Team

Who We Are

We are building a team of professionals that are passionate about healthcare and talent, and who are looking for an opportunity to build something special. We value integrity, accountability, intellectual curiosity and grit, and we pride ourselves on being both action and results-oriented while still having fun at what we do. Located in the heart of the Gramercy/Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, around the corner from the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel, we are steps from some of the best dining and nightlife in the city, and a stone’s throw from Madison Square Park, the Flatiron Building and Eataly.

Mission

Simply put, we exist to help healthcare companies hire the best executive leaders in the industry. Further, we want to leverage our network in creative ways, both to help our clients grow, and to find opportunities to give back to the healthcare community.

Tim Gordon

EXPERIENCE

Tim Gordon is the Founder & Managing Partner of Aequitas Partners, which he founded after spending over two years helping to build Oxeon Partners, nearly from its inception. Since the firm’s founding, Aequitas has been engaged on Board, CEO, CFO, CGO, CTO, COO, VP of Sales, and VP of Marketing searches, among others, for clients whose focuses ranges from Population Health, to Interoperability, to Clinical Workflow Transformation. As a Director at Oxeon, Tim led searches and placements across the C-suite for clients such as Evolent Health, PatientSafe Solutions, Shareable, RxAnte, Silverlink, Liazon, The Advisory Board Company, eVariant, T-System and Cambia Health. Additionally, Tim managed the human capital content creation for StartUp Health’s Curriculum, and continues to advise its entrepreneurs on building their leadership teams. His interest lies in the strategic and consultative build-out of high caliber executive management teams for companies in the Aequitas Partners Portfolio — companies that are changing the way the world thinks about Healthcare.

In addition to managing the firm, Tim spends time every month consulting with StartUp Health entrepreneurs holding office hours and engaging with them on topics ranging from hiring sales and business development executives, to recruitment strategy, to long term human capital planning. He is also a Mentor at StartupBootcamp and MATTER, is the Co-President of The Healthcare Club New York, and an Advisor to a number of early stage healthcare companies.

Tim graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Supply Chain & Information Systems, but has been a Nittany Lion all his life. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, he now resides in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife Kristy, who is a Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and his son Theo.

Polina Hanin

Polina Hanin is a Principal at Aequitas Partners, which she joined after spending eight years as the Portfolio Director at StartUp Health as the company’s first employee. Polina has a passion for entrepreneurs with a belief that success comes from having a commitment to a big mission, with a team and network that is equally focused. At Aequitas, Polina works hand in hand with clients to define their recruitment strategy and make sure that the people who are brought into any company have the right mindset and capabilities to have an immediate impact. As the Portfolio Director at StartUp Health, a platform that invests, broadcasts and unites health entrepreneurs around the world, Polina oversaw and managed a portfolio of 300+ companies. She was the primary coach for entrepreneurs at all stages of the startup lifecycle, helping them craft their story that led to companies raising more than $750M after joining StartUp Health, gaining contracts from national institutions and growing their visibility. Polina was also instrumental in building out and scaling the company’s programming, community and internal platform that enabled the team to collaborate and share industry insights. Polina got her start in the health space in the early 2000’s at Viscogliosi Bros., a merchant bank focused on the musculoskeletal industry. Throughout her tenure, she held multiple roles within the firm’s portfolio companies - everything from corporate finance to cleaning instrument sets. While there, she launched MCRA, a consulting firm for commercializing orthopedic technologies, where she brought in the first 20 clients. Polina also led M&A, corporate development and distribution-related activities for Centinel Spine’s spinal stabilization device portfolio. Polina earned her BA at Wesleyan University and her MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Polina is an avid concert goer, crossword puzzler, country hopper and fan of alliteration. Born in St. Petersburg, raised in northern New Jersey, Polina now resides in New York City.

Stephanie Sutsko

Stephanie Sutsko is a Principal at Aequitas Partners. She joined the firm in 2021 with 7 years of executive search experience and a decade of experience working in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry. Stephanie has a passion for the intersection of healthcare and technology and the impact that digital health companies can have on patients’ lives.

Prior to Aequitas, Stephanie was a Principal at Howard Fischer Associates, where she served as a partner and strategic advisor to executive leaders of both emerging-growth and Fortune 500 companies. She collaborated with her clients to identify, engage, and evaluate strong talent to drive success for their business needs. She worked across many industries including SaaS, telecommunications, industrial technology, healthcare, manufacturing, computer software, financial services and media. She has recruited across functions, placing Board members, CEOs, C-Suite executives, and other executive leaders in operations, finance, marketing, IT/engineering, sales, and HR.

