Management

Robert A. Frist Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Robert A. Frist, Jr.,
Robert A. Frist, Jr., co-founder, has served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors since 1990. He is a co-founder of Nashville's Entrepreneur Center. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business from Trinity University. Under his leadership, Mr. Frist has positioned HealthStream as a leading provider of workforce development, talent management, and provider solutions for the healthcare industry. He has led the development of product innovations that is transforming the way healthcare organizations train, assess, and develop their human capital.
J. Edward Pearson
President & Chief Operating Officer
Pearson

J. Edward Pearson has served on the executive team since he joined HealthStream in June 2006. He was named chief operating officer in August 2011 and president in May 2018. Mr. Pearson is responsible for day-to-day operations throughout HealthStream—with executive oversight of the Company's product management, sales, and marketing departments. Prior to his current position, he served as president and chief executive officer of DigiScript, Inc. Mr. Pearson's tenure in e-healthcare also includes serving as CFO and executive vice president of Inforum, Inc., CFO of HIE, Inc., CEO of empactHealth.com, and CTO and, subsequently, CEO of Medibuy. Starting his career with a Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University, Mr. Pearson first worked at William Puryear & Company, a public accounting firm, as a CPA.

Gerard M. Hayden
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Gerard

Gerard ("Gerry") M. Hayden, Jr. joined us as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) in mid-May 2008 after resigning from HealthStream's Board of Directors, where he had been a Member since 2006. Having led healthcare technology companies, he brings broad industry experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting to HealthStream's executive team. Most recently serving as chief financial officer for MedAvant Healthcare Solutions, Mr. Hayden has additional experience serving as chief financial officer for such companies as Private Business, Inc., Covation, Meridian Occupational Healthcare Associates, Inc., ENVOY (now part of WebMD), and Allied Clinical Laboratories, Inc. In his current role at HealthStream, Mr. Hayden provides leadership for accounting and financial operations. Mr. Hayden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University.

Michael Collier
Senior Vice President, Business Development & General Counsel
Collier

Michael M. Collier joined HealthStream in 2011 as Vice President & General Counsel, and was named Senior Vice President, Business Development & General Counsel in August 2017. Mr. Collier provides expertise on in-house legal, governance, and compliance matters. At Healthstream, Mr. Collier successfully sources, negotiates, closes, and integrates acquisitions and strategic partnerships. He provides enterprise-wide legal and business counsel, as well as serves as the senior executive of human resources. Mr. Collier is responsible for HealthStream’s compliance with the SEC, and he also serves as HealthStream’s Chief Compliance Officer, where he administers the corporate governance program and acts as the primary liaison to HealthStream’s board of directors. Prior to coming to HealthStream, Mr. Collier served as a corporate & securities attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims. Mr. Collier holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Trisha L. Coady
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Solutions
Trisha L. Coady
Trisha L. Coady joined HealthStream in 2013 and is currently serving as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Solutions. Ms. Coady is responsible for the Company’s full suite of clinical and competency solutions. As a nurse, healthcare entrepreneur, and nationally recognized thought leader on professional development for clinicians, her expertise helps guide HealthStream’s strategy for the full range of its clinical solutions. Prior to coming to HealthStream, Ms. Coady was the healthcare Practice Manager at Bluedrop Performance Learning; founder and President of Medsenses and the Nurses Network; and a registered nurse at several healthcare organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Moncton.
Jeffrey Cunningham
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Jeffrey

Jeffrey Cunningham joined us as senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) in July 2017. Mr. Cunningham is responsible for leading all aspects of platform and product development for HealthStream. In Mr. Cunningham’s 20+ years of experience in healthcare technology, he has led the design, development, and delivery of several large-scale solutions with an emphasis on advanced service-based architectures, big-data analytics, and ecosystem-wide interoperability. Prior to joining HealthStream, Mr. Cunningham was a founder, CTO and Chief Strategy Officer for Informatics Corporation of America (ICA), CTO for Medibuy/GHX, and a Partner in Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) eBusiness consulting practice. Mr. Cunningham has also served on several boards and industry initiatives focused on the advancement of healthcare technology. Mr. Cunningham earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Texas.

Michael J. Sousa
Senior Vice President & President, Provider Solutions
Michael
Michael J. Sousa joined HealthStream in October 2004 and is currently serving as senior vice president and president, HealthStream Provider Solutions segment. Our provider solutions are offered through our business segment that is branded in the marketplace as “Verity, a HealthStream Company” which is a combination of three previously acquired businesses: HealthLine Systems (HLS), Morrisey Associates, Inc. (MAI), and Sy.Med Development (Sy.Med). Mr. Sousa provides executive leadership for this segment, directing our Boulder, CO; Brentwood, TN; Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA teams to build, sell, and service our credentialing, enrollment, privileging, onboarding, and performance evaluation solution for providers. Prior to this role, he served as our senior vice president, where he reengineered and integrated the HealthStream sales teams, launched HealthStream Professional Services, and designed and built our HealthStream Strategic Accounts Program. Prior to HealthStream, Michael spent nearly ten years at IBM (and predecessor companies), concluding his tenure as an Associate Partner on the IBM Healthcare Leadership Team. Mr. Sousa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College's Carroll School of Management and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University's School of Management.

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