The Abacus Executive Management team includes the Ph.D.-credentialed behavioral scientists who helped found the company and two industry veterans to lead core functional areas of operation. The partners are supported by close knit teams that provide strategic consulting and product development, data and business analytics, account implementation and client management, and customer service/clinical support.
Michael J. Follick, Ph.D.
FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Follick is a Professor at the School of Public Health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Follick is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health behavior and healthcare quality research. He has authored over 76 articles, book chapters, and books as well as being a frequent speaker at professional meetings and conferences. He has engaged in teaching, research, and clinical care at Brown University since the late 1970s. He has received numerous grants and contracts from sources such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop tools to help patients and physicians make health decisions. He is also past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Follick provides strategic direction for product development and sales for Abacus.
David K. Ahern, Ph.D.
FOUNDER AND SENIOR SCIENTIST
Dr. Ahern is a nationally acclaimed behavioral research scientist and informatics expert. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School and has published over 80 original articles in the areas of chronic pain, health behavior change in primary care settings, cardiovascular behavioral medicine, and eHealth. Dr. Ahern has held principal and co-investigator roles on numerous research grants and contracts funded by multiple agencies including Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the NCI, and the NHLBI. Dr. Ahern ensures that Abacus’ products and services incorporate the latest evidence-based approaches to patient engagement and promotion of healthy behaviors.
Edward Aberger, Ph.D.
FOUNDER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Dr. Aberger is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has extensive experience with the application of behavioral science principles to promote improved health outcomes and healthcare cost-containment and has had a lead role in the development and design of Abacus’ health behavior change incentive programs for at-risk populations. He also has expertise in health plan and pharmacy benefit design as well as clinical and financial outcome evaluation. Dr. Aberger is an executive vice president for Abacus, managing much of the daily operations, as well as product design and development.
Joe Wroblewski, M.B.A.
PARTNER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, TECHNICAL SERVICES
Mr. Wroblewski is the Director of Operations, Technical Services and a partner at Abacus. He has been with Abacus for more than 11 years with extensive experience in the delivery of technology and software solutions through on-premise and cloud-based platforms. At Abacus, he is responsible for the company’s technology-based products and services and also plays a significant role in new program development and implementation. He manages a dynamic and talented team of technologists whose focus is to deliver advanced health analytics and quality solutions to enable Abacus to deliver outstanding customer service and improved health outcomes for our clients. Mr. Wroblewski received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stonehill College and his Masters of Business Administration from Bryant University. Additionally, he possesses technology certifications from Microsoft and is well versed in HIPAA and in the security concepts necessary in personal healthcare data confidentiality.
Linda Loiselle, M.B.A.
PARTNER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, CLIENT SERVICES
Ms. Loiselle is the Director of Operations, Client Services and a partner at Abacus. During her 14 years at Abacus, she has been involved in a variety of consulting activities including behaviorally based strategic plan design, health plan data analysis, RFP preparation and evaluation, and customer advocacy. Ms. Loiselle leads the team of Account Representatives and Implementation Specialists who service all Abacus clients. She also serves as an Account Manager for major accounts and is responsible for launching new programs, maintaining client communications, program evaluation, and ensuring compliance on client deliverables. Ms. Loiselle holds a Masters in Business Administration, is a licensed life, accident, and health insurance broker, and has extensive experience in member communications and pharmacy and benefit plan design.
Sales and Marketing
PARTNER, DIRECTOR, SALES AND MARKETING
Mr. Follick is the Director of Sales and Marketing and a partner at Abacus. He has been with the company since 2004 and has helped shape the company direction and develop new channels of distribution. Mr. Follick directly consults with Abacus’ clients on the Federal 340B Drug Discount Program for Hospitals and has expertise in eHealth development. He also contributes to the incentive design and implementation of client programs. Prior to joining Abacus, Mr. Follick owned a marketing communications company, Magi New Media, which provided corporate branding services, copywriting, graphic design, and online marketing. He was also the National Inside Sales Manager for a software engineering firm and has sold behavioral safety consulting services. Mr. Follick has his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont.