Opportunity happens when people who are passionate about changing lives come together. Vision becomes reality. What started as a way for monitoring sobriety and recovery has led to a foundation for deepening the human connection with one another and the world around us.
Chris Lawless is co-founder and CEO of ViviHealth. Mr. Lawless is a successful technology executive and venture capitalist with a passion to help people with addiction. He is inspired to apply technology and the latest artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques to the challenges faced by so many struggling with addiction. Previously he served in multiple executive capacities for Intel Corporation, including Director, External Customer Acceleration and leading the Pre-Silicon Platforms Acceleration Division where he helped Intel capture revenue upside and deliver more products faster; Director of Strategic Investments, Security Practice for Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital division managing a global $250M enterprise and internet security portfolio, served on numerous boards and invested in and exited companies such as: NetScaler (acquired by Citrix Systems, Inc. [CTXS] for $300M), Oblix (acquired by Oracle Corporation [ORCL] for $100M), DataSynapse (acq’d by Tibco Software, Inc. [TIBX]), Sanctum (acq’d by Watchfire Corporation), NextPage (acq’d by Fast Search & Transfer), SignaCert (acq’d by Harris Corp [HRS]), Credant Technologies (acq’d by DELL), Crossbeam Systems (acq’d by Blue Coat), and Sinosun (China-based); served as a founding executive of Intel’s Internet Media Services, an audio/video/data streaming business; a key designer and product marketer of Intel’s ProShare® Videoconferencing solution, the world’s first PC-based commercial vidconf product;
Across his career, he served in various leadership roles, including SVP Corporate Development & Marketing for Signacert, a venture-backed upstart Security firm; CEO of Vector Teknologies, a software products upstart, and; Managing Director, HunterWise Financial Group.
Mr. Lawless is the co-inventor of five technology patents. He graduated from the University of Maryland where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business. He enjoys private piloting, traveling and time with family.
Dr. Jes Montgomery has worked in addiction for over 30 years, as well as practicing recovery from a personal and family perspective. The foundational concept for ViviHealth’s solutions is the result of a 15-year search for objective ways to engage recovery beyond simply detecting relapse. He has advocated for innovative and new approaches to fundamentally change how recovery treatment is accomplished.
With the advent of less intrusive and more efficient technology, the unique ViviHealth solutions are leveraging the new tide of technology development and fostering the treatment and long-term recovery of its users.
Dr. Montgomery received his M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1979 and attained certification in the American Society on Addiction Medicine in 1987. He is a diplomat of both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has worked in the treatment of addiction since 1987. Dr. Montgomery has served as Lead Psychiatrist and Medical Director of nationally known treatment providers, including Sante Center for Healing, Pine Grove Behavioral and Addictions and Serenity View Recovery Center. In addition, he maintains a limited private practice of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
Randy Goodall joined ViviHealth in 2020, bringing strategic thinking grounded in hands-on experience gained over a long career of technical and executive leadership positions in physics, software/systems engineering, semiconductor R&D, industry standardization and economic modeling, and FDA-regulated medical devices. He will be building on his life-long focus of discovering the utmost value within data and building in his understanding of the quality/regulatory demands on healthcare products.
Randy Goodall received his BS in Physics from Caltech and his PhD in Physics from the University of Oregon. He gravitated to startups and smaller teams where the innovation-rich environment supports his passion to impact people’s lives. Randy joined the R&D consortium SEMATECH to be a member of an internal startup team driving the world’s first cooperative technology transition, saving the industry $1B. Subsequently on the executive staff, Randy worked to win $280M of leveraged funding for R&D programs in New York and Texas; managed $10M in university research; and developed $9M in state awards for nanofabrication equipment and nanotechnology internship training.
Randy left SEMATECH to become founder, CEO, and CTO of NanoMedical Systems, raising nearly $20 million in equity, development fees, and grant funding and leading the development of a world-class, implantable drug delivery platform – now being commercialized as a revolutionary product. Randy is an inventor on many of the company’s patents.
