Redefining Partnerships.

Founded in 2016 by Senator Bill Frist, M.D. and his longtime friend and business partner, Bryan Cressey, Frist Cressey Ventures is driven by steadfast values such as reliability, integrity, and compassion and by an insatiable drive to streamline innovation and improve patient outcomes.

Our Team

Senator Bill Frist, M.D. Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

Senator Bill Frist is a leading authority on healthcare and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. As Co-founder and Partner at FCV, he resides on the fund’s Investment Committee and is responsible for acquisition, divestitures and providing unique value to the fund’s partnerships.

Senator Frist served two terms as a United States Senator representing Tennessee, serving as Majority Leader from 2003 until his retirement in 2007. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally to over 20 million people. Prior to the Senate, he founded the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center and has performed more than 150 heart and lung transplant procedures. His current board service includes Select Medical (NYSE: SEM), AECOM (NYSE: ACM), Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC), Aegis Sciences, Accolade, Devoted Health, OneOncology, Kaiser Family Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Senator Frist received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Dad always said, “It’s not the bricks and mortar and equipment that make a hospital. It’s the warmth, compassion and attitude of good employees that lead to quality care.” At FCV we’re investing in people with a deep-seated passion to make better health and wellbeing a reality for all.

Bryan Cressey Bryan Cressey

Bryan Cressey

CO-FOUNDER & SENIOR ADVISOR

Bryan Cressey

CO-FOUNDER & SENIOR ADVISOR

Bryan Cressey is a pioneer in the field of private equity investing and co-founder of three of the largest private equity firms in the US. He has managed billions of dollars of private capital, spent his career investing in healthcare, is a co-founder of FCV and serves as a Senior Advisor to the firm.

He is an acknowledged expert in healthcare, where he has invested over 30 years, and his firms are well known for their consistently strong investment returns. He has been featured in Time Magazine and Fortune Magazine and is asked to speak nationwide on healthcare and private equity investing. He served as Chairman of an NYSE company, Belden, and is a Director of several others, and has been elected to Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame and Chicago’s Business Hall of Fame. Bryan recently created an addiction treatment center called Above and Beyond, on Chicago’s Westside, providing life transformation opportunities, free to the homeless and poor.

He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

We focus on healthcare to forever change our world. I was energized that by investing in healthcare, I could inspire individuals to create teams to drive innovative solutions, improved medical treatments and new enterprises to create the world’s best healthcare for patients and their families. Money is energy – an investment fund is a mountain of energy – what better place to energize than healthcare innovation!

Chris Booker Chris Booker

Chris Booker

PARTNER

Chris Booker

PARTNER

Chris is partner with Frist Cressey Ventures. Prior to joining FCV in 2016, Mr. Booker invested and/or served on the board of leading enterprises such as ProviderTrust, NContracts, Criterion Holdings Corporation, Woodland Street Partners, Stratasan and Paragon Group. Prior to joining FCV, he worked at XMi Holdings, first as a partner and then as president of XMi Capital, where he participated in over 50 transactions. While at XMi Holdings, he was CFO and served as a director to healthcare services firm Criterion Holdings Corporation, which grew from 3 to nearly 600 employees before being acquired in 2016.

In addition to his responsibilities at FCV, he is an active board member of nonprofit organizations in the Nashville area as well as Monogram Health and ObjectiveHealth. Chris is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Engineering and Economics.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Improving healthcare is one of the only ways I know to positively affect as many people as possible.

Navid Farzad Navid Farzad

Navid Farzad

PARTNER

Navid Farzad

PARTNER

Navid is a partner with Frist Cressey Ventures. Before joining FCV in 2019, he served as a partner with Morgan Noble Healthcare Partners, a Washington, D.C. based firm investing in companies determined to transform the delivery of healthcare.  Prior to Morgan Noble, he was with Enhanced Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm based in New York, as well as Lehman Brothers in the health care investment banking division, Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory group and Arthur Andersen’s health care practice.

Currently, Navid serves as a director or observer on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council, Bicycle Health, Carta Healthcare, Dexcare, Lynx, Memora Health, Oshi Health, Psych Hub, RightMove, Spectrum AI, Thrive Mobile, Vim and Visana.  He also serves on the advisory board of The Hilltop Institute, a research and data analytics organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of communities. In recognition for his exceptional work in pushing innovation toward better healthcare for all, Navid was named as a 2022 Top 50 in Digital Health honoree by Rock Health.

