Meet Our Team

6 Degrees Health is a place where passion and expertise come together
to provide the best solutions to control healthcare costs.

Scott Ray, JD

Chief Executive Officer

Scott is the founder of 6 Degrees Health and an experienced attorney, accountant, and business executive. He started his career as an accountant and lawyer for Arthur Andersen and KPMG. After leaving the traditional legal practice, he

dedicated his career to healthcare, devoting seven years as an SVP and General Counsel for a national transplant Centers of Excellence (COE) network. Today, he collaboratively leads 6 Degrees Health in pursuit of bringing creative and effective cost containment strategies to market.

Heath Potter, MBA

Chief Growth Officer

Heath has been involved in healthcare since 2004. As an industry expert, he actively participates in speaking engagements across the country. Prior to joining 6 Degrees Health, he led sales initiatives as Vice President of Sales & Development for a 

national Centers of Excellence (COE) network. In his role as Chief Growth Officer, Heath is responsible for all growth initiatives, business development, client relations, and strategic partnerships for 6 Degrees Health. Heath holds a business degree and an MBA from Washington State University, Carson College of Business. 

Katy Brant

President

Katy brings over 20 years of healthcare experience to 6 Degrees Health. She started her career as a NICU nurse and transitioned to healthcare administration over 15 years ago. Katy is a strategic thinker with focus on company growth goals in combination with employee satisfaction and streamlined processes. 

She possesses in-depth knowledge of healthcare billing, contracting and broad experience in provider negotiations with extensive understanding of commercial, Medicare and Medicaid payers, as well as third-party administrators, case management-utilization review companies, brokers, and reinsurers. Katy is passionate about healthcare and bringing balance into the Payer and Provider relationship.

Danielle Cole

Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

Danielle started her career in Human Resources due to her curiosity for human motivation. She developed this into sales and negotiations roles where she used this passion to establish relationships with customers. In her current role as Chief of Staff, she will assist

the CEO with business objectives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization, combining her passion for business strategy and employee motivation. 

Donald Lee

Vice President of Strategy & Underwriting

Donald started his healthcare career nearly two decades ago in the underwriting and actuarial field. Donald is an expert in healthcare risk financing and alternative risk strategies. His underwriting, actuarial and broker experience

will take our understanding and integration with the risk financing market to the next level. He holds a degree in Mathematics, with an emphasis on Statistics and Computer Science.

Dr. Ronald Potts

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Potts’ career has spanned the rise of Emergency Medicine with practice at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Portland, Oregon, as clinical director for Kaiser’s affiliated Emergency Medicine residency program at the Oregon Health Science University and as President of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. As Chair of the Medical

Advisory Board, for the city of Portland and Multnomah County, he led the development of the pre-hospital care system (911) in the tri-county area and helped lead the development of the innovative Oregon state-wide trauma system – the second such system in the country.

He has served executive roles within the Kaiser Permanente Medical Groups including Executive Medical Director for two of Kaiser’s 8 regions and most recently left the role of Chief Medical Officer for Interlink Health Services, where he spent 15 years developing programs in solid organ and stem cell transplantation.

He currently serves on several committees of the National Marrow Donor Program, the American Society for Transplant and Cell Therapy and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. He is a member of the Live Donor and Ethics Communities of Practice of the American Society of Transplantation and is a team member of several of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Biomedical Innovation projects on financing of high-cost durable therapies and development of real-world learning platforms.

Tiago Gnanasekaran

Senior Vice President, Technology

Tiago is a healthcare technology leader with over 20 years of leadership experience in health care payor space in roadmap, delivery of business technology transformations. He has led globally dispersed product and technology teams. He led information

technology and application development, he led and successfully delivered transformational journeys across companies including Zelis, Luxotica, and Coventry (now Aetna).

Christine Henderson

Senior Director of Medical Claims

Chris has worked in many areas of healthcare over the last 20+ years. She has many years of experience in process improvement based on data and audit-drive results, vendor relationships, and healthcare quality improvement programs within the medical clinic 

environment. Prior to joining 6 Degrees Health, Christine worked in revenue cycle management and operations throughout the healthcare industry.

Liz Tingley

Senior Vice President, Operations

Liz has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  She started as a nurse in a busy Atlanta metro hospital, and then quickly expanded her knowledge by working for insurance and payment integrity organizations.

Liz has been in senior leaderships roles for over 10 years and continues to thrive to learn.  Liz’s passion is creating a work environment that focuses on employee engagement while running an efficient operation.  Her focus on reducing healthcare costs for consumers while maintaining a healthy partnership with providers fuels her motivation towards innovation in healthcare.

Andrea Ashley

Director of Marketing

Andrea has over 20 years of marketing and leadership experience across medical, financial, high technology, and SAAS industries.  She has built a career on bridging the gap between creativity and financial responsibility. 

Her passion for brand and marketing excellence drives her focus on developing cross-functional, supportive teams that advance the brand and growth of a company. Andrea holds a business, marketing degree and a graphic design degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

Business Development Team

Will Slocum, III

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Will is an insurance industry veteran and a pioneer in the reference based pricing space. With decades of self-funding experience as a broker consultant, he is in a unique position to bring significant added value to 6 Degrees’ clients, as well as help

shape solutions for tomorrow. He will be working with new and existing clients to implement our core products: reference based pricing, transplant & specialty networks, and claim cost containment. Will is based in Louisiana and holds a degree from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. 

Jeff Diekema, CEBS

Vice President of Business Development

Jeff has been in the benefits industry for 30 years, in roles ranging from sales and sales/marketing management to Third Party Administration operations and product development. Before joining 6 Degrees Health, Jeff held positions

at a national Third-Party Administrator as VP, Underwriting & Sales Support, and VP, Sales. His experience is in self-funded and alternative funding arrangements with an emphasis on transparency and innovative payment and savings initiatives. Jeff will be responsible for leading business development opportunities and executing growth strategies to develop value partners. 

Doug Farquhar

Vice President of Business Development

Doug’s years of experience in the insurance industry includes tenures in both P&C and L&H underwriting, claims, risk management, IT and sales. He served as EVP Corporate Development for HST developing key company relationships and managing underwriting, marketing, sales and account management. 

As Executive Director for Soluta he had responsibility for EMR software development and oversight for onsite clinics. As CIO and VP of BD for AIG he helped grow their medical stop-loss division and developed the technology product MEDInnovation. Doug was a founder, board member and ran all insurance services for Applied Underwriters. Doug was also the founder and CEO of Green Retail and Wholesale that operated eCommerce sites and had a successful exit.

Doug received a degree in Political and Computer Sciences from Drew University, Madison NJ. He also holds the CLU designation from the American College and the CPCU, AIC, ARe, ARM and AU from the American Institute.

Jodi Hammer

Vice President of Business Development

Jodi has been working to reduce healthcare costs and improve outcomes since 2008. Her early years were spent selling transplant network, cost containment, and transparency solutions. Most recently she has been selling enterprise-wide SaaS solutions to large health plans.

 

Jodi has a strong understanding of both fully and self-insured health plans, as well as challenges regional health plans, stop-loss and reinsurance carriers, and TPAs continue to face.

Recognized for her integrity and ability to build trustworthy relationships, Jodi will join 6 Degrees Health as VP of Business Development focused on Payment Integrity solutions for regional health plans and Stop-loss carriers.

Dawn Burnett

Vice President of Business Development

Dawn joins 6 Degrees Health as a VP of Business Development. She is passionate about controlling healthcare costs and removing barriers to affordable and accessible healthcare options.  Her focus will be on exposing true healthcare costs and provide meaningful actionable direction to employers and employees.

 

Over the last 15 years, Dawn has worked with many Fortune 10 Insurance Companies.  With this experience, she brings a breadth of knowledge that will help her to execute on delivering strategic initiatives for brokers and employers.

Dawn loves being a Wife and Mom (to 4 awesome kids).  In her free time, you will find her working-out in her gym, or being outdoors with the family’s German Shepherd at her side.

Chris Powers

Vice President of Business Development

Chris has years of experience in the employee benefits industry, providing employers with behavioral healthcare, disease management, and healthcare advocacy through their consultative partners.  He has a deep passion for transparency in healthcare, both for employers and employees. He is an 

active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Previously, Chris worked for United Benefit Advisors

(UBA) as the Director of Partner Relations.  In that role, he aligned
UBA Partner Firms with the programs and services that helped them support their
clients and grow their firms. Chris joined 6 Degrees Health to help our consultant
partners bring healthcare cost containment solutions to their clients by
listening to, and understanding their unique needs.  

Justin Jobe

Director of Business Development

Justin brings years of experience in various health plan affiliated roles ranging from managing sales and marketing teams, vendor relation oversight, and regulatory readiness including NCAQ and URAC. Most recently

Justin held the position of EVP being the subject matter expert on employee benefits and Medicare. Justin brings prior knowledge of health plan systems, hospital expenses, provider networks, and a network of hospital chains.  Additionally, his experience with clean claim processing will bring value collaborating with Brokers and TPAs.

Justin’s extensive insurance background will bring years of industry knowledge to 6 Degrees Health to understand the problems clients are facing and offer cost containment solutions. Justin is based in Texas and holds a degree from Sam Houston State University.

Account Managers & Account Executives

Melissa Williams

Account Executive & Supervisor

Frank Yuan

Account Manager

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Nicole Amarillas

Account Manager

Phylicia Gonzalez

Account Executive