Meet the MatrixCare Team – Leaders in Long-Term Care and EHR Technology
John Damgaard, President and Chief Executive Officer
John Damgaard became President of MatrixCare® in September 2012 and Chief Executive Officer in August 2013. Damgaard brings an exceptional record in healthcare technology solutions and has a comprehensive background in various areas including client services, healthcare software solutions development, interoperability, sales, and marketing. Prior to MatrixCare, Damgaard was Chief Operating Officer at Mediware Information Systems Inc. and also held business management and technical positions with CGN and Associates, Maytag Corporation and IBM. Damgaard earned an MBA from Bradley University and a Bachelor of Arts of Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.
Denise Wassenaar, Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs and CCO
Denise Wassenaar joined MatrixCare as Chief Clinical Officer in May 2013. A recognized leader in long-term care, Wassenaar brings innovative strategies and solutions to the changing environment of the post-acute provider. She has more than 20 years in the post-acute settings serving as Vice President of Clinical Services for a CCRC organization, President of Alliance Pharmacy Services and other executive positions. Wassenaar holds BS and MS Degrees in Nursing from Purdue University and is a licensed nursing home administrator. She serves on the Board of Directors of a CCRC in Arizona.
Ed Scott, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions
Ed Scott became Senior Vice President of Sales in April 2015. He is a seasoned sales leader with a track record of exceeding goals in a competitive HIT market. Most recently Scott was VP of Sales and Marketing for NTT Data Healthcare Technologies’ acute care hospital solutions. Prior to NTT he was Corporate Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Golden Living, the third largest skilled nursing provider in the U.S. Scott has held leadership positions at Quadramed, Mediware, and Intelistaff Healthcare in addition to software sales roles at AEQ, Medicus, and McKesson. He holds an MBA and a BS in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Steve Pacicco, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Steve Pacicco joined MatrixCare as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development in February 2017. He brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and healthcare technology. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Pacicco served as CEO and director of SigmaCare from 2006 to 2016, leading the business through substantial growth and expansion. Prior to SigmaCare, he served in various executive capacities with Amicore and Pfizer. Pacicco holds an MBA with Honors from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Lee Kilmer, Vice President, Product Management
Lee Kilmer joined MatrixCare in June 2016 as Vice President of Product Management. He has more than 24 years of experience in enterprise software leading product management, strategy, and development. Kilmer has extensive experience in the areas of analytics, healthcare interoperability, cloud computing, and user experience. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Kilmer held leadership positions in product management and product development at Infor Global Solutions and Lawson Software.
Joe Weber, Senior Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer
Joe Weber became Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer for MatrixCare in May 2014. Mr. Weber has over 20 years of global healthcare product development and strategic planning expertise, embedded systems and medical device expertise, and product portfolio management experience. He has held leadership positions at such companies as Haemonetics, Boston Scientific, Emageon, and KPMG. Mr. Weber has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University. He is a published author of international best sellers on Java development and is a frequent national speaker on innovation, Java, and product excellence.
Larry Wolf, Chief Transformation Officer
Larry Wolf joined MatrixCare as Chief Transformation Officer in September 2017. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Wolf uses his provider and health IT background to help communicate the company’s value proposition in a way that resonates with customer needs and vantage points. Prior, Wolf held leadership roles at Kindred Healthcare, including CIO for Emerging Markets. He is chair for the Health Information Management Systems Society’s Public Policy Committee (HIMSS PPC) and a member of the LTPAC Health IT Collaborative. He holds a BS in Language & Communication from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and a master’s in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Massachusetts.
James Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
James Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MatrixCare, joined the company in April 2013. Evans has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, financial management, information technology and strategy, and has held senior financial positions at Calabrio, Land ‘O Lakes and NRG Energy. He has extensive experience in budgeting and forecasting, process improvement, mergers and acquisitions, and financial systems. Evans holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.
Gary Pederson, Senior Vice President, Life Plan Communities Solutions
Gary Pederson joined MatrixCare in October 2016 as Senior Vice President, Life Plan Communities (LPC) Solutions. Pederson serves as a member of MatrixCare’s executive team and has full responsibility for MatrixCare’s LPC Solutions business unit, including sales, account retention, marketing, operations and research & development. He reports to MatrixCare President and CEO John Damgaard.
Prior to joining MatrixCare, Mr. Pederson served as president of two business units of Ascend Learning, LLC, a Providence Equity Partners portfolio company. Prior to Ascend, Mr. Pederson spent 15 years in various management capacities with Cerner Corporation, most recently serving as U.S. Vice-President / General Manager Healthe (Population Health) Division where he grew division revenues from $5M to $70M in a three-year span, earning the VP/General Manager of the Year award in 2010. Prior to Cerner, Mr. Pederson spent ten years collectively with Toshiba Medical Systems and Siemens Medical Systems in management capacities.
Kevin Whitehurst, Senior Vice President, Skilled Nursing Solutions
Kevin Keith Whitehurst, Senior Vice President, Skilled Nursing Solutions, has been a key player in LTPAC technology since 1990. Whitehurst has held many leadership positions including IT Director for one of the first developers of MDS software systems to, most recently, SVP, Client Services for MatrixCare. In his current role, he is responsible for the success of the Skilled Nursing Solutions Group and oversees Product Management, Professional Services, Sales and Marketing, and Client Support for that group. A 26 year veteran, Whitehurst has dedicated his career to improving Skilled Nursing Providers experience with technology. Whitehurst holds degrees from San Bernardino Valley College and the Los Angeles School of Business and also served in the U.S Air Force.
Joe Kraus, Senior Vice President and President, Home Care Solutions
Joe Kraus has spent the past eighteen years focused on home care automation as both IT manager and vendor. As Director of IT for FirstChoice Health Care and later as VP Information Systems for Home Care America, he selected and managed technology for these multi-site, regional providers. In 1999 he founded Stratis Business Systems which designed, marketed and supported the Visitrax (1999-2008) and Soneto (2009-Present) home care software solutions. Before home care, Kraus developed financial software for General Electric and is a graduate of GE’s Information Systems Management Program. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Caregiving Youth (www.aacy.org). Kraus has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Patrick Hart, Vice President, Senior Living Solutions
Patrick Hart joined MatrixCare as Vice President, Senior Living Solutions in October 2015. He is a dynamic business leader with a sales and operations background. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Hart held sales and marketing leadership roles with major senior living providers including Five Star Quality Care, Assisted Living Concepts, and Holiday Retirement. He also served in the U.S. Army for over 6 years, including supervising and managing aviation aircraft maintenance operations. Patrick has both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Louis Lenzmeier, Vice President, Partner Ecosystems
Louis Lenzmeier joined MatrixCare in October 1999 and has led Business Development efforts since January 2013. Previously, he served as the Director of Marketing for MatrixCare for several years. During his tenure in Business Development, Lenzmeier has built the MatrixCare Connections partner program, strategically identifying product and service partners for the broad MatrixCare client base. Prior to his tenure at MatrixCare, Lenzmeier worked in the provider environment having held positions in ICF-MRs owned by Catholic Charities. Lenzmeier holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and is past member of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. He also volunteers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Minnesota and Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, MN.