Scott Cleary

Co-Founder, President and Chief Servant
  • Fosters our team spirit and teaching/learning culture
  • Nurtures client and partner relationships
  • Keeps our SMC family in balance, happy and productive
  • Loves a project

Where I’ve Been

  • 25 years at Andersen Consulting (Accenture)
  • EVP at eExchange, a dotcom startup in London
  • Founded Telapath in 2000, transformed into SMC Partners in 2007
  • Dartmouth College (AB), Thayer School of Engineering (BE), Amos Tuck School of Business Administration (MBA)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I’m related to Mark Twain

Jonathan Besse

Chief Operating Officer
  • Supports client executive teams plan and manage large business transformation programs
  • Loves to help clients with their vision and develop the roadmap for how to get there
  • Helps the SMC team develop our strategy, manage our business, and support our clients the best way that we can

Where I’ve Been

  • 24 year career and Senior Executive at Accenture
  • Board of Trustees – Bay Path University
  • Boston College (BA)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I’m an avid bicycler and have participated in 16 Pan Mass Challenges and have recently added triathlons, half marathons, and Spartan Racing to the mix

Craig Thompson

Chief Technology Officer
  • Leads the technology practice at SMC
  • Loves to learn new things every day
  • Passionate about using technology to improve the healthcare system

Where I’ve Been

  • TRC Companies, ERM Southeast
  • The University of Connecticut (BS)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I love travelling and spoiling a good walk by attempting to play golf

John DeStefano

Director, Innovation and Health Information Exchange
  • Health Information Technology planning, design and implementation
  • Mobility strategy and solution development
  • New technology exploration and adoption

Where I’ve Been

  • Chief Technology Officer, The Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut
  • Interoperability Director, Hartford Healthcare
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MBA
  • University of Connecticut, BA Pharmacy

Fun Fact About Me

  • I enjoy hiking and fishing in the north woods.

Sheri Righi

Director
  • Has more than 20 years of project delivery experience
  • Responsible for business process and systems analysis, design & delivery
  • Builds lasting client and vendor relationships
  • Stays out of the way when her team has a great idea

Where I’ve Been

  • Manager at Accenture
  • College of the Holy Cross (BS)

Fun Fact About Me

  • You’ll often find me tap dancing in the break room.

Steve Ruth

Director of Business Development
and Government Relations
  • Director overseeing programs for eHealthConnecticut
  • Facilitates HIT adoption within the Medical Provider Community
  • Specializes in Integration Strategies for Behavioral Health and Non-Profit Community

Where I’ve Been

  • CEO/Director for: Psych Management Inc; Pro Behavioral Health; State of CT DMH; Gilead House; Westfield Area Mental Health Clinic; Principal and owner RSK Executives
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BS); University of Hartford (MS)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I play over 60 rounds of golf a year (business golf, of course)

Kim Sage

Director
  • Specialize in Program and Project Management
  • Manage projects ranging from system implementations to product & process implementations

Where I’ve Been

  • Accenture
  • University of Connecticut (BS)
  • Semester abroad at the City University of London

Fun Fact About Me

  • I love to spend time with family & friends and love being active, especially outdoors (golfing, skiing, tap/jazz dancing, biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, etc…).

Jackie Mulhall

Director
  • Healthcare Project Manager with a business and technology background
  • Work with Health Plans, niche healthcare companies, and Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Responsible for the development of the popHealth population health and eCQM reporting application for providers

Where I’ve Been

  • Independent consulting
  • Business Systems at Health Net
  • IT and Corporate Trust at Fleet Bank
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Wharton School of Business (BS)
  • University of Pennsylvania (BSE)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I love any outdoor sport – running, tennis, skiing, hiking, you name it!

Tracy McDonagh

Director
  • Helped to build an Enterprise Data Warehouse for a health plan
  • SMC HIPAA Security & Privacy Officer

Where I’ve Been

  • Independent Consultant
  • ConnectiCare , DBA/Team Lead
  • The Orion Group, Programmer
  • CIGNA, Programmer
  • Bentley College (BS)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MBA)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I play tennis in a USTA league

Bill Franz

Director
  • Establishes strategic partnerships between healthcare systems, health plans and Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • 25 years non-profit experience including healthcare, academic research and grantmaking
  • Committed to helping the underserved populations in our communities

Where I’ve Been

  • Germane Solutions as Director of Federally Qualified Health Center projects
  • Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida – a Federally Qualified Health Center
  • Community Foundation of Collier County – Executive Vice President and CFO/COO
  • The Research Foundation of the State University of New York – Finance Manager

Fun Fact About Me

  • I enjoy outdoor activities with my awesome family and love to watch their participation in lacrosse, swimming, soccer, running and dance.

Mike Hirsch

Technical Director
  • 15 years of software and technology development and delivery experience
  • Extensive experience in the NY not-for-profit and healthcare space
  • Solutions around existing IT systems and assets, with key upgrades which bring the most benefit

Where I’ve Been

  • VP of App Dev for large NY based not – for – profit (>3,000 employees)
  • IT Director for NY based DME provider network and benefit management company
  • CTO for large northeast dermatology, plastics, and aesthetics practice

Fun Fact About Me

  • I have been to every continent but Antarctica, and enjoy stopping to cook a meal with a local at every country that I visit.

Kevin Stefanski

Manager
  • Project Manager with 10 years of Health Care industry experience at SMC
  • Specializes in Project Management, Process Analysis/Design and IT Development

Where I’ve Been

  • Environmental/Energy IT consulting with TRC’s Information Management Group
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS)
  • University of Connecticut (BS)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I still play in the same fantasy football league started with high school friends back in 1992.

Patty Matthews

Marketing & HR Manager
  • SMC’s biggest cheerleader
  • Marketing and Human Resources
  • Strong creative background

Where I’ve Been

  • Arthritis Foundation, New England Region
  • Gengras Group
  • Accenture

Fun Fact About Me

  • I’m trying to stop the aging clock and have participated in a 100 mile bike ride, 200 mile running relay, marathons and triathlons. What’s next?

Mary Degnan

Manager
  • Manages projects for Healthcare Systems
  • Leads teams who are developing and deploying systems solutions
  • Provides expertise for Operational Data Store (ODS)/Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) projects
  • Provides expertise interfacing with healthcare.gov

Where I’ve Been

  • Independent Consultant for a Systems Reseller (IBSN)
  • Bank of America (formerly Fleet Bank)
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • Providence College (BS)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I enjoy watching movies in the theatre.  Every January and February, I attempt to watch all the Oscar nominees before the Oscars are awarded, only to find out that the films I enjoy are not usually the Academy’s favorites!

Chad Cleary

Technology Manager
  • Focused on design and development of Health Information Exchange
  • Experienced in helping clients design and implement technical infrastructure
  • Designs and develops mobile apps
  • Proficient in Geographical Information Systems
  • Develops web-based health provider performance dashboards
  • Loves to learn and teach new technologies

Where I’ve Been

  • Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG): GIS mapping to determine environmental justice
  • MicroData 911: Source data acquisition and GIS mapping
  • Plymouth State University: GIS major, varsity football

Fun Fact About Me

  • I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, played soccer with a local tribe, and analyzed elephant dung

Boris Khazak

Technology Manager
  • Manages technical projects from conceptual design through delivery
  • Loves problem solving and implementing solutions
  • Takes pride in mentoring the next generation of tech wizards

Where I’ve Been

  • Software Engineer for TRC’s Information Management Group
  • University of Connecticut (BS)

Fun Fact About Me

  • Delivered first-born child at home.

Olesja Eidelman

Manager
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse requirements, design, testing and implementation
  • Data management and analysis
  • Development of business intelligence solutions and dashboards

Where I’ve Been

  • Senior business analyst at HealthNet
  • Business/system analyst at AON Hewitt
  • Fairfield University (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting)
  • Baruch College (MS in Computer Science)
  • University of Tartu (BS in Mathematics, Minor in Economics)

Fun Fact About Me

  • I enjoy playing Texas Hold’em poker tournaments
  • If not at the gym or outside, I can usually be found working on my 225 gallon tropical fish tank

Shay Hernandez

Office Manager
  • Payroll operations
  • AR and AP
  • Financial Reporting
  • Handles 401K and insurance benefits

Where I’ve Been

  • Started working for Scott in 2001 and followed him when he started SMC Partners in 2007.

Fun Fact About Me

  • I love art and Halloween!  If I’m not painting, you’ll see me at Halloween events that take place year round.