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Rick Shinto Embraced The Addition Of New Leaders In Innovacare

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InnovaCare is a healthcare organization located in Puerto Rico and specializes in the provision of Medicaid and Medicare advantage services to the residents. The organization recognizes the value of good leadership for continuous growth and success of the company. In this course, they were privileged to add three leaders in their executive team to help streamline policies and operations. The three include Jonathan Meyers, Penelope Kokkinides and Mike Sortino. Rick Shinto is the president and CEO of InnovaCare, and in his words, he remarked that having the three leaders in their leadership team will strategically position the company to face the multifaceted and the ever-changing healthcare environment. Shinto said that it is a privilege for them to have such experienced and skilled leaders.


Jonathan Meyers was added to serve Innovacare as the Chief Actuary Officer. Before joining this company, he had garnered vast experience in the field by working with other companies holding top positions. Some of these companies include Medicare and Medicaid for Horizon BCBS whereby he served as the Director of Actuarial Services and HealthCare Partners in New York serving as Chief Actuary, CFO and VP of Managed Care at different times. Jonathan has experience with employment benefits which he gathered from working with different employers and trade unions such as AXA Financial, SEIU 1199, Johnson & Johnson, Northwell Health and International Paper. His main work with these companies was to provide ideas and strategic guidance when it comes to the management of employees and retirees’ health benefits. For more details visit



Penelope Kokkinides was added to InnovaCare to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer. She had vast experience with managed health care, and Medicare and Medicaid programs. Before joining InnovaCare, she had worked with other companies also holding executive positions, and these include Centerlight HealthCare whereby she served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Others include Touchstone Health as the Chief Operating Officer and AmeriChoice which is one of the divisions of UnitedHealth Group as Corporate Vice President for Care and Disease Management. Through her experience, she has gained extensive knowledge in managing health care operations, developing medical programs and streamlining organizational infrastructure.


The third leader added to InnovaCare executive team was Mike Sortino as the Chief Accounting Officer. He also had a vast experience in the finance field. The companies he worked with before joining InnovaCare include Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd as a finance controller, HCC Specialty serving as the Chief Financial Officer and in Houston Casualty Company. Mike had worked in the insurance for more than 25 years and in public accounting for about five years making him a perfect choice for this position. Check out



The three leadership additions brought a high level of expertise and professional integrity required in Innovacare, and Rick Shinto says that their unique skill set is an added advantage for the organization.





Beneful Grain Free

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Beneful Grain Free is one of the latest from the dog food made by Purina, which is a dry kibble. This food is a grain free recipe that is a complete and balanced food for any dog breed. The grain free food is a combination of real chicken pieces, blueberry, pumpkin, and spinach pieces. Because it is a grain free dog food blend is made without corn, wheat, gluten or fillers of any kind.

What Beneful Grain Free dog food does have is 23 essential vitamins and minerals to support whole body health. Some of the ingredients in this food include chicken as the first ingredient, pea starch, beef tallow, chicken by products, dried beet pulp, and includes vitamin A, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-9, B-7, B-12, D-3 E, and calcium pantothenate. The package has 24% crude protein listed first, with crude fat at 13%. This is one of the Beneful flavors that is for adult dogs that comes in 4 pounds and 12 pound bags. The food is made for adult dogs and recommended for dog’s ages one through seven years. This is a food even finicky dog’s will like and perfect for dogs that have skin problems because of the grains in other types of dog food and learn more about Beneful.

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Dr. Scott Rocklage, Ph.D. – Veteran of the Biotechnical Industry

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Scott Rocklage has many years of experience in the Biotech industry. His impressive resume includes employment at these companies:

Amersham Health

– Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.

– Nycomed Salutar, Inc.

– Salutar

– Catalytica

– Cidara Therapeutics, Inc.

Novira Therapeutics, Inc.

– Rennovia Inc.

– Kinestral

– Whitehead Institute

– MDS Proteomics, Inc.

Semprus BioSciences Corporation

– Relypsa, Inc.

– Pulmatrix

– Miikana Therapeutics Inc.

– Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

– VBI Vaccines Inc.

– Achaogen

– Ilypsa, Inc.

High ranking titles he has had the honor to hold are:

– Acting Chief Executive Officer

– Chief Executive Officer

– Founding Chief Executive Officer

– President

– Co-President

– Chairman

– Director

– Executive Chairman

Quite the resume!

5AM Venture Manage LLC is a venture capital firm Dr. Scott Rocklage works at. He has been a managing partner at 5AM Venture Management LLC since 2004. He joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 as a Venture Partner. He was Acting Chief Executive Officer from May 6, 2016 until May 11, 2016. It is here he has made several high stake investments. Some of the eye brow rising figures include $25,000,000 in Novira Therapeutics in 2013 and $56,000,000 in Achaogen in 2010.

Dr. Rocklage has a significant amount of healthcare management experience, scientific education, and strategic leadership experience. He is been an inventor or co-inventor of over 30 patents and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he conducted research in Nobel Prize winner Richard R. Schrock’s laboratory. He also has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lori Senecal named the new CEO of the MDC Partner Network

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Lori Senecal has been named as the new CEO and president of the MDC Partner Network. Until the appointment, Lori was acting as the CEO of the Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal Legal Agency. Her position at the agency will be taken up by ED Brojerdi. The role she is taking up was established by the company last year as a step towards expanding their reach. In her new role, she will offer strategic guidance to agency and look for investments and resources that can help fuel the growth of the MDC agency. Lori is supposed to take up the position in September and has also joined the board of directors at the holding company.

In her new position,, she will be reporting to the overall CEO, Miles Nadal. Miles spoke about the new appointment of Lori, stating that she had done an extraordinary job of rebuilding the kbs+ project. He stated that she had also demonstrated great leadership skills by helping with the strategic growth of the MDC model, even though she was doing it informally. She has been doing this for the past five years.

The creation of the new part of the agency came after customers started claiming that they wanted MDC to be a little more focused on operations. They wanted to be more competitive when it comes to participation in global pitches on the basis of a holding company. The track record that Lori has as a CEO is therefore the reason she got the appointment. They looked into her massive success as a leader of several micro-agency networks and realized that she was the ideal candidate for the new job.

When she assumes office in September, Lori Senecal will be expected to work closely with the chief Operations Officer of the MDC Network, Andre Coste. Coste is also working as the chief operations officer at the organization. Talking about the appointment, Senecal stated that she understood the importance of having supportive agency partners. It is through the support of these partners that structures across the agency will be improved and capabilities expanded.

Lori was born in Montreal Canada and schooled there before setting out to start her career in the corporate law world. She is married to Bill Grogan. When Lori is not working, she enjoys spending time with her partner or taking part in charitable causes. She has a vast experience in her field, a quality that makes her the ideal partner for the appointment.

For more information on Ms. Senecal, visit her Fast Company and profile pages.