Expertise. Insights. Network. Wisdom.

We are proud to share our Advisory Board. This dedicated team of individuals bring nearly 500 years of combined tactical medicine, medical device, healthcare, business, and entrepreneur experience to HDO Health.

Adam Steelhammer

Adam Steelhammer

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Adam Steelhammer is a leadership advisor who has a vast amount of experience mentoring at the strategic, operational, team, and individual levels. He has a strong background in leadership development, crisis action planning, leadership in high-stress environments, executive personnel assessment and selection, strategy, coaching and counseling, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems.  Adam served in the U.S. Army as an officer for 24 years, primarily in special operations and special missions units. He has been deployed in support of operations worldwide, with more than 14 combat tours; directed operations for 17 classified Presidentially sanctioned National missions.

Adam received the Army’s highly competitive General MacArthur Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership in combat and recognition as the Honor Graduate from the rigorous Ranger Leadership School.  Adam brings a mindset of a relentless pursuit of excellence in all that he does.  Since departing the military, Adam formed Hammer Forged LLC, to mentor executives on leadership and change during in extrimis periods.

Adam holds a Master’s Degree from the Marine Corps University in Military Science and a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Military Academy.  He spends his free time coaching youth lacrosse. Adam served in the 82d Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, Asymmetric Warfare Group, Joint Interagency Task Force - National Capital Region and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment- Delta.  He earned three Bronze Stars, six Meritorious Service Medals, as well as a Legion of Merit and Joint Commendation Medal.

John Matecki

John Matecki

John Matecki served 20-years in the U.S. Air  Forces. He completed multiple deployments and spent 7 years as a combat training instructor working in Combat 1st Aid and mounted Operations. After retirement from the Air Force, John ran the SBIR and STTR’s Tech Warrior Enterprise. He holds a master’s degree in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Business Administration. 

Alden Pennington

Ivan Ruiz

Ivan recently retired from the Air Force, after 26 years, at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. At his last assignment he was the Squadron Superintendent of the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB Las Vegas where he trained, supervised and managed the employment of 75 Pararescuemen and Combat Rescue Officers in order to integrate and synchronize combat search and rescue and personal recovery expertise across full spectrum combat operations for Air Combat Commands and Joint Forces areas of responsibility as the sole CSAR capable force. In addition, he maintains an operational readiness status as a fully qualified Pararescueman. Ivan is a native of San Antonio, TX, and enlisted in the Air Force in September of 1996. After Basic Training he  served as a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) until Septemberof 1998. In October of 1998 he entered the Pararescuetraining program and graduated two years later as a qualified Pararescueman. Since 2000, his previous assignments include bases in Pope AFB, Moody AFB, RAF Mildenhall, Lackland AFB, Hurlburt Field and RAF Lakenheath. As a Team Leader, Sergeant Ruiz maintains qualifications as a senior aircrew member, aircrew instructor/evaluator, master parachutist, military freefall and rescue jumpmaster, combat dive supervisor, rescue team leader and nationally certified paramedic. He has supported numerous combat rescue and humanitarian operations around the world. Prior to assuming the Squadron Superintendent position at his las duty station, he served as the Squadron Superintendent at the 57th Rescue Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.  

Maria Shonyo

Maria Shonyo

Maria Shonyo is president and founder of Vela Technologies, LLC, where she focuses on helping medical device and healthcare IT companies assess new market opportunities, bring new products to market, and position and promote existing products and services. Since the company was established in 2001, Vela Technologies has served over 60 clients worldwide ranging from small early-stage startups to large international corporations.

With broad marketing and business expertise spanning the entire product life cycle, Ms. Shonyo has guided the assessment, development, launch and support of over 100 healthcare-related products ranging from high-end capital equipment and healthcare IT solutions to low-cost consumable devices.

