Senior Executives

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Jamie Heywood

Co-Founder, Chairman

An MIT-trained mechanical engineer, Jamie entered the field of translational medicine when his 29 year old brother Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Described by CNNMoney as one of the 15 companies that will change the world, Jamie co-founded PatientsLikeMe to ensure patient outcomes become the primary driver of the medical care and discovery process. Jamie is also the founder and past CEO of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s first non-profit biotechnology company. During his tenure at ALS TDI, Jamie helped pioneer an open research model and industrialized therapeutic validation process that made ALS TDI the world’s largest and most comprehensive ALS research program. Jamie has founded or co-founded three other health care companies: AOBiome, Genetic Networks, and Love Steve, and is an active member of a community of innovators working to bring dramatic improvements to the way we discover, develop and deliver effective health. Jamie and his brother were the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner’s biography His Brother’s Keeper and the documentary So Much So Fast.

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Ben Heywood

Co-Founder & President

Ben has overseen all stages of PatientsLikeMe’s growth, including financing, expansion of patient communities and business partnerships and product strategy. He also serves as our chief privacy officer. Ben is a frequent speaker at conferences and an expert source for media on patient issues and patient-centered care. Previously, he served in manufacturing and business development roles at Target Therapeutics. Ben earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in Business Administration from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.

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Michael Evers

Executive Vice President, Marketing, Technology & Operations

Michael focuses on creating value for patients and directing the company’s marketing, engineering, user experience and design, product management, patient advocacy and government compliance teams. He joined PatientsLikeMe as Executive Vice President of Marketing in 2012.  Since then he has tripled the company’s member base to 350,000 members and significantly increased engagement on the site. He has also developed and expanded the company’s marketing capability and created the strategy and infrastructure for a strong partner network that includes Walgreens, Aetna and numerous other organizations and nonprofits. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Michael was President of BroadMap, a provider of industry-leading geographic data products. His geospatial industry experience started at TomTom in 2005, where he was the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the company’s Tele Atlas business unit. Michael has also held senior marketing positions at Motorola and AOL Time Warner. Michael holds a bachelor of science degree in management from Northeastern University.

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Marni Hall, PhD, MPH

Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Informatics, and Policy

Marni Hall develops and directs the strategies and teams focused on expanding the role of real world evidence in precision medicine, and in the research agendas of PatientsLikeMe and its customers. She reports to Executive Vice President Michael Evers.

A research scientist by training, Dr. Hall has spent nearly two decades at the intersection of science and policy. She started her career studying toxicology and molecular epidemiology at Columbia University. After serving as Program Director in the Public Health Group of External Medical Affairs at Pfizer, Hall joined the FDA’s Office of Planning and Informatics (OPI) in 2008 as a Principal Analyst. In this role, she initiated and led the development of the data standards plan for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). In 2011, she was appointed Director of Regulatory Science within the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) for the CDER. In this role, Hall became an expert at sourcing and analyzing big data sets, including adverse event reports, claims, -omics and other data useful to risk assessment and risk management activities.

Hall holds bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and in society, technology, and policy from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as well as a master of science degree in biochemistry and a PhD in toxicology from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Monique Levy

Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy and Value

Monique Levy serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Customer Strategy and Value Delivery. Levy works with PatientsLikeMe’s life science partners to leverage patient-centered strategies and technologies to transform their operations and meet emerging patient needs. Before joining PatientsLikeMe she was Vice President of Research for the Digital Innovation team at Decision Resources Group. In this role she helped life sciences and technology companies understand how patients, providers and payers are using technology for health, and advised businesses on how to adapt and succeed in fast-changing markets. Levy spent the earlier part of her career in the medical and public sectors, working at global institutions including The World Bank. She also co-founded a bed net business in Zimbabwe for malaria prevention. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international health and development from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master’s degree in clinical health psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. 

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Joy Morel

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Member Engagement & Business Intelligence

Joy Morel is Senior, Vice President, Marketing, Patient Engagement and Business Intelligence. A global marketing strategist with both business-to-business and business-to-consumer branding experience, she leads the team responsible for creating the strategy and programs that attract and engage new members and bring even greater value to our community. Joy reports to Michael Evers, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Technology and Operations. Joy's marketing expertise has been well honed at several leading internet technology companies, including Verisign and AOL, where she developed both direct-to-consumer and business-to-business go-to-market strategies globally. Her background, and deep brand, media and product marketing experience, will be the foundation on which PatientsLikeMe continues to help people with any condition track their health, learn about living with disease and connect with others like them. Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications and psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Kim Goodwin

Vice President, Product & User Experience

Kim guides the software product strategy and leads the user experience design and product management teams at PatientsLikeMe, ensuring that all of our software products are focused on the needs patients have today, while also helping clinicians, researchers, and partners improve healthcare for the long term. Kim’s design experience has made her one of the most distinguished UX experts in the world. She is a frequent speaker and the author of the 2009 bestseller Designing for the Digital Age, which is heralded as the most comprehensive how-to guide in the field. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Kim was VP of Design and General Manager at Cooper, the leading product design firm. Over the years, Kim has also worked with clients including Lexus, Cardinal Health, Abbott, Medtronic Diabetes, Boeing, Cisco, and Best Buy. Her experience in healthcare product strategy and design includes diagnostic and treatment devices, consumer health education and tracking, online retail pharmacy, and desktop and tablet-based electronic medical records. Kim holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley

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Jason Johnson

Senior Scientific Advisor

Jason works with our leadership team to help define and implement our patient-focused scientific agenda. A leading computational biologist and information science strategist, Jason has been a long-time collaborator with PatientsLikeMe. He was a PatientsLikeMe customer during his 14 years at Merck, where he held senior roles in informatics, R&D and IT. Jason shares his time between PatientsLikeMe and his primary position as the Chief Health Information Officer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 

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George Parker

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

George oversees all aspects of human resources, with a focus on talent acquisition and development. Parker has more than 30 years of human resources experience in high growth and established organizations. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Forum Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company focused on serious brain diseases. Prior to that, from 2010 to 2015, Parker was Vice President, Global Human Resources at Molecular Devices, LLC, a life sciences operating company of Danaher Corporation. He has also held senior HR positions at Cyberonics, Inc., Perkinelmer Instruments, and Bayer A.G., where he effectively led organizations through change and growth. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hobart College.


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Chris Fidyk

Managing Director, PatientsLikeMe International

Chris leads the team that helps life sciences companies, academic institutions and government agencies partner with patients to transform healthcare products, services and care. Chris joined PatientsLikeMe in 2009, spurred by a desire to work for a company that truly put patients first—from its mission to its results. He held various roles in business development before his promotion in 2015 to vice president. Chris began his healthcare career at the biopharmaceutical company Amgen, where he principally worked in commercial operations, trade, pricing and brand marketing. He also oversaw patient support service operations for Amgen's top selling drug, Enbrel, which included patient financial assistance, drug sampling and nurse support services. Originally trained as an engineer, Chris earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Columbia University and his MBA in entrepreneurship from UCLA.

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Duane Sword

Vice President, Business Development

Duane Sword is focused on broadening PatientsLikeMe's commercial business across the health sector in the Americas. He brings twenty-two years of global technology, marketing, business development and executive experience to PatientsLikeMe, and has worked at companies ranging from startups to publicly-held organizations with operations across Australia, North America and Europe. Duane has held business development leadership roles at Hewlett Packard, Thermo-Fisher Scientific and MKS Instruments, and is credited with developing teams and businesses from pre-revenue to over $250M. Duane graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. 

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Jeremy Gilbert

Vice President, PLM Health

Jeremy Gilbert leads product strategy and development efforts at PatientsLikeMe. Prior to joining the company, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company’s health care practice, where he led strategy and execution projects for Fortune 500 clients. Jeremy has co-founded four technology startups and has invented and launched notable products in e-commerce, mobile, and discovery bioinformatics.

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Doug Marttila

Vice President, Engineering

Doug joined PatientsLikeMe in 2010 as an engineer, and initially focused on designing the charts that help members document how they’re doing. In the years since, and as the number of members and conditions covered on the platform continued to grow, he worked on newer ways to visualize health data. Today Doug manages a burgeoning team of engineers who ensure the security and performance of patientslikeme.com. Before he joined the company, Doug was an independent application developer for a range of business clients, and before that a data visualization software developer at Visual i/o. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University.

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Sally Okun, RN, MMHS

Vice President, Advocacy, Policy & Patient Safety

As Vice President of Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety, Sally ensures the patient voice, represented in PatientsLikeMe’s member community, is heard, collected and disseminated to affect better treatment, services and care. Sally also serves as the company’s liaison with government and regulatory agencies. She actively participates in national and international discussions to educate policy makers on the benefits of sharing health data, and to ensure patient needs are at the front of the healthcare discussion. In addition, Sally’s position includes responsibility for PatientsLikeMe’s ongoing work in drug safety. She ensures the data collected about treatments and their impact become even more transparent to members and the healthcare community at large.

Sally joined PatientsLikeMe in 2008 and led the team responsible for the website’s medical ontology and curation of patient-reported health data. She has since been a frequent speaker at policy workshops and forums and has contributed to peer reviewed publications and discussion papers for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and others. A registered nurse for over three decades, Sally’s clinical practice specialized in palliative and end-of-life care. She received her nursing diploma from the Hospital of St. Raphael School of Nursing and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University as well as a master's degree in health and human services management from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

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Paul Wicks, PhD

Vice President, Innovation

An internationally recognized expert in the psychological aspects of neurodegenerative conditions, Paul is responsible for the scientific and medical validity of PatientsLikeMe’s research platform. He leads a team of experts charged with conducting scientific research that generates insights from the personal health data shared by patient members. Under Paul’s direction, the PatientsLikeMe R&D team has produced numerous peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals. These include Nature Biotechnology, Movement Disorders and European Journal of Neurology. In addition to working with the world’s foremost research organizations, the R&D team also provides professional services to the company’s commercial partners. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Paul worked directly with patients from around the world to study cognition in rare forms of ALS and the psychological consequences of Parkinson’s disease.  A frequent speaker on the power of personalized medicine in improving health outcomes, Paul has received numerous awards including the 2011 MIT Technology Review Humanitarian of the Year and the British Neuropsychiatry Association prize for best speaker, an honor he has won twice. Paul was named a TED Fellow in 2012, and in 2013 was a TED conference presenter. He completed his Ph.D. thesis at King’s College London at the age of 24.

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Margot Carlson Delogne

Vice President, Communications

Margot manages our strategic communications, directing corporate PR and social media as well as broad-based communications campaigns that expand awareness of the company. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Margot was an independent consultant providing leadership, advice and support to startups, companies in transition and established global leaders. Before that she was the Vice President of Global Communications for TomTom, where she focused on securing high impact visibility for the company’s personal navigation devices, iPhone navigation software and digital maps. Margot’s 20+ year career spans communications and marketing positions at high tech companies in the United States and Europe. She holds a bachelor of science degree in public relations and Spanish from the University of Evansville and a master of science degree in corporate communications and public affairs from Boston University.