Working together,
to forge a
patient-centric future

Leadership Team

HealthiVibe is guided by industry veterans who come from global pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and health care start-ups, united by a shared passion for making clinical trials better for patients and their caregivers.


Abbe Steel, MSc
Founder and CEO

The founder of HealthiVibe, Abbe has led HealthiVibe from startup to becoming the leading global provider of patient-centered initiatives. In her role as CEO, Abbe leads the company’s strategic roadmap for the company’s global suite of service and product offerings.

Abbe is an innovative leader and patient champion with more than 28 years of experience leading clinical development and post-marketing programs in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to founding HealthiVibe, Abbe was the Vice President, Patient & Physician Services at UBC-Express Scripts. Previously she worked in a variety of patient-centered roles at Sanofi, PAREXEL, and a health information technology startup (acquired by Cerner).

Abbe received her Master of Science in Health Communications from Boston University and Bachelors degree from George Washington University.

You can follow Abbe on Twitter @AbbeSteel.


Tom Howard
Chief Information Officer

Tom is the Chief Information Officer at HealthiVibe, leading HealthiVibe’s suite of web-based technologies currently deployed in more than 60 countries. Tom is a software architect and technology innovator with more than 25 years in software and database design, health informatics and analysis.

Prior to joining HealthiVibe, Tom was a senior engineer and software architect leading information security and analytics platforms at Verisign. Previously, he worked as a software engineer designing products to support healthcare informatics and public healthcare dataset analysis for the pharmaceutical industry.

Tom received his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Jennifer Kelly
Vice President, Operations

Jen works in partnership with our executive leaders to drive high performance and project delivery to our global pharmaceutical clients. Jen has over 15 years experience working in the life sciences industry managing operations and project delivery across Phase II-IV clinical trials, registries and commercial programs. Prior to working at HealthiVibe, Jen worked at UBC as an Associate Director, leading small- and large-scale projects as well as senior oversight and management of a high volume Clinical Coordinating Call Center. Previously, Jen worked at Partners in Corporate Health.

Jen received her Bachelors degree in psychology and communications from West Virginia University.


Valerie Powell, MS
Vice President, Research Services

Valerie is a Research Scientist with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Valerie leads HealthiVibe’s Research Services team and Digital Patient Experience (PX) Lab. She manages our qualitative and quantitative research offerings, delivering research that influences trial protocols, patient recruitment and retention plans, and patient messaging.

Prior to joining HealthiVibe, Valerie was Senior Director, Patient Insights & Engagement at Mapi Group/Icon Plc and Vice President, Learning Strategies at Adheris Behavioral Insights Group/inVentiv Health.

Valerie received her Master of Science in Instructional & Performance Technology from Boise State University and her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics/Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed the Citi Program’s Human Subjects Research program on Social, Behavioral and Educational (SBE) Research and is a frequent presenter at conferences regarding patient-focused research processes and results.