Meet our starting lineup
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. Hawaii Venture Capital Association awarded Kyle with the “2017 Student Entrepreneur” award for his outstanding work with HealthTechApps. Pacific Business News also 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.
Kyle is an avid athlete and has competed in football, baseball, and outrigger canoe paddling. 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 is Chief Financial Officer. Rick leads investor relations, intellectual property, and patent strategy development to rapidly scale HealthTechApps, Inc.
Rick is a serial entrepreneur. He started his entrepreneurship 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.
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 healthcare transformations recognized by Mental Health American with the Innovations Award in 2010. 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 healthcare advisory firm that developed Medicare, Medicaid, and Military healthcare 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 Lelie warmly describes himself as a nerd trapped in an athlete’s body. 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.
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.