DirectTrust Leadership

Leadership Team

Scott Stuewe

President and CEO of DirectTrust

Scott Stuewe is a 25+ year veteran of the healthcare information technology industry. As President and CEO of DirectTrust, Scott drives visibility and utilization of the Direct Standard™ to contribute to nationwide interoperability. Under his tenure, the organization achieved the landmark milestones of one, two, and three billion Direct Secure Messages sent and received over the DirectTrust Network. Previously, Stuewe was Director of Strategy and Interoperability at DataFile Technologies, a health information management company, and served more than 24 years at Cerner, including as Cerner Network’s Director of National Interoperability Strategy, where he drove participation in the CommonWell Health Alliance and the bridge with Carequality.



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Stephen Weiss

As Managing Director of DirectTrust, Stephen Weiss is responsible for the accreditation and service aspects of DirectTrust. He brings 30 years of prior experience to DirectTrust, including consulting services for esMD and HISP related projects. Previously, Stephen’s served as Chief Operating Officer and CIO for MDwerks, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Technology Corporation, and Vice President Information Technology for Bankers Trust.  He holds a Bachelors in Chemistry from Buffalo State College.



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Kelly Gwynn

As Director of Operations for DirectTrust, Kelly Gwynn is responsible for oversight and coordination of the company’s operations.  Starting with DirectTrust in 2014, Kelly’s extraordinary attention to detail coupled with her powerful analytical skills have led to greater efficiencies and improved process flows. Her experience and knowledge base span all areas of DirectTrust, giving her a great perspective of the organization at large as well as the daily activities required to achieve the company’s mission.  Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia.


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Director of CommunicationsRead More

Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser

As DirectTrust’s Director of Communications, Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, MBA, CHPC, CHTS, is responsible for leading communication, membership, and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining DirectTrust in 2019, she led thought leadership and content efforts for a health information management company, sharing best practices for healthcare professionals through speaking at numerous events like MGMA and AHIMA a year. Her experience also includes managing a compliance department, coaching practices through incentive programs, working in ambulatory practices, and providing user training for EHRs.



Director of Trust Framework DevelopmentRead More

Kyle Neuman

Kyle Neuman is a visionary cryptography engineering leader, who was instrumental in revitalizing the vision and mission at SAFE Identity (formerly SAFE-BioPharma Association). DirectTrust acquired the assets of SAFE Identity in 2021.

Kyle continues to actively develop new and existing technical standards on public-key cryptography, blockchain cryptography, key management, and multi-factor authentication for both government and private sectors. His passion for identity lies within the vision of the future and enabling identity between geographical regions and political regimes for the benefit of humanity as we transcend into an increasingly digital way of life.



Network Services Technical Project ManagerRead More

Alex Young

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President and CEO


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Scott Stuewe

Scott Stuewe is a 25+ year veteran of the healthcare information technology industry. As President and CEO of DirectTrust, Scott drives visibility and utilization of the Direct Standard™ to contribute to nationwide interoperability. Under his tenure, the organization achieved the landmark milestone of two billion Direct Secure Messages sent and received over the DirectTrust Network. Previously, Stuewe was Director of Strategy and Interoperability at DataFile Technologies, a health information management company, and served more than 24 years at Cerner, including as Cerner Network’s Director of National Interoperability Strategy, where he drove participation in the CommonWell Health Alliance and the bridge with Carequality.



Board Chair

Health Catalyst

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Dan Soule

Dan Soule is the Vice President of Product Management at Health Catalyst. He has over 40 years of client and supplier leadership experience including Good Samaritan Hospital, SpaceLabs, Cerner Corporation, Eclipsys/Allscripts, and Medicity. While at Cerner he worked with Dr. David McCallie to investigate the use of Secure SMTP as a communication and messaging protocol for healthcare.  At Medicity he was responsible for building and deploying one of the first commercial HISPs. His market knowledge includes acute, ambulatory and consumer/patient systems, in the US and globally.



Board Vice Chair

Secure Exchange Solutions

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Adam Apatoff

Adam Apatoff is General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer for Secure Exchange Solutions responsible for regulatory and legal matters including IP licensing, contract compliance, data privacy, security, and industry-specific regulations, certifications and accreditations. An attorney with 20+ years experience, he’s been recognized 4 times among the Washington DC-area’s top 3 attorneys in the area of Technology Transactions by the Washington Business Journal. He was the founder and Chairman of the Healthcare IT Committee of the Maryland Tech Council, the state’s leading technology industry group.



Board Treasurer

North Star Health Solutions

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Vince Albanese

Vince is an innovator and successful serial entrepreneur whose skills span decades of success and cutting-edge innovation.  He is a Co-Founder/CEO/CTO of Haven Technologies which is focused on delivering enterprise-grade blockchain solutions to healthcare and finance entities.  Vince is Partner, Technology Practice of CommPro Worldwide.

He was a founder of the Oracle Process Manufacturer’s Users Group, i2 Technologies Rhythm Users Group, the Green Armada Foundation, and Discover Alliance. Additionally, Vince has taken an integral role within DirectTrust and is Chair of the TIM+ Consensus Body and Co-Chair of the Innovation Priorities Workgroup.


Van Horn

Board Secretary

iShare Medical

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Linda Van Horn

Linda Van Horn, MBA is the Founder President/CEO of iShare Medical.  iShare Medical is a complete medical record organized around the person that is easily shared and becomes the foundation of a learning health system.  Her prior experience includes Founder President/CEO of 21st Century Edge, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer The Pain Institute, and Senior Manager IT Consulting at Deloitte. She is the Past President of the Kentucky MGMA and prior Chairman of the American Red Cross Great Gatsby Gala.  Ms. Van Horn has a BS in Computer Science and MBA from Rockhurst University.



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Muhammad Chebli

Muhammad Chebli is a health IT professional with 15+ years of experience managing enterprise application design, development, and implementation. He has been at NextGen Healthcare for the last nine years managing interoperability solutions and services for ambulatory providers and health information exchanges across the country. His team is responsible for the delivery of Mirth Connect—an open source integration engine; Health Data Hub—a data aggregation platform; and NextGen Share—a cloud-based interoperability hub. Prior to joining NextGen Healthcare, Mo spent 11 years at CareCloud, a web-based EHR company which
also provides RCM services. During his time there, he was responsible for the product management of the EHR, mobile apps, patient portal, and connectivity solutions. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two kids.



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Jon Elwell

As CEO of Kno2, Jon Elwell leads the company’s mission to solve interoperability for healthcare and transform the exchange of patient information. He initially focused on charting a course for post-acute providers where interoperability was lacking. With 75% of that market largely integrated to Kno2’s Interoperability as a Service, he is currently driving expansion to remaining healthcare sectors. Prior to Kno2, he served as Vice President of Healthcare for the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), and was an executive at IKON Office Solutions and Ricoh Corporation.



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Lawrence Garber

Dr. Larry Garber is a practicing internist, board-certified Clinical Informaticist, Medical Director for Informatics, and Associate Medical Director of Research at Reliant Medical Group. He is Chair of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and a member of the Carequality Advisory Council. He is the recipient of the 2010 eHealth Initiative eHealth Advocate Award, the 2011 Health Data Management EHR Game Changer Award, and listed in the 2015 Health Data Management Top 50 HIT Experts. He led the HIMSS 2011 Davies Award-winning implementation of Reliant’s EHR system.



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Brian Handspicker

Brian (BD) Handspicker is CTO for Open City Labs, Inc., as well as an independent consultant working through PracticalMarkets, Inc. and the Stewards of Change Institute. These companies specialize in community care solutions across socialcare, healthcare, education and justice. Brian is actively involved in healthcare and socialcare interoperability  standards, including HL7 Gravity Project (Social Determinants of Health), FHIR Clinicalcare SDOH IG, HL7 Human and Social Services, DirectTrust Innovations Priorities, and as Chair of DirectTrust’s Information Exchange for Human Services (IX4HS) Consensus Body. He is a Fellow of the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) and Technical Lead for NIC’s Project Unify.



Texas Health Services AuthorityRead More

Katherine Lusk

Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA is the Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for the Texas Health Services Authority with a focus on cross-industry facilitation of secure electronic exchange of trusted health information.  She has long championed interoperability serving in multiple roles including DirectTrust Roundtables, eHealth Exchange Workgroup, ONC Patient Identity Workgroup, Epic’s Care Everywhere Governing Council, ONC / AHIMA Project [email protected] Companion Guide, AHIMA 2021 President / Chair and the DirectTrust Board.   Current efforts are focused on tackling barriers to interoperability as a vendor agnostic convener for all healthcare participants with the THSA Interoperability Collaborative.



EMR DirectRead More

Julie Maas

Julie Maas is the Founder/CEO of EMR Direct. Previously she managed software business and product development life cycles at MicroStrategy, NBC Internet, and Yahoo. Her experience includes designing the first commercially available and customizable subscription system for database reporting, applications for mobile devices, and applications leveraging personalization and AI. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She also participates in workgroups with HL7, OpenID, Carequality, and ONC’s FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST).



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Christopher Mack

Christopher Mack, is an Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development for Sutter Health’s Integrated Network headquartered in Northern Ca. Christopher has been with Sutter Health for 20 years, and has worked in both clinical and non-clinical settings. He created Sutter Health’s first interoperability workflows to support referrals and in 2016, designed the first workflow to exchange close loop ambulatory referrals via Direct. Christopher has a deep connection to patient centered care coordination and a passion for safe, efficient, affordable methods to exchange patient health information while protecting and preserving the integrity and privacy of patent data.

Shereese Maynard

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Shereese Maynard

Shereese Maynard is the Founder of Bandia FiSH, Co-founder of NostraData Medical, and minority owner of HIT Like A Girl pod. She is a Women in Data Science Ambassador and a key health IT opinion leader and top 30 influencer as rated by Health Tech Magazine. She invests in and advises startups and nonprofits around leveraging technology for physician and patient engagement strategies and applies her policy expertise to inform the compliance strategies used by some of the nation’s top providers. She also works as a strategic advisor with LAS, a medical coaching platform whose mission is to ensure inclusion in medicine by coaching medical students, residents, and fellows from traditionally underserved backgrounds to pursue certification and wellness. Reach out to Shereese via Twitter @ShereesemayMBA.



Ohio Health Information Partnership

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Dan Paoletti

As CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, Dan Paoletti helped create and manages CliniSync, Ohio’s HIE, now one of the largest and most successful HIEs in the country. The organization’s innovative spirit continues to create new solutions to bring efficiencies, reduce administrative burden and improve health outcomes for CliniSync Stakeholders. To further these efforts, he serves on the DirectTrust Board, as well as the Boards of The Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus, Ohio Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and OHA Solutions.



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Jacob Reider

Jacob Reider is a family physician serving as the General Manager, Health Solutions for Circulo Health, Inc. He has worked for three decades to improve the health of our communities through the innovative use of technology and the promotion of benevolence in business. He is an adviser and Board member for several private sector organizations focused on health and health care. He previously served as the Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and before that as CMIO Allscripts, of one of the nation’s largest health IT developers.

Emeritus Directors



Consumer AdvocateRead More

Lucy Johns

Lucy Johns, MPH, is a strategic planner and policy analyst at Health Care Planning & Policy. An experienced non-profit board volunteer, she served as a “consumer” on the boards of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, California Institute for Health Systems Performance, and as participant in PCORI and RAND research projects. Her strategic focus is social determinants of health. She’s been Visiting Lecturer, UC-Berkeley School of Public Health, published in Health Affairs and the popular press, and is on the Editorial Board of Managed Care, where she’s in the October 2019 issue.



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Don Jorgenson

Don Jorgenson is Chairman and CEO of Inpriva, Inc. and has more than thirty years of design, development and management experience including software and embedded system development, communication and IT architecture, security and privacy, regulatory compliance, network management and business process development. He’s been active in HL7, IHE, HITSP and ASTM and consulted/advised the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He has a BS in Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.



DigitalTrustRead More

Scott Rea

Scott Rea is the head of DigitalTrust and the SVP Trust Services of Digital14. He excels in Managed Public Key Infrastructure (MPKI) projects including policy, practices, and applications. Prior to joining DigitalTrust, he was at DarkMatter, DigiCert, IdentTrust and Dartmouth College where he also operated the Higher Education Bridge Certification Authority (HEBCA). A native Australian and CISSP, he holds an MS in Computer Science from Queensland University of Technology as well as BS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.



Schreiber Tech AdvisorsRead More

Bruce Schreiber

Bruce is a part time consultant running Schreiber Tech Advisors, LLC.  He has retired as CTO of MedAllies, where he was responsible for technical strategy and development as well as for building the company’s technological systems. Prior to joining MedAllies, he held a similar position at MaxMD for 14 years. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Alpha Investment Management, Executive Director of the US Equities/Convertible Bond Trading Desk at CIBC, Vice President for Institutional Equity Trading at Lehman Brothers, and President of BDJ Securities. He holds degrees from M.I.T. and a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Computer Science) from Columbia University.



Bassett Healthcare NetworkRead More

Paul Uhrig

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