Leadership Team

Setting the tone for a service-oriented, people-first culture.

Each member of our leadership team brings a unique background and record of proven excellence to guide and propel the SSI mission. Together, their extensive experience in technology, revenue cycle, product development, and beyond provides our organization with a deep understanding of the challenges facing health systems and health plans today. Learn more about each member here.

Diana Allen, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Diana is a healthcare finance leader with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare revenue cycle management. Serving as The SSI Group’s President, she is focused on growing and enhancing the company’s service and solutions, drawing on her experience in business development, quality improvement, and strategic direction. Prior to joining SSI, Diana honed her revenue cycle skills with companies such as GE Healthcare, McKesson Corporation, Meridian and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. Diana holds a doctorate degree from Colorado Technical University in Healthcare Administration and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Cambridge College. She is also a contributing author to industry publications, as well as a national conference speaker on healthcare process improvement strategy.

Deborrah Short Rodrick

Chief Outcomes Officer

Deborrah currently serves as Chief Outcomes Officer. Deborrah has held the title of Executive Vice President of Client Services, EDI, Implementation and Chief Operating Officer at SSI. Prior to joining SSI in 1986, she served as Director of Information Systems for Springhill Memorial Hospital and prior to Springhill Medical Center she worked at the University of South Alabama’s Computer Servicing Department. Deborrah holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science and Statistics. She also earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Alabama.

Mike Freeman

Chief Growth Officer

As Chief Growth Officer, Mike is responsible for all sales and marketing activities, both with the client base and new business procurement. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Medhost, Inc. Previously, he held various sales leadership positions at Avega Health, McKesson, and Gerber Alley Health Systems. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia.

Mark Blossom

Chief Data Operations Officer

As Chief Data Operations Officer, Mark has overall responsibility for all phases of payer connectivity, development and clearinghouse management. Additionally, Mark architects and executes continuing business improvement protocols for all operational and administrative divisions involving electronic payer interfaces and data compliance. Mark has more than 29 years’ experience in the healthcare industry including R&D, Implementation, and product development lifecycle. He has personally been involved with the design and development of SSI clearinghouse services and systems. Mark earned a degree in engineering from the University of South Florida.

Jason Jones

Chief Financial Officer

Jason Jones first joined The SSI Group in 2000 as a Network Engineer. Following a number of leadership positions in Information Technology, which enabled him to sharpen his skills in the software and accounting realms, Jason returned to SSI in 2011 in a Financial Analyst capacity and has served as a key member of the finance team since. In late 2019, Jason was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer where he utilizes his advanced knowledge of financial operations to establish automated, effective, and outside-of-the-box processes for the finance, accounting, and payroll teams. Jason touts a long list of certifications in the accounting and I.T. fields and serves on the Department of Accounting Advisory Board within the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama and a Masters in Business Administration from Auburn University Harbert College of Business.

Mike Esworthy

Chief Operating Officer

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mike provides operational direction to multi-disciplinary teams throughout the organization, ensuring both day-to-day functions and big picture objectives align with SSI’s vision and culture. Mike previously served as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for SSI and, prior to that, the Director of Finance and Business Development. He possesses deep expertise in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business strategy, which allows him to bring a unique perspective to his current position. Mike has a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.