Seattle tech vet joins new AI startup; Rippl, Tasso, Lexion add execs; and more – GeekWire

Rippl Care Chief Medical Officer Jamie Sharp. (LinkedIn Photo)

Rippl, a Seattle startup focused on the mental health of seniors, announced Jamie Sharp will join as chief medical officer.

Sharp previously worked as vice president and chief medical officer for Medicare at Aetna, a CVS subsidiary healthcare company. In that role, she led clinical oversight for the Medicare and Special Needs Plan division, overseeing a team of healthcare professionals in care management, risk-based provider relationships, appeals, and health equity.

Sharp earned her medical doctorate degree from the University of Colorado and began her career as a practicing physician in the state. She went on to hold medical leadership roles at Evolent Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, Humana, and others.

“Jamie has a long and successful track record finding new and innovative ways to provide better care for vulnerable seniors with complex conditions,” Rippl Care CEO Kris Engskov said in a statement.

Rippl is developing a care program focused on seniors with dementia and other neurocognitive conditions. The startup raised $32 million last year from Arch Venture Partners, General Catalyst, GV (formerly Google Ventures), F-Prime Capital and Mass General Brigham Ventures.

Diego Oppenheimer announced he is joining San Francisco-based startup Guardrails AI as co-founder and board member. He previously co-founded Seattle machine learning startup Algorithmia, which was acquired by DataRobot in July 2021. Oppenheimer is partner and CEO-in-residence at venture capital firm and incubator Factory.

PitchBook, the Seattle-based financial database company, hired Paul Stoddart as chief marketing officer. He previously worked as chief marketing officer of customer and partner success at Salesforce.

Tasso, a Seattle startup developing self-administered blood collection devices, appointed Monica Williams as CFO. She held CFO roles at Seattle rewards and payments startup Tango and general contracting platform Pro.com. Prior to that, Williams was vice president of FP&A and treasury at Zillow Group.

Julie Gerardi joined Seattle biotech startup Parse Biosciences as vice president of business development. She previously served as vice president of business development, biological modeling and functional genomics at Tempus Labs.

Cassie Pless was hired by Seattle legal tech startup Lexion as vice president of sales. She most recently was senior director of commercial sales at Seattle sales tech company Outreach.

Carol Dahl, who spent 10 years as executive director of The Lemelson Foundation, joined the U.S. Small Business Administration. She will serve on the newly-formed Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee.

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