Our Leadership

ArborMetrix brings together expertise, experience, and passion at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business.

Executive Team

Kurt Skifstad, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Kurt leads ArborMetrix in executing on its mission by setting the company strategy, and driving its progress by supporting strong team culture, transparent communication, and a growth mindset.
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Kurt’s prior experience includes more than 25 years of founding and leading successful early- and growth-stage software ventures, targeting a variety of markets, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, entertainment, and consumer products. In addition to his domestic and international operating roles, Kurt was Entrepreneur in Residence at RPM Ventures, a seed- and early-stage venture firm that invests in information technology, and he taught a course on entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. Kurt holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), and he attended the Executive Education Program at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Kurt currently serves on the board of directors of the PCPI, where he is co-chair of the National Quality Registries Network.

Chris Birkmeyer, M.S.

Chief Science Officer

Chris provides leadership and expertise in the areas of data science and analytics that transform real-world data into real insights that our customers use to improve quality, advance research, and measure and optimize value.
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Chris oversees the design, development, implementation, and refinement of measures, methods, and reports within the ArborMetrix platform, as well as the preparation of research and analysis for individual customers.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in health services research, outcomes analysis, and software development. Prior to joining ArborMetrix, Chris was Executive Vice President at SCIO, where he was responsible for software development, delivery and sales, and the practice lead for analytics and actuarial services. Previously, he directed the informatics department at Health Dialog, managed the Data Center for the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and consulted for The Leapfrog Group. He holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from Dartmouth.

Spencer Heaton, M.D., M.B.A.

Chief Medical & Commercial Officer

Spencer is an experienced physician-executive with a valuable perspective that helps him lead ArborMetrix in its delivery of healthcare analytics, clinical data registry, and post-market surveillance solutions.
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Spencer provides strategic guidance to ArborMetrix’s customers and team to help them drive clinical quality improvement initiatives, advance research, and develop industry partnerships and commercialization opportunities.

Spencer earned his M.D. and M.B.A. at the University of Michigan, and completed residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Health System. Following residency, he completed subspecialty fellowship training in pain medicine at Johns Hopkins. He has experience in private medical practice, including founding a comprehensive sports medicine, spine, and pain management clinic. In addition to his clinical roles, Spencer has experience in medical device and pharmaceutical development, as well as life science venture capital.

Steven Higgins

Chief Technology Officer

Steven leads the direction and development of ArborMetrix’s platform. He understands the complexities of the healthcare industry. His experience in developing the vision and strategy for differentiated technology drives innovation across ArborMetrix.
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Steven has served in technology leadership roles for more than 17 years. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Candelis, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and cost-effective medical data management and PACS solutions for hospitals and imaging centers.

He also has extensive experience building and growing successful engineering teams, support organizations, quality systems, and quality teams. Steven completed the Executive Program for Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and his Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of California Irvine.

Colin Wearring, M.B.A.

Chief Product Officer

Colin advances our mission to improve healthcare through data science by establishing and implementing the vision and roadmap for our platform and associated technologies and analytic systems. He serves as a liaison and expert across teams.
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Colin ensures the platform meets the needs of the market and our customers. He brings extensive experience to the ArborMetrix team.

Colin has previously served as a consultant for health systems and provider organizations. He also served as Chief Technology Officer for SherTrack LLC, where he led the development, launch, and deployment of SaaS predictive analytics supply chain solutions. He has held numerous leadership roles in data analytics, technology, and software engineering, and has expertise in deploying enterprise software. Colin received his B.S.C. in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, his M.S.C. in Control Systems from the University of Cincinnati Structure Dynamics Research Laboratory, and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan.

Steve Richvalsky

Chief Financial Officer

Steve is an experienced leader with nearly three decades of building great companies with exceptional teams and strong cultures. His experience includes business planning, financial management, fundraising, and operational development and execution.
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Steve is responsible for overseeing ArborMetrix’s financial and business operations.

Prior to joining ArborMetrix, Steve served as CFO of HandyLab, a molecular diagnostic company where he guided the growth and venture financing of the company, ultimately resulting in its acquisition by Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX). Previously, Steve served as CFO of Ardesta, an industry accelerator dedicated to the development of microsystems and other small technologies. He was CFO of a life science products company through its period of rapid growth culminating in its acquisition.  Early in his career he held financial management positions with several innovative technology and software companies. Steve was an audit manager at Ernst & Young and earned a BSBA in accounting from John Carroll University.


Shannon Eubank

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Shannon brings a deep understanding of the market, its stakeholders, and its opportunities and challenges.
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With more than 15 years of experience, Shannon has a strong, customer-focused attitude and an unmatched ability to bring our customers’ vision and goals to life through solutions designed to fully leverage our product suite and analytics. She oversees the innovation lab and strategic direction for our product suite.

Bradley Moore, M.P.H.

Director, Registry Solutions

Bradley has the experience, knowledge and passion to help our customers use our software and analytics to create impactful registries.
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Bradley considers registries to be so much more than data - they are living, evolving, valuable resources that drive meaningful, measurable quality improvement.

He has more than a decade of experience implementing technology solutions for nonprofits, government agencies, and healthcare organizations to help extend their value. He is driven to find innovative and high-impact solutions to health care’s most intractable issues. Previously, Bradley served as a Senior Program Manager at ArborMetrix overseeing the design and implementation of numerous projects. Currently, he works with various medical societies to help address their technology needs. Bradley received his M.P.H. from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Luis Leon

Director, Real-World Evidence Solutions

Luis leads the design and development of ArborMetrix solutions with his passion for finding simple, elegant solutions to real-world problems.
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Luis is on the front lines of both designing and building cutting-edge analytic solutions that help our customers transform real-world data into real-world evidence that drives quality improvement. Since his early days as a Product Analyst, Luis has been a leader in continuously improving our processes and a go-to resource for leveraging our technology to achieve measurable results. Luis received his Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.


Joel Van Haaften

Vice President, Program Management

Joel leads our program management team and is responsible for customer relationship management and program success.
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Joel's team serves as the primary day-to-day contact for the customer and manages all aspects of the customer’s solution from gathering and communicating requirements to coordinating internal resources to guiding program design and enhancements.

He has more than 20 years of experience in project and program management, and customer support for analytic solutions. Prior to joining ArborMetrix, in his 10 years with ForeSee, Joel ran a team of more than 100 customer representatives servicing more than 650 customer organizations including the National Institute of Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Joseph Shaheen

Director, Solutions Delivery

Joe is driven to deliver healthcare insights in collaboration with our customers by using technology, data, and our analytics platform.
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As our Director of Solutions Delivery, Joe leads our Implementation and Delivery Teams whose processes combine thoughtful design and configuration of the ArborMetrix platform to meet the needs of each individual customer. He incorporates Agile methodologies into product delivery by inspecting and adapting to customer needs and focusing on delivering the most value for each user.

Joe’s career has spanned multiple industries within the technology space, from hardware design and digital control systems to software delivery.

Data Science & Engineering

Ishan Patel, Ph.D.

Director, Data Science

Ishan leads our team of data scientists who have deep expertise with proven and advanced analytic and models and statistical methods.
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As our Director of Data Science, Ishan is a multi-scale thinker with detailed technical knowledge and extensive experience in machine learning and data science. He brings experience across industries to healthcare to drive the adoption of computational best practices and enhanced machine learning algorithms that bring a fresh perspective to the unique data challenges faced by the health care industry.

Ishan’s experience includes work at MillimanMAX in Cambridge, where he was a Senior Data Scientist. There, he led a team that developed a scalable data science platform, developed novel neural network topologies and models, and created Worker’s Compensation predictive modeling products. In his previous role as a Senior Data Scientist at SessionM, he discovered and developed a new machine learning product to better predict customer lifetime value and the creation of multiple web interfaces for interacting with large marketing data sets.

