Supporting Innovation & Economic Development
Administration & Operations
James Delattre, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research, Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
Jim Pietropaolo
Director, Startup Leadership Network
Lee Erickson, Ph.D.
Chief Amplifier
Brad Zdenek
Director of Economic Development and Student Programs
Steve Carpenter
Director of Research Startups
Omar X. Easy, Ph.D.
Director, Brand Academy
Jay Connor
Front Desk and Building Assistant
Sue McCloskey
Building Maintenance Worker
Jen Shutt
Administrative Specialist
Office Operational Staff
Nicole Bauman
Director of Administration
Nicohl Geszvain
Strategic Business Systems Analyst
Kat Shondeck
Project Manager
Marketing, Communications and Events
Ashley Palmer
Director of Marketing and Communications
Krystle Yarrison
Senior Marketing Strategist
Katie DeFiore
Digital Communications and Startup Support Specialist
Melinda Friedhoff
Marketing Strategist
Carley LaVelle
Creative Coordinator
Katie Lipko
Marketing Communications Specialist
Amy Pollock
Program and Events Manager
Amy McKee
BJ Scovern
Financial Assistant
Program Managers
Derek Gross
Program Manager
Annie Hughes
LaunchBox & Innovation Network Statewide Coordinator
Matt McKinney, Ph.D.
Entrepreneurship Program Manager
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Elizabeth Hay
Jack White Family Director
Jason Huber
Entrepreneurial Cog Connector
Ryan Mandell
Jose Nunez
Shop Manager
Tristan Hess
Service Bureau Manager
Penn State SBDC
Tim Keohane
Chelsea Blair
Business Consultant
Martin Brill
Agricultural Center of Excellence Coordinator
Elizabeth Fegert
Business Consultant
Tom Keiffer
Business Consultant
Theresa Krise
Administrative Assistant
Brandy Viehdorfer
Marketing and Events Coordinator