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Daniel Briggs, Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Orbis Education
Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN FAAN
Steve Hodownes, Chief Executive Officer, Orbis Education
Douglas Kelsall, LLR
Jack Slye, LLR
Daniel Briggs, Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Orbis EducationDaniel Briggs joined the board of Orbis in September 2012. He proudly founded Orbis Education in 2003 and serves as the company’s Chief Growth Officer, responsible for strategic growth initiatives and new partner cultivation. Prior to creating Orbis and serving as its first CEO, he was Vice President of National Accounts for CCS Medical, a national home delivery company addressing chronic medical conditions, and Senior Vice President for ORYX Consulting, specializing in business development and strategy. Mr. Briggs also served as General Manager of a new business unit for Roche Diagnostics Corporation that focused on treating common ailments through a virtual portal. His broad experience in healthcare sparked his interest in addressing workforce shortages, leading to the vision for the Orbis business model.
Mr. Broecker is a co-founder of Periculum Capital Company, LLC, and serves as Chairman and Senior Managing Director. Periculum is an investment and merchant banking company focused on the merger and acquisition, financing and capital needs of entrepreneurial stage to middle market companies located in the Midwest. Periculum has grown to be one of the larger boutique investment banking firms in the region. Since its founding, the Company has participated in over $6 billion of transactions on behalf of its clients, as well as direct Periculum sponsored investments. Through the Firm’s merchant banking and venture capital group, he helped build five significant medical and healthcare related companies which has had transformative effects on the treatment of breast cancer, kidney failure, catheter based infection, vascular stents used to open arteries and healthcare education.
Mr. Broecker was previously a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of NatCity Investments, Inc., as well as its predecessor firm, Raffensperger, Hughes and Co. He focused most of his practice on private equity and expansion financings for emerging growth and technology-based companies. He co-founded two venture capital private equity partnerships and remains an active advisor to private equity firms throughout the Midwest.
Mr. Broecker was a senior operating and corporate executive with a large European-based multi-national medical device and pharmaceutical company (Boehringer Mannheim/Roche), which involved the management of subsidiaries and divisions with an established market presence as well as new technology and start-up operations.
Mr. Broecker received an Executive MBA from Indiana University and a BBA in accounting and finance from the University of Notre Dame. He is a CPA and has served as a director of a number of private and public companies primarily involved in the healthcare, chemical, and consumer industries.
Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN FAAN
Ms. Christopher joined the board of LLR in December 2015. She is a nationally recognized nursing leader and health care executive who has a distinguished record of CEO and governance experience. She has more than 30 years of health care experience.
Ms. Christopher has held executive leadership positions within the health care provider and health plan sectors. As President and CEO of community based health care organizations, she has led multicorporate enterprises, directing large scale growth strategies, facilitated merger and acquisitions and led major transformation initiatives. Ms. Christopher leads health plan and provider organizations in integrating strategy and operationalizing value based partnerships that actualize the Triple AIM. Ms. Christopher is a national thought leader on population health, community based health care, workforce development, and health care transformation.
Ms. Christopher serves as a Congressional Appointee of the National Advisory Council of Nursing Education and Practice for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. Ms. Christopher has served as a director and advisor on the boards of universities, trade associations, hospitals, community-based behavioral health systems, correctional health facilities, health technology companies, senior living corporations, assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities. She served as the Chair on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee on work force development and served as a national spokesperson for the dissemination of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing.
In 2014, Ms. Christopher founded Christopher STH Consulting, LLC. This firm specializes in providing strategic advice, operational transformation and business development services to health care corporations, industry associations, private equity firms and health technology start-ups.
Ms. Christopher has received numerous awards and recognitions, including:
- One of the Top 50 Most Powerful Health Care Leaders in New Jersey
- One of the Top 50 Women in Business in New Jersey
- The prestigious American Nurses Association Honorary Human Rights Award
- Congressional and industry recognition for her leadership in directing large-scale emergency response efforts
Ms. Christopher is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), New York Academy of Medicine, Public Health Leadership Institute of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wharton Nurse Executive Program. She has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University and Seton Hall University.
Ms. Christopher has lectured internationally and published extensively on a range of topics including health care leadership, nursing practice and education, population health, value-based transformation and community-based health care. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University and was inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Fairfield University and Monmouth University.
Steve Hodownes, Chief Executive Officer, Orbis Education
Steve Hodownes joined the board of Orbis in September 2015. He joined Orbis as Chief Executive Officer after serving as the CEO of the College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). While at SNHU, he was instrumental in growing the institution’s online revenue from $18 million to more than $400 million while improving student quality and outcomes. With 1,200 employees, 3,000 adjunct faculty, and 70,000 students, SNHU is now the second-largest nonprofit university in the U.S. focused on adult learners. Under Mr. Hodownes’ leadership, it was recognized by Fast Company magazine in 2012 as one of the 20 most innovative organizations in America. The university is widely considered a leader in the industry for its student-centric culture, sophisticated use of data and technology, and emphasis on delivering positive outcomes for thousands of adult students.
During his ten years of executive leadership in the online education sector, Mr. Hodownes has demonstrated a consistent track record of creating extraordinary growth, innovative marketing, and world-class management teams. Prior to his tenure at SNHU, he was President of Embanet, a leading online education provider serving top-tier universities. His expertise extends to the broader business services sector as well, where he held roles such as CEO of Concentrix Corporation, a direct marketing firm, and President of Consulting at Harris Interactive.
Douglas Kelsall, LLRDouglas Kelsall joined the board of Orbis in January 2013. He serves as a consultant with respect to companies in the Business & Financial Services sector. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer of Education Sales Management, LLC (ESM). Formerly, he served as President and COO of eCollege. Mr. Kelsall also serves as a Director of You See U, LLC. He is a trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation and is an Advisory Board member of the University of Colorado at Denver, and the Arizona State University Education Innovation Counsel. Mr. Kelsall earned a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and a M.B.A. from the University of Denver.
Jack Slye, LLR
Jack Slye joined the board of Orbis in September 2010 to lead growth capital investments in Healthcare and Education companies. Prior to LLR, Jack was a Principal at Sterling Partners, where he similarity focused on healthcare and education. Previously, Jack was COO and Vice President of Corporate Development at Sylvan Learning, a leading provider of supplemental tutoring services with over 1,000 locations worldwide. Jack started his career as a management consultant with Deloitte’s Healthcare practice. Jack earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland and his M.B.A. from Wharton.
Jack’s current investments include Avenues: The World School, IO Education, Learn It, Orbis Education, SUN Behavioral and VectorLearning. He previously invested in Active Day, Brightside Academy, Educate Inc., Educate Online, Foundations Recovery Network, Paradigm, Pet360, Progressus Therapy, Regency Beauty Institute, Relias Learning, Remedi SeniorCare, Rittenhouse Senior Care and School of Rock.
Don Snell joined the board of Orbis in October 2014. He is a senior health system executive and educator with over 47 years in the industry. He has successfully led academic medical centers in Detroit (Hutzel Hospital / The Detroit Medical Center), Atlanta (Grady Health System), Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania Health System), New York (Long Island College Hospital), Augusta (Medical College of Georgia) and Boston (Lahey Health). In his health system leadership role, he has also been involved in the leadership of health care industry associations such as the American Hospital Association, and University Health System Consortium. He is the author of multiple articles and book chapters and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and NPR among others.
As an educator, Don has taught Health Finance, Health Economics, Overview of the US Healthcare System, and Health Policy at the University of Detroit, Wayne State University, Mercer University, and currently the College of Coastal Georgia.
He has earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University at Albany, and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University.
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