Navid holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Loyola University in Maryland.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Being involved in an organization that is working to improve a field that impacts so many is truly fulfilling. It makes the day-to-day less of a grind and more of a mission.

Mark Tipps Mark Tipps

Mark Tipps

Operating Partner and Counsel

Mark Tipps

Operating Partner and Counsel

Mark Tipps joined FCV in 2023 as Operating Partner and Counsel. Previously, he served as partner at Bass, Berry & Sims and managing partner at Walker, Tipps & Malone, as well as Senator Bill Frist’s first chief of staff in Washington, DC, helping the Senator build and manage his Washington team. Later, he served in 1997 as deputy chief counsel to U.S. Senator Fred Thompson in the nationally televised “Chinagate” hearings, where he managed a team of over 50 attorneys, investigators and FBI agents. Mr. Tipps was also the national campaign manager for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s 2000 presidential run.

Building on his multi-faceted experience in creating and directing large teams and managing organizations, Mr. Tipps has also advised senior management of major corporations, including Honeywell, Dow Chemical and St. Paul/Travelers on legal and governmental matters.

Most recently, Mr. Tipps served at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN, helping oversee the day-to-day operations as Associate Head of School, Athletics Director and as a faculty member and coach.

Mr. Tipps holds a B.A. in accounting/finance from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and a J.D. degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law.

WHY HEALTHCARE

Health is an issue that affects every person on the planet, regardless of geography, race, nationality or socioeconomic status. What could be more important?

Olivia Capra Olivia Capra

Olivia Capra

Principal

Olivia Capra

Principal

Olivia Capra joined FCV in 2022 as Principal. Prior to FCV, Olivia was an investor at Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Convey Capital, and was active on the boards of Ginger [now Headspace Health], Everytable, Intelycare and Protenus. Previously, Olivia led early commercial operations and growth strategy for Macro Trials and Cornerstone AI, two healthcare technology companies in the Initiate Venture Studio portfolio. Olivia started her career as an Equity Research Analyst at Barclays covering the specialty pharmaceutical sector for six years. She is a Co-Founder of The Grind, a national organization for women & nonbinary founders, operators, and investors in healthcare innovation.

Olivia graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc Honors in Economics and Social Policy. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

WHY HEALTHCARE

From the moment someone is born, their health – their emotional, physical, and mental being – is tied to a set of determinants outside of their control. Housing, socioeconomic factors, genetics, community, race and ethnicity, physical environment. What if we could help someone take back their health? That is why I do this.

Caroline Young Caroline Young

Caroline Young

VICE PRESIDENT

Caroline Young

VICE PRESIDENT

Caroline Young joined as Vice President with Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021. Ms. Young focuses on accelerating value for FCV’s partnerships and enhancing relationships with our industry-wide stakeholders.

Prior to FCV, Ms. Young partnered with Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to launch NashvilleHealth, a first-of-a-kind initiative to reduce disparities and drive community-level health improvement. Prior to that role, Caroline led one of the nation’s premier health care industry associations, the Nashville Health Care Council, where she cultivated a national network of executives in support of industry leadership and innovation.

Ms. Young currently serves on the board of Hint Health and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPIX). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Washington, DC-based Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry.

Ms. Young holds an MS from the University of Tennessee and a BA from the University of Mississippi.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Each and every person engages with the healthcare system continually throughout their lifetime. We have a remarkable opportunity to help make those experiences better and improve lives.

Zach Johnson Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson

VICE PRESIDENT OF ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION

Zach Johnson

VICE PRESIDENT OF ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION

Zach Johnson joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021 and is involved with accounting and financial reporting as well as compliance and administrative operations. Prior to joining Frist Cressey Ventures, Mr. Johnson worked as a tax manager with RSM US LLP in their Chicago and Nashville offices, specializing in tax consulting and compliance for funds holding a variety of assets.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant holding an active license in Tennessee. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

CONTACT Zach Johnson

WHY HEALTHCARE

The innovations in healthcare, unlike any other industry, have the power to grant us more of the most precious resource available – time. I want to help entrepreneurs deliver changes that have the power to give us more time.

