OUR TEAM

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Mark Twain

From our early beginnings, we have strived to attract team members and develop strategic relationships that are, at their core, naturally curious and perpetually seeking. Not fee-driven transactional bots. We believe as an organization if we build a team and secure strategic relationships that share a common belief that being of service to others always comes first, then we will always find amicable customer-centric solutions to any challenges, not if but when, they arise.

Our core team has decades of combined experience providing strategic counsel and first-class customer service for self-funded employers and their plan members. From navigating complex medical stop loss underwriting challenges and modeling captive proformas to performing discrimination testing, securing quotes for ancillary coverages or solving a members’ claim issue — our team is standing ready to be “all in.”

Given today’s complex healthcare environment we believe the best solution for our customers is to provide access to a portfolio of independent subject matter experts and third-party specialists. we engage the best independent and transparent subject matter experts and/or third-party specialists to address each unique situation in the most cost-and time-efficient manner. Independent specialists that can leverage their experiences from a broad base of clients.

Larry Hightower

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Larry Hightower

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Bill

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William E. Pritts, II

Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Gordon

Vice President of Operations

Bret

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Bret Hightower

Director of Business Development

Carmen

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Carmen Michea

Client Services Manager

Athenia

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Contessa Rollins

Client Services Specialist

Marybeth

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Marybeth Ochoa

Account Manager

Robert

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Dr. Robert Bulgarelli

Chief Medical Officer

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Mark Meade

Manager, Underwriting & Risk Management

Larry Hightower

Founder & CEO

An acknowledged industry innovator, Larry has spent his career improving clinical and economic outcomes through disruptive medical technologies and high value healthcare services. He founded Vxtra in 2005 to address the financial inequities, opaque practices, and technological challenges associated with the health benefits large, independent medical practices offered their employees. Leveraging his experience and relationships with entrepreneurial physicians nationwide, Larry continues to spearhead the search for financial and technology-based solutions designed to improve the delivery of healthcare benefits for our clients.

William E. Pritts, II

Chief Financial Officer

A results-driven leader, Bill is responsible for the oversight of Vxtra’s financial matters, as well as developing business forecasts to meet the company’s future operational needs. In addition to senior partnership positions with Ernst & Young during his career, Bill has a demonstrated success in corporate acquisition and development for both public and venture-backed private companies. He has served as both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.

Elizabeth Gordon

Vice President of Operations

With a background built on understanding physician/patient relationships, Elizabeth is responsible for managing the company’s operations team. In her role, she develops benefit plan design, funding rates, and renewal strategies. In addition she leads a team focused on delivering timely plan performance metrics and analytics. Versed in ACA and HR compliance, she is certified by the the National Association of Health Underwriters as a Self-Funding Professional.

Carmen Michea

Client Services Manager

An award-winning customer service specialist, Carmen is exceptional at developing and customizing service packages based on each client’s unique needs. In her role she assists clients with on general benefit questions, claims resolution, billing questions, and enrollment issues.

Emily Rathvon

Senior Healthcare Analyst

Emily is responsible for building and managing the distribution of our performance reports and supporting our big data analytics deliverables for our clients. Additionally, she  creates and maintains internal and external reports to assist senior management in decision-making, overseeing quality assurance, and data analytics.

Contessa Rollins

Client Services Specialist

With a background in organizational and multitask management, Contessa places a high priority on customer service and client relationships. She is focused on enrollments, billing and handling service issues for all clients.

Bret Hightower

Director of Business Development

A Vxtra team member since 2005, Bret is hands-on with optimizing partner relationships and focusing on captive membership growth. He is adept at educating clients on everything from the specific value of the self-funded captive platform and network considerations to plan design flexibility and levels of reinsurance appropriate for their profile. Past roles at Vxtra include servicing, marketing and renewing large medical practices in multiple states nationwide.

Mark Meade

Underwriting & Risk Management

A seasoned healthcare underwriter and risk manager with experience in large, self-funded health plans, Mark oversees the development of rates and projections in conjunction with Vxtra’s risk partners. With more than 30 years’ experience working with private and public sector plans, insurance carriers, and HMOs, Mark has developed financial and business models for both managed care and large provider organizations.

Dr. Robert Bulgarelli, DO, FACC

Chief Medical Officer

A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Bulgarelli, provides clinical oversight for our operations team as well as strategic population health management counsel for our captive Members. He formerly served as National Medical Director for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, providing analytical and clinical support for population health initiatives with large, self-funded employers across the US.

He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Lankenau Hospital, a Jefferson Health affiliate in Philadelphia. A member of the first graduate class of the Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine in 2002, he practiced more than 20 years with one of the largest independent cardiology groups in southeastern Pennsylvania, and he continues to serve as a hospital-based cardiologist in a Geisinger affiliated hospital in Harrisburg, PA.

Marybeth Ochoa

Account Manager

A highly-skilled account executive with extensive industry experience, Marybeth is a proactive problem solver gifted in client relations. She is exceptionally qualified in issue resolution, communication strategies, and designing deliverables for clients, brokers, and strategic vendors. Her customer-focused interpersonal and teamwork skills include analysis, reporting and relationship building.