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About Backpack Health

Backpack Health is a health tech company building tools to help people manage their health details, care and communication. We believe everyone should be able to track their own health comprehensively, and do the same for the people they care about – no matter what their health concerns are, no matter what family means to them, and no matter what language they speak – all in one place.

Our mission

We’re making it easy for everyone to access, own and control all of their health information to support better health for themselves, their loved ones, their communities, and for us all.

Meet our team

Jim Cavan MS

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.

Lauren May MPH

VP, Compliance & Subscriber Success

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.

Daniel Z. Sands MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Danny Sands is a practicing physician with training and experience in clinical informatics and is passionate about healthcare transformation. He’s worked for over 25 years in a variety of capacities in the healthcare IT industry and spent almost 14 years doing clinical informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. There, he developed and implemented innovative systems to improve clinical care delivery and patient engagement. In addition to practicing, Dr. Sands is a co-founder and board chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Kathleen CoolidgeMSW

Lead, Patient Advocacy

Kathleen has dedicated her professional career to working with patients and families and is the former Director of Patient Advocacy, Rare Diseases for Sanofi Genzyme, where she led a team dedicated to managing relationships with rare disease patient organizations. Prior to Sanofi Genzyme, she worked as a pediatric social worker dedicated to Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic illnesses.

Allison Goldman

Software QA Analyst

Allison has diverse experience in writing, research, and communications. She’s currently in Boston where she brings all of her skills together to perfect the Backpack Health experience for users.

Rob Goldman

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.

Jerel Johnson

Lead Designer

Jerel has been designing for mission-driven organizations for several years. A proponent of design systems and storytelling — he believes in the power of empathy and logic made manifest in well-designed tools for living. He lives in upstate New York.

Steve Kreis

Lead Engineer

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.

Cris MontgomeryMS

Community and User Support Manager

Cris' passion has always lied in helping and improving the quality of life of other people, in a variety of different contexts. They live in Switzerland where they bring that drive and their multilingual background to help make Backpack Health more accessible to people across the world. They spend their free time traveling and taking photographs.

Jonathan Price

Senior Software Engineer

Jonathon has spent his career in healthcare informatics specializing in integration. Based in Auckland New Zealand, he has worked on projects all over the world. In his spare time, he can be found trying to create the perfect rum at a small craft distillery.

Adam Russell

Software Engineer

Adam’s home base is Connecticut, but he is beginning to enjoy traveling as he works. He’s been a software developer, animator, and filmmaker. He’s a board game aficionado.

Michael Shapiro-Barr

Senior Director of Business Development, Foundations & Non-Profits

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.