Meet our team
President & CEO
Jim has great passion for helping healthcare companies tackle systemic problems, and 20 years of executive health research and startup leadership experience. The development of Backpack Health is the result of several key goals of his, including improved access to and control of medical information, and less obtrusive collection of research data. Along with his wife, Julia, he is an avid traveler and amateur chef. When not working, he can be found fly fishing or deep in a book. He lives with Julia and son, Hunter, in Dover, Massachusetts.
Chief Commercial Officer & Managing Director Backpack Health Sàrl
Sara is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years global experience in empowering patients, creating connections, and enabling advancement in research for rare and chronic conditions. She is also an advisor to startup biotech companies and patient organizations, volunteering and consulting to continue her mission to make a difference in rare diseases. Sara serves the team at Backpack Health from our Geneva, Switzerland, office where she resides with her partner, Brian, a diplomat dedicated to humanitarian work. Together, they are committed to making a difference in global health.
VP, User Journey
Kate is an award-winning physician with executive health startup experience. She's also a writer, with all of her creative work benefitting the non-profit she started to advocate for global maternal and child health. She lives in Nashville, TN with her musician husband and their children.
Brett is an award-winning designer and the founding leader of two health startups, with over 25 years of experience. He blends his background of software engineering, design and product management to bring to life technology that makes people’s lives better – with health and wellness as a key passion. Born and raised on a small farm in Australia, Brett’s been enjoying the hum of New York City life for the last eight years with his partner, Moss.
Steve is a proven information technology executive with a background in designing and building complex enterprise systems who was instrumental in the long-term growth of two technology firms. Steve is a competitive sailor who met his wife, Heather, while racing against her in the Rhodes 19 National Championships. He continues to race in a variety of classes in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he and Heather are raising their two sons, Jack and Cooper.
Bob is a senior financial executive with 35 years of global strategic and operating experience across multiple disciplines within the life sciences industry, including digital patient data, drug discovery, medical products, and pharmaceuticals. Bob has served as CFO for Cutis Pharma, Claritas Genomics, BioNevia, CORRONA, PatientsLikeMe and Biosphere Medical, and also founded Oxus Medical (Oximetry in Cardiac Resynchronization) and Tesa Medical (Orthopedics). Bob earned his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Melissa Anselmo MPH
Director of Research & Insights
Melissa’s passion for health innovation comes from challenges her family’s faced navigating the healthcare system. She previously co-led a healthcare transparency movement leveraging technology and the power of patients. She spends her free time riding horses in sunny Colorado where she lives with her husband and their labradoodle.
Community Outreach Manager
Rob has worked in the health information and technology world since 2014. He’s also had first hand experience in the world of health data ownership and transparency as a patient for over 30 years. He’s from Boston, but he cheers for the Yankees – hey, no one’s perfect.
Chief of Staff
Julie has worked in higher education, non-profit, and pharmaceutical. At Backpack Health she wears many hats that include HR, event planning, executive assistant and any other roles that need to be filled for the success of the company. Living outside of Boston, she and her family enjoy all things New England.
Steve has been involved in projects ranging from telecommunication systems to medical record capture and analysis. When he’s not building the Backpack Health application and infrastructure, you can find him serving his community with family & friends or playing with his woodworking tools.
Charmaine has spent her career guiding product development across varying industries, from finance to health technology. She has a passion for problem solving and making improvements, and you can find her designing our next Backpack feature. Charmaine lives in New Jersey with her husband and young son.
Aerica was a designer at a cybersecurity startup before joining Backpack. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with an illustration degree. She lives in Watertown, MA where she spends her free time with her pet rodents and reading epic fantasy novels.
Lauren May MPH
Senior Director, Project Delivery & Compliance
Lauren has served in project management roles in both the pharmaceutical industry and academia and has extensive experience in human subjects research administration. She lives just outside of Philadelphia where you can find her doing home improvement projects.
Director of Business Development
Michael lives in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two dogs. His passion for supporting those in need drives his creativity and direction in his work with rare disease populations. He is a dedicated bicyclist and film score enthusiast.
Erin Smith MPH
Senior Project Manager
Erin lives in the greater Boston area with her husband Topher and two children Hattie and Ben. She is most passionate about improving access to health care and tools that support wellness for vulnerable and underserved populations. As a project manager she gets to fulfill that passion working directly with our partners to create specialized groups within Backpack.
Board of Directors
Jim Cavan MS
David M. Duchesneau JD, CPA, CFP
Daniel Reale MBA, JD
Robyn Shapiro JD