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Preventice® Board of Directors

Patient Engagement Solutions and Mobile Health Technologies, such as wireless patient monitoring systems and mobile applications, have the potential to change the face of health care. Preventice is at the forefront of these developments and we're proud to have assembled a board of directors who are known innovators and visionaries in their fields, as well as being incredibly savvy business leaders. Under their guidance, we hope to accomplish great things.

Douglas J. Burgum

Douglas Burgum is a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist who holds numerous board appointments including executive chairman of the board of Intelligent InSites, chairman of the board and an investor of Atlassian, and founder and chairman of Kilbourne Group. In addition, Burgum was a board member and investor of SuccessFactors from October 2007 to February 2012, and he served as chairman of the board from June 2010 to February 2012 when SAP acquired SuccessFactors for $3.7 billion.

A graduate of North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MBA), Burgum worked at the Chicago office of McKinsey & Co., until 1983, when he returned to his native North Dakota and literally “bet the farm” to create the seed capital for Great Plains Software, Inc., then a very small start-up company in the fledgling PC software industry. Driven by a strong vision and powerful dream, he led Great Plains to a worldwide presence and to its successful initial public offering in 1997. Microsoft Corporation acquired the company in 2001 for $1.1 billion. From April 2001 to August 2007, Burgum served as senior vice president at Microsoft Corporation.

Burgum has received honorary doctorate degrees from NDSU (2000) and the University of Mary (2006). In 2012, he joined the advisory board of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Raikes School is a specialized honors program that focuses on computer science and management. In 2009, then-North Dakota Governor John Hoeven presented Burgum with the state’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Burgum’s philanthropic efforts focus on youth, education, and the arts

Jodi Uecker-Rust

For more than 20 years, Jodi Uecker-Rust has been a dynamic, results-oriented leader in the technology industry, holding executive-level positions in both start-up companies and in large corporations. Most recently, Uecker-Rust was president of Sage Business Solutions. Prior to Sage, she was corporate vice president of business solutions at Microsoft, and chief operating officer at Great Plains Software. Uecker-Rust was instrumental in the growth of Great Plains Software, which was ultimately acquired by Microsoft.

“When I look at Preventice, I see a team of very experienced health care and technology leaders with a strong passion and commitment to changing people’s lives,” said Uecker-Rust. “Preventice is bringing innovative solutions to market at a reasonable cost and in a measured way, which is unique for a high-tech company in an industry that faces many technical requirements and regulations.”

Uecker-Rust brings business experience and software industry knowledge to the Preventice board of directors, but she also has extensive experience in building corporate culture. During her time at Great Plains, Uecker-Rust spearheaded the efforts that resulted in the company being selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies” to work for in three separate years.

In addition to her normal board duties, Uecker-Rust will chair the compensation committee for Preventice.

Jon P. Otterstatter

Jon has earned a reputation as a creative, solutions-oriented leader and technology expert. His skills and commitment to excellence have brought high value to global enterprises while returning above-average value for the stakeholders.

Prior to co-founding Preventice, Jon served as executive vice president and chief technology officer for SPSS, Inc. Here, he guided the strategic direction, budget, personnel and daily operations for the company's worldwide technology operations.

Jon also served as senior vice president of technology for ShowCase Corporation in Rochester, MN, and was a senior programming manager at IBM. Jon holds a Master's Degree in technology management from M.I.T., and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Joseph Volpe

A strong background in engineering and technology, coupled with years of health care business development experience, have contributed to Joe's ability to identify a promising technology trend when he sees one. His 26-year career has been largely focused on product and market innovation. In Volpe’s current position as investment principal at Merck Global Health Innovation, he oversees the company’s $125 million evergreen health technology fund and investments.

His deft technology, business development experience and technical engineering background are coupled with an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies in the health care industry. This unique skill set provides Volpe with the foundation and knowledge to enable sound health technology investments.

Over the last 15 years, Volpe has executed extensive research and strategic technology analysis in the external health care technology arena, leading to progressive ecosystem investments. Projects include: a health care industry landscape review in remote access and patient monitoring, home health, health information technology opportunity analysis, and aging-in-place investment studies, and a detailed analysis and ramification study on the state of health care technology standards and interoperability.

Prior to joining Merck, Volpe worked in marketplace innovation for Johnson & Johnson, focusing on technology innovations for the company’s consumer, medical, device and diagnostics, and pharmaceutical sectors. He also led business development opportunities in the health technology arena with a concentration on applications in the evidence-based medicine/outcomes/e-marketing and sales platforms. Volpe began his career as a systems engineer with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) working with health care insurance systems, military systems and robotics.

In addition to his position on the Preventice board of directors, Volpe also sits on the board for Physicians Interactive and Mihealth.

Mervyn Turner, Ph.D.

Merv Turner, Ph.D., comes to his position on the Preventice board of directors with more than 25 years experience in the life sciences industry. Prior to his retirement, Turner served as chief strategy officer for Merck in New Jersey, where he held various leadership positions. During his tenure at Merck, Turner was responsible for drug discovery, research and development, licensing and business development, emerging markets analysis, and strategy development and implementation.

Turner currently works as an advisor to Bay City Capital, a San Francisco venture capital firm, and as an advisor to small health care businesses. He also serves on the scientific advisory board for Excel Venture Management, and on the scientific advisory board for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Preventice is a good example of the data-enabled services and solutions model that starts with the physician and connects directly to patients. This is very important to the future of health care because we, as an industry, need to enable physicians to help patients get the best value from their health care,” said Turner. “I see great potential in Preventice because of their unique approach to growth, and their passion for creating change from within.”