Meet the Availity executive leadership team

Russ Thomas - Availity Chief Executive Officer

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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Jeff Chester - Availity Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff Chester

Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff Chester is Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for Availity and has responsibility for leadership and direction of the Availity sales organization.

Prior to joining Availity in 2010, Jeff served as Vice President and General Manager of Sales for GE Healthcare IT Clinical Business Solutions, a $1.4 billion division of General Electric.

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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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Nate Eastman

Chief Financial Officer

Nate Eastman is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) managing all aspects of the company’s finance and accounting operations.

Eastman joined Availity in 2014 and brings more than 16 years of financial leadership, and has a history of excellence as a strategic business partner in high growth, complex business environments.

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Scott Herbst - Availity Senior Vice President and General Manager of Provider Solutions

Scott Herbst

Senior Vice President and General Manager, 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

Senior Vice President 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 - Availity Vice President of Gateway Platform

Jack Hunt

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Network

Jack Hunt is Availity’s Senior Vice President of Network and Products, overseeing Availity's product portfolio, healthcare information network, and distribution platform. In this role, Jack has responsibility for product management including P/L, product engineering, solutions architecture, vendor sales, and provider sales.


Prior to joining Availity in 2011, Jack owned and operated J. Hunt & Associates, a niche information technology professional services firm, serving both healthcare and financial services customers.

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Paul Joiner - Availity Chief Product Officer

Paul Joiner

Executive 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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Frank Manzella

Frank Manzella

Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

Frank Manzella is Availity’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. He brings more than 20 years’ experience as a healthcare executive and investor. Frank joined Availity in 2019 to provide critical insights and guidance for potential corporate acquisitions and integrate those businesses and solutions into Availity’s overall growth strategy.

Frank has a distinguished career in business development for healthcare technology, having executed over $20 billion in transactions throughout his career. Before joining Availity, Frank served as Chief Development Officer at Press Ganey Associates and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Change Healthcare.

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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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