Meet the Team

CareSet is transforming the way biomedical companies go to market. We believe in getting the best treatments to the right patients quickly and efficiently. We do that by analyzing government data sources, such as Medicare claims data. With CareSet, biomedical companies become better at serving the patient community.

Laura Shapland

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Laura helps set CareSet’s vision and coordinates the team in executing the go-to-market strategy. Laura previously served as COO at 2nd.MD, where she grew the company from concept to serving Fortune 500 companies. Laura holds a B.A. from Rice University and an MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Outside of the office, she enjoys tennis and tickling her two young daughters until they cry.

Fred Trotter

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Fred shapes our software development and data gathering strategies, which doesn't stop him from getting elbow-deep in the code on a regular basis. He is co-author of the first Health IT O’Reilly book Hacking Healthcare, and co-creator of the DIRECT protocol mandated in Meaningful Use. Fred’s technical commentary and data journalism work has been featured in several online and print journals including Wired, Forbes, U.S. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare.

Ashish Patel

Founder and Chief Growth Officer

Ashish is co-founder of CareSet Systems, a Healthcare Data Science company with the first access to 100% Medicare Part A, B, C and D claims data. An entrepreneur and healthcare data transparency advocate, Ashish also founded the DocGraph Journal, bringing together the Healthcare Data Science community along with Politico and ProPublica to publish data sets for scientific advancement.

Ashish is currently working to decode Medicare Claims data for Pharmaceutical companies, helping analyze provider teaming and building robust networks. Ashish’s expertise from Payors, Providers and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) helps Pharma support the under-studied Medicare population.

Ashish worked in network and data security at VeriSign early in career, supporting security policies for worldwide banks, hospital networks, and government departments. He received his BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and now lives in Houston, Texas, where CareSet is headquartered.

Rick Trotter

Founder and Sales Engineer

Rick is instrumental in our data retrieval and integration, and also manages the development team. He is concerned with making health data useful and actionable while protecting patient privacy. Rick has worked in the Health IT field for over 6 years in projects including EHR implementation, HIE research and personal health software. He develops healthcare software for doctors, personal fitness, and general health with interest in how quantifying the individual can lead to self-discovery and change.

Hiroko Achilleos

ETL Engineer

Hiroko is a solution-focused, creative and analytical ETL developer with a wealth of experience in industries including healthcare, consumer products, telecommunications, and automotive. Skilled in SQL development, data analysis, SDLC, ETL pipeline maintenance. Continuous learner who seamlessly adapts to new software development and emerging technologies.

Amy Bamford

Business Development Director

As a Business Development Director, Amy’s purpose is to cultivate new business among pharma and biopharma clients who have specialty drug portfolios or treat Medicare-aged populations. Amy came to CareSet with 30 years of pharmaceutical and B2B experience. She directed territory market growth strategies and developed strategic client solutions. During her tenure with Merck & Co., Amy played an active role in many new product launches and was trained in a wide variety of therapeutic categories. Her interactions with physicians, hospitals, and managed care markets provided many rewarding experiences in educating healthcare professionals and establishing a demand for unique therapeutic treatment modalities. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio). Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, travel, cycling, yoga, and reading.

John Beriont

Executive Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Client Success

John has over twenty-five years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining CareSet Systems, John was an Executive Vice President at M3 USA who engage physicians through digital clinical and marketing messages. John was a co-founder of HealthARC which was New Jersey’s first Benefit Corporation providing educational outreach to healthcare providers. John was also the President of EngageCE where he launched their clinical educator business as well as President of Practice Therapeutics where he created and managed their clinical educator business and was responsible for deploying the industry’s largest clinical educator team. His prior industry experience includes positions in operations, sales and sales management at Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb across a broad range of therapeutic areas. Mr. Beriont’s experience also includes positions of increasing responsibility at Cegedim Dendrite, Health Products Research and Quintiles where he developed significant competencies and experience in technology solutions, market analytics and field-based medical education solutions. John has a BA from Gettysburg College and a MBA from Rider University.

