DataFile's leadership team is comprised of experts across various fields within the healthcare industry. We pride ourselves on finding the sharpest, most creative minds in healthcare so that our clients receive health information management services beyond their expectations. Many of our employees are considered healthcare thought leaders and are asked to speak at events across the Nation. Learn more about DataFile’s executive team below.

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Janine Akers

Chief Executive Officer

With experience in grocery packaging, cosmetics and now health information management, Janine leads DataFile with her entrepreneurial drive and passion for disrupting the paradigm of the medical industry.

Her vision and excitement steer the strategic decisions of the organization and motivate our team of healthcare data experts to strive for greatness each day.

Shawn Whitcomb

Chief Operating & Technology Officer

Shawn Whitcomb has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership spanning numerous industries including healthcare. His extensive background encompasses strategy, technology and operations, enabling him to bring innovative solutions to today's health information management challenges. By closely aligning technology and operations, DataFile is poised to better serve our clients and enable our team members to thrive.

Chris Berland

Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a business-minded CFO with Midwest roots. Chris spent three years in investment banking and 10+ years in healthcare IT before trying his luck as CFO for a technology start-up in Boston. He joined DataFile in 2017 with one goal in mind: apply his common-sense, high-integrity approach to help propel DataFile’s growth to new levels while ensuring the company continues to deliver world-class service to its customers.

Joy Milkowski

Chief Marketing Officer

Joy Milkowski brings a wealth of experience to the role of Chief Marketing Officer at DataFile. A “big picture” thinker, Joy is a highly skilled strategist in marketing, sales, business development, channel/affiliates, social and public relations. Her diverse background and entrepreneurial roots give her the ability to think like a business leader while relating to and building consensus among multiple internal and external parties.

Jeff Cook

Director of Client Implementation

Jeff comes to DataFile with more than 35 years of combined executive technology experience, project management, strategy, architecture and implementation in a variety of industries. Most recently, he has served as Development Project Manager for Cerner as the Leader of the Teams responsible for development of the Client Interfaces and Cerner's internal service-based web portals.  Jeff’s leadership and standard of excellence enable DataFile to provide an unparalleled client onboarding experience.

Jody Kramer

Director of Release of Information

With years of experience working in leadership and management positions with some of Kansas City’s largest employers, Jody brings her skills to DataFile, overseeing our ROI department. She works with her team to deliver quality services and exceptional service to our clients everyday.

Lauri Mak


Lauri joined DataFile Technologies as the Controller in 2014 and brings over 20 years of accounting experience across multiple industries. She is responsible for the oversight of the accounting department, including internal policies and procedures, financial reporting, budgeting and cash flow.

Susie Hanna

Director of Human Resources

Susie graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with her Master's degree and has also earned her SPHR and SHRM-SCP credentials. With strong soft skills and a healthy dose of accountability, Susie has been extremely successful in HR roles for over 15 years. She stresses that she wants employees to know her door is always open and that she values their input.

Patric Rademaker

Senior Manager of Client Experience

Patric brings more than 30 years of experience to his position as Senior Manager of Client Experience for DataFile. The key to Patric’s proven ability to lead a successful team focuses on the importance of building relationships with clients and connecting with people. Thanks to his extensive industry knowledge and natural charisma, he has become a vital part of DataFile’s leadership team.

Scott Stuewe

Director of Strategy and Interoperability

A veteran of the EHR industry with 24 years at Cerner, Scott is an expert on interoperability and EHR systems. At DataFile, he is leading a team focused on transformation by creating new high performance channels for health data exchange. As a visionary and expert on data liquidity, he is a sought-after contributor on the deployment and adoption of various interoperability approaches.

Valerie L. Craig

Regulatory and Compliance Counsel

As in-house counsel, Valerie brings experience as a civil litigator and is responsible for risk management and advisement on legal developments as a part of the Compliance Team. She also provides strategic general counsel throughout the organization to ensure our continued success. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law and is a member of the Missouri Bar.

Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser

Compliance & Industry Education Manager

Kathryn’s responsibilities include ensuring the internal process is held to the highest standard in our industry and working with state and federal agencies to help interpret and implement privacy regulations within our clients’ organizations. She shares her knowledge with associations nationwide through published articles and educational events.