Founder; Advisor to Muskegon, MI
Founder of Wellville and chairman of EDventure Holdings, Esther is an active angel investor, best-selling author, board member and advisor concentrating on emerging markets and technologies, new space and health. She sits on the boards of 23andMe and Voxiva (txt4baby), and is an investor in Crohnology, Eligible API, Keas, Omada Health, Sleepio, StartUp Health and Valkee, among others. From October 2008 to March of 2009, Esther lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut.
Esther is the Wellville advisor for Muskegon County, Michigan.
Chief Executive Officer
As Wellville CEO, Rick leads the national project. He was previously a senior consultant at ReThink Health and a coach to successful regional health partnerships around the U.S. Prior to launching Wellville with Esther, Rick founded Collective Health, which developed the Health Impact Bond®, a pay-for-success (PFS) financing model that leverages future health care cost savings to generate upfront investment in prevention. Rick spent most of his career as a corporate strategist, including nearly a decade at Cigna, where he was Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer for the national employer segment. With a couple of Cigna colleagues (including Jeff Doemland), Rick launched the company’s Communities of Health venture, a multi-site initiative that convened public-private stakeholders to address the social determinants of health. Before that, Rick held strategy roles at Ford Credit, Bank One and KPMG. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives with his wife and two children in Simsbury, CT.