Our Mission

 

Element3 Health is a unique benefit that helps health plans attract new members and keep existing members active, healthy, loyal and engaged. The company combines the three most powerful elements of health into one cohesive solution to tackle $75 billion of unnecessary healthcare spending associated with social, mental and physical decline. A growing network of activity clubs across a broad spectrum of passions delivers fun, inspiring opportunities to get members active physically, socially and mentally.

Physical Activity

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.

Social Activity

Studies have shown, social connections are closely related to well-being and personal happiness.

Mental Activity

The more mental stimulation we get, the more likely we are to hold on to better brain-functioning, even as we age.

Meet the people behind this unique and comprehensive approach

 

With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, innovation and business development, the Element3 Health team is poised to change the landscape of healthy aging. Only Element3 Health addresses all three determinants of health: physical, social and mental activity. Meet the people behind this unique, comprehensive approach to addressing $75 billion in preventable healthcare spending.

Meet the people behind this unique and comprehensive approach

 

With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, innovation and business development, the Element3 Health team is poised to change the landscape of healthy aging. Only Element3 Health addresses all three determinants of health: physical, social and mental activity. Meet the people behind this unique, comprehensive approach to addressing $75 billion in preventable healthcare spending.

Ulya Khan

CEO

Ulya is an accomplished and innovative leader who came to Element3 Health from a storied career as a healthcare executive. She joined the Board of Directors in February 2019 before becoming CEO in 2021. Her experience in C-suite roles at several prominent healthcare companies and her dedication to the mission of getting seniors active physically, socially and mentally informs Element3 Health’s vision and growth.

Ulya has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Sciences and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Imperial College, London. Ulya also completed “Managing Healthcare Delivery” program at Harvard Business School and is a Fellow of the Nashville Healthcare Council Fellows Program. She lives in Arizona with her family and enjoys cooking as well as traveling.

Ulya Khan

Spencer Morgan

Founder and Chief Community Engagement Officer

Spencer founded the company and its signature product, GroupWorks, after 10 years as a professional journalist writing features for The New York Observer, New York Times, New York Magazine, Atlantic Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Morgan’s life was heavily impacted by his grandparents. He was inspired to build a company that facilitates, incentivizes and rewards 50+ group activity after his experience writing an article about the Senior Games (formerly the Senior Olympics) and the passing of his grandfather, Harry Morgan. Spencer has a Masters degree in journalism from the Annenberg School, USC.

Spencer Morgan

Dudley Backhouse

Chief Technology Officer

Dudley is a seasoned technology leader and a proven builder of data-driven solutions for healthcare and health tech industries. CISSP Security certified, Dudley has extensive experience in operating and delivering technology within highly Compliant and Security driven markets. He is a founding partner at SAESO, and has held senior technology roles including Thomson Reuters, Skype, Aptus Health, Tivity Health and others.

Cindy Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Paulo Machado

Chief Commercial Officer

Paulo brings 30 years of experience in healthcare, biopharma and financial services to his current role of Head of Business Development at Element3 Health. Paulo has built and led successful startup, marketing, sales, national account management, market research/insights, business development and operations teams. Paulo has designed, developed & scaled customer-centric solutions for a wide array of products, brands and programs always delivering on the promise of a customer centered, differentiated value proposition that delights.

Paulo Machado

Joe Searcy

Chief Security Officer

Joe is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) & HIPAA Security Officer and is responsible for all aspects of Element3 Health’s information systems and services, as well as information and corporate security. With over 19 years of diverse experience in information security management, network security, and system administration/engineering within both the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the healthcare industry. Joe brings tremendous technical leadership, diverse knowledge, and operational expertise to the Element3 team. Joe is also an US Army Veteran and is founder/president of Joint Forces Veterans Alliance, a veteran nonprofit. He enjoys playing hockey with his fellow military veterans for the Joint Forces Hockey team and loves spending time with his family exploring the great state of Colorado.

Joe Searcy

Natasha Wampach

Head of Operations

Natasha brings 15 years of healthcare experience to the Element3 Health team.  Most recently serving as Director of Operational Growth & Strategy with OptumCare, Natasha ran a regional governance process focused on strategic and operational alignment of the organization’s internal capital investments.  In previous roles, Natasha led projects and initiatives focused on increasing operational excellence in healthcare provider organizations, such as managing large-scale revenue cycle optimization projects as well as contract negotiations for hospital systems; leading process improvement initiatives focused on improving clinical outcomes for vulnerable patient populations; and, supporting organizations through change management of acquisitions and divestitures.

Natasha Wampach

Jackie Gross

Vice President of Network Development

Jackie is a proven leader who builds and expands networks by combining strategy and analytics to exceed customer expectations. She is a change champion with a track record of driving sustainable improvements through collaborative leadership, risk management, tactical prioritization, and process optimization. After moving from Iowa to the Phoenix area, she likes to be outside swimming, hiking or just enjoying the Arizona sunshine.

Mayrav Saar

Vice President of Marketing

Mayrav parlayed an award-winning career as a healthcare reporter into health-
focused public relations. She drives the mission of Element3 Health into all of the
company’s strategic projects, products and programs. A group-oriented person
herself, Mayrav is dedicated to the concept of improving health and quality of life
through social engagement and the pursuit of one’s passions. Mayrav lives in Los
Angeles with three kids, two dogs and one husband.

Mayrav Saar

Board Members

David Norris

Executive Board Chairman

David is serving as Executive Board Chair after transforming Element3 Health into a healthy aging company. David is a CEO, board member, investor, advisor, and serial entrepreneur. Utilizing his extensive experience and network, he works closely with investors and boards to accelerate the growth of high-potential companies. He has governance experience, sits on a number of boards and is a senior advisor to several companies. He is also a very active cyclist.

David Norris

Larry Leisure

Board Member

Larry Leisure is a co-founder & Managing Director of the private equity firm, Chicago Pacific Founders and serves as Chairman for the Washington, D.C. based strategy & advisory firm ADVI. He has over 25 years of experience in the managed care arena as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant and health plan executive. He has held senior positions at nationally respected institutions including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, UnitedHealth Group, Kaiser Permanente, Accenture, Price Waterhouse and Towers Watson.

Larry Leisure

Esther Dyson

Board Member

Esther is credited with helping to shape the tech industry over the last 40 years as an analyst and conference host. She is currently the executive founder of Wellville, a 10-year, five-community nonprofit project dedicated to unleashing the value of long-term investment in health and equity. She served on the board at Meetup, 23andMe and WPP Group. She currently sits on the boards of BAMF Health and Medesk, among others. In her limited spare time, Dyson is a six-time weightless flyer and has trained as a backup cosmonaut.

Ulya Khan

CEO

Ulya Khan

Spencer Morgan

Founder and Chief Community Officer

Spencer Morgan

Shelby Bryan

Advisor and Investor

Shelby is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in business. His broad experience has ranged from Morgan Stanley in the early 70’s, to President of Millicom from 1981-1994 and grew it to a market value of over $8 billion. He co-founded Vodafone (VODPF), one of the largest companies in Europe. In the mid-90’s, he took over as CEO of ICG Communications and grew it from $78 million to over $800 million in revenue. He has a Law degree from the University of Texas, an MBA from Harvard, and is a prolific investor.

Shelby Bryan

Advisory Board Members

Jon Warner (Chair)

Dr. Jon Warner is CEO of Silver Moonshots, a research organization and virtual accelerator for startups focused on the 50+ population. A five-time company CEO and entrepreneurship expert, Jon has led three startups with two successful exits. Following a 15-year career in the corporate world that included GM and Exxon, Jon founded and grew a management consulting business, which he ran for 15 years. Today, Jon manages the deal flow into a Los Angeles based Healthcare investment fund and is a noted speaker at businesses, colleges and events around the world. He is the author of 40 books about business, management, leadership, innovation and technology.

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Beth Bierbower

Beth Bierbower is an experienced senior Healthcare Executive with a demonstrated history of profitable growth. She formerly served on the Executive Management Team of Humana and led the Employer Group, Specialty and Military lines of business. Skilled in Leadership, Strategy Development and Execution, Day-to-Day Operations and Change Management, Beth currently provides advisory services to organizations of all sizes focused in the healthcare industry. Beth is also an author and public speaker on the topics of leadership, corporate culture, professional development, work/life balance and change management.

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Jim Bonnette, M.D.

Dr. Jim Bonnette has worked in virtually every area of U.S. healthcare, from private practice to health maintenance organizations to hospital chains to pharmaceuticals. His past roles include serving as CMO at Oliver Wyman, where he was head of the Global Provider Strategic Consulting Practice. While working as an internist for 20 years in California, Jim developed a reputation for innovation and tenacity in creating new models of care delivery. A recognized industry leader, Jim serves as a clinical advisor and healthcare management consultant for many healthcare companies, with a focus on the strategic transformation of healthcare delivery systems, fee for value and health reform.

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Michael Skaff

Michael Skaff is a senior executive in the healthcare industry focused on financial and strategic growth via partnership, innovation and integration to achieve industry-defining results. He is also a global business and technology leader with significant transformation and product development experience. Michael has been recognized nationally and regionally for his success building and scaling high-performance teams and technology-enabled products and services. He is also a trusted advisor to venture capital, technology, healthcare and media companies; he is a published author, and is regularly invited to speak at industry events.

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Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is the Vice President of Commercial Strategy for Seismic, a company that integrates robotics and clothing. An advisor for tech startups, investors and corporate partners in the aging space, Sarah is passionate about innovation and improving the lives of older adults. Most recently, Sarah served as the Legislative Affairs Liaison for Hallmark Rehabilitation. Sarah combines her Occupational Therapy background with her operational, clinical and entrepreneurial experience to inspire passionate changes to the current systems in the elder care environment. Sarah is an active member of LeadingAge, the California Association of Healthcare Facilities, and is on the Telehealth workgroup for The National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care.

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