About Our Organization - RIP Medical Debt

Our Mission

RIP Medical Debt empowers donors to forgive billions in oppressive medical debt. We are dedicated to removing the burden of medical debt for individuals and families and veterans across America.

Medical debt destroys the financial stability of large segments of America’s most vulnerable communities: the sick, the elderly, the poor, and veterans. It also targets the middle class, driving many families who are barely getting along into poverty. Medical debt isn’t the result of bad decisions. It’s a debt of necessity.

By forgiving this debt we strive to give struggling individuals, and their families, a fresh start. We hope to give those affected the ability to seek the continued medical care they need and help them back towards financial stability.

Every day, we receive messages from people who suffer under crushing debt far beyond their financial means to pay—from the son of a stroke survivor in Kentucky whose family could not keep up with their mortgage payments, to the cancer patient in Florida whose debts made it impossible for her to continue with necessary treatment. Rising healthcare costs and endless bills are leaving families with nowhere to turn.

RIP uses donors’ funds to wipe out medical debt from the neediest cases up. 

Once we’ve pinpointed the portfolios for those in or near the poverty level, we buy up their debt and forgive it. Then we send forgiveness notices to the benefiting families, and subsequently help the recipients repair their credit reports—renewing their access to opportunities and resources that will allow them to rebuild and recover.


Collecting to Forgive

RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former debt collections executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton.

Over the course of decades in the debt-buying industry, Craig and Jerry met with thousands of Americans saddled with unpaid and un-payable medical debt and realized they were uniquely qualified to help these people in need.

They used their expertise and compassion to create a unique way to forgive medical debt: they would use donations to buy large bundles of medical debt and then forgive that debt with no tax consequences to donors or recipients. From this idea came RIP Medical Debt, a New York based 501(C)(3). The results have been spectacular— $2,689,616,823 in medical debts eradicated so far, providing financial relief for over 1,819,000 individuals and families.

Recent News

The Miracle of Medical Debt Forgiveness on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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Co-Founder of RIP Medical Debt, Jerry Ashton, Retires from Nonprofit 

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RIP has forgiven over $1 Billion in medical debt. Find out how we did it.

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Curing America’s $1 Trillion Unpayable Healthcare Debt.

Amid all the urgent debate over rising healthcare costs and shrinking coverage, we have overlooked the devastating personal and social impact of an estimate $1 trillion in unpaid and unpayable medical debt.

End Medical Debt offers clear-eyed insights on America’s broken healthcare system and what we each can do about it.

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Transparency & Accountability

We know it’s important that your donation is being used effectively and responsibly. We constantly strive to be transparent and accountable in everything we do.



RIP Hires Executive Director

In 2019, we completed an extensive search for a new executive director and are pleased to announce that Allison Sesso has joined RIP Medical Debt as Executive Director.

Executive Director
Executive Director
Debt Operations
Founder, Director of Debt Operations
Mikel Burroughs
Director of Military Debt Acquisitions and Relief
Mike Toth
Director of Debt Acquisition
Neale Mahoney
Research Fellow
Francis Wong
Research Fellow
Education & Outreach
Founder, Director of Education and Outreach
Judah Freed
Director of Publishing
Dina Magnes
Associate Director of Education & Engagement
Christopher Simmons
Director Finance & Administration
Jana Knauerova
Accounting Manager – KRA
Cathy Fang
Accounting Associate – KRA
Blanca Godoi
Executive Assistant
Public Policy
Alex Fiorille
Public Policy Associate
Info Systems
David Reynolds
Director of Info Systems
Eric Kemp
Data Specialist
Jonathan Chu
Software Development Associate
Scott Gannon Patton
Director of Development
Sandra Davis
Sr. Development Consultant
Jane Lee
Associate Director of Development
Darby Drukker
Individual Giving & Campaign Manager
Jenna Funsten
Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Sofia Delvalle
Development Coordinator
Morgan McLenan
Development Associate, Strategic Partnerships
Sam Garber
Donor Services Associate
Maddy Hoepf
Development Associate
Marketing and Public Relations
Daniel Lempert
Director of Public Relations
Web Design & Development
Dini von Mueffling
Director of DVMC
Emily Brimmer
Social Media Director


William von Mueffling
Chairman of the Board; Chief Investment Officer, Cantillon Capital Management
Jerry Ashton
Founder, Director of Education and Outreach
Robert E Goff
Founding Director; Principal, The ABER Group LLC
Jon Lindsey
Managing Partner; Major, Lindsey & Africa
Elizabeth Marincola
Senior Advisor, The African Academy of Sciences
Michele Masucci
Partner, Nixon Peabody
Jose N. Penabad
Treasurer; Co-Founder and CIO, HCG
Ted Sann
Board Member
Jeff Smedsrud
Healthcare.com Co-Founder and President, Insurance Services

Craig Antico
Founder, Director of Debt Operations

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