Mr. Thomas D. Stewart, Jr.
President, CEO and Co-Founder
Mr. Stewart has over two (2) decades of professional healthcare experience. He co-founded JTS Health Partners and its holding company, JTS Ventures, Inc. (formed in 2002), with the healthcare subsidiary in operation since 2009. He is a results-oriented executive with progressive information technology, consulting, financial management and revenue cycle management experience within the healthcare provider and physician sectors.
“Our firm remains focused on providing our clients with tremendous value and service level. Our internal goals are simple, every client is a reference; which continues to remain true. Our promise is simple, we operate serving our client’s best interest with top talented healthcare professionals,” Mr. Stewart says.
Mr. Stewart began his healthcare career in Atlanta, Georgia and has worked for the following organizations: International Business Machines (IBM), Coram Healthcare, Oncology Partners/Value Sciences, KPMG Peat Marwick and Siemens Medical Solutions USA. He has an accounting degree from Kennesaw State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Georgia.
Mr. Stewart is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Private Bank of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he and his wife, Julie Echols Stewart, co-founded a Georgia non-profit foundation named “Starfish Kids”. Since 2012, this organization has assisted with providing services to children who have needs within the autism spectrum field. The Stewart’s reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have two (2) children: Anthony and Annalise.
Mrs. Julie Stewart
Senior VP Integration Services & Privacy Officer
Mrs. Stewart has twenty (20+) years of experience in Information Services related to distributed application web, and database development, b2b commerce, network operations, as well as both product and project management. In 2002, she co-founded JTS Ventures, Inc. utilizing both her technical consulting and business operations expertise.
Mrs. Stewart began her career in Atlanta, Georgia working with the following organizations: International Business Machines (IBM), Lithonia Lighting, HBO & Company, and Harbinger (Inovis). She has experience leading both development (planning, design, & full-scale application development) and operations in manufacturing & distribution, electronic commerce & healthcare – all specializing in highly effective Information Systems & Processes. Her role within JTS Integration Services covers executive management of Information Technology, Analytics Development, Privacy & Security, and Facility Management.
Mrs. Stewart is additionally a co-founder of Starfish Kids, a non-profit organization providing support for children in the autism spectrum. She and her children are actively involved in volunteer activities in community organizations such as YMCA, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Young Men’s Service League; all providing support for community efforts across the Atlanta area. Most importantly, she is Mother to two children: Anthony and Annalise, who attend Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Mr. Paul Merrywell
SVP and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Merrywell has over thirty (30) years as an experienced and innovative industry leader with extensive knowledge and skills as a healthcare executive. Prior to joining JTS Health Partners, Mr. Merrywell served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Mountain States Health Alliance; one of the largest healthcare systems in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In addition to serving in a senior leadership role at the 6th largest Catholic healthcare system in St. Louis – Mercy Health System, Mr. Merrywell served as a Data Systems Officer in the United States Marine Corps. His major projects included several $150+ million construction projects with $120+ million information technology and equipment budgets, utilizing project and support staffs of 200+ team members
Mr. Merrywell earned his Bachelor of Science, Business and Management degree from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science Management from Webster University – St. Louis, Missouri. He is certified in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundations.
Ms. Karen Neely, SHRM – CP
Senior Director, Human Resources
Ms. Neely has over twenty-five (25) years of human resources experience and currently serving as Senior Director of Human Resources. Her experience encompasses recruiting and talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations and HR compliance. She spent all of her professional years in the financial services industry prior to joining JTS.
Ms. Neely is a certified HR professional with the Society for Human Resource Management and has held positions of leadership in the organization.
Ms. Linda A. Matern
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. 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.
Mr. Abner Brignoni, CCS
Health Information Management
Mr. Brignoni has over twenty-five (25) years of healthcare experience currently serving as the Director of Client Services for the Health Information Management Practice. He is a senior certified coding consultant with extensive experience in the following areas: hospital operations, management, advisory consulting and coding. His professional experience includes six (6) years as a Clinical Analytics Director with an emphasis on ICD-10 financial impacts, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and education (both physician and coder), along with coding and physician documentation audits. In addition, Mr. Brignoni also served in the capacity of Data Quality Manager for seven (7) years for a large Orlando-based hospital.
Mr. Brignoni is well versed regarding DRG/grouper and encoder experience, having worked with Federal DRG’s through version 24, MS-DRG’s, and AP-DRG’s.
Ms. Melanie Dragosljvich, RHIA
Health Information Management
Ms. Dragosljvich is a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and certified health data analyst (CDHA) with over thirty (30) years of HIM experience inclusive of HIM Director roles spanning over twenty-one (21) years within the healthcare industry. She has managed both Coding and HIM teams; led numerous initiatives to improve processes; and provided vision and design for information systems to support improvements in coding, HIM, revenue cycle and the Electronic Health Record (EHR).
She combines HIM content, project management and performance improvement expertise with best practices in change management and transition management. She understands not only the technical work issues, but also the human relation issues that influence the success of the HIM/EHR outcomes.
Ms. Rhonda Childress, RHIT
Health Information Management
Ms. Childress has over thirty-five (35) years of healthcare experience currently serving as the Director of Client Services for the Health Information Management Practice. Additionally, she has operated as Patient Financial Services (PFS) corporate directors, as well as Privacy Officer. Her experience encompasses inpatient and outpatient coding, implementing multiple enterprise-systemes in the acute care hospital setting. Additional experience includes HIM and revenue cycle management improvement/solution for discharge not final billed (DNFB) reduction programs, master patient index (MPI) integrity initiatives, coding (with auditing) operational assessments, coding outsourcing and computer assisted coding (CAC)implementation.
Ms. Childress has over thirty (30) years of acute hospital experience in healthcare information technology. She is considered by the AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Ms. Marqueshia Florence, RHIT
Health Information Management
Ms. Florence has over twenty-two (22) years of healthcare experience and currently serving as the manager of Coding Services for the Health Information Management Practice. She has ten (10+) years of combined management, supervisory, teaching and auditing experience. Her specialty is focusing on reducing discharged not final billed (DNFB) and assisting facilities following a troubled conversion and implementation of new Revenue Cycle Management systems – focusing attention to details as they relate to functions, systems, procedures and analysis.
Her passion is introducing new additions to the world of Health Information Management and watching them flourish. Ms. Florence received her RHIT credentials from AHIMA in 1996.
Mr. Scott Perry, MBA
Revenue Cycle Management
To create value for our clients, we listen first and document our client’s needs to understand the what and why before the how. We match their needs with a solution and then bring their solution to life.
Sixteen (16) years of healthcare experience, six (6) in revenue cycle and financial systems information technology management and ten (10) years in managed care healthcare informatics. Specializing in the use of business process engineering and Lean for revenue cycle systems, reporting and predictive analytics.
Significant recent accomplishments include…
Mr. Shane O’Hare, MBA
Business & Clinical Process Improvement
With over twenty (20) years of healthcare experience Mr. O’Hare has served in roles such as Lab Outreach Manager, Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications and Corporate Director of Value Optimization System (lean process improvement). He spearheaded efforts to increase referral laboratory business 20-fold, served as a subject matter expert to improve patient market share by seven (7) percent across numerous states growing net revenue by millions of dollars. Mr. O’Hare is an expert at modeling work and designing efficient and effective workflows.
As Director of Value Optimization System for a large regional healthcare system, Mr. O’Hare developed, re-designed and implemented workflows addressing and removing waste for many hospital and clinic departments. Most notably during his tenure redesigning a regional IDN central business office a $20M annual cost savings was attributed to his improved workflows and waste removal activities.
Mr. O’Hare is passionate about problem solving and leverages his understanding of data and human behavior to help maximize organizational and individual performance.
Director of Accounting
Ms. Mooney has served in corporate accounting in various roles for 15 years. Ms. Mooney worked for BellSouth Cellular in the fixed asset, cash, inventory and corporate accounting departments, giving her a well-rounding corporate accounting background. She earned her CPA license in 1999. After joining JTS Health Partners in 2011, Ms. Mooney has developed the corporate accounting department encompassing analysis, general ledger reporting, payroll and financial reporting.
Ms. Mooney has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in Accounting from University of Texas at Arlington.
Mr. Wynn has over five (5) years of healthcare experience and currently serving as our IT and reporting analyst for both the Revenue Cycle Practice and Health Information Management Practice. He has worked with Soarian Financials for most of his tenure and is a superuser of the system. His focus now is creating critical intelligence with analytics and Power BI. The reports created have given many insights into our business practices.
Mr. Wynn has a Bachelor Degree of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Keiser State University.
Mr. Michael Lee Meline Jr.
Cyber & Security Officer
MsIA, CISSP, CEH, CFE, TNCA, C)DFE, ACE
Ms. Sunny Nastase
Lead Strategist, Genomics
Ms. Nastase is a bold, seasoned and dynamic executive with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries and business models, with an emphasis on healthcare and retail strategy development and execution. She brings a wealth of expertise in areas such as healthcare logistics, e-Commerce business models, direct-to-consumer strategies and cutting-edge talent management approaches. She is known as a vocal and spirited advocate for female and minority talent as well as enhanced customer experience approaches. Ms. Nastase has a well-earned reputation for unleashing the very best in people and ideas, and has been a pioneer and energetic supporter of diversity and inclusion through mentorship, leadership and targeted program development. Currently, Nastase serves as Lead Strategist for JTS Health Partners we launch a ground-breaking genomics innovation in the field of “liquid biopsy”.
Ms. Nastase has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida, and holds a Masters in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.