Joseph Berardo, Jr.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Angel Garrido, M.D. FACFEI, CHCQM-PHYADV-MC, MRO, CHS IV
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Alana Letourneau, M.D., MBA
CHIEF CLINICAL STRATEGY OFFICER
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Thomas Downey, MS
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SALES
Bill DeGasperis, DC
PRESIDENT, SPECIALTY SERVICES
PRESIDENT, ANCILLARY & SPECIALTY SERVICES
David Vittoria, LCSW, MCAP, ICADC, NCAC II
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CLINICAL BUSINESS & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES
Robin France, RN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CLINICAL SERVICES
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PROVIDER NETWORK STRATEGY
VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT STRATEGIES
VICE PRESIDENT, MBHO CLINICAL & COMPLIANCE SERVICES
Robert Post, MBA
VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, HUMAN RESOURCES AND TRAINING
Humberto Moya, MA
VICE PRESIDENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, CLEARINGHOUSE
Lucia Pineda, MA
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
Melanie Dalton, RN, BS
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT STRATEGIES
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Cheryl Lynn Clemence Joseph, MBA, MPH
DIRECTOR OF ANALYTICS AND QI
DIRECTOR OF IMPLEMENTATIONS AND STRATEGIC EXECUTION
DIRECTOR, IMPLEMENTATIONS & PRODUCT STRATEGY
Donald Hurter, MA
SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Thomas E. Durkin, III
Elisa M. Saladrigas, MS, PSYD
CLINICAL & OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT
Joseph Berardo, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Berardo, Jr. has a long and successful track record of building highly motivated teams, driving substantial value in the healthcare service marketplace. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Carisk Partners. The Miami, FL based company operates a NCQA and AAAHC Accredited Managed Behavioral Health Organization (MBHO) for commercial, self-insured, Medicare, Medicaid and other government-sponsored program insurers and plan sponsors. In October of 2016, Mr. Berardo led the expansion into the Workers’ Compensation and Auto/No-Fault markets.
Using its MBHO foundation and expertise, Carisk applies a biopsychosocial approach to creating Pathways 2 Recovery for all types of complex claims. In addition to the work in Group Health, Carisk has pioneered programs centered on the care coordination and risk transfer of complex cases in the casualty market.
Mr. Berardo’s other activities include Board positions with the Brighton Health Group, BeneLynk and AMS. Prior to Carisk, has spent 18 years with MagnaCare, 10 years as CEO before transitioning to Non-Executive Chairman in January 2016. Mr. Berardo started his career in healthcare services with U.S. Healthcare in 1990. He subsequently held leadership positions at Mount Sinai Health System, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Multiplan. A former Crain’s NY Business “40 under 40” and NJBIZ “Power 50 in Health Care,” Mr. Berardo has authored numerous articles related to health plan strategies for carriers, providers, employers and advisors. He is also a frequent speaker and panel member at industry events.
Mr. Berardo currently resides in Jupiter, FL. He and his wife, Alyssa, have been active in multiple charitable endeavors over the years. Mr. Berardo has also supported the various sports and educational programs in which his four children, Tyler, Madison, Grant and Jonathan, have participated. Mr. Berardo holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
President & Chief Operating Oﬃcer
Mr. Mahoney brings to the team over 20 years of leadership experience in ﬁnance and operations. Prior to joining Carisk Partners, Mr. Mahoney served as COO of ExamWorks Clinical Solutions, the premier provider of case management, pharmaceutical and complex claims management services within the insurance industry.
Previously, Mr. Mahoney served as COO/CFO for Ability Services Network, and its subsidiary, MedAllocators, during a seven-year span of tremendous growth (30% Revenue CAGR) that culminated in a 2014 transaction with ExamWorks Group.
Mr. Mahoney has also served as Principal and CFO for StrideMark Management Company, a turnaround management company specializing in the acquisition of distressed companies that require a restoration of operational and corporate value. He also held several key management roles within Heritage House, LLC, Stabilus, Inc., and Amtex, Inc.
Mr. Mahoney earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Dayton.
Angel Garrido, M.D. FACFEI, CHCQM-PHYADV-MC, MRO, CHS IV
Chief Medical Oﬃcer
Dr. Angel E. Garrido brings more than 30 years of experience in medical administration and direct care, including the severe and persistent mentally ill, the geriatric popular on and the civil and correctional justice system. Dr. Garrido has managed full risk contracts for Medicare, Medicaid and commercial clients, with expertise in the integration of medical/behavioral health in the public and private sectors.
Dr. Garrido held key administrative and clinical positions in Community Mental Health-based and private psychiatric hospital systems including ﬁscal, quality management and accreditation oversight. He has served as a consultant to GeoCare Corrections and to DCF/GeoCare Florida Civil Commitment Center.
Dr. Garrido is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization on Review Physicians with sub-specialty certiﬁcations in Managed Care and as Physician Advisor; American Board of Forensic Medicine; American Board of Forensic Examiners; American Board of Psychological Specialties; and a Diplomate Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts. He is a Certiﬁed Medical Review Oﬃcer of the American Association of Medical Review Oﬃcers. Dr. Garrido holds a Certiﬁed Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) Certiﬁcate from Michigan State University.
Dr. Garrido is a Fellow and a Life Member of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and is certiﬁed by the American Board of Homeland Security Level IV. He has served as Vice-President and Treasurer of the South Florida Psychiatric Society and Vice-President of The South Florida Association of Community Psychiatrists.
Dr. Garrido served on the Alzheimer’s Association Education Committee, the DCF Statewide Clinical Advisory Committee, the Committee on Psychiatry in the Public Sector-Liaison to the South Florida Association of Community Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association Consortium of Special Delivery Settings Committee. He is a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Florida Psychiatric Association and a Life member of The American Psychiatric Association. In 1992, he received the NAMI Award for Community and Public Psychiatric Service for the Mentally Ill and their families.
He completed his Psychiatric training in 1985 at the Department of Psychiatry/University of Miami School of Medicine where he was Chief Resident and received the Special Recognition Award from The Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Garrido was appointed Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry/University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He completed a Certiﬁcate Program in Health Administration on from the University of Miami School of Business Administration.
Chief Technology Oﬃcer
Mr. Spokane has more than 20 years professional experience as a senior IT Manager. In his current role, he has leveraged his infrastructure expertise to transform the organization’s data center to utilize virtualization and cloud computing.
Mr. Spokane started his career as a developer and worked with various Microsoft-based development and database platforms in a variety of business settings with an emphasis on healthcare technology. He has extensive experience in database design and architecture in CRM, direct marketing and home-grown ERP Systems.
After holding several VP positions in IT, he gained extensive experience in infrastructure, security and operations. He considers himself a “hands-on” executive and has always maintained close ties back to his roots in development and infrastructure.
Mr. Spokane currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Society for Information Management’s New Jersey Chapter (SIM-NJ), after serving three terms as Vice President of Programs and President in 2019.
Mr. Spokane earned a BS in Business from Ithaca College. He lives in western New Jersey with his wife, Sandra, and two daughters, Marissa and Olivia, ages 20 and 15, respectively. In his oﬀ time, he is an avid classic car fan and enjoys running and camping with his family.
William J. DeGasperis, DC
President, Specialty Services
Dr. DeGasperis previously founded: Chiro Managed Care Network, Inc., the largest tri-state Chiropractic Network; MedCheck Credentialing Services, LLC, the ﬁrst NCQA accredited medical credential service company in the greater New York area; and COMS, Inc, a physician practice management system and management company.
A 1981 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, he initially maintained a private practice in New Jersey until 1994. He is Board Certiﬁed in quality assurance, utilization on review and case management, is a Certiﬁed Chiropractic Sports Physician, has successfully completed extensive training in the AMA’s Guides to Impairment Rating, and was quality assurance director of the Academy of Industrial Injury Associates. Dr. DeGasperis was a Director of the Board of the New Jersey Chiropractic Association for ﬁve years, and a member of the American Chiropractic Association.
He currently resides with his wife, Becky, in Sparta, New Jersey.
Thomas Downey, MS
Executive Vice President, Sales
Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Sales MedAllocators, an industry leading independent national provider of Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) services and case management services that was acquired by ExamWorks Clinical Solutions. He also served for 23 years as Vice President of Sales at Coventry’s Workers’ Compensation Services Group, formerly Concentra Managed Care Inc. He began his career at CRA Managed Care, Inc. as a medical and vocational case manager handling workers’ compensation and auto cases.
Mr. Downey earned a BS and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton.
Alana Letourneau, M.D., MBA
Chief Clinical Strategy Officer
Previously, Dr. Letourneau conducted neuroscience research at the nation’s leading academic and government institutions. At Princeton University, she led the ﬁrst neuroimaging study examining visual cortex neuroplasticity as a temporal receptive window hierarchy in the congenitally blind. This study led to her induction into the Society of Sigma Xi International Research Honor Society and presentation of study results at the world’s largest neuroscience conference. At the National Institutes of Health, she conducted two independent neuroimaging studies within an epilepsy population, publishing results and presenting at the American Epilepsy Society Conference. At New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Letourneau published the ﬁrst study examining the eﬀects of traumatic brain injury on health outcomes in survivors of torture and was the youngest presenter at the largest national conference for torture treatment programs.
Dr. Letourneau earned her Medical Degree (MD) at New York University School of Medicine, where she was named a Raymond Brienza Scholar, Department of Medicine Awardee in Healthcare Dilemmas and Health Disparities Research Fellow. She earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University Stern School of Business, where she specialized in the Management of Technology and Operations with an emphasis in data analytics. At Stern, she was the recipient of the Armando John Garville Scholarship and named to the Dean’s List. Dr. Letourneau also earned a Bachelor of the Arts (BA) from Princeton University, where she majored in Psychology, concentrated in Neuroscience and minored in Global Health and Health Policy; she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and was awarded the George A. Miller Cognitive Science Prize, Global Health Senior Thesis Prize, Scheide Scholarship and Henry Luce Scholarship.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Previously, he was Director of National Accounts at ReMed, a leader in providing innovative clinical care for neurorehabilitation. He also served as Managing Director of Paradigm Management Services, bringing together nationally recognized doctors and specialists, a network of nationwide care facilities and clinical data to guide care decisions for acute and complex case management. Other professional experience includes sales and account management responsibilities at an adjusting and claims management company, third party administrator, and workers’ compensation and liability fraud investigation on ﬁrm.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for Kids of Chance California and the Brain Injury Association of California.
David Vittoria, LCSW, MCAP, ICADC
Senior Vice President, Clinical Business & Product Development
Mr. Vittoria has 30 years of experience in senior clinical and operations capacities within the field of mental health and wellness. Mr. Vittoria provides clinical oversight of all workers’ compensation behavioral health programs at Carisk.
Mr. Vittoria began his career as the Clinical Team Leader at Charter Hospital of Miami, a private psychiatric and substance use disorder hospital serving children, adolescents and adults. In 1994, he launched South Florida’s first Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Charter Hospital, overseeing all clinical, regulatory, compliance, case management, and utilization management divisions.
In 1996, Mr. Vittoria joined Transitions Recovery Program as a therapist and later became the Director of Utilization Management. In 2004, he founded Ascendi, providing executive health and employee wellness training and coaching programs for 26 of the Fortune 50 companies in the United States. Following Hurricane Katrina, he founded Helping Those Helping Others, a not-for-profit providing free coaching, stress management, organizational development, and leadership training programs to organizations assisting underserved populations in the hardest hit areas.
