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Management Team

Our management team consists of dealmakers with deep industry expertise and knowledge, and our professionals bring a diverse and complementary blend of financial skills and market experiences.
Robert Ciardi, Managing Partner

Robert Ciardi is the Managing Partner and Founder of Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC.

Mr. Ciardi has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, private equity and corporate finance, and has been the lead banker in hundreds of M&A transactions aggregating billions of dollars during his career.

A highly sought-after adviser to senior healthcare executives across the country, Mr. Ciardi's transactional and negotiating experience has proved invaluable to clients such as Atlantis Healthcare, Hospice Advantage, National Pain Institute, ACRO, New Century Health, The Spine Center, California Forensic Medical Group, Correct Care Solutions, Advanced Care Scripts, Addus Healthcare, and Great Lakes and Home Health, among many others. Under his direction, Provident has consistently delivered valuations that are significantly higher than industry averages for its clients. Mr. Ciardi is also a recognized expert on healthcare transactions, negotiations and strategy. He is a featured speaker at many healthcare industry seminars, and is quoted in numerous industry trade publications.

In addition to his vast healthcare experience, Mr. Ciardi has also been a founding shareholder of several other companies in the fields of venture capital, private equity, real estate development, and financial services. Mr. Ciardi began his career as a member of the Boston Office of Deloitte & Touche, LLP as a CPA in the Audit Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bryant University. Provident Healthcare Partners is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Provident Corporate Finance, LLC of which he is also Founder. Mr. Ciardi is an active member of several healthcare industry trade groups as well as a number of charitable and community organizations, including Provident’s own Charitable Foundation.

Direct Line: 617-226-4210

Edward J. Bernazzani, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Edward Bernazzani is the Chief Financial Officer at Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC. Mr. Bernazzani comes to Provident with over 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting. Mr. Bernazzani is responsible for all financial analysis, due diligence, and custom financial presentations.

Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Bernazzani worked at the Controller/CFO level of various entrepreneurial driven firms, including Northland Investment Corporation and Leggat McCall Properties, LLC. Mr. Bernazzani spent his first six years in Public Accounting, specializing in audit and tax engagements of closely held businesses. His public accounting experience included time with both local firms and international firms including KPMG and Touche Ross.

Mr. Bernazzani earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston College and is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and MSCPA.

Direct Line: 617-226-4222

Rebecca Leiba, Senior Managing Director

Rebecca Leiba is the Senior Managing Director of Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC. Mrs. Leiba's experience combines 15 years of investment banking expertise with practical knowledge of the inner-workings of corporations of all sizes. She is involved in every transaction and is responsible for leading due diligence, presentation to the marketplace and orchestrates interactions between buyers, clients, attorneys, CPAs and consultants through the entire transaction process. Recent transactions include Griswold Special Care, Advanced Care Scripts, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Great Lakes Home Health and Hospice and Addus Healthcare.

Mrs. Leiba is also responsible for the creation and continual improvement of the company's proprietary ValueBase® software, on-line data rooms and facilitates the company's internal training and development programs. Prior to joining Provident Corporate Finance, Mrs. Leiba worked as a Director for the investment banking firm Boston Bay Partners, LLC. Mrs. Leiba's began her career in healthcare through her work at Cornell Medical Hospital.

Mrs. Leiba earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, majoring in Biology, English and Pre-Medicine and the recipient of a national scholastic award. Mrs. Leiba was nominated as the "Woman Dealmaker of the Year" in the M&A Advisor awards in 2003 and 2005.

Direct Line: 617-226-4209

Jose E. Clavell, Chief Information Officer

Jose E. Clavell is the Chief Information Officer at Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC. Mr. Clavell comes to Provident with over 30 years of experience in the computer industry.

Provident has long recognized the importance of information technology in the Investment Bank industry. Mr. Clavell and the IT team reflect Provident's commitment to be a leader in the industry providing its employees with the latest and best tools to provide each of our clients with the highest quality service, expert guidance, and unparalleled individual attention.

Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Clavell worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of Information Technology, delivering systems & applications to the Financial, Manufacturing and Healthcare industries.

Mr. Clavell earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College with concentrations in Accounting & Computer Science.

Direct Line: 617-226-4206

Michael Patton, Managing Director

Michael Patton is a Managing Director at Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC. Mr. Patton has managed numerous transactions in many verticals within the healthcare industry. He maintains relationships with both strategic and private equity buyers and assesses and monitors each client's growth and profitability strategies. He is also responsible for seeking out acquirers and advising clients, negotiating the definitive purchase agreements and acting as a liaison throughout the deal process. He is directly involved in all aspects of M&A transactions, including, financial analysis, negotiation, due diligence and inter-company correspondence.

As a veteran of financial analysis and strategy, Mr. Patton honed his practical knowledge of corporate operations and investment banking through strategic and financial training while at Merrill Lynch where he worked as a Financial Consultant.

Mr. Patton graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a degree in Business Administration.

Direct Line: 617-226-4205

Justin Hand, Managing Director

Justin Hand is a Managing Director at Provident Healthcare Partners and has been an advisor to leading healthcare executives for over a decade. As a member of the Provident team, Mr. Hand is responsible for the generation and execution of healthcare service transactions, and is the head of the deal-origination team. Mr. Hand has created over $2 billion in transaction value on behalf of his clients in industries including correctional health, homecare, hospice, pharmacy services, physician outsource management, pain management, ambulance, and dental practice management, among others.

Select transactions in which Mr. Hand played an integral role include the recapitalization of California Forensic Medical Group by H.I.G Capital; the sale of Hearts for Hospice to Frazier Health Services; the recapitalization of Cal-Ore Life Flight by REACH Medical Holdings; the recapitalization of Addus HealthCare by EOS Partners; the recapitalization of Great Lakes Caring by Pouschine Cook; the recapitalization of Great Expressions Dental Centers’ by Audax Group; and the sale of Trinity HomeCare to Option Care, among many others.

Mr. Hand was also recognized by The M&A Advisor as a 40 Under 40 for being a leading transaction advisor to his clients.

Mr. Hand is active in a number of charitable organizations and is involved with the home care & hospice industry through his participation in the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association. Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Hand worked for Kayne Anderson in their Growth Private Equity Group focused on a multitude of industries, including both healthcare services and healthcare IT. Mr. Hand is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he received a B.S. in finance and international business. He received his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Direct Line: 310-359-6610

Kevin Palamara, Managing Director

Kevin Palamara is a Managing Director at Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC. Mr. Palamara maintains relationships with key industry consolidators and equity firms to assess their growth and profitability strategies. He is also responsible for seeking out strategic acquirers for all current clients, evaluating different acquisition opportunities and facilitating the negotiation process.

Mr. Palamara was also recognized by The M&A Advisor as a 40 Under 40 for being a leading transaction advisor to his clients.

Prior to his position at Provident, Mr. Palamara worked as an Associate in the healthcare practice of a major Boston-based investment banking firm. Mr. Palamara is a graduate of Bentley College with a degree in Finance.

Direct Line: 617-226-4221

Steven Aguiar, Director

Mr. Aguiar maintains relationships with key industry consolidators and private equity firms to assess their growth and investment strategies. He is also responsible for seeking out strategic acquirers and financial sponsors for all current clients, evaluating different acquisition opportunities and facilitating the negotiation process.

Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Aguiar worked for a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on healthcare services. Mr. Aguiar is a graduate of Bentley University, where he received a B.S. in corporate finance and accounting. He also earned his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Direct Line: 310-359-6620

Patrick Keefe, Director

Patrick Keefe is a Director of the firm’s growth equity fund Provident Healthcare Capital, LLC. Provident Healthcare Capital is a private investment fund that provides growth capital to small and lower middle market healthcare services companies. Mr. Keefe is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing growth equity investments.

Prior to joining Provident Healthcare Capital, Mr. Keefe was a Director at a boutique investment bank where he focused on the consumer and healthcare services sectors. Mr. Keefe was formerly an attorney with Deloitte LLP, in the firm’s corporate tax practice.

Mr. Keefe is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Direct Line: 617-226-4296