The Journey Venture Studio Team
A team built to win
The Journey Venture Studio team is a diverse team of industry and category experts with a broad network of support. We have the passion, experience, and expertise to empower diverse founders to build venture-backable companies.
Jill Hawkins Johnson
Business Operations Coordinator
Dr. Andrea Raby
Mental Health Coach
Dr. Jon McCaine
Mental Health Coach
A board of excellence
Our board of directors was carefully composed of remarkable individuals who have the experience, passions, and alignment with the Journey’s mission and vision.
Justin is a native Phoenician who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College and started his career with Morgan Stanley in New York City as an investment banking division analyst. Justin’s tenure on Wall Street was short lived as he left his position in the investment banking division to join his father in the family mental health business in his hometown.
Justin became driven to find solutions to complex problems in the healthcare industry particularly when it came to communities that would otherwise be left behind. Relentless in his pursuit of improving the patient experience, Bayless Integrated Healthcare paved the way incorporating the most important health care services under one roof: primary care and behavioral health. In 2018, Bayless Integrated Healthcare also became one of the first provider groups in America to be designated as an Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) accredited telehealth provider.
Justin led Bayless Integrated Healthcare to be featured on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for the fastest growing private companies in America three years in a row (2018, 2019, and 2020) before executing a strategic transaction with Magellan Health Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN), a Fortune 500 company, in December 2020. Magellan Health was subsequently acquired by Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a Fortune 25 company, in January 2022. Justin subsequently transitioned away from the 40 year old family business in February 2022. Justin exited the family business with a nine figure valuation and growth of employees from 6 to 600 and patients served from 200 to over 50,000 annually.
Justin has been featured in numerous awards and publications including but not limited to: one of the top 35 Arizona Entrepreneurs under 35 in 2013 by the Arizona Republic, 2017 Non-Physician Healthcare Hero by the Phoenix Business Journal, 2017 Spirit of Enterprise Award by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, 2019 AZ Industry Leaders by AZ Business Magazine, 2019 40 under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal, 2019 Living History “Art of Entrepreneurship” Honor by the Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Phoenix Chapter, The Phoenix Chapter of The Links Inc., and the Gamma Mu Boule of The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, 2021 AZ Telehealth Leader by Arizona Business Magazine, and as one of Modern Healthcare’s 2021 Top 25 Emerging Leaders.
Justin also serves as an Advisory Board Member and Partner to the Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund as well as a Mentor to the Black Ambition program. In addition, he continues his passion for philanthropic work as he has recently established scholarship and entrepreneurship programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Valley , ElevateMed, as well as Morehouse College.
Justin has previously served on several boards including Delta Dental Arizona, Dignity Health Arizona, and was previously appointed by the Governor of Arizona to both the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as well as the Commission for African American Affairs. Justin lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and three daughters and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Phoenix Alumni Chapter. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer, haute horology enthusiast, and enjoys traveling the globe.
Mark has pursued a path supporting entrepreneurship as a way to lift others out of poverty while celebrating innovation and creating sustainable economies. Mark has worked with startups across four continents and consulted for Fortune 100 companies like Pfizer, Nike, and EMC.
After graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with an MBA in 2017, Mark joined a private equity firm and moved to Arizona to lead one of their portfolio companies.
Before joining the Journey team, Mark worked at the Arizona Commerce Authority where he supported entrepreneurs and startups across the state by leading programs like the Arizona Innovation Challenge and the Venture Ready Accelerator.
Jill Hawkins Johnson
Jill graduated with a degree in communications with an emphasis in women’s studies from Arizona State University, and now has 20 years of media and marketing experience in celebrity event management, production, on-air talent and fundraising.
Working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley over a decade, Jill was responsible for managing a Board of Directors, served as the local liaison to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and was an integral part in the organization raising $30 million in one fiscal year.
In her free time, Jill’s passion is her 8 year old son, husband and dog. She’s a huge sports fan, enjoys spending time at her family cabin in Northern Arizona, volunteers on the Board of Arizona Basketball Coaches Association, and supports the 100 Club of Arizona.
Business Operations Coordinator
Nikki, an Arizona native, possesses a deep passion for ensuring the success of organizations through her dynamic skill set as a Business Operations Coordinator.
With over 15 years of Executive Assistant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, she has expertly managed business logistics, orchestrated seamless events, and overseen diverse programs and services. Her proficiency extends to supporting high-level executives in Technical Operations, Quality Management, Manufacturing, Facilities, Engineering, and Innovations. Additionally, Nikki excels in process optimization, data analysis, vendor management, and cross-functional collaboration, embodying the qualities of a dynamic professional in the field of technical and business operations.
In her free time, Nikki finds joy in exploring new destinations, reading, experimenting with her culinary skills, volunteering, and spending time with her children.
Dr. Andrea Raby
Mental Health Coach
Dr. Andrea Raby is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She is also Board Certified in Tele-Mental Health and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Chemistry at Arizona State University and was also a member of their Honors College. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and ultimately completed her residency at Maricopa Integrated Health/County Hospital.
She has extensive clinical experience in community and hospital-based psychiatry. For over fifteen years, Dr. Raby has provided forensic evaluations for the acutely ill, as well as court testimonies for those on court order evaluations. In addition, she is an Inpatient Attending at Valley Hospital, and has extensive experience in treating patients in the outpatient setting.
Dr. Raby now brings her expertise to The Journey Venture Studio in working with and guiding the Founders of this organization. Dr. Raby was born and raised in Arizona, is married, and has five children. She loves to balance her family and professional life with her outlet of endurance running.
Dr. Jon McClaine
Mental Health Coach
Dr. McCaine is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist serving as a consulting clinical advisor for the Legacy Health Care Group and Empire Health Group providing didactic lectures and direct training for the core behavioral health staff. Prior to his recent retirement from full-time status, Dr. McCaine was the architect and consultant of Bayless Health Care Group’s Lighthouse Project for High Risk teenage youth serving the Phoenix metro area addressing a wide array of disruptive behavioral disorders, mood disorders, and substance related dependency and addictions as well as being responsible for the training of master’s degree interns and doctoral level practicum students in Social Work, Counseling, and Clinical Psychology. Dr. McCaine has also the clinical director of the Desert Haven and Marana Geriatric residential facilities proving oversight and clinical intervention for residents addressing progressive dementias and degenerative neuro-cognitive disorders posing threats to their medical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Prior to his most recent positions based in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. McCaine served as the Vice President and Consulting Clinical Director for Youth Services International based in Sarasota Florida providing clinical oversight, program monitoring and development, and staff training for residential programs and community based services for high risk juvenile offenders located across the country. Dr. McCaine developed and implemented YSI’s signature Strategic Model of psycho-educational youth development, a cognitive behavioral intervention addressing youth with identified patterns of delinquent violence, sexual behavior, and substances abuse.
In 1996, Dr. McCaine assisted in the planning and development of the Prostitution Diversion Program for Catholic Charities designed to assist women in rebuilding lives subsequent to being trapped the world of prostitution and sex trafficking . Dr. McCaine has conducted hundreds of psycho-educational groups with several thousand women over the past 26 years addressing childhood sexual abuse, family violence, and the unhealthy socialization of women as body for sexual gratification rather than human being seeking the realization of their full physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual potential.
As an identified expert witness in the forensic arena, Dr. McCaine provides courtroom training and testimony on antecedents of intimate partner violence and homicide. Dr. McCaine was recognized with the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work in the area of family violence prevention and education. Dr. McCaine has served on the Tucson Domestic Violence Commission as Chair of the Children’s Rights Committee, Co-Chair of the State of Arizona’s Protocol Panel for the Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders, as well as on the Board of the Arizona Sexual Assault Network. Dr. McCaine has served on the advisory board of the federal government’s Human Resource Services Administration Domestic Violence Prevention and Education project. Dr. McCaine has been identified as a subject matter expert in the area of Domestic Violence and Homicide by the Arizona Psychological Association who have sponsored training sessions conducted by Dr. McCaine attended by hundreds of licensed psychologists in Arizona and adjoining states.
Prior to joining YSI Inc., Dr. McCaine served as Clinical Director of the state of Arizona’s Department of Juvenile Corrections, Clinical Director of La Frontera Commnity Mental Health Center and Clinical Director of Psychological Services at the Marana and Catalina Health Centers during which time he also provided adolescent group therapy at H.C.A Sonora Desert and P.I.A. Tucson Psychiatric Hospitals.
As a speaker and trainer in much demand, Dr. McCaine has provided ongoing training for city, county, state, and federal agencies . Dr. McCaine served as the Chair of the Arizona Psychological Associations Ethnic and Minority Affairs Committee and as a consultant to the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. Dr. McCaine has provided consultation and training for the American Association of University Women, the Arizona Psychological Association, The Casey Family Program, The Maricopa County Domestic Violence Diversion Program, the Arizona Violence Against Women Project, The International Youth Institute, the Institute for Multi-Cultural Success, the Men’s Anti-Violence Network and the National Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention..
Dr. McCaine in the past provided statewide training on Cultural competence for the Arizona’s Administration of Children, Youth and Families. Dr. McCaine has also provided training to the Navaho Nation, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the San Carlos, White Mountain, and Colorado River Apache Tribes on Family Violence Prevention and Cultural Identity. Dr. McCaine delivered the keynote addresses for Arizona Statewide Gathering of Indian Nations “Finding Your Way Home: Cultural identity in Today’s World”, National Association of Social Workers: “Strength in Diversity: Embracing Arizona’s Cultural Mosaic”, the 20th Annual Texas Network of Youth Services Invited Keynote Address: Through the Eyes of the Child: The Impact of Child Abuse and Family Violence on Child Development, 3rd Annual Iowa Conference on Minority Youth Disproportionate Confinement Invited Closing Address: “Cultural Diversity or Adversity: The Challenges of a Multi-Cultural Society, The James Baker Institute of Public Policy, Rice University Through the Eyes of A Child: A Developmental Perspective on the Impact of Child Abuse and Family Violence, and was a special invited guest speaker for The International Violence Against Women Conference. Dr. McCaine was also a recipient of the Martin Luther King Memorial Award in Arizona for Community Service and Education and an invited guest speaker for the CBS News Special on Youth and Violence hosted by Dan Rather
Brian Wood is the President of MARS Coaching and combines 30 years of corporate experience with his background as an athlete, certified player agent (NBA and WNBA) to powerfully serve clients.
As a certified facilitator, Brian is passionate about continuous personal and professional growth and providing clients with a unique perspective and guidance toward the next level of achievement. He is enthusiastic about helping leaders find passion and leverage gifts to achieve their definition of success.
Brian supports major corporations, professional sports organizations and municipalities. He provides confidential executive coaching, virtual and in-person facilitation, and all aspects of leadership development training.
Additionally, Brian is:
- The Board Chair with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
- Recognized by ICF as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
- A Success Coach with the Humanitarian Coaching Network
- A Transition Coach with Athlete’s Soul
- A Foundation Board Member at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
- An Advisory Board Member for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Brian earned his BA in Communications from William Paterson University and earned his MBA in 2014 from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DTP, ATC
Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, is the co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT, the leading software solution for physical, occupational, and speech therapists. As a member of the board and senior management team, Heidi advises on the company’s strategic direction, product innovation and internal operations, while also advocating for the rehab therapy profession on an international scale. Today, it’s the fastest-growing physical therapy software in the country, employing over 700 people and serving more than 150,000 therapy professionals at more than 27,000 clinics.
Since the company’s launch in 2008, Heidi has guided WebPT through several milestones including three funding rounds: an angel round with Canal Partners, a venture capital round with Battery Ventures and a private equity round with Warburg Pincus; six acquisitions; and numerous national corporate and industry awards. WebPT also touts nine consecutive appearances on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list and has ranked twice on the Inc. 500 list. Heidi has been recognized as one of Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, was named a Most Admired Leader and has been honored as the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year at the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. She is also a proud member of the YPO Scottsdale Chapter and recognized as an outstanding alumnus of the University of California, Davis.
Her latest venture is called Rizing Tide, which is a non profit dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy workforce. The foundation provides scholarships for students from underrepresented backgrounds pursuing their doctorate degree in physical therapy or completing their physical therapy residency program.
Prior to co-founding WebPT, Heidi practiced as a sports medicine and orthopedic physical therapist for more than 15 years. She quickly advanced into leadership roles including clinic director of one of the largest sports medicine clinics in the U.S. Today, she regularly speaks as a subject-matter expert at regional, national and international technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership events, as well as at national and international PT industry and business-focused conferences.
Heidi serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the FLINN Foundation, Arizona Science Center, the Institute for Private Practice Physical Therapy, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Arizona School for the Arts, and the Arizona Community Foundation. She also dedicates time to mentorship within WebPT (through her employee empowerment group PropelUs) and in the broader community (through her work with physical therapy students, entrepreneurs, and women in business). Heidi is also a founding member of the Arizona chapter of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm focusing on women founders and leaders creating lasting impact.
Heidi enjoys traveling, hiking, practicing yoga when she’s not shooting hoops with her daughter Ava.
Andy Lombard is the CEO of Arizona Venture Development Corporation (AVC), a venture capital firm, where he continues a more than decade-long passion for energizing tech startups and entrepreneurial communities across the state.
Before becoming a VC, Andy was a prolific tech founder, building and exiting four VC-backed startups in B2B SaaS, Medical Device, Cyber Security, and Wireless Broadband. Andy’s many awards and highlights include being named an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and selected as a US Presidential Tech CEO Forum member.
Prior to becoming a tech founder, Andy spent 14 years at Motorola, most notably leading Motorola Asia, and then became an investor at Motorola Ventures with over $750M under management, 32 JVs, and 31 boards in 13 countries.
Andy was Co-founder of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, one of the largest business plan competitions in the US. He is also the founder of Venture Ready Accelerator, a world-class tech accelerator at ACA. Andy serves on several boards, including; AZ-VC, Investment Committee; Pangaea Ventures, LP Advisory Committee (LPAC); Board Member, Schola, Inc.; Member, Technology Advisor Board – Tech Launch Arizona, the tech transfer arm of the University of Arizona.
Jason Wood is a Managing Director with the Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund, focused on investments in Women-led and Multicultural Founded Early-Stage companies. He has over 20 years of finance industry experience as a principal investor and as a corporate advisor.
Most recently before joining Morgan Stanley, Jason spent six years leading AIG’s Direct Equity, Venture Capital and Private Equity Co-investment business, with responsibility for sourcing and executing high conviction investment opportunities and overseeing the investment management process. Prior to AIG, Jason was a Director with Zurich Alternative Asset Management, where he was responsible for the private equity co-investment and primary fund commitment business. Earlier in his career, he served as a Vice President at Parish Capital Advisors, investing in and alongside Diverse and Emerging managers, and as an investment banking Associate with Merrill Lynch & Co.
Jason earned a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from NYU Stern, where he was a Consortium Fellow. He currently serves on the Ross School of Business Alumni Board of Governors and is the past Treasurer and Chair of the Executive Committee for Common Denominator, a New York based non-profit focused on improving middle school students’ math and critical thinking skills.
Ashok Santhanam is a Venture Partner at AZ-VC. He has over 30 years’ experience leading software product and service businesses as an entrepreneur and executive. He has founded three companies – two venture backed and one bootstrapped – and exited two after achieving valuations in the hundreds of millions.
He was also President & CEO of Bristlecone, a leading privately held global system integrator in supply chain management, and Chief Revenue Officer at Epiphany, a public marketing analytics leader that achieved a multi-billion dollar peak market capitalization before its acquisition by Infor. Most recently Ashok was CEO at Brandcast, a VC-backed SaaS company which was acquired by TIME. He holds a BSME from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.