In 2012, he joined Baptist Health South Florida to administer South Miami Hospital’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center. Soon thereafter, Mr. Vittoria assumed the role of Assistant Vice President and co-led Baptist Health’s behavioral health services integration across the enterprise.
Mr. Vittoria volunteers for various social service agencies in Miami, Florida including Chapman Partnership and Trauma Resolution Services, and for the New York City Fire Department, training trauma counselors on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Miami’s Center for Addiction Studies and Education and currently teaches addiction treatment courses at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.
He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Master’s Level Certified Addictions Professional, a Nationally-Certified Addictions Counselor, a Certified Addictions Prevention Professional, an Internationally-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Mr. Vittoria is a nationally-recognized addiction expert and has presented at over 50 clinical conferences and symposiums on the topics of substance use, the opioid epidemic, severe mental illness, and trauma recovery, nationally and internationally.
He has been trained in a variety of clinical approaches, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Traumatic Incidence Reduction, and is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Mr. Vittoria’s past Board appointments include the Miami Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Addiction Services Board of Miami-Dade County. In recognition of his thought leadership in behavioral health in Workers’ Compensation, and as an acknowledgement of David’s ambassadorship of Carisk’s strengths-focused, patient-centered, advocacy-based approach in helping to develop Carisk’s Pathways 2 Recovery™ Program, David was honored to be selected as the recipient of the 2020 Comp Laude® Service Provider/Vendor award.
Mr. Vittoria earned BA and MA degrees in Social Work from Florida International University, twice graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Senior Vice President, Sales
He joins Carisk after eight years at Paradigm Outcomes where he was responsible for increasing revenue in the workers’ compensation complex care management business.
He has served as Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association Environmental Committee, Advisor to OSU Chapter of NetImpact, Sustainability Advisor to Columbus Council on World Aﬀairs and as a member of Mayor Coleman’s Green Team. Mr. Wunderlich is a former Vice-President for the Ohio-West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Olympic Alumni Association and an avid supporter of Swim Across America for more than 20 years.
Mr. Wunderlich completed his B.A. in Communications at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, is married to professional tennis player Ann Grossman and is the father of two sons.
Vice President, Compliance and Provider Relations
Ms. Acevedo’s expertise includes extensive knowledge of HEDIS measures. She is experienced in physician, ancillary and facility contracting, including negotiating large contracts, and in payer markets, including Medicare, Medicaid and commercial lines of business.
Ms. Acevedo was a participating member of the Children’s Health Trust “Think Tank” committee.
She earned a BA from Florida International University.
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Throughout her career, she has served in various roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, she built and led the Commercial Insights & Brand Strategy Marketing department at Novocure™. In this position, she added value to the current and future commercialization eﬀorts of Optune®, an innovative Neuro-Oncology treatment for aggressive brain cancer.
Ms. Gaul has been recognized for innovative thinking and the ability to strategically transform business concepts into opportunity. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, she contributed to the successful launch of the ﬁrst immunotherapy proven to increase overall survival in advanced melanoma. At Celgene, she added to the growth of in-market oncology product acquisitions post-integra on. In this commercial marketing role, she received the Transformational Award for exceptional dedication and highly innovative accomplishments, and led the successful launch of digital marketing technology and CRM.
A member of the Alliance of Women in Workers Compensation (AWWC), she currently holds a position as ambassador for NJ and the Northeast Region. She is also an ac ve member in the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).
Ms. Gaul earned a B.S. in Business & Marketing from Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. She now leads the NJ Chapter of the Alumni Association and holds a position on the Chapter Relations & Development Committee.
Senior Vice President, Provider Network Strategy
Ms. Jennings has spent the past 30 years in the managed care industry and has a strong track record in provider network development, contract negotiations and relationship development across all levels of management and continuums of care. She is responsible for the overall integrity, growth and management of Carisk’s provider networks across all products and service lines.