Stephanie started her career in executive search at the Atlantic Group where she expanded the firm’s practice into life sciences and technology. Her early career was in pharmaceutical clinical research where she worked both for clinical research organizations and in Big Pharma at Novartis. There she focused on bringing new oncology treatments to market as well as patient recruitment initiatives across indications.

Stephanie graduated with degrees in Biology and History from the University of Delaware where she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. She is a certified Pilates instructor, roller-coaster enthusiast, and loves spending time outdoors. She is originally from Philadelphia and now resides in the suburb of Bucks County with her family, including daughter, Emmelyn, and son, Gavin.

Kelly McEldrew

Kelly McEldrew is a Principal at Aequitas Partners. She joined the firm in 2022 with 9 years of executive search experience.

Prior to joining the firm, Kelly was a Principal at Howard Fischer Associates, where she partnered with executive leaders of both emerging-growth and Fortune 500 companies, collaborating with clients to identify, engage, and evaluate strong talent to drive success for their business needs. Her work spanned across multiple industries, including media, telecommunications, digital, consumer and enterprise services and products and technology. She has recruited across functions, including Board members, CEOs, C-Suite executives, and other executive leaders in operations, finance, marketing, IT/engineering, product, sales, and HR. In addition to traditional executive search, a large portion of her search portfolio was dedicated to helping her clients enhance and fulfill their executive commitment to DE&I by engaging with top level diverse talent.

Prior to Howard Fischer, Kelly started her search career at the Atlantic Group, a boutique executive search firm focusing on finance recruitment.

Kelly graduated with honors from Georgetown University with degrees in Psychology and English and a minor in French. She was also a member of Georgetown’s Varsity Women’s Track and Field and Cross-Country teams. She is originally from Gwynedd Valley, PA and now lives in the East Passyunk neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, Brett, and son, Parker.

Nina Mermelstein

Nina Mermelstein is the Chief of Staff at Aequitas Partners, where she leads searches for clients who are building innovative digital health businesses ranging from tech-enabled direct primary care to disease management mobile applications. During her tenure, she has built relationships with executives across the healthcare technology industry, placing skilled professionals in a variety of positions such as Chief Technology Officers and Chief Medical Officers. With a mission to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the health tech industry, Nina has built a free DEI resource center and organized a series of Health Talent Roundtables with leaders across the industry to discuss DEI initiatives. She also spearheads volunteer efforts at Aequitas Partners, organizing volunteer opportunities with non-profits such as BUILD NYC.

Prior to joining Aequitas Partners in 2017, Nina was a healthcare consultant at Avalere Health, a Washington D.C.-based healthcare policy consulting firm. Once she gained a broad perspective of the healthcare policy landscape, Nina joined Avalere's Payment & Delivery Innovation team where she managed client relationships and advised a wide variety of stakeholders such as providers, payers, and life science companies on value-based care initiatives.

Nina graduated with her BA in Public Health and Entrepreneurship & Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing her MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from NYU and looks forward to applying that knowledge to enhance team culture and talent management across the digital health landscape.

Regina Heffernan

Regina Heffernan is a Senior Associate at Aequitas Partners where she drives cross-functional searches across various sectors of the Digital Health industry. She joined the firm after working at Independence Blue Cross as a Product Manager where she managed enhancements to the product portfolio for various market segments including virtual care, disease and chronic condition management, customer service, and weight management solutions.

Regina began her career in Government and External Affairs at AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies focusing on Medicare, Medicaid and other publicity funded low-income populations. During her time there, she was responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Political Action Committee. In addition, Regina supported the company’s state legislative and advocacy efforts and the development of their strategic government affairs objectives in current and expansion markets.

Regina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and recently earned her Masters of Business Administration, Management Specialization from La Salle University. She also volunteers and works closely with Fred’s Footsteps, which is an organization that provides interim funds for otherwise financially stable families to help them handle the financial burden of a child’s illness or traumatic injury.

Julia Kramer-Golinkoff

Julia Kramer-Golinkoff joined Aequitas Partners in 2021 as a Market Analyst. She is passionate about digital health and the application of technology to lower healthcare costs and improve patient care, especially for underrepresented populations. She believes success and impact is driven by innovative leaders, and is committed to bringing top talent to technology-enabled companies across the healthcare continuum.

She started her career as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she oversaw a number of clinical research studies. She also served as the Communications and Advocacy Liaison for the Global Leukodystrophy Initiative Clinical Trials Network, working with clinicians, research teams, and advocacy partners from around the globe. Julia is a co-founder of Emily’s Entourage, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing research for rare nonsense mutations of Cystic Fibrosis.

Julia received her BS and MSPH from Tulane University. She currently resides in Philadelphia. On the weekends, you can either find her racing down the ski slopes or playing just about any beach game. She is always in search of her next concert!

