Mike is Chief Executive Officer of Straightaway Health Careers. As part of the original management team, Mike helped launch Silverchair Learning Systems in 2005 and served as President of Silverchair until it became part of Relias in 2012. He also currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer at Relias. Prior to Silverchair, Mike held executive leadership positions at the Hill-Rom Company, Berchtold Corporation, and Briggs Healthcare with extensive experience in new product development, sales and marketing management, strategic planning, and Kaizen continuous improvement methodology.
Favorite beverage: Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi
Fun fact: When I started high school, I was 5’3” and weighed 97 lbs.
Chief Operating Officer
Mike is the Chief Operating Officer of Straightaway Health Careers. He focuses his efforts on Straightaway’s product development, client care, and marketing outreach. He is a high-growth executive with extensive experience in early-stage eLearning and education technology companies. Along with Mike Mutka and Bill Glass, Mike was part of the original management team at Silverchair Learning Systems (which became part of Relias in 2012). More recently Mike was Chief Product Officer for Teachstone, an education technology company focused on training and professional development.
Favorite pastime: Attending music festivals
Fun fact: “I’m scuba diver”
Chief Clinical Officer
Sherry’s healthcare career includes everything from trauma nursing to project management to clinical education. Both locally and nationally she developed and implemented training programs focusing on students wanting to become CNA’s, nurses advancing their clinical skills, and others on a path to leadership positions. Sherry now focuses on the clinical integrity of SHC products and services. She recently completed her MSN as a Nurse Educator.
Favorite scenery: “As a Kansas native, a field of sunflowers is the most beautiful site!”
Fun fact: “I’m an avid Pickleball player!”
Director of Client Care
Erica is Director of Client Care at Straightaway Health Careers. She has nearly 15 years of experience working in healthcare, including 12 years with a healthcare information technology company where she established multiple award-winning customer-facing teams.
Brady is Director of Product at Straightaway Health Careers. With 10 years of experience in healthcare technology, she has worked closely with cross-functional teams to drive successful product launches. She is very interested in a consumer-centric approach to development and design and its application to the electronic learning industry. Brady holds a B.S. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Favorite city: Paris, France
Fun fact: “I LOVE to travel and I have an infatuation with airplanes!”
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Bill is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Straightaway Health Careers. In 2002, Bill co-founded Silverchair Learning Systems, which eventually became Relias in 2012. Bill has more than 15 years of experience selling and marketing e-learning solutions in the senior healthcare space. Prior to founding Silverchair, Bill was a National Account Manager with Healthstream and SynQuest Technologies. He currently serves on the Corporate Board of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club of North Carolina’s New Hanover, Pender, and Onslow Counties.
Favorite place: North Carolina Mountains
Fun fact: “I can ride a unicycle and I’m getting married!”
Director of Sales Operations and Marketing
Ramez is Director of Sales Operations and Marketing for Straightaway Health Careers. He has spent the last 10 years working for education businesses spanning apps for toddlers to leadership development for working professionals. Ramez holds a bachelor’s degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science as well as an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Favorite cookie: Chocolate chip cookie from Jacques Torres Chocolate in NYC
Fun fact: “I once had a job that involved watching cartoons!”
Director of West Coast Enterprise Sales
Vince started his career as a CNA, and later ICU nurse, at the Cleveland Clinic and Duke University Hospital in the Cardiac ICU. He now focuses on solving bigger problems with organizations looking to improve their bottom line and reduce staff shortages.
Favorite ice cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Fun fact: “I love to travel! So far, I have been to 21 countries and 41 states”
Director of Central Enterprise Sales
Shane is the Director of Enterprise Accounts in the Central U.S. He has spent the last 15 years working with senior care organizations to improve multiple business processes through the utilization of innovative software
Favorite food: Vegetable soup
Fun fact: “Shane doesn’t collect anything”
Director of Strategic Projects
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to New York City for college and have lived here ever since. After graduating college with a degree in English Literature, I joined IBM as a management consultant, focusing on systems and technology. With a technology background and passion for the education industry, I was thrilled to join Bertelsmann Education Group in June 2018.
Favorite food: Macaroni and Cheese
Fun fact: “I was a member of Team USA as an ice skater and competed internationally for several years.”
Director of Finance
Adrian handles Straightaway Health Careers finances, and also serves as Director Strategy & Business Development for the Bertelsmann Education Group. He has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen and is a member of the ACCA. Adrian has several years of experience working for a leading audit company on international assignments in the education, digital media, and health care industries.
Favorite video game: Age of Empires II
Fun fact: “Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.”
