Amerita Executive Biographies

Richard Iriye
President

Richard has over 20 years of home healthcare management experience working with the major national homecare companies. Most recently, Richard was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Coram. Prior to Coram, Richard held General Management and Regional Operations Management positions with Apria and Caremark. In addition to home infusion management, Richard was responsible for managing Coram’s Respiratory and DME Division as well as participating on the Board of several hospital partnerships. Other duties have included operational implementation of Ambulatory Infusion Centers for AIDS and specialty pharmacy administration services. Richard graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Pharmacy and began his career in home infusion with Home Health Care of America.
     
 

Kathi Costello
Vice President, Operations
Kathi has over 20 years of healthcare experience, including 15 years in Regional and Senior Operations Management positions with national Specialty Pharmacy and Specialty Infusion companies. She has worked with Coram, Quantum Health Resources/Gentiva/Accredo, and Apria Healthcare. Most recently, Kathi was responsible for the operations of the Infusion Division at Apria Healthcare. Prior to that she managed operations for the western half of the United States for Accredo Therapeutics. Kathi has a BS degree in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

     
 

Leo Gianacopoulos
Vice President, Operations
Leo Gianacopoulos brings with him over 25 years of specialty pharmacy healthcare experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Soleo Health, Inc., formerly Biomed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

Prior to Soleo Health, Leo has held a variety of operational leadership positions for companies such as Bioscrip, Inc., Coram, Inc., and HMSS, Inc.  As Coram’s Vice President of Operations for their blood products therapy division he was instrumental in the program startup and ongoing services provided to patients receiving chronic specialty therapies for hemophilia, immune deficiencies, and pulmonary disorders.  Leo’s background has also included the provision of services for 340B pharmacy programs and has held clinical pharmacy positions for two large hospital systems and several community retail pharmacies.

Leo holds a B.Sc. degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences (USP) / Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science (PCP&S).  He has earned a master certificate in Applied Project Management and a certificate of achievement in Six Sigma (green belt - healthcare), both from Villanova University.

     
 

John Golden
Vice President, Sales
John has more than 20 years of progressive healthcare experience in sales leadership, management, and marketing. Prior to joining Amerita, John served two years as the Vice President of Client Services for HealthHelp overseeing all accounts and client services teams. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Product Marketing responsible for the development and execution of all aspects of their marketing strategy. Prior to this role, John spent 10 years at Accredo Health Group, the specialty pharmacy division of Medco/Express Scripts PBM. He performed in various sales and leadership roles, most notably Vice President of Sales and was responsible for strategic sales initiatives and programs that resulted in record revenue growth and also held responsibility for the development and expansion of a best-in-class sales team. John held sales and operational positions at Gentiva Health Services and Maxim Healthcare Services. John majored in marketing and earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

 
 

Scott Danitz
Chief Financial Officer
Scott has 15+ years as CFO in manufacturing, retail, asset leasing, and healthcare. With over 8 years of experience in specialty infusion, he served senior financial executive officer roles as CFO, Chief Accounting Officer and VP Controller at then publicly traded Coram Healthcare Corporation. His career includes 6 years in public accounting as a CPA with BKD and Deloitte. While at American Express and subsequently First Data Corporation, he had served in VP Controller roles with various operating units including Western Union. CFO positions were held at Shane Company, The Western Sugar Cooperative, and Keg Logistics just prior to joining Amerita. Scott has a B.S.B.A. from the University of Nebraska, Omaha with an emphasis in Accounting.

     
 

Melinda Silolahti
Vice President Revenue Cycle Management

Melinda has more than 15 years experience in the home infusion and home health industries and more than 10 years experience in Accounting and Finance roles in other industries.  Most recently, Melinda was Director of Healthcare Economics for BioScrip.  Prior to that, she was the CFO for Aspire Home Care and before that, Vice President & General Manager for Coram’s Enteral Nutrition Services. Duties in the home infusion and home health industries have included Finance, Accounting, Operations, Revenue Cycle Management and Business Development.  Melinda has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver and began her career as an Accountant for Baxter.  She went on to serve as Controller in the computer training industry just prior to entering home infusion.

     
 

Stacie Robertson
Director, Human Resources
Stacie has over 12 years of experience as a leader in human resources. Her specific industry experience includes various healthcare companies; and most recently Director of Employee Services at an Information Technology company in the Denver area.  Stacie received a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly Technical University, in Pomona, CA and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University in Orange, CA.  She holds multiple Human Resource designations: Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a Senior Professional Human Resources certification (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certificate Institute (HRCI).

     
 

Justin Schumacher
Director, Controller

Justin has principal responsibility for Amerita’s corporate accounting functions.  Justin has over 10 years of experience including corporate accounting, financial reporting, financial due diligence, mergers and acquisitions and technical accounting.   Prior to joining Amerita, Justin was Manager of Technical Accounting and Financial Reporting at SolidFire (acquired by NetApp), and Manager of Technical Accounting at Datalogix (acquired by Oracle).  Justin spent the first six years of his career at KPMG.  Justin is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Portland.