Carlee Horgan

Carlee is an Associate at Aequitas Partners, where she collaborates with search teams across functions, and has worked on everything from Product to Sales leadership. She is fascinated by the intersection of technology and healthcare in order to resolve issues of accessibility, quality and affordability. Passionate about lowering healthcare costs, she began her career as a Sales Operations Market Analyst at Imagine 360 (formally ELAP Services), where she was responsible for leveraging prospective client claims information to conduct detailed analysis of potential health savings. Additionally, she identified market and performance trends, while engaging directly with insurance brokers to provide detailed intel on analysis results. Carlee received her BS in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is an avid Pitt football fan. She now happily resides in Philadelphia, PA. In her free time, you can find her trying out different workout classes, pretending to know how to cook, and spending time outdoors.

Spencer Akers

Spencer Akers is a Market Analyst at Aequitas Partners where he curates high quality market research in support of search, investment and new business line development. He is fascinated by the potential for Digital Healthcare startups to augment the holes in our healthcare system, and provide individuals with the care they deserve. Initially, he entered his professional career through policy advocacy at the school district level in San Diego. In this role he utilized geographic data along with qualitative insights to provide actionable information to the school board. In addition, Spencer worked collaboratively between district officials, Physical Education teachers, and student volunteers to establish a landmark health assessment of the SDUSD student population. Spencer received his BA degree in History from Fordham University in the Bronx. Born and raised in Southern California, Spencer is a diehard sports fan, rooting for the Lakers, Seahawks, and USC Trojans. He is an avid chef, photographer, and coffee enthusiast who can be found trying new recipes and visiting National Parks.

Yoma Onobrakpeya

Yoma joined Aequitas Partners in 2022 as an Associate, pursuing his passion for the healthcare industry, as his mother is the head of Endocrinology at the University of Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Hospital. Determined to contribute to the progression of the industry, Yoma drives the cultivation of top-down market research and engagement of prospective candidates, as well as acting as a liaison between candidates and clients. Prior to joining Aequitas Partners, Yoma interned at Mars Wrigley in 2021 as a Financial Planning & Accounting Analyst. During his internship he assisted in the analysis of detailed financial and corporate information as well as creating a model to automate the analysis process. He also acted as a liaison between the FP&A team and other segments of the company. Yoma graduated from Drexel University with his degree in BSBA, majoring in Finance and Financial Management services. Yoma currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Yoma is a proud member of the See More Good Foundation, a York, Pennsylvania non-profit organization that teaches basketball and financial literacy to youth in the York area. When he is not volunteering there, you can find him at the Drexel Recreation Center playing basketball with his friends or reading up on Federal Reserve news concerning the US Economy.

Leah Cohen

Leah Cohen joins Aequitas Partners as Recruiting Coordinator, after working directly in the Healthcare industry as an Administrative Assistant for a practicing physician. Leah has seen first-hand the challenges and opportunities in the healthcare space, and is leveraging her expertise to support the entire Aequitas Team in their mission to partner with healthcare companies in hiring the best executives possible. Her passion for innovating in the healthcare space is also strongly influenced by being raised by a nurse, and witnessing front line healthcare work growing up. In Leah's previous role, she managed a large influx of clients through scheduling appointments, managing follow-ups and providing necessary documentation. Leah got her start at Sofitel Philadelphia, creating a five star experience for guests as a Front Desk Agent and Lead Trainer where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the admin staff, and trained all new agents. Leah earned her B.A. from Rowan University in Theater and has been involved in the Philadelphia theater scene in her appearances in shows at Plays and Players theater, as well as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Leah is an avid dancer, singer and actress, but also an avid thrifter, concert-goer and reader. Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Leah now resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Emily Baker

Emily Baker joined Aequitas Partners as a Graduate Associate at the start of 2022, where she supports research on executive searches and internal learning & development initiatives. Emily is passionate about organizational development and talent management, especially in the Digital Health space. She believes that gaining an understanding of human behavior in the workplace serves an integral role in the success of an organization, which is why she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at New York University in conjunction with her role at Aequitas Partners. Emily graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Health Promotion, and a certificate in Dance in Medicine in the Spring of 2021. She was highly involved in research labs within the College of Business as well as the College of Public Health and Health Professions. During undergrad, she served as an intern for various mental health practices and as a management consultant intern. Additionally, she enjoyed spending her time volunteering at the Child Advocacy Center and the Center for Arts in Medicine. Born and raised in Florida, Emily now resides in New York City and is thrilled to continue learning at NYU while applying this knowledge to her work at Aequitas Partners.

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If all of this excites you, we want to hear from you. We’re always on the lookout for great people to join us in these efforts.

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