Our Mission:

To Connect, Collaborate and Care with Precision and Heart

Our Team

Aparna Rao

Founder, CEO

Dr. Aparna Rao is a Harvard-trained neuropsychologist and seasoned business woman. Following a successful business career that included the Boston Consulting Group and Bank of America, she turned to her passion of working with children and adults in need of supports and services.


She taught at a school, pursued courses in creative arts therapy and went on to establish a successful private practice in pediatric neuropsychology. Driven by the lack of integrated care for her clients and limited connectivity among allied health professionals, Dr. Rao founded eCare Vault: a  privacy-compliant collaboration platform that builds virtual care teams, organizes documents and connects team members via discussion boards in real time.  By virtually connecting allied health professionals to caregivers and other team members in the education and health arenas, eCare Vault saves triage time, boosts productivity, builds long-term relationships and enhances health and education outcomes.

Rushi Luhar

Chief Technology Officer

Rushi is a passionate technologist and engineer. He has built high performance trading systems for some of the world’s biggest banks as well as worked on natural language processing and machine learning systems in London’s start up scene.
He loves building products and teams. Rushi has led diverse, high performance teams in banking and in early stage startups. He loves learning new technologies and writing code. In the last year he has been exploring natural language processing libraries in Python and learning modern web development.

Tyler Gannon

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

Tyler has served the Education market for more than 20 years as a product and sales leader focused on enterprise technology. A twelve-year veteran of Microsoft’s Public Sector business, he worked closely with Microsoft’s Global ISV partners to help them achieve their own Digital Transformation, allowing them to deliver innovative LMS, SIS, and other cloud-based solutions to customers in the K12 and Higher Education markets.  As a founder of Pip Learning Technologies, he sought to help large institutions and state agencies bridge the gap between current on-premises capabilities for data privacy and management, and the rapid growth of cloud-based learning systems that have loosened schools’ control over protected student data. He brings a wealth of knowledge on how to build strategic partnerships to help solve enterprise business problems and deliver on modern classroom experiences.

Lori Nelson

Vice President of Operations

Lori has over 22 years of experience in the EdTech industry from successful client implementations, trainings, product and state reporting, human resources, and operations. She is focused on providing operational efficiencies across the board for both internal staff and external clients to maximize effectiveness and productivity. Lori derives her experience from past roles such as Chief Operating Officer of Authentica Solutions and first-hand knowledge of the education industry as a former public school teacher and coach. She resides in the Great State of Texas.

Ian Tripp

Director of Technology

Ian Tripp is a cloud-experienced software and systems engineer and administrator, as well as a full-stack developer. Through employment at WEX Inc., LabNetwork LLC, and Idexx, he managed and maintained an enterprise VMWare cluster along with many AWS cloud systems. He has developed both internal- and external-facing software, server to frontend, and designed and built a normalized AWS RedShift data warehouse with ETL solution.

Erin Boyle

Director of Client Solutions & Partnerships, Education

Erin has extensive experience with SaaS software, building client relations and helping them to find the best solution to fit their needs.  For the past 5 years, she has worked specifically with K-12 Special Education solutions, which has turned into her passion. Giving teachers and staff time back to focus on their students is her goal!


Prior to eCare Vault, Erin managed accounts for Frontline Education’s Special Education sector, as well as for eStar by ESPED.  She has also worked in the Transportation Industry and Higher Education, assisting clients with their software needs. Erin has a degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Steven Simmons

Director of Client Solutions and Partnerships, eHealth

Steven is an experienced inbound, digital, and content marketer with a rich and extensive background in both the enterprise technology software and startup space. As a seasoned Marketing Manager, he is passionate about formulating and executing strategic marketing plans to help build brand awareness and thought leadership reputation for his organization. While he has a passion for traveling the world, Steven is proud to call Boston, MA his home.

Dan McQueen

Director of Product Development and Delivery

Dan brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the team as a seasoned implementation specialist, clinical systems analyst, and licensed nurse. Prior to joining the eCare Vault team, Dan worked for multiple health care systems within the greater Boston area, nationally as an implementation consultant, and has supported dozens of clinical application systems. Dan is passionate about understanding and improving the patient journey within healthcare and the life sciences by designing workflows that fit well for both patients and their provider teams.

Brittany Paladino


Brittany brings over 20 years of strategic sales experience to the discipline of content and social media strategy. This holistic approach to communication and awareness allows eCare Vault to evangelize their groundbreaking platform to the market in a way that builds credibility. Brittany has also been published in many publications over the years as a content author for both herself and her clients. She enjoys seeing the fruits of her efforts realized in company growth

Sarah Briskin

Business Development Associate

Sarah has a Masters of Public Health and Masters of Nutrition from Tufts School of Medicine. Since college she has acquired years of experience in clinical research and is passionate about bringing this knowledge to help transform the clinical research industry. An avid cycler and gym goer, she also prioritizes her personal health and plans to bring this passion into her career.

Board of Directors

Parag Shah


Parag has 20 years of experience as a successful venture capitalist, in both debt and equity financing, and in providing comprehensive capital structure solutions to Life Sciences and Healthcare companies in various stages of development, both private and public. Parag currently serves as CEO of K2 HealthVentures.

Susan Antonio

Board Member

Susan is a hands-on senior executive, legal counsel and board member. She has over 30 years of corporate and securities law, venture capital, business development, and financial experience. Her diverse background enables her to provide effective legal counsel across a wide range of the business issues and company stages of development.

Yash Shah

Board Member

Yash is an entrepreneur, angel investor and business executive with over 25 years of IT & software industry experience. He is currently founder and CEO of Jeavio, a venture services firm focused on accelerating product development for early-stage technology companies. He is also on the board of TiE-Boston and advisory boards of several software startups around the world.

Aparna Rao

Founder, CEO

Aparna is a Harvard-trained neuropsychologist and seasoned business woman. Her management experience includes her role as Vice President at Bank of America, and strategy management at Citibank and Boston Consulting

Advisory Council

Governor Bev Perdue

Governor Bev Perdue’s commitment to learning and collaboration have continued to be the guiding principles in her life. Throughout the inspirational career of Bev Perdue, one focal point has remained constant…the transformative power of education and healthcare. An empowering teacher early on in life inspired Perdue’s lifelong dedication to the pursuit of continuous learning and ensuring that others received the same opportunities. Dedication to serving others led Perdue to a career in public service.  The pinnacle of this more than 25-year career in government came in 2008 when she was elected the first female governor of North Carolina. She was also elected to two terms as Lieutenant Governor and seven terms in the North Carolina Senate and House. While in office, education was a pivotal part of Perdue’s platform. She would shepherd numerous pro-education policies and programs.  One such program she enacted as governor was the “Ready, Set, Go!” agenda. Perdue was also the first governor to implement statewide standards across all levels of education. By focusing on investment in innovative education technology, Perdue helped build public-private partnerships to help integrate 21st-century technology into classrooms throughout North Carolina. Her legacy includes the creation of a statewide broadband education network for public schools, which is now recognized nationally as the model to emulate due to its unparalleled success. By the end of her second term, North Carolina’s graduation rate was over 80% for the first time in history.

Tej Maini, MD, FACS

Tej is a vascular surgeon and the founder and president of Maini Consulting Group, a global health care authority with proven strategic and operations expertise, and the former CEO and board member of Fallon Clinic and Dean of International Affairs at Tufts Medical School. He has led international expansion ventures, hospital start-ups and turnarounds in his role as the CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, a hospital in Abu Dhabi managed by Cleveland Clinic. His expertise spans the Middle East, Europe, the former Soviet bloc, Africa, India, East Asia and Australia.

Leila Mankarious, MD

Currently a pediatric otolaryngologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School where she works with children who have a variety of medical, educational and neurologic issues. She has over 25 years’ experience in these medical arenas and is actively doing research helping children with hearing loss, language delays and neuropsychological challenges.  She is also the Harvard-wide head of databases and registries for the Department of Otolaryngology.

Gijo Mathew

Gijo Mathew is Senior Vice President of Product Management and User Experience at Web.com and has more than 18 years of experience in delivering software based outcomes for customers. He is responsible for setting vision, communicating strategy, driving value creation, focusing on end-to-end experience, advising on go-to-market and sales techniques. Prior to this, Gijo was VP of Product Management at Nimsoft and, prior to that, Vice President of Product Innovation at Orchestria. He has also managed several product development, sales, marketing, services, and strategy teams at CA Technologies. Gijo holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Ithaca College and a M.S. in Management Information Systems from Boston University. As a father of a special needs child, Gijo truly understands the value that coordinated care brings to children.

Zenobia Moochhala

As Co-Founder of Care.com, Zenobia was part of the leadership team that built Care.com from vision to IPO – becoming the world’s largest online marketplace that matches families and caregivers. She was responsible for growing the Company’s global footprint, as well as the full scope of consumer marketing, customer engagement and product marketing across both the company’s consumer and B2B businesses. She also served as GM with P&L ownership for the International and Homepay businesses lines.  In the four years prior to co-founding Care.com, Zenobia worked as a Senior Product & Marketing Manager for Upromise, where she helped families prepare and save for college. From 1998-2001, she served as Senior Product Manager at financial software startup, WorldStreet.  Recognized as one of the “40 under 40” from Boston Business Journal, a “Pinnacle Award Emerging Executive” by The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and recipient of the “Asper Alumni Entrepreneurship Award” from Brandeis University and “Business & Entrepreneurship Award” at the India New England Choice Award, Zenobia holds a M.A. from Brandeis University and a B.A. from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.  She is a mom of two, enabling her to fully appreciate the care challenges facing today’s families and caregivers.

Ann Helmus, Ph.D

NESCA Founder/Director Ann Helmus, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for 25 years. In 1996, she jointly founded the Children’s Evaluation Center (CEC) in Newton, Massachusetts, serving as co-director there for almost ten years. During that time, CEC emerged as a leading regional center for the diagnosis and remediation of both learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In September of 2007, Dr. Helmus established NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), a client and family-centered group of seasoned neuropsychologists and allied staff, many of whom she trained, striving to create and refine innovative clinical protocols and dedicated to setting new standards of care in the field. A clinician and speaker in demand internationally, Dr. Helmus frequently conducts evaluations abroad, particularly in areas where diagnostic and treatment services would otherwise be unavailable. Under her direction, NESCA has welcomed clients from more than 20 nations. She received her undergraduate degree in Neural Science from Brown University and earned her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology was completed at Children’s Hospital in Boston, where she remained on staff for seven years. Concurrently, she served as neuropsychologist to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She is the mother of two young adults in college.

Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on child and adolescent development and family life. She is a registered nurse with advance degrees in education, leadership, and counseling. Lynne teaches family studies, early childhood education, and leadership at the graduate level at Wheelock College in Boston. She recently completed a second year stint as visiting scholar of education in Singapore. Lynne is the author of the parenting guides Negotiation Generation and Let’s Talk About It: Adolescent Mental Health. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels, Girl Sent Away, Sea Escape, and Life Without Summer. In addition, Lynne teaches writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston, and is a frequent radio and television guest expert on contemporary family issues.

Colette Hendricks

Colette is Vice President of Clinical Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Previously, she held operational roles in both clinical and clinical research settings at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During her time at eCare Vault, Colette led the charge with a focus on the user experience and feedback, along with privacy regulations that are reflected in our state-of-the-art suite of cloud-based services. She was responsible for the agile roll-out, training and feedback of software deployment and overall operations of the company. Colette holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan.

Meredith Bryan

Meredith brings great leadership and business development experience as part of the senior executive team at The Home for Little Wanderers. For eCare Vault, Meredith is advising on business development with respect to private and therapeutic schools and is eCare Vault’s Parent Advocate. As a woman of many talents and having successfully juggled several roles, including that of a mother, entrepreneur, and leadership roles in development and communications, Meredith “gets” eCare Vault’s value proposition for parents and the urgent need for secure care-coordination to unlock a child’s true potential. She has a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Rhode Island and a J.D. from The Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.

Janice Bourque

Janice brings to eCare Vault invaluable insights and connections drawn from over 30 years of engaging with life sciences, healthcare and innovation community leaders. She leverages her deep experience and vision in creating long-term strategic alliances and forward-thinking initiatives. As a parent of an adult daughter with different abilities, Janice understands the challenges in efficiently connecting and leading an interdisciplinary team that evolves over time. Her passion to improve lives and open the doors to solutions led her to immediately understand and see the power of eCareVault. Janice will use her experience in building organizations, as well as, her financial expertise to help focus the organization as it evolves, raises capital, and creates relationships in the public and private sector.