Meet Our Team

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Dave Firdaus, CEO

Dave is an experienced managed care CEO. He is passionate in advancing affordable and integrated kidney care coverage to patients with kidney disease/dialysis. In 2019 he co-founded Clever Care Health Plan to serve the underserved ethnic populations. Prior to Clever Care, Dave was the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ Advantage (2014-2019) and the COO of SCAN Health Plan AZ (2011-2013).

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Gregg Kunemund, COO

Prior to joining us, Gregg was the Health Plan CEO of United Healthcare Medicare/Medicaid Health Plan for 14 years. Gregg was in charge of 5 States (AL/AK/GA/MS/TN) serving over 766,000 members. He oversaw a total revenue of $7.2 Billion with 83% of his members in 4+ STAR rated plans. As the Market Executive accountable for achieving profit and loss targets, sales, network development including ACO partnerships, market expansions, Medicare and Medicaid product designs and operations oversight for the Medicare Advantage, Group Retiree, Dual Eligible, Chronic, Part D and Medicare Supplement portfolio of products. His states had an average growth of 14.2% per year & all his markets held the #1 in Medicare Advantage market share.

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Tom Biuso

Tom Biuso, Medical Director, Board Advisor

Dr. Biuso holds a Medical Doctorate from New York Medical College and an MBA from Penn State University. He served as Chief Medical Officer of United Healthcare’s West Region from 2007 to 2021. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Arizona.

Francisco Leon

Francisco Leon, VP of Audit and Compliance

Mr. Leon is a solution-oriented and versatile executive with proven success in fast-paced and challenging environments. He has over 20 years of experience in auditing and healthcare compliance including Fraud, Waste and Abuse. Mr. Leon has held various roles in public and private managed care organizations including United Healthcare Group and Anthem.

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Gloria Long

Gloria Long, Executive Director

Ms. Long has over 35 years of experience in health care policy, program administration and management activities. Ms. Long also has over 14 years of experience as a Managed Care Executive involved with Health Plan management; VP of Operations, (Claims Manager, Director of Plan Operations, Network Management and Provider Relations, PacifiCare Asia Pacific, Director of Provider Services and Contracting, PacifiCare Life & Health). 

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Kristen Sorenson

Kirsten Sorensen, RN, VP of Clinical Services

Ms. Sorensen has over 25 years of nursing/clinical operations experience. Prior to joining Gold Kidney, Ms. Sorensen was Senior Director of Care Navigation and Director of Utilization Management, Care Management, and Appeals & Grievances at Fresenius Medical Care North America (2015-2021).

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Alex McNab, CIO

Alex McNab is accountable for Information Technology Strategy at Gold Kidney. He brings to this role over 25 years of experience in the areas of health plan IT Operations, deployment and development of high performing solutions and ensuring regulatory compliance. Alex’s experience includes CIO and VP roles in health plans such as MMM of Florida, Solis Health Plans, Preferred Medical plans, Simply Healthcare Plans and Vista Health Plan.

Leigh Cantrell, Chief Growth Officer

Leigh Cantrell comes to Gold Kidney with nearly 20 years of sales management experience in the Medicare industry. Through her 10+ year tenure at UnitedHealthcare and 3 years at Cigna she held a variety of sales leadership roles. While leading sales for the state of Georgia at UHC her team was able to organically enroll 50,000+ new members in her CSNP, DSNP & Community Medicare Advantage Products by translating market strategy into actionable sales tactics. In her most recent roles with Cigna, she was the Regional VP of Medicare Growth for the NE/Mid-West and SE regions.   


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Carrie Knowles-Atkinson, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Florida

Carrie has a total of 25+ years’ experience with healthcare payers including 22 years’ progressive executive-level leadership experience within Provider Networks. During her 19-year tenure with UnitedHealth Group (UnitedHealthcare and Optum) she acted as the executive leader responsible for local, regional, and national Provider Network teams and gained deep experience with Medicare Advantage (Medicare), Medicaid, commercial (employer-sponsored), Exchange and Global networks and benefit plans as well as network solutions for Federal customers.

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