Tom Bjornson, Founder & Chief Product Officer
Thomas Bjornson's career started at PG&E, where he was a pioneer in employee assistance program (EAP) design and development. He maintains a leadership role, having recently served on the National Business Group on Health EAP task force. Building on experience integrating EAPs into management systems, Tom joined Occupational Health Services as a principal and executive vice president. There he developed an EAP service delivery system for employers throughout the U.S.
Tom founded Counseling & Consulting Systems and pioneered the design of behavioral health managed care systems. With venture funding the business expanded, becoming U. S. Behavioral Health, which was later sold to Traveler's Insurance. As a Convoy Corporation director, and through involvement in other HR-related technology projects, Tom has a vision for the critical role IT plays in health care and in benefits integration.
He founded Claremont Behavioral Services in 1990. It has grown to be one of the largest most innovative EAP firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tom has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from San Jose State University.
Devon Devine, Consulting Lead
Devon Devine, J.D., started his career as an analyst at Accenture, supporting design, construction, and operation of Medicaid management information systems.
Subsequently, Devon served as in-house counsel to HSA Bank, the largest independent bank custodian of health savings accounts. Devon managed compliance and regulatory risk across a 3 year period in which new online services increased health savings accounts 80% to 177,000 accounts. Devon then worked in the nonprofit sector, advising credit unions on methodologies to help members save and pay for healthcare expenses.
Devon earned a B.A. with honors at U.C. Berkeley and holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Mike McConnell, Chief Financial Officer
Mike McConnell has been a senior executive at high-growth companies for nearly 40 years.
Starting as an educator, in 1977 he joined one of the first computer retailers, ComputerLand, and rose to Executive Vice President when it passed $1 billion in network annual sales.
After building the company's international business to $300 million as division President, he left to serve as CEO for three high-growth Silicon Valley venture-backed companies, two of which, SuperMac Technology and Visioneer, held an initial public offering on his watch.
He left high tech in 1997 to help a local rancher, Bill Niman, found a company to market humanely-raised, premium beef, pork, and lamb raised on family farms. By 2006, this company, Niman Ranch, sold nearly $60 million in meat on behalf of more than 700 family farms and ranches. From 2007 - 2009, McConnell served as Country Director for Peace Corps in The Gambia, and upon his return in 2010 joined Claremont Partners as Partner and CFO. He also serves as Managing Trustee for GambiaRising, a scholarship program for Gambian students.
Bre Yamaoka, Consultant
Bre Yamaoka, MPH, has eleven years of experience managing operations for specialty medical practices, overseeing medical billing and coding, auditing, health IT, accreditation, and contracting. Bre obtained her B.S. in Healthcare Administration and her Master of Public Health at California State University, Fresno. She attained Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist certification in Practice Workflow & Information Management Redesign with American Health Information Management Association. She works with numerous non-profit organizations in the Fresno area, and was recognized by Fresno’s American Cancer Society for her work in promoting the Cancer Prevention Study-3 in the Central Valley.