Leadership

Innovation Requires a Vision

EBMS co-founders Rick and Nicki Larson have said the single most important factor to their success was hiring the right people to carry out their vision. That legacy continues today. The EBMS leadership team is made up of high-energy, visionary people who have the courage to step outside of their comfort zone.

Delivering service above and beyond all client expectations is a daily goal for these talented teammates—which is why they remain highly accessible to clients, brokers, and plan members.

EBMS President Kevin Larson

Kevin Larson | President

After 25 years at EBMS, Kevin Larson believes the best is yet to come. Since 2010, he has served as President of our growing company. He knows his strength lies in developing strategies, so he focuses his energies on managing organic growth of EBMS and evaluating opportunities.

He takes great pride in our team and the relationships we have built serving 275 organizations and 150,000 members and their families. He’s also proud of the commitment to service instilled in him by his parents, who founded the company in 1980.

Early in his EBMS career, he juggled his full-time job to attend Rocky Mountain College in Billings, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management.

EBMS Chief Information Officer James Vertino

James Vertino | Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Jim owns the consistent delivery of both Operations and Technology. A transformational leader with special expertise in technology and business integration, Jim joined EBMS in 2017. He is responsible for our technology-and-product strategy and execution, and oversees all platforms, processes, data-analysis capabilities, and client support.

He has more than 24 years of experience with enterprise technology architectures to improve products and services. He sees EBMS leading the conversation about enhancing healthcare benefits delivery for the well-being of people served.

He graduated magna cum laude from Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y, earning a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Andrew Murray

Dr. Andrew Murray | Chief Medical Officer

An accomplished physician executive with deep industry experience, Dr. Andrew Murray is our Chief Medical Officer and President of our miCare and miRx healthcare solutions. He joined EBMS in 2018 from CareAllies, a Cigna-owned startup, where he served as Vice President responsible for Population Health Management and Clinical Services. He has held senior leadership roles with Discovery Health, Ping An Health, and DiscoveryCare, a large managed-care organization.

He trained at Stellenbosch University’s School of Medicine, practiced medicine in the United Kingdom and South Africa, and later earned an MBA from Duke University. He has worked as an emergency-room doctor and flight doctor for International SOS.

EBMS Chief Financial Officer Alex Schott

Alex Schott | Chief Financial Officer

Alex Schott, who joined EBMS in July 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, says its mission to reduce costs, improve care and make it easy is “a perfect fit” with his goals to streamline processes, identify savings and produce better outcomes.

He has extensive leadership experience in finance and accounting at healthcare organizations. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations at BioScrip, Inc. He was Chief Financial Officer at Home Solutions for almost three years before BioScrip acquired it in 2016.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is a Certified Public Accountant. He grew up in Franktown, Colorado, southeast of Denver.

EBMS Executive Vice President Melissa Lyon

Melissa Lyon | Executive Vice President

Since joining EBMS in 2011, Executive Vice President Melissa Lyon has been energized by our commitment to clients and members. As our company has grown, so have her responsibilities in areas of training, audit, legal, miCare services and consumer-driven healthcare issues.

She’s an advocate of strong communication and clarity of mission to help develop our team’s expertise. Her distinguished career in banking and human resources helped her tackle issues right away at EBMS.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and a master’s in business administration from the University of Montana. She is also a certified employee benefits specialist.

EBMS Executive Vice President-Sales Rod Kastelitz

Rod Kastelitz | Executive Vice President of Sales & Account Management

When Rod Kastelitz joined EBMS after college, we had 20 employees. That was 26 years ago. Today, he is Executive Vice President-Sales, and we have over 320 employees serving more than 275 organizations.

He leads our account management team and oversees marketing and a captive stop-loss insurance company. He thrives on client-facing duties, those that meet needs of current partners and attract new ones. He embraces our belief that it is important to build lasting relationships and provide unmatched service.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and has served as President of the RMC Board of Trustees.

EBMS Chief Operating Officer Patrice Elliott

Patrice Elliott | Chief Operating Officer

As our Chief Operating Officer since 2015, Patrice Elliott’s obsession for making sure things add up is being put to good use. In her 30-year career in financial services and in her time at EBMS, she has earned a reputation for strong analysis, leadership, strategic planning and customer service.

Her oversight duties are significant, involving Claims, Client Services, Eligibility, and Provider & Support Service departments. She also develops critical corporate and operational strategies to improve lives of members.

She grew up on a farm in North Dakota and earned an accounting degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She received her public accountant certification in 1986.