Andrea Nicholas

Andrea Nicholas

Managing Partner

As the founder of OptimizeHealth (formerly Optimize), Andrea has assisted organizations such as UnitedHealth, MedSynergies, HCA, MedAssets, Daiichi-Sankyo, KCI, WellMed Medical Management, and others in aligning corporate strategy with project investments, process refinement and implementing the right-fit tools, processes, and best practices to satisfy their needs. She has recruited and staffed top management and technology talent for clients’ most vital endeavors and implemented organizational change efforts aimed improving client capital program financial results and increasing end customer satisfaction. Andrea is an invited guest speaker on  effective business case planning, estimating, and project and PMO leadership topics and possesses a BA from UT Dallas, an MBA from the University of Dallas, and a Corporate Strategy Certificate from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Nicholas is a 4word Mentor and serves on the UT Dallas JSOM Advisory Council and Relationships First board.

Greg Nicholas

Greg Nicholas

Managing Partner

Joining OptimizeHealth in 2016 and with 20 years of healthcare technology experience, Greg has successfully overseen large-scale IT initiatives and teams for companies such as UnitedHealth, Optum, DaVita, CVS/Caremark, CardinalHealth and others. He has led technology integrations for the DoD, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, WellCare, WalMart Pharmacy, Aetna, and Cigna-HealthSpring. As a former CIO, he has managed EMR / EHR implementations, M&A integrations, and IT turnarounds for the 8th largest long-term care company, a specialty pharmacy firm serving over 2,200 US clinics and a health insurance leader supporting over 130,000 members. Greg possesses an MBA from the University of Dallas, a BS in IS and is a member of the Managed Care Executive Group, HIMSS, and the North Dallas CIO Forum.

David Hernandez

David Hernandez

Recruiting and Talent

David has recruited for Fortune 1000 clients on both the corporate and agency side in the healthcare and technology industries for over two decades. His expertise in quickly determining client skill requirements while also fitting company culture to match the most qualified candidates has resulted in hundreds of successful placements, including numerous matches for OptimizeHealth clients. David holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside and is SHRM-CP certified. In his spare time, he serves as an after-school youth volunteer with the County of Los Angeles.

Stuart Dudley

Stuart Dudley

Senior Technology Adviser

Stuart has over 20 years of experience successfully implementing large-scale projects and programs, predominantly in the healthcare and financial services sector. His career has included building Professional Services, Project and Program Management delivery teams for Oracle, MCI and Kerr-McGee. He has effectively managed countless technology and process projects of varying size, scope and complexity for various clients such as Senior Care Centers, American Express, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Master-Card and Visa. Stuart holds an MBA and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas—Austin.

Dana Shepperd

Dana Shepperd

Senior Project Management Adviser

Dana has spent the last 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies in the Financial Services industry.  Throughout the mortgage crisis, Ms. Shepperd spent most of her time leading teams in high-profile mergers, such as the Countrywide/Bank of America merger, and supporting investor-led and regulatory efforts related to troubled mortgages. Dana’s expertise in regulatory and audit initiatives have made her a respected and sought-after resource among financial institutions and consultancies. Ms. Shepperd has an MBA from Georgia State University, a BA in Economics from Florida State University and is Green Belt Certified. She chairs Women 4 Women Mentor subcommittee at the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

Florence Jacobs

Florence Jacobs

Account Manager

With OptimizeHealth since 2011, Florence has spent over 15 years managing client relationships for firms such as Accenture and Aflac. Flo’s commitment to customer excellence and personal best, combined with her years of experience in the consulting and contracting fields have made her an invaluable member of the OptimizeHealth team. Ms. Jacobs holds a BA from the University of Central Florida and is an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).

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