Sherrill Neff

Executive Chairman

Sherrill Neff serves as the Executive Chairman for Homestead Smart Health Plans. In addition to serving as Chairman of Homestead’s Board of Directors, he provides strategic guidance and support to Homestead’s executive leadership team.   Sherrill joined Homestead in 2023, bringing many years of relevant experience including healthcare services, financial services, investment fund management, and executive and strategic leadership.

Sherrill was previously Founding and Managing Partner of Quaker Partners, a family of venture capital funds investing in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, and medical devices.  In this capacity he served on the boards of directors of a number of publicly traded and private Quaker Partners portfolio companies.

Prior to beginning Quaker Partners, Sherrill was President and Chief Operating Officer, and also a Director, of a publicly traded biotechnology company, Neose Technologies; was Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at U.S. Healthcare, a leading managed care company; was Managing Director and Co-head of the financial institutions group at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., an investment banking firm; and was a corporate attorney at Morgan Lewis.  He is currently also a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of a publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT, ACRES Commercial Realty Corp.

Sherrill is a passionate and active member of Philadelphia’s dragon boating community and was a member of Team USA competing in the 2023 World Dragon Boat Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. In addition, he has served on boards of directors for several non-profit organizations.

TJ Knox, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas J. Hunter Knox (TJ) is the Chief Financial Officer of Homestead Strategic Holdings, Inc. As the company’s CFO, TJ is responsible for finance, treasury, capital and accounting. Prior to joining Homestead Strategic Holdings, Inc., TJ served as the Director of Auditing Services for the School District of Philadelphia where he oversaw the internal audit function of the District and the Philadelphia Charter Schools financed by the School District of Philadelphia. TJ also worked in public accounting for five years, auditing pension funds and medium-sized cities before taking the position with the District of Philadelphia.

TJ earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida Atlantic University in addition to a Master’s Degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.

Joe Pagano

Chief Operations Officer

Joe Pagano is the Chief Operating Officer for Homestead Smart Health Plans.  In addition to leading Homestead’s operations, Joe provides strategic leadership and direction as a member of the executive team.  Joe joined Homestead in 2021. 

Joe brings over 17 years of leadership and operational experience.  He has led operations and product divisions across the health insurance and property casualty industries.  Most recently, Joe was with Optum where he spent 5 years in a variety of roles, including General Manager, Ancillary Services and Senior Vice President of Operations.  Prior to Optum, Joe’s tenure included time at Travelers, Sedgwick CMS and The Hartford.  

Joe received a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. 

Andy McMillan

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Andy McMillan is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Homestead Smart Health Plans. His leadership and commitment to exceeding the expectations of our clients and broker partners are instrumental to driving Homestead’s growth and success.

Andy brings 27 years of industry experience from sales and leadership positions at companies including Aetna, Symetra, and Gallagher. Prior to joining Homestead, Andy served as the Central Region President for Trustmark, where he led the sales, client management, and underwriting teams for 14 states.

Andy earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Nancy Link

Chief Administrative Officer

Nancy De Leon Link serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Homestead. She previously served as Homestead’s Chief of Staff. An experienced healthcare and public health leader, Nancy leads human resources, employee engagement, and compliance/legal for our company. She has had a direct impact on improving our organizational best practices as well as managing Homestead’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining Homestead, Nancy was the CEO and COO of a national public health nursing organization, and also served in various leadership roles at the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Nancy has a Bachelors degree from Vassar College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania.

Antonio Tedesco

Chief Information Officer

Antonio Tedesco, an entrepreneurial business and technology leader with over 20 years’ experience in providing strategic direction to a wide range of industries, brings an extensive background of innovative insights, transformative leadership, and expertise in product revolution to Homestead’s executive team. His previous roles include serving as the Vice President of Tandigm Health, where he led initiatives focused on growth and innovation, including modernization in infrastructure, security, and software in the health tech space. Most notably, Tedesco’s role as Director of Business Solutions at Accolade, Inc., and his experience leading their Member Relationship Management modernization project, will impact Homestead’s ongoing optimization of our Medical Management initiatives.

Bobbi Jo Brissette

Vice President, Operations

Bobbi Jo Brissette serves as Homestead’s Vice President of Operations and is responsible for the development of innovative tools that enhance operational systems, processes, and procedures to support performance efficiency and effectiveness. She diagnoses and understands operational challenges to bridge gaps and enable best practices to meet production, compliance, and quality targets.

Bobbi Jo manages, develops, and engages teams to surpass goals through a creative, transparent, and collaborative approach to performance improvement and staff development. She brings to Homestead over 20 years of experience in health care and insurance previously serving in leadership roles with Independence Blue Cross. 

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