforts on resolving the worsening mental health crisis among today’s kids. Amy’s fourth company, OneSeventeen Media, built the first adolescent behavioral mental health assessment & analytics mobile platform called reThinkIt! for SchoolTM. An intelligent mental healthcare companion, reThinkIt! makes kids emotionally healthier by solving their mental health needs on-demand. The outcomes-based mobile app has already been proven so successful it has prevented a school shooting and multiple student suicides.

Recently awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Research and Development digital health grant, awarded to only 8% of companies who apply, OneSeventeen Media is building upon four previous studies to further enhance reThinkIt!’s efficacy with U.S. middle school students. Committed to evidence-based results, the company’s research has been featured in USAToday, TIME, CNN and other nationally recognized media outlets.

Amy was invited to the White House Conference on School Safety, delivered remarks to the US Conference of Mayors’ Education & Workforce Committees, is a Capital Factory Women’s Office Hours mentor, and is a SXSW EDU Board Advisor and Startup Launch Mentor. She also volunteers as an entrepreneur-mentor-in-residence for the Social Entrepreneurship Learning Lab (SELL) and the Global Sustainability Leadership Institute (GSLI) both at the University of Texas at Austin.

OneSeventeen Media is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) and the first certified B corp in the state of Texas. The company has been recognized four times as a Best For The World awardee for meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency as one of the top 5% of more than 5,000 global B Corporations using their for-profit business as a force for good.

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Alejandro Harb

Alex is the founder of Lena Health, an AI-enabled Concierge Care Assistant for patients that improves health and transforms the care navigation experience. Prior to founding Lena, Alex was a Business Strategist and an Innovation Fellow at the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute with prior training in software engineering and degrees in Biochemistry and Economics.

During his tenure at the TMC, he observed, first-hand, a major and unaddressed barrier for vulnerable populations to receive appropriate care. This barrier is the challenge of navigating a highly complex system of health providers, care pathways, and resources. With the funding and incubation of the Texas Medical Center, Lena was commercialized and is now being utilized by prestigious health institutions across the country with ongoing clinical studies showing that patients that utilize Lena have improved health outcomes and reduced use of the ER and hospital.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer is a passionate healthcare entrepreneur striving to make a positive difference in the lives of young women. After nearly 15 years in healthcare and higher education marketing, Jennifer set out to start Betty’s Co., a women’s healthcare company that caters uniquely to younger women, serving them with the care, products, and education they need in their teens and twenties. 

Jennifer began her healthcare career as a business development manager for a boutique practice management and consulting firm, Southwind Health Partners, LLC in Nashville, which was later acquired by the Advisory Board. Jennifer’s earliest years in healthcare were spent on the other end of the phone with hospital, health system, and medical group CEOs discussing their physician alignment challenges and how to solve them.

Throughout her tenure with the Advisory Board, Jennifer worked closely with senior healthcare executives to produce educational best practice content, including white papers, blog posts, surveys, videos, and illustrations. This work enabled Jennifer to understand how to identify market challenges across various segments of the healthcare industry and how to create effective and innovative solutions.

After creating the framework for Betty’s, Jennifer transitioned to the Advisory Board’s higher education partner company, EAB, where she learned from leading experts how colleges can most effectively market to, engage, and enroll prospective students. 

Jennifer’s management superpower is building teams from the ground-up and motivating staff by instilling a collective vision. Throughout her career, she has built and nurtured four high-performing business development, content, and product marketing teams. Most recently, Jennifer led a marketing team of eight responsible for a $150M book of business, which represented approximately two-thirds of the company’s total revenue. Jennifer was personally responsible for creating marketing strategy based on in-depth market research, product knowledge, and the company’s growth targets.

Jennifer is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is a member of the steering committee for a local networking group, Healthcare Leaders of San Antonio, and a volunteer with the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio. Jennifer is also a member of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio where she serves with worship and student ministries.