Learn About ConsejoSano

The healthcare system does not work for many patients.

It’s impersonal, inconvenient, unresponsive, and confusing (we would say it’s too confusing even for native English-speakers). The result is that a disproportionate number of people wait too long before seeking medical care, then engage with the healthcare system at a more expensive point than necessary-- if they engage at all.

We're committed to making healthcare work for everyone.

Our team is a multidisciplinary group of doctors, medical providers, engineers, health policy experts, visionaries, engagement specialists, and wellness practitioners from across the globe that believe that the combination of data, behavioral science, and a deep understanding of culture can create enormous value and savings for our clients and their patients, members or employees.

Meet some of our team

Abner Mason

Founder and CEO

Before creating ConsejoSano, Abner was Founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003-2008, he was founder and Executive Director of AIDS Responsibility Project, driving the creation of CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica. Abner previously served as Chairman of the International Committee and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), appointed by President Bush in 2002. He spent ten years in the Massachusetts State government, including roles as Chief Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, Governor Cellucci's Undersecretary of Transportation, and Deputy General Manager of the Massachusetts Transit Authority. Before joining state government, Abner worked as an Associate Consultant for Bain & Company.

In 2018, he founded Health Tech 4 Medicaid (HT4M), a non-profit coalition of healthtech leaders collaborating to create technology for Medicaid programs. Additionally, he is a founding council member of U.S. of Care, a nonprofit centered on improving healthcare access developed by former Medicare/Medicaid administrator Andy Slavitt. Abner serves on the Board of Manifest MedEx and is also a member of the American Medical Association’s External Equity & Innovation Advisory Group. He recently served on the Biden-Harris Policy Committee.

Alexia Garcia

Client Operations Manager

Alexia graduated with her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). She also attended USC for her undergraduate degree where she attained her BS in Policy, Planning, and Development with a concentration in Health Management. She grew up in Palo Alto, CA but has lived in Los Angeles for the last 5 years. Prior to joining the ConsejoSano family, Alexia's worked for an intensive case management firm in Los Angeles helping solve diagnostic conundrums and obtain cutting edge treatment for complex terminal diagnosis. She is well versed with navigating in the healthcare system and understands the complexity of issues currently hindering patients from obtaining high quality care at the right time, at an appropriate price, and in the right setting. Her passion for helping vulnerable at-risk populations brings her to ConsejoSano where she is excited to think creatively as to how to minimize health disparities and improve health outcomes.

Ana Vazquez

Client Operations Specialist

Ana was part of the first graduating class of Healthcare Administration majors at Anáhuac University in Mexico. She is a passionate volunteer and has coordinated several volunteering experiences before joining the ConsejoSano team. For more than 4 years she took different groups of medical students to offer health services in various states of Mexico, including Puebla, Quintana Roo, Sonora and Mexico State, among others.
One of her biggest interests is wellness. Ana also loves learning new languages and cultural diversity, as well as traveling. She’s fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.
She is looking forward for professional growth and achieving transcendence in the health sector creating impact on innovation, access and quality.

Dr. Ankita Garg

Clinical Director

Ankita is a physician and a self proclaimed Telehealth fanatic. After completing medical training in India, She practiced Internal Medicine for five years before switching to telehealth and clinical management. At ConsejoSano, Ankita provides healthcare insights and overviews to the Care Coordinator team. Before joining ConsejoSano, she worked at First Opinion, a telehealth startup, where she educated people from around the globe. She is an experienced remote team manager and operations professional, having managed day to day operations, including hiring, training, retaining, and ensuring service quality.

Arkadi Abrahamyan

Care Coordinator/ Operations Analysis Support

Arkadi joined the ConsejoSano team after relocating to the U.S. from Armenia in 2018, where he spent more than 15 years treating patients as a dentist. He uses his patient relationship skills to build authentic trust with members and patients served by ConsejoSano.

Ester Fox

Client Operations Analyst

Originally from Brazil, Ester moved to the United States in 2008. She is passionate about health and wellness as well as helping others in any possible way. Ester joined ConsejoSano in 2019 and loves that she is able to provide cultural insight to the ConsejoSano family as well as to be a part of a great work place where the main focus is to help others and increase health outcomes for communities across the United States. She holds a B.S. from California State University, Northridge.

