Ziv Kruger Senior Consultant

Ziv’s initial experience with the medical industry was gained through his father’s company, TEI, which was at the forefront of helping caregivers convert their paper files into the digital health records we take for granted today.  The company provided a “one-stop-shop” to physicians who converted their practices to operating in …

Taylor Cheeseman Senior Consultant

Taylor provides organizational management consulting services to public and private child welfare agencies. He focuses on seeking justice for children and families involved with child welfare systems. Taylor spent five years with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services where he served as Deputy Commissioner for Strategy & Policy/General Counsel, …

Austin Kupke Senior Consultant

Austin has over a decade of legislative & policy experience, governmental relations. She is a strong communicator, strategic analyst and licensed attorney (TX, MA). She has provided budget and policy consulting to organizations and governmental bodies. Developed and launched impactful initiatives and built successful collaboratives. Managing complex projects with multiple …

Sheila Cooper Senior Consultant

Sheila Cooper is Stephen Group Senior Consultant who was most recently a client executive with CSG Government Solutions. Leveraging over 18 years of state government experience, her background includes wide-ranging work in Medicaid including experience with Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA), health insurance exchange, Medicaid …

Rory Rickert Senior Consultant

Rory Rickert is a Subject Matter Expert for The Stephen Group. Rory was CEO of Integrated Healthcare Service Incorporated (IHS). There he assisted healthcare clients in winning over $100 billion in awards since the inception of the firm’s government business development practice. The company’s pharmacy practice assisted commercial healthcare clients …

David J. DeStefano Senior Consultant

Mr. DeStefano is a subject matter expert consultant for The Stephen Group and he brings extensive experience providing consultation on various issues impacting the implementation of child welfare and other health and human service programs. His range of experience includes development of public / private partnerships, performance based contracting, program …

Jason Melancon Senior Consultant

Jason Melancon is a senior consultant at The Stephen Group, specializing in organizational development, Information Technology, and change management. Jason has worked with a variety of health and human service and child welfare nonprofits, specializing in database system support to operations and outcome reporting and strategic planning. Earlier in his …