Executive Leadership

Karl Straub

President

Karl Straub brings over 35 years of healthcare services and information technology experience to his role as President of Care Logistics. Prior to the launch of Care Logistics, Straub held a variety of executive leadership positions with SmithKline Clinical Laboratories, McKesson Provider Technologies and Per-Se Technologies. As a recognized Healthcare Services and Information Technology leader, Straub has led the growth of innovative clinical, revenue cycle, and resource management businesses by creating groundbreaking products and services that solve the most pressing customer problems. To complement his "Customer First, Dramatic Results” approach, Straub emphasizes the creation and maintenance of a workplace culture that values each individual contributor within a team setting of honesty, openness, and integrity. Straub is a reputable industry speaker and has conducted a number of interviews with hospital and healthcare publications. He is a magna cum laude graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Samantha Platzke

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of System Performance

Samantha is a senior healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience in revitalizing healthcare organizations through remarkable results in financial performance and operations.   Her breakthrough strategies drive revenue growth, increase efficiencies and reduce costs for health care systems. Samantha has been progressively promoted throughout her career within accounting, finance, IT and operations improvement divisions with roles as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations and Systems Effectiveness.  She has a comprehensive knowledge of diversified healthcare operations from both a provider and a payer perspective, with deep understanding of healthcare reform and its impact on the traditional delivery business model. Samantha holds a Bachelors in Accounting from Adrian College and will complete a Masters in Health Care Administration from Tiffin University in 2015.  She is a member of ACHE and HFMA and serves on the Finance Committees of national and regional health systems.

Kristie Huff

Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Vice President of Transformation

Kristie Huff has 14 years of experience as a health systems leader. She began her career in healthcare with Lee Memorial Health Systems in 1995, where she held various executive level positions including director of resource management for patient care services. From 2005 through 2012, Kristie served as system director of resource management and staffing for patient care services of Lee Memorial Health Systems in Fort Myers, Florida. Kristie and her team at Lee Memorial Health System exceeded financial division goals by 13 percent, raised employee satisfaction levels over three years to the 90th percentile, exceeded productivity goals by 5.6 percent, and established the performance practice of measuring hours per patient day for nursing units on weighted average that saved the system of $1.5 million. The hospital achieved recognition by the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership in the Transformation category for its implementation of system-wide electronic health records for patients.

Tom Overton

Senior Vice President, Solutions Delivery

Tom Overton has over 28 years experience in business and healthcare information technology. He is responsible for the implementation and support of Care Logistics' products and services. His past employers have included The Coca-Cola Company, CheckFree Corporation, and McKesson Provider Technologies. Overton recently focused on implementing enterprise-wide applications in large hospital customers. His career focus has been on organizational improvement, process improvement and cycle time reductions, customer relationship management, call center management, solution delivery/consulting, healthcare information technology, and sales support. Overton earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Stephen Passalacqua

Senior Vice President of Client Development

Stephen Passalacqua is a seasoned healthcare technology executive with a comprehensive background in revenue generation, customer acquisition, services delivery and business operations. He has claimed his spot at the forefront of innovation in both healthcare and financial verticals with nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise software, cloud based SaaS, and professional service delivery businesses. Stephen’s leadership abilities have been exemplified at growth stage and Fortune 500 organizations.

Tom Brunelle

Regional Vice President

Tom Brunelle has more than 30 years of experience working in hospital administration. He previously served as EVP and CEO of the Warwick, N.Y., and Port Jervis, N.Y. hospitals for the Bon Secours Charity Health System, and EVP and COO of the Samaritan Health system in Watertown, N.Y. He has established a reputation as an excellent leader with high integrity and complete knowledge of hospital operations. He learned hospital operations from the bottom up, having started out as a respiratory therapist. Tom is known as an executive with turnaround capability and an effective leader of the medical staff and executive boards. He has managed both independent hospitals and multi-facility systems, improving profitability through revenue growth, cost reduction, physician practice development, new program development and improving customer service in competitive markets. During Tom's hospital executive leadership career, he also served on multiple regional and national system task forces and committees focused on improving clinical quality, reducing length of stay, reducing costs, and upgrading information technology systems.