Matt Schappell Matt Schappell

Matt Schappell

VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Schappell

VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Schappell joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2019 and is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the Firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Schappell worked in Investment Banking for the Healthcare Technology Group at Ziegler in Chicago. Before Ziegler, he held a Business Development position at a subsidiary hospital of Universal Health Services (UHS).

Mr. Schappell graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a B.A. in Business and Economics and a concentration in Applied Health Sciences.

CONTACT Matt Schappell

WHY HEALTHCARE:

What inspires me is the ability to drive lasting, beneficial change within an industry that impacts everyone.

Katie Hock Katie Hock

Katie Hock

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Katie Hock

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Katie Hock joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2019. Prior to FCV, Ms. Hock led and supported Marketing & Communications initiatives at various organizations as the Marketing Project Manager, Senior Marketing Manager and Director of Communications and Member Services. She also supported the executives and sales team at CoreTrust Purchasing Group in managing and growing their Private Equity line of business.

Ms. Hock holds an MBA and a B.S. in Business with a minor in Marketing from Cumberland University.

CONTACT Katie Hock

WHY HEALTHCARE:

I survived a near-fatal car accident in 2006. Doctors, Nurses and advanced healthcare saved my life! Helping others get their “second chance” inspires me each day.

Derek Dedeker Derek Dedeker

Derek Dedeker

VICE PRESIDENT

Derek Dedeker

VICE PRESIDENT

Derek Dedeker joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2022 and is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the Firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Dedeker spent 4 years at Santé Ventures, an early-stage healthcare venture capital firm based in Austin. Prior to Santé, he worked as an Investment Banking Senior Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Citi in New York City, where he worked on a variety of M&A and equity transactions.

Mr. Dedeker graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.B.A. in Finance.

CONTACT Derek Dedeker

WHY HEALTHCARE:

There are very few industries in which the statement “doing good while doing well” is entirely true. As a child who grew up in a family of healthcare providers, it’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of something that inspires innovation and leads transformative change for each future patient that interacts with our healthcare system.

Chloe Coulter Chloe Coulter

Chloe Coulter

Senior Associate

Chloe Coulter

Senior Associate

Chloe Coulter joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2023 as a Senior Associate on the Partnership Development team. Prior to FCV, Ms. Coulter worked in consulting across many diverse industries and verticals. She started out her career in Washington, DC at Deloitte, specializing in Human Capital consulting, primarily serving clients in the Government and Public Sector. She transitioned to strategy and innovation consulting at Innovator’s DNA, where her focus was on running startup accelerators for project teams at Fortune 500 companies spanning various sectors. In addition to consulting, she also led their sales and engagement operations.

Ms. Coulter graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics.

CONTACT Chloe Coulter

WHY HEALTHCARE:

The healthcare industry has such a significant impact on people’s lives and there is so much opportunity for innovation and improvement – the idea of being a part of that (quite literally) life-changing impact is why I chose healthcare.

William Trapnell William Trapnell

William Trapnell

Senior Associate

William Trapnell

Senior Associate

William Trapnell joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021 and is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the Firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Trapnell worked as an Investment Banking Senior Analyst in the Healthcare Group at Citi in New York City, where he worked on a variety of M&A and equity transactions.

Mr. Trapnell graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Accounting with a concentration in International Business.

CONTACT WILLIAM TRAPNELL

WHY HEALTHCARE

Healthcare is a sector where every day provides another opportunity to drastically impact people’s lives for the better. I enjoy partnering with companies that share the same vision of improving patient outcomes and experiences.

Traci Few Traci Few

Traci Few

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Traci Few

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Traci Few joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021 and provides executive support to the Firm and Partners. Prior to FCV, Traci supported key executives in the healthcare, commercial real estate and legal industries, most recently with HCA and Parallon. She additionally managed and marketed charitable campaigns for the organizations.

A native Nashvillian, she attended Lipscomb University.

CONTACT Traci Few

WHY HEALTHCARE

Lydia Witty Lydia Witty

Lydia Witty

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Lydia Witty

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Lydia Witty joined FCV in 2023 as a member of the Investment Team. She is involved with investment origination and execution, as well as post-close value creation for the firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Ms. Witty worked in healthcare consulting for AArete in Chicago, partnering with payors and providers across the nation to help solve their greatest challenges.

