Meet the team

Kathleen Annala
Kathleen AnnalaCEO & President, Owner

Kathleen is driven by a passion for education that engages through human stories. She effectively used storytelling as a professor of nursing and IPE simulation before bringing educational patient stories to the world through the electronic health record (EHR) platform with Neehr Perfect and EHR Go. Kathleen loves solving puzzles. She thinks of healthcare professionals as investigators of the human condition puzzle and believes human curiosity is the best accelerant for learning. Kathleen is a licensed registered nurse and family nurse practitioner.

Don AnnalaChairman, Owner

Don founded Archetype Innovations, LLC, the parent company of EHR Go, in 2002. Prior to that, he served as executive management of Fortune 500 Software Companies for nearly 30 years. Don began his career with the U.S. Army Medical Department in Washington D.C. where he worked as a software developer in hospital information technology. He is a graduate of The American University, with a BS in Management of Technology and an MBA from Hood College. Don is a combat-wounded veteran following service with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Shad NeeseExecutive Vice President & CTO, Owner

Shad is passionate about the intersection of science and technology. With more than 20 years experience pursuing those passions, he believes technology is successful only when it’s approachable. Technology should fade into the background and allow humans to more proficiently engage the task at hand. A fan of kittens, Shad holds a BA in computer science from Augsburg College

Amber VadnaisVice President & CFO

Amber was one of the first to join the EHR Go team in 2010 and has filled many roles. She especially enjoys cultivating long-term relationships with customers and understanding the unique needs of each discipline. The information Amber has gathered and applied has helped develop new enhancements to optimize the customer’s experience in EHR Go. Amber loves data and uses it to keep a pulse on the company and drive decision-making. She holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BS in biomedical engineering from Boston University.

Tom BanisDirector of Support Services

Tom believes that the essence of quality support is empathy, expertise, and excitement. After a 15-year career in the United States Army Reserve, he now applies his knowledge of training and technical expertise to the healthcare education industry. Tom works directly with faculty and students to provide the top-tier technical and user support EHR Go customers have come to expect. Tom holds many certifications for Army training and chemical defense and has received numerous medals and awards from the United States Army.

Amy WoldtDirector of Customer Service

Amy works with faculty from the very beginning stages of implementing EHR Go into their curriculum to helping them expand and strengthen their use with each new academic year. She enjoys collaborating with faculty to help them find creative ways to meet their unique needs and objectives using EHR Go. Amy holds an MA in higher education administration from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law.

Amy DayCustomer Success Manager

Amy wants to do more than just keep customers happy. With more than 15 years of teaching experience, she is obsessed with the learning process and building personal relationships. She loves to examine content and help customers choose the best way to implement EHR Go. Amy’s goal is simple – to empower her customers and help them achieve success in their classroom. When she isn’t working you can find Amy hiking in the woods, experimenting with recipes, reading, or doing yoga – preferably on a beach. Amy holds a BA in Environmental Science and Biology and is licensed to teach secondary education.

Andrew DarsowCustomer Success Manager

Andy has a passion for learning and enhancing student outcomes in the classroom. He has worked in a wide variety of roles and leadership areas in higher education technology over the past 10 years. His favorite part of the job is the relationships he has the opportunity to build with faculty and coordinators, while playing a role in making a difference in their lives and the lives of their students. When he’s not helping faculty and programs with EHR Go, you can typically find Andy on a ball field or basketball court coaching and cheering on his two young children. Andy holds a BA in Business and Computer Information Systems from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.

Michelle Elmer
Michelle ElmerImplementation Success Specialist

Michelle has a knack for figuring out information systems and showing others, from novice on up, how to utilize the endless capabilities they have to offer. She measures her success as our Implementation Success Specialist by the number of times she hears the phrases “that’s going to make my life easier,” “so cool,” and “love that” during the new-start process. Michelle self-identifies as a modern-day homesteader but won’t fully embrace the status until she convinces her husband to get a brood of chickens. When she’s not busy gardening, you can find her and her squad on one of the many Minnesota lakes – frozen or not. Michelle received her BS Degree in Business Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Sarah HughesDirector of Sales

Sarah’s first passion is words, both written and spoken, and from that comes her gift for communication. As Director of Sales, Sarah sits in on every EHR Go demo and follows up personally with each program, answering any questions or needs until they’re ready to make their decision. Her goal is to make sure every prospect gets the time and attention they deserve. Sarah believes clear and personalized communication is the hallmark of not just good sales, but happy customers. Sarah received her BA in English from the University of Tulsa, and has published two books.

Emily JohnsonDirector of Marketing

Emily has always loved making meaningful connections through authentic and personable communication. When she walks educators through the capability and features of EHR Go, whether online or at healthcare conferences, she closes the gap between curiosity and enthusiasm. Her goal is to provide programs with the information they need to make an informed decision about a product and a company that connects students to real-world experiences. Emily received her BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and spends most of her free time exploring random hobbies and traveling the world.

Kelley LinehanCreative Director

Kelley is a storyteller and a strategist. She believes effective communication is the key to solving the sticky problems that we face today. She has worn many hats, in both the marketing and design fields, and is happiest when she can blend the two together in ways that make relevant information accessible and clear. Her goal is to create compelling narratives that connect with the audience, enabling them to fulfill their own potential through the application of the information at hand. Kelley studied communications and graphic design and holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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