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The leadership team at AXIOM possesses a deep understanding of the challenges and issues which face the Healthcare market and continue to demonstrate the kind of leadership required in the growth of a national healthcare information technology solutions firm. In fact, due to their leadership and the contribution of our highly talented staff, AXIOM continues to grow and meet the ongoing needs of our clients.
Our leadership team includes:
  • Richard Howe
    Founder / CEO

    As founder and CEO of AXIOM Systems, Rich has been responsible for establishing and building AXIOM. With over 30 years of business experience within both information technology and healthcare, Rich insures that AXIOM consistently exceeds our clients’ expectations while maintaining the type of growth necessary to be recognized as the industries healthcare IT experts.

    Prior to founding AXIOM, Rich held the position of Vice President of Health Care Systems for a national consulting company. Previously, Rich played a strategic management role for AMISYS (now part of DST Health Solutions), a leading managed care software vendor.

    Rich has also been instrumental in the design and development of AXIOM’s products which meet the diverse needs of payers and providers in the management of healthcare transactions.

  • Paul Lythcke
    Executive Vice President

    As Executive Vice President, Paul is responsible for the overall delivery of our consulting services capability, client relationships, and ensuring AXIOM’s growth through new business acquisition. With over 30 years of technology, consulting, and sales experience within healthcare, Paul works closely with our clients in the formation of long lasting and trusting relationships.

    Prior to AXIOM, Paul was Vice President of Business Integration Consulting for The TriZetto Group, responsible for the delivery and client satisfaction of large-scale licensed and outsourced software package implementations. Previously he was a Principle and Vice President of Technology and Consulting Services for INFOTRUST, a start-up business process outsourcing (BPO) and application services provider (ASP), focused exclusively within the healthcare Payer market, which was purchased by The Trizetto Group. Having begun his career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Paul has a deep understanding of the diverse needs of healthcare organizations and applies his practical experiences related to technology and consulting in formulating successful engagements and product deployments, which deliver high quality results on behalf of our clients.

    Paul received his Bachelors of Science degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

  • Sandra Heckert
    Senior Vice President, Products Division

    As Senior Vice President, Products Division, Sandra is responsible for insuring that AXIOM’s product offerings’ meet the diverse needs of the industry. With over 30 years of practical hands-on healthcare administrative experience, Sandra manages AXIOM’s dedicated team of software developers and implementation and support specialists focused on the delivery of AXIOM’s product offerings.

    Prior to AXIOM, Sandra was the Vice President of Operations and application development for a mid-sized Health Plan based in the Southeast. She has a detailed knowledge of healthcare payer and provider operations, project management and process re-engineering.

    Sandra also served proudly in the United States Air Force as a Medical Administrative Specialist both within the continental US and overseas.

  • Bobby Sherrill
    Senior Vice President, Consulting Services

    As Senior Vice President, Bobby is responsible for the delivery of our consulting services and ensuring that AXIOM’s team of highly skilled consultants consistently provides our clients with high-quality results. As an Information Technology executive with over 25 years of healthcare, information technology, and large scale system implementation and integration experience, Bobby provides clients with a unique perspective in the strategies required to ensure a successful outcome of any size project.

    Prior to AXIOM, Bobby was Vice President, Consulting Services for the Trizetto Group, responsible for a variety of teams within the Trizetto organization including Product Consulting, Technical Consulting, Data Migrations, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Architecture, and Configuration Services. During his career with Trizetto, Bobby also served in the roles of Solutions Executive as well as providing leadership around product consulting, client services, and data conversion services. Prior to Trizetto, Bobby served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Colorado Access, a 600,000 member Health Plan located in Denver, Colorado, responsible for all Information Technology activities. Earlier in his career Bobby was a managing consultant, leading clients through the implementation of a variety of software solutions as well serving in the role of Director of Information Systems.

  • Christopher Lombardi
    Chief Technology Officer

    As Chief Technology Officer, Chris is responsible for overseeing the research, development, dissemination, and security of AXIOM’s technology infrastructure. Chris has over 23 years of experience with mastery in infrastructure, development, and security as it relates to complex technology platforms and as CTO Chris is AXIOM’s technology evangelist and currently holds all six core AWS certifications.  

    Prior to AXIOM Chris worked at the Corporate Headquarters for DRS Technologies as the Manager of Web Based Operations where he managed the infrastructure, development, design, and security for DRS Technologies and their subsidiaries. Chris also worked closely with the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs on special initiatives and is proud to have been part of a small group who worked with The National Guard Education Foundation to establish the Guardian Scholarship fund for children of fallen soldiers.  Following the merger of DRS Technologies with the Italian owned defense company Finmeccanica, Chris was one of a handful of employees selected to relocate with the corporate office to Washington DC where he was tasked with building an Enterprise IT team to manage operations for Finmeccanica North America and all their subsidiaries.

  • Angie Waters
    Director, Administrative Services

    As Director of Administrative Services, Angie is dedicated to insuring that our client's experience with the administrative aspects of AXIOM are positive and operate efficiently.

    Angie is responsible for all administrative functions including financial reporting and analysis, facilities, human resources, payroll, and accounts receivable etc. With over 17 years of experience Angie manages a dedicated team in both our Frederick, Maryland and Phoenix, Arizona offices.

    Prior to AXIOM, Angie was an administrator for a CPA firm based in Bethesda, MD.