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GAGE GARBY : CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER


“I believe in a collaborative team that gives respect and encourages participation of ideas from all sources. Build a great team, agree on a direction and give them the room to run.”

 

Mr. Garby has over 25 years of experience developing products, and building and maintaining technology solutions for the healthcare industry. As a co-founder of Axion Health, formerly Occupational HealthLink, he leads the technical team that built the current Axion Health database services. He managed the development the United States Department of Energy / Oak Ridge Associated Universities Cloud-based medical monitoring services for the National Supplemental Surveillance Program, including development of electronic smart form intelligent systems architecture, medical forms data capture and data warehousing. Previously, Mr. Garby oversaw the Industrial Outreach Program at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Mr. Garby also founded eTrinsic, an Internet-based, medical procedure and equipment training company, and founded and sold Senetics, Inc., a pharmaceutical device and packaging firm. Mr. Garby has a Master's in International Business Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.

 

 

 

ADRIAN OZGA  : VICE PRESIDENT SALES & MARKETING

 

 

“Happiness is providing for my friends, my customers and (#1) my family. smile

 

Adrian has 25 years’ sales experience in the healthcare field. He views all clients as partners, which his many accounts – past and present - will attest with a smile. He has been the top sales performer for all the companies he has served, by focusing on the customer and their needs. He has earned expansive knowledge and experience in software solutions for healthcare organizations and other verticals, to help his clients grow efficiently and intelligently.  Adrian believes in software solutions to better the patient, physician and overall process flow of information throughout a healthcare enterprise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Benedictine University.

 

 

 

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LORI KITTLE : VICE PRESIDENT TRAINING & SALES, CO-FOUNDER


“Live outside the box, eat right, vacation frequently, and listen to music …loud.”

 

Ms. Kittle has extensive experience in combining operations, science and business expertise. As a co-founder of Axion Health, Inc., she leads the operations team in the areas of product and program implementation, training, program management, customer relations and sales support. Ms. Kittle currently manages program and product roll-out, customer configuration and tailored design planning, product set-up, implementation, training and ongoing operations for Axion Health. Prior to this role, Ms. Kittle managed the Medical Surveillance and Respiratory Fit Testing programs for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. She directed all marketing, sales, clinical operations, administrative operations, collections and financial reporting for those programs. 

In addition, she directed the development, implementation and management of new programs. Programs included World Trade Center Volunteer Screening Program, Hanford Former Worker Screening Program, The Sheet Metalworkers’ Screening Program, Miner’s Clinic of Colorado and over 100 independent Medical Surveillance Programs. Ms. Kittle has notable experience in medical research, and is the former Manager of an Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Core Laboratory, where she was responsible for laboratory operations and faculty research projects. She worked as a molecular biologist in the field of occupational health research for over fifteen years. Her research has been presented at national and international conferences and she has published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of immunology and immuno-toxicology. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University.

 

 

 

LEE S. NEWMAN : MD, MA, FCCP, FACOEM, CO-FOUNDER & CMIO

 

Director of the CDC/NIOSH-funded High Plains Intermountain Chapter for Agricultural Health and Safety
“My career goal is to improve worker health and safety. It is at the heart of everything I do in my jobs both at Axion Health and as a professor at the University of Colorado. Outside of work, I’m motivated by my wife and two daughters, who inspire me daily.”

 

Dr. Newman is one of the nation's leading experts in the fields of occupational and environmental medicine and pulmonary medicine.

He is the Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health and Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver/Health Sciences Center.


He is the former Head of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. And, Dr. Newman is the Founding Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Center (ERC) that trains occupational and environmental health professionals.

Dr. Newman co-founded Axion Health to simplify data-entry tasks and establish prevention strategies executed through advanced technology. He leads the Axion Health Medical Advisory Board and full-time medical content team. Axion Health is the only company in the field of workforce health management software that maintains a medical review board of nationally recognized knowledge leaders.


In addition to his role at Axion Health, Dr. Newman conducts research and teaches medical students, graduate students, post-doctoral trainees, and is a popular lecturer and visiting Professor at major international university medical schools.

He has published more than 200 scientific papers, chapters, and reviews in the medical literature, including more than 140 research studies as well as invited commentaries and scholarly reviews in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet.


Recognition:

  • Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Fellow of the prestigious Collegium Ramazzini
  • Named continuously to the prestigious list of "Best Doctors in America" and "Top Doctor" Castle Connolly 2000-Present

Dr. Newman has more than 20 years of experience in designing and practically implementing medical surveillance programs in the workplace and in communities where there has been potential exposure to hazardous substances. 
 He has consulted extensively with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors, has served as an advisor to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its counterpart in Quebec Province, Canada, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), labor organizations, worker groups, and many large and small corporations.


Dr. Newman's work on immune system blood tests for beryllium allergy has revolutionized the approach to the detection of beryllium disease in many industries including defense and nuclear weapons, alloy manufacture, recycling, aeronautics, metal machining, construction trades, and dental laboratories.

He refined and helped validate the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test as a practical tool for screening for beryllium sensitization and has helped influence new federal regulations and public policy in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Dr. Newman has conducted clinical research regarding asbestos, silica, mold, metals, toxic chemicals, and the causes of work-related asthma.

Dr. Newman is a graduate of Amherst College (BA), Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (MA, Social Psychology), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (MD), Emory University School of Medicine (Internal Medicine), and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Fellowship, Pulmonary Science and Critical Care Medicine). He is board certified in internal medicine and in pulmonary medicine.



 

 

JERRY MCDONALD : EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS


“I define happiness by being in the presence of people I care about and who care about me.”

 

Jerry McDonald has over 30 years in customer facing roles performing as a design and developer of corporate skill and knowledge enhancement products and services. In this capacity he has performed as both an external and on-site consultant defining and improving operational workflows and process improvement practices. The last 15 years, Jerry has managed departments dedicated to process and organizational improvement services both domestically and internationally. Jerry has a BSBA degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the Kansas State University at Pittsburg.

 

 

 

 

MICHELE SPIESSBACH: VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT

 

Michele is responsible for making sure quality products are delivered. With over 20 years of software development and quality assurance and control experience, Michele has managed the development of and implemented quality software systems in both small and large companies.  At Quark, Inc. she was responsible for 125+ QA employees across diverse software projects and is familiar with enterprise-wide software solutions. She has implemented quality control in businesses such as netLibrary, MD-IT and Typefi Systems. Besides her knowledge of QA and software development processes, Michele has experience in project management and customer support.

 

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