Leadership

Peter Hartzler, Senior Software Architect

Peter is a member of the team that writes the software behind Inspire. Peter is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and draws on over 25 years of software development experience to help ensure that Inspire is as stable, secure and maintainable as possible. Peter's previous experience includes hands on work with an encyclopedic array of information technologies, in roles including maintenance developer, systems analyst/architect, consultant, team manager, and business owner. When not coding, Peter keeps his eye on the Northern Virginia skies, in case it might be a good day to go flying.

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Heather Holder, Community Manager

Heather is a community manager, helping to keep things running smoothly within the online communities at Inspire. Heather has a BA from Columbus (GA) State University. Previously, she worked in recruiting and HR; and has moderated and been involved in many online communities. In her free time she can be found riding and competing horses, and volunteering at a therapeutic horsemanship center.

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Philip Horger, Engineer

Philip started his career at an early age, sticking a key into a 120 volt electrical outlet on the outside his family's house before he could walk. From then on, he was bound to a life of software development and a deep connection with machines that is only rivaled by his ability to communicate with animals through body language and vocalization.

Philip is a jack-of-all-trades software engineer at Inspire, an ecstatic supporter of open source technologies and ideologies, a hobbyist FOSS programmer on the side, and is planning a local community-run mesh network in his town.

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Tasha Jaeger, Designer

Tasha is responsible for the look, feel, and usability of Inspire's Web sites and print collateral. Having had family and close friends deal with severe health issues, she is passionate about making it easy for people with health concerns connect via Inspire. Previously she worked at Testmart.com, where she also acted as the liaison between the marketing and engineering departments. Tasha has a BA in Computer & Video Imaging from Cogswell Polytechnical College. When not creating graphics, HTML, and CSS, she can be found creating in a variety of other media, including stained glass, leather working, sewing, and cooking.

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Andrea Kanze Mueller, Director of Business Development

Andrea brings a decade of healthcare experience in international pharmaceutical sales, marketing, and business development, having served on executive leadership teams in both North America and Europe.

Born abroad and raised in the US, she holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Foreign Relations masters from the Universita’ di Siena, in Italy.

She speaks several languages and enjoys connecting people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, specifically when it results in improving the quality of life and well being of patients. Having dedicated her time to Doctors without Borders, DOCARE, and VISIONS as a volunteer and medical translator on global humanitarian missions, she now welcomes her next meaningful journey.

She lives in New York with her husband, a commander in the U.S. Navy, and loves swimming, skiing, and snowboarding as well as exploring new and exciting lands whenever possible.

Adam Kleger, Director, Life Sciences Partnerships

Adam has over 20 years experience the healthcare space, including more than eight years as an outpatient physical therapist, and over seven years supporting pharmaceutical marketing and market research functions with such companies as Protocol Publications, ListenLogic Health and Verilogue. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, and masters degree in physical therapy from Temple University.

Adam has a keen interest in connecting patients with rare diseases in the social space, fueled by simultaneous rare cancer diagnoses in 2007 for both his wife and mother-in-law. Adam lives outside Philadelphia, PA with his wife, three children, and dog. He enjoys family time, classic rock music, and playing hockey.

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Danielle Leach, Director of Partnerships

Danielle came to Inspire with over 15 years experience in the health nonprofit industry. Danielle has worked in leadership positions at the American Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Strang Cancer Prevention Center in cancer control, program development and implementation. While overseas for six years in Latin America, she served as an international development consultant for CARE, Catholic Relief Services, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PLAN International, working on AIDS-related programming and resource development training.

Danielle is also a dedicated volunteer and advocate for cancer and children's issues. She is the founder of the Mason Leach Superstar Fund at Children's National Medical Center, in memory of her son, Mason, who died of pediatric medulloblastoma in 2007. Danielle also serves on several boards and committees related to children's issues and health in the community. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Health Policy and Management from New York University.

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Amir Lewkowicz, Vice President of Partnerships

Amir Lewkowicz is Co-founder and Vice President for Partnerships at Inspire. Amir is leading Inspire's efforts in partnering with patient advocacy groups as well as with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Prior to Inspire, Amir was a Director of Channel Management at Sphera, a leading provider of Web hosting automation software, and a Senior Account Manager at Triangle Technologies, a company that specializes in creating strategic alliances between Asian and non-Asian technology companies. Amir received his BA from The George Washington University and his MBA from Babson College. It was at Babson where he became fascinated with social media and decided to make social media his career. Amir lectures at Babson and Olin about entrepreneurship and his experiences in launching and growing a company.

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Brian Loew, CEO

Brian created Inspire in 2005 with the goal of accelerating clinical trial recruitment through the use of safe, trusted online social networks, organized by medical condition, for patients and their caregivers. Brian believes that patient contributions to medical progress have been historically underappreciated, and great progress in medical research will result from involving patients and fully valuing their contributions.

Previously, Brian was responsible for technology strategy for The Washington Post, where he developed innovative products and acted as a technology liaison between the newspaper and washingtonpost.com. Brian has been an Internet entrepreneur since 1994 when he founded worldweb.net, a content management software company that created and launched over 100 websites for major publishers including U.S. News & World Report, Hachette Filipacchi, Time Warner, and The Washington Post Company.

Brian has degrees in physics and economics from The George Washington University. He is a regular author and speaker on topics related to e-health, patient empowerment, and healthcare social media.

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Beth McNaughton, Vice President of Community

Beth has been with Inspire since 2006 and oversees Inspire's online patient support communities' moderation and the Inspire help desk. Beth also works closely with Inspire Trusted Partners to ensure their community is the best it can be. In addition, Beth is involved in helping define and improve the member experience. Beth has over 12 years of experience with customer and client relations and has been actively involved in participation and moderation of online social networks for over a decade. Beth has been quoted in the national media on topics related to expertise in managing online groups and social networking.

Prior to Inspire, she worked for SRA International where she was a project manager for one of the firm's largest EPA contracts, EnergyStar, and responsible for implementing and managing a help desk system to support all of the government clients and their customers applying for EnergyStar certification. Prior to SRA, Beth was a project manager and customer relations expert for worldweb.net.

Beth holds a BA in English from The George Washington University. Her interests include reading, writing and traveling.

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John Novack, Director of Communications

John comes to Inspire with a background in newspaper reporting and in healthcare specialty publishing and communications. John was director of marketing communications and strategy for patient safety software company Quantros, Inc., of Milpitas, CA, and medical market development director at EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA. John was also group publisher at healthcare information company HCPro, of Marblehead, MA.

John is a past board member of the Specialty Information Publishers Foundation (SIPF). He was a board member and officer of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) in the AHCJ's formative years. He has spoken and written on healthcare social media, online community building, and specialty publishing, for the AHCJ and the Specialized Information Publishers Association, among others. His interests include running, traveling, reading, music and Boston sports teams.

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Allison Rand, Vice President of Project Engineering and Client Services

Allison leads the design and production of projects using the Inspire platform. Allison is a seasoned digital media professional with experience at TV One, LEGO, Discovery, and also at nonprofit organizations such as the National Sleep Foundation and Coalition for the Homeless.

Allison started her career at iVillage.com as the associate producer of Diet & Fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Purchase College, SUNY.

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Eric Reckling, Art Director

Eric works on the design, look and feel as well as the user experience of the Inspire website.

Moving from the Midwest to New York to study art, he received his masters degree from the New York Academy of Art. Soon after graduating he entered the field of web design during the dotcom boom around 1999. He has since fell in love with the field and has never left.

Before coming to Inspire, Eric worked as an art director at LEGO, creating sites around their various franchises and other initiatives. In his off-time when not on a computer, he likes to keep up with his traditional artistic skills by drawing and sketching around New York.

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Anthony Sheetz, Senior Systems Engineer

Anthony graduated from Virginia Tech in 1996 and joined the IT department at the Washington Post Newspaper. While there, he rose to manage the Messaging Infrastructure group. After leaving the Post, he worked at Zurka Interactive, managing the web infrastructure of other small businesses. He built unique browser-based applications for the likes of Balducci's and the Naval Research Lab, and he also wrote the core code of StartUpHire.com, Zurka's last major client before Anthony joined Inspire.

Anthony enjoys playing with his two children, bicycling, reading, and solving problems using silicon.

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John Taylor, CFO

John comes to Inspire after five years as CFO of CodeRyte, Inc., a Bethesda, MD-based medical coding software company. John helped CodeRyte grow annual revenues over 400% during his tenure. Prior to working for CodeRyte, John was Senior Vice President for Consumer Markets at both Qwest Communications and LCI International. Over nearly a dozen years he served in several sales, marketing and business strategy roles at MCI Communications, including Vice President of Partner Marketing. He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Walter Wlodarczyk, Chief Technology Officer

Walter co-founded Inspire with Brian Loew and Amir Lewkowicz. As Chief Technology Officer, he has been responsible for the technology behind Inspire since the company's inception. Walter has over 10 years of experience in system design and engineering. Prior to Inspire, Walter worked in research and development at worldweb.net, the maker of an enterprise content management software system. He was also a software engineer for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, where he contributed to the development of systems that facilitate collaboration between biotechnology firms. Walter holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and Fordham University. He lives in New York City. His interests include photography and urban art.

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