MILITARY LEADERSHIP

Barbara’s Background

Barbara
Holcomb

VP FEDERAL AFFAIRS

Steven
Ondra

SENIOR ADVISOR

Robert
Christy

SENIOR ADVISOR

Thomas
Vail

SENIOR ADVISOR

Jonathan
Johnson

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL OPERATIONS

Kennard.

Mandell

Sacks

Bose

Anish

Oksana

Shah

MILITARY LEADERSHIP

Barbara Holcomb

VP FEDERAL AFFAIRS

Steven Ondra

SENIOR ADVISOR

Robert Christy

senior advisor

Thomas Vail

SENIOR ADVISOR

Jonathan Johnson

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL OPERATIONS

Kennard.

Mandell

Sacks

Bose

Anish

Oksana

Shah

Barbara Holcomb

VP FEDERAL AFFAIRS

Barbara Holcomb has built a distinguished career in the medical field, making significant contributions to both the healthcare system and the U.S. Army. Her service includes roles such as a Volunteer Nurse at Brook Army Medical Center and holding key leadership positions, including Former Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materials Command, Former Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Medical Department, Former Chief of the US Army Nurse Corps, and Former Commanding General of the Southern Regional Medical Command.

In addition to her extensive professional experience, Barbara Holcomb possesses an impressive educational background. She has earned degrees from reputable institutions, including an RN, BSN, and MSN from the American Military University. Furthermore, she continued her education at prestigious institutions such as the US Army War College, the University of Kansas, and Seattle University.

Barbara Holcomb’s commitment to both healthcare and military service is evident in her remarkable career, marked by leadership roles and educational achievements. As a Major (2-Star) General in the US Army, she exemplifies dedication and excellence in her service to the nation.

Barbara Holcomb

VP FEDERAL AFFAIRS

Barbara Holcomb has built a distinguished career in the medical field, making significant contributions to both the healthcare system and the U.S. Army. Her service includes roles such as a Volunteer Nurse at Brook Army Medical Center and holding key leadership positions, including Former Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materials Command, Former Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Medical Department, Former Chief of the US Army Nurse Corps, and Former Commanding General of the Southern Regional Medical Command.

In addition to her extensive professional experience, Barbara Holcomb possesses an impressive educational background. She has earned degrees from reputable institutions, including an RN, BSN, and MSN from the American Military University. Furthermore, she continued her education at prestigious institutions such as the US Army War College, the University of Kansas, and Seattle University.

Barbara Holcomb’s commitment to both healthcare and military service is evident in her remarkable career, marked by leadership roles and educational achievements. As a Major (2-Star) General in the US Army, she exemplifies dedication and excellence in her service to the nation.

Steven Ondra

SENIOR ADVISOR

Steven Ondra brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the healthcare and medical fields. Currently serving as the Chief Medical Advisor at MITRE Corporation, the operator of the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, he plays a pivotal role in shaping healthcare strategies. With a background as the former CEO of Cygnas-AI, Steven has demonstrated leadership in the realm of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Health Care Services Corporation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Notably, Steven Ondra contributed to health policy at the highest level as the Former Senior Health Policy Advisor during the Obama Administration at the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In terms of education, Steven Ondra holds an MD in Neurosurgery from Rush Medical College and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). His academic journey includes studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and the US Military Academy at West Point. Steven’s multifaceted background, encompassing clinical, administrative, and policy roles, reflects his commitment to advancing healthcare and medical innovation.

Steven Ondra

senior advisor

Steven Ondra brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the healthcare and medical fields. Currently serving as the Chief Medical Advisor at MITRE Corporation, the operator of the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, he plays a pivotal role in shaping healthcare strategies. With a background as the former CEO of Cygnas-AI, Steven has demonstrated leadership in the realm of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Health Care Services Corporation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Notably, Steven Ondra contributed to health policy at the highest level as the Former Senior Health Policy Advisor during the Obama Administration at the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In terms of education, Steven Ondra holds an MD in Neurosurgery from Rush Medical College and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). His academic journey includes studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and the US Military Academy at West Point. Steven’s multifaceted background, encompassing clinical, administrative, and policy roles, reflects his commitment to advancing healthcare and medical innovation.

Robert Christy

SENIOR ADVISOR

Robert Christy has a notable background in the healthcare and research sectors, contributing significantly to military health and trauma studies. Currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Military Health Institute at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, he plays a key role in advancing health initiatives. Robert’s previous roles include heading Combat Trauma/Burn Research and leading Battlefield Pain Research at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research. His expertise and leadership have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of trauma and pain on the battlefield.

In terms of education, Robert Christy holds a BS and a PhD in Molecular Biology, reflecting his dedication to the scientific foundations of his field. His academic journey took him through Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Davis. Robert’s extensive experience and academic background showcase his commitment to research and advancements in the field of military health, particularly in trauma and pain management.

Robert Christy

SENIOR ADVISOR

Robert Christy has a notable background in the healthcare and research sectors, contributing significantly to military health and trauma studies. Currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Military Health Institute at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, he plays a key role in advancing health initiatives. Robert’s previous roles include heading Combat Trauma/Burn Research and leading Battlefield Pain Research at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research. His expertise and leadership have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of trauma and pain on the battlefield.

In terms of education, Robert Christy holds a BS and a PhD in Molecular Biology, reflecting his dedication to the scientific foundations of his field. His academic journey took him through Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Davis. Robert’s extensive experience and academic background showcase his commitment to research and advancements in the field of military health, particularly in trauma and pain management.

Thomas Vail

SENIOR ADVISOR

Colonel Thomas Vail, a distinguished individual with a background in the US Army, has held key positions in various organizations. Currently serving as the Director of Government Relations at Altrazeal Life Sciences Inc., he plays a crucial role in navigating government interactions for the organization. Thomas has also served as a Senior Advisor at Valiant Integrated Services, bringing his expertise to support integrated services initiatives.

In his military career, Colonel Vail served as the Former Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Fitness and Resiliency Program within the Department of Defense. His leadership roles included being the Chief of Staff for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and Regional Command in Eastern Afghanistan, showcasing his commitment to strategic military operations.

Thomas Vail’s educational journey is marked by academic excellence. He holds a BS and an MA in Strategic Studies, furthering his education at the US Army War College, Command and General Staff College, and Columbus College. Colonel Vail’s extensive experience and educational background underscore his dedication to both military service and strategic studies.

Thomas Vail

SENIOR ADVISOR

Colonel Thomas Vail, a distinguished individual with a background in the US Army, has held key positions in various organizations. Currently serving as the Director of Government Relations at Altrazeal Life Sciences Inc., he plays a crucial role in navigating government interactions for the organization. Thomas has also served as a Senior Advisor at Valiant Integrated Services, bringing his expertise to support integrated services initiatives.

In his military career, Colonel Vail served as the Former Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Fitness and Resiliency Program within the Department of Defense. His leadership roles included being the Chief of Staff for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and Regional Command in Eastern Afghanistan, showcasing his commitment to strategic military operations.

Thomas Vail’s educational journey is marked by academic excellence. He holds a BS and an MA in Strategic Studies, furthering his education at the US Army War College, Command and General Staff College, and Columbus College. Colonel Vail’s extensive experience and educational background underscore his dedication to both military service and strategic studies.

Jonathan Johnson

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL OPERATIONS

Jonathan Johnson brings a wealth of experience in operational medicine, training development, and emergency management to his professional journey. As the Former Director of Operational Medicine, Distributed Training Development, and Scaled Agility at Element Rescue, LLC, he demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing training strategies. Jonathan also served as the Education and Training Program Manager at the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center, emphasizing his commitment to specialized medical training within special operations.

In his military career, Mr. Johnson held the position of Emergency Management Director and Training Program Manager at the 5th Special Forces Group in the US Army, showcasing his leadership in emergency preparedness and specialized training initiatives.

Jonathan’s academic background is rooted in Global Security and Strategy Management, with a BS from Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, he pursued education at the Institute of Project Management and the Defense Language Institute. His diverse skill set, combining operational medicine, training management, and emergency preparedness, reflects his dedication to ensuring effective and specialized training in challenging environments.

Jonathan Johnson

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL OPERATIONS

Jonathan Johnson brings a wealth of experience in operational medicine, training development, and emergency management to his professional journey. As the Former Director of Operational Medicine, Distributed Training Development, and Scaled Agility at Element Rescue, LLC, he demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing training strategies. Jonathan also served as the Education and Training Program Manager at the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center, emphasizing his commitment to specialized medical training within special operations.

In his military career, Mr. Johnson held the position of Emergency Management Director and Training Program Manager at the 5th Special Forces Group in the US Army, showcasing his leadership in emergency preparedness and specialized training initiatives.

Jonathan’s academic background is rooted in Global Security and Strategy Management, with a BS from Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, he pursued education at the Institute of Project Management and the Defense Language Institute. His diverse skill set, combining operational medicine, training management, and emergency preparedness, reflects his dedication to ensuring effective and specialized training in challenging environments.

Oksana Tiedt

vp special projects, director

Ms. Tiedt has over twenty years of experience in global private equity, fund of funds and investment banking in diverse industries. She is a co-founder and partner of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management company which invests in innovative medical technologies.

Prior to founding Velocitas, Ms. Tiedt led Swift Capital’s European Private Equity Fund of Funds portfolio with over one billion dollars of assets under management. Before that, she spent seven years at Bain Capital, a global investment firm managing over $65 billion in assets. Based in their Munich and London offices, Ms. Tiedt originated and executed leveraged buyout transactions. During this time, she also served as a Director and Strategic and Financial Advisor for two private companies. Ms. Tiedt has also worked at Goldman Sachs’s mergers and acquisitions group, Nissho Iwai Trading Company and at the National Defense University.

Ms. Tiedt received her MA in International Economics and International Relations with a focus on Japan Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and completed her BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Willamette University. She is fluent in German, Russian, and English.

Oksana Tiedt

VP SPECIAL PROJECTS, DIRECTOR

Ms. Tiedt has over twenty years of experience in global private equity, fund of funds and investment banking in diverse industries. She is a co-founder and partner of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management company which invests in innovative medical technologies.

Prior to founding Velocitas, Ms. Tiedt led Swift Capital’s European Private Equity Fund of Funds portfolio with over one billion dollars of assets under management. Before that, she spent seven years at Bain Capital, a global investment firm managing over $65 billion in assets. Based in their Munich and London offices, Ms. Tiedt originated and executed leveraged buyout transactions. During this time, she also served as a Director and Strategic and Financial Advisor for two private companies. Ms. Tiedt has also worked at Goldman Sachs’s mergers and acquisitions group, Nissho Iwai Trading Company and at the National Defense University.

Ms. Tiedt received her MA in International Economics and International Relations with a focus on Japan Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and completed her BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Willamette University. She is fluent in German, Russian, and English.

Vaidehi Shah

Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Shah has over twenty years of business management and investment experience. As Founder and Managing Director of Velocitas Healthcare, Ms. Shah developed a global distribution platform for small and medium sized enterprises with innovative medical devices spanning over 50 countries.

She also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Daotec Group, an Austrian technology business offering communications and mobile payment services in over sixty countries. During her three years at Daotec, she led its transformation from a telecom services provider into an international, financially regulated payment service institution.

Prior to founding Velocitas, Ms. Shah spent over a decade as an investment professional at leading financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, The Carlyle Group, Eton Park, and the World Bank where she executed public and private debt and equity investments. During this time, she also helped accelerate growth at a number of her investee companies by devising and implementing new financial and business strategies.

Ms. Shah also serves as a Regional Director of the Harvard Healthcare Alumni Association in Austria. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.

Vaidehi Shah

Chairperson,
Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Shah has over twenty years of business management and investment experience. As Founder and Managing Director of Velocitas Healthcare, Ms. Shah developed a global distribution platform for small and medium sized enterprises with innovative medical devices spanning over 50 countries.

She also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Daotec Group, an Austrian technology business offering communications and mobile payment services in over sixty countries. During her three years at Daotec, she led its transformation from a telecom services provider into an international, financially regulated payment service institution.

Prior to founding Velocitas, Ms. Shah spent over a decade as an investment professional at leading financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, The Carlyle Group, Eton Park, and the World Bank where she executed public and private debt and equity investments. During this time, she also helped accelerate growth at a number of her investee companies by devising and implementing new financial and business strategies.

Ms. Shah also serves as a Regional Director of the Harvard Healthcare Alumni Association in Austria. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.

Natalia Kirsten

MD

Global Research Advisor

LEADERSHIP:

– Senior Physician, Institute for Services in Health Care Research in Dermatology and Nursing

– Former Resident, Department of Dermatology, Professor Carle Paul Larrey Hospital University of Toulouse, France

EDUCATION:

– University of Hamburg

Natalia Kirsten

mD

Global Research Advisor

LEADERSHIP:

– Senior Physician, Institute for Services in Health Care Research in Dermatology and Nursing

– Former Resident, Department of Dermatology, Professor Carle Paul Larrey Hospital University of Toulouse, France

EDUCATION:

– University of Hamburg

Lawrence A. Lavery

dPM, MPH

Professor, Plastic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

LEADERSHIP:

– Medical Director, Diabetic Limb Salvage Program, Parkland Hospital

– Member, International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot

– Past chair of the American Diabetes Association Foot Care Counsel and the American Public Health Association’s Foot Section

EDUCATION:

– University of Texas Health Science Center, Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Indiana University

Lawrence A. Lavery

dPM, MPH

Professor, Plastic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

LEADERSHIP:

– Medical Director, Diabetic Limb Salvage Program, Parkland Hospital

– Member, International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot

– Past chair of the American Diabetes Association Foot Care Counsel and the American Public Health Association’s Foot Section

EDUCATION:

– University of Texas Health Science Center, Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Indiana University