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Who We Are

/ k(a)-ris / from the Greek, meaning “grace”

We Make Healthcare Work

Founded in 1996 and based in Austin, Texas, The Karis Group is an award-winning healthcare professional services firm. We positively impact consumers’ experience with the healthcare system through excellent service and results.

With our suite of comprehensive products and services, The Karis Group serves clients nationwide, including benefit providers, third-party administrators, insurance brokers, employers and healthcare sharing organizations as well as benefit resellers, wholesalers and aggregators. Within our Karis360 bundle, we offer an array of cost containment services benefitting clients and members.

The Karis Group is built on the vision to make healthcare work. By creating personalized options, providing exemplary service and delivering superior results, The Karis Group’s products and services help clients, companies and individual members tackle the stress and expense of the healthcare world today.

Our Leadership Team

Dr. Tony Dale

Founder and Board Chairman

Tony, a British native, grew up in Taiwan and Britain and trained at the world-renowned Royal and Ancient Hospital of St. Bartholomew (“St. Bart’s”) in London, England. He met his wife Felicity during his time at St. Bart’s. After practicing family medicine in East London, Tony and his family moved to the United States in 1987. Tony’s interest in medical economics began following his experience with the American medical system when he needed knee surgery in 1996. From his personal experience of the inconsistencies and staggering cost of the system, Tony determined to find a way to help people find better access to quality and affordable care, founding The Karis Group in 1996.

Today, Tony and Felicity enjoy the great pleasure of being grandparents as their four children are grown.

Learn a little more about Tony:

Favorite Book
How do I answer this, as I am always reading a new book? For years I have had a pattern of reading one novel and one book that is factual, so that I am growing in all sorts of areas of knowledge. I love good spy novels, true-life adventure and biography.

The most recent great biography was Unbroken.

Favorite Weekend Activity
Movie and dinner out with my wife Felicity and time spent on the Squash Court.

Favorite Quote
“But do I not dare to boast about anything except what Christ has accomplished through me.” Romans 15:18

This has really been my life verse, leading me to believe that we can accomplish anything that God asks us to do.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

Mike Martin

President and CEO

Mike was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before moving to Central Texas in 2003.

The attainment of a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Public Administration degree from Louisiana State University after completing military service was the foundation of Mike’s life-long career of service to others. It was during his years as a healthcare CEO that his passion for the patients led him to champion causes for quality, affordable patient care – regardless of ability to pay.

Mike’s experience as a seasoned healthcare executive coupled with a real desire to serve others led him to The Karis Group in January 2010. Having witnessed the devastation that the incongruencies in healthcare pricing structures, reimbursement mechanisms and collection systems have on the average family in America, Mike saw an opportunity to “have a transformational impact on peoples’ lives” through the products and services offered by Karis.

With his wife of over 35 years, Mary Beth, the Martin household has been an adventurous place as they raised two very creative children and is now delighting in watching four grandsons grow up.

Learn a little more about Mike:

Favorite Book
The Bible – it was truly transformational in my life.

Favorite Weekend Activity
Yard work / gardening – one can readily see the fruit of one’s labor, and it is always good to work physically hard without a telephone or computer around.

Favorite Quote
“Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8b

Zan Blount

Senior Vice President; Human Resources, Finance and Facilities

Growing up in Abilene, Texas, Zan treasured every opportunity to learn – every subject fascinated her leading her to a passion for reading and the public library! This love for knowledge has made her an asset to The Karis Group.

Zan attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene Texas where she earned a BBA in Accounting and continued on in her education to attain an MBA. Before Zan joined the Karis team, she worked in the electric utility industry, managing everything from accounting, compensation and technology to Mergers and Acquisitions. This diverse history allows Zan to apply all of her experiences to the daily workings of The Karis Group.

Learn a little more about Zan:

Favorite Book
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and everything ever written by J.R. R. Tolkien

Favorite Weekend Activity
Reading a book by the pool! Fun activities with my family – like visiting museums, zip lining, and vacationing.

Favorite Quote
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau

Robert M. Reilley

Vice President; Sales and Marketing

Bob is passionate about helping people and companies achieve their goals and bring about sustainable results.  He brings a strong track record in marketing, selling and in serving customers, having worked with insurance and financial services companies throughout his career.  He has extensive knowledge of serving clients and customers includes leading operational functions, and in building and running top-performing contact centers.

