Morgan Atkins: NBJ Employee of the Year

Congratulations Morgan Atkins

Nashville Business Journal’s Employee of the Year

MorganAtkinsNovember 1, 2017, The Nashville Business Journal announced their first-ever winners of the Employee of the Year awards. Stratasan’s Director of Innovation, Morgan Atkins, won in the Company Culture category.

Launched to celebrate the employees without whom business wouldn’t be the same, the Nashville Business Journal solicited nominations from the public in categories including internal culture, financial impact, best support, community impact and most innovative. From there, an independent panel of judges scored the nominees in everything from company impact to their category strength. The top-scoring nominees make up this year’s winning class.

Check out this year’s winners in the slideshow with this story.

Congratulations, Morgan!

Welcome to the Team: Eric Goddard

Eric Goddard

Web Developer

EricGoddardEric joined the Stratasan team as a Web Developer in November 2017. Originally from the Nashville area, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History, Masters of Science in Earth Sciences, and a Graduate Certificate in GIS from the University of Memphis. Before joining Stratasan, Eric worked at the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) at the University of Memphis. Starting as a GIS Project Coordinator, he worked his way up to Senior Research Software Developer. Responsibilities while at CAESER included writing tools to automate spatial analyses, performing data quality and integrity checks, and creating web mapping applications for visualization and data collection. Most of these tasks were accomplished with Python. A self-proclaimed Linux-, open-source-, and geo-geek, Eric spends his free time with his wife, two kids, and two rescued Shelties. He likes riding his bike, hiking, reading, and learning new things, usually related to programming, databases, or GIS.

Welcome to the Team: Dave Sellers

Dave Sellers

Data Specialist, Data Services Team

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Dave joined the Stratasan team in October 2017 as a Data Specialist. Originally from Hershey, PA, he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 with a B.S. in Information Technology, a concentration in Database Management Systems, and a minor in Business Administration. While new to the healthcare industry, Dave brings a strong data-centric skillset across the data engineering, data architecture, and data analysis disciplines. Prior to Stratasan, he has worked primarily in the financial services industry: in Boston, MA with Fidelity Investments and, most recently, spending time with Chubb Insurance while living in London, UK. Upon deciding to return home from the UK, the prospect of more sunny days, the thriving restaurant scene, the healthcare infrastructure, the friendly people, and the (relatively) low cost of living led him and his wife to choose Nashville as their new home in May of 2017. When not working, Dave can be found around town running with the East Nasty running club, out supporting his favorite “football” teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and Tottenham Hotspur, contributing his technical skills to the civic nonprofit “Code for Nashville,” or holed up at home trying to find his inner Bob Vila as a first time homeowner.

Welcome to the Team: Louis Joseph

Louis Joseph

Account Manager, Customer Success Team

Louis-JosephLouis joined the Stratasan team in September of 2017 as a Customer Success Analyst with the Customer Success Team. In this role, he manages client relationships and works across all departments to ensure a consistent and exceptional experience for our customers. Louis has a Bachelors in Business Management as well as an MBA  from Berry College. Before Stratasan, he worked with the Strategic Resource Group at LifePoint Health where he was the primary strategic planning contact for a division of hospitals. Prior to that, Louis spent 5 years as a Client Manager with WinShape Teams, a culture and leadership development foundation offering services to a wide variety of clients ranging from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He and his wife have two dogs, and when not working, he enjoys spending time on the lake with friends and family and creating things out of wood and leather.

Welcome to the Team: Gavin Chance

Gavin Chance

Senior GIS Analyst

Gavin_ChanceGavin joined the Stratasan team in July of 2017 as the Senior GIS Analyst. With an undergraduate degree in Applied Geography from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a graduate degree in Geography from University of North Carolina Greensboro, Gavin brings to the team a solid educational background as well as over 10 years of relevant work experience. He spent 3 years at Dollar General as the Market Planning Analyst and 6 years with Mspark as their Senior GIS Database Analyst. Gavin was born in England and moved to the US in 2001 to attend college. He has been a Nashville resident since 2012. When not working, Gavin loves to spend time perfecting his photography skills and traveling the world.

Welcome to the Team: Daniel Dreaden

Daniel Dreaden

Senior Health Analyst

Daniel_DreadenDaniel joined the Stratasan team in August 2017 as a Senior Health Analyst. He is a Freed-Hardeman University graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration and an emphasis in Business Management. Having previously worked for AIM Healthcare and Truven Health Analytics/IBM Watson Health, he brings to the team nearly 10 years of knowledge and experience. A Nashville resident for 13 years, Daniel is originally from Chattanooga. He loves Marvel and Star Wars movies, but is also a huge sports fan and can often be found cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Tennessee Titans, and the Nashville Predators. When not at work Daniel loves to travel, hike, ride his bicycle, and spend time with friends.

Welcome to the Team: Rebecca Groner

Rebecca Groner

Product Associate

Rebecca_GronerA New York native, Becca moved to Nashville in August 2017 to pursue her passion for health technology on the Stratasan team as a Product Associate. Becca studied Public Health and Business at Brandeis University, where she developed a strong interest in how innovative technology can improve healthcare in the U.S. In her senior year at Brandeis, Becca became a part of Venture for America, a social impact entrepreneurship fellowship, through which she discovered Stratasan. Becca loves performing and watching improv comedy, volunteering in the community, and discovering new music.

Welcome to the Team: Lessie Poyner

Lessie Poyner

Vice President of Customer Success

Lessie_PoynerLessie joined the Stratasan team in August 2017 as the Vice President of Customer Success. In her role, she leads a customer success program that promotes a higher level of customer engagement aimed at driving better results for our clients. Lessie has a strong background in leading customer experience efforts, providing vision and strategy for customer success programs, and maintaining a high level of customer retention. Lessie started her healthcare career in 2008 at Decision Resources Group (DRG) where she served in many roles and ultimately finished her tenure with DRG by leading their Global Customer Experience team that engaged with biotech and pharmaceutical customers across Asia, Europe, and the United States. During her 8 ½ years at DRG, Lessie was awarded the CEO Club award that is selected by the CEO based on performance, results, and attitude to the top 1% performers. Lessie is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where she studied Corporate Communications with a minor in Psychology. In her spare time, Lessie enjoys volunteering in the Nashville Cable Program as a mentor and her love for the outdoors leads her to enjoy walking, hiking, and camping.

Welcome to the Team: Sara Handa

Sara Handa

Healthcare/GIS Analyst

Sara-Handa-square-300x300Sara Handa joined the Stratasan team in June of 2017 as a Healthcare/GIS Analyst. Before joining Stratasan, she worked three years with Expeditors International in Cleveland as their solutions manager. This position required an understanding of global data, as well as an ability to identify pain points and implement solutions. She also spent time with Accelerated Growth Advisors in Chicago where she provided process optimization consultation and acted as a controller for many start-up firms. Originally from Akron, OH, Sara has a BA in Economics, a BA in Geography, and a Minor in French. When not working, she likes hiking, outdoor festivals, and loves rowing. Any free time she has is spent traveling somewhere new.

Stratasan’s SVP of Sales, Drake Jarman, Named to Leadership Health Care Board

Drake_Jarman_150x150We are excited to announce that our very own Stratanaut and SVP of Sales, Drake Jarman, has been named to the Leadership Health Care Board of Directors. 

Drake was selected by his peers to join the 28-member board by filling one of three vacant seats. Drake has been active with LHC, serving on the Membership Committee and piloting programs to increase membership and retention.

Leadership Health Care (LHC) is an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to nurture the talents of future leaders, LHC provides members with unique educational lhc-logoprograms and networking opportunities. With membership of more than 900 up-and-coming healthcare industry leaders from 330 companies, LHC is the foremost organization for emerging industry leaders in the field.