A Nashville native, Ms. Witty graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS), with a concentration in Healthcare Economics.

CONTACT Lydia Witty

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Being able to make a positive, direct impact on human lives and serve others is my “why.” Healthcare is a fascinating industry, ripe for reform and propitious for innovation. I am deeply passionate about the space and making the healthcare of tomorrow more equitable, accessible, and wholistic than the healthcare of today.

Tommaso Auerbach Tommaso Auerbach

Tommaso Auerbach

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Tommaso Auerbach

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Tommaso Auerbach joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2023 as a member of the Investment Team. He is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Auerbach worked at Oxeon, a healthcare-focused multi-strategy platform where he focused on early-stage investments, new company creation, and executive search.

Mr. Auerbach graduated with a B.A from New York University’s school of Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Finance & Business Studies.

CONTACT Tommaso Auerbach

WHY HEALTHCARE

Access to affordable, high quality health care is the foundation on which all people can build meaningful and happy lives. Without it, everything is at risk of falling apart. I believe that the concurrent implementation of technology and new organizational models can directly make health-related services and products more accessible and affordable to those who need them most, and am always excited to work alongside industry leaders and organizations to disrupt and improve the healthcare market and its many stakeholders.

Jamie Kuntz Jamie Kuntz

Jamie Kuntz

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jamie Kuntz

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jamie Kuntz joined FCV in 2023 and provides administrative support to the Firm and investment team. Prior to FCV, Ms. Kuntz supported faculty, staff, and graduate students at the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Before her role at Vanderbilt University, she worked as an English teacher and department chair at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, TX.

Ms. Kuntz holds an M.A. from Texas Christian University and a B.A. from the University of Dallas, both in English Literature.

CONTACT Jamie Kuntz

WHY HEALTHCARE

Good health is something that we take for granted. It is only when we, or someone we care about, is ill or injured that we realize just how powerless we can be. Working in an industry that truly drives innovation in healthcare helps us give that power back to patients, providers, and families.

Senator Bill Frist, M.D. Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

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Senator Bill Frist is a leading authority on healthcare and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. As Co-founder and Partner at FCV, he resides on the fund’s Investment Committee and is responsible for acquisition, divestitures and providing unique value to the fund’s partnerships.

Senator Frist served two terms as a United States Senator representing Tennessee, serving as Majority Leader from 2003 until his retirement in 2007. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally to over 20 million people. Prior to the Senate, he founded the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center and has performed more than 150 heart and lung transplant procedures. His current board service includes Select Medical (NYSE: SEM), AECOM (NYSE: ACM), Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC), Aegis Sciences, Accolade, Devoted Health, OneOncology, Kaiser Family Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Senator Frist received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Dad always said, “It’s not the bricks and mortar and equipment that make a hospital. It’s the warmth, compassion and attitude of good employees that lead to quality care.” At FCV we’re investing in people with a deep-seated passion to make better health and wellbeing a reality for all.

Bryan Cressey Bryan Cressey

Bryan Cressey

CO-FOUNDER & SENIOR ADVISOR

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Bryan Cressey is a pioneer in the field of private equity investing and co-founder of three of the largest private equity firms in the US. He has managed billions of dollars of private capital, spent his career investing in healthcare, is a co-founder of FCV and serves as a Senior Advisor to the firm.

He is an acknowledged expert in healthcare, where he has invested over 30 years, and his firms are well known for their consistently strong investment returns. He has been featured in Time Magazine and Fortune Magazine and is asked to speak nationwide on healthcare and private equity investing. He served as Chairman of an NYSE company, Belden, and is a Director of several others, and has been elected to Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame and Chicago’s Business Hall of Fame. Bryan recently created an addiction treatment center called Above and Beyond, on Chicago’s Westside, providing life transformation opportunities, free to the homeless and poor.

He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

We focus on healthcare to forever change our world. I was energized that by investing in healthcare, I could inspire individuals to create teams to drive innovative solutions, improved medical treatments and new enterprises to create the world’s best healthcare for patients and their families. Money is energy – an investment fund is a mountain of energy – what better place to energize than healthcare innovation!