He received his Ph.D. in Computational Biophysics from MIT; and his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Boston University.

Karishma Sekhon

Senior Data Scientist

Karishma has extensive academic and professional experience as a biostatistician and big data analyst.
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Karishma is skilled in such statistical methods as big data modeling, univariate and multivariate analysis, machine learning models, predictive analytics, data mining, and data visualization. In addition to client-specific measure-authoring, she largely focuses on predictive analytics (static and real-time), financial forecasting and the development of new-generation analytics infrastructure.

Matthew Nizol

Director, Data Operations

Matt leads our Data Operations Team who are responsible for efficiently and flexibly getting data flowing into our customers’ solutions.
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Matt oversees ETL design and development, EHR integration, data modeling and architecture, data governance, data quality assurance, and database administration.

He leads a team of experienced data engineers and data management professionals who develop deeply innovative, robust, and reusable solutions to hard problems in healthcare interoperability.

Matt has more than 15 years of experience in data engineering, analysis, and reporting in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries. He received his B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and his M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.


Brent Knop

Senior Director, Software Engineering

Brent leads our Software Engineering Team to build, test, and deploy our platform and product suite.
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Brent guides the development of our platform to use the latest technologies and proven systems and infrastructure to ensure our customers have the flexibility, efficiency, and scalability they need to achieve results.

He has been leading software engineering teams for 10+ years, after beginning his career as a software engineer himself. He has delivered multiple healthcare exchange and claims processing products for health, dental and prescription drug payers by building world-class engineering teams spanning the globe. With experience using numerous data standards on both the payer and provider sides of healthcare, Brent is passionate about interoperability, and excited to be part of the industry drive toward FHIR.

Anna Myers, M.H.I.

Manager, Product

Anna leads our strategic product initiatives and team. She oversees and manages our product roadmap to advance ArborMetrix’s mission.
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Anna builds products and features that empower physicians, other care providers, and patients to make data-driven decisions and gain the insights they need to improve outcomes.

Prior to her current role, she served as our Senior Solutions Architect, where she worked with teams across the organization to design and configure reports, analytics, surveys, and new features. Anna is skilled at translating business and customer requirements into actionable design specifications, resulting in product features and enhancements that move our mission and our customers forward. She received her Master’s in Health Informatics from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Ryan LaPensee, M.S.Q.A.

Manager, Quality Engineering

Ryan leads our Quality Engineering Team who are responsible for providing tools, services, and processes that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our software.
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Ryan is an experienced software quality professional and an expert in manual, mobile, and automated testing. He is passionate about creating innovative tools and processes to improve software and organization efficiency, and defines our QA approach with that in mind. He is an excellent leader, public speaker, and problem solver. Ryan is dedicated to delivering the highest quality products our customers can use to achieve their goals.

Ryan earned his Master of Science in Quality Assurance from California State University, and his B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University. In 2016, Ryan was inducted into the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding collegiate baseball career and went on to play professionally for 3 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Talent & Culture

Marcia Hyde

Vice President, Talent & Culture

Marcia is relentlessly focused on growing and developing our unmatched team of experts who have the experience, knowledge, and conviction to drive ArborMetrix’s mission forward.
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Marcia is committed to ensuring the success of every team member and the collective team through professional development, our workplace environment, and culture.


Sara Lueders

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

As ArborMetrix’s marketing lead, Sara empowers ArborMetrix and our customers to achieve measurable results through focused messaging, compelling content, and brand visibility.
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In addition to leading our brand and content marketing strategy, Sara works with our customers and their marketing teams as a marketing consultant, content creator, and editor to help them achieve their program objectives.

She joined ArborMetrix after serving as the marketing and communications director for a foundation of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She has previous experience working as a strategist and senior editor at Imagination, a leading content marketing agency in Chicago. Sara received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

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