Nestor Plana, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Nestor Plana is the founder, President, and CEO of Independent Living Systems (ILS), with over 25 years of experience in healthcare and public and private development and management.
Nestor previously served as a founding President and COO of Beacon Health Plan in South Florida, where he successfully implemented a long-term care waiver program under a contract with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. He was also a senior executive with Mercy Hospital Systems, and has served on the Florida Long-Term Care Committee and held the Chairmanship of United Home Health Care.
Nestor has won numerous awards for his accomplishments in structuring ILS as a driving force in healthcare innovation and services for the aging, frail, and chronically ill. In 2011, the American Federation for Aging Research awarded him the Florida Award in Distinction for his vision and leadership in making research and healthy aging a priority in Florida. In the same year, he was named one of the region’s Top Performers in South Florida Magazine’s Movers and Shakers issue. Additionally, Health Evolution Partners awarded Nestor the HealthCare Innovator of the Year Award in 2010.
Ray Noonan, Executive Vice President
Ray Noonan is the Executive Vice President and a co-founder of Independent Living Systems (ILS), with over 40 years of financial and healthcare experiences.
Before ILS, Ray served as a management consultant with Arthur Anderson and as a partner with Ernst & Young. After 20 years in the consulting and public accounting industry, Ray began working as a senior executive with several health plans, including Senior VP of Finance and Development and CFO of Great San Diego Health Plan, VP of Provider Operations at Aetna Health Plan of Southern California, Executive VP of Finance and Administration and CFO of Ramsay HMO, and a Chairman and CEO of Beacon Health Plan, which he co-founded with Nestor Plana. Ray also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Partners at Home, Inc., a California joint venture between ILS and the not-for-profit Partners in Care Foundation of Southern California.
Ray earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received a National high grade award on the Uniform CPA examination and is a Certified Public Accountant in several states, including Florida.
David Decker, Chief Information Officer (CIO)
David Decker is an accomplished health care information technology executive with more than 27 years of innovative, visionary and change management leadership experience. He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Independent Living Systems (ILS). He oversees all information and technology functions, including development, architecture, business analysis, systems integration, security, compliance, program management, infrastructure, telecommunications and production support.
Prior to joining ILS, David held numerous senior leadership positions including Vice President of Integration Services/Development for United HealthCare Community and State; plus CIO for Evercare and Lifemark. Responsibilities included managing more than 600+ employees, a budget of over $150 million, and supporting $14.5 billion in revenue. He has significant experience integrating merged companies, new business start-up, product development and operational support within the healthcare industry, including managed care and specifically government programs.
David is a six sigma executive green belt, and holds degrees in Business Information Systems, Accounting and Economics from Illinois State University.
Evan Willette, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Evan Willette is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Independent Living Systems (ILS). He manages all financial operations, planning, and analysis for ILS.
Evan has over 25 years of experience is his field. He has consulted on IPO engagements, and is a member of the CFA Institute. Prior to joining ILS, Evan spent 14 years with Health Net as CFO of their Medi-Cal program, and VP of Finance for their Government Business Division encompassing their Medicaid and Medicare programs with over $5 billion of annual revenues. In this role, Evan was also responsible for developing financial strategy and plans for Health Net’s participation in the Dual Eligible Demonstration, Managed Long Term Support Services, and Medicaid Expansion.
Evan received his Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, and his Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Steven J. Bory, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Steven Bory holds over 20 years of experience in all aspects of managed care, finance, and operations. He spearheaded the formation and capitalization of Royal Health Care. Prior to Royal, Steven Bory was the founding CEO of Neighborhood Health Providers, a network model Medicaid managed care plan.
Along with Royal Health Care and Neighborhood Health Providers, Welborn Health Plans of Indiana was acquired in 2006 as Commercial and Medicare Cost plans; the portfolio was expanded to include a Medicare Advantage Plan. Steven Bory oversaw further expansion which include the acquisition of a data center in Albuquerque, NM, spearheaded the expansion of Neighborhood Health Providers in Suffolk county, and the acquisition of New York Presbyterian Community Health Plan.
Steven Bory held the position of Director, Managed Care, at The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, a major teaching hospital in Brooklyn. Earlier, at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Steven Bory assisted in the development, implementation, and operation of managed care programs inclusive of HMO, PPO, POS, Medicaid and Medicare development.
Hugh Chang Alloy, Chief Accounting Officer (CAO)
Hugh Chang Alloy brings over 17 years of accounting experience and a background in managed care, long-term care, and public accounting to Independent Living Systems (ILS), where he leads the Accounting team as Chief Accounting Officer (CAO). He is responsible for the day to day operations of the accounting department including financial analysis, cost analysis, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgeting, and corporate audits. Since 2008, Hugh has also served as the Treasurer of the not-for-profit Independent Living Community Services, Inc. and is a member of the AICPA.
