Executive Leadership
 

Meet the Availity executive leadership team

 
 
Russ Thomas

Russ Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Russ Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Availity. His vision helped to diversify Availity’s solutions and grow its customer base, creating the foundation for the expansive Availity network that exists today. Combined, the enterprise now delivers healthcare business solutions to a growing network that connects more than 1,000,000 physicians and allied care providers, 2,700 hospitals, and more than 600 technology partners with health plans nationwide. Under Thomas’s leadership, Availity is leading the charge in provider engagement and empowering health care professionals to improve results.

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Damien Creavin

Damien Creavin

Chief Technology Officer

Damien Creavin is Chief Technology Officer for Availity, overseeing technology strategy and operations, platform development, and information security.

Damien joined Availity in 2018 and brings more than 20 years of diverse IT leadership experience in healthcare, media, and electronics. Most recently as Senior Vice President, CIO, and CTO of healthcare analytics company Cotiviti, Damien was responsible for IT strategy, architecture, technology operations, and product engineering, and was a key part of the leadership team that successfully executed Cotiviti’s 2016 IPO.

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Chris Harber

Senior Vice President of Operations

Chris Harber is Senior Vice President of Operations at Availity, leading all aspects of Availity’s client-facing, implementation support and technical operations teams for the Health Plan and Provider businesses. This includes accelerating operational synergies between health plan and provider stakeholders, deepening client relationships through account & alliance management, enhancing client services delivery models, and ensuring optimal platform delivery through production assurance and technical analyst teams. Since joining Availity in 2017, Chris has been instrumental in designing and deploying Availity’s Net Promoter Score and formalizing customer feedback into Availity’s business and strategy planning.

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Scott Herbst

Scott Herbst

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Provider Solutions

Scott Herbst is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Provider Solutions, leading Availity’s provider services groups and the partnership/vendor programs. Additionally, he was responsible for leading much of the integration between RealMed and Availity.

Scott joined RealMed in 1999 and held various leadership roles at RealMed, including General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Sales and Support.

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Catherine Hora Anderson

Catherine Hora Anderson

SVP Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Catherine Hora Anderson is Senior Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel where she leads Availity’s compliance, audit, and legal teams.

Catherine brings more than 15 years of legal and business experience to Availity’s Senior Leadership Team. She spent 8 years as a Senior Associate at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia before joining McKesson Technologies as Chief Counsel in 2010. Catherine held a number of leadership positions while at McKesson and served as Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, Physician Practice Solutions from 2011-2013. 

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Jack Hunt

Jack Hunt

Senior Vice President of Healthcare Network

Jack Hunt is Availity’s Senior Vice President of Healthcare Network, overseeing Availity's product portfolio across both the payer and provider lines of business. Jack manages product management, product architecture, engineering, strategy, and sales within Availity’s healthcare information network to drive long-term growth for the healthcare ecosystem.

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Paul Joiner

Paul Joiner

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Health Plan Business

Paul Joiner is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Health Plan. A member of the executive team, Paul manages all aspects of the health plan line of business P&L, product portfolio, product development, call center operations, and account/alliance management. Paul also served for two years as Availity's Chief Product Officer.

Prior to joining Availity, Paul was responsible for client engagement and business development activities across the customer life cycle as Vice President of Client Engagement with Xerox Midas +.

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Jessica Micciche

Jessica Micciche

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jessica Micciche is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, ensuring Availity’s people strategy aligns with its business and growth strategy. She will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including culture, talent management, leadership, human capital analytics, compensation, and benefits.

Jessica started her career in Sales in the Commercial Real Estate and Telecom Industries. While at Cable & Wireless, she led sales operations for the prepaid phone card division before becoming a quota-carrying Account Representative.

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