Ms. Schmitz is the Head of Principal Investing and Fund Management at Ziegler and the Chief Administrative Officer of the Ziegler Link•age Funds, a venture capital fund family with an investment policy designed to support innovation, collaboration and growth among entrepreneurs and senior living and healthcare providers.
With over 10 years of operating and investing experience, she oversees both operations, and development and execution of the Ziegler Link•age Fund’s strategic value proposition. She also manages the funds’ investment pipeline and leads investment execution, including holding investment committee seats in four venture funds representing, in aggregate, over $150mm in commitments. As a strategic investor, Ms. Schmitz takes an active role with many of the companies in which the Ziegler Link•age Funds have invested, including holding seats on four portfolio company Boards of Directors, Smartcare Software, Cosan, LifeSite, and Embodied Labs.
Ms. Schmitz has a strong foundation in US GAAP, internal controls, and mergers and acquisitions through her experience working in the Audit and Transaction Advisory practices of Grant Thornton. She earned a BBA in accounting and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is a Wisconsin Certified Public Accountant and maintains Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.
Neil Borg joined Ziegler in 2006. As a senior managing director, he is responsible for the management of the firm’s M&A advisory practice focusing on healthcare services and information technology. Neil also focuses on Ziegler’s for-profit strategic advisory and principal investing efforts and is a managing partner of the Ziegler Linkage Longevity Fund.
Prior to joining Ziegler, Neil was in the Healthcare Services Investment Banking divisions of J.P. Morgan (previously Chase H&Q and Hambrecht & Quist) and Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. While at Hambrecht & Quist, Neil was a partner in an affiliated venture capital fund, H&Q Serv*s Ventures, focused on early stage healthcare investments on behalf of Hambrecht & Quist and Johnson & Johnson.
Over his career, Neil has completed over 70 transactions including strategic advisory assignments, public and private equity financings and equity investments principally for emerging growth, middle market companies in the healthcare services and healthcare information technology sectors. In addition, Neil was most recently on the Board of Directors of Auditz, LLC prior to its sale to Transunion, LLC in 2016; on the Board of Directors of Ingenios, LLC prior to its sale to Almost Family in 2015; and on the Board of Directors of Certify Data Systems, Inc. prior to its sale to Humana Inc. in 2012.
Neil earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics and minor in philosophy (cum laude) from Denison University.
Scott Collins is the CEO of Link•age and is responsible for its strategic direction and growth. Link•age is comprised of three integrated entities: Link•age Solutions –providing cost containment services to more than 600 senior living providers, Link•age Ventures –investing in companies with products, services and technologies for the aging population and Link•age Connect –delivering market research and insight for organizations seeking to better understand the older adult demographic. Prior to joining Link•age, Scott was a vice president and senior account executive with GE Capital Commercial Asset Funding and held senior management positions in the commercial real estate as well as textile industries.
Jenny Poth joined Ziegler in 2016. Under Ziegler Principal Investments & Fund Management, Jenny works with the firm’s portfolio companies and strategic partners to maximize value for all stakeholders. Jenny was previously part of the Corporate Finance Healthcare team, advising healthcare services and healthcare information technology companies on various strategic and financial alternatives. She is a co-author of Ziegler’s white paper series, “Deconstructing the Telehealth Industry.”
Prior to Ziegler, Jenny was a financial effectiveness intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, where she supported an external quality assessment team overseeing acquisition activities at a large technology solutions firm. Before interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, Jenny was also a summer analyst at Ringleader Ventures, where she identified, investigated and acted as the primary contact for investment targets in the healthcare, insurance, energy and education sectors.
Jenny graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and a second major in theology.