Laura Fleet, Esq.
CEO & Co-Founder
Laura Fleet is a leading expert in health care and regulatory law, having represented health insurers, providers and hospital systems for more than twenty years. Her professional career as legal counsel, lobbyist and Executive Director for numerous non-profit Associations in the health care sector has given her a unique perspective into our health care delivery system. Having successfully identified an opportunity to bridge one of the many gaps, she launched and Co-Founded SendaRide.
During her career she has continually been at the frontline of our ever-evolving healthcare delivery system, shaping and interpreting the laws that providers, insurers and hospitals operate within. She is identified as an industry expert and thrives on solving the many problems the healthcare industry faces – whether regulatory, legal, legislative or implementation.
SendaRide was built from the bottom up for the healthcare industry by a healthcare lawyer ensuring that the insurers, providers and hospital campuses that put their trust and business in SendaRide can be confident that they are complying with the multitude of complex laws and regulations that govern the industry.
She also capitalized on her unique problem solving skills when carefully considering each feature that would instill a feeling of safety, security and trustworthiness for every rider, family and patient utilizing the SendaRide platform.
SendaRide Board of Directors
As Investment Portfolio Manager for i2E, Melissa’s primary responsibility is to oversee and monitor post-investment review, analysis and evaluation of i2E’s equity and near-equity investments. Her duties include the ongoing review and analysis of client financial statements, review of client business models and financial strategies as it relates to financial performance, monitoring post-investment contractual requirements, and holding Board or Board Observer seats on behalf of i2E. Melissa also provides financial analysis related to proposed follow-on investments in existing portfolio companies, and is responsible for capturing and reporting all relevant information of portfolio companies on a regular basis.
Melissa has nearly a decade of financial experience with the majority of her career as Investment Analyst for the Teacher’s Retirement System of Oklahoma where she managed the public pension fund of more than $15 billion. She managed the compliance and oversight functions for 45 active portfolios and 3 passive portfolios of international and domestic equity, high yield and core fixed income, private equity and distressed debt and credit opportunities.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from the University of Oklahoma.
As CEO of Apex Dental Partners, David is responsible for the strategic leadership. In addition, he leads the company’s new practice affiliation efforts as Apex continues to grow in both new and existing markets. Prior to founding Apex, David was an investment professional at Brazos Private Equity Partners where he was responsible for identifying and executing acquisitions across the healthcare, consumer, industrial and business services industries. While at Brazos, he served as a board observer for Impact Confections, Ennis-Flint and National Bankruptcy Services. Prior to Brazos, David was an investment professional at J.F. Lehman & Company, where he focused on sourcing and executing investments in the aerospace, defense and maritime industries. David began his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. David received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Principal, Purple Arch Ventures. Wayne has held positions in both successful startups and thriving tech firms and brings a wealth of operational experience building teams, executing deals, and developing clients. He is committed to the growth of the venture and tech community in Chicago, serves as an advisor to a number of startups, and is a founding board member of Great Lakes Academy Charter School. Previously, he led the analysis, negotiation, and deal execution for the global content acquisition team at Netflix. Before that, he was VP of Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a digital media startup owned by the Chicago White Sox. Wayne began his career in the US Navy, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Kellogg.
As Executive Vice-President of Benefits at Summit Benefits Inc., David has over 30 years’ experience in the Health Insurance industry including, ten years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. After founding and managing his own Insurance Agency for six years he became a merger partner at Arthur J. Gallagher.
As a consultant, his focus is to bring innovative and cutting-edge solutions to his current and prospective clients regarding health management, plan design and resources that will have a positive impact on their Employee Benefits budget. His team provides critical insight and analytics to the Human Resources department to support meaningful decision-making by the corporate level executives.
Prior to co-founding SendaRide, Laura spent more than twenty years practicing health care law. During her career she has represented hospitals, health plans and providers. She founded and directed a government relations consulting firm for more than twenty years that offered a full range of services including advocacy and lobbying at the state legislature and regulatory departments.
As part of her tenure in government relations she served as a lobbyist for many not-profit health care providers and associations. She has also served as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Association of Health Plans for over fifteen years, representing all licensed Health Insurance companies in the state. She monitored and actively participated in task forces, policy groups, interim studies and workgroups impacting the Healthcare delivery system, helping to advocate for, shape and progress Health Insurance policy in the State.
Early in her career she served as a Compliance Officer for PacifiCare of Oklahoma overseeing projects like federal service area expansions, accreditation reviews, audits and statewide RFPs.
Laura obtained her undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University and her Juris Doctorate at Oklahoma City University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma State and Federal Courts. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for her high caliber work in her field since 2010.
Advisory Board Member
Chris was on the founding team of pioneering Internet companies such as United Online Services (Nasdaq: UNTD) and Merrill Lynch’s Intelligent Technologies Group. He has founded, advised, or invested in dozens of startups, including Ustream and PBworks. Chris is a much-quoted thought leader in the field of marketing and entrepreneurship; his research and publications have been incorporated into the Harvard Business School curriculum. Chris holds two degrees from Stanford University, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar (High Distinction).