Prior to founding Vela Technologies, Maria was Product Manager for the premier line of anesthesia monitors at Datex-Ohmeda (now GE Healthcare). Before joining Datex-Ohmeda, Maria held positions of progressing responsibility in the Marketing department of GE Marquette's Invasive Cardiology division. Prior to her career in healthcare, Maria worked in engineering and software development and managed advanced projects for the US Dept of Defense. Maria’s educational background includes a BS, Systems Engineering, from the University of Virginia.

Blythe Karow

Blythe Karow

Blythe Karow has 20+ years’ experience in MedTech strategy & execution with a strong background in innovation pipeline strategy & management, Human-Centered Design, and how FDA pathway options impact Go-to-Market strategies. Expertise in a wide variety of markets and disease states, most recently in bioelectronic medicine and mental health with unique experience in consumer-facing medical devices and early commercialization of digital therapeutics. Award-winning speaker and panelist at medical device and innovation conferences.
Jeff Jaeger

Jeff Jaeger

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in Transportation and Logistics and a Master of Business Administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management as a Hotchkiss Scholar. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as an officer, including a combat tour as a platoon commander in the middle east.
Jeff has over 25 years of leadership experience including, senior level (Vice President) experience, with a Fortune 300 business and 3 & 4 PL experience in supply chain, warehousing, distribution, and plant support. In the 3 PL space, he managed 10 large warehouses totaling 2.8 million square feet. Sizes ranged from 497,000 to 76,000 square feet. Industries served included hazmat, medical, pharmaceutical, automotive, beverage, food, and consumer packaged goods.
During his tenure at Dean Foods, he managed a multi-state team handling direct store delivery, warehousing, safety, fleet, facility maintenance through 21 plants in the US Southeast and pick and pack deep frozen container shipments to locations in Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Middle East. This business unit was comprised of 3,145 personnel with an annual operating budget of $430 MM supporting $4.2 B in sales with a fleet size of 434 tractors, 1,720 trailers, 2,155 straight trucks and 76-yard tractors. He also has significant experience in creating and implementing a nation-wide continuous improvement program, running a demand planning team, due diligence experience and implementing new technology. He has dealt daily with large customers such as Wal-Mart, Delhaize, Dollar General, Kroger, and others. 

Troy Lowe

Troy Lowe is a professional who has dedicated his life to protecting and healing those who are defenseless, ill, or wounded. Troy is what’s known as a “triple-hatter” with a background in military, fire, and law enforcement. He has worked all over the U.S. and in multiple countries across the world, with tasks ranging from treatment of malaria-stricken villagers to humanitarian missions after natural disasters to treatment of wounded military personnel in combat.

Troy is the owner of Silverback Safety & Training Solutions, Inc. which focuses on protecting and empowering everyday people, Law enforcement, Fire/EMS, and First Responders of all sects with the knowledge and skills necessary to survive a catastrophic event. Troy is both an instructor and an operator functioning with his area’s SWAT team as well as an officer riding out on a Ladder truck.  Silverback has trained various governmental and military entities, as well as fire, EMS, and law enforcement – both locally and nationally. 

He is the inventor of “The Barracuda Intruder Defense System” to help secure doors in the event of an attack. This is one of the easiest products to use and an effective device to securely barricade an entry point and serves as an excellent layer of secondary protection.

Troy, working with his Silverback Team has combined their real-world experiences to develop different training programs specific to the clients they work with. Some of these are the SASA, Surviving the Shot, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care & Rescue Task Force training. These courses have been delivered all across this nation and overseas to military, governmental, law enforcement, Fire/Ems, security as well as schools and businesses.

Nikolas Kerr

Nikolas F. Kerr has served as the Vice President, Product Management for SI-BONE since August 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Kerr was President of Kerr Consulting Group where he advised leading medical device companies on product strategy. Previously, Mr. Kerr was Senior Director of Marketing for Benvenue Medical from December 2013 to June 2014. From August 2011 to December 2013, Mr. Kerr was Senior Director of Marketing for Baxano. From August 2006 to August 2011, Mr. Kerr served in various marketing roles at Medtronic’s Spinal & Biologics Group including the Director of Global Marketing for the Kyphon division. And from August 1998 to August 2006, Mr. Kerr served in various sales, marketing, and business development roles for Milliken & Company. Mr. Kerr started his career with Credit Suisse as an Analyst for Debt Capital Markets. Mr. Kerr received a B.S. in Finance and Economics and Master of International Business Economics from the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

