Board of Directors
Royce Yudkoff, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Royce Yudkoff became a director and the Chair of the Spok Board in November 2004 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Prior to the merger of Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Inc. in November 2004, Yudkoff had been a director of Metrocall since April 1997, and had served as the Chair of its Board since February 2003. In 1989, Yudkoff co-founded ABRY Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm, which focuses on the media, communications, and business services sectors. Yudkoff currently serves on the Board of ABRY Partners, LLC, Stafford Insurance Company, and America’s Kitchen, Inc. Yudkoff served on the Board of Muzak Holdings, LLC from 2002 to 2009, Talent Partners from 2000 to 2014, Media Ocean, LLC from 2014 to 2015 and Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. from 1996 to 2014.
Blair Butterfield, Chairman, Wind River Advisory Group
Blair Butterfield became a director of Spok in July 2013 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Prior to 2016, Butterfield was the President of VitalHealth Software, North America, which offers the industry’s leading cloud-based eHealth application development platform with solutions for collaborative care, as well as the Office of the National Coordinator certified electronic health records for specialty practices. Butterfield is a senior health IT executive and eHealth expert with thirty years of global experience in new market and business development, general management, government initiatives, sales management and strategic marketing. He has also served as Vice President, International Development for eHealth at GE Healthcare from 2006 to 2011. Previously, Butterfield served on the Board of California Institute of Computer Assisted Surgery (CICAS) from 2011 to 2013, All Clear Diagnostics, LLC from 2012 to 2014, the eHealth Initiative and Foundation from 2008 to 2010, and the VistA Software Alliance from 2006 to 2008.
Bobbie Byrne, MD, Chief Information Officer, Advocate Aurora Health
Bobbie Byrne, MD, became a director of Spok in 2020 and is a member of the Cybersecurity Committee of the Board of Directors. Byrne is board certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics. As Chief Information Officer at Advocate Aurora Health, Byrne is responsible for all information technology applications, information security, infrastructure, clinical informatics, data warehousing, and business intelligence. She was previously Executive Vice President of Consumer-Driven Health and Chief Medical and Quality Officer at Edward-Elmhurst Health, in addition to having served as Elmhurst Hospital’s Chief Information Officer. Byrne has also been Senior Vice President of Clinical Solutions for Eclipsys Corporation (now Allscripts), an enterprise software development company. During her tenure, she has received several industry awards, including Becker’s Hospital Review 2015 list of 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. Byrne completed medical school at Northwestern University and a pediatrics residency at Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago.
Christine M. Cournoyer
Christine Cournoyer became a director of Spok in March 2020. Cournoyer currently serves as a strategic advisor to digital health companies and is on the Board of Directors for CareDx, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNA), a leading precision medicine company providing solutions for transplant patients. She most recently served as the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of N-of-One, Inc., where she led the transformation of N-of-One from a patient concierge business to a leading molecular decision support company. Prior to N-of-One, Cournoyer was Vice President of Clinical Analytics for UnitedHealth Group/Optum; President and Chief Operating Officer for Picis; and has operated in several publicly traded companies as well as private, venture-backed companies, moving successfully across industries with software as the common thread. She was voted to the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Businessweek and to the Top Ten Women in Computing by CIO Magazine.
Stacia Hylton, Principal, LS Advisory
Stacia Hylton became a director of Spok in 2015 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Hylton currently serves as a Principal for LS Advisory, a New Jersey-based business solutions advisory consultancy. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Lexis-Nexis Special Services Inc., an information and data analytics solutions company, and Core-Civic, Inc., a publicly traded real estate solutions and corrections and residential reentry centers provider. In 2016, Hylton served as Senior Vice President for Cyber Security at MTM Technologies, Inc., a leading national provider of innovative IT solutions and services. In 2010, Hylton was nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate as Director of the United States Marshal Service (“USMS”), a federal law enforcement agency. Hylton retired as Director of USMS in 2015. In 2010, she was President of Hylton Kirk & Associates, a private consulting firm located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. From 2004 to 2010, Hylton served as the Federal Detention Trustee in the United States Department of Justice.
Vincent Kelly, President and CEO, Spok, Inc.
Vincent Kelly became a director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Spok in November 2004 when USA Mobility was formed through the merger of Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Inc. Prior to the merger of Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Kelly was President and CEO of Metrocall since February 2003. Prior to this appointment, he had also served at various times as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Metrocall. He served as the Treasurer of Metrocall from August 1995 to February 2003 and served as a director Metrocall from 1990 to 1996 and from May 2003 to November 2004. Kelly serves as CEO for all Spok subsidiaries. Kelly served on the Boards of Tellabs from 2012 to 2013 and Penton Media from 2003 to 2007.
Brian O’Reilly became a director of Spok in November 2004 and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and is the Chair of the Compensation Committee. Prior to the merger of Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Inc., O’Reilly had been a director of Metrocall since October 2002. He was with Toronto-Dominion Bank for 16 years, from 1986 to 2002. From 1986 to 1996, O’Reilly served as the managing director of Toronto-Dominion Bank’s loan syndication group, focused on the underwriting of media and telecommunications loans. From 1996 to 2002, he served as the managing director of Toronto-Dominion Bank’s media, telecom and technology group with primary responsibility for investment banking in the wireless and emerging telecommunications sectors.
Matthew Oristano, CEO, Reaction Biology Corporation
Matthew Oristano became a director of Spok in November 2004 and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Prior to the merger of Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Inc., Oristano had been a director of Arch Wireless since 2002. Oristano has been the President, CEO and member of the Board of Alda Inc., an investment management company, since 1995. He has served as chair of the Board, President and CEO of Reaction Biology Corporation, a contract biomedical research firm, since March 2004. He was the Vice President, Treasurer, and member of the Board of The Oristano Foundation from 1995 to November 2012.
Brett Shockley, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Journey AI, Inc.
Brett Shockley became a director of Spok in 2020 and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Shockley is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Journey AI, Inc., a private software company that provides solutions to the contact center industry. Prior to founding Journey AI, Shockley held various positions at Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, from August 2008 to December 2014. Before joining Avaya, Shockley was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Spanlink Communications, a contact center software and services business. He also co-founded Calabrio, a workforce optimization software company which was acquired by KKR in 2016. Prior to Calabrio, Shockley was the Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Customer Contact Business Unit. In addition to holding patents in social networking and telecommunications, he has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology. Shockley has served on the Board of eGain Corporation since January 2015 and has served as eGain’s Lead Independent Director since September 2017
Todd Stein became a director of Spok in July 2018 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Stein is Co-Investment Manager of Dallas-based Braeside Investments, LLC, the investment manager of private investment partnerships focusing on global small and micro-cap equities. Stein’s core competency is applying fundamental analysis to purchase undervalued securities. Prior to co-founding Braeside in 2004, Stein was a portfolio manager at Q Investments, L.P. During his tenure at Q Investments, he co-managed a merger arbitrage portfolio, in addition to serving as the firm’s primary analyst on its short distressed/bankrupt equities portfolio. In 2002, Stein was appointed by the U.S. Trustee of the Northern District of Illinois to serve on the official creditors’ committee of United Airlines. Stein holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Samme Thompson, Owner and President, Telit Associates, Inc.
Samme Thompson became a director of Spok in 2004 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and is Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Prior to the merger of Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Inc., Thompson had been a director of Arch Wireless. Thompson currently serves on the Board of Visitors at the Katz Graduate Business School, and College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He previously served on the boards of the Knapp Entrepreneurial Development Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Broadband Illinois, LLC. Thompson is the owner and president of Telit Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting and financial advisory firm that addresses telecom and information technology businesses. He was previously Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Strategy and Corporate Business Development at Motorola Corporation; Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T Information Systems; Senior Vice President in Kidder, Peabody’s investment banking group; and was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. Since August 2005, he has been a member of the Board of American Tower Corporation, following their merger with with SpectraSite, Inc.