Tony Dale, Founder & Chairman:
Tony, a British native, grew up in Taiwan and Britain and trained at the world- renowned Royal and Ancient Hospital of St. Bartholomew (“Barts”) in London, England. He met his wife Felicity during his time at Barts. After practicing family medicine in Britain, Tony and his family moved to the United States in 1987. Today, Tony and Felicity enjoy the great pleasure of being grandparents as their four children are grown.
Tony’s interest in medical economics began following his experience with the American medical system when he needed knee surgery in 1996. From his personal experience of the inconsistencies and staggering cost of the system, Tony determined to find a way to help people find better access to quality and affordable care.
Tony has always maintained a particular interest in helping individuals and groups that have not been able to afford adequate health coverage. Tony and Felicity frequently travel abroad on mission trips, bringing medical care and the Gospel to the nations. Tony and Felicity are also actively involved in the house church movement, spending much of their free time supporting the publishing company they started, House2House Ministries, and publishing books on the subject of simplifying churches.
Tony is very committed to seeing the poor in the U.S. and abroad receive adequate healthcare in an economically sustainable manner. Recently, Tony partnered with some other like-minded medical and business professionals in Europe to begin a pilot project to bring healthcare to the working poor of India.
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Jamie Lagarde, CEO:
Jamie is a successful serial entrepreneur and experienced executive with a consistent track record of rapidly accelerating top line growth, improving profitability, and building successful organizations. His functional experience spans new technology implementation, launching start-ups, streamlining operations, and he is seasoned in leveraging his background from a variety of executive management roles. He is a dedicated leader focused on developing and retaining top talent, and has a collaborative style that works extremely well with customers and partners alike.
Prior to joining Sedera, Jamie was Chief Operating Officer of AdRevolution, which is an advertiser technology provider where he helped grow annual revenues from 6 million dollars to 16 millions in under 2 years. Previously, he served as a Director of a 30 million dollar business unit at Overwatch Systems a division of Textron Systems. Before his time with Textron, he served as President and co-founder of FineTooth a startup contract management services company.
Jamie brings 12 years of healthcare experience and over 20 years of operational and information technology expertise to the Sedera Team. As a member of several of startups he brought a wealth of knowledge that was critical to Sedera’s launch into the market.
Jamie is also an active member of the Austin community. He serves on the Goodwill Central Texas Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the Goodwill Education board. He previously served as Board President of the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association. Jamie, his wife Alisha, and their three young boys are parishioners of Saint John Neumann Church, and are founding members of the Austin Legatus Chapter.
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Tom Rowen, Product Development:
Thomas Rowen, M.B.A., Tom’s career extends more than 30 years in the health insurance and managed healthcare industry. His range of duties have included sales, large and small group account management, and, most recently, executive leadership in health plan product development. Tom’s career path has included tenures with such organizations as CIGNA, PacifiCare, United Healthcare, and HealthMarkets, as well as a number of years in the Internet health information and e-commerce arena with the former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop at drkoop.com. Tom has been quoted and/or published in such publications as Business Insurance, The Washington Weekly, and Managed Care On-line.
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Emily Schendel, Financial Operations:
Emily joined Sedera after spending 11 years working in Strategy and M&A in NYC. She began her career in Investment Banking and then moved into internal strategy/M&A roles within the media and internet industries. She spent several years in traditional television – with Oxygen and then HBO – focused on corporate development, strategy, and financial planning and analysis. She then moved to the consumer internet space as a Director in IAC’s M&A group. At IAC, she was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, and closing potential acquisitions across all IAC areas of operations with an emphasis on the Media, Local, and new business verticals. During her time evaluating potential start-up investments for IAC,Emily developed a fascination with innovate product and business models and changing industry dynamics. She brings this fascination, along with strong experience in both the investments and financial strategy side of business, to Sedera.
Emily is also the Co-Founder and Financial Director of 100cameras.org, a non-profit that uses photography to raise awareness and funding for communities facing racial, social and economic injustice around the world. Originally from Florida, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.
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Dañia Heffington, Member Experience:
Dañia joined the team of Sedera after spending 8 years working as Chief of Staff in the non-profit sector. Prior to that, as an independent consultant, she worked with high tech and insurance organizations building the human infrastructure that allowed for their organizational growth – both in profits and in people. Her career began in the Human Resources area of Mr. Gatti’s prior to working with Dell Computer handling employee relations and managing the human resource information system. She thrives in ambiguity, using her strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to help develop streamlined processes that yield more leveraged results. Dañia serves on the Board of a number of local non-profits and is involved in helping promote women in leadership throughout the city of Austin.
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Stephen Casey, General Counsel:
Stephen Casey is a Navy veteran who prior to college supervised operation of nuclear reactors in the United States Navy for eight years. In 1999, Stephen finished his naval service and attended LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, followed by Regent University School of Divinity and then Regent University School of Law, where he served as an editor for the law review.
Following law school, Stephen clerked for the Texas Supreme Court. He then opened his own law practice in 2009. Stephen also donates many hours of pro-bono legal work in the pro-life and religious liberties arena, and has appeared on CNN, 20/20, Fox News, and multiple print and media outlets for his legal work and expertise.
Married with five children, Stephen remains active in the local community. He and his family attend Austin Vineyard Church where they live a passion for building up the community with love and grace.