Previously, Ms. Jennings held various payer and hospital consulting roles, including Aetna, nThrive, MagnaCare and Mazars USA, where she successfully conveyed each organization’s commitment to the provider community. She has extensive expertise in the healthcare market and a thorough grasp of issues confronting both payers and providers.
Ms. Jennings was a founding Co-Chair of the Payer and Provider Collaboration Committee of the NJ Healthcare Financial Management Association, which was awarded the HFMA’s Helen M. Yerger Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance in Collaboration. Ms. Jennings graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University, and earned a certiﬁcation in Design and Architectural Studies, a personal hobby and interest, from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.
Robert Post, MBA
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Human Resources and Training
Mr. Post has over 25 years of health care sales, sales support, and marketing experience. He is instrumental in the development of strategies and management of key projects for all areas of the company, ensuring that all initiatives are planned, communicated, and delivered in a timely and organized manner. Mr. Post also works closely with the management team to deﬁne and execute corporate strategies.
Previously, Mr. Post served in various management positions with some of New York’s largest insurers and PPO’s, including EmblemHealth, MagnaCare, Multi Plan, and Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Mr. Post began his career selling microcomputers to Fortune 500 companies for the NCR Corporation.
Mr. Post is a proud graduate of the New York City public school system and earned a BS in Mathematics from Dickinson College and an MBA from Boston University.
Account Director, University of Miami Health Plan for Carisk Behavioral Health
Her areas of expertise include NCQA and AAAHC accreditations, the development and implementation of organizational Managed Care Applica on (MCA) modules, call center reporting metrics, and policies and procedures.
Previously, she was Director of Business Operations for UMBH from 1993 to 2012, serving more than 400,000 Members and ensuring compliance with State and Federal guidelines, NCQA standards and established corporate performance standards.
Ms. Clara earned a BA in Business Administration and Communications from the University of Miami.
Cheryl Lynn Clemence Joseph, MBA, MPH
Director of Analytics and QI
Ms. Joseph is responsible for advanced analysis and reporting of ﬁnancial and other key metrics to Carisk’s health plans and regulatory agencies, including analysis of system processes and development of improved solutions to increase eﬃciency and reduce manual processing. She performs background research regarding clinical conditions and industry developments, and writes annual analyses regarding these issues and clinical trends for patients and Providers. Ms. Joseph also manages accreditation processes and recently led Carisk in maintaining its ﬁrst NCQA accreditation.
Ms. Joseph earned a BS in Chemistry from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, a MPH from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and a MBA from the University of Miami. She is a member of Mensa as well as Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business students.
Humberto Moya, MA
Vice President of Information Technology
Mr. Moya has more than 10 years of experience in the healthcare and information technology industries, including experience with Electronic Health Records, (EHR), Practice Management System (PMS), Patient Medical Records (PMR), Health Information Exchange (HIE), Claim Management System (CMS), and Provider and Member Portals. He has created real-time system integrations and multiple data processing clearinghouses for a variety of organizations including FloridaShots, OptumInsight, Availity, SureScripts, First Databank, Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, Baptist Health System, Aurora Diagnostics, Aegis Labs, Bostwick, MerchantOne and OnePayment.
Mr. Moya is a Certiﬁed PHP Developer and member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He earned a BA in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering from the University of Oriente, a BA in Information Technology Engineer from the University of Granma, and a MA in Management Information Systems from Florida International University.
Director of Administration
Previously, Ms. Nicolo was the Director of Administration and Marketing Manager for MagnaCare and served in executive support roles at MultiPlan and Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where she began her career as an Administrative Assistant.
She attended Mercy College on an athletic scholarship.
Lucia Pineda, MA
Associate Vice President of Finance
Ms. Pineda served as the Assistant Controller of ContinuCare Corpora on/Humana Inc. from 2007 to 2013, overseeing day-to-day operational accounting functions and interpretations of accounting data. Previously, she was Manager of Corporate Accounting for Ivax Corporation/Teva Pharmaceutical with responsibility for all ﬁnancial accounting functions, including preparation of ﬁnancial statements and ﬁnancial analysis, and ensuring compliance with tax regulations.
