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Founder of Waterline Ventures
Business Development at Shields Pharmacy Services
Investor at Highland Capital Partners
Robbie founded Waterline Ventures in 2014. Robbie has also spent time as the Vice President of Business Development at Shields Health Solutions, a hospital services company in the specialty pharmacy space. Prior to founding Waterline, Robbie was an investor at Highland Capital Partners, and helped launch Causeway Media Partners, a sports technology investment fund. Prior to Highland, Robbie was an investment banker in the Healthcare Group at Oppenheimer & Co. and CIBC World Markets. Robbie received a B.A. from Brown University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Abby Bristol Hafler
Abby is an investor at Waterline. Prior to that, she was an investor at Matrix Partners in Boston. She also spent time at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation looking at high impact social enterprises focused on healthcare. She joined Waterline in 2016 to focus on her passion for improving healthcare and patient’s lives through innovation and technology. Abby received her B.A. from Yale University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She also has a M.A. in medieval literature from The University of Texas at Austin.
Founder and CEO of Shields Health Solutions
Former President of Shields Health Care Group
Jack is a co-chairman and advisor at Waterline. He is the founder and CEO of Shields Health Solutions which he launched in 2012. In 2019, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (“WCAS”) and Walgreens Co. (“Walgreens”) made an equity investment in Shields Health Solutions. Jack has led several healthcare services companies, focusing on partnering with health systems to improve care models and patient experience. Jack won the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Shields Health Solutions. Jack holds a B.A. from Notre Dame University and a J.D. from Catholic University Law School. Jack was a member of Notre Dame's 1981 Sugar Bowl team.
Founder of NaviMed Capital
General Partner at Highland Capital Partners
Bijan serves as an advisor and member of the Investment Committee at Waterline. He is also a Managing Director and co-founder at NaviMed Capital, a private investment firm based in Washington, DC, focusing on growth capital and private equity healthcare investments in healthcare IT and services. Prior to NaviMed, he was a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners. Bijan holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.D. and M.S. from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is also a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.
Founder of Causeway Media Partners
Founder of Highland Capital Partners
Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School
Bob is a co-chairman and advisor at Waterline. He has over 30 years of venture and private equity investment experience. From 1988 to 2013, he was General Partner and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Partners, Most recently, Bob founded Causeway Media Partners which invests in sports technology and media companies. Bob is a graduate of Harvard University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he is a Senior Lecturer.
CFO, Investment Committee
CFO, Highland Capital
Kathy is an advisor and part-time Chief Financial Officer at Waterline, providing strategic guidance and advice. Kathy was previously Highland Capital Partners’ CFO for 18 years and was responsible for the financial and administrative affairs of the firm. Before that, Kathy was the VP of Finance and Administration and CFO for Microsurge and held various financial and advising positions for Boston-area companies. Kathy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kathy earned a M.S. in Accountancy from Bentley College and a B.S. from West Chester University.
Mike is President of Customer Solutions at American Well. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Avizia, an acute care telemedicine company that powered telehealth deployments for hospitals and health systems. American Well acquired Avizia in 2018, expanding the capabilities and footprint of American Well. Prior to his position at Avizia, Mike held senior positions leading strategy, marketing, and product development teams at Tandberg, Cisco, McKinsey & Co, and Dell. Mike received a B.S. in accounting from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and was designated in 2005 as a Siebel Scholar. Mike is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in the Washington D.C. Chapter.
John joined Waterline in 2019. Prior to joining Waterline, John was an investment banker at AGC Partners where he worked on deals in the technology and services sectors. John received a B.A. in Economics and Chinese from Bowdoin College, where he was a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar.