HCPEA Young Leaders Council

The HCPEA Young Leaders Council (HCPEA YL) is a diverse group of individuals offering fresh perspectives and insights for rising investment professionals to succeed in their healthcare private equity careers.

David Poss
Principal, BPOC

David Poss

David is a Principal at BPOC. Prior to joining Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company in 2017, David was a Senior Associate at PNC Riverarch Capital where he was responsible for the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions. He began his career as an Analyst at Croft & Bender, a middle market investment bank focused on M&A and capital raising services.

David received a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vice President, Frazier Healthcare

Clarissa Berman

Clarissa is a Vice President at Frazier Healthcare, a middle market growth buyout firm based in Seattle. She is involved with several of Frazier’s portfolio companies including SunMed, EPTAM Precision and Effective School Solutions (ESS). She has also previously been involved with Elevate Patient Financial Solutions (previously MedData) and Alteon Health.

Prior to joining Frazier, Clarissa worked at McKinsey & Company and Bauscher, a start-up she co-founded. Prior to founding Bauscher, Clarissa was a Vice President at Credit Suisse, focused on healthcare and education. Previously, she worked for Morgan Stanley in Sao Paulo. In recent years, Clarissa also had a brief passage working at Goldman Sachs and Francisco Partners.

Clarissa received her B.A. from FAAP and her M.B.A. and Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Principal, Lee Equity Partners

John Eppler

John is a Principal at Lee Equity Partners focused on investments in growth-oriented healthcare services businesses. Prior to joining Lee Equity, Mr. Eppler was an Associate at Northlane Capital Partners and an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Jefferies LLC.

Mr. Eppler serves on the board of directors of Therapy Partner Solutions and has been involved with Lee Equity’s investments in Inception Fertility, Solaris Health, and Summit BHC. Mr. Eppler received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors and was a Howard E. Mitchell fellow.

Vice President, WCAS

Ann Hickey

Ms. Hickey is a Vice President, having joined WCAS in 2019. Prior to joining WCAS, Ms. Hickey worked at Town Hall Ventures, Archimedes Health Investors and Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT) where she focused on investments in the healthcare sector. Earlier in her career she worked at Oak Hill Capital and Audax.

Ann earned a BS from Duke University.

Taylor Holland
Vice President, Arsenal Capital Partners

Taylor Holland

Taylor Holland is a Vice President of Arsenal Capital Partners where he focuses on developing and executing investment strategies for the healthcare team. He currently serves on the boards of Pharma Value Demonstration and Accumen. Prior to joining Arsenal in 2017, Taylor worked in the healthcare investment banking group at Jefferies LLC.

Taylor holds a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

Lisa Kapp
Vice President, Advent International

Lisa Kapp

Lisa Kapp joined Advent in 2021 and focuses on investments in the healthcare sector. Prior to Advent, Lisa worked at Cressey & Company, a healthcare-focused private equity fund, and at the global private equity firm Apax Partners, where she was a member of the healthcare team. Lisa began her career in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs.

Lisa has a BSc in Economics and an MBA in Healthcare Management, both from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Principal, Apax Partners

Pavithra Mahesh

Pavithra Mahesh is a Principal in the Healthcare team. She joined Apax Partners in 2018 and is currently based in New York. She serves on the boards of Eating Recovery Center (ERC) and InnovAge (NASDAQ: INNV).

Prior to joining Apax Partners, Pavithra was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investing Area, where she focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in healthcare services and IT. She started her career in Goldman Sachs’ healthcare investment banking team.

Pavithra holds a BA in Behavioral Economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Vice President, Summit Partners

Irem Rami

Irem is a Vice President at Summit Partners where she focuses on growth equity investments in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining Summit, Irem led investments across value-based care and pharma IT & services for McKesson Ventures. She was also previously part of the founding team for two companies in the employer cost containment and senior care coordination sectors.  Earlier in her career, Irem worked at Madison Dearborn Partners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking Group.

Irem received a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.