When it comes to cultivating culture and setting the standard for innovation and excellence, PLEXIS’ executive leadership team serves as the exemplar for our team’s success. From thought leadership to effective scaling, collaboration, and performance, the PLEXIS executive team’s extensive industry-leading experience speaks for itself.
Highly acclaimed as a leading industry innovator and creative visionary, Jorge Yant’s unique leadership has guided PLEXIS Healthcare Systems since its founding in 1996. Mr. Yant’s expertise in developing key partnerships, and his experience directing the design, development, and deployment of information technology systems for the healthcare industry have resulted in PLEXIS’ continued growth in the U.S. and abroad.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, PLEXIS is recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing healthcare technology companies. Mr. Yant is the founder of several successful technology businesses and a former CIO of one of the largest law firms in the country, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe; Consultant with Price Waterhouse; and Director of Administration at U.C. Berkeley law school.
Mr. Yant was appointed to the Oregon Health Policy Commission by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2004 and has delivered speeches to a wide range of executive, business, and health industry audiences. Mr. Yant holds a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico.
Sean Garrett oversees PLEXIS Healthcare Systems’ operational business units, including product and market strategy, customer delivery and support, and product development. This includes responsibility for the effective and efficient operation of PLEXIS, including organizational growth, and integration and execution of strategic plans with tactical operations. Mr. Garrett oversees the structuring and operation of cohesive teams, day-to-day management of simultaneous projects, process improvement initiatives, and innovative solutions to foster departmental efficiencies and quality. Mr. Garrett’s experience working with PLEXIS’ diverse client base for over a decade supports his role in helping validate market need and acceptance of new product and feature development, and helps to facilitate prioritization and developmental approach ensuring that PLEXIS products continue to fulfill market demand for evolving technology, architecture, and feature/functionality.
Mr. Garrett helps facilitate and manage the development of strategic partner relationships for PLEXIS, which are targeted to provide our clients greater value by promoting complementary products and services to PLEXIS’ core offerings. A valuable team member with PLEXIS since 1998, Mr. Garrett originally served as the company’s Vice President of Operations where he headed up implementation services, product technical support, and information technology. Prior to his current position, Mr. Garrett served as PLEXIS’ Chief Product Strategy Officer, and prior to that as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, where he directed day-to-day and strategic management of PLEXIS’ sales, product management, and marketing department activities. Mr. Garrett is a member of HIMSS International and MS-HUG (Microsoft Healthcare Users Group).
Heath Grafton oversees PLEXIS Healthcare Systems’ Finance & Accounting department. Mr. Grafton is responsible for developing short and long-term financial strategies aimed at equipping PLEXIS for continued growth and success in the healthcare technology industry. This includes responsibility for monitoring, measuring and analyzing financial performance across the organization.
Mr. Grafton joined the PLEXIS team in 2016. Mr. Grafton brings a wide range of experience in leading the Finance & Accounting Departments of various manufacturing and sales organizations. His breadth of experience in process improvement and operational strategy allows the Finance Department to support other departments across the organization. Mr. Grafton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics from Southern Oregon University.
Terri Coppersmith brings more than 20 years of experience to her position as Vice President of Finance. Mrs. Coppersmith is responsible for finance, corporate assets, and budgetary guidance. Prior to joining PLEXIS, Mrs. Coppersmith was Vice President of Western Energy Institute in Portland, Oregon, where she worked since 1992.
Mrs. Coppersmith holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans, and graduated from the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Arizona.
Mr. Vargo has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry and is one of the founding partners of Vargo Consultants, LLC. His areas of expertise include sales strategy and execution, business development, new business formation, government agency procurements, and first / second stage business growth. Before founding the firm in 2007, Mr. Vargo was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Bloodhound Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of claims editing services to health care payers. In this role, he was responsible for all of Bloodhound’s sales in the state and federal government space as well as the development and expansion of critical strategic business partnerships. Mr. Vargo successfully secured contracts with some of the largest commercial payers and government agencies in the United States for Bloodhound. During his eight years with Bloodhound, the division he established and led accounted for at least 80% of the overall company revenues each and every year.
