Leadership Team

Leadership Team

EXPERIENCE AND INNOVATION

Our leadership team combines experience, innovation, and deep knowledge in health, wellness, technology, and behavior modification from the clinical, corporate and consumer worlds. That combination drives our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions across multiple platforms for the best results.

Jordan taradash

Jordan Taradash CEO & Co-founder

Jordan holds a BS in finance from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. His primary role is to drive a positively disruptive vision that meets the needs and goals of all of PeopleOne's stakeholders. "There is a deep and rapidly transforming relationship between organizations and the people who power those organizations. We are here to maximize the value both parties realize in that relationship."

Dr. Zane Gates

Dr. Zane Gates Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Zane Gates was raised by a single mother in an Altoona housing project. Despite childhood struggles, he grew up to complete pharmacy school, and then medical school, at the University of Pittsburgh. After medical school and a residency in internal medicine, he returned to Altoona, opening his own free clinic in a van to provide care to the working poor. After partnering with Altoona Regional Health System, this evolved into Partnering for Health Services, providing access to free health care to approximately 3,500 individuals in Altoona each year. All the while, he was focused on inventing a new model for providing better healthcare at a lower cost. That model eventually became PeopleOne Health.

Chris Downie

Chris Downie Co-founder

Chris is the founder and CEO of SparkPeople, where he and his team "spark" millions of people to reach their goals and lead healthier lives. After earning a BA degree from the University of Cincinnati, Downie went to work for Procter and Gamble, where he used proven health, goal-setting and motivation techniques to get fit, manage stress and create the fuel he needed to reach his goals. Inspired by his success, Downie left P&G to co-found an Internet company that became eBay's only pre-IPO acquisition. With the freedom and capital to do whatever he wanted, Downie founded SparkPeople in 2001. His innovations include SparkCoach, a personalized virtual coaching program that helps people reach their goals, and SparkAmerica, a national campaign to help people get more exercise, eat healthier foods, and enjoy active, healthy lives. Today, SparkPeople has evolved into PeopleOne Health, integrating health and wellness and clinical care.

Val Mignogna

Val Mignogna Chief Operating Officer

Val has 30 years of healthcare experience predominantly related to physician practice operations. He has served as the Executive Director of a Federally Qualified Health Center, Director of Physician Relations and a Division Administrator for hospital systems, and has served in an administrative capacity for a variety of medical practices across many specialties. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Nursing Agency's Visiting Nurses Association and referees youth basketball for the Central Blair Rec Commission.

Patrick Reilly

Patrick Reilly Co-founder & Managing Partner

Patrick brings a wealth of insurance industry and business experience to his role as managing partner of PeopleOne Health A licensed insurance broker since 1988, he previously worked as Vice President of Sales and Development for The P&A Group, a national employee benefit consulting and administration company. He is also a certified faculty member at Lorman Education Services, which provides continuing education credits for brokers, accountants, attorneys, and human resources staff serving the health insurance industry. Patrick holds licenses in New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California.

Denise Mirtich

Denise Mirtich Chief Information Officer/Director of Oswald Labs.

As Chief Information Officer, Denise brings more than 25 years of experience to guide, develop, and implement dynamic data driven strategies for PeopleOne Health's partners and clients. Prior to joining the team, she led the Informatics Practice for Oswald Companies, which consisted of Health Management Solutions, Data Analytics and Technology Solutions.

Her prior experience includes serving as Vice President of a national TPA where she created and implemented a Center of Excellence hospital program to serve clients like Walmart, Boeing, and Lowes which fueled exceptional results. Her vast experience in the healthcare industry includes insurance administration for self-funded groups, product development, applied technologies, trend management and client-focused business development. Within PeopleOne Health, her focus will be to empower clients with vital and relevant information to make crucial business decisions, to focus on developing an ecosystem to support an alternative health care delivery model, and to increase engagement and member satisfaction.

Denise earned her bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Baldwin-Wallace University. She achieved her Executive MBA degree from Baldwin-Wallace University. Additionally, she holds a Certificate of Leadership and Project Management from Cleveland State University. She is licensed in Variable Life, Accident and Health in the state of Ohio. She actively participates in raising awareness and funds for cancer research through Velosano and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for PINK.

Dave Heilmann

Dave Heilmann COO/CTO

Dave worked with Chris at eBay, and was a founding employee of SparkPeople in 2001. While at SparkPeople, Dave's biggest contribution was leading the creation of the tools, content, and community that led to getting 20 million people to join SparkPeople. In addition to leading digital product development at SparkPeople, Dave also led the editorial, support, and marketing teams. At PeopleOne Health his primary role is to craft and execute our Technology, and to support and drive our Coaching, Coordinating, and Consulting. Dave holds a BBA in Information Systems and Finance, an MBA, and also has experience working around the world for General Electric.