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Our Team

Thomas Tsang, MD, MPH
CEO, Co-Founder
Tom implemented an integrated behavioral healthcare and primary care model at a community health center a decade ago for 40,000 patients and is now taking that experience to Valera Health. His former roles include CMO at Merck's Healthcare Services and Solutions, Congressional staffer, Medical Director at the Office of the National Coordinator and Advisor to the Governor of Hawaii.
Ofer Sharon, MD, MBA
President, Co-Founder
Ofer is a physician and entrepreneur with extensive experience in both clinical and commercial product development for startups in health tech, biotech, and medical devices. As the former Medical Director for Merck Israel, Ofer founded a big data research collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and a large payer.
David Mou, MD, MBA
Medical Director, Co-Founder
David is a psychiatrist in the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean residency program. While pursuing his dual degree at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, he worked for Fidelity Biosciences (a biotech venture capital firm), raised funding for startups and founded and sold a medical education company.
Noam Shahaf
VP, R&D
Noam formerly served as Head of Technology and Strategy in an elite technology unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. He is passionate about building innovative people-centered products, and brings more than 10 years of experience managing projects in IT and mobile technology, cyber security and business research.
Ilan Ben Tal
Mobile and Algorithm Developer
Ilan was formerly a mobile developer at Intel. He received his B.S. in Computer Software Engineering from the Jerusalem College of Engineering, where he was a Teaching Assistant for Android Development.
Noam Tzur
Web & Server Side Developer
Noam formerly worked as a Software Engineer at Quickode, VMWare and ORCAM. He received his B.S. in Computer Software Engineering from the Jerusalem College of Engineering.
Cho Weng
Care Management Specialist
Cho has more than 7 years of experience as a behavioral health care manager. She has deployed technology solutions for case management and behavioral activation at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center. Cho holds a B.S. in Psychology from University of Rochester.
Matan Bardach
Front-End Web Developer
Gili Eilon
Mobile Developer
Emma Smith
Program Manager
Emma is passionate about tackling challenges in behavioral healthcare through innovation. She has experience supporting organizations in their integration of primary and behavioral healthcare with National Council for Behavioral Health, and previously worked in tech consulting. Emma holds an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College.
David Ricupero
Director, Business Development
David is passionate about bringing wellness to others through technology. He most recently spent time in Haiti doing population health research in Haitian schools. Prior to Haiti, he was the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Duet Health. David is also a co-founder of the Tech in Mental Health Podcast.
Israa Nasir
Program Manager
Israa is committed to making changes and finding innovative solutions to the most pressing problems facing healthcare. She is a clinically trained psychotherapist, with over four years in the hospital and healthcare industry. She has experience in implementing mobile health platforms in emerging markets and working with international development agencies. Israa holds an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from The Derner Institute of Psychological Studies in New York.
Marianna Cohen
Lead Product Designer
Marianna is an experienced user interface designer with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Design and Visual Communications from HIT (Holon Institute of Technology) and has a strong passion for human-centered design and bringing beautiful interfaces to life.
Ibne Jahish
Director, Product Management
Ibne is passionate about leading digital health tech product initiatives across the product development lifecycle from ideation, strategic planning, tactical activities, and go-live. Utilizing user science and data-driven procedures, he aims to create and maintain solution sets capable of empowering users and impacting the quality of life.

Advisors

Chip Kahn, MPH
  • President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH)
  • National leader in health policy, Medicare payment, healthcare financing, and health coverage
  • Member of the Governing Board of the National Quality Forum (NQF)
  • Represents the FAH in the NQF's Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Coordinating Committee
  • Named as one of Modern Healthcare magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare"
James Nahirny, MBA
  • Founder and Managing Partner, Alsora Capital, LLC
  • Former Special Advisor, Founder and Manager Partner, Leerink Capital Partners LLC
Jerry Vaccaro, MD
  • Principal, JVV Consulting
  • Former President and CEO, APS Healthcare
  • Former CEO, United Behavioral Healthcare
  • Former President and CEO, PacifiCare Behavioral Health
Varda Shalev, MD, MPA
  • CEO of Maccabitech, the business development arm of Israel's most advanced health fund
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Tel Aviv University School of Public Health
  • Former Director of Primary Care, Director of Medical Informatics, and Medical Director of the Bnei Brak Branch for Maccabi Healthcare Services
  • Former Medical Informatics Fellow at Johns Hopkins University
Eyal Zimlichman, MD, MSC
  • Deputy Director and Chief Quality Officer at Sheba Medical Center, Israel's largest and most comprehensive medical center
  • International expert on patient reported outcomes
  • Former Lead Researcher of the Department of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare in Boston
  • Former Research Associate at the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Clinical Innovation Advisors

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA
  • UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, UCLA
  • Former VA National Quality Scholars Fellow
  • Former Delegate to the American Medical Association
  • Former NYU Addiction Psychiatry Clinical Fellow
Steven Chan, MD, MBA
  • Clinical Informatics & Digital Health Fellow, UCSF
  • Technology Advisory Boardmember
  • Committees on Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Information Technology, American Psychiatric Association (APA

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Our team is a diverse group of change-makers with an ambitious mission to connect people to the care they need to thrive. Are you motivated by tackling complex problems and changing people’s lives for the better? We want to hear from you!