Our Team

Walter E. Corey – Chairman of the Board

Walter’s professional career spans law and business, profit and non-profit alike.  As the first Federal Coordinator of the State of Maine he learned the intricacies of payment issues in federal- state relations and has been the draftsman of state plans necessary to comply with federal reimbursement requirements. In the professional sector. Walter began his legal career at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson and was co-founder of the Curtis, Thaxter law firm where he practiced public law for several years. Later, he turned his focus to new business development in sectors where corporate interests intersect with detailed federal regulatory policies. His success in the telecommunications industry is noteworthy. With a doctorate in leadership development, he now enjoys training with the Maine National Guard and USN SEALS while lecturing at the Naval War College.

Walter has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. and J.D. from Yale University and a Doctor of Ministry from the Bangor Seminary. Throughout his career he has served on a wide range of public and private boards.

Mira S. Denning – Co-Founder

Mira Denning has almost 15 years of experience in health care law, policy and administration.  After nearly a decade of working in the health law practices of prominent, national law firms, she most recently served in a senior management role at New York Methodist Hospital, a thriving 651-bed hospital in Brooklyn, New York.  Mira is also an Adjunct Professor in health law for the University of Maine Law School, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of Mercy Health System of Maine in Portland, Maine.   Her expertise includes strategic planning strategies for health care providers and other industry stakeholders; reimbursement matters and payor-provider relationships; health care compliance; and mergers and acquisitions within the health care industry.   Her career has also included several publications on health care law and policy, as well as an early stint on Capitol Hill.

Mira graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English and American Literature and earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Richard M. Borts – Chief Financial Officer

Richard has more than 25 years of experience with large corporate and entrepreneurial start-up companies. His experience includes senior level finance positions with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Citibank, (NYSE:C) Cendant Corporation’s (NYSE:CD) CheapTickets.com, Clareon, Wright Express (NYSE:WXS), and PowerPay. For six years, Richard was Chief Financial Officer of PowerPay, Inc., a privately held provider of merchant payment products and services and helped to lead PowerPay from start up to a top-40 processor of payment transactions in the US. Richard also was Corporate Treasurer at Wright Express Corporation. During his tenure there, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Roadsmith, Inc. a start-up, internet-based commercial vehicle management company. Currently Richard serves as chairman of the board of the Cedars, a senior living healthcare and retirement community in Portland, Maine.

Richard received a B.A. from George Washington University, an M.C.P. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

David Burnham – Chief Information Officer

 Dave, who joins PPI after serving as the Senior Director of Technology at MEDCO (NYSE:MHS), has thirty years of experience in project management, design and development of enterprise-level business systems applications. Dave has been involved with designing and implementing business-critical IT systems for several successful start-up companies, fortune 500 companies and government agencies. He also has significant experience designing, developing and implementing HIPAA compliant systems, including while at MEDCO (NYSE:MHS), as well as Intellicare and UNUM Insurance (NYSE:UNM).

Dave has B.S. degree from Temple University.

Brandon Rubenstein – Program Director

Brandon has long held interests in the delivery of health care and in social issues for juveniles.  Brandon joined the Patient Performance Institute in early 2013 with responsibilities of implementing PPI’s programs and research, becoming Program Director in October 2013.  Brandon recently graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, where he was the recipient of both the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and the CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Award for his work at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.  Brandon is also a volunteer Guardian ad Litem through the CASA program where he is appointed to represent the best interest of a child in order to find the best permanent home for them. Before moving to Maine, Brandon spent two years in Breckenridge, Colorado, teaching children how to ski.

Brandon graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Sports Management and received his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.

Steven E. Katz, M.D. – Clinical Advisor

Steve has had both a clinical and academic career in psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Board certified in such disciplines, Steve has been a member of the department of psychology at multiple hospitals in New York and Maine, including Bellevue Hospital, NYU Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, Portland, Maine and he has been a member of the faculty at both Columbia University and NYU.    Steve has also acted as an advisor to multiple public and private organizations, including the U.S. Veterans’ Administration, the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, Legislature, State of Maine, Augusta Mental Health Institute, Augusta, Maine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, CT, Kaiser Permanente of California and Media Innovations, University of Leeds, Leeds, England. Steve has served as a psychiatrist in the U.S. Army and is the author or co-author of numerous books, articles and research papers. He is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

Steve completed his B.A. at Cornell University and received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

Jordan Denning – Special Advisor

An attorney and entrepreneur, Jordan Denning has spent nearly twenty years in large national law firms, public and private companies, education, and technology-focused endeavors.  Recent positions have included General Counsel of Shipyard Brewing Company as well as in-house counsel at Wright Express Corporation (NYSE: WXS).  Jordan also has extensive experience with technology-driven start-ups and intellectual property issues.   Jordan advises PPI on business development, operations, and other corporate matters.   In addition to his work with the PPI team, he is currently involved in the development of a sports leadership and performance-focused company, as well as active in several non-profit organizations.

After graduating from Hobart College with a B.A. in English Literature, Jordan attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law and was awarded a joint J.D. and Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP).