Board of Advisors

The Partnership has established a Board of Advisors, which includes highly qualified business and industry professionals. The Board of Advisors will advise the Management team in making appropriate decisions and taking effective action. However, the Board of Advisors will not be responsible for Management decisions and has no legal or fiduciary responsibility to the Partnership.
Currently there are three members on the Board of Advisors
  • Dev Watson
Dev Watson is a health information technology professional with over 30 years experience in Information Technology. He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care (GAPHC). GAPHC is a member service organization for GA’s FQHCs under a cooperative agreement with HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care. Dev also serves as project lead for the GAPHC Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) program. In his roles with GAPHC he provides assistance to the 34 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Georgia with various HIT projects and guidance throughout the 229 clinic sites and 129 counties served by the GAPHC members.
His healthcare background includes work in the primary care, behavioral health care, home health care and inpatient care settings. His initial exposure into healthcare was co-founder of a software/application development company that specialized in lab order entry and electronic billing packages for physicians and rural hospitals throughout Georgia.
Dev’s Information Technology background includes the roles of application developer, business analyst, development team manager and project manager. He currently makes presentations on health information security, data analytics, HIPAA, Health Information Technology and business continuity. Active projects in supporting the FQHCs include IT security, remote process automation, improved data integration and quality, and various data sharing initiatives.
  • Ronnie Freeman
Ronnie Freeman is a retired Sales Manager at AT&T, where he was instrumental in integrating public safety systems including 911 Call Taking systems, Computer Aided Dispatch systems, Mapping systems, Long Term Recording systems and Radio Communication systems throughout Oklahoma and Texas.
Ronnie is a former Business Development Manager at Partners Human Resources a Professional Employer Organization; a licensed property, casualty, life and health insurance agent; a PHR-Professional in Human Resources; and former member of the Oklahoma Statewide 911 Advisory Board.
  • Gene Thomas
Gene Thomas (61) has over 30 years of executive level management experience working primarily with technology-based companies and healthcare institutions. Gene has been involved as an investor, executive, board member, or consultant with companies ranging from start-ups to established operating companies, including a Fortune 500 public company. He has experience in entity structuring, strategic planning and professional fundraising at both the executive and board level. With a strong business and healthcare background, Gene focuses on prevention and control of chronic conditions. Additionally, Gene works independently on improving the perceived shortage of organ donations.
Since 1984, Mr. Thomas has worked in management and executive level positions where he provided strategy, product development, sales, and marketing for CompuAdd, Micron Electronics, Avreo, and Bio-tech companies and healthcare providers. Gene began his career with Polaroid Corporation in sales and marketing in the electronic imaging group. He gained significant experience in hyper-growth companies with seven years at CompuAdd, where he held senior level positions in sales and marketing. Gene participated in developing and managing CompuAdd, to become one of the largest direct marketing technology companies in the late 80’s and early 90’s. His performance eventually led to his selection to play a key role in expansion where he held the position of Managing Director of Sales and Marketing in the United Kingdom.
During his years at Micron, Gene was instrumental in the development of the strategy that launched Micron into the competitive high-end server and technology market. He navigated the changing environment as Micron grew to a publicly traded multi-billion-dollar company with over 4,000 employees. Gene was an officer of Micron Electronics, which eventually became the 9th largest supplier of personal computers, notebooks and servers in the country. While CEO and Chairman of Avreo Inc, a radiology information systems company. Gene successfully raised millions of dollars needed to initiate and launch Avreo’s concepts and products in the radiology information system market.
As President of Advanced Bio/Chem, a proteomics research and diagnostic company. He negotiated intellectual property rights and technology transfer agreements with MD Anderson / University of Texas Health Science Center. Gene also was a consultant working for the Dean of LSU School of Medicine, where he provided expertise in engaging technology companies to participate in LSU’s Advanced Learning Center.
Gene worked at Memorial Hospital and Physicians Clinics at Gulfport for 12 years, ending his tenure as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Responsibilities included all technology assets at the health system, software applications, electronic medical record, finance, revenue cycle and biomedical equipment. Gene was the initial Executive Sponsor when Memorial entered its first Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (MSSP ACO).
Gene remains active in the ACO as an Executive Consultant to Memorial Hospital and Physician’s clinics in Gulfport Mississippi and is active in Value Based Care initiatives. Gene is the founder of Thriving Populace, a non-profit organization which promotes a multifaceted plan to improve patient (consumer) compliance with a physician’s prescribed plan of care and known lifestyles that collectively prevent and or control chronic conditions and reduced overall healthcare expense.
Gene is Chairman of the Board of Milimatch – https://milimatch.com/. A cognitive linguistics approach to better hiring, retention and life cycle of staff. Currently Milimatch if focused on home health and healthcare staffing. Gene is a Board member and shareholder of Innosurance, a technology company that patented and trademarked the Driver Safety Rating (DSR) algorithm. The intellectual property was purchased by Allstate and used as their (DSR™) under the brand name of Drivewise®.