Meet Our Team
We are a fun, kind, and resilient group with a commitment to delivering the best. Ascential Care is changing managed care. We're accelerating the impact of effective case management through the use of technology and patient centered programs.
Cindy Whitehouse, RN, BSN, CCM
Founder & Managing PartnerBio Email
"The journey to create Ascential Care has been exhilarating. We push the limits. We're a group of bright, innovative, and courageous minds. Ascential Care's creative approach to managed care mends lines and drives change. It is amazing to be part of the team who is spear heading change in our industry."
Cindy Whitehouse has more than twenty years experience in case management, worker’s compensation, and the managed care industry. Cindy attended Mississippi College where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She began her career as an intensive care nurse then worked in public health. In 1991, she became a case manager in Nashville, TN. Throughout her managed care tenure, she has held positions including: Case Manager, Supervisor, Regional Manager and she served as an Executive Vice President before founding Ascential Care.
Cindy is regarded in the industry for her innovative ideas, integrity, teamwork, creativity, and vision. Her enthusiasm for service to others is evident in her work with Ascential Care, as well as her personal commitment to nonprofit organizations and charities. In addition to her volunteer work, Cindy enjoys time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
"It is critical to remember that we are ultimately serving patients; real people with varying degrees of understanding, trepidation, experience and circumstances. In a system that can be so focused on processes, regulations, requirements and guidelines, the patient and the whole system benefits from having an advocate. That is Ascential Care's purpose."
Richard Leonardo joined Ascential Care in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Rich provides strategic direction and oversight for the systemic growth of the business' current and emerging product offerings, as well as information technology, finance, sales, legal and human resources functions.
Recognized in the property and casualty market for his leadership and expertise, Leonardo brings more than 20 years of experience in business development, client relations and operations to Ascential’s leadership team, including extensive experience in executive management positions. Leonardo has a track record of success in leading companies to growth through well organized and established sales programs leveraging organizational strengths, sales executive development and leadership.
In the past, Rich has served as Chief Sales Officer with HealthCare Solutions where he was responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing and account management strategies. Prior to HealthCare Solutions, Leonardo served in an executive capacity at Medical Consultants Network (MCN), Express Scripts and FairPay Solutions. In each of these positions, Rich led the organizations through periods of rapid growth by applying his expertise in sales and account management, organizational design, and process management and improvement. Leonardo offers a consultative, solutions-based approach to client development that works to identify solutions based on customer needs and goals. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in delivering solutions to help customers reduce medical expenses and improve operating efficiencies. Rich currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his family and enjoys running.
Courtney W. Bryant, LMSW, CDMS, CCM
VP of OperationsBio Email
SUNZ Holdings announced that it has acquired Ascential Care Partners
SUNZ Holdings announced that it has acquired Ascential Care Partners, LLC (“Ascential”), a national URAC accredited case management and utilization review company. The purchase and associated capital contribution strengthen the financial position of Ascential and substantially enhance the ability of Ascential and SUNZ Holdings to control claims costs for their large deductible workers’ compensation insurance clients.
2015 Comp Laude Service Award Winner
Ascential Care is humbled to receive the 2015 Comp Laude Service Award presented by WorkCompCentral on December 5th, in Burbank, CA.
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“Taking Care of Business”
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Ascential Care Welcomes BSN Students from Tennessee State University
2012 Holiday Give Back Meal Drive
"Effective immediately, Ascential Care has received full Case Management Accreditation from URAC."
Bob Wilson, President & CEO of WorkersCompensation.com, and author of “From Bob’s Cluttered Desk”
Walking the Walk: Proper Care is Essential at Ascential Care
Ascential Care rebrands with Bullhorn Creative
“Ascential Care rebrands with the launch of their new website and the help of Lexington branding firm, Bullhorn Creative."
Joe Paduda mentions Ascential Care as a top innovator.
Bonnie St. John, Ascential Care Consultant
Paralympic ski medalist, Harvard graduate, and former White House official, Bonnie St. John consults with Ascential Care.
"Ascential Care is growing fast... Thanks to a focus on quality unlike no other CM firm I’ve ever seen."
"It’s all about being an active partner in your health."
“Ascential Care Founder Cindy Whitehouse is one of the most delightful people I’ve met in the business; her passion, dedication, and desire to deliver the best possible service is beyond impressive.”