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Hugh Cathey

Hugh Cathey has 20+ years of senior leadership in running all corporate functions in technology companies; telecom, infrastructure software and med-tech. 

Hugh is the Chairman and CEO of ChromoCare Holdings, a company involved in healthcare-genetics products used to stabilize patients experiencing problems with prescription medicine regimens. 

Before joining ChromoCare in 2016, he was an original investor and Chief Revenue Officer of HealthSpot, a healthcare telemedicine company in Dublin, OH, where he oversaw both domestic and international revenue development and assisted in several series of the company’s capital acquisition plan.

Prior to HealthSpot, Hugh served as board chair and led all capital raises of Znode, an ecommerce platform company in Columbus that successfully exited in 2011, gaining one of the best ROIs of all companies funded by Ohio angel/venture groups.

Prior to 2003, Hugh served as President of Qwest Communications.  From start-up in January of 2000, it grew to over $200M revenue within two years. 

From early 1996 through January, 2000, he served as President of Nextlink Communications, a publicly-traded telecom company.  Now known as XO Communications, it has revenue over $1B and more than 5,500 employees and was recently acquired by Verizon. 

Hugh currently holds several Board of Director appointments throughout the country, including both public and private companies, as well as large nonprofit organizations.

Residing in Dublin, OH, Hugh is married with three children.


Heather Averbook

Heather brings a broad background in HR and technology to eldernavigator.  She began her career in HR at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she developed expertise in areas such as benefits, compensation, payroll and talent and performance management.  Those skills proved priceless when she transitioned to the human resources  software industry, working for software vendors, like PeopleSoft and Workday, as well as with consulting organizations to help companies optimize their business processes and select and implement the best tools to run their business.  

At eldernavigator, Heather provides not only expertise in how our services benefit employees of an organization, but she also provides invaluable guidance to our organization as well grow.


Lori peterson

Given her 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and a background in psychology and organizational development, Lori’s expertise ranges from business development to strategic partnerships, cross-sector collaborative development to multi-stakeholder facilitation, new service design to change activation and implementation.

Lori draws on her unique knowledge and experience to help health and social care providers achieve their potential amid complex change and translate new models of care and reimbursement structures into viable opportunities for growth. With her deep understanding of the dynamics of change, Lori is adept at helping clients become comfortable with new ways of operating. Lori is also active in the aging services community and highly motivated to foster progressive change within post-acute and elder care.

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Kristin Morris

Ms. Kristen Morris was most recently the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer for the Cleveland Clinic.  In this position, she directed corporate social responsibility and advocacy strategies.  She played a key role in the Clinic’s mission to transform the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves in the US and abroad.  She did this work by leading a large team of local, state and federal government affairs, policy, and community relations professionals.  Under the leadership of a new CEO she chaired and completed the Clinic’s Community Health five-year strategic plan. After nearly six years of service she recently left the Clinic and is consulting and conducting a national search for a permanent position.  

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Kristen was the Divisional Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Abbott Laboratories, a Fortune 100 company.  In that role she led the company’s Washington, DC office.  She also worked at Boehringer Ingelheim, the American Hospital Association, and on Capitol Hill. 

Kristen served as a Delegate to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 5; served along with Dr. Toby Cosgrove as Vice Chair of the 2018 / 2019 Greater Cleveland United Way campaign; is on the Advisory Board of the Purdue University Lamb School of Communications (her alma mater), is a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Affairs Council (her professional trade association), serves on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Leadership Center and is an active member of the selective In Counsel With Women

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NIles godes

Niles Godes has nearly 30 years’ experience shaping public policy on Capitol Hill and federal agencies. As Senior Vice President for Congressional Affairs at LeadingAge, he successfully advanced policies and legislation to help nearly 6,000 not-for-profit small business providers of health and housing services for older adults. He worked successfully to have bi-partisan legislation introduced in two successive Congresses to improve the quality of nursing home care for America’s elders.

Prior to LeadingAge, Niles served as Democratic Staff Director of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, where he led all aspects related to Committee hearings, Committee reports, and general operations. He previously served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, providing political, legislative and strategic counsel for the Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. He also worked as Director of Economic Development/Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad.

Niles spent more than a decade in the private sector representing not-for-profit organizations and companies of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. In one particularly successful effort, he crafted and implemented a strategy that increased funding for a National Institutes of Health research program ten-fold.

Niles holds a law degree from Georgetown University and lives in Arlington, Virginia.