Our Team

Patti A. Engel, R.N., B.S.N - CEO & President

As CEO and founder of Engage Health, Patti has helped define the rare disease space. She has had an outsized impact thanks to her background as a nurse and extensive experience in caregiver/patient mapping, clinical trial recruitment, distribution of specialty medical products, and market research. A leader and frequent presenter on challenges facing those developing rare disease therapies, she uses relationships built up over the years to tirelessly drive forward client initiatives. 

Bridget Knisely, MFA - Operations Manager

Bridget is a highly organized, detailed professional, and proactive anticipator. She has extensive experience managing projects and executives in academic, medical, and non-profit settings and is known for her logistics skills. Strength in communication and people skills makes her valuable to clients and company projects. 

Sherri Calton - Human Resources Manager

Sherri brings to Engage more than 10 years of experience in project management and human resources. Her expertise includes business planning, budgeting, team training, coaching and development. Sherri’s skill set has been all-important in the development and maintenance of a positive and productive culture and proves vital to clients on a mission to meet significant goals. 

Jaci Schmidt - Sr. Database Administrator

Jaci administrates all aspects of EnCompass™, our database of over 1,000,000 rare disease healthcare providers. Her ability to see the trees and the forest ensures our data processing run efficiently at the micro and macro level. We appreciate Jaci’s commitment to quality data collection and validation as it makes our database highly sought after in the development of much-needed therapies.

Aidan Neher - IT Manager

Aidan, our IT Manager, develops and maintains the website, ensures collected data is stored efficiently and securely, and pushes internal IT initiatives forward. He brings a biomedical background to the table as well having worked in labs at both the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, thus he takes a creative, holistic approach when solving problems for clients and company.

Jennifer Greenberg - Project Manager

Jennifer’s experience managing people and processes as a founder, program director etc. at a multitude of institutions has positioned her well to progress client and company needs. Since joining us, she operationalized new department functions and launched collaboration between patient advocacy and healthcare provider groups. We are excited for the further impact her energy will have on rare diseases.

Patty Sibley - Patient Recruitment Liaison

Patty has an understanding of the life sciences from her time as a research nurse at the University of Chicago. She developed expertise on the commercial side of therapy development throughout 16 years in the biotech industry. She is critical to clients and Engage thanks to her experience managing relationships as a director of field medical affairs prior to joining.

Jennifer Terrell - Patient Recruitment Liaison

Jennifer brings a considerable and much-desired background in sales from over 10 years as a consultant and director at diagnostic and drug development firms. She has injected fresh ideas into client project and relationship management processes that derive from advancing awareness of clinical tools and involvement in the launch of the first pharmaceutical treatment for the very rare PKU disease.

Zack Denoma - Survey Developer

Zack has five years of experience building web surveys, which include complex skip logic. He has an in-depth understanding of the health research process and because of an educational background in accounting, he is sensitive to client constraints and needs. His end-to-end understanding of our operations from survey development to billing is key to him spotting opportunities for clients.

Skyler Jackson - Data Analyst

Skyler’s background in sociology and political science and experience serving the Child Foster Care Review Board of the State of Nebraska bodes well for our data analytics department. Her grasp on the psychology underlying interactions between people and organizations complements an aptitude for crunching data to deliver actionable insights. Clients appreciate her ability to analyze qualitative and mixed methods research with text, audio, videos, and spreadsheet data, and to distill it into clear and actionable insight.

David Herron - Data Analyst

David has been with Engage several years as a data analyst. He has built communications platforms, developed programming, and managed various web applications for Engage Health. David has an in-depth understanding of the software ecosystem of Engage Health and uses that knowledge to connect resources and people for clients.

Elliot Reicher - Data Analyst & Graphic Designer

Elliot has been with Engage some time and has contributed greatly in his role as a data analyst and graphic designer. He develops methods to display complex data in a clear and concise manner and uses his imagination to generate intuitive graphics for clients and company. He makes valuable contributions to clients thanks to his practiced appreciation for aesthetics and design.

Ryan Karau - Data Analyst

Ryan is a medical data analyst at Engage Health focused on connecting people experiencing rare diseases with proper therapies and resources. He achieves this through patient and caregiver identification and mapping and investigation of the literature. He couples his attention to detail with an aptitude for understanding the big picture to find meaningful connections for clients.