Patientco Leadership Team

Bird Blitch

Co-founder & CEO

Bird co-founded Patientco in late 2009 due to his own frustrating billing experience following the birth of his first child. Combined with his expertise in the payments industry, he recognized an opportunity to create a faster, easier, and more secure payment experience for both patients and providers. His dedication to improving patient payment models led to his recent appointment to the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force.

Prior to creating Patientco, Bird co-founded and served as CEO for BroadSource Inc. While transforming the venture-funded company into one of the leading Telecom Expense Management companies, BroadSource was twice listed by INC magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.

He also serves as an Advisory Board member of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a start-up accelerator that helps technology entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies.

Bird is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.


Joshua Silver

Co-founder & CSO

Joshua co-founded Patientco after seeing an opportunity to take his expertise in consumer-centric product design to the industry that needed it most. As VP of Product Development, Joshua is responsible for Patientco’s technology strategy and product direction as well as customer acquisition.

Prior to Patientco, Joshua was a member of the International Product Development team at, specializing in product integration with key partners such as Virgin Media, AOL, and Lycos.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with Highest Honors and was the recipient of the prestigious President’s Scholarship Award. In 2014, Joshua was named “CIO of the Year” by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).


Kurt Lovell


As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Kurt has helped shape a solution and organization with unparalleled client retention. Kurt leads the financial, operations, client success, product, engineering, and compliance domains. His stewardship of all internal operations at the company led to him being named to the 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 List. He was a 2015 finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s CFO of the Year award.

Prior to Patientco, Kurt served as the Vice President and Managing Director of Citect Americas, a leader in industrial automation and manufacturing execution software. Kurt began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers advising underperforming companies on turnaround strategies.

Kurt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance.


Alan Nalle

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Alan develops strategies and supporting plans for Patientco to deliver unique value to its clients – which in turn supports Patientco’s growth goal to become the premier payments solution in healthcare.

Prior to Patientco, Alan served as a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy’s Healthcare practice where he led projects addressing many of his client’s most pressing issues related to growth and innovation for leading Providers and Payers.  Before Accenture, Alan was an early employee with NetSpend, an award-winning consumer payment start-up which later became publicly traded.

Alan holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas McCombs School, with High Honors, in addition to a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas.


Sean Joyce 

VP, Product and Engineering

Sean Joyce is responsible for leading both the Product and Engineering teams at Patientco. His primary focus is on crafting a product roadmap that aligns with the company’s strategic plan. His responsibilities also include feature development, hosting and application security, and leading Patientco’s team of software engineers.

Prior to Patientco, Sean was Director of User Experience for ADP’s Professional Employer Organization (PEO) business. While there he launched the PEO industry’s first Affordable Care Act compliance software for employers.

Sean holds BA in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Emory University.


Maria Frantz 

VP, Operations

Maria oversees all sales planning and leadership, establishing a standard of quality, accuracy, and process consistency. She ensures that the sales team is aligned with the other teams within the company.

Prior to Patientco, Maria Frantz was VP of Operations for AchieveIt which covered key areas; customer success, training, technical support and consultative services. Maria has worked with clients to create over 1000 strategic and operation plans through strategic planning software. Maria also founded a patient engagement technology company, Medical Home Run, which encouraged primary care patients to interact with their patient portals, take patient satisfaction surveys and learn about chronic diseases during the office visit. She has been certified by the American Society of Quality as a Lean Six-Sigma Green belt and is a recipient of the Merck’s Outstanding Women Award.

Maria holds a Master of Science in Statistics from Rutgers University, Masters of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Louise Cherry Barber 

VP, Culture and Experience

Louise is focused on culture and career development as an integral part of our strategic success at Patientco. As we grow, the components of our culture that got us here need to change and evolve so she spends her time balancing the wellbeing of our current team and adding new members to the team to keep the momentum going.

Before Patientco, Louise was the Sr. Director of Talent Management at Earthlink, where she held several roles prior to her promotion.

She holds a BS Business Administration from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Georgia State University.


Meredith Kirchner 

VP, Client Success

Meredith oversees the Client Success Team which includes professional services, onboarding and account management.  She works closely with the Sales Team to ensure a smooth handoff from sales to delivery and ultimate long term client success.

Prior to Patientco, Meredith was a Senior Manager with the CapGemini/Ernst & Young Healthcare Technology practice, where she held several previous roles. She specialized in large-scale EHR system selections and implementation engagements, including Epic, Cerner, Siemens and McKesson. Meredith started her career at McKesson implementing the STAR revenue cycle suite.

Meredith is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering with a certificate in Health Systems.