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The Team

Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO

She worked for The New York Times for 23 years before founding ClearHealthCosts. Jeanne gained a 360-degree view of journalism from working as an editor, reporter and human resources executive before volunteering for a buyout in late 2009 and becoming a web entrepreneur.

At The Times she was an editor on the foreign desk, a reporter on the business desk and deputy founding editor of the Circuits technology section, among other posts. Before founding CHC, and before The Times, she worked at The Des Moines (Ia.) Register, The Grinnell (Ia.) Herald-Register and The Associated Press. She majored in Russian and did graduate work in Slavic studies, spending almost two years in the former Soviet Union, a place as opaque as the health-care marketplace.

She created with the help of two $20,000 grants: one from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (where her lead professors were Jeff Jarvis of “What Would Google Do?” and “Public Parts,” and Jeremy Caplan, director of education, Tow-Knight Center) and one from the Ford Foundation via the  International Women’s Media Foundation, in the Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier program, where Liza Gross, Nadine Hoffman, Elisa Munoz and the team have been among the strongest supporters of the ClearHealthCosts concept.

In 2012, clearhealthcosts won a $14,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program via J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, a terrific vote of confidence from Jan Schaffer and her team.


Jenn Schiffer, web developer and designer

Jenn Schiffer is the Department Administrator of Montclair State University’s Computer Science Department by day, and a web developer with a heart of gold by night. She’s passionate about her work, technology, academia, and using open source and data for the greater good.



Elizabeth Celms, reporter

Elizabeth Celms is a journalist who has written for both small-town newspapers and international networks such as the BBC. She spent four years living in Riga, Latvia where she was Riga Bureau Chief and then Editor-in-Chief of The Baltic Times. Her journalistic interests include in-depth feature articles, society and politics, and the ever-fascinating healthcare marketplace. Elizabeth recently graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she studied censorship and free media in the post-Soviet states.

Sherry Mazzocchi, reporter

Sherry Mazzocchi is a freelance journalist based in New York. In addition to her work at ClearHealthCosts, she works on multi-media projects for the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College. She has also worked at The New York Daily News, CBS Local, DNAInfo and The Manhattan Times. She is a recent graduate of The City University Graduate School of Journalism.


Joel Jennings, data wrangler

Joel’s home is at the Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY, where he helps out at the Research Center and with the school’s professional and continuing ed. program. He has also recently helped administer a public lecture series on ‘big data’, which he believes author- and custodianship responsibilities for should be widely shared.


Terry Ruth VanDuyn, customer development specialist

Terry has spent the last ten years working in health behavior and health education. She began as a community health worker in a rural Moroccan village. After earning her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan, Terry worked in software product development at a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Since then, she’s had the opportunity to work with several small health start-up companies to help shape strategy and product development. Terry is passionate about information transparency, especially in healthcare. She believes it can help patients ask better questions and make informed decisions about their health and wellness.


Tech partners

Development by our awesome partners and colleagues at Allied Strategy and Revsquare. Special thanks to John Skinner, and also Cameron Colby Thomson, Jeff Runyan and Grant Horejsi from Allied Strategy, and Alex Filatov, Jeff Mignon, Guillaume Pousseo and Damian White from Revsquare.

Special thanks

Our angels and our board members

Our grant organizations

The International Women’s Media Foundation and the Ford Foundation — Liza Gross, Nadine Hoffman, Elisa Munoz and others
The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — Jeff Jarvis, Jeremy Caplan and others
J-Lab, a journalism catalyst School of Communication at American University, and the McCormick Foundation — Jan Schaffer, Jill Clarke and others

All the jury and selection committee members who voted for us in these grant processes.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Steve Shepard, Jeff Jarvis, Jeremy Caplan, Judy Watson, Amy Dunkin et al
The CUNY J-School Entrepreneurials of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the incubator crew — especially Jenni Avins, Drani Datta and Alan Grow


Bill Richter, Richter Law Offices
Joe Richotte, Jennifer Dukarski et al, Butzel Long
Neil Jacobs, Neil Jacobs Law
The Online Media Legal Network at Harvard’s Berkman Center — Jeff Hermes, Andy Sellars et al


Investigative Reporters and Editors
The Association of Health Care Journalists
The Online News Association
The Society for Participatory Medicine
Health 2.0