Our Team 2019-09-12T10:26:30+00:00

Expertise with a Purpose

Our founders had a vision and a deep understanding of what was needed to reimagine the delivery system. They understood that the fabric of our organization had to be developed by leaders who not only excelled in their own areas, but who appreciated the interdependencies with other critical aspects of our Operating System. They worked diligently to recruit a leadership team that reflected their vision. Fueled by their passion and an unwillingness to compromise, they built a leadership team that is recognized as one of the best in the industry. A team that is passionate about transforming the delivery system by enabling primary care physicians to achieve new standards of quality, efficiency and patient experience. At the helm of that management team is Ron Kuerbitz, a seasoned executive who spent over twenty years defining operational processes, investments and strategies for the leading provider of products, pharmaceuticals and services to the renal community. Drawing from the management models he implemented at Fresenius Medical Care, Ron quickly brought a clinical and administrative dyad model to the corporate and regional management of agilon health.

Our partnership approach recognizes that neither business teams nor clinical teams can operate at the highest performance levels independently. We embed that in our approach not just through a dyad model of management, but through a partnership model with our physician groups.
— Ron Kuerbitz, Chief Executive Officer

Veeral Desai leads the development of scalable Operating Systems that are tailored to each individual market, physician organization partner and patient population. Veeral’s background in specialty medicine and scaling administrative services is uniquely suited to the demands of our Operating System. The ability to tailor capabilities to fit individual markets is critical to the expansion of agilon heath’s partnership model. Nowhere is this capability more critical than when serving a state’s Medicaid population. That’s why John Wallace’s extensive experience in Medi-Cal is so invaluable. As Market President, California, John leads agilon health’s expansion into Medi-Cal. Although the agilon health Operating System is built to enable the long-term success and sustainability of primary care physicians, we deliberately include premier specialist medicine as one of the tenets of our approach. Lisa Dombro brings years of experience building specialty physician networks, which can be major differentiators in patient care. Connecting and enabling all aspects of our Operating System is our proprietary technology platform and robust data analytics. IT leader, Bill Farry has been instrumental in developing the operational model that agilon health uses to enable primary care physicians to achieve long-term success through advanced value-based payment contracts. We view our technology platform as a way to create aligned partnerships, scalable operations and empower physicians to provide higher quality and more efficient healthcare. Our analytics team is headed by Marla Pantano. An industry veteran with experience on both the plan and provider side, Marla leads a team of seasoned analysts who are using our network contracting, utilization management and claims processing data to create insights that help physicians make better, more informed decisions. The agilon health corporate leadership team is rounded out by the financial management talent of Ted Halkias and Kenny Bellendir. Both Ted and Kenny provide the fiduciary rigor needed to ensure we are good stewards of the trust placed in us by our partners. At the local level, every market is supported by a dedicated team of administrative and physician leadership. Through this model, we ensure that all decisions reflect the right balance of medical and business expertise.

Executive Leadership

Like our partnership model, the way our executive leadership team works is unique. Each member of the team has expertise in their own area of the company, but they also have first-hand knowledge of the other areas of the Operating System that rely on them. As a result, the team is acutely dedicated to operational excellence, collaboration and innovation — all of which drive care transformation forward.

Ron Kuerbitz

Chief Executive Officer

Ron’s health care experience spans 25 years and includes experience in home infusion services, laboratory and diagnostic services, pharmacy services, physician practice management, government health plans, specialty ambulatory surgery and pharma and medtech sales and manufacturing, as well as dialysis services. He was previously the CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America, where he led FMCNA’s growth from $9 billion to $13 billion in revenue and its strategic shift from fee for service dialysis care to population health management for the renal disease population. A graduate of Albion College and the Yale Law School, Ron currently sits on the advisory board of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.

Kenny Bellendir

Senior Vice President, Finance

Kenny brings extensive healthcare and financial experience to agilon health. He comes to us from US Anesthesia Partners (USAP), where he spent nearly four years, most recently serving as Corporate Vice President, Finance. As one of the first employees at USAP, Kenny was instrumental in growing the business from a single practice into a national platform. Prior to USAP, he spent several years as an investor and investment banker focused primarily on the healthcare sector. Kenny holds a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from New York University and earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Joan Danieley

 President, MSO

Joan’s twenty years of experience in operations is both deep and broad, encompassing all lines of business as well as turnaround, mature and startup organizations.  She has held leadership roles in large health plans including Kaiser Permanente-Hawaii and Molina Healthcare.  Joan has also been a key leader in the policy arena serving through appointments to committees tasked with transforming health care, generating innovation, and improving quality outcomes.  Joan has a Juris Doctor and Master of Health Care Administration from Tulane University.

Veeral Desai

President, Enterprise Operations

Prior to joining agilon health, Veeral served in several senior executive roles at Vantage Oncology, a national leader in community oncology and value-based cancer care. As President of Operations, Veeral was responsible for the organization’s field operations and led key functions including managed care, marketing, and strategy. He helped incubate and served as Chief Operating Officer of the Vantage Cancer Care Network, an innovative model for managing cancer populations. Veeral has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lisa Dombro

Senior Vice President, and Chief of Provider Network Strategies & Engagement

Prior to joining agilon health, Lisa was Chief of Staff for the CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America as well as Senior Vice President of Physician Practice Services. She led the development of new services and business models which fueled the organization’s move to value-based care. Before joining FMCNA, she provided strategic consulting services to hospitals, physician practices and other health-care service organizations, including Surgical Care Affiliates, a leader in the ambulatory surgery center space, as they pursued national growth and physician collaboration opportunities.

Bill Farry

Chief of Technology Innovation

Bill brings almost 30 years of health care IT experience in the vendor, Health Plan, hospital and delegated provider markets to agilon health. He joined us from Monarch Health Care / Optum, where he served as CIO, led technical product development and shaped strategic product direction for Optum’s Care Delivery business segment. In addition, he led efforts supporting the business design and enterprise technical platform for new market growth.

Ted Halkias

Chief Financial Officer

Ted brings over two decades of financial expertise to agilon health.  He previously served as CFO of Landmark Health, a physician organization serving chronically-ill patients in several markets throughout the country, and as CFO of HealthCare Partners, a large provider group organization operating in multiple markets.  In each organization, he oversaw all aspects of finance, accounting, health care analytics, revenue cycle and related functions. Ted is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Sunmi Janicek

 Chief Compliance Officer

Sunmi brings more than 16 years of extensive experience in managed care compliance and operational management of provider networks, financial program initiatives, clinical programs, and delegation oversight/monitoring. Prior to joining us, Sun was the Vice President of Compliance Solutions at Gorman Health Group. In this role, she assisted various health plans in the development and implementation of compliance program initiatives for Medicare and Medicaid populations and to build operational strategies to optimize its underlying processes to achieve more efficient results.  She has held multiple executive roles at Medicaid and Medicare plans, like CalOptima, WellCare, and United, where she was responsible for the organization’s compliance programs and oversight of accreditation activities.

Marla Pantano, FSA, MAAA

Senior Vice President, Clinical Analytics & Operations

Marla is a seasoned healthcare executive with extensive experience in population health, data analytics, and actuarial science.  Most recently, she served as Chief Actuary and VP of Population Analytics for Ascension, the largest non-profit hospital system in the US.  Previously, she had was at Aetna where she held several leadership positions including the Head of their Medical Analytics organization and co-lead for Health Care Reform.  Through her roles, she has partnered with providers to drive transformation in health care delivery by combining strong data analysis with clinical knowledge to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery as well as improve provider and member experience.

Our team is deeply committed to supporting our provider partners in delivering superior care to vulnerable patient populations and excelling in a risk-based payment environment.
— Veeral Desai, President, Enterprise Operations

Market Leadership

The local operating structure for each agilon health market reflects a dyad of business and clinical leadership. By partnering a market president with a market medical director, we ensure all decisions reflect a balance of medical and business expertise.


John Wallace

Market President, California

John’s experience in healthcare has focused on public programs and safety-net provider networks. John began his health career at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services which operates the second largest public hospital and health system in the country working on the nation’s only sub-state 1115 Waiver, Public-Private Partnership Program, and other major initiatives. John spent a decade at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest public health plan in the country. While at L.A. Care, John served as Chief Operating Officer and oversaw the implementation of a Medicare Advantage Duals Special Needs Plan, an individual commercial product for Covered California and the expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act. At Heritage Provider Network, John served as Senior Vice President for Medicaid programs. John is a California native and a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Manoj Mathew, MD

National Medical Director

An experienced healthcare executive, Manoj brings decades of clinical and administrative experience to agilon health. He previously worked as a Regional Medical Director at DaVita HealthCare Partners, responsible for Group and IPA operations of 87,000 patients in the San Fernando Valley while also accountable for Acute and Post-Acute Care services for 240,000 patients in the LA North Region under full-risk managed care arrangements. An Internist boarded in Hospice and Palliative Care, Manoj began his career as a PCP and then as a Hospitalist and SNFist. He was awarded the distinction of Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) from the Society of Hospital Medicine for his work in improving the quality of patient care.

Alongside Manoj Mathew, MD SFHM, as the business partner, John Wallace leads California-based market operations.


Scott Whiting

Market President, Hawaii

Scott blends expertise from finance and operations roles in the hospital, biotech, investment, and healthcare consulting industries. He most recently served as the Director of Finance for the Queen’s Medical Center Punchbowl Campus.  As the finance leader for the only Level 1 trauma center for the State of Hawaii, he was responsible for improving the profitability of the hospital and the Queen’s Health System, partnering with physicians to build a patient-centered and quality-focused Heart & Vascular Institute and negotiating Queen’s first bundled payment program.  He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Genetics from Dartmouth College.  Scott, whose wife is originally from Hawaii, moved to Hawaii several years ago to bring up his children surrounded by their local ohana and has a deep commitment to improving health care in Hawaii.


Ben Shaker

Market President, Ohio

Prior to agilon health, Ben served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Mount Carmel Health Partners, a clinically integrated network of over 1,800 providers responsible for more than 190,000 covered lives across 10 value-based contracts. His education includes a B.A. in Economics from Youngstown State University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from The Ohio State University.

Mary Cook, MD

Medical Director, Ohio

Mary joined the Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians (COPC) as an Inpatient Physician in 2003. She has served as COPC Inpatient Operations Council, Dublin Methodist Hospital Inpatient Medical Director and Associate Medical Director with COPC Hospitalists. Mary went to the University of Wyoming and Creighton University School of Medicine to complete her medical degree and trained in Internal Medicine at Creighton’s Internal Medicine Residency program. She is certified in Internal Medicine with the ABIM.

In the Ohio market, Ben Shaker and Mary Cook, MD, are responsible for implementing the unique agilon health partnership model. With intimate knowledge of Ohio and Central Ohio Primary Care, they bring detailed local business and clinical experience to the table.


Patti Parker

Market President, Texas

Prior to agilon health, Patti, a 35-year veteran of ARC, served as VP of Population Health & Clinical Quality Programs at ARC since 2011. Before 2011, she managed various departments and strategic partnerships, including the ARC Marketing & Communications Department, MediView Operations (a third  party administrator for ARC’s parent company, Covenant Management Systems), ARC retail clinics and onsite clinic services, the ARC Physical Therapy Department, and the Medicare Advantage Program.

Kevin Spencer, MD

Medical Director, Texas

Dr. Spencer is a practicing family medicine physician, having attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and completed residency at the Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina. Dr. Spencer was the CEO of Premier Physicians, and now serves as Chairman of the Board for Premier Physicians. He also is the Founder and President of Southwest Provider Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

With deep local market understanding, combined with extensive health care experience, Patti Parker and Kevin Spencer, MD  oversee the strategy, operations and growth for the Connected Senior Care Advantage program, the unique agilon health partnership model.

It’s exciting to see how everyone is so aligned around the notion of redefining the care model and how that forms a culture that embraces change and encourages meaningful disruption of the status quo.
— Ben Shaker, Market President, Ohio

Board of Directors

Our management team is directed and supported by a board of leading healthcare industry CEOs, thought-leaders and strategic thinkers. Like us, these industry leaders believe that we can transform the care delivery system by enabling leading local providers to manage quality of care, patient experience and financial risk for their patients.

Ron Williams

Ron Williams

Chairman of the Board

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Ravi Sachdev

Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice

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Gerry Ibanez

Gerry Ibanez

Founder, MDX

Ron Kuerbitz

Ron Kuerbitz

CEO, agilon health

Ron’s health care experience spans 25 years and includes experience in home infusion services, laboratory and diagnostic services, pharmacy services, physician practice management, government health plans, specialty ambulatory surgery and pharma and medtech sales and manufacturing, as well as dialysis services. He was previously the CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America, where he led …

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Sharad Mansukani

Sharad Mansukani, MD

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William Sanger

Executive Chairman of the Board, Envision Healthcare

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Rick Schnall

Rick Schnall

Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Cardinal Equity Partners

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Derek Strum

Derek Strum

Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice

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William Wulf

William Wulf, MD

CEO, Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians

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