April 10, 2018

Our Advisory Board

Bringing Great Minds Together

When you are trying to change the future of healthcare, you can not do it alone.  We at Acclivity believe in the value of bringing great industry minds together to collaborate.  We have connected with the brightest experts in the field to join us as we shape the future of care delivery.

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Jeffrey Vaughn

Board Treasurer

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15+ years executing strategies on behalf of dynamic organizations and 4 high powered private equity firms (HIG Capital, General Atlantic Capital, Apax Capital and Amvestar Capital). Conducted exponential growth strategies involving organizational and real asset acquisitions, operational and technical integrations, systems development and operational excellence. Designed and implemented team and human capital management strategies. Experience centered within Healthcare M&A, managed care, RCM implementations, large/medium scale project management and strategy execution within the commercial real estate, healthcare and technology industries.

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Melanie Skelton, M.D.

Board Medical Advisor

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Having personally experienced the loss of a loved one after a long battle with cancer, Dr. Skelton is particularly passionate about helping patients and families navigate the struggles of terminal illness.  Many of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of her medical career occurred while interacting with patients in the midst of difficult situations.

Dr. Skelton received her medical degree at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Vanderbilt University.  She is a Palliative Care Physician at Stormont Vail Health System.

“I believe I have always been an empathetic person, and consequently became an empathetic physician,” said Dr. Skelton. “However, having sat at the bedside both as a physician and as a daughter during end-of-life care, I came to realize how hard it is to truly understand what patients and families are going through. Each person’s experience is very individual. I am focused on finding out what is most important to each individual patient and then helping them achieve their personal goals within the framework of their illness.”

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LeeAnn Anderson


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Over 24 years’ experience in the healthcare industry developing winning corporate, market and product level strategies for health plans, providers and healthcare solution companies.   LeeAnn has managed strategy development for multi-billion dollar companies, go-to-market strategies for new product lines, program and portfolio management model designs and new business solution plans.  She has led health care reform analysis teams, adjudication policy issue management and improvements for multi-plan processes and has provided leadership for the development of products and programs enabling value-based reimbursement and accountable care models.  LeeAnn received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Florida and received her Masters of Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

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Lew Altman


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Corporate executive and strategy executive in health care and health information technology, specializing in visionary leadership, healthcare transformation, go-to-market strategy, and turnarounds. Lew builds and leads healthcare businesses, by using analytics and health economics insights, to align products and services to market needs. Lew leverages his unique multi-stakeholder perspective about who benefits, how to measure value, and how to commercialize healthcare products and services.   Deep experience working with managed care providers on risk management, working with health plans and self-insured employers on population health and health affordability, and working with healthcare technology companies, to connect products to markets and grow significant business value


Rick Yang

Financial Advisor

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With over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting operations, Rick Yang specializes in helping start-ups companies build and scale finance function. He is an expert in accounting operations, financial forecast and modeling, and managed finance service. He also has vast experience with technical accounting, financial reporting, process optimization and other emerging accounting issues faced by pre-IPO companies. Rick is a super user in various accounting systems range from Quickbooks, Sage Intacct, NetSuite to Oracle and SAP.

Rick was in the controllership function for both private and public companies across different industries, including artificial intelligence, software, software as a service, healthcare, and biotech. Rick is a Certified Public Accountant in both United States (California) and China and holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.

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Bill Wachs


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25 year career as a executive in the healthcare and senior living industries, Bill makes extensive use of his finance, accounting and strategic planning backgrounds when forming and advising new enterprises, building governance processes or restructuring a business.  By applying data analytics and modeling with careful planning, research and communication his businesses realize results.   Bill is a mission-driven expert in advancing today’s health landscape through change.  He is a developer of new strategies to compete and deliver real value, to innovative contracting and reimbursement approaches. to enable critical paths and to evolve value-based care models and structures.  He consistently achieves success for clients, organizations and colleagues through team alignment and communication.  He is driven to establish a sense of purpose and to create strong teams from his experience, building collaborative teaming methods through his decisive leadership and management style.  Bill serves as a Board Member for JourneyCare – Illinois’ largest end-of-life care provider.  As Chairperson of a legacy entity, JourneyCare was formed in 2015 through the merger of three independent hospice providers.