VP, Town Hall Ventures
Candace Richardson is a Vice President at Town Hall Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Andy Slavitt that invests in innovative healthcare companies that help deliver care to medically vulnerable and underserved populations. She holds board observer roles at Quilted Health, Eleanor Health, and TwentyEight Health. In addition to this, she works closely with the firm’s investments in VillageMD, Bright Health, Somatus and Foresight Mental Health. Previously, Candace was an Associate at Goldman Sachs for 5 years in the Global Investment Research division where she analyzed healthcare investment opportunities and provided recommendations to institutional clients. While in college, she interned at Goldman Sachs, The Roosevelt Institute, Bain & Company and Morgan Stanley. Candace graduated from Columbia University with B.A. degrees in Economics-Philosophy and History. She lives in Park Slope and spends her free time exploring the city with friends, painting and teaching tennis to children in Bedford Stuyvesant.
General Partner, OCA Ventures
Bob Saunders is a General Partner of OCA Ventures and chairs its healthcare investing activity. He represents OCA on the boards of mPulse, Array Behavioral Care, Vynca and eBlu Solutions. He is also a Co-Founder and Chairman of XLerateHealth, a healthcare accelerator in Louisville, KY.Prior to OCA, Bob was a Senior Managing Director and General Partner at Chrysalis Ventures in Louisville from 1997 to 2009 and served as a Senior Advisor to Chrysalis from 2009-2010. He was also co-founder of Saunders Murdock and Associates, a life science “super-angel” investor, and a Senior Managing Director at Providian Capital Management from 1993-1997. He began his career in business strategy consulting and worked with both The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co.Over the last 30 years, he has invested in several dozen startup companies and has mentored 100+ startups.Bob received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.A. from Harvard University. Bob is both a Fulbright Scholar and a Marshall Scholar.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, .406 Ventures
Liam has spent the past two decades as a venture investor, but he is perhaps most proud of his entrepreneurial activities – founding/co-founding four successful businesses, including two venture capital funds.He started his career as a Principal at Foster Management, a venture investor focused on service industry investments; then co-founded Arcadia Partners, a fund focused on technology-enabled education companies; and finally, co-founded .406 Ventures with Larry and Maria. Over this time, Liam has invested over $130M of capital in 21 investments.Along the way, Liam founded and took on CEO responsibilities for Business Intelligence Advisors, now a .406 portfolio company. This is where he gained an appreciation for the challenges and thrills of building a fast growing start-up company. Earlier in his career, Liam spent two years as an early employee of Booz•Allen & Hamilton’s Philadelphia office before spending the next several years opening and leading their office in Budapest, Hungary.At .406, Liam leads all healthcare investments focusing on early-stage companies that offer systems, technologies and services that support clinical delivery. He also teams up with Graham on .406’s data and analytics investment practice, as well as overseeing fundraising and other .406 firm responsibilities. Liam has scar tissue/experience in green tech (an area of personal interest) and ed-tech.Liam earned a BS in Chemistry from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Principal, Echo Health Ventures
Kurt Sheline supports Echo Health Ventures in all aspects of the investment process, from deal sourcing and evaluation through transaction management and execution. He is responsible for providing financial and market support that drives investment initiatives and decisions, and the success and growth of Echo’s portfolio of companies.Kurt currently serves on the Boards of Springbuk and Eleanor Health and is a Board Observer for Octave Bioscience, GNS Healthcare, Quartet Health, and Scipher Medicine. His previous Board Observer experience includes Circulation prior to its sale to Logisticare.Before joining Echo Health Ventures in 2017, Kurt was a Vice President in Cascadia Capital’s Healthcare Technology and Services group, based in Seattle, where he worked closely with management teams in the life sciences, healthcare technology, and health care services industries, providing business development, positioning, sales & marketing, and transaction advisory and execution services.Kurt earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Economics/Pre-Medical Studies from Claremont McKenna College. He lives with his wife, two daughters, and Goldendoodle in Seattle, and enjoys golf, boating, craft beer, and a budding interest in mountaineering.
Founder & Host, Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Summit
Solome Tibebu is a behavioral health technology strategist passionate about health equity and access. Solome leads The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health, a collaborative fund seeded by Melinda Gates' Pivotal Ventures and other private family offices. Solome is also the host of the Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech summit. Prior to consulting various stakeholders on all things behavioral health technology, Solome worked in corporate development, venture capital, behavioral health EHR software, ran a mental health tech startup, founded AnxietyInTeens.org, and has been developing healthcare startup communities since 2012. Solome is an advisor or board director to several behavioral health companies and national nonprofits.
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