Our Company

Helping patients and providers navigate the evolving healthcare landscape

by bridging the gaps in care


Richard W. Kaplan, Chairman & CEO

With more than 40 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Richard  founded CareNext in 1999 (rebranded as Evolvere Health in April of 2017). Prior, he was the President of Advanced Clinical Networks and  founder of its parent, Advanced Health Corporation, a physician practice and management company.  Richard built “de novo” the core physician and network management business upon which the parent company went public at an initial market cap of $117M.

Richard is also former Senior Vice President of Cigna Health Plan where he was responsible for east coast operations.  For the 10 years prior to joining Cigna, he established one of the first network based healthplans, Central Mass Health Care. 

Richard enjoys spending time at his home on Cape Cod with his wife and two sons.


Matthew Kaplan, President

Matt is a well experienced business manager with previous experience in investment banking and financial operations. After starting his own Hedge Fund of Funds in 2007 and wall street experience in the 90s, Matt transitioned into healthcare to help drive new business in the NY market. He spends his free time with his wife, daughter and two labrador dogs and is an avid golfer. 

Stephen SooHoo, Chief Development Officer

Stephen comes to Evolvere Healthcare with over 20 years’ experience in the Managed Care industry. He has worked both as a clinician and within provider networks with the last 10 years specifically focusing on business development. As the Chief Development Officer, Stephen is responsible for identifying new sales prospects, product development and driving business growth.

Previously, Stephen worked at eviCore Healthcare as the Vice President of Network Services where he oversaw the development and operations of eviCore’s National Post-Acute Care network. Prior to joining eviCore Healthcare, Stephen was a Sr. Director at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, with a dual function of developing Regional Post-Acute Care Networks for Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial products as well as business development and client retention for a Medicare Advantage, Institutional Special Needs Plan (ISNP).

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pace University and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.  Stephen began his career working in Behavioral Health as a social worker serving a diverse population before moving on to network management and operations. He remains passionate about helping the public gain quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.


Spencer Jennings, SVP Finance

Spencer earned his bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt University and has since worked in healthcare. He is passionate about finding ways to increase the quality of patient care through implementing innovative, cost-conscious technology solutions for providers. He enjoys being outdoors, whether it's on the beach or on the golf course and is an avid scuba diver.


Roberta Alpert,  BA, MS, MPA, SVP Product Management

Roberta has spent her career in healthcare working through-out the continuum of care from the individual practice, HMO, practice management and for the last 15 years in the post-acute sectors. Her motivation is to improve service and care with the implementation of process and quality improvement initiatives. Currently, her focus is on operationalizing the CMS Institutional Special Needs Plan (ISNP) in select affiliated skilled nursing facilities.  The ISNP program is aimed at delivering an extra layer of care and improved communication for long term residents.

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Joan Zemsky , BSN MS Regional Director

Joan has been a nurse since 1974, graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BSN and a MS from Long Island University - CW Post in 1981. She has specialized in Oncology, Hospice Care and Geriatrics  as a Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers and Wellness Centers of Assisted Living. For the past 15 years, Joan has served as a RN Case Manager and Regional Director for CareNext, now re-branded  Evolvere Health. Joan loves spending time with her family and enjoys the beach, especially with her granddaughter.