Chris Booker Chris Booker

Chris Booker

PARTNER

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Chris is partner with Frist Cressey Ventures. Prior to joining FCV in 2016, Mr. Booker invested and/or served on the board of leading enterprises such as ProviderTrust, NContracts, Criterion Holdings Corporation, Woodland Street Partners, Stratasan and Paragon Group. Prior to joining FCV, he worked at XMi Holdings, first as a partner and then as president of XMi Capital, where he participated in over 50 transactions. While at XMi Holdings, he was CFO and served as a director to healthcare services firm Criterion Holdings Corporation, which grew from 3 to nearly 600 employees before being acquired in 2016.

In addition to his responsibilities at FCV, he is an active board member of nonprofit organizations in the Nashville area as well as Monogram Health and ObjectiveHealth. Chris is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Engineering and Economics.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Improving healthcare is one of the only ways I know to positively affect as many people as possible.

Navid Farzad Navid Farzad

Navid Farzad

PARTNER

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Navid is a partner with Frist Cressey Ventures. Before joining FCV in 2019, he served as a partner with Morgan Noble Healthcare Partners, a Washington, D.C. based firm investing in companies determined to transform the delivery of healthcare.  Prior to Morgan Noble, he was with Enhanced Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm based in New York, as well as Lehman Brothers in the health care investment banking division, Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory group and Arthur Andersen’s health care practice.

Currently, Navid serves as a director or observer on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council, Bicycle Health, Carta Healthcare, Dexcare, Lynx, Memora Health, Oshi Health, Psych Hub, RightMove, Spectrum AI, Thrive Mobile, Vim and Visana.  He also serves on the advisory board of The Hilltop Institute, a research and data analytics organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of communities. In recognition for his exceptional work in pushing innovation toward better healthcare for all, Navid was named as a 2022 Top 50 in Digital Health honoree by Rock Health.

Navid holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Loyola University in Maryland.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Being involved in an organization that is working to improve a field that impacts so many is truly fulfilling. It makes the day-to-day less of a grind and more of a mission.

Mark Tipps Mark Tipps

Mark Tipps

Operating Partner and Counsel

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Mark Tipps joined FCV in 2023 as Operating Partner and Counsel. Previously, he served as partner at Bass, Berry & Sims and managing partner at Walker, Tipps & Malone, as well as Senator Bill Frist’s first chief of staff in Washington, DC, helping the Senator build and manage his Washington team. Later, he served in 1997 as deputy chief counsel to U.S. Senator Fred Thompson in the nationally televised “Chinagate” hearings, where he managed a team of over 50 attorneys, investigators and FBI agents. Mr. Tipps was also the national campaign manager for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s 2000 presidential run.

Building on his multi-faceted experience in creating and directing large teams and managing organizations, Mr. Tipps has also advised senior management of major corporations, including Honeywell, Dow Chemical and St. Paul/Travelers on legal and governmental matters.

Most recently, Mr. Tipps served at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN, helping oversee the day-to-day operations as Associate Head of School, Athletics Director and as a faculty member and coach.

Mr. Tipps holds a B.A. in accounting/finance from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and a J.D. degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law.

WHY HEALTHCARE

Health is an issue that affects every person on the planet, regardless of geography, race, nationality or socioeconomic status. What could be more important?

Olivia Capra Olivia Capra

Olivia Capra

Principal

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Olivia Capra joined FCV in 2022 as Principal. Prior to FCV, Olivia was an investor at Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Convey Capital, and was active on the boards of Ginger [now Headspace Health], Everytable, Intelycare and Protenus. Previously, Olivia led early commercial operations and growth strategy for Macro Trials and Cornerstone AI, two healthcare technology companies in the Initiate Venture Studio portfolio. Olivia started her career as an Equity Research Analyst at Barclays covering the specialty pharmaceutical sector for six years. She is a Co-Founder of The Grind, a national organization for women & nonbinary founders, operators, and investors in healthcare innovation.

Olivia graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc Honors in Economics and Social Policy. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

WHY HEALTHCARE

From the moment someone is born, their health – their emotional, physical, and mental being – is tied to a set of determinants outside of their control. Housing, socioeconomic factors, genetics, community, race and ethnicity, physical environment. What if we could help someone take back their health? That is why I do this.

Caroline Young Caroline Young

Caroline Young

VICE PRESIDENT

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Caroline Young joined as Vice President with Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021. Ms. Young focuses on accelerating value for FCV’s partnerships and enhancing relationships with our industry-wide stakeholders.

Prior to FCV, Ms. Young partnered with Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to launch NashvilleHealth, a first-of-a-kind initiative to reduce disparities and drive community-level health improvement. Prior to that role, Caroline led one of the nation’s premier health care industry associations, the Nashville Health Care Council, where she cultivated a national network of executives in support of industry leadership and innovation.

Ms. Young currently serves on the board of Hint Health and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPIX). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Washington, DC-based Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry.

Ms. Young holds an MS from the University of Tennessee and a BA from the University of Mississippi.

WHY HEALTHCARE:

Each and every person engages with the healthcare system continually throughout their lifetime. We have a remarkable opportunity to help make those experiences better and improve lives.

Zach Johnson Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson

VICE PRESIDENT OF ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION

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Zach Johnson joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021 and is involved with accounting and financial reporting as well as compliance and administrative operations. Prior to joining Frist Cressey Ventures, Mr. Johnson worked as a tax manager with RSM US LLP in their Chicago and Nashville offices, specializing in tax consulting and compliance for funds holding a variety of assets.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant holding an active license in Tennessee. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

CONTACT Zach Johnson

WHY HEALTHCARE

The innovations in healthcare, unlike any other industry, have the power to grant us more of the most precious resource available – time. I want to help entrepreneurs deliver changes that have the power to give us more time.

Matt Schappell Matt Schappell

Matt Schappell

VICE PRESIDENT

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Matt Schappell joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2019 and is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the Firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Schappell worked in Investment Banking for the Healthcare Technology Group at Ziegler in Chicago. Before Ziegler, he held a Business Development position at a subsidiary hospital of Universal Health Services (UHS).

Mr. Schappell graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a B.A. in Business and Economics and a concentration in Applied Health Sciences.

CONTACT Matt Schappell

WHY HEALTHCARE:

What inspires me is the ability to drive lasting, beneficial change within an industry that impacts everyone.

Katie Hock Katie Hock

Katie Hock

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

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Katie Hock joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2019. Prior to FCV, Ms. Hock led and supported Marketing & Communications initiatives at various organizations as the Marketing Project Manager, Senior Marketing Manager and Director of Communications and Member Services. She also supported the executives and sales team at CoreTrust Purchasing Group in managing and growing their Private Equity line of business.

Ms. Hock holds an MBA and a B.S. in Business with a minor in Marketing from Cumberland University.

CONTACT Katie Hock

WHY HEALTHCARE:

I survived a near-fatal car accident in 2006. Doctors, Nurses and advanced healthcare saved my life! Helping others get their “second chance” inspires me each day.

Derek Dedeker Derek Dedeker

Derek Dedeker

VICE PRESIDENT

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Derek Dedeker joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2022 and is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the Firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Dedeker spent 4 years at Santé Ventures, an early-stage healthcare venture capital firm based in Austin. Prior to Santé, he worked as an Investment Banking Senior Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Citi in New York City, where he worked on a variety of M&A and equity transactions.

Mr. Dedeker graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.B.A. in Finance.

CONTACT Derek Dedeker

WHY HEALTHCARE:

There are very few industries in which the statement “doing good while doing well” is entirely true. As a child who grew up in a family of healthcare providers, it’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of something that inspires innovation and leads transformative change for each future patient that interacts with our healthcare system.

Chloe Coulter Chloe Coulter

Chloe Coulter

Senior Associate

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Chloe Coulter joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2023 as a Senior Associate on the Partnership Development team. Prior to FCV, Ms. Coulter worked in consulting across many diverse industries and verticals. She started out her career in Washington, DC at Deloitte, specializing in Human Capital consulting, primarily serving clients in the Government and Public Sector. She transitioned to strategy and innovation consulting at Innovator’s DNA, where her focus was on running startup accelerators for project teams at Fortune 500 companies spanning various sectors. In addition to consulting, she also led their sales and engagement operations.

Ms. Coulter graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics.

CONTACT Chloe Coulter

WHY HEALTHCARE:

The healthcare industry has such a significant impact on people’s lives and there is so much opportunity for innovation and improvement – the idea of being a part of that (quite literally) life-changing impact is why I chose healthcare.

William Trapnell William Trapnell

William Trapnell

Senior Associate

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William Trapnell joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021 and is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the Firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Trapnell worked as an Investment Banking Senior Analyst in the Healthcare Group at Citi in New York City, where he worked on a variety of M&A and equity transactions.

Mr. Trapnell graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Accounting with a concentration in International Business.

CONTACT WILLIAM TRAPNELL

WHY HEALTHCARE

Healthcare is a sector where every day provides another opportunity to drastically impact people’s lives for the better. I enjoy partnering with companies that share the same vision of improving patient outcomes and experiences.

Traci Few Traci Few

Traci Few

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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Traci Few joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2021 and provides executive support to the Firm and Partners. Prior to FCV, Traci supported key executives in the healthcare, commercial real estate and legal industries, most recently with HCA and Parallon. She additionally managed and marketed charitable campaigns for the organizations.

A native Nashvillian, she attended Lipscomb University.

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WHY HEALTHCARE

Lydia Witty Lydia Witty

Lydia Witty

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

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Lydia Witty joined FCV in 2023 as a member of the Investment Team. She is involved with investment origination and execution, as well as post-close value creation for the firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Ms. Witty worked in healthcare consulting for AArete in Chicago, partnering with payors and providers across the nation to help solve their greatest challenges.

A Nashville native, Ms. Witty graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS), with a concentration in Healthcare Economics.

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WHY HEALTHCARE:

Being able to make a positive, direct impact on human lives and serve others is my “why.” Healthcare is a fascinating industry, ripe for reform and propitious for innovation. I am deeply passionate about the space and making the healthcare of tomorrow more equitable, accessible, and wholistic than the healthcare of today.

Tommaso Auerbach Tommaso Auerbach

Tommaso Auerbach

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

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Tommaso Auerbach joined Frist Cressey Ventures in 2023 as a member of the Investment Team. He is involved with investment origination and execution as well as post-close value creation for the firm’s partnerships. Prior to FCV, Mr. Auerbach worked at Oxeon, a healthcare-focused multi-strategy platform where he focused on early-stage investments, new company creation, and executive search.

Mr. Auerbach graduated with a B.A from New York University’s school of Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Finance & Business Studies.

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WHY HEALTHCARE

Access to affordable, high quality health care is the foundation on which all people can build meaningful and happy lives. Without it, everything is at risk of falling apart. I believe that the concurrent implementation of technology and new organizational models can directly make health-related services and products more accessible and affordable to those who need them most, and am always excited to work alongside industry leaders and organizations to disrupt and improve the healthcare market and its many stakeholders.

Jamie Kuntz Jamie Kuntz

Jamie Kuntz

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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Jamie Kuntz joined FCV in 2023 and provides administrative support to the Firm and investment team. Prior to FCV, Ms. Kuntz supported faculty, staff, and graduate students at the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Before her role at Vanderbilt University, she worked as an English teacher and department chair at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, TX.

Ms. Kuntz holds an M.A. from Texas Christian University and a B.A. from the University of Dallas, both in English Literature.

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WHY HEALTHCARE

Good health is something that we take for granted. It is only when we, or someone we care about, is ill or injured that we realize just how powerless we can be. Working in an industry that truly drives innovation in healthcare helps us give that power back to patients, providers, and families.

Our Mission

Frist Cressey Ventures is a venture capital firm on a mission to transform healthcare and improve lives. We partner with like-minded individuals who share our core values and invest in innovative solutions that improve quality of care, system integration, patient outcomes and population health and well-being.

Our Story

On a business trip in 2015, Senator Bill Frist, MD and longtime friend and business partner Bryan Cressey found themselves at the end of a long and assiduous journey, one that had a simple yet lofty goal: enabling healthcare innovation in a way that positively impacts patient outcomes.

At Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth, TX, they concluded the biggest drivers for creating lasting and life-altering change are the innovative enterprises rethinking how the world works. Even though both have been at the epicenter of healthcare’s greatest policy initiatives, corporations and academic institutions, they routinely found inspiration and exciting disruption in the cutting-edge, high-growth businesses that came across their desks. It became clear that investing in these nimble, imaginative ventures created the best opportunity for achieving their goal. As a result, Frist Cressey Ventures came into being and to this day continues to drive passion, expertise and unique value to the tenacious enterprises improving healthcare now and in the future.