Leadership Team 

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Ryan Jones

CEO

Ryan Jones

Ryan started his career at BCG and then became Product Manager for Microsoft Sharepoint. Before founding Florence he was President of Pubget, which had 600 medical centers and 6 of the 10 largest pharmas as customers.

Pubget, Microsoft, BCG. MBA from the University of California-Berkeley, BS from Dartmouth College.

Cooper Anderson

CFO

Cooper Anderson

Cooper started his career on Wall Street during which he served as CFO of two public investment funds and has subsequently worked in a CFO capacity with multiple high growth SaaS companies.

When not slaying spreadsheets he loves international travel and is also a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

Finance BBA from University of Georgia, Chartered Financial Analyst (AIMR), Post-grad certification in Data Science University of Texas at Austin

Andres Garcia

CTO

Andres Garcia

His experience in security technology coincides with his passion for solving problems with technology. In his spare time he loves traveling with his wife and a camera.

Airwatch, AGCO, Delphi. MBA from University of Georgia, MCS from UT–El Paso, BS in Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander Colombia.

Catherine Gregor

CCTO

Catherine Gregor

Catherine has been actively involved in clinical trials for her entire career. She has worked in multiple therapeutic areas in both academic and community hospitals. Most recently she served as Director of Clinical Research Admin for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

MBA in Healthcare Admin from Belmont University, Masters and Bachelors in Modern European History from Loyola University Chicago, CCRP, and CCRC.

Blake Adams

SVP of Marketing

Blake Adams

Blake joined Florence in 2017 to help research teams advance cures by introducing them to innovative software solutions. He is a passionate storyteller and growth leader who also loves to travel – he’s been to over 30 countries!

Extensive Marketing and Growth Background in SaaS, Healthcare, and Athletics. BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Conan Adams

Conan Adams

Chief Architect

Conan Adams

Conan brings 15+ years of design and product engineering excellence. He is passionate about creating robust and efficient software that is a delight to use and a pleasure to build.

Hewlett-Packard. BSc Hons Computer Science University of Southampton.
Andrea Bastek

Andrea Bastek

VP of Innovation

Andrea Bastek

Andrea came to Florence with 10 years of clinical trial experience and 15 total years in the cardiac medical device industry.   She is passionate about using technology and collaboration to ensure clinical trial success.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughters.

Abbott, St. Jude Medical, Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Georgia Tech, MS and BS in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University

Ben Cooke

VP, Revenue Operations

Ben Cooke

Ben is visionary ops leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and reputation for building out world-class operations teams. He brings over 15+ experience leading ops teams spanning multiple sizes, geographies, and industries.

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Gia Ganesh

VP, People and Culture

Gia Ganesh

Gia is a people development nerd and is passionate about developing employees through employee engagement and professional growth initiatives. She is a multipotentialite, loves zumba and is a chocoholic!
The North Highland Company, Reflexis Systems. MIS from Kennesaw State University, MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Rastko Jokic

Software Director

Rastko Jokic

Taking pride in delivering state of the art software.

SemaphoreCI, Presta, NSpire Technologies, Podyum Recruiting Platform. University of Novi Sad, University of Missouri.

Valerie King

VP and General Counsel

Valerie King

Valerie joined Florence in 2021 as the first in-house legal counsel for the company. She has over 20 years of both law firm and in-house legal experience, including for other SaaS software technology companies. She is passionate about animals and happily cares for multiple rescued dogs and cats.

JD from the Cardozo School of Law; MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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Lauren Martin

Sr. Director of Customer Experience

Lauren Martin

Lauren is a musical theater major with a passion for human experiences. She’s worked with major health systems across the United States integrating software to improve manual processes. She loves seeing where healthcare is headed.

Ntara, Sequence Health. Musical theater major from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Jeff Pool

Jeff Pool

SVP of Revenue

Jeff Pool

Jeff joined Florence in 2017 after building and leading the national sales team for VMware’s End-User Computing—Healthcare. Prior to VMware Jeff built and lead sales organizations at AirWatch and InnoPath Software.

VMware, AirWatch, InnoPath Software, WFI. MBA from the University of Virginia, BS from the University of Virginia.

Kaitlin Sitchenko

Kaitlin Sitchenko

Director of Compliance

Kaitlin Sitchenko

Kaitlin is fascinated by the intersection of technology, clinical standards, research ethics, and quality patient care. She brings 9+ years of clinical, administrative, and research experience, which includes 5+ years coordinating clinical trials in oncology and infectious diseases studies.

Emory University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, ACRP CCRC. MBA from Emory University, BS from Northeastern University

Lamar Smith

Lamar Smith

Sr. Director of NEST Ops

Lamar Smith

For over 25 years, Lamar has successfully led customer success, member and provider services operations for government health and healthcare-based private sector organizations. He passionately harmonizes people, processes and technology to create a culture that optimizes the employee and customer experience.

United Healthcare – Optum, emocha Mobile Health, Policy Studies, ACS-Xerox, Purdue University

Kristin Surdam

Sr. Director, KOL & Strategy

Kristin Surdam

Kristin has over 15 years of research experience in phase I – IV multi-center clinical trials, at both the site and sponsor/CRO levels. She has worked in multiple therapeutic areas in various environments, including a large academic hospital, small community site, and both a large global  and smaller niche CRO.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, LabCorp Drug Development, Clinilabs. PMP, CCRC, MS in Strategic Leadership, Graduate Certificates in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation and Project Management

Keith Wright

Director - Solutions Consulting

Keith Wright

Keith has worked in clinical research the entirety of his career.  He was the Director of Clinical Research Operations for the department(s) of Cardiology and Neurology at Indiana University. He also spent time at Eli Lilly on the North American Trial Capabilities team, working to get new therapies to patients faster through site workflows and enablement strategies.