"We are very proud of the work we do to keep money in these important programs and out of the hands of fraudsters."
JON COSS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & FOUNDER
Jon founded Pondera in 2011 with one goal – to fight fraud in healthcare and government programs. Under his leadership, Pondera has become the leader in Fraud, Waste, and Abuse data analytics. Jon’s strategy combines the brightest minds in government program integrity with innovative data scientists and developers to create a powerful anti-fraud platform.
Jon has 22 years of technology and data analytics experience including 9 years at Oracle and 10 years as a technology entrepreneur. In 2006, he founded Finish Line Solutions which was acquired in 2010. Finish Line helped large system integrators capture and deliver government projects in Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Child Support Enforcement, and other federal and state programs. While at Finish Line, Jon found the inspiration to create Pondera to address the fraud, waste, and abuse he witnessed in these government programs.
Jon is a frequent speaker at Healthcare, Social Services, and technology events and conferences, in addition to multiple presentations at Google’s Innovation for the Nation. Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Business Administration from New York University, and a LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jon is also the Chairman of the Local Advisory Board for College Track Sacramento.
"Our employees were drawn to Pondera to make a difference by saving taxpayer dollars. This motivation to 'do well by doing good' is what drives our customer success day in and day out."
GREG LOOS, PRESIDENT
Greg leads Pondera’s client-facing business operations, which include client project implementations, new business development, accounting, and overseeing Pondera’s Special Investigations Unit.
Prior to Pondera, Greg spent 23 years at Oracle Corp. in a number of senior management positions including roles in sales, finance, and customer support. Greg led a team of 100 sales and marketing professionals servicing the State & Local government market and delivered 300% growth over two years.
Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University and graduated from the Stanford Executive Program in 2010.
“I’m thrilled to be part of what we are doing at Pondera. It is tremendously rewarding coming to work every day knowing that our software helps catch criminals and put money back in taxpayers' pockets.”
MARK NORRIS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Mark leads Pondera’s finance, human resources, compliance, and infrastructure efforts. He joined Pondera from Serent Capital (which made an investment in Pondera in June, 2017), where he worked with Serent’s portfolio companies to drive growth and operational performance. After getting to know the Pondera team throughout the investment process, he jumped at the opportunity to join Pondera full-time.
Previously, Mark was the CFO for a logistics company and held several general management positions at The Wonderful Company, the holding company for brands like POM Wonderful, Telefora, and Fiji Water. He also worked as a consultant at Bain & Company. Mark received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
"I am honored to continue my work in public service as a part of the Pondera team. We strive everyday to support our customers in their efforts to find and fight fraud and help ensure valuable program dollars go to those truly in need."
AMANDA HUSTON, CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER
Amanda is responsible for Customer Support Nationwide and designs new programs and systems to improve the customer experience. She brings a breadth of government program integrity experience to her role and ensures that our client’s needs are understood and satisfied.
Prior to joining Pondera, Amanda served as the Director of Program Integrity for the Florida Department of Children and Families, where she managed a 150 person staff dedicated to the prevention and detection of public assistance fraud. Amanda also served as a Lieutenant with the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and as an Investigator with the Inspector General’s Office. She is a certified Law Enforcement Officer, Law Enforcement Programs Instructor, Featured Speaker, and a graduate of the Harvard Business School High Potentials Executive Education Program. Amanda holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Criminology, from Florida State University.
"Listening creates a platform for understanding the needs of our clients and allows us to help them drive their success."
SHARIE KIRSCH, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Sharie oversees Pondera’s network of partners, nationwide business development, and contract negotiations. This includes our business partners, data vendors, and other strategic efforts to expand Pondera’s presence across the country.
Sharie came to Pondera Solutions from CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc., where she worked for 19 years. As a vice president at CGI, Sharie led business development, contract negotiations, and partner and vendor relations in the state and local government markets. Sharie earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University in Virginia.
"Our development team strives to build a quality product that people love to use. Pondera's system helps to solve a real problem that truly matters to us and to all taxpayers."
TOM LUCERO, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY
Tom runs our technical and development teams. This includes data migration, product development and enhancements, as well as technology review and implementation. His team also oversees client data transfer and the configuration of new and existing flags and alerts for our clients.
Tom joined Pondera from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), where he worked as a Systems Software specialist developing and maintaining various internal and public facing systems. This included leadership positions on the Laboratory Reporting system and the CDPH Health Information Exchange Gateway. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science from the California State University, Sacramento.
"Pondera is on the cutting edge of healthcare fraud detection and our approach is unique in the industry. The combination of talent, technology and tools gives Pondera the winning edge!"
JAY LODEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF INNOVATION
Jay leads Pondera’s team of innovators. This includes data scientists, cognitive scientists, and UI/UX designers. His experience as a thought leader, analytics expert, and artist combine to inspire his team to deliver best in class solutions.
Jay joins Pondera from Kaiser Permanente, where he headed the national fraud, waste, and abuse analytics team. In his 25 year career at Kaiser, Jay created a state-of-the-art proactive and reactive analytics capability that was recognized by Medicare as a best practice. He oversaw the creation and implementation of advanced analytics and predictive modeling algorithms to address activities such as drug-seeking behavior, identity theft, medical identity fraud, inpatient drug diversion, along with many other analytics in the areas of membership and finance. Jay’s team developed analytics that lead to the publication of 6 papers on subjects such as predicting drug seekers and the impact of benzodiazepines and opioid combinations on quality of care in a high stress health care environment.
"Pondera's approach to combatting fraud is the relentless collection, analysis, and reporting of data. We convert data into actionable intelligence to deliver the highest return to our clients."
GLENN PRAGER, VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS
Glenn leads Pondera’s relationships in the federal government and commercial healthcare space and fosters strategic partnerships to ensure our software as a service solutions deliver the highest return to our clients.
Glenn brings a real passion to the fight against healthcare fraud and has been on the front line in this fight for over 20 years. He has a proven track as an innovator in fraud-fighting strategy, both in public service and private industry. He served as the Inspector General in Arizona and worked at both CMS and the US Department of Justice. In his last position, Glenn worked at Northrop Grumman, where he developed the Northrup Grumman Fraud Fusion Center.