Cover image of Kelsey Mellard

Kelsey Mellard

4 Podcast Episodes

Latest 16 Oct 2021 | Updated Daily

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Episode artwork

Ep 38: Executive Moms Part II: Balancing Career and Family featuring Arielle Mir, Kelsey Mellard, Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, Halle Tecco and Anuradhika A.

Her Story - Envisioning the Leadership Possibilities in Healthcare

In this special edition of Her Story, we continue our executive mom series by asking a few of our guests to share challenges and solutions for a work/life balance. Join the conversation for advice about revealing a pregnancy, making difficult choices, setting boundaries, and more.


30 Jun 2021

Episode artwork

Ep 29: Every Day is Gameday with Kelsey Mellard, Founder and CEO, Sitka

Her Story - Envisioning the Leadership Possibilities in Healthcare

See more interviews with women leaders in healthcare and beyond at https://www.thinkmedium.com/programs/her-story/ Kelsey Mellard, is the CEO and Founder of Sitka. Prior to founding Sitka, Kelsey lead Health System Integration for Honor Homecare. Prior to joining the Honor team in 2013, she lead the development of the Post-Acute Care Center for Research (PACCR), which she served as its Executive Director. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Policy at naviHealth and launched their Washington, D.C. office. She has also been the Vice President of Policy for Health Services at UnitedHealth Group and worked closely with Optum. She has also been Special Assistant the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) where, in addition to helping establish the organization, she also served on the Steering Committee for its Health Care Innovation Summit, engineering its first-ever public-private event.Before working with the Federal Government, Kelsey worked directly within the healthcare delivery system as a consultant to a variety of hospital systems. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Board Company, and as an Administrative Fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinic. Kelsey began her career at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation working on the StateHealthFacts.org team. She attended Winona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Currently, she also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University in the College of Nursing and Health Services.


28 Apr 2021

Similar People

Episode artwork

Kelsey Mellard, Sitka, on the future of specialty care

Digital Health Forward

In our latest episode, I had a chance to chat with Kelsey Mellard, Founder and CEO of Sitka. Sitka is a peer-to-peer, asynchronous video messaging platform and specialist network. Sitka connects clinicians to top specialists, alleviating the challenges of scheduling and geographic limitations and compressing the cycle of care by enabling rapid decision making. Sitka is backed by  Optum Ventures, First Round Capital, Rock Health, Homebrew, Box Group, and Lifeforce Capital. Kelsey shares insights into the role telehealth plays in the transition to value-based care, how Sitka is bringing specialty expertise to the front lines, and the importance of trust, transparency, and reliability in healthcare delivery. We also reflect on Kelsey’s personal career journey prior to founding Sitka, where Kelsey held positions at Honor Homecare, naviHealth, UnitedHealth Group, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Kaiser Family Foundation.


29 Jan 2021

Episode artwork

Health Stories: Go-To-Market in Healthcare and Requests For Startups with Kristin Spohn and Kelsey Mellard

Village Global's Venture Stories

Kelsey Mellard (@KelseyMellard), co-founder of Sitka (trustsitka.com) and Kristin Spohn (@kbakes), partner at Social Capital, join Erik for this enlightening episode of Health Stories. In it they talk about a number of topics related to go-to-market for startups in the health industry. Kelsey explains what Sitka is trying to do in the musculoskeletal space, which is the #1 cause of disability in the US.They discuss the misaligned incentives in healthcare and the interplay of the various stakeholders that have an input into an individual's care. They explain why cost of care varies so much based on your ZIP code.Kristin and Kelsey talk about the types of startups they'd like to see in the healthcare space and where the opportunities are at this point in time. They also talk about some of the potential pitfalls and what founders can do to succeed.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.


3 Oct 2018

Most Popular