Olusegun Ishmael, MD, MBA (Founder and Chief Medical Officer)
Dr. Ishmael has served the medical community for over 20 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, residency training in family medicine (Gary, IN), academic fellowship (UNC Chapel Hill, NC) and an MBA (Purdue, IN). He served as president of the NMA of Northwest Indiana. He has worked in academic, hospital and health insurance settings. He has been faculty of a residency/medical school, hospital department chair (Family Practice and Emergency Department), and co-chaired a hospital's quality improvement committee. He has served as medical director, vice president medical affairs, and as an interim plan president for several health plans/insurers. He has worked as a family physician (covering everything from deliveries to geriatric care), urgent care and emergency department physician (from a high volume urban ER to lower volume rural ERs).
Dr. Ishmael espouses the true definition of a “dreamer”. He came to the United States at age 4 with his family from Nigeria not speaking a single word of English. His parents are immigrants that came to the US for college. He grew up in Chicago’s inner city Southside community of Roseland and is an early product of Chicago Public Schools’ gifted program. Dr. Ishmael’s parents focused their children on education and the patriarch became a college educator in Nigeria, where Dr. Ishmael would complete high school and ultimately continue on to medical school. Dr. Ishmael has kept his finger on the pulse of the underserved, and is committed to addressing healthcare inequities, increasing acceptance and graduation rates of minorities in medical school and making Chicago an incubator for telemedicine.
He is a loving father of three wonderful children, a car enthusiast and an avid chess player. He is a staunch Chicago Bulls fan, and as a Southsider he is a Chicago White Sox fan, but still enjoys the north side Cubbies.
Dina McKenna (Chief Executive Officer)
Dina is a healthcare, pharmaceutical and legal industry leader. With her nearly 25 years of experience, she is a trusted expert in healthcare. Currently she is sole proprietor of her own healthcare consulting business, Requisite Balance LLC, where she provides strategic consultation to a variety of healthcare entities on varying subjects such as payers, plans, value-based and performance modeling, as well as industry trends and risk adjusted payment models and expert witness services.
Dina has served in c-level and senior executive positions for several Fortune 500 and Inc. 1000 companies, as well as start up and 501(c)3 organizations. She has extensive experience in contracting in virtually every segment of healthcare, including pharmacy. Dina has also been an integral part of the leadership of several Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), including an Advance Payment Model ACO.
Dina is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Society of Pharmacy Law, and Pharmacy Benefits Management Institute.
Dina and her husband reside in Sacramento, California with their 5 children. She is an avid lover of music and the arts and attends concerts and festivals often with her two eldest children who are aspiring musicians.
Dawnyell Bowen (Chief Marketing Officer)
Dawnyell is an 18-year veteran of marketing and advertising, and began her career at Leo Burnett in 1999. Her career experience reaches both above and below-the-line with extensive knowledge in integrated/omni-channel marketing, including shopper marketing. She is an expert at uncovering consumer insights, challenging status quo and pioneering new paths and possibilities.
Dawnyell has brought strategic and focused business thought leadership to many blue-chip brands such as Intel, General Motors, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, P&G, Kellogg's and Dunkin’ Donuts. She has also worked in a client side capacity as Global Brand Director for Claire’s and Icing retail accessory stores.
Dawnyell and her teams have won numerous awards, including Retail Pro Awards, Design of the Times and Path to Purchase Institute awards for strategic innovation and design, as well honorable mentions from Kellogg’s leadership for breakthrough shopper focused work for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Dawnyell is currently completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Business Behavior. She is committed to empowering women leaders in business and beyond; and has co-chaired leadership conferences. In her free time she enjoys traveling and finding the hidden restaurant treasures in Chicago with her dinner club. Her one true passion is Zumba - she is a true aficionado.
Modupe Ishmael (Director of Business Support)
Modupe Ishmael is the chief problem solver. She ensures all “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed. Her education and experience is extensive in this area. She obtained her Master of Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. She received her MBA from Purdue University and has an Accounting Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. It doesn’t stop there, as she is currently applying for Ph.D. programs to further her education. Modupe has worked in many operational functions for Fortune 500 clients as an Account Manager.
It’s not happenstance that Modupe and Dr. Ishmael share the same last name, they are siblings. She shares and contributes to Dr. Ishmael's vision of increasing access to healthcare and lowering costs for those less fortunate. She has partnered alongside Dr. Ishmael on the Besafemeds endeavor since its inception and has been instrumental in getting this effort off the ground.
Modupe resides in Chicago, IL and prides herself on being the dearest Aunt of Dr. Ishmael’s 3 children.