About us

Braided Data Solutions was founded in 2018 to help the legal and medical markets
gain insights and analyze unstructured data by leveraging Machine Learning and
Artificial Intelligence.

Our Story

Braided Data Solutions is the brainchild of Aloysius Fobi, MD. In his work as a medical consultant for attorneys, he felt frustrated by the needlessly tedious and time-consuming process of document review. His work as an expert witness involved poring over thousands of pages of medical charts, often filled with repetitive information, to look for the critical medical information that could decide a case. He knew there had to be a better way! To create a solution, Aloysius enlisted his longtime friend and business partner, Brian Simmons, to become the CEO and Braided Data Solutions launched. Informed by extensive discussions with attorneys and medical providers, they hired a world-class artificial intelligence expert, Hemen Ashodia, to develop a software package that generated powerful efficiencies for users of large medical / legal document files.

Team

The Braided Data team believes in a culture built around shared core values of honesty, people first, innovation, diversity, acceptance of perspectives but not limits, hard work, innovation, having fun, and creating a global workforce to leverage differing experiences.

Leadership

Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons

Founder | CEO

Board Advisor

Founder of four prior businesses. He has sold two and is still involved in one.

Former Senior Executive at the largest energy efficiency consulting firm in North America. A seasoned strategist and executive who has also done angel investing. Brian is passionate about social issues and small business, and advises four of his former employees on their companies. Brian is a Marine Corps infantry veteran and dedicated to veteran’s issues and socially equitable issues.

Aloysius Fobi, MD

Aloysius Fobi, MD

Founder | Chief Strategy Officer

Board Advisor

Founder of two successful technology businesses.

Experienced physician, medical director and professor of medicine.
Led business growth for a successful medical software company. A seasoned executive, sales negotiator and technology innovator. Aloysius has a passion for real estate, fitness and travel.

Dave Hetherington

Dave Hetherington

Founder | COO | VP of Technology

Board Advisor

Dave founded one prior business and has 20+ years of project/product management in the energy and environmental sectors.

Experienced product development lead with experience on two market-based software solutions for the building industry including an HVAC Design Software. Dave is passionate about the outdoors, his family and his VW Westfalia.

Jennifer McLean

Jennifer McLean

Operations Advisor

Board Advisor

Jennifer is an operational executive for a healthcare technology startup. Her expertise includes human resources, investor relations, finance, recruiting and training for technical and non-technical personnel.
Jennifer’s strategic vision for organizational development has led her current startup through several successful funding rounds.

Brian Bush, Ph.D.

Brian Bush, Ph.D.

CTO

A computer scientist with more than 20 years of machine learning experience ranging from speech to natural language processing. Brian has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon Health and Science University. He has worked as a cofounder and chief architect with an early-stage technology company through the acquisition phase. He also has served as a technology advisor for several Portland-area startups. When Brian is not in front of a computer, he enjoys ice hockey and jamming on his synthesizer.

Hemen Ashoda

Hemen Ashoda

Senior Data Scientist

Hemen is a seasoned data scientist specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He has founded several businesses and also acted as a Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Scientist for others. Through his ventures, he has created patentable technologies, one of which he sold to Microsoft.

Jennifer Simmons, CPA

Jennifer Simmons, CPA

Financial Advisor

Board Advisor

Jennifer is a seasoned CPA with a background in public accounting as an auditor as well as an industry CFO. She was a runner up for CFO of the year and provides a variety of operational consulting support to several small businesses.

She was the co-founder of two other businesses and an angel investor.

Ryan Humphrey

Ryan Humphrey

Head of Finance

Ryan brings 20 years of leadership experience to his role as Head of Finance. Prior to joining the Braided Data team in 2020, Ryan led Finance and Operational teams at start-up and large Fortune 500 companies. His range of experience includes financial planning and analysis, performance management, technical accounting, sales operations, and sales management. His focus has been on building dynamic operational teams with a customer focus. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Brett Lichtenthaler

Brett Lichtenthaler

Head of Growth

Founder of two successful businesses with one sold in 2016, Brett is a seasoned Business Development, Growth and Commercial executive. He’s worked with companies like Honeywell and Schneider Electric, and most recently served in an executive role leading a business unit for North America’s largest energy-efficiency consulting firm. When he is not focused on business growth, Brett enjoys time with family, fitness and offshore fishing in his boat, Moby Dick, that he owns with his brother, Mark.

Industry Advisors

Lloyd Fobi

Lloyd Fobi

Founder | Security Advisor

Lloyd has over 10 years of experience in business applications and data operations in the fields of finance, e-commerce and healthcare.
More than 6 of those years involved managing and implementing strategic plans and product delivery for healthcare systems and privately held companies with a global presence. Lloyd’s passion for soccer has allowed him to coach at the collegiate level and manage portions of professional soccer teams in the US.

Brian Fobi

Brian Fobi

Legal Advisor

Brian supports the team as an attorney, and also has more than a decade of experience analyzing a variety of documents in the collegiate industry.

Brian owns three businesses as well as having a background as an educator at Duke, Yale, and Harvard.

Russ Bretan

Russ Bretan

Legal Advisor

Russ Bretan provides cost-effective and cutting-edge litigation support technology solutions for attorneys. He primarily assists sole-practitioner attorneys and small to medium sized law firms. Russ is a fantastic resource for your eDiscovery needs with more than 10 years of experience providing “hot seat” trial tech support in complex and high-publicity criminal and civil trials.

Lisa Brauckmiller

Lisa Brauckmiller

Legal Advisor

Paralegal with expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice and Voir Dire. Celebrating 40 years in the legal industry, Lisa is also a small business owner of a consulting practice.

Sarah Zwick

Sarah Zwick

Legal Advisor

Paralegal with expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance lien analysis.

Rob Vissers, MD

Rob Vissers, MD

Medical Advisor

Dr. Robert J. Vissers is an experienced executive with more than 25 years of clinical and health care management experience in academic and community hospital settings.

Jon Hayes

Jon Hayes

Software Advisor

Board Advisor

Jon is a senior engineering executive in the software industry. His expertise includes wireless/mobile solution development and the web technologies they interact with.

He founded Silverpine Software, a mobile development agency that builds products for both startups and Fortune 100 companies.

John Gentle

John Gentle

Marketing and Analytics Advisor

Board Advisor

Experienced digital experience design executive for businesses ranging from start up to Fortune 100. Over 13 years’ experience designing and optimizing digital experiences for b-to-b and b-to-c brands in industries such as software, outdoor equipment, apparel, telecom, education and finance.

Tim Cerimele

Tim Cerimele

WebMaster

Tim has 20 years of experience working on a variety of software systems including front end, full-stack, and AI technologies. Striving for elegant solutions and software craftsmanship, his goal is to make every system he works on, work better. He believes in collaborating for solutions, continual improvement, and has been recognized for his adaptability and creativity. Tim enjoys all things computers, of course, and also the outdoors, nature, science, and music.

Open Positions

Operations Coordinator

Data Scientist

Marketing Associate

Client Manager - Medical

EPIC Systems Developer

Sales Associate

Data Analyst

Bookkeeper

Full Stack Developer

Digital Designer

Client Manager - Legal

Internships

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