Meet our team
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.
Chief Commercial Officer & Managing Director Backpack Health Sàrl
Sara is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years global experience in empowering patients, creating connections, and enabling advancement in research for rare and chronic conditions. She is also an advisor to startup biotech companies and patient organizations, volunteering and consulting to continue her mission to make a difference in rare diseases. Sara serves the team at Backpack Health from our Geneva, Switzerland, office where she resides with her partner, Brian, a diplomat dedicated to humanitarian work. Together, they are committed to making a difference in global health.
VP, User Journey
Kate is an award-winning physician with executive health startup experience. She loves to write, and all of her creative work benefits the non-profit she started to advocate for global maternal and child health. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she sometimes writes songs with her recording artist husband and builds forts with her two boys, Ryan and Gus, and daughter, Maia Mae.
Brett is an award-winning designer and the founding leader of two health startups, with over 25 years of experience. He blends his background of software engineering, design and product management to bring to life technology that makes people’s lives better – with health and wellness as a key passion. Born and raised on a small farm in Australia, Brett’s been enjoying the hum of New York City life for the last eight years with his partner, Moss.
Steve is a proven information technology executive with a background in designing and building complex enterprise systems who was instrumental in the long-term growth of two technology firms. Steve is a competitive sailor who met his wife, Heather, while racing against her in the Rhodes 19 National Championships. He continues to race in a variety of classes in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he and Heather are raising their two sons, Jack and Cooper.
Bob is a senior financial executive with 35 years of global strategic and operating experience across multiple disciplines within the life sciences industry, including digital patient data, drug discovery, medical products, and pharmaceuticals. Bob has served as CFO for Cutis Pharma, Claritas Genomics, BioNevia, CORRONA, PatientsLikeMe and Biosphere Medical, and also founded Oxus Medical (Oximetry in Cardiac Resynchronization) and Tesa Medical (Orthopedics). Bob earned his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Melissa Anselmo MPH
Director of Research & Insights
Senior Product Designer
Software QA Analyst
Community Outreach Manager
Chief of Staff
Senior Product Designer
Lauren May MPH
Senior Director, Project Delivery & Compliance
Director of User Support
Director of Business Development
Director of Software QA
Board of directors
Jim Cavan MS
David M. Duchesneau JD, CPA, CFP
Daniel Reale MBA, JD
Robyn Shapiro JD