Meet the 2023 Frist Cressey Ventures Collective

The Frist Cressey Ventures (FCV) Collective convenes top-level industry executives for shared learning and thought leadership while building a lasting network in support of innovation and a better healthcare system.

NASHVILLE, TN, January 25, 2023 – Frist Cressey Ventures (FCV) announces its newest cohort of the FCV Collective. Launched by Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Frist Cressey Ventures, the FCV Collective brings together executives from diverse segments of the healthcare industry for shared learning and thought leadership while building a lasting network in support of systemic change and a better healthcare system.

“We recognize that it is only through new ideas and collaboration that we will drive our industry forward and improve health and well-being for all,” shared Senator Frist when asked about the motivation around convening this cohort of healthcare leaders. He goes on to explain that “to further drive these efforts, we have established the FCV Collective to foster inspired conversation and catalyze systemic change.”

Join us in welcoming the 2023 class of the FCV Collective.

  • Feby Abraham – Chief Strategy Officer, Memorial Hermann
  • Melanie Bella – Head of Partnerships, Cityblock Health
  • Melissa Buckley – Director, Health Innovation Fund, California Healthcare Foundation
  • Jenny Ismert – SVP, Strategy & Innovation, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
  • Alefiyah Mesiwala, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer, Tricare, Humana
  • Trooper Sanders – CEO, Benefits Data Trust
  • Sheri Shapiro – Chief Strategy Officer, Trinity Health
  • Drew Snyder – Executive Director, Mississippi Division of Medicaid
  • Fahad Tahir – President & CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas
  • Albert Wu, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer, Dollar General

“We are honored to have this inspiring group of transformative healthcare leaders in our second cohort of the FCV Collective and the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that each of them brings to the group as well as our industry more broadly,” shares FCV Partner, Navid Farzad.

Each year, the FCV Collective is comprised of a select group of executives from diverse segments of the healthcare industry with a shared passion for innovation. The Collective meets throughout the year, both virtually and in person, to discuss the most pressing topics facing our system, learning from each other, and building relationships with peers across the country. Key activities include a visit to Washington D.C. to meet with policymakers and Administration officials to better understand healthcare policy priorities and agenda-setting. Upon graduating from their respective classes, the connections and relationships forged throughout the year only continue to flourish as FCV Collective members join the FCV Collective Alumni.

About Frist Cressey Ventures

Frist Cressey Ventures focuses time and attention on three key areas that accelerate growth, reduce risk, and maximize return on investment: recruiting top talent, connecting partnerships with our deep industry network, and executing our partnerships’ plans to improve healthcare. We invest in technology and service businesses with viable solutions that improve quality of care, system integration, patient outcomes, and population health and well-being. To learn more about Frist Cressey Ventures and our FCV Collective, visit our website at and