The breakthrough insight that launched TryCycle, was discovered at a restaurant near Yale University in 2012. Here, two candidates for a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership reflected on the latest news in the State of Connecticut: people were dying at an alarming rate from opioid abuse.
Despite best efforts of well-intentioned people and agencies who provide treatment, therapy, medicine, and care, each operate in their respective industrial silos, and each provide incremental, situational support.
That got us thinking about what could be done to address this problem and we agreed that we needed to “Try” something new and to break the “Cycle” of addiction.
Meet the Leadership Team:
Board of Directors:
Ken Newport is an entrepreneur and life sciences business executive. As a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a Chartered Accountant, Newport had early success in the financial services industry and served as a partner in a Chartered Accounting firm.
His focus changed to life sciences in the mid-nineties with the formation of CroMedica Global Inc., a contract research organization. As co-founder and President he witnessed CroMedica’s growth to 600 employees within six years. By the time that CroMedica merged with PRA International Inc. in 2002, CroMedica had annual revenues of over $40 million with 13 offices in nine countries.
The combined company became one of the five largest contract research organizations in the world with 2,600 employees. Mr. Newport served as a Senior Vice President and Executive Committee member until 2005. Mr. Newport was also a founding member of Global Biomedical Capital Corporation, Zelos Therapeutics Inc., Prime Trials Inc. and other life science organizations. He is now a corporate director and has earned the ICD.D designation.
He serves or has served on several corporate boards including Jennerex, Nordion, MedGenesis, Aeterna Zentaris and many others. In addition, Mr. Newport has volunteered on many boards including serving as Chair of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and his current role as Chair of BioCanRx, Canada’s National Centre of Excellence for Immunotherapy Cancer Research.
FOUNDER & CEO, TryCycle Data Systems
John is the Founder and CEO of TryCycle Data Systems, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more than 20 years, John has been in the business of creating digital technologies and solutions. John has a BA from Carleton University (Ottawa), a MA from The Graduate Institute (Connecticut) and is currently a PhD student at Carleton University (Ottawa) and Trent University (Peterborough).
CEO, Ontrack Inc
Jonathan leads all aspects of Ontrak’s business. He joined the company in 2021 from CVS where he was Chief Transformation Officer. Jonathan brings deep experience in building and leading multi-billion dollar healthcare businesses at Aetna and Cigna, and a proven track record of delivering record growth for public companies. Jonathan’s passion is to transform behavioral health for vulnerable populations.
Mayhew is a graduate of Providence College. He currently serves on the boards of Able To, a technology-enabled provider of behavioral health care, and Strong Center, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to maximize their talents through athletics and education.
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER, TryCycle Data Systems
As TryCycle's Chief Innovation Officer, Mr. Lalonde leads the innovation process inside the organization by identifying, communicating and ensuring organizational alignment on priority strategies, business opportunities and emerging technologies.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Allen also chairs the TryCycle Advisory Committee, where key clients and market advisors provide insight and advice on business priorities and challenges, potential strategic investments, M&A, and matters of technology and innovation.
Allen’s early leadership and contributions in Canada and Latin America with a rapidly growing start-up (Rational Software), lead to its acquisition by IBM where he then spent 20 years in roles such as Enterprise Sales Director, Software Business Unit Executive, Integration Executive for Mergers and Acquisitions, and leading efforts across the Start-up ecosystem.
Most recently, he held the role of IBM Canada’s Senior Innovation Executive and Director of IBM Canada’s Research & Development Centre, from 2013 to 2019. In that capacity, Allen directed IBM’s investments and participation in numerous strategic innovation initiatives across Canada.
Allen also contributed to the innovation agenda in Canada by participating on multiple Boards of Directors, advisory boards, councils and committees, and working with government, industry and academic working groups to establish new priority pursuits.
Prior to his Rational Software and IBM tenure, Allen spent 15 years in increasingly senior capacities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, working in Canada and globally with Bristol Myers Squibb and a number of its companies, notably Mead Johnson Nutrition. His roles over those years grew steadily, and included leadership responsibility for product development, research, consumer and government affairs, and ultimately divisional general management.
Following his retirement from IBM, Allen continues to consult on innovation matters with the federal government, and he holds several positions on boards across Canada, most notably including the Aquahacking and Aquaforum Boards (de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation), a pan-Canadian initiative addressing water issues in Canada through innovation and technological solutions largely developed by young entrepreneurs.
