Class Note: Rachel Miller, MBA ’14

Rachel Miller launched a digital health company called Bloodscore, a first-of-its kind interactive wellness platform that makes it easy for people to take control of their health. Bloodscore connects people with do-it-yourself at home lab tests and delivers easy-to-understand results and personalized wellness improvement recommendations powered by artificial intelligence.

“I was a clinician who had broken into the business scene, and I was in love. I knew that I belonged on the business side of health care, but I knew I needed the skills and credibility from the McCombs MBA to make the biggest impact in health care.”

Learn more about Rachel’s company here: https://bloodscore.com/

Class Note: Arthur Mills IV, MBA ’04, BBA ’96

Arthur Mills IV MBA ’04, BBA ’96, recently joined New Teacher Center’s Executive Team, taking on the Chief Operations Officer (COO) role in April. As the COO, Arthur will lead the national educational equity-focused non-profit’s finance, human resources, and digital transformation/IT teams.

Arthur brings a wealth of experience from both the private and education sectors that will strengthen the organization’s operations and business acumen. He comes to NTC after having served as the Executive Director of Talent Management and Organizational Strategy for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. This role, coupled with his private sector experience with General Mills, Dell, BNSF, and GE Capital, provides a unique perspective to this work and he will be a key thought leader in driving NTC’s culture and business model forward.

New Teacher Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational equity–improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators and leaders. NTC’s mission is to disrupt the challenges teachers and students face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC believes this will ensure all students are empowered to reach their full potential in classrooms, communities, and beyond.

Class Note: Timour Procopovich, MBA ’17

Syberry, the Austin-based software development company Timour founded in 2014, is gaining significant traction in Austin and beyond. The company has recently been recognized as a top developer by both Clutch and Design Rush, and Timour was accepted last month into the Forbes Technology Council.

Syberry provides full-scale custom software development for clients in any industry. The company’s mission is offering unparalleled service for custom software engineering, including web and mobile application development, building custom ERP solutions, and empowering businesses with cutting-edge cloud and IoT technologies.

Class Note: James Schellhase, BBA ’80 and MPA ’81

James Schellhase, BBA ’80 and MPA ’81, has been appointed to Executive Chairman for McCarthyFinch. Schellhase brings extensive executive leadership, corporate strategy, growth planning, and acquisitions experience to the position.  Read more here. 

Class Note: Jeffrey Kreger, BBA ’90

VITAS® Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, appointed Jeffrey M. Kreger as executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO). Kreger succeeds President and CFO David Wester who announced his retirement in early 2019 after a 22-year career at VITAS.

Kreger brings to VITAS 30 years of financial, operational and administrative experience. In addition to leading all financial operations as CFO, Kreger serves as a strategic partner to executive and operational leadership teams, and oversees finance, accounting, facilities, revenue cycle management and risk management departments.

Kreger comes to VITAS from positions as senior vice president, CFO and treasurer at two healthcare firms, including Dallas-based Aegis Therapies and Denver-based BioScrip. Previously, he worked in finance leadership roles at LHC Group in Louisiana, Sun Healthcare Group in California, American Habilitation in Texas and Sava Senior Care in Georgia. He began his career as a certified public accountant (CPA) and financial auditor at Ernst & Young. Read more here. 

Class Note: Denis Ignatovich, BBA ’07

Denis Ignatovich, BBA ’07, has hit stride with his startup. Imandra Inc., an Austin-based artificial intelligence firm, has raised $5 million to support the hiring of additional AI, engineering and product workers in Austin, London and Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more about Ignatovich and his company here. 

Class Note: Kevin Pearce, Brian White, BBA ’04

The emergency room — often the first stop for parents when their children are sick — can be more than an hour away for residents in rural Texas. Additionally, these emergency rooms often aren’t staffed with pediatric providers.

UT alumni Kevin Pearce and Brian White, who both graduated from the McCombs School of Business in 2004, founded Urgent Care for Kids in 2011 to solve these problems and plan to expand their business this year. “So here you are. You’ve got a kid, your most prized possession, who is sick,” Pearce said. “You don’t know why, but you have no real pediatric resources with which to use to make them better. We saw this missing void and said, ‘We could do this better.’” Urgent Care for Kids is currently adding to their pediatric clinics across Texas and improving their virtual platform, Pearce said. “Our whole role was to make a customer-focused, pediatric-specialized program that would help these children and families at the time when it mattered most to them,” Pearce said. “As a part of that, we felt there were opportunities in the virtual care space to send the top-notch pediatric care in our clinics to the state of Texas.”

Last July, Urgent Care for Kids started offering a service called Virtual Care for Kids, which allows a parent to video chat with a pediatrician,
Pearce said. Read more here. 

Class Note: Michael Sarraille, MBA ’17

Michael Sarraille, MBA ’17 alum and former Navy lieutenant commander, is not a stranger to the struggle of finding work in the private sector as a military veteran. This is why he created the VETTED Foundation, an executive education model for veterans, at UT Austin in 2018. VETTED was designed to help veterans learn the business skills needed to scale up their operations and strengthen the private sector with our nation’s military talent. Read more here. 

Class Note: Nancy Spencer, BBA & MPA ’05

Aceable, the leader in digital high-stakes education, today announced the hiring of Justin Kvasnicka as Chief Financial Officer and Nancy Spencer as Vice President of Finance. Mr. Kvasnicka and Ms. Spencer, who are both proven financial leaders with accomplished backgrounds, will work together to oversee the company’s aggressive growth plan to further expand its driving and real estate products nationwide. In addition, the company is also exploring new industry verticals.

Nancy Spencer spent nearly three years at Google, serving as an Operational Controller and a Google Fiber Regional Finance Lead. Prior to her time there, she spent over 10 years at Ernst & Young, where she was a Senior Manager, Assurance Services. An experienced accounting and finance leader, Spencer has a demonstrated history of working in multiple industries with a focus in tech and real estate. She received both her BBA and MPA from the University of Texas at Austin’s Red McCombs School of Business. Read more here. 

Class Note: Kevin Pearce, BBA ’04, and Brian White, BBA ’04

          

Kevin Pearce (left) and Brian White (right), BBA ’04 alum and co-founders of Urgent Care for Kids, are expanding their company on the digital front with a new app that allows doctors to digitally diagnose patients. Read more here.

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