Ms. Pineda obtained a BA in Accounting from Florida International University and a MA in Taxation from Nova Southeastern University. She anticipates completing her CPA during 2018.
Senior Vice President, Operations
She is responsible for claims processing, Call Centers and all other operational functions at Carisk Partners lines of business, using metric driven strategies that deliver continuous process and quality improvement.
Prior to joining Carisk Partners, Ms. Beach worked at MagnaCare Administrative Services for more than a decade, serving as Executive Vice President of Operations and Director of Network Development, where she successfully managed 5 million group health claims, 3.5 million workers’ comp and no-fault claims, and a call center handling 80,000 incoming contacts monthly. She also served as Senior Manager, Network Operations for Select Providers lnc./USI Administrators.
Vice President, Client Strategies
Previously, Ms. Torres worked at Rising Medical Solutions in client acquisition and retention. She also served as Director of Operations at the MagnaCare Casualty Solutions Division, where she was responsible for day-to-day Workers’ Compensation and No-Fault operations, and oversight of the Certified PPO Program with responsibility for account management, case management and utilization review services.
She is currently Treasurer of the New York Claim Association and Past President of the NYC Association of Insurance Women.
Previously, Mr. Loffredo has served as CEO of ExamWorks Clinical Solutions, Principle and CEO of Abilities Network Services and MedAllocators, Senior Vice President of Coventry Workers’ Compensation Services, and Senior Vice President of Concentra.
Mr. Loffredo holds advanced degrees from both Springfield and Assumption Colleges and currently resides in Naples, FL. He remains active in numerous advisory positions and continues to invest in emerging companies with unique offerings that are changing the way both Insurers and those impacted by work related injuries pursue meaningful recovery and success.
Don Hurter, MA
Senior Strategic Advisor
Most recently, Mr. Hurter served as President of Rae-Cox Group, LLC. Previously, he was Global Head of Medical Management Services and Senior Vice President, Global Management Services at AIG; President of Health Direct, Inc., specializing in case management and utilization review; and President of directDME, specializing in durable medical equipment, home and vehicle modiﬁcations, transportation and translation services.
He is a published author with articles in Business and Health, Risk and Insurance, Case Management Magazine and Fortune. He previously served as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Core Funders Group; as Board Member, Insurance Rehabilitation Study Group (IRSG); and as a Member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Cornerstone Group, NCCI Medical Data Call Steering Committee and American Insurance.
Mr. Hurter earned a Bachelor of Arts from American University and a Master of Arts from George Washington University.
Director of Implementations and Strategic Execution
Mr. Nichols’ primary role is that of system integrations, system design/development, and project management for the organization’s strategic initiatives.
Previously, Mr. Nichols served as Clinical Systems Business Analyst for ExamWorks Clinical Solutions. He also served as Director of IT for both Ability Services Network and MedAllocators.
Mr. Nichols earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University.
Director, Implementations & Product Strategy
Throughout her time at Carisk, Ms. Annuzzi has gained experience and expertise in project management, operations and implementations management, account and customer support management, writing and development of technical documentation, as well as department and team building. She has cultivated strong relationships with numerous top stakeholders in the healthcare industry nationwide, including state governing boards, insurance carriers, medical billing software vendors, billing companies, provider groups, hospital systems, and other trading partners.
Ms. Annuzzi currently resides in Northern NJ where she serves on the Andover Township Board of Education as the Operations Committee Chair. She has also been active as a volunteer with other organizations including the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces and the In2Books Reading & Writing Mentorship Program. In her personal time, Ms. Annuzzi proudly supports the various musical and sports endeavors of her two sons Roman and Marco, and can be found touring the tristate area’s major and minor league baseball parks with them each summer.
Ms. Annuzzi earned her BA in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University.
Robin France, RN
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services
Previously, Ms. France worked for Coventry Health Care in Sales and Account Management for 25 years, and as an Operations and Sales Liaison at One Call Care Management. Throughout her career, she has inﬂuenced signiﬁcant positive results in client relationships, quality assurance and ﬁnancial outcomes by growing market share through strategic planning, project management and an exceptional approach to problem solving.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kent State University.
Thomas E. Durkin, III
In private practice, Mr. Durkin focused on representing growth-oriented clients in fields ranging from health care to technology, environmental and manufacturing. He represented companies in business transactions and corporate governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, debt and private equity financing and securities offerings and was materially involved in strategic growth transactions and financings.
In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Durkin has served in various senior executive management positions for both private and public companies. He also served on several public and private boards of directors and is involved in various charitable endeavors.
Mr. Durkin is a member in good standing of the Bars of the State of New Jersey (1978), United States District Court for New Jersey (1978), State of New York (1983), and United States Supreme Court (1986).
Mr. Durkin graduated from St. Benedict’s Prep (1971) and Fordham University in 1975 and graduated Cum Laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1978.
Elisa Saladrigas, MS, PsyD
Clinical & Operational Consultant
Dr. Saladrigas is experienced in NCQA, AAAHC and URAC accreditations, and has particular expertise in operations, system design and implementation, health care policy development, regulatory compliance, quality-based utilization management, coordination of care and HEDIS.
Dr. Saladrigas earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She earned a MS and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association and of the Florida Psychological Association.
President, Ancillary & Specialty Services
Mr. Lentine has over 35 years of experience in the Casualty and Disability insurance and third-party administration arena, with a primary focus on Workers’ Compensation Claims and Managed Care services. He joined the Carisk Partners team in 2021 and currently serves as President of Ancillary and Specialty Services. In his role, Lentine will be responsible for guiding the continued growth and further integration of Carisk’s Surgical Implant Management, Imaging, and Intelligent Clearinghouse programs.
Previously, Mr. Lentine spent 20 years with Broadspire in several roles including President of Broadspire Services U.S., Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Client Services. In his early career years, he held various senior claims management roles at Reliance National Insurance Company, after learning the claims craft at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and AIG Risk Management.
Mr. Lentine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ where he also played baseball (1981-1984). Mr. Lentine resides in Naples, FL with his wife Christine and they have a daughter, Alicia (age 29) and a son Michael (age 27).
Melanie Dalton, RN, BSN
Assistant Vice President, Client Strategies
Ms. Dalton has over 26 years of experience in managed care and account management services, working for employers and insurance carriers in both local and national roles. She joined the Carisk Partners team in 2021 and currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Client Strategies. In her role, Melanie will be responsible for fostering client relationships, executing client strategies, and ensuring client satisfaction.
Previously, Ms. Dalton worked as a National Account Manager for ExamWorks Clinical Solutions, managing and retaining larger clients along with sales execution. Prior, she worked in various management roles at Concentra Managed Care and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ms. Dalton also served as a Utilization Review Nurse for ReMed.
Through her consultative approach, nursing background and account management experience, she has produced positive results for clients leading to long-term, productive relationships, business development and organic growth. She helped develop customized pharmacy solutions yielding safer efficacy and lower costs.
Ms. Dalton earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.
Vice President of Sales, Clearinghouse Division
Sally is the Vice President of Sales for the Clearinghouse Division and has been with Carisk Partners for 3 years. Sally oversees the sales operations for the division and is responsible for local submitter sales including providers, billing companies, urgent care centers and health system as well as payer reporting and software vendors partnerships. Sally is the liaison for clients with our internal stakeholders. She has 20+ years’ experience in product and software sales, customer service and new business development. Prior to Carisk, Sally worked for several of the top publishing organizations in the country as a c-level sales leader. Sally resides in Wall, New Jersey with her husband, Rob and her children Robert and Jenna. Sally holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.