Randy is an author on dozens scientific papers and has spoken to and co-authored a number of white papers for industry, state, and federal leaders, agencies, and committees. Married for 34 years with kids and grandkids, Randy plays guitar for relaxation and enjoys teaching, poetry, philosophy, and cooking.
Jenny Halley is responsible for the overall growth and revenue for the business – guiding sales, business development, client services and implementation strategies. Jenny is a people-first leader bringing more than 15 years’ expertise in healthcare. She excels in building and scaling teams and processes, structuring and executing on complex strategic initiatives and partnering cross-functionally to achieve company growth results. She is drawn to innovative businesses leveraging technology and data science to solve healthcare’s toughest challenges.
Joining ViviHealth from Solera Health, she served as Senior Vice President of Health Dimensions. In that role, she was responsible for building, scaling and growing the Diabetes Prevention Program and adjacent cardiometabolic offerings, sound decision making to prioritize and align business needs, bottoms-up forecasting to balance growth and profitability and inspiring individuals to deliver their best work. Prior to Solera Health, Jenny held increasingly senior leadership positions in several dynamic organizations, demonstrating a strong track record of focusing on customers and business outcomes. She progressed from a strategic consulting role at Mercer to leading the client retention team at Carewise Health to building a sales organization at LiveHealthier.
Following an acquisition of LiveHealthier by Centene, she later served as the Chief Officer of Emerging Markets and engagement leader for the $2B PeopleCare business at Centene Corporation partnering with Centene’s Medicaid plans, regional Payers and employers of all sizes to deliver behavioral health, employee assistance program, nurse advice line, health coaching and digital health services. During this time Jenny became immersed in the long-standing challenges in behavioral health, foster care and addiction. This desire to make a difference brought her to ViviHealth.
Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University. Whoop! She enjoys volunteering with the Girl Scouts, PTA and HealthStart Foundation, exploring new things to do here in Central Texas and time outdoors with her husband and two kids.
David Lau is Support & Operations Manager for ViviHealth and is responsible for operations and customer support. Prior to ViviHealth, David was the CTO for Allied Affiliated Funding, where he implemented new technologies to improve productivity, business continuity and cyber security. David has a strong background in systems engineering, customer interfacing and product life cycle management with both small and large corporate process exposure. He has start-up, corporate and international experience, as well as expertise in the financial, defense, telecommunications and computer industries.
Prior to joining Allied, David was the Co-Founder and President of Dallas-based System Solutions Group, Inc., where he managed a staff placement, consulting and custom development company for the Internet and telecom industry. He built a start-up business that generated $1 million revenue in the first 18 months, securing a major contract with Verizon. This company was successfully acquired by another telecom business he co-founded where he developed sales of over $2 million and generated proposals of over $60 million in new business opportunities. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Systems Engineer for Texas Instruments for over 18 years.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and graduate work in Computer Science at Southern Methodist University. He also holds various patents. David enjoys spending time with friends and family, cycling, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, and trying out new restaurants and cuisines.
With a background in advertising, video production, content production, digital marketing, interactive technologies, and storytelling, John brings a diverse range of experience to ViviHealth.
Prior to ViviHealth, John was a Digital Strategist and Manager for Sherry Matthews Group, where he developed digital strategies and award-winning digital marketing campaigns for the Texas Department of Transportation including Talk, Text, Crash; Faces of Drunk Driving; Labor Day impaired driving prevention; Drive Clean Texas; and TxTag, as well as programs for the Washington State Department of Transportation. He also developed digital marketing for the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Tobacco Public Awareness campaigns and Breastmilk. Every Ounce Counts. Campaign.
His client roster has included the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, Baylor Scott and White Health Clinics, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s We Rise campaign, the Texas Health Steps online provider education program, Texas WIC, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, The Fund for Public Health in New York City, and the City of Austin.
Prior to Sherry Matthews Group, John served as a digital media manager, digital producer and experience designer, overseeing display and CPC media campaigns and the development and production of gaming installations at The Field Museum in Chicago, the National Corvette Museum, and Scholastic’s Harry Potter.
John has 10 years of experience as an actor, performed in Chicago and New York City with TBS-TV, and was trained by Mike O’Brien from Saturday Night Live and Michael McCarthy, a former writer for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. He currently co-hosts Backyard Story Night, a monthly storytelling event in Austin.
Jennifer has been in the sales environment for over 5 years. Jennifer’s sales career started by working in the Laboratory industry then branching out into Technology and Medical sales. Jennifer’s personal experiences with friends who have struggled with addiction propelled her into a career where she recognized she can truly assist in making a change. She noticed the importance of building a great support system for the individuals in her life that were impacted by addiction.
She is continuing to focus on helping peoples’ lives to gain back control from substance abuse. Her committed attitude and willingness to learn in depth about addiction is the structure of what helps save patients’ lives.
Jennifer’s science background has been able to translate directly with her experience in Business Development, Sales and Project Coordinating. Her focus is to continue to grow her sales presence in the industry while building lasting relationships along the way. Her passion for change, is what inspires her every day to strive for excellence personally and professionally. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a minor focus in Chemistry at Texas Southern University.
Jennifer enjoys working with animals in need, attending fun outdoor activities and hiking.
Chris has been in the field of addiction for over 15 years. She began her career through the experiences and challenges she faced with her daughters addiction. Early in her journey, Chris quickly recognized her passion and ability to want to make a significant difference in the lives of others. Chris is an expert at helping families through the process of finding hope and healing. She relates to and understands the focus and commitment to the family, which is an integral part of treatment.
Chris’ background includes Director of Admissions, Marketing, Operations, Business Development, Sales and Community Relations at both adult and adolescent programs. Over the years, she acquired experience in grant writing, partnering with foundations, corporations, and implementing various fundraising strategies. Chris motivates her team to work hard and provide the best care possible. Chris delivers quality service and hope to families. She is a very reputable resource nationally for referring patients and families to treatment.
As a co-owner of B&W Behavioral Consulting, Chris was involved in the opening of a detox hospital and several national high-end residential and outpatient programs. She started a very successful professionals networking group, URAN (Utah Recovery Addiction Network). This brought treatment professionals together nationally to collaborate, build relationships and resources. Chris currently advocates for both families and treatment centers in understanding the value of treatment and is driven by helping treatment centers acquire unique insights and support to enhance treatment and provide quality care for patients and families.
Chris loves spending time with her family boating, golfing and virtually anything outdoors.
Michael E. Webb has worked in the behavioral health and substance use field for over 30 years. He is the administrator and co-creator of several programs. He also has owned many successful nationally known substance use treatment centers.
He has also worked in the past as an administrator for many hospital based treatment programs, working several years with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He currently owns a successful behavioral health consulting company that works with programs around the country. His company assists treatment programs in strategic growth evaluation, revenue cycle management resources and services, advocating for both the treatment center and quality care for families.
He has served on the Mental Health Board for both Utah and Oregon. He is currently a licensed counselor and has worked with both adult and adolescents. In the past he also worked as a crisis counselor in emergency rooms and was involved with interventions, and crisis stabilization of behavioral health patients.
Educational background includes a bachelor’s in psychology and a master degree in health administration.
David Lesnefsky grew up in Eynon Pennsylvania, a suburb of Scranton. He attended Ithaca College where he majored in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Physics. Following graduation, David worked at Blizzard Entertainment as a software engineer. Primarily focusing on the World of Warcraft web experience, he contributed greatly to scaling existing apps and developing a new service-oriented architecture.
David strongly believes that technology can be used in the healthcare field to improve outcomes. He joined ViviHealth in 2019, where he took on the role of Senior Backend Engineer. His main responsibilities include architecting all backend systems, developing APIs, managing ViviHealth’s Kubernetes cluster, and contributing to our many data pipelines. He is a vocal advocate for best engineering practices at ViviHealth including strong documentation, testing, and continuous deployment.
In his free time, David enjoys playing soccer and beach volleyball. Skiing is also a passion of his having grown up in the Northeast where he frequented Montage and Elk Mountain. David is very close with his family and friends. He thoroughly enjoys spending his time surrounded by them and leans on them for support and advice.
Andrew Merz was born in Colorado Springs and grew up in several locations across the United States, including South Florida and Central Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bucknell University with majors in physics and political science. After graduation, Andrew worked at Geisinger Health System as a data analyst, supporting the Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute. In this role, he helped design a web-based database of genetic variants associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, assessed the effectiveness of an autism screening tool, and supported the creation of a triage tool for the institute. Later, Andrew served as a healthcare consultant for The Innova Group, using his data analysis skills to recommend revisions to the Department of Defense’s medical facility space planning criterion.
As Data Scientist at ViviHealth, Andrew’s work centers around the creation and support of the Insight Engine. In this role, he leverages various statistical and data mining methods to derive novel insights from healthcare data. Andrew also supports the development of predictive algorithms used to help clinicians rapidly understand patient status and the effects of various treatment options.
Outside of work, Andrew enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, including hiking, martial arts, and training for various running races around Austin, TX. He also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
During the first 10 years of his career, Raul Sieberath was a one-man team working for small companies, responsible for all aspects of software development from customer interviews, through design, implementation, and delivery, to customer training.
To fully formalize his extensive experience, Raul attended and graduated from UT Arlington with a degree in Computer Science. He has since been working with small teams to deliver diverse and timely solutions. In the last 10 years, he has developed systems in the semiconductor, financial, identity management, and health care industries, always leveraging his detail-oriented perspective and forward-thinking approach to build high performance teams and high performance software.
Raul brings his broad experience to the ViviHealth team to deliver an innovative, peak-performing solution for treating addiction. He is focused on our product’s critical core infrastructure, improving engineering processes, and building an optimized data pipeline for the Insight Engine.
Dr. David Eddie is a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine, a clinical psychologist in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. His current research, supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is seeking to better understand affective and psychophysiological factors that both heighten addiction relapse risk, as well as support addiction recovery. Additionally, Dr. Eddie conducts research aimed at developing mobile health interventions driven by smartphone applications and wearable biosensors.
Richard Ribon Fletcher directs the Mobile Technology Group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT and develops a variety of electromagnetic sensors, mobile tools, and diagnostic algorithms for health assessment, mental health, and behavior medicine (e.g. substance abuse). Dr. Fletcher is also an assistant professor At UMass Medical School in the department of Psychiatry. Dr. Fletcher earned degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT with graduate training in wireless sensors, RFID, and IoT; he has previously worked as research scientist in the US Air Force and the MIT Media Lab, and has also co-founded a few start-up companies in the US and India. Rich Fletcher is the lead inventor on over 20 US patents, in the areas of wireless sensors and diagnostic systems.
Dr. Fletcher has been working in the area of drug addiction for over 10 years, designing wearable sensors, mobile platforms, and algorithms that help detect psychological stress and help deliver therapeutic interventions. Before starting his own group at MIT, Dr. Fletcher worked for seven years in the Affective Computing group at the MIT Media Lab and developed one of the world first systems for Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAI) in 2009 (US Patent 8,655,441).
Dr. Fletcher has family roots in Colombia, South America, and is committed to creating stronger links between the fields of engineering and medicine.
Sean has been in the field of addiction and mental health for over 20 years. As a licensed clinician, Sean has worked with a wide variety of populations and levels of care, ranging from children, adolescents, young adults, adults, military, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, process addictions in acute inpatient, residential, workshops and intensive outpatient programs.
Sean has appeared as a subject matter expert on a variety media outlets, TV, radio, podcast and has published articles on addiction. Sean has served in leadership and administrative roles for several treatment facilities and since 2012 has been with Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, where he oversees and supports all Meadows operations across the country.