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Preventice® is powered by a leadership team with extensive experience in technology, mobile solutions, and health care. We understand the outcomes health care providers seek and how consumers interact with and use technology to improve their health and daily lives. This intersection between industry and consumer needs is the sweet spot for mobile health technology-and for Preventice.

Jon P. Otterstatter
Co-founder, President, and CEO

Jon Otterstatter 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 stakeholders.

Prior to co-founding Preventice, Otterstatter served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for SPSS. While at SPSS, he guided the strategic direction, budget, personnel and daily operations for the company's worldwide technology operations. Otterstatter also served as Senior Vice President of Technology for ShowCase Corporation in Rochester, MN, and was a Senior Programming Manager at IBM.

Otterstatter holds a Master's degree in Technology Management from M.I.T., and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Kevin Nickels
Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Nickels has proven his ability to lead medical device companies from start to finish, navigating the complex regulatory waters and capitalizing on global market opportunities. In his position as chief operating officer for Preventice, Nickels will harness the momentum behind the company’s BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System and steer Preventice operations to maximize the potential of the rapidly growing remote monitoring industry.

Prior to joining Preventice, Nickels was president and CEO of CytoPherx, Inc., a biotech company clinically evaluating a cell processing therapy for the treatment of acute kidney injury/severe sepsis. Prior to CytoPherx, Nickels was president and CEO of Rubigo Technologies, Inc., a transdermal drug delivery company targeting the treatment of skin cancer; chairman of Advanced Vein Therapy, Inc., a developer of a catheter-based drug delivery system for vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists; president and CEO of Celleration, Inc., a medical device company serving the advanced wound care and tissue regeneration market that established itself as an emerging standard of care with a unique CPT reimbursement code; and president and CEO of Kinesis Medical, the developer of a therapeutic back brace. Before entering the medical device industry in 1997, Nickels was a business unit leader for Rosemount Aerospace where he led and acquired multiple business units.

Mike Smith
Chief Technology Officer

After 24 successful years at IBM, Mike Smith joined Preventice as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Smith is responsible for the overall technical vision and direction of Preventice, and leads the design and development of the Preventice Care Platform.

During his tenure at IBM, Smith served as Chief Technology Officer, received the Distinguished Engineer designation, and developed partnerships with Zend, Databorough, Information Builders and MySQL. Smith also served as Chief Software Architect for IBM's i5/OS software strategy and planning, and led the ERP partner development for the AS/400.

Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University and an Executive MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Emily Benner
Senior Vice President of Research & Development

Emily Benner has over 20 years of experience in software development as an engineer, software development manager, and executive leading large, global development organizations at IBM. She has development experience with firmware, operating systems, and applications.

Prior to joining Preventice, she was Director of Technical Enablement for Software Partners where she led a global team located in the U.S., Germany and India to co-develop solutions with strategic partners.

Benner received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Drew Palin
Chief Medical Innovation Officer

As leader of medical innovation for Preventice, Dr. Drew Palin brings unique expertise and exceptional skills to the table. His experiences as a family practice physician and serial entrepreneur provides Preventice a unique combination of a practicing physician's perspective with a keen understanding of what is possible with today's emerging mobile and wireless medical sensor technologies.

Prior to Preventice, Palin founded several start-up companies including: Take Control, Competitive Edge, ThinkMed and PointOne Systems. Most recently, Palin collaborated with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to develop All One Mobile, a Blue Cross company that developed a system to securely relay medical records to patients' cell phones.

Palin received his Medical degree from Mayo Medical School and his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Stanford University. Palin is board certified by ABFM and maintains his medical license in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Bryan Claseman
Vice President of Marketing

Bryan Claseman joins the company with over 30 years of medical device experience in urology, vascular, and orthopedic markets.  He has held senior management and executive marketing, business development, and information technology positions at several early stage companies (Preventice, Cardiovascular Systems, IntraTherapeutics) and several multi-national companies (Pfizer, Zimmer, Boston Scientific, Schneider WW, American Medical Systems).

Claseman received his MBA in Venture Management from the University of St. Thomas, a Bachelor degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch, and Associate degrees in Business Computers and Business Management from the University of Minnesota - Crookston.

Kim Wetschka
Vice President of Human Resources

Kim Wetschka is an accomplished Human Resources leader with over 25 years of experience in both startups and large companies.

She began her career at Jostens, Inc., where she spent 13 years contributing to and directing human resources.  Wetschka then worked as an Human Resources Consultant and led the human resouces department of RiverTown Trading during their merger period, before working for nine years in human resources management, primarily as Vice President of Human Resources, at Merrill Corporation in St Paul, MN, an international company with nearly $1B annual sales and 7,000 employees. From 2009-2012, Wetschka worked as Vice President of Human Resources for Inter-Mark Corporation, a start-up global marketing firm.

Wetschka received her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota-Mankato.