Senior Instructional Designer
Kelly has been working in learning and development for almost 20 years, creating learning content and leading training development teams. A self-admitted learning nerd, Kelly is passionate about advocating for the end-user, bringing her creativity, instructional rigor, and empathy to each learning project. She worked for the Home Depot for over 10 years, supporting learning initiatives for every aspect of the business. She also worked as a consultant for Management Concepts and Xerox. Her role in creating project management content and leading learning projects led to earning her PMP certification in 2013. She since has worked primarily in healthcare, creating award-winning eLearning courses for her employers and clients. After working with Straightaway as a client, she is delighted to join the team full-time. Kelly holds a M.Ed with Learning and Technology emphasis and a B.A in philosophy with a minor in journalism/PR.
Favorite place: Anywhere I can be near the ocean and listen to the waves
Fun fact: “I was an extra on the TV show Drop Dead Diva.”
Manager of SMB Sales
Josh Ryan is the SMB Sales Manager at Straightaway Health Careers. He previously spent 7 years working with Mike and the crew at Silverchair Learning. With a degree in education, and experience as a CNA, he is passionate about helping senior care organizations train and retain their critical staff.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere I can haul the camper
Fun fact: “I am the reigning tether ball champ of the neighborhood”
Lead Business Analyst
Grace is Lead Business Analyst at Straightaway Health. With 10 years experience in consumer-centric business development, she has driven user interface management and optimization. She is passionate about enhancing the user experience and utilizing data to drive innovation. Grace holds a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Business and a M.A. in Educational Psychology from American Public University.
Favorite weekend activity: Exploring new places and going on an adventure!
Fun fact: “I love plants and ethnobotany.”
Regulatory Support Specialist
Jill is the Regulatory Success Specialist with Straightaway. She works with the various state departments of health to ensure courseware compliance and approval. She has almost two decades of healthcare experience in the acute and post-acute worlds as a Social Worker, Sales Leader, and Administrator. A steadfast patient advocate, she has worked in hospitals, dialysis centers, and Home Health & Hospice care settings, and her most notable accomplishment was successfully leading and growing a regional Home Health & Hospice team in the Southeast. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University and her Master’s in Social Work from the Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis.
Favorite vacation spot: Holden Beach, NC
Fun fact: “I’m a descendant of Noah Webster, creator of the English dictionary, which explains my proficiency in spelling!”
Business Development Specialist
After transitioning from work in Congress, Joseph now brings 6 years of SaaS experience to Straightaway. When he is not facilitating relationships for our Enterprise Account Executives, he finds himself coaching high school football, spending time with his wife and family, and exploring the outdoors with his wolf pups.
Favorite season: Fall
Fun fact: “I once took 2nd place as a 6th grader in the Geography Bee for my entire middle school consisting of 6th, 7th and 8th graders while beating out both my older brother and sister.”
Business Development Specialist
Jimissa, a native of Durham, NC brings 10 years of sales experience to the Straightaway Health Careers team. She works very closely with our marketing and sales team to ensure we have a pipeline of quality prospects. She earned a BS degree in Marketing from North Carolina A&T State University.
Favorite city: Los Angeles
Fun fact: “I am a DJ!”
Jeremy has twenty years of selling experience in the hardware and software markets. He is married with four sons and loves Yacht Rock Radio.
Favorite food: Hushpuppies (with sweet tea)
Fun fact: “I’m a huge Clemson football fan!”
Cameron Simmons is an Inside Sales Account Executive here at Straightaway. He graduated from East Carolina in 2016 and has been in SAAS sales ever since. His interest in sales started when he realized how rewarding it was to connect solutions to specific industry-related problems.
Favorite vacation spot: Rome, Italy
Fun fact: “I’m an avid Carolina Panthers fan!”
Client Support Specialist
A native to North Carolina, Seth possesses diverse experience facilitating client relationships and community engagement. Holds a bachelor’s in psychology from NC State and is a registered CNA.
Favorite video game: Bloodborne or Persona 5
Fun fact: “I once slept through a category 4 hurricane.”
Content Marketing Producer
Lindsay is the Content Marketing Producer at Straightaway Health Careers. She enjoys creating and innovating, and she’s pleased to have the opportunity to make an impact on long-term care. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Italian from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Favorite sitcom: Friends
Fun fact: “I taught myself to crochet!”
Sales Operations Specialist
Thomas takes care of Straightaway Health Careers customer data and works as an Analyst with a focus on Business Development & M&A for the Bertelsmann Education Group. During and after his business studies, he worked at KPMG, EY, Rocket Internet, and Bertelsmann.
Favorite cities: Sunny San Diego and the never sleeping Big Apple
Fun fact: “Due to my late night work sessions, Ramez has baptized me, Heinzelmaennchen.”
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Lori has dabbled in everything from real estate, interior design and her own fashion retail business to teaching third grade, volunteering for various charities and supporting awesome executives!
Favorite ice cream: Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and crunched up potato chips
Fun fact: “I love to sing karaoke! My favorite artists include everyone from Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill to Alanis Morissette and Pink.”