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 | Managing Director | Technology Advisory and Consulting
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.
Ms. Jamie Lloyd
Director, Extended Business Office | Revenue Cycle Management
With more than 24 years of RCM experience and 12 of those years in supervisory/leadership positions, Ms. Lloyd held the roles of Patient Access Representative, Patient Accounts Representative, Team Lead, Supervisor and Manager of Patient Accounts and Director of Patient Financial Services.
Ms. Lloyd has managed both commercial and governmental collections. She has high aspirations for her team members and enjoys building strong working relationships will all those she comes in contact with.
Ms. Lloyd earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Shorter College and is an active member of the HFMA, Georgia Chapter. She holds an active Advanced CPAR certification.
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 is an accomplished analyst with ten (10) years of healthcare experience providing critical intelligence and direction to JTS Leadership. In his 6 years with JTS, he has relished being a part of the significant growth of the company. He recently spearheaded the build of the Analytics Toolset which provides both internal metrics and detailed client metrics with strategic insights around the Revenue Cycle. These insights revolutionize workflow and significantly improve performance. He has experience in various EHR systems, including but not limited to: Soarian Financials, EPIC, INVISION and Allscripts.
Mr. Michael Lee Meline Jr.
Cyber & Security Officer
Mr. Meline is an innovative, strategic, operationally efficient, and results oriented information security executive with detailed knowledge of all aspects of security and security leadership. With his years of experience, he has mastered the art of risk management, prioritization, and strategic planning to ensure organizations meet acceptable levels of information security and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Meline has served as a United States Marine, worked as a law enforcement officer, an information security consultant, and is known to deliver a balanced understanding of cybersecurity risk.
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