CEO and co-founder
Much of genusConnect™ stems from the ad-hock services put together so his family (6 siblings and extended family) could work effectively together. While caring for his father, Jack Gleason (who had Alzheimer’s), Joe’s mother was feeling the strains of being the primary giver of care. His mother, Mary Gleason, continues to be an inspiration for new ideas and a reminder why caregivers benefit from working closely together.
genusConnect™ represents a culmination of projects all centered around bringing people together on the internet.
- One of the largest educational software design & distribution companies
- A web hosting service for small businesses, with over 100,000 sites
- A tribute service that pre-dated Facebook, allowing family members to have a site to pay tribute to those they lose and continue to collect stories
- A video Tribute service that allowed videos to quickly be created for funeral services, reaching millions with an inspirational messages and images of reflections.
To me, genusConnect™ represents the perfect combination of passions and experiences of the co-founding team. genusConnect™ provides caregivers with the resources and tools they need to work together to deliver the best possible care. As an open platform, technology providers, care providers, neighbors, friends, siblings, and grandchildren can come together in an elegant positive way.
All of us at the team see genusConnect™ as something that is truly a community company, harnessing the best in all of us. We see genusConnect™ growing into something we (our team, our community) can be proud of for generations to come
VP of Marketing and Co-founder
Pat and Joe began discussing genusConnect™ years back as Joe was working through care related concerns for his parents and family needs. As a system interface designer and marketing consultant for fortune 500 companies, Pat was able to apply that work history and help bring concepts together in a way that supported a positive friendly user experience.
“As we began developing genusConnect™, it became clear to me that this wasn’t just a project. genusConnect™ represents something that allowed me to fully utilize the skills and contacts I had in the medical market. Overseeing the brand and knowing that millions could benefit from it has been a rewarding journey so far.”
Pat is current owner and president of a UI design and graphics company known as RAVEstudio, LLC. In addition to owning RAVEstudio, LLC., Pat holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and is registered in two states and nationally certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
CFO and VP of Operations
Bob (JD/CPA) joins genus, LLC with years of business experience in start-ups and private equity. “When Joe [Gleason] showed me the genusConnect™ concept, I was immediately onboard! I love that it’s is a mission-based organization committed to improving the way we manage care for our loved ones.”
One of Bob’s key responsibilities is mission alignment… assuring we clearly define and implement our mission. He guided us into incorporating genus, LLC. Furthermore, he is creating publicly available mission and financial reporting tools so users and partners can monitor our community impact and financial performance.
“I love what genusConnect™ is all about… helping givers of care work together, bringing a sense of peace to families and extending independence to those we love. As an open platform we are able to invite world class companies to participate and empower them to share in this mission.”
VP of Development
Ryan’s joins the genus, LLC mission with large systems design and interface experience. Ryan and Bob have worked together on a variety of projects.
Ryan’s oversees system design strategies. Supporting rapid growth, secure data, and facilitating the API’s that keep genusConnect™ open. Ryan’s 30 year experience in software design is from top name companies.
“When I share with my friends what genusConnect™ is all about, they immediately implement genusConnect™ with their families.. Seems we all know several people who either are or will soon be in the role of a giver of care. I love being able to take my passions and 30 years of software design experience and helping to create something that will be part of our culture. What makes a product like genusConnect™ so powerful is the way the team set out to make the interface fluid, fast and positive and position it as a truly open platform that can benefit from the rapid growth and services and technology in the field of care.
Advisory Board Members
VP Social Innovation, The Skillman Foundation
Chris Uhl is the Foundation’s vice president, social innovation. He guides the Foundation’s social innovation work, including a portfolio of innovative grants with both longtime partners and unlikely allies. He also leads work involving PRIs and other creative financing vehicles. He is driven by the belief that all Detroit kids should have the same opportunities that kids in the greater Detroit region have and believes using market solutions to approach systemic problems will lead to better, more sustainable results. Uhl, who joined the Foundation in April 2012, has also been involved in community projects such as, the Blight Task Force, the Hatch Detroit competition, and the Green Garage Business Greenhouse. Uhl serves as an advisory board member for Detroit Food Academy and has served as a board member for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He is also the executive director of the Detroit Children’s Fund, a newly-formed nonprofit affiliate of the Foundation. Previously, he worked as a vice president of commercial banking for PNC. Uhl graduated from Central Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. He received his MBA from Wayne State. Uhl resides in Berkley with his wife, Tricia, and their two daughters.
Don Crowder, PhD
Past President, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
Dr. Crowder received his PhD from University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin University) in clinical psychology with emphasis on Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology in 1982. He was involved in the clinical division of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, and took an active role in successful efforts to change Wisconsin’s psychology licensing law from a title protection to a practice act. He was also involved in restructuring the Wisconsin Psychological Association so that one organization represented all psychologists.
Dr. Crowder was a member of the Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board from December 2000 – October 2009, serving as Vice Chair in 2004 and Chair 2005-2009. Dr. Crowder served as Regional Director of Behavioral Health Services, Aurora HealthCare Southeastern Region from 1984-2010. He was director of a Burlington Behavioral Health, a group private practice in Burlington, Wisconsin from October 2009 – November 2014 and has served as a partner in HCC Consulting since October 2009.
Dr. Crowder was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) as a Member-At-Large in October 2011. He was a member of the ASPPB Mobility Committee from January 2009 through December 2015, serving as Chair of the Mobility Committee in 2014 and Co-Chair in 2015. He also chaired the ASPPB Behavior Analysis Taskforce, the ASSPB Common Rules Task Force, and the Joint Task Force on Licensure of Consulting and IO Psychologists. Dr. Crowder served as President-Elect of ASPPB in 2015 and is serving as President in 2016.
Dennis Ramus, MD, F.A.A.F.P, CPABoard Chair of The Physicians Alliance
Dr. Ramus is board certified in Family Medicine. His seven-physician practice have been leaders in the Patient-Centered Medical Home, CPC and CPC+ programs. Dennis is the Board Chair of The Physicians Alliance (one of the largest physician organizations in SE Michigan with 2,100+ members).
He attended Wayne State University for his medical degree and completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Before entering the medical profession, Dennis was a CPA and audit specialist with Plante Moran.
Leon C. LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP®, CFA LJPR Financial Advisors
Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA is the managing member and founder of LJPR, LLC, an independent financial advisory firm managing over $690 million in assets as of 4/3/2017. As a practicing attorney who specializes in financial planning and estate planning he understands the challenges faced by his aging clients and the importance of developing a simple, effective tool that helps families address the Four-Needs-of Care. Leon’s deep understanding of these needs and how to best communicate the challenges of managing late-life and end-of-life legal/financial concerns was instrumental to the design of the genusConnect Financial/Legal module.
Leon is the author of 14 retirement & financial planning programs used by General Motors, Ford Motor, Lucent, AT&T, CalPERS, the States of Montana and Washington and others. In 2016, he was elected to Michigan Institute of CPA’s board of directors where he seeks to increase financial literacy for seniors, special needs individuals and their caregivers. He regularly appears on national and regional television and radio programs, discussing economic, financial, retirement and healthcare topics.