Our Leaders

Clever Care Health Plan’s management team has proven track-record in delivering growth and returns in the health care industry.

Dave Firdaus, Founder and CEO

Dave Firdaus is the Chief Executive Officer and one of the founders of Clever Care Health Plan. With over 16 years of health care leadership experience, Dave has been at the helm of major health insurance organizations throughout the country. 

Prior to founding Clever Care, Dave served as the CEO of Blue Cross® Blue Shield® Arizona Advantage for five years, where he led revenue growth from $230 million to $660 million. Dave also served as the COO of SCAN Health Plan Arizona and spent time in leadership roles with Cigna Health Spring and WellCare. 

Dave is a recipient of the Booz Allen Hamilton’s Professional Excellence Award (1997-2004). He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology. 

Myong Lee, Founder and COO

Myong Lee is the Chief Operating Officer and one of the founders of Clever Care Health Plan. With 13 years’ experience in health care leadership, Myong has a proven track-record in launching health care organizations. His leadership focus is in building provider relationships and contracting. 

Prior to founding Clever Care, Myong was instrumental in building Clover Health’s provider network and overseeing operations. He also served as COO of Satellite Healthplan and as CFO/COO at Inspira Health. Myong served in other leadership roles at Agilon Health, SCAN Health Plan, and WellCare.

Myong earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Art degree in Economics and Finance from Franklin & Marshall College. 

Hiep Pham, Founder and CFO

Hiep Pham is the Chief Finance Officer and one of the founders of Clever Care Health Plan. Hiep has extensive experience in health care finance spanning over 14 years, with heavy focus on financial oversight, regulatory compliance and audits, and risk management. 

Prior to founding Clever Care, Hiep served as CFO of Blue Cross® Blue Shield® Arizona Advantage, where he successfully reconciled and recouped $15 million of CMS payment errors. Hiep also spent nine years as a Vice President of Finance at SCAN Health Plan and five years as a Finance Manager at Mitsubishi Motors North America. Hiep earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Art degree in Accounting from California State University at Fullerton. 

Trung Nguyen, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Trung Nguyen is the Chief Medical Officer at Clever Care Health Plan. Dr. Nguyen is a renowned Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Southern California. He graduated with honors from David Geffen School Of Medicine at the University Of California, Los Angeles in 1996. 

He currently serves as the Chairman of General Surgery Division at St. Bernardine Medical Center. Having more than 24 years of diverse experience, especially in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with many hospitals including Riverside Community Hospital and St. Bernardine Medical Center.

John Wen, CIO

John Wen is the Chief Information Officer at Clever Care Health Plan. John has been leading and leveraging technology for companies for over 15 years at both start-ups and large corporations and has extensive experience managing technical teams. 

Prior to joining Clever, John served as the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of IT for Canary Health where he developed and defined business-specific security strategy comprising objectives, threats, and risks. He also served as the Director of Systems Engineering for Spark Networks where he oversaw five major company acquisitions. Succeeded in integrating and consolidating the IT infrastructure and staff.

John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Computer Science from University California of San Diego.

Cindy Kao, Controller

Cindy Kao is the Controller at Clever Care Health Plan. She has over 30 years of healthcare experience. 

Prior to joining Clever Care, Cindy was a Director at SCAN Health Plan responsible for statutory and financial reporting to California DMHC, California DHCS, CMS, and the IRS.

Cindy earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Feng Chia University.

Peter Winston, Vice President of Community and Provider Development

Peter Winston is the Vice President of Community and Provider Development at Clever Care Health Plan. Peter is an accomplished senior healthcare executive with close to 40 years of success in health care. He was a well-known leading healthcare figure in California provider communities. He was listed in ‘Who’s Who in US Executives’ and taught at a number of local community classes.

Prior to joining Clever Care, Peter was the Vice President of Payer Contracting at Agilon Health and Executive Vice President for SynerMed (a $700 million IPA MSO).

Peter earned his Masters of Health Administration (MHA) degree from Duke University and Bachelor’s (BS) degree in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook .

Gloria Long, Vice President of Operations

Gloria Long is the Vice President of Operations at Clever Care Health Plan. She has over 30 years of healthcare operations management experience.

Prior to Clever Care, Gloria served as the COO of Guam Regional Medical City Hospital, CAO of Arizona Priority Care Plus, Vice President of Provider Management Operations at Bravo Health, and Senior Vice President of Business Services & Network Development at Bakersfield Family Medical Center.

Gloria earned her Master of Public Health degree from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from Scripps College.

Czarynn Provines, Director of Product and Marketing

Czarynn Provines is the Director of Product and Marketing at Clever Care Health Plan. Czarynn has over 18 years of experience in national health care marketing and product development with an emphasis in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement markets. 

Prior to joining Clever Care, Czarynn served as a Market Strategy manager at Blue Shield of California. She also held roles in product management and marketing campaign management at Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Shield of California. 

Czarynn earned a Certificate in High Performance Leadership from Cornell University. She earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Law from California State University, Northridge. 

Loc Ha, Manager of Sales and Broker Development

Loc Ha is the Manager of Sales and Broker Development at Clever Care Health Plan. With over 14 years of sales and business development experience, Loc has developed substantial expertise in training and managing sales teams.  He has been instrumental in setting up a nationwide distribution network for a telecommunication start-up company, growing the subscriber base to over 300,000.  The company was eventually acquired by KDDI, the second largest telecom in Japan.

Loc’s insurance experience comprises of property & casualty, life, disability, as well as Medicare.  Loc holds a P&C and a Life and Health license in six states.  Having worked as a producer himself, Loc understands the needs and concerns of insurance sales agents, and the support that he or she requires to be successful.

Loc earned his degree from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.