Prior to joining ILS, Hugh was the CFO for America’s Health Choice Medical Plans, Inc. in central Florida. Hugh was also the CFO for the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, where he directed over $750 million in revenues annually and led a team of over 25 finance and accounting staff. Hugh has also worked in the public accounting sector, specializing in accounting information systems, business intelligence, and auditing.
Hugh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida International University. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois.
Celia Nuno, Senior Vice President, Administration
Celia brings over 23 years of management experience in the healthcare and managed care industry to Independent Living Systems (ILS), with an emphasis in customer service, claims, compliance and long-term care. As SVP of Administration & Compliance, she helps direct ILS’ focus on promoting and providing supportive housing and community-based services, public and provider education, and ongoing services that enable members to continue living in community based settings. Celia also serves as President of the not-for-profit organization Independent Living Community Services, Inc.
Prior to joining ILS, Celia was the Director of Administration for Neighborhood Health Partnership in Miami, Florida. She serviced as the VP of Administration at Beacon Health Plans, Inc. and Vice President of Customer Service and Claims at Vista Health Plan, Inc.
Balbino Vazquez, Executive Vice President, Long Term Care
Balbino Vazquez joined Independent Living Systems (ILS) in February 2012 as EVP of Long Term Care. In this capacity, he is responsible for all managed long term care project implementations, clinical and market operations for ILS.
Prior to joining ILS, he was with Humana Medical Plan, Inc. for the prior 25 years in various capacities. In his last two assignments, he served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for the Florida market operations from 2001 to 2011 overseeing $5 billion in annual revenues, and from 1995 to 2001 he was Associate Executive Director of Provider Systems overseeing Humana’s capitated and risk contract reimbursement systems and operations.
He is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Josefina Carbonell, Senior Vice President, Long-term Care & Nutrition
Josefina Carbonell is SVP of Long-Term Care and Nutrition at Independent Living Systems (ILS). She directs the integration of healthcare services with strategic national long-term care re-balancing efforts, and oversees the development of local community provider networks to build comprehensive models of care.
In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she directed all operations of $4.1 billion in Federal grant programs to support community-based long-term care services for the U.S. elderly. She also co-led the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act, SNP’s and Part D Benefits, as well as served as a principal advocate in the U.S. for independent living for the elderly. Josefina established, modernized, and guided numerous programs, campaigns, and networks in HHS until she joined the ILS management team in January 2009.
Previously, Josefina also served as the chief executive of Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc., the nation’s largest aging, health and nutrition services program in Florida geared towards the geriatric Hispanic community. Josephina also serves as a board member for several organizations on aging, including the National Council on Aging, Easter Seals, Partners at Home LLC, Florida Council on Aging, Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Advisors for the Academy on Aging, and Independent Living Community Services, Inc.
Josefina received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University in Public Administration and External Studies. She continued her education at Harvard University and received a Certificate Degree Program for State and Local Senior Executives from the JFK School of Government.
Lisa Olexy, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Lisa brings to ILS more than 25 years of healthcare sales, account management and marketing experience. She is responsible for the development and execution of sales, marketing and account management activities and works collaboratively with Operations, Technology, Finance and Product Development to successfully deliver on company objectives.
Prior to joining ILS, Lisa was Chief Development Officer at ValueOptions, Inc. responsible for sales, marketing, account management and product development. She also served as Vice President of Business Development at Horizon Health responsible for sales and marketing of long-term care and geriatric psychology services.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston, and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.
James Henderson, Vice President of Innovation
James Henderson, VP of Innovation, is a proficient management professional with over 15 years of experience in health care data management and business operations. He has successfully managed all aspects of enterprise-wide health care solution development including analysis, design and deployment of stand-alone, and n-tiered Web-based and Client/Server software applications. His skills include needs planning, team building, project management, resource allocation, and staff management. His relevant experience includes Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), managed care information systems, data warehouses, electronic health records and other large-scale data management projects.
Prior to joining ILS, James was the Physician Service Manager for PCA Humana Health Plans in Miami, Florida. He was responsible for a wide range of data management activities related to physician networks including the development of systems to integrate utilization, quality improvement and financial data into provider report cards. Later in 1996, he served as Chief Technology Officer for eHDL
in Miramar, Florida where James directed a team of software engineers, database administrators, network technicians and operations staff to plan, architect, and develop enterprise software solutions for the health care market place.
James earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Edinburgh and a degree in Project Management from the Project Management Institute.