Executive Team

Our executive team has decades of combined experience looking at the big picture of emerging technologies and developing enterprise software solutions that help hospitals and health systems improve patient outcomes.

As chairman of the board, Jerry oversees and sets the standards of quality for all business operations. He is committed to remaining on the front lines of innovation and improvement within the healthcare industry.

Part of his vision for MorCare relies on his senior managers, several of whom worked together previously. Jerry values the solid foundation the team offers, especially the long-term relationships the members establish among themselves and other major players in the medical community.

Jerry emphasizes relationship-building and open communication between our companies and our customers. Those relationships allow us to understand customers’ business challenges and develop optimal solutions for improving the quality and efficiency of patient care.

Technology and regulations have changed dramatically since Jerry started in the healthcare software industry. He recognizes opportunity with every evolution, however, and responds quickly to bring new and effective tools to market. MorCare flourishes in a temperamental industry because it keeps pace with enhanced technology, improved quality control, greater demand for accuracy and increasing government regulations.

Jerry earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.

As vice chairman of the board, Jim Nutter relies on his vast experience to oversee sales, marketing and business development initiatives.

Between attending undergraduate and graduate school at Michigan State University, Jim was in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He has bachelor’s degrees in engineering and English education, and a master’s degree in social work. After graduate school, Jim worked in the Michigan public school system. He subsequently moved to Chicago to administer a social service program for the city.

Jim eventually transferred his decade-long focus on public service into various sales and management positions for several healthcare companies. His experience in social service guided him toward healthcare businesses that focused on improving the quality of patient care while improving the work lives of those who were treating patients. Jim’s business objectives led him to MorCare’s predecessor, and in 1991, he joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing.

In his free time, Jim travels the world, searching out new cultures and local restaurants that exemplify their unique cuisines. Jim enjoys cooking as a hobby and shares his travel experiences with family and friends by recreating the recipes he tried during his trips. When he’s not traveling or presiding as chef, Jim enjoys reading and supporting a variety of charitable organizations.

Rick Chappe’s programming expertise helped to lay the foundation for the early success of MorCare’s predecessor. He fueled key design and development decisions, paving the way for the company’s growth.

Rick directs the development of the MorCare software solutions, as well as the teams that work on the related projects. He is also involved in the development of MorCare’s Transitions of Care solutions. While he now focuses on design more than programming, Rick’s knowledge and experience carry over into other areas of the company.

For example, Rick assists the sales team when customers and prospects have technical questions about their legacy systems and software. He also participates in the firms’ customer advisory boards, aligning members’ input with prospective enhancements and new software solutions.

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Rick put his programming experience to immediate use in the healthcare industry. Alongside the other co-founders, he developed groundbreaking physician billing, and credentialing and privileging systems.

In his free time, Rick enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his family.

A financial and economic authority, Christy Baranowski helps MorCare operate efficiently and profitably by planning, implementing and overseeing financial policies and procedures. She manages accounting, auditing and tax activities for both companies, providing valuable insights that allow the principals to make informed business decisions.

Christy participates in strategic and financial planning. Her expertise as a certified public accountant (CPA) encompasses software industry accounting principles, audits, internal controls and accounting systems. She also oversees human resources, including employee benefits and payroll; information security; vendor relations; and tax preparation and filing.

Christy joined MorCare’s predecessor in 1998 and became controller in 2001. She was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer in May 2013. Before joining MorCare’s predecessor, she was an assistant office manager for a medical group in Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Roosevelt University and became a CPA in 2000.

In her spare time, Christy enjoys relaxing with her husband and their two sons.

Beth is among the newest people to come on board, but she’s no stranger to the company. She was a longtime customer while working at Indiana University (IU) Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She joined MorCare’s predecessor company in January 2015 after having been director of clinical decision support at IU Health for 15 years. While there, she implemented MCCM, now known as MorCare, and optimized the system on an enterprise level to help streamline workflow and improve the quality of care at IU Health. Beth’s team was also responsible for reporting and analytics and focused on quality and financial outcomes for clinical populations, physician services, hospitals and the health system as a whole.

In her new role, Beth is working with the customer-facing departments at MorCare, including consulting, implementation and product support, to help them operate as efficiently and effectively as possible for customers’ benefit. The projects she is currently overseeing include cross-training the installation team on the firms’ software solutions and enhancing the data conversion process to accommodate large and complex conversions more smoothly.

Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Indiana University. Before she worked in decision support, Beth spent 10 years in clinical informatics, working with end users and system vendors to design workflows, build screens, and provide training and support in clinical information systems. Previously, she was a critical care nurse for adults at a large academic health center.

In her free time, Beth enjoys ballroom dancing with her husband, distance walking, traveling and spending time with her family.

As health systems grow in size and complexity, Ron Ross is helping them understand the value of standardizing operations with the right solutions.

Collaborating with MorCare’s sales and consulting staff, Ron educates customers about the full suite of the firm’s enterprise software solutions. He oversees a team of account executives, provides guidance on sales and marketing strategies, and builds relationships with leaders at key customer sites to learn how MorCare can serve their needs best.

Ron’s introduction to MorCare’s predecessor took place while he was working as a general sales manager for one of its partners. He joined the predecessor in 2010 as the company’s national account executive. In that role, Ron worked with existing customers to expand their accounts and find new ways to provide value through the company’s solutions.

Ron began his sales career nearly three decades ago in the software industry. Intrigued by the challenging regulatory environment, he eventually transitioned to healthcare industry software sales, working as a national account manager for a hospital claims clearinghouse vendor as well as a business development manager for a document imaging company.

A resident of the Gulf Coast, Ron spends much of his free time outdoors. He enjoys fishing, hiking and camping.

Bringing 25 years of clinical practice and hospital management experience to his consulting work, Mark Smith has an extensive background in peer review, quality, Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE), criteria-based privileging, low-volume practitioners and emergency department call coverage.

Mark is a board-certified surgeon and an active faculty member of the Vascular Surgery Section at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Before joining MorCare’s predecessor in 2012, Mark was a vascular and general surgeon in Palm Springs, California for 25 years. During that time, he held a number of medical staff executive positions, including president, chief of surgery, and medical director of cardiac surgery.

Mark received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and had a fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Stowes joined MorCare’s predecessor in 2005, after partnering with the company for nearly a decade on marketing and development projects.

Mark was the chief architect of the Transition for Quality™ (TQ™) care management system, which was the precursor to the MorCare software solutions. Mark’s extensive healthcare and consulting background, which includes strategic planning, facilitated his collaboration with MorCare’s predecessor and a customer advisory board during the development of the Morrisey Concurrent Care Manager™ system which is now part of the MorCare software solutions suite. Mark works closely with MorCare customers, as well as the company’s development and support teams, to identify and document functional specifications for enhancements.

Most recently, Mark developed the functional requirements for MorCare’s Transition of Care solutions. In addition, he manages marketing initiatives for MorCare’s product suite and coordinates MorCare’s customer advisory boards, ensuring the company’s solutions evolve with customers’ needs.

After earning a bachelor’s degree with two majors – economics, and modern languages and linguistics – from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Mark went on to receive a master’s in business administration from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. His course work included concentrations in management information systems, finance and accounting.

After he completed graduate school, Mark worked as a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen’s consulting division. He translated his consulting experience into hospital-based strategic planning and clinical analysis while working at a large, multihospital system in Boston, Massachusetts. He then worked at Transition Systems Inc. – which Eclipsys Corp. subsequently acquired – designing and developing large-scale clinical decision support systems, as well as the TQ system that preceded the MorCare software solutions suite.

In his off hours, Mark remains active with his local church. He’s an avid weight lifter and enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking.