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.

Steven Berman

EXPERIENCE

Steven Berman is an Associate Director at Aequitas Partners, joining the firm in the beginning of 2017. Steven has led national searches for executive level positions leading functions ranging from finance and operations to technology and marketing. His experience having interviewed hundreds of executives whose companies span the digital health landscape, as well as his deep industry analyses on topics across population health and care management, have led to Founders & CEOs calling upon Steven to guide them on industry trends. Steven often leverages his investment banking experience, where he successfully placed over $100M in debt and equity funding for growth-stage medical device and life science companies, to advise Aequitas’s clients on capital funding and growth strategies. As someone who is passionate about networking and building a strong digital health community, he proudly represents the firm at nationwide digital health conferences and hosts NYC-based healthcare meet-ups. Steven is also an active contributor for the Aequitas Catalyst quarterly newsletter, writing articles on a variety of topics such as employer-sponsored healthcare and how companies can maintain their culture while scaling.

Steven has been active with the UJA Federation of New York for a number of years, serving as a Board Member for their Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists division. Growing up in Westchester, New York, Steven headed West for college, obtaining a Management degree from Indiana University before returning to New York City, where he currently resides in the East Village.

Nina Mermelstein

EXPERIENCE

Nina Mermelstein is an Associate Director 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.

Jessica Horn

EXPERIENCE

Jessica Horn is a Senior Associate at Aequitas Partners, joining the firm at the end of 2018. She has worked on searches for clients across all leadership roles and has built networks with executives across growth, engineering, product, and operational functions. She is passionate about the health & wellness space and loves working with AQP's portfolio of emerging health tech companies that are transforming the healthcare ecosystem. Jessica is constantly reading and learning about new digital healthcare trends. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by leading "lunch and learns" for the broader Aequitas team and through writing a series of articles in the AQP quarterly newsletter on key industry topics.

Jessica began her career in the Investor Relations at Elliott Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund before stepping into the healthcare industry. She trained in a medical device program, studying the anatomy and physiology of the heart, learning the intricacies of implantable cardiac devices, and participating in clinical rotations within major medical centers throughout Boston. After completing the program, Jessica worked for a medical software company, overseeing and growing all East Coast accounts for the business.

Jessica received her B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jessica loves to read and when she isn't busy recruiting health tech executives, you can find her heads down in a new novel or spending time exploring the great outdoors hiking with her dog Prabu.

Emily Bak

EXPERIENCE

Emily Bak is an Associate at Aequitas Partners, where she supports the team through identifying executive level candidates for searches and researching the overall healthcare space. She started at the company first as an intern in Q2 of 2018, where her interest for the industry grew as she was able to work with cutting-edge companies making real impacts. She has been involved in searches across kidney care, cancer advocacy, population health and more, contributing to team efforts through target market research and driving an understanding of the overall healthcare industry. She began her career at Aequitas because of her interest in the innovations of digital healthcare companies.

Emily has always had a passion for economics. While at Fordham University, she was inducted into the International Honors Society for Economics, and tutors high school students in the local New York area in subjects like economics, mathematics, and science. Emily received her B.A. in Economics from Fordham University, but was born and raised in Connecticut. She currently resides in NYC.

Demarco Jones

EXPERIENCE

Demarco Jones is a University Associate at Aequitas Partners where he has driven research efforts across multiple search engagements over the last year. He has led the development and distribution of branded marketing collateral, and played a key role in retooling the firm’s database, ensuring data integrity. His market research efforts have bolstered the firm’s research capabilities and informed multiple placements during his tenure Prior to joining the team in the summer of 2018, Demarco held roles as an investment intern for AngelList as well a project manager for a student run app development agency, Up2Code.

Demarco has always been interested in tech and entrepreneurship and Aequitas allows him to explore these passions in the digital health space. He is currently studying Economics and English at New York University. Raised in northern New Jersey, Demarco now resides in NYC.

Nikhil Basu Trivedi

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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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