Senior Advisors

Senator Jeffery P. Tarte
State Senator, Mayor, Chairman Emeritus ARA, and former Partner Ernst & Young

Mr. Tarte has provided consultancy services to the health care industry for over 30 years. Mr. Tarte is a leader and problem solver. He was elected to the North Carolina State Senate. In both his role as Mayor of Cornelius, North Carolina, and as a founder of Applied Revenue Analytics (ARA), his job is to assess challenges and find solutions. In addition, he was CIO of major academic medical centers in Boston and Baltimore, and spent seventeen (17) years with “Big 6” consulting firms where he served as a partner. Mr. Tarte’s expertise includes revenue cycle management, IT strategic planning, and achievement of business strategy objectives through technology.

He serves as a business advisor to health care executives across the country, and sits on various boards and committees in the community. Most recently Mr. Tarte was appointed by the North Carolina Board of Governors to serve on the Advisory Committee for setting the Strategic Direction of all the seventeen (17) member institutions of the University of North Carolina system. Whether he’s leading a town or leading a new project initiative, Mr. Tarte brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to every task before him.


Mr. Thomas D. Sherman
Of Counsel, Locke Lord, LLP

Mr. Sherman has more than 40 years of hands-on, results-oriented accomplishments in a wide variety of legal matters including: mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; SEC practice and compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley Act); commercial and employment law; equity and debt, public and private financings; general corporate law; litigation (including litigation management); and senior executive matters, including employment contracts, non-competition restrictions and severance agreements.

Mr. Sherman has demonstrated people, administrative and management skills including direct participation with boards of directors and senior executives of public and private business organizations. He has done this in all aspects of their legal and business decision-making processes.

A former First Lt. in the U.S. Army, Mr. Sherman began his legal profession in Detroit, Michigan, as an associate in a private law firm. In 1983, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he has expanded his legal career and served as general counsel, vice president and secretary for two Fortune 500 companies.


Ms. Linda A. Matern
Healthcare Executive

Ms. Matern has been in healthcare for 35+ years within the provider, payer, and technology segments of the industry. Throughout her career, Ms. Matern has served in a variety of  Executive leadership roles, including the country’s first for-profit behavioral health company Healthways, Tenet Healthcare; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a physician practice management company and assisted taking this company public; and Chief Operating Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee HIE company.

Additionally, Ms. Matern has served as a Consulting executive for over 15 years at Shared Medical Systems / Siemens Medical Solutions USA; developing a national standard for Information Technology Adoption that will be utilized by Cerner in their acquisition of Siemens Medical Solutions USA. Ms. Matern is currently providing senior advisory services to an entrepreneurial company in the mid-west.


Mr. Charlie Crawford
CEO & Chairman
Hyperion Bank

Mr. Crawford has been in banking since 1985. Charlie joined Hyperion Bank in 2017. A champion of community banking for more than three decades, Charlie previously founded three successful community banks. Most recently, he organized Private Bank of Buckhead and its holding company, Private Bancshares, Inc.. Charlie started his banking career in New York with Bankers Trust Company, and later spent 10 years with Bank South in Atlanta.  In 1996, he started The Buckhead Bank and, in 2001, Riverside Bank of Buckhead. Mr. Crawford has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, and received his MBA at Georgia State University.  He is also a graduate of the LSU School of Banking and Leadership Atlanta (2005).

Facts about JTS Health Partners

  • Holding company, JTS Ventures, Inc., established in 2002
  • Healthcare management consulting subsidiary, JTS Health Partners formed in 2009
  • A state-of-the-art virtual organization with a broad and growing footprint
  • Current team operates in approximately fourteen (14) states within the United States
  • Headquarters based in Norcross, Georgia