It was his Junior year while attending Illinois State University, that Bob discovered his love for marketing.  He has been mastering all aspects of this subject ever since, and most notably, in leadership roles as VP, SVP, CMO, President and Consultant.   While his early career involved marketing and selling a variety of business and consumer products and services, he really appreciated his insurance-related work the most, specifically for its ability to make a meaningful difference in a person’s life.    

Bob recently arrived in Austin, having pursued a long held personal goal of owning a lake house and finding nearby Lake Travis.  Prior places called home include Miami, Little Rock, Columbus, Chicago and Atlanta, where his son is pursuing his PhD. at Georgia Tech.

Learn a little more about Bob:

Favorite Book

Any business book or biography is a favorite.

Favorite Weekend Activity

Listening to live music, exploring, playing tennis or a bit of golf.

Favorite Quote

“Man’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude…a man’s attitude will create the situation he imagines.” James Lane Allen

Thad Puckett

Vice President; Infrastructure and Network Management, Client Services

Growing up, Thad always knew he loved helping people succeed at what they wanted to do most. This passion led Thad to The Karis Group, which allows him the opportunity to equip others to thrive.

Thad received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Mars Hill University and a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before The Karis Group, Thad worked as a Strategy Coordinator for IMB in Taipei, Taiwan. As Vice President of Technology, Thad coordinates all technology needs for the company and service delivery operations.

Learn a little more about Thad:

Favorite Book
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Favorite Weekend Activity
Running

Favorite Quote
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

Nick Gibson

Vice President; Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Business Performance Management

Nick Gibson serves as The Karis Group’s Vice President of Enterprise working closely with the technology and service areas of the company. Prior to joining Karis, Nick worked as a vice president in charge of IT and Project Management for a family real estate development venture, and served as Executive Coordinator for a global non-governmental organization coordinating development and infrastructure renewal projects in Africa, as well as Business-to-Business matchmaking initiatives bridging Israeli Industry with Emerging Market companies.

Nick received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Columbia University, a Master’s in Divinity from The King’s University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Acton School of Business.

Learn a little more about Nick:

Favorite Book
The Façade Saga

Favorite Weekend Activity
Spending quality time with my wife exploring Austin

Favorite Quote
“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” – Myles Munroe

Rebecca Bunton

Director; Service Delivery

Rebecca comes to Karis with a deep passion for helping people and an even greater passion for providing clean water for those that go without. One of the many things that drew Rebecca to The Karis Group was their commitment to meeting the needs of those right here in Austin and worldwide.

A graduate from Texas State University, Rebecca received a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration. At Karis, Rebecca is the Kare360 Product Manager and is also the Member Services Manager for The Health Co-Op; managing work caseloads, incoming requests and the team of dedicated healthcare Advisors. Rebecca plays a significant role in product development for Kare360 and The Health Co-Op.

Learn a little more about Rebecca:

Favorite Book
The Shack by William P. Young

Favorite Weekend Activity
Spending time with my son and family.

Favorite Quote
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

Lindsay Langteau

Manager; Communications and Human Resources Generalist

Since she can remember, Lindsay was passionate about helping others. After growing up an only child with two parents who worked in the mental health field, Lindsay knew she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. She found that with The Karis Group.

A Texas native, Lindsay went to the University of Texas (Hook ‘em Horns!) where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Relations. Before joining The Karis Group in 2011, Lindsay worked in public relations and advertising for several local agencies. With The Karis Group, Lindsay manages internal and external Corporate Communications as well as performing Human Resources Generalist duties including recruiting and strategic corporate growth.

Learn a little more about Lindsay:

Favorite Book
Night by Elie Wiesel

Favorite Weekend Activity
Traveling, watching Vikings and UT football with her husband, taking her pups Toby and Lucy to the lake and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite Quote
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

Teresa Heinitz

Account Executive

Teresa grew up in the beautiful state of Colorado and found her greatest passion was helping those in need.

She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and went on to complete her education as a Respiratory Therapist. Before joining The Karis Group, she worked as a lead respiratory therapist at the Nebraska Health Care System in Omaha. She then proceeded to successfully work in the competitive world of pharmaceutical sales and real estate in Nebraska, Iowa and Texas.

Teresa brings over 21 years of experience in the health care field. She joined The Karis Group as an Account Executive in 2013 where she is responsible for maintaining and developing client relationships.

Learn a little more about Teresa:

Favorite Book
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Weekend Activity
Spending what precious time I have with friends and family, enjoying outdoor activities and watching sports!

Favorite Quote
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost