Our passion is to help people with serious medical conditions live better.

Meet the team:


Steve Wardle

CEO & Co-founder

Steve has held a variety of executive leadership positions including Regional CEO, CFO, VP of Global Strategic Partnerships, Manager of Investments and Board Chairman. He has lived and worked in several continents, led 100+ member organizations, managed a number of global teams, led a corporate turnaround, directed $50 million of debt and equity investment funds and led company boards/committees. Steve received his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and began his career in commercial and investment banking. 


Stephen Bekanich, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer & Co-founder

Stephen is a palliative medicine physician who has started and directed several palliative care programs across the country including University of Miami's Medical Center, University of Utah’s Medical Center and Ascension Health’s largest palliative care program, Seton Palliative Care. He was the CEO of one of the country's most successful Accountable Care Organizations which included over 2,300 physicians and produced successful outcomes across their government and commercial relationships. Dr. Bekanich is the recipient of awards for medical leadership, innovation in health care, teaching, and patient and family satisfaction. He and his works have appeared throughout the medical and popular media as well as at national events.  Read a letter from our doctor.

Stephen is not practicing medicine with Iris Plans. For more information please click here.


Andrew Chen

Chief Product Officer & Co-founder

Andrew has been a technology innovator across multiple disciplines spanning e-commerce, social media analytics, artificial intelligence used in healthcare, and enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS).  He has held Product leadership roles in some of the fastest growing software companies such as CognitiveScale, Inc., Spredfast, and Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV).  Andrew has extensive experience vetting prototypes, piloting new concepts, and leading both Product and Engineering teams. He holds several issued and pending patents. Prior to co-founding Iris Plans, he managed digital health products aimed at managing chronic conditions.   Andrew earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. 



Vice President of Quality

Mary Beth is a Doctor of Nursing Practice skilled in palliative care, pain management, advanced practice, diagnoses and treatment of diseases. She has extensive experience in implementing quality and patient safety disciplines in the organizations she's practiced including Baylor Scott & White, Seton Healthcare, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare Administration, and Baylor University Medical Center. Her rare combination of skills, domain knowledge and experience makes her ideal for ensuring consistency and quality in facilitating and leading our Advance Care Planning service.



Vice President of Member Activation

Phil’s diverse work experience spans a leading global consulting firm, a boutique investment manager, the halls of the U.S. Congress, and a disruptive startup launched inside a Fortune 200 company. He began his career in Accenture’s business and technology group, and later served as an advisor in the United States Senate. Most recently, Phil led customer engagement and business development for startup EVgo, building relationships with consumers as well as some of the world’s largest retail, real estate, and healthcare companies. Phil holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University and a B.A. from Indiana University.


Daniel McPherson

Senior Engineer

Daniel is a full-stack software engineer with experience building scalable and distributed web applications in a variety of team structures, company phases, and software development methodologies.  He has built his career alongside many Austin tech teams, including Bazaarvoice, RetailMeNot, and Indeed. Daniel holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.



Dima Tochilovsky

Vice President of Data Security & IT Operations

Dima is a Skilled Security & Network Architect and team leader with over 15 years experience with computer network security practices, security tools and security regulations such as HIPAA, SOX, GLB and NIST. He is also well versed in cloud infrastructure management, security countermeasures, security best practices and implementation.