Power Moves: A series of hires and promotions at Audacious Inquiry, and more - Technical.ly Baltimore


Aug. 20, 2018 5:46 pm

Power Moves: A series of hires and promotions at Audacious Inquiry, and more

Plus, news from Paragon Bioservices and ConnectYourCare.

Talking jobs NET/WORK Baltimore 2018.

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Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region. Got a new hire, new gig or promotion? Email us.

Audacious Inquiry made a series of new hires this summer that added to the Baltimore health IT company’s leadership team.

On Monday, the company said Scott Afzal was promoted to the position of President. Afzal has been with the bwtech@UMBC–based company for 11 years, during which time he has worked on the development and deployment of the company’s software platform, and provided advice to state and business leaders on health and data. He also served as director of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) health information exchange.

“Scott is visible as an expert and thought leader with our customers, and he has played a central role in building our organization. Scott’s new role reflects his leadership in the company and provides a platform from which he can continue to help us to grow and make a positive impact in the communities where we work,” said Audacious Inquiry CEO Chris Brandt said in a statement.

Audacious Inquiry also made a series of leadership hires.

Danny Krifcher was hired as Chief Financial Officer. Krifcher is the former Chief Commercial Officer at Bethesda-based Aledade.

Sarah Miller, Audacious Inquiry’s Vice President of State Government Services & HIE Account Management, is joining the company’s executive team.

Dr. Samit Desai is now leading the company’s product team as well as serving as Chief Medical Officer.

Additionally, the firm named Marnie Basom as Senior Director, who most recently worked at Health Management Systems. Basom will work in Audacious Inquiry’s Medicaid Technology and Operations Consulting team.

Kate Ricker-Kiefert, former State Health IT Coordinator in Colorado and for the last three years headed Amelia Mayme Consulting, joined as a Director.

The hires come after Audacious Inquiry received investment from Baltimore-based ABS Capital earlier this year.



Paragon Bioservices announced a pair of leadership promotions in which vice presidents added “Senior” to their titles.

  • Deborah Wild was named Senior Vice President of Quality, Validation and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Ruby Hoffmann was named Senior Vice President for Human Resources, and Organizational Development.

The University of Maryland BioPark–based company, which provides manufacturing and development services for biopharmaceuticals, is planning an expansion with a new 150,000 sq. ft. facility near BWI that’s scheduled to open later this year.

“These promotions reflect each of their contributions to Paragon: they are exceptional leaders who have been instrumental in the current success of Paragon and will play important roles in driving future successes,” Paragon CEO Pete Buzy said in a statement.  “Deb has led the charge in defining our Quality Philosophy and has been a key driver in the BWI expansion project. Ruby has revamped our HR function by formalizing the talent acquisition team and evolving our corporate culture.”


Hunt Valley–based ConnectYourCare hired Mike Wright as Chief Sales Officer, where he will oversee sales operations, channels and business development.

Wright previously oversaw global sales initiatives as an Executive Vice President at professional services firm Aon Hewitt and led university partnerships as EVP at online education provider Everspring.

CEO Steve Grieco said the hire was a “big win.”

“Having worked at Aon Hewitt on the sales side, he knows the ins and outs of selling in the benefits industry,” he said of Wright.

ConnectYourCare offers a solution working with consumer-directed healthcare plans, such as health savings accounts.

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