Allen holds two degrees, one in Chemistry and another in Integrated Science Studies, from Carleton University in Ottawa. Based in Ottawa, Allen is married with two children.
TryCycle Advisory Committee:
Jonathan Craig Allen, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, Rushford Center (Connecticut)
Dr. Allen is the Medical Director of Rushford Center, Chief of Psychiatry at Midstate Medical Center, and Vice President of Addiction Services for the Behavioral Health Network of Hartford Healthcare.
Dr. Allen is on the state of Connecticut’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council co-chairing the treatment subcommittee; on the Advisory Board for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and for the State Medical Society serves on the Addiction Medicine Committee and Opioid Task Force.
Dr. Allen has held faculty appointments at Harvard and Yale Medical schools and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Quinnipiac University, Frank Netter School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Allen trains Addiction Medicine fellows in Rushford’s ACGME accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows and Psychiatry Residents from Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.
Dr. Allen lectures and advocates locally and nationally for prevention, screening, early intervention and treatment access for Substance use and other Psychiatric disorders throughout the lifespan. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and see’s patients at Rushford and through his private practice in Branford, CT.
Jennifer Black, MA, LPC
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGY, Beacon Health Options (Connecticut)
Jennifer is a results-driven behavioral health professional with over 20 years of experience developing, operating, and managing specialty programs for individuals with behavioral health needs. As a business development leader at Beacon Health Options, she is responsible for driving regional sales and growth strategy, leading a team of sales executives, and developing impactful health and wellness solutions for health plans and state and local governments.
Ms. Black is a licensed clinician who is truly passionate about helping individuals live their lives to the fullest potential. Her early career roles in direct care have helped to shape her business development philosophy, ensuring individual and family whole health outcomes are at the heart of all she does.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. She resides in Connecticut with her husband, two young sons, and an anxious dog named Tallulah.
Henry Conter, BESc, MD, MSF, MSc
STRATEGIC HEALTH CARE PARTNER, Hoffmann-La Roche (Ontario)
Dr. Henry Conter is solving the impossible problems in healthcare by re-imagining how all types of people can take control of their care and maximize their experience and outcomes. He is a Strategic Health Care Partner at Hoffmann-La Roche, designing patient-focused healthcare solutions that matter to them. He continues as a practicing medical oncologist/hematologist at William Osler Health System and an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
Prior to joining Roche, Dr. Conter has a track record for innovation and excellence in leadership as Medical Director of the Cancer Health System, and Executive Medical Director of Quality, Patient Safety, and Health System integration at Osler. He served as a voting member on the Ontario Steering Committee for Cancer Drugs and a member of the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) Expert Review Panel and CADTHs national Pharmacare Advisory Panel as the oncology representative. Previously he served on pCODR’s Economic Guidance Panels and Clinical Guidance Panels.
Dr. Conter completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Western Ontario in 2007. He graduated from McMaster School of Medicine in 2008. He then went to the University of Alberta where he completed his clinical residency in internal medicine in 2011, and received his MSc in health technology assessment in 2012. He completed his clinical fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, and a Masters in Finance at the University of Houston in 2013
DIRECTOR - ADULT AND FAMILY MEDICINE, Kaiser Permanente (California)
Joanne Gooley is the Director of five primary care sites for Kaiser Permanente (KP) in the Sacramento area; prior to this she was the Director of Health Promotion at KP. She started her career as a Registered Dietitian working primarily with patients who had chronic conditions and spent six years in public health before moving into operations management in 2011. These career choices allowed for valuable exposure and learning about the impact of upstream policy on health access, individual health choices and health outcomes; the delivery of acute and out-patient direct care; and delivering timely, patient-focused primary care. She is an experienced administrator with a strong belief that access to quality, affordable, respectful health care is essential for health and wellness. Joanne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Trent University, a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. She is committed to leading with integrity and to the success of others.
Major-General (ret'd), CMM, CD (Ontario)
Glynne joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1970 as a gunner in the 56th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery in Brantford Ontario. Before transferring to the regular forces in 1973, he had qualified and served as a crew commander of a 105mm howitzer crew. Upon transfer to the regular forces, he underwent training as a MARS (Maritime Surface and Sub-surface) officer. He served onboard destroyers and minesweepers while under training and served operationally onboard HMCS Yukon and HMCS Protecteur before volunteering for submarine service. Once qualified in submarines, Glynne served as HMCS Okanagan’s Electrical Officer and HMCS Onondaga’s Engineering Officer before transferring to the Naval Reserves in 1980 where he served with HMCS Hunter in Windsor Ontario.
Glynne returned to the regular forces as a CELE (Communications and Electronics Engineering) officer in 1982. During his career as a CELE officer, he served in Kingston Ontario, Elmendorf Alaska, Winnipeg Manitoba, Baden Germany, Goose Bay Labrador, and of course, Ottawa. He commanded Communication Squadron Baden, 73 Communication Group, and 5 Wing/CFB Goose Bay. In addition to his operational deployments with the Navy, he deployed in the first Gulf War as Communications Commander, Canadian Air Task Group Middle East (OP SCIMITAR) and to Sarajevo as Chief, Combined and Joint Communications (CJ6) NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR).
Prior to his retirement, his final Canadian posting was as the Chief of Staff (Information Management) and Canadian Forces CJ6 before assuming duties as the Director of Consultation, Command and Control at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Upon retirement in 2011, he remained in Brussels as the director of NATO’s battlefield intelligence sharing enterprise until 2014.
Upon return to Canada, he joined other, like-minded Veterans, to try to help fellow-Veterans of his era and younger, and their families, particularly those suffering from mental health issues:
- Founding President, Operational Stress Injuries Special Section, Royal Canadian Legion
- Co-chair, Veterans Affairs Canada, Minister’s Mental Health Advisory Group
- Member, MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre Advisory Council
- Member, Veteran Mental Health Treatment Review Committee
- Chair, Veteran Reference Group, Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Richard Kopelman, CPA, CGMA
CEO and MANAGING PARTNER, Aprio (Georgia)
Richard Kopelman serves as CEO and managing partner of Aprio, LLP, a nationally-recognized, top 50 CPA-led business advisory firm.
In 2017, Richard championed an industry-leading rebrand that aligns the firm around a passion for guiding clients to what’s next. Richard has directed Aprio’s combination with more than twelve business concerns over the past four years growing Aprio from one office to now five regions. This has been accompanied by an award winning culture that was ranked 8th in diversity in the 2020 Vault Accounting survey.
“We invest in our clients’ success by investing in our own,” Aprio’s mission, grew from Richard’s personal mission as the firm’s leader. Richard recognizes the importance of a strong, team-oriented culture where opportunity exists for all team members and impacts all clients.
He is an active member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary, Vistage International and a variety of domestic and international charitable organizations.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, Connecticut Judicial Branch - Court Support Services Division (Connecticut)
Michael Hines is currently the Deputy Director III of Bail Services and Adult Probation for the Judicial Branch – Court Support Services Division (JB-CSSD). He oversees the supervision of more than 100 employees in the five regions throughout the state as well as within the Central Office in Wethersfield. He has extensive experience in all areas of pretrial supervision and post-conviction probation policies, procedures and statutes. In his capacity as Assistant Director, he also oversees the Bail Services Unit, (including the Jail Re-Interview and Alcohol Education Programs), Adult Probation Specialized caseloads, including the Sex Offender Unit. In 2015 Mr. Hines Started the first Opioid Diversion Program in Connecticut. This program, The Treatment Pathway has received much recognition throughout the New England States. In 2018, he was appointed by Connecticut’s Chief Justice to represent the Branch on the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative facilitated by the National Center Of State Court.
Mr. Hines began his career in 1989 as a Bail Commissioner in the Bristol Court. He also held the positions in the Judicial Branch for over 31 years including the Bail Commission Statewide Night Supervisor, Special Sessions Court Supervisor for Bail Services, Jail Re-Interview Project Manager working with pretrial clients who were jail bound, and the Statewide Intake, Assessment, and Referral (IAR) Program Manager monitoring IAR procedures and services. Prior to his promotion to his current position he was one of the Regional Managers of Adult Probation.
Mr. Hines holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a lifelong resident of Connecticut, residing in Bristol with his wife Beth and their two children, Jackson and Luke.