If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please see the Open Positions page for current employment and subcontractor opportunities.
Mark Elson, PhD
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As CEO of Intrepid Ascent, Mark leads our multi-disciplinary team and engages directly with client leadership to foster innovation at the intersection of technology, policy, and services design. Prior to founding Intrepid Ascent, Mark played a lead role in California’s implementation of federal programs to advance health IT. He received a BA from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Chicago, serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the California Association of Health Information Exchanges, and regularly speaks on the uses of data to impact positive change.
VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY
Karen Ostrowski, MBA, PMP
VICE PRESIDENT, POLICY INNOVATION
Danielle Carter, MPH
DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY CHANGE
Keira Armstrong, MPH
LEAD STRATEGIST, HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT
Sokkim Lim, PharmD
SENIOR CLINICAL CONSULTANT, HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT
Samuel Taylor, MSW
SENIOR CONSULTANT, POLICY INNOVATION
Alexandra Milutin, MHA
CONSULTANT, TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Brian Dillon, MBA
CONSULTANT, TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY
CONSULTANT, COMMUNITY CHANGE
Lauren is drawn to the public health sector in an effort to balance her interest in practical health improvements with a desire to impact community-oriented change. As a Consultant, she supports a range of consulting projects by facilitating meeting logistics and developing project deliverables. Lauren is excited to contribute to programs that improve the health of local communities and in California alike. She hopes to grow as a leader, starting with her current pursuit of a MPH at Johns Hopkins. Lauren also earned her BA in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and is an always-proud member of the Intrepid Ascent team.
Rachel Goldberg, MPH
CONSULTANT, POLICY INNOVATION
Ashiye Aator, MPH
ANALYST, POLICY INNOVATION
Ashiye is a public health professional with strong interests in the Social Determinants of Health and cross-sector collaboration. Ashiye specializes in building relationships with stakeholders and brings a unique point-of-view to projects, as she is First Generation Nigerian-American. She provides direct support to consulting projects through research, analysis of information, and project management. Ashiye has a BS in Political Science from Manchester University and a MPH in Health Policy & Global Health from Boston University School of Public Health. During her time at BUSPH, she worked as an intern for the Cannabis Center of Excellence where she focused on research related to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using cannabis products in veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After grad school, she worked for the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration as a Policy Analyst and Project Manager of the Indiana 1115 Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Waiver Demonstration. During her time as project manager she used data analysis to make programmatic and policy changes; prepared deliverables for submission to the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare; created project plans to implement changes or new policy initiatives related to the waiver; and served on the Indiana 9-8-8 Implementation Coalition as a Medicaid Policy subject matter expert.
Personal Intrepid Ascents: Ashiye enjoys challenging her mind and body training Olympic lifts and taking spin classes. When she is not working out, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and dancing in her living room.
DIRECTOR, PEOPLE AND OPERATIONS
DATA INSIGHTS MANAGER
With a decade of experience in operations and health care technology, Katelyn supports Intrepid Ascent’s high-quality services and continued growth. Katelyn is primarily responsible for maintaining and developing Intrepid’s internal IT infrastructure, managing the firm’s financial processes including AP/AR, and data management and dashboard creation to support the firm. She has built a career facilitating teams with a focus on social justice and equity, having previously served as Office Manager for the public opinion research firm Goodwin Simon Strategic Research and in various capacities at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. Katelyn earned a BA in Political Science and History from UC Berkeley, with additional coursework in computer science.