The Team Upending Faulty Medical Billing Programs

Tom Brekka

CEO And Founder

Tom Brekka has thirty years’ experience leading and managing high-tech companies serving the healthcare industry. He has raised a combined $45 million in private and corporate investment capital across those companies.

Having founded VestaCare in 1999, Mr. Brekka leads the business development and product innovation planning for the Company. He has spoken regularly at major healthcare conferences on the subjects of optimizing hospital financial performance through application of advanced technologies and people performance improvements. This includes the Beckers Healthcare Conferences, Q1 Healthcare and Healthcare Payments Innovations.

Raymond Chase

VP Of National Accounts

Raymond Chase has over 25 years of revenue cycle experience and is a recognized subject matter expert. He comes to VestaCare after his recent engagement with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). At CHI,Mr. Chase served as the VP of Revenue Cycle where he had operational oversight over nine of the 16 hospitals in the Texas Division of CHI. Prior to CHI, Mr. Chase managed the Revenue Cycle functions for three years at the Seha’s Al Ain hospital in Abu Dhabi. He led this hospital to become the best financially performing facility of all hospitals in the city of Al Ain.

Mr. Chase’s primary goal at VestaCare is to use his expert knowledge of the revenue cycle to help VestaCare’s hospital clients build a reputation for providing affordable healthcare to their patients while increasing the financial standing for their organization.

Lisa Knappenberger

Director Of Product And Client Implementation

Lisa Knappenberger has 23 years’ experience in healthcare revenue cycle, focusing on patient access, insurance contract management, eligibility and billing. Ms. Knappenberger is responsible for the interpretation of product design and guiding the VestaPay program development. She oversees the VestaPay Professional Services Team managing client on-boarding and workflow analysis. Prior to joining VestaCare, she had a 19-year tenure at Lehigh Valley Hospital where she rose to a position managing two departments, Patient Accounts and Contract Management.

Melissa Mockensturm

Director Of Payer Services

Melissa Mockensturm joined VestaCare in 2006 and operates as the Director of Payer Automation Services, Informatics & System Support as well as the HIPAA Compliance Officer. She has over 32 years of collective healthcare experience in both Managed Care and Third-Party Administration as well as patient care and medical billing programs for physician practices. Ms. Mockensturm is primarily responsible for the departmental oversight in process and workflow analytics, implementation of new automation for health industry clients / partners, and ANSI X12 EDI transaction standards interpretation & application relative to the overall business rule assignment related to health care industry payment standards within the VestaCare Automation.

Prior to joining VestaCare, Ms. Mockensturm served as the Vice President of Operations for Bridge Benefits, Inc. where she was responsible for the Regional Operating Center in Maumee, Ohio as well as the Corporate Information Systems, EDI, scanning, and training of staff members. Other experience includes the role of Health Plan Analyst for Inter community Health Network in Corvallis, Oregon where she specialized in database development and benefit informatics analysis utilizing claim data sets to trend with National Statistics, as well as, eight years with Paramount Health Care as a Provider Relations Advocate responsible for provider contracting, fee negotiations, and NCQA Accreditation.

Niel Veirup

Regional Sales Director – North Central

Niel Veirup has been in Healthcare for over 20 years. He has held executive positions within Healthcare’s EHR/EMR, EDIS, Pharmacy, HIM and Revenue Cycle markets. Mr. Veirup is a member of IL HFMA and routinely attends regional revenue cycle conferences. He has a passion for helping hospitals grow both clinically and financially. He is also a trusted advisor to many hospital executives throughout the Midwest and is looking forward to building additional valued relationships in the Midwest with VestaCare.

Eddy Chehade

Sr. Director Of Development

Eddy Chehade is a passionate Software Engineer, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He has worked on many intricate and successful projects in the telecommunications and the healthcare payment automation fields.

At VestaCare, Mr. Chehade leads the Software Development department, where he works with all team members to provide quality solutions that are in line with the company’s mission and vision. He is very client-oriented and makes sure the maximum value is provided by the company’s various medical billing programs and other products.

Fadi Hajaj

Director Of Development, Country Manager(Leb)

Fadi Hajaj is a seasoned Software Engineer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering. He has been in the software industry since 2006, working on software architecture and design, implementation of micro services architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems.

Mr. Hajaj is skilled in all phases of software development lifecycle, expert in translating business requirements into technical solutions; and fanatical about quality, usability, security and scalability. At VestaCare, he serves as Director of Software Development, building and managing multi-disciplined software teams and overseeing the development processes using Agile/Scrum methodologies and industry best practices. He provides technical leadership, vision, and mentoring for multiple software engineering teams.

Facundo Alvez

Director Of Development, Country Manager(Arg)

Facundo is an Information Systems Engineer with a Master of Business Administration, working in the Software Development industry since 2010 on multiple projects in the healthcare, security, payment and management fields.

At VestaCare, Mr. Alvez is responsible for a software development team, helping each team member to develop professionally and to achieve goals collectively. His skill in understanding client needs and turning them into product features is one of the keys of VestaCare output.

When he’s not at a computer, he likes tinkering with new technologies, playing musical instruments and listening to the blues.