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Our Team

The J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute serves as the connecting and collaborating resource across ASU and the greater Phoenix community, as well as a national and international resource.

Entrepreneurial thinking is more than a skill. It's a mindset—one that manifests itself across all majors and programs at ASU.


Kelsea Aaberg

Program Coordinator, Student Outreach and Engagement

Paula Alvarado

Senior Operations