Kyle N. Chang
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
"To battle with beasts you must first become one." - Unknown
Kyle N. Chang, co-founder and CEO of HealthTechApps, Inc. focuses on the strategic direction and design of our technology platform. Pacific Business News recognized Kyle in 2015 as the youngest adult to receive the “Forty Under 40” award at 19 years old. He co-founded HealthTechApps, Inc. when he was a Junior at Mid Pacific Institute, the leading private high school in Honolulu, Hawaii in technology. He graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute in 2014, and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii studying entrepreneurship and international business.
In 2015, Kyle’s affiliation with the University of Hawaii afforded HealthTechApps, Inc. the opportunity to be admitted into XLR8UH, a technology accelerator through a partnership with The University of Hawaii and Sultan Ventures. HealthTechApps, Inc. was selected as one of a dozen or so teams from over 100 applicants to participate in XLR8UH and successfully completed the lean, build, and pitch phase to graduate and receive its first institutional investment funding.
Prior to HealthTechApps, Inc., Kyle was the technology developer at theStrategist, a health care advisory firm that led innovations for a Fortune 25 company and the Federal government.
“I really try to keep myself busy with what is new and innovative in the sports technology industry. I pride myself on being an athlete and understanding large problems, like concussions, that affect not only young people, like me, but also warfighters who served our country. HealthTechApps is innovating with strong strategic partners to bring a change in cognitive assessments and monitoring to prevent costly re-injuries. We’ve met with hundreds of athletes and we’re passionate about developing technology that will make better health achievable for people everywhere.” said Kyle.
Kyle is an avid athlete and has competed in football, baseball, and outrigger canoe paddling. He has received gold and silver medals from the Molokai Hoe Outrigger Race, a grueling 43-mile, open ocean canoe paddling race that attracts elite world teams. He enjoys hanging out with family and friends along with lifting weights and canoe paddling at Outrigger Canoe Club.
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
Rick Abelmann, an attorney experienced in finance and investment banking, joins HealthTechApps, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Abelmann leads investor relations, intellectual property and patent strategy development, and operational excellence initiatives to rapidly scale HealthTechApps, Inc. with health plan and physician customers. He also serves on the product design and talent recruitment teams for HealthTechApps, Inc.
Rick is a serial entrepreneur and started his entrepreneurship early in life, selling golf balls out of his backyard to weekend duffers. Through college he arbitraged retail products through eBay, and in law school Rick founded a nonprofit focused on strengthening elementary education in the Philippines. In 2009, Rick started and grew a law firm specializing in consumer bankruptcy and financial resolution, where he assisted thousands of people in financial distress throughout the State of Hawaii. In 2014, he co-founded Pineapple Palaka, a luxury Hawaii-themed necktie company with products in Nordstrom and other retail stores.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rick has been a lifelong tech enthusiast. After studying economics at Brigham Young University, Rick obtained a JD from Washington University School of Law. He worked for a global law firm and investment bank in Hong Kong before relocating with his family to Hawaii in 2008.
Rick’s joy comes from spending time with his wife, Alicia, and three children in and around Hawaii’s naturally beautiful oceans, beaches, and mountain trails.
Chief Financial Officer
"To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it." - Osho
Noe Foster, co-founder of HealthTechApps, Inc., is a health plan leader and serial entrepreneur. Recently she held the position of Director of Strategic Communications for Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Region working with the Presidents for the health plan and medical group sectors.
Pacific Business News awarded Noe the “Woman to Watch Award” in 2015. She served as a board member of the Hawaii Association of Health Plans, Tripler Army Medical Center Task Force for Psychological Health and led Healing the Trauma of War Executive Board. Noe directed health care transformations recognized by Mental Health American with the Innovations Award in 2010.
Noe dropped out of college to launch a fashion design company called Point of View when she was 21 years old. Point of View scaled to include three retail stores, manufacturing, and a mail order business.
Later, Noe served on the executive team of a Medicare and Medicaid health plan and led brand, communications, public relations, public policy, physician contracting and physician relations, sales and marketing teams. Health Plan annual revenue grew from $54 million to more than $200 million.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Noe founded theStrategist, a health care advisory firm that developed Medicare, Medicaid, and Military health care innovations for UnitedHealth Group, Mental Health America, and Federal government agencies.
Noe is a dancer. She begins her day on her yoga mat and savors time spent exploring her island paradise.
"Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold..." - Bob Marley
Ashley Lalie warmly describes himself as a nerd trapped in an athlete’s body. A military brat, Ashley grew up in Hawaii, graduated from Radford High School, and was accepted into the University of Hawaii’s College of Mechanical Engineering program.
Ashley walked onto the football field and was selected in his Freshman year to play for the U.H. Rainbow Warrior’s football team. Then he went on to break multiple school records by his Junior year.
In 2001, Ashley decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. He was picked 19th overall in the 1st round by the Denver Broncos. Today, he holds the honored distinction of being the only U.H. football player to be drafted in the NFL in the first round. Ashley successfully completed a seven-year professional football career in the NFL, notching 1000 yards and a seven touchdown season in 2004.
After retiring from the NFL in 2009, Ashley pursued a career in coaching. This career took him all over the country and eventually landed him at Alabama A&M University as the Pass Game Coordinator and Wide Receiver’s coach. Later, Ashley decided to take a break from coaching in 2016 and pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
If you don’t find him in front of his computer trying to teach himself some new skill or playing video games, you can definitely find him in the ocean free diving. Ashley is an avid spear fisherman. Although a beginner in every sense of the word, he loves the challenges this sport presents.
Ashley also loves giving back to Hawaii’s youth and community. He volunteers his time to work with numerous non-profits across the state, while running his own organization called Hawaii Champs, devoted to a mission to help student athletes become champions in the classroom and on the field.
Ashley brings his unique perspective and passion for helping others to the HealthTechApps team . He played one of the most violent sports in the world, and did so at its highest level. The NFL’s medical staffs are the best that money can buy. However, most collegiate and high school staffs don’t have the same resources. Ashley is helping HealthTechApps bridge that gap and make competitive sports safer for all.