Francisco Cruz

Patient Operations Manager

I have a background of more than 15 years in the education field. At Bachillerato Anahuac in Oaxaca Mexico, one of my main tasks was to coordinate events and contests, specifically in debate. My students participated in The Premio International Bachillerato Anahuac being awarded first, second and third places in different years. My bachelor’s degree in Education comes from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. I coordinated a group of teachers and adapted English high school curricula to our cultural environment. I hold a certificate in English language skills from Cambridge University.

Gary Rosenfield

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy

Gary is excited to be part of the ConsejoSano family and positively impact millions of lives across the country. Gary joined ConsejoSano after more than a decade of leading the Medicaid lines of business at large Managed Care Organizations. At EmblemHealth and Healthfirst New York, he was the accountable leader for nearly 1,000,000 Medicaid lives. Gary drove innovative solutions to increase membership, enhance operational, financial and quality performance while improving health outcomes and member satisfaction among Medicaid members. Earlier in his career, Gary spent nearly 10 years at Kaiser Permanente, where he led national Medicaid strategy. He helped drive unprecedented Medicaid growth across the seven Kaiser Permanente regions. Gary earned his BA in History from UCLA and his MBA from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

Genesis Fabian

Health Operations Analyst

A former Red Cross Preparedness Coordinator, Genesis began her career with disaster deployments after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Her experiences in the immediate aftermath sparked a passion for public health and social change. She joined ConsejoSano as a Care Coordinator before transitioning to Care Coordinator Team Lead. Genesis enjoys working at ConsjeoSano because everyday brings conversations with brilliant, diverse folks on the team who want better health care outcomes for the communities we serve. She is a first generation college graduate, earning her BS from CSU- Channel Islands.

Ginger Caranto

Care Coordinator Team Lead

Ginger brings over 10 years of experience in the social development sector to her role at ConsejoSano. Her work in the Phillipines has focused on a wide range of marginalized communities including migrant workers, domestic workers, trade unions, and women and children survivors of violence. Ginger is passionate about being part of ConsejoSano, where she helps to improve healthcare equity and access for underserved populations. Ginger earned her B.S. in Social Work and M.A. in Women and Development Studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Indira Orozco, MSW

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager

Indira brings her Social Work background and six years of experience working with diverse populations to her role at ConsejoSano, where she partners with clients to generate campaigns that best engage members and patients to improve health outcomes for underserved communities. Prior to joining ConsejoSano, Indira worked to found the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago. Additionally, she is the Manager of Program Partnerships for Sending in Color, an organization that works to improve justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the rock climbing community. Indira holds a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Health and Urban Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jennifer Romero

Senior Business Operations Specialist

Jennifer joined ConsejoSano with over 8 years of telecommunication sales experience. Her success in sales led her to creating and managing her own online business. She earned her B.A. in Social Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. During her time at UMass, Jenn partook in a summer study abroad where she traveled all over the Caribbean. She studied firsthand the complexities of cultural and ethnic diversity that makeup Caribbean identity. Since then, she has traveled to many countries including Thailand, Iceland, Mexico, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates. She was born and raised in Boston but is still very much connected to her Salvadoran roots. Jenn’s unique blend of sales and passion for culture and diversity led her to join ConsejoSano’s family.

John Solis

Sr. Software Engineer

I used to work for Journal Technologies building legal and court based software, before moving on to Revolution Prep to build out modular API and NLP systems. I studied at CSLUB with a major in business management and a minor in computer science. Before making the transition into software engineering at 26, I ran my own restaurant and bar in the valley. On the weekends I like staying in and baking, catching assortment of shows, or taking my dog out to the hills for a hike

Julie Sommer

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Julie is a highly accomplished marketing executive with 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working for start-ups, to mid-sized and fortune 500 companies.

In her role at ConsejoSano, Julie supports the leadership team in accomplishing the mission, strategies and execution plans of ConsejoSano, providing leadership for the organization in all areas of marketing, communications and brand management. Her primary responsibility includes the leadership of marketing to generate and optimize revenue streams by increasing the awareness, commitment and engagement of key stakeholders in the healthcare sector.

Prior to joining ConsejoSano, Julie was the Vice President of Marketing for Leavitt Partners, a healthcare consulting firm. In that role, Julie oversaw marketing and communications for the firm where she led the brand strategy, PR and media relations, demand generation, product marketing, digital marketing, thought leadership, and other strategic initiatives.

Previously, Julie served in several marketing leadership roles within the healthcare industry, including Clinigence Health, a healthcare analytics company, Cognizant (TriZetto Healthcare Products division), Medical Group Management Association, and Thomson Healthcare.
Julie received her Master’s in Technology Management from the University of Denver, and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western State Colorado University.

Kate Jenkins

Director of Communications

Kate is an operations-minded writer and manager with a knack for protocol, process, and content.

Prior to joining ConsejoSano, she was the Interim Senior Director of Central Operations at the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). She also served as the Director of Global Operations at First Opinion App (now Curai), as well as the Executive Director of the Nanubhai Education Foundation, where she had the pleasure of living and working in rural India for two years.

Kate holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University and a BA in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Kim Howell

Vice President, Growth

A business development and marketing strategy professional, Kim began her tenure with ConsejoSano on the Operations team. She built the first multicultural Care Coordinator team, owned relationships with provider clients; and created strategies to address regulatory and requirement pivots. Now she works closely with potential clients and industry stakeholders to identify how they can partner with ConsejoSano to address the challenges they face in an ever-shifting landscape.

Mayra Alvarado

Care Coordinator Team Lead

Before moving to the United States in 2017, Mayra spent 15 years as a teacher in Mexico, working primarily with adolescents. She joined ConsejoSano as a Care Coordinator in 2018 before transitioning to the Team Lead role in 2019. She continues to enjoy helping the Spanish speakers that ConsejoSano engages become more proactive with their health.

Naira Sargsyan

Operations Analyst Team Lead

Fluent in English, Russian, and Armenian, Naira joined ConsejoSano in 2019 with nearly 20 years of program management experience. Starting as a Care Coordinator, she was quickly promoted to the Operations Analysis team. Naira is passionate about the mission of ConsejoSano and loves the diversity of the ConsejoSano community.

Rajshri Ravi

Head of Product & Technology

Rajshri Ravi is Head of Product and Technology at ConsejoSano where her breadth of professional experience guides the evolution of products and solutions relied on by clients across the country. Rajshri leads the technology team from idea to market launch, ensuring end-to-end execution of the full product lifecycle. Her talent for understanding client needs and designing creative, clean solutions to user problems keeps the technology team on pace to meet the ever-changing needs of clients and the wider market.

With her commitment to quality and innovation as well as her passion for healthcare and data analytics, Rajshri has a proven record of cross-team partnerships that increase sales, client satisfaction and retention, and product reputation. She has held prior leadership roles at companies such as Omnicell and Illumina.

Rajshri holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds numerous certifications on Software Quality, Process Improvement, Agile best practices, Lean Six Sigma, and Genomics.

Roya Bahrami

Care Coordinator Team Lead

Roya brings several years of administrative and management experience to the ConsejoSano team, including office management and team coordination in direct patient care settings. She is thrilled to be part of a team where the main goal is to help those in need to live their healthiest lives. She holds a B.S in Health Administration from California State University Northridge.

Sunny Nipun

Sr. Software Engineer

Sunny is a software engineer specialized in the full stack development of web applications. He has a bachelor’s degree in information technology and a Master’s degree in computer science. Prior to Consejosano, he worked as a senior software engineer for huge service based multinational company called Igate Global Solutions and as a software developer for Deloitte on Tennessee Medicaid project. He is experienced in various web technologies and programming languages.

At Consejosano, Sunny is a part of engineering team where he develops new features for the patient engagement platform.

Vanna Giddings

Operations Analyst Team Lead

Vanna Giddings is one of ConsejoSano’s dedicated operations analyst. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and French. After, completing her Bachelors of Art in French studies with minors in Portuguese and Chemistry at Andrews University, she acquired her Emergency Medical Technician license and discovered a love for healthcare in the emergency room. Vanna is happy to have discovered a place where her love of people, healthcare, and interest in various cultures can be utilized. She is happy to have escaped the Midwest winters for the lovely California sun. She enjoys traveling with her husband, playing musical instruments, and learning new languages.

Board of Directors

Abner Mason

Founder and CEO

Before creating ConsejoSano, Abner was Founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003-2008, Abner was founder and Executive Director of AIDS Responsibility Project, leading efforts to create CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica.
He previously served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) where he was Chairman of the International Committee. He was appointed to the Council by President Bush in 2002.
He also spent ten years in the Massachusetts State government, most recently serving as Chief Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Governors´ Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift. Also served as Governor Cellucci's Undersecretary of Transportation and as Deputy General Manager of the Massachusetts Transit Authority.
Before joining state government, Abner worked as an Associate Consultant for Bain & Company. Abner is a graduate of Harvard.

Christine Aylward

Founder & Managing Partner, Magnetic Ventures

Christine Aylward has worked at the forefront of healthcare innovation since the beginning of her career and has been in venture capital since 2011. As a founder, business executive and investor, Christine evaluates companies through a unique lens, making her an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs.

She has a proven track record of investing in healthcare leaders, and her meaningful relationships and expertise span pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, genomics, technology, and finance. Her experience commercializing global franchises and building companies has awarded her deep domain and industry operating expertise. She has helped launch more than 20 products in the pharmaceutical, genomics, healthcare technology and diagnostic sectors.

Most recently, Christine was a Managing Director at Foresite Capital, which she joined at its founding. There she was instrumental in building the firm to $1.2 billion in assets under management and helped identify and grow some of the most valuable companies within the portfolio. Christine has also been an entrepreneur in the media sector and was a partner at a technology-focused investment bank acquired by Goldman Sachs. Christine currently sits on the board of ConsejoSano, Amydis, EMME and UCSF Health Hub.

Robert Garber

Partner, 7wire Ventures

Robert is currently a Partner at 7wire Ventures, where he focuses on investments in digital healthcare and technology-enabled services that empower consumers to be better stewards of their health in today’s changing healthcare ecosystem.

Robert has over 25 years of experience investing in, advising, and operating early-stage healthcare and technology companies and has co-managed three venture funds with $200+ AUM. Before joining 7wire Ventures, Robert served as Managing Director of Stratus Ventures and KB Partners where he led investments in early-stage healthcare and technology companies.

Previously, Robert served as Director of Corporate Development for FastWeb.com, a Web-based direct marketing company now owned by Monster, Inc. (Nasdaq: MNST). He joined FastWEB.com after serving as Director of Application Consulting for TechLaw Automation Partners, a technology consultancy focused exclusively on the legal industry. Robert was recruited to TechLaw Automation Partners from Gnossos Software, a software developer of applications for the public affairs, academic, and non-profit markets, where he was a key member of the development team.

Robert received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Molly Joel Coye

Executive in Residence at AVIA

Dr. Coye brings over 40 years of expertise in identifying and deploying innovation across large scale patient populations. She has previously held senior roles at top healthcare programs, including Chief Innovation Officer of UCLA Health, Director of the California State Department of Health Services, and Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey.

Dr. Coye served as a member of the board of directors of Aetna, Inc, from 2005-2015, and of multiple other organizations including the American Telemedicine Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Public Health Association. She is also currently a board member at Ginger.IO, and serves as an advisor on disruptive healthcare technologies and business models for innovators, health systems, policy makers and investors. In 2018, together with ConsejoSano CEO Abner Mason and Wildflower CEO Leah Sparks, Dr. Coye co-founded Healthtech 4 Medicaid (HT4M), a new national non-profit of CEOs from venture-backed companies building innovative solutions for the Medicaid market.
In addition to her newly elected role as board of director at ConsejoSano, Dr. Coye is Executive in Residence at AVIA, the nation's leading network for health provider systems seeking to innovate and transform through the deployment of digital solutions. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Her addition to the ConsejoSano board is effective immediately.

Advisors

Antonio Tijerino

President and Executive Director, Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Antonio Tijerino is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for 14 years. Tijerino has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and communication. He serves on boards and advisory groups to: Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School, America’s Promise Alliance, and many others. In addition, he serves on D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams' Commission on Latino Affairs.

David Kaplan, M.D.

Senior Partner and Global Leader for Clinical Solutions, Mercer

Dr. David Kaplan, MD serves as a Senior Partner and the Global Leader for Clinical Services and Solutions at Mercer. Dr. Kaplan leads Mercer’s health management product development for Asia where he is responsible for the development and launch of health and wellness related products and tools for Mercer Marsh Employee Health and Benefits. He works with large employers across the globe to develop strategies to manage and improve the health of their employees and dependents. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and is a board certified Pediatrician.

Elena Rios, M.D.

President and Executive Director, National Hispanic Medical Association

Dr. Rios has been practicing medicine for over 28 years. Dr. Elena serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. She's also President of NHMA's National Hispanic Health Foundation and serves on the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Campaign Against Obesity, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Commission to End Health Disparities, and the Nurse Family Partnership Boards of Directors; and the GE Healthcare Developing Health Access Advisory Board and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Hispanic Hiring Task Force.

Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., MPH

Director, The Disparities Solutions Center
Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He is also the founder and leader of Quality Interactions, an industry-leading company that focuses on training in cross-cultural communication for health care professionals. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees on this topic, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.
Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Juan Lopera

Vice President, Business Diversity, Tufts Health Plan

Juan is responsible for enterprise-wide efforts to identify and implement strategies to grow Tufts Health Plan's presence in diverse communities, comprising members, providers, brokers, employers, employees and vendors.
Previously, Juan was the company's director of health care services where he led various strategic initiatives, including medical cost management and provider contracting strategy and analytics.
Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan in 2010, Juan held management positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield and Deloitte Consulting.
He serves on the board of directors for The Dimock Center and on the corporate advisory board for the Association of Latino Professionals for America. Juan was also appointed by the Governor Baker administration as a member of the Health Information Technology Council.
Juan earned a B.S. from the School of Management at Boston College.

Larry Leisure

Chairman, ADVI

Experienced managed care executive and strategic investor Larry Leisure is a Co Founder & Managing Director of of the private equity firm, Chicago Pacific Founders and serves as Chairman for the Washington, DC based strategy & advisory firm ADVI. He has over 25 years of experience in the managed care arena as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant and health plan executive. He has held senior positions at nationally respected institutions including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, UnitedHealth Group, Kaiser Permanente, Accenture, Price Waterhouse and Towers Watson

Margaret Laws

President & CEO, HopeLab

Margaret has distinguished herself as a catalytic leader in health care, forging cross-sector partnerships that drive positive social impact. At HopeLab Margaret leads a multidisciplinary team combining behavioral science, user-centered design and partnerships with innovative companies to create technologies and products that help people thrive. She is passionate about bringing together government, nonprofit and private-sector stakeholders interested in advancing the role technology can play in supporting and improving health and well-being, with a particular focus on improving care and outcomes for underserved populations.
Prior to HopeLab, Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation in a number of roles, including Director of Public Financing and Policy and Director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. She also founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused fund investing in companies that improve access to and lower costs of healthcare. The Fund, launched in 2010, has now made investments in eleven early stage healthcare technology and services companies.
Prior to CHCF, Margaret served as a consultant and manager with Accenture, where she worked in both the government and health care strategy practices consulting to state health and human service agencies and healthcare payer and provider organizations. Margaret has also worked as a consultant with the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, and for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, providing technical assistance for nonprofits in developing countries. Earlier professional positions include consultant for the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS and caseworker and analyst for the Commonwealth of MA Department of Public Welfare.
Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University. She is a lecturer in management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Margaret serves on the boards of the Health Initiative of the Americas, Health Leads and Project Glimmer and as an adviser to Omidyar Network, Peer Health Exchange, the Acumen US Fund, and a number of early stage health care services and technology companies.

Molly Joel Coye, M.D.

Executive in Residence, AVIA

Dr. Molly Joel Coye is Executive in Residence at AVIA, the network of delivery systems leading healthcare transformation through digital solutions, and a member of the board of directors of Aetna, Inc. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, former Chief Innovation Officer for UCLA Health, and the founder and CEO of HealthTech. Her previous board roles have included the AHA, American Telemedicine Association, American Public Health Association, PATH, and the China Medical Board. She has also served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health, California’s Director of the Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene. Dr. Coye chairs the Industry Council for ConsejoSano.