Leadership

Leadership Aug 22, 2016

Management team overview

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.

Adam Kleger

VP, Business Development

Adam has over 20 years experience in the healthcare space, including 8 years as an outpatient physical therapist, and the last 12+ 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 master’s degree from Temple University.  Adam has a keen interest in connecting patients with cancer and rare diseases in the social realm, fueled by simultaneous rare cancer diagnoses in 2007 for both his wife and mother-in-law.  Adam lives outside Philadelphia, PA with his wife and three children.

Beth McNaughton

VP, Community

Beth has been with Inspire since 2006 and oversees Inspire’s online patient support communities’ moderation and the 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 15 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.

Erik Jones

Vice President, User Experience and Data Science

Since 1997 Erik has been involved in the field of internet technology, working for such diverse institutions as Guest Services, The American Institute of Physics, The Washington Post, Dante Consulting, and Shepherd University. While Chief Architect at The Washington Post, Erik was responsible for modernizing the feed that brought data from the newspaper to the website, and created the design of the taxonomic structure that allowed related content to be delivered to the user.  He is keenly interested in delivering new and unique products to members, exploring user data to determine behavior patterns, and using machine learning to delve deep into user generated content to discover insights that have value for those in the medical industry, as well as related fields.

Michael Schwien

VP, Finance

Mike comes to Inspire with over 25 years of accounting and finance experience ranging from high growth technology start-ups to multi-industry companies with over $1B+ in annual revenues.  He has served as the senior financial executive for publicly traded, private and venture backed software and technology entities.  Most recently he was the VP of Finance for EngagePoint, a $100M systems integrator implementing Healthcare Information Exchanges for State governments.  Other industry experience includes healthcare related business intelligence and big data analytics, e-learning, SharePoint collaboration software and geospatial software and services.  At Overwatch Systems he facilitated a successful roll up strategy and sale to Textron, Inc.  Mike started his career with Deloitte & Touch, is a CPA and a graduate of University of Colorado.

Peter Hartzler

Chief Technology Officer

Peter brings decades of experience in designing, developing and managing information technology systems and managing teams that do these things.  With wide ranging perspectives including business ownership, embedded systems development, systems administration, systems security analysis, Internet development and full lifecycle management of complex systems, Peter has the perspective to guide the technical development at Inspire.  Peter joined Inspire near the beginning, in 2007, and has been instrumental in helping the company grow and solidify its position as the leading health-centric social network.  As a result of this tenure, Peter is in a unique position to understand how and why our systems work the way they do, and to shape Inspire’s technological basis as the company moves forward.

Anthony Sheetz

Anthony Sheetz

Vice President of Engineering

Since joining Inspire in 2013, Anthony has focused on modernizing Inspire’s systems, allowing Inspire to focus on making a great site for its members and clients. Anthony has decades of experience personally solving problems using computers, and leading teams to do the same. From building the system which put color on the front page of The Washington Post, to leading the group of system administrators for streaming music at AOL, to building a job site for startups, to migrating Inspire’s legacy infrastructure to cloud computing, Anthony has the experience to lead the growth of Inspire. He has a bachelor’s degree in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech.

Richard Tsai

VP, Marketing

Richard is a marketing strategist and digital technologist with specialization in the life sciences, biotech/ biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries.  He has over 10 years of experience in marketing strategy, analysis, product development and management.  As the Vice President of Marketing, Richard is responsible for developing the brand and accelerating the growth for Inspire as the leading social network for health.  Prior to Inspire, Richard held various commercial roles in the life sciences, and most recently was the Area Director of Marketing at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he focused on the development and execution of their marketing and digital strategy.

Dave Taylor

Director, Market Research

Dave has worked with 70+ brands and 30 companies across dozens of therapeutic categories to address a wide array of business questions while striving to bring forth the opportunities and obstacles that exist in these markets.  Before joining Inspire, Dave worked for a number of prominent research vendors, executing both quantitative and qualitative studies.  Dave’s background also includes experience in marketing, brand promotion and business development.  Dave earned his BBA in Marketing from Temple University and his MBA in Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University.

Hillary Kuhl

Director, Client Services

Hillary is a digital advertising professional who has experience with diverse client bases; ranging from healthcare, CPG, QSR, automotive, and more.  She manages the Client Services team at Inspire which is responsible for all client work including client email campaigns and banner advertisements.  Constantly staying on top of the latest digital ad trends, Hillary is always looking for the latest technology that could be utilized for Inspire. She was most recently at MRM/McCann, the digital production AOR for General Motors.  Her project and client management skills were utilized for GM’s websites, online advertising, and email blasts.  Other experience includes ad operations, creative briefing, project management, analytics/reporting, user acceptance testing and QA.