Devangi Brahmbhatt

SAS Developer Statistician

Developer Statistician, Devangi provides data insights and visualization to satisfy the business needs of clients. She is in love with data and the stories that can be told, as long as it's presented in the right way. She has almost three years of experience in the healthcare industry leveraging EMR and claims data. Devangi also holds a Masters in Science and in Public Health with a focus on Biostatistics. Her passion for learning new programming languages led her to pursue certification from SAS and become a SAS Certified Base/Advanced Programmer. Outside of work, Devangi can be found playing and dancing with her two-year-old.

Joshua Burroughs

Business Development Project Manager

Fresh out of the cold, Joshua graduated with a BBA from the University of Alaska. He began his career in IT as a UNIX systems admin. In 2002 he moved down to Texas, working for an oncology clinic. One year later he switched to account management and then project management, realizing he’s a better supervisor. For a decade he worked at Chevron as a project manager on IT and communication projects. He left O&G and decided the technological leaps and bounds in the health field is where he wanted to be. As Business Development Project Manager, Joshua helps streamline the processes at CareSet. A true nomad, he has visited 29 countries and 37 U.S. states.

Marie Castagna

Office Coordinator

As CareSet’s Office Coordinator, Marie is responsible for all office procedures and ensuring smooth operations for the company. She completed her undergraduate studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and brings multiple years of administration experience over from the oil and gas industry. Outside of the office, Marie enjoys traveling, drinking tea, and reading history.

Gerald Che

System Administrator

Gerald is a versatile, positive, and self-motivated system administrator with extensive experience in Linux, Windows, and Cloud Computing. From the maintenance and upkeep of systems and servers to ensuring Careset's internal systems are secure and protected from breaches. Gerald serves are the gatekeeper of the organization and also manages external vendors. Gerald Holds a BS in Information Technology and Environmental Science and a couple of industry on-demand certifications. Outside of the office, Gerald likes spending time with his family, doing charity work, and cooking.

Jose Cortina


Jose Cortina has lived in and around Houston his whole life. He graduated from the University of Houston in 2017 with a B.Sc. in Geology and shortly after began working in West Texas and SouthEast New Mexico as a Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Engineer. After 2 years out on drilling rigs, he began at an Oil and Gas Data/Tech company as a GeoScience Analyst where he picked up many coding and relational database management skills. These skills he learned and grew allowed him to work in industries outside O&G and he now works in healthcare IT at CareSet Systems. He lives in Houston with his partner and their pup Stella.

Saira Hill

Project Manager

Saira is a Project Manager for Careset Systems. She spent most of her career in Oil and Gas working on a variety of large construction projects. She worked her way up through the levels of management and decided to make the leap into the health field to pursue more meaningful work. When she is not working she enjoys traveling and working with her hands and is always looking for new things to learn.

Stephanie Idarraga

Project Manager

Stephanie is a Project Manager at CareSet Systems. Previously, she was the Office Manager and made sure all the administrative and financial duties were accomplished. She has previous work experience in Human Resources and Marketing in the healthcare industry. She holds a B.S. in Healthcare Administration and an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world and trying different foods.

Amy Jin

Data QA Engineer

Amy Jin is a Data QA Engineer with CareSet Systems. She is responsible for creating and executing a reliable quality assurance process that ensures all data outputs are of impeccable quality and get deep insights from Medicare big data. She graduated from Rice University majoring in Statistics and Mechanical Engineering. Amy has great passion in solving real-world problems with data science, and prior to joining CareSet, Amy worked in Artificial Intelligence industry for image processing.

Roxane Johnson

Vice President of Human Resources

As Human Resources leader, Roxane helps drive the strategic and operational components of HR. Roxane has an extensive HR background across diverse industries, however, she has spent the largest part of her career in start-up and emerging technology companies. She holds a Masters in HR and Business from Amberton University, a Bachelor's in Business Management from Southern University A&M and certification from Harvard Law School's Executive Negotiation Program. In her spare time, she can be found working out, watching basketball and football and going to her second job (which pays her only in love) chauffeuring around her two sons.

Deshawn Mahone

SAS Developer

As a SAS Developer for Careset, Deshawn brings a friendly but competitive approach to his development. Continuously providing innovative and efficient solutions. His “can-do” attitude is always prevalent and induces strong problem solving and analytical abilities. Deshawn holds a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Information Systems from Central Michigan University. He likes to travel, exercise, and spend time with his family.

Marc Mansueto

BD Operations Manager

Marc works on the administration of CareSet with focuses on efficient communications, scheduling, and planning of the day to day operations. Over the past 10 years, Marc has administered various grant-funded projects including two Hurricane Ike disaster recovery projects as well as an initiative aimed at health information exchange. Marc holds a MS in Emergency Management and BS in Communications. In his off time, Marc enjoys running, both for exercise and chasing his two year old escape artist.

Almir Mavliutov

Data QA Analyst

As a member of the QA team, Almir makes sure data has no issues. He is involved in testing and supporting projects - analyzing and understanding technical specs, and developing test scenarios to successfully deliver of result data. Almir holds an MS in Applied Mathematics from Bashkir State University. He likes to spend his spare time with his family.

Will Neder

Chief of Staff

Will has spent the last 15+ years untangling some of the most complicated problems he could find to get in the middle of. As a professional strategist and organizational designer, he worked across dozens of industries ranging from political transformation projects, medical innovation, hospital management, energy, startups, acquisition capital, real estate development, technology, and more. He is a constant reader, a relentless explorer, and father to a wildly curious daughter.

Vishaldeep Sekhon

Senior Analyst

Vishal is a SAS programmer with more than 5 years of experience in data management, data analysis, statistical modeling, writing macros, generating graphs and reports. Vishal holds master’s in public health and project management. She is passionate about clinical data, applying insightful analytics to solve real-world problems. Vishal loves to live around nature and helping others.

Alma Trotter

Healthcare Data Journalist

Alma opens up and analyzes healthcare data, studies the impact of regulation on the data landscape, and develops tools to manage data quests. She graduated from UT Austin with a major in Anthropology and joined CareSet in 2013. She pursues a location-independent lifestyle, working remotely from New Mexico with her two cats as in-purrson office mates.

Sandra Valdez

Account Executive

Sandra has 13 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry. As CareSet’s Account Executive, Sandra is the primary point of contact and trusted advisor for Pharmaceutical clients nationwide. Sandra is a strategic leader where she has focused her career on business development, delivering performance, developing talent, expanding relationships, and creating alignment for data-led insight-driven business solutions. Prior to joining CareSet Systems, she held leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline including managing RX to OTC switch launches, retail sales forces, customer-facing category management, and third party (Broker) sales organizations. Sandra has held Advisory Board positions for Rite Aid Corp., YMCA of Greater Boston, and the Texas A&M Reveille Club of Houston. She is an active networker, consultant and connector in the Healthcare innovation start-up community. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering in Industrial Distribution. And she enjoys traveling, skiing, tennis, and photography.

Irene Varghese

Clinical Ontology Analyst

As Clinical Ontology Analyst, Irene is responsible for validating different healthcare codesets and deploying them as models for complex data analysis. She is the primary ontology wrangler at CareSet. She graduated with a Masters in Bioscience and Health Policy from Rice University, prior to that, she received her Bachelors in Biotechnology from the Vellore Institute of Technology in India. Irene enjoys traveling the world, trying out different food and attending concerts.

Kevin Weaver

Business Development Director

As Business Development Director, Kevin’s mission is to cultivate new business among pharma clients who have buy-and-bill drug portfolios or treat Medicare-aged populations. Prior to joining CareSet, Kevin negotiated government defense contracts for the US Gov’t, DoD & FMS Allies as Director of Business Development. Kevin has over 23 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and his leadership roles include Sr. District Sales Manager and Area Sales Director. He also served in Training & Development as a Sr. Regional Trainer. Kevin has promoted products in over a dozen therapeutic specialties in a wide range of companies to include TAP Pharma, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Arbor Pharmaceuticals and Aytu BioScience. He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a BA in Pre-Medicine/Chemistry and was an ROTC-scholarship recipient. He proudly served over 9 years in the US Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer and deployed around the world multiple times. Kevin’s favorite pastimes include watching football, music, and singing at the top of his lungs, dancing, watching every genre of movies, and serving as “Grill Master”. But his greatest enjoyment comes from spending time with his wife and his Siberian Husky.