Richard Pridemore

Richard Pridemore is a U.S. Army Veteran, 25+ year Firefighter/ EMT/ TEMS Medic at the Portsmouth (OH) Fire Department, Tactical Medic/ SWAT Operator Portsmouth (OH) Police Department, TEMS Instructor at Tri-Med Tactical, Former Special Deputy at Scioto County Sheriffs Office, Graduate of the Ohio Fire Academy, Graduate of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, Graduate Basic SWAT, Graduate of Tactical Emergency Medical Specialist and Advanced Tactical Operator Medical Specialist programs, Member of and Adjunct Instructor for the Ohio Tactical Officers Association.

Tom Dorl

Tom is a servant leader with three decades of proven successes across military and business organizations. He served 25+ years in the Air Force as a pilot, strategic planner, and commander, retiring as a Colonel.  He is currently a corporate pilot and the Director of Safety and Training for a private aviation company.

In uniform, Tom served in several operational, staff, and command assignments across the globe. Tom has led large and diverse organizations in the Air Force and directed a $1.7B financial portfolio supporting 10 active-duty rescue units providing global personnel recovery operations. As a rescue group commander, he led 450+ personnel across four units, delivering on-demand global personnel recovery operations. Additionally, Tom has multiple combat and peacetime deployments to his credit, where he saved numerous lives.

His post-military career has been focused on military consulting, finance and operational risk, technology services and aviation operations. Tom was a former Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank serving on a select Operational Risk team, developing and implementing solutions for high-priority regulatory banking matters. Additionally, Tom is a Managing Director at Victory Strategies providing leadership consulting and coaching services.

Tom graduated from Kent State University with an Aviation Technology degree. He holds an MBA and two advanced degrees in Leadership and Strategic Studies and Joint Planning and Strategy. Additionally, Tom serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations and is a volunteer for the That Others May Live Foundation.  He resides in Virginia with his wife, close to their two adult daughters.

Stewart Young

Stewart Young is a career biomedical engineer, with more than three decades of experience in orthopedics.  While most of his roles have been in Product Development, he has also worked in People Management, Executive Leadership, Research, and Quality.  He has spent time not only developing implants and associated instrumentation, but also working with surgical navigation, powered instruments, and even implant and instrument manufacturing.

In between stints at orthopedic companies, he has been involved in the Memphis StartUp Ecosystem.  He’s volunteered as an advisor/mentor, worked for one of the Business Accelerators, and even helmed a startup firm as CEO and CoFounder.

Stewart graduated from the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He currently serves on their Industry Leadership Board, helping ensure their growth initiatives align with the needs of the private sector.

 His family of four just outside of Memphis. When he’s not helping with math homework or Lego set builds, he spends time cooking, working on cars, and spending time with friends and family… preferably outdoors.

Alden Pennington

Alden Pennington is the founder of Talenta HR Group, a talent optimization and executive search firm, with a mission of keeping people at the center of an organization. With a leadership career spanning over two decades, Alden has held senior level HR positions within the healthcare and technology industries, including being the chief HR executive at Appriss and Benevis.
Alden is a graduate of the Gatton School of Business and Economics at the University of
Kentucky, and received his MBA, summa cum laude, from Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. In addition, Alden is six sigma certified, a certified Predictive Index Partner, and has earned the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) designation. Alden and his family of six (Seven including German Shepherd, Ranger) reside in Lexington, KY. When's he's not recruiting and advising executives, Alden can be found using any excuse to be active outside--playing golf, climbing a mountain, running a race, or completing a CrossFit workout.

Jeremiah Oh

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Jim "Big Red" Wetrich

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John Trentini, MD

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John Matecki

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JR Pickett

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Kerry McCafferty

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Matt Babika

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Bill Raison

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Advisor

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