President & CEO
Ryan Schmid, President & CEO and a co-founder of Vera Whole Health, is set on transforming our reactive sick-care system into the life-giving, life-empowering industry it was meant to be. He believes that health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is a “... state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” And he believes that at the foundation of this new, transformed healthcare system is empathy.
Ryan is also a co-founder of HopeCentral — Pediatrics & Behavioral Health, as well as Rainier Health & Fitness. Both nonprofits are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people in low-income areas.
Ryan earned an M.B.A. at Seattle University and holds a B.S. in Business, with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Management, from the University of Oregon.
Chief Commercial Officer
As Chief Commercial Officer, Jennifer Sargent leads the Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success teams at Vera, matching and aligning Vera’s healthcare solution with business partners who understand the importance of investing in their people. Jennifer believes that trust is earned, and that open, honest, and healthy relationships with customers are key to transforming a broken healthcare system.
Jennifer previously worked as Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions at Optum where she drove growth in national accounts. She has held roles in sales, customer management, marketing, and product management at a variety of health-focused organizations including Life Time Fitness, US Preventive Medicine, and Matria HealthCare.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of North Dakota.
Chief Medical Officer
Kevin is Chief Medical Officer at Vera, leading our Quality and Provider teams. Central to Kevin’s role is enhancing the Vera Whole Health clinical roadmap and improving quality, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and clinician satisfaction.
Kevin has previously worked at DaVita Medical group, Evolent Health, and Huron Consulting Group where he successfully designed and implemented population health clinical interventions across diverse healthcare landscapes including health plans, academic medical centers, employer-based clinics, integrated delivery systems, large physician groups, and independent community hospitals.
Kevin’s training was in the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Kevin holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from New York Medical College.