Meet Our Team


RUDRA RAJ PANDEY
Founder and Chairman of the Board

Rudra, a native of Nepal, works closely with the Deerhold teams in the US and Nepal. Through his hands-on direction of the operations and technology teams, Deerhold is able to deliver high-quality, cost-effective services and solutions.

Prior to founding Deerhold, Rudra founded Deerwalk, Inc., serving as CEO for the company’s first five years and later as executive Chairman at the time of Deerwalk's acquisition by Cedar Gate Technologies. He also founded Deerwalk Institute of Technology in 2011, Nepal's premier computer science college and currently serves as chair. Prior to starting Deerwalk, Inc., Rudra was Chief Operating Officer at Verisk Health, where he directed all operations, research, and development, leading the offshore development center of over 300 software engineers. Rudra was one of the founders and Chief Technology Officer of D2Hawkeye, which provided data analytics and decision-support tools to the healthcare industry and was later acquired by Verisk Health.

Early in his career, Rudra worked as a Business Systems Engineer and a Database Architect. He has extensive consulting experience, having worked for several prestigious financial institutions and healthcare organizations. Rudra holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from Mehran University in Pakistan and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

JEFF GASSER
Vice Chairman of the Board

As Vice Chairman and a member of the board of Deerhold, Jeff works closely with Rudra and spends time closely looking at strategic relationships and initiatives for the company.

Prior to his role at Deerhold, Jeff helped Rudra found Deerwalk. He served as its’ President in the early years and later as the CEO up until Deerwalk’s sale to Cedar Gate Healthcare Technologies. Prior to Deerwalk, Jeff was a consultant helping large medical groups with their managed care activities in the northeast as well as an oncology management company in Raleigh, NC. Prior to that, he was a co-founder of D2Hawkeye, Inc. and served as its’ Chief Development Officer.

Earlier in his career, Jeff co-founded companies the medical group management business, pediatric home care business as well as a company in executive relocation. Jeff lives with his wife Pamela in Tampa and is a graduate of the University of Tampa.

DAVE HANSEN
Member of the Board

Dave is a member of our Board of Directors. He has had experience managing entrepreneurial enterprises as well as in large complex organizations. Most recently he was President, CFO and member of the Board of Deerwalk until its sale in December 2020 to private equity backed Cedar Gate Technologies. He was Executive Vice President of D2Hawkeye until its sale in 2009 to Verisk Health, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics, Inc., a publicly traded company.

Dave was the Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Mariner Health Group Inc., a publicly held company. He assisted in the successful sale of the Company to another publicly traded Company for $1.2 billion. Prior to joining Mariner Health Group he was Partner in the Boston office of Coopers & Lybrand LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).

Dave graduated with a BBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an MBA from Cornell University.

MUNA JOSHI
Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer, Muna Joshi oversees finance, administration, and quality assurance at Deerhold, Ltd. Muna comes to Deerhold with an extensive background in finance and accounting.

She was a founder and member of the board of Deerwalk, Inc. and began her career as a healthcare financial analyst at Highland IPA and Winchester Hospital. Muna later became VP of Finance at American Open Enterprises, a Boston-based software consulting firm.

After her successful career at American Open Enterprises, she spent several years at home taking care of her young daughters. During that time she received extensive private training on software business practices that prepared her for leadership positions in the software industry. Muna holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business from Northeastern University.

BINOD BHATTARAI
Chief Technology Officer

As CTO, Binod is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Deerhold's technological resources across its subsidiaries. A technology leader and healthcare data expert with extensive experience in software development and data analytics, Binod has helped the team grow to the next level while serving Deerhold clients.

Binod began his career working on projects for The World Bank in Nepal, helping to develop computer curriculums for schools and government institutions. He ran engineering and IT businesses for years and then moved to the United States for graduate school. Prior to joining Deerhold, Binod worked for Haven Healthcare, a joint venture healthcare by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, since its inception. He also worked at Versend Technology (now Cotiviti), Verisk Health, and D2Hawkeye.

Binod completed his BS in engineering from IOE Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University in Nepal and MS in information system management from Ferris State University, Michigan, US.

SCOTT MACEWEN
Senior VP of Business Development

Scott brings over three decades of healthcare experience as an advisor in the areas of software sales, data analytics, underwriting, operational effectiveness, medical management, and wellness and vendor management. He has expertise in strategic analysis and planning processes with an extensive knowledge of healthcare management companies and emerging technologies in order to produce measurable results and achieve higher quality at a reduced cost.

He recently served as SVP of Consulting at Deerwalk, working with clients to maximize their use of solutions and providing guidance around best practices. Prior to joining Deerwalk, Scott served as an independent consultant for seven years, with a focus on providing meaningful data insights to manage health and optimize costs for a range of organizations, from hospital systems to TPAs and employers. Beginning his career with Travelers/United Healthcare in sales and national account underwriting, he later joined Kanawha Healthcare Solutions (a national TPA for self-funded plans which was acquired by Humana). While at KHS, Scott served as President and COO, during which time the company saw significant sales growth and expansion of markets as he led efforts in predictive modeling to close gaps in care. Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clarion University.

SAMJHANA KHANAL
VP of Japan Operations

Samjhana leads Deerhold Japan’s work spearheading strategy and business development efforts. She brings over 20 years of diverse experience from both public and private sectors globally in the areas of sustainable impact investing, business development, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Previously, Samjhana worked at the World Bank’s Corporate Strategy group where she was part of their flagship investment program for innovative enterprises. She also worked at Ashoka, leading the Global Fellowship Program to ensure sustainability of social entrepreneurship and managed expansion in Nepal, Pakistan, and Turkey. Samjhana has advised technology startups and SMEs in business development; and international foundations and women-led enterprises on gender-lens investing. She serves on several nonprofit boards in the U.S. and Japan.

Samjhana received a BA from University of Vermont and Kansai Gaidai University, and a master’s degree in International Public policy from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.

SACHIN KARANJIT
Director of Nepal Operations

Sachin Karanjit is responsible for Deerhold’s Nepal operations. His experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth. He brings extensive knowledge of software development, finances, human resources management, and the nuances of doing business in Nepal.

Prior to Deerhold he was Managing Director at Deerwalk Compware, where he led company strategy and business development. He also served as Director of Services at Deerwalk Services, where he was responsible for overseeing the entire services department, developing new business, maximizing growth, and managing client accounts at Deerwalk engineering headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sachin graduated with a bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Kathmandu University.

TINA WHEELER
Director of Customer Success

As Director of Customer Success at Deerhold, Tina Wheeler oversees all client engagements. With over 20 years’experience in the healthcare industry, Tina brings a well-rounded perspective when supporting clients. Tina has worked for various payers in both the fully-insured and self-funded space, for a telehealth services provider, and consulting with HR teams on employee benefits strategy and program development. Prior to joining Deerhold, Tina worked as Senior Client Manager at Deerwalk, Inc., helping clients utilize healthcare data analytics software to effectively manage population health. Tina completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at the University of Nevada, Reno.

PRABHASH JHA
Director of Engineering

Prabhash has over 10 years of experience in healthcare and information technology. His deep understanding of data and engineering design helps the Deerhold team deliver high-quality, scalable solutions.

Prior to Deerhold, he was Senior Data Engineer at Decision Point Healthcare Solutions, where he led the design and implementation of internal tools to support data pipelines, along with hands-on ETL development for supporting data-driven decisions. Prabhash previously worked as Data Operations Analyst at Optum, where he implemented automated processes for data build and quality to support highly scalable production pipelines. His data analytics journey started at D2Hawkeye Services in 2009, where he worked for three years as a Software Engineer in data development and analytics.

Prabhash holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus and a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Our Offices

  • Boston
  • Deerhold Ltd.
  • 1666 Massachusetts Ave Suite P17
  • Lexington, MA 02420
  • +1 (781) 806-3036
  • Kathmandu
  • Deerhold Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sifal, Kathmandu
  • Nepal
  • +977-1-4493467
  • Tokyo
  • Deerhold Japan Ltd.
  • #801, Hiroo ZERO, 1-43,
  • Hiroo 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • 81-(0)3-6712-7677