Prior to his employment at Bloodhound, Mr. Vargo founded Diagnostic Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of onsite corporate wellness programs in the Southeast. For five years, Mr. Vargo grew the business at a minimum of 50% per annum and sold the company in 1998 for twenty times the original investment. Mr. Vargo has also held the title of Executive Director of Humana Health Care Plans of Tennessee, a 12,000 member PPO, and he was Associate Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer of Humana Hospital East Ridge, a 150 bed acute care facility. Mr. Vargo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Lycoming College and a Master’s in Health Care Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Vargo has also been a keynote speaker and presenter at several national health care conferences.
Matt Stenson’s primary responsibilities include directing new client implementations and managing implementation partner relationships. Mr. Stenson previously served as PLEXIS’ Senior Project Manager, where he directed several successful client implementations and gained expert knowledge in healthcare information systems. Prior to joining PLEXIS, Mr. Stenson was Vice President of Global Consulting Services for Manugistics, an enterprise software company focusing on pricing and revenue management systems.
His previous experience includes account management, project management, and business analysis roles in consulting and software organizations, as well as a research engineer for General Electric. Mr. Stenson holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio University.
Part of the PLEXIS family starting in 2010, Chris Hollewijn has managed and overseen the steady growth and advancement of the sales support staff since 2014. His team is responsible for a variety of functions critical to the software sales process, including platform solution demonstrations, lead and funnel management, RFP coordination and response, and client account management.
In an operational capacity, he has been challenged to maintain operational efficiency and streamline standard operating procedures. In order to successfully achieve this he has lead internal infrastructure and technological tools buildout and streamlined processes, while keeping an eye to other aspects of business process maturation and inter-departmental collaboration, which have helped PLEXIS continue its pursuit of being an industry leader.
Mr. Hollewijn is also responsible for managing strategic relationships, and works closely with vendor partners to expand PLEXIS’ capabilities, offerings, and overall footprint in the market place.
Mr. Hollewijn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Montana State University.
Mr. Cross’s responsibilities include managing the PLEXIS Client Support department. He has over eight years’ experience in information technology, specializing in systems and database administration.
In his previous three years with PLEXIS, he served as Developer for the Technical Support team. Assisting a wide array of PLEXIS clients with coding, database, and system issues. Mr. Cross emphasize continued learning, effective communication, and the importance of collaboration.
Prior to joining PLEXIS, Mr. Cross worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the nation’s oldest and largest repertory theaters, for four years as a Systems Engineer. He attended the University of Oregon where he studied Philosophy.
A PLEXIS business development leader specializing in benefit administration systems since 1996, Mr. Hammond’s extensive healthcare payer industry experience and sales leadership has continued to drive PLEXIS’ rapid expansion into major commercial and government healthcare markets nationally and overseas. He has experience specializing in the world of healthcare payer, insurance, and benefit administration.
Mr. Hammond has over 13 years experience selling payer-specific systems to commercial health plans, managed care organizations, self-funded entities, specialty networks, and third party administrators, as well as extensive experience working with large systems integrators and prime contractors in winning State and Federal bids. One of his specialties is selling internationally, creating new accounts in the United States, many Caribbean nations, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. He is also well-versed in working with C-Level executives in small and large commercial entities as well as government (county, state, and federal) organizations to help foster relationships and encourage growth.
Mr. Hammond holds a BS in Health Promotion and Fitness Management, a BA in Sales and Marketing, and he has a background in physical therapy. Mr. Hammond has been with PLEXIS since 1998.
Jose A. Lopez is a seasoned healthcare executive and accomplished business development strategist with over 20 years of experience providing IT and services solutions to health plans, employee benefits and insurance operations in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Africa. His deep understanding of the global healthcare payer market stems from his diverse background as owner, operator, and business development executive of successful healthcare services companies in the areas of enterprise software, Third Party Administration (TPA), and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services. During his career, Jose has worked alongside top Managed Care Organizations, Blues, Commercial Payers, and Health Systems to help develop their IT and operational strategy, empowering them to deliver higher quality care at lower costs.
As a member of the PLEXIS leadership team, Mr. Lopez is intimately involved with aspects of business development and strategic client engagement methodologies that deliver increased speed and value realization of customer business investments and translate corporate vision into actionable strategy for healthcare payer clients across the U.S. and internationally.
Previously, Mr. Lopez held executive sales leadership positions at RAM Technologies, EBIX, FACTS Services, and Genelco. Mr. Lopez also founded, profitably grew, and successfully sold a TPA, Quantus Administrators, and a healthcare BPO company, SourceLynx. Mr. Lopez graduated with honors from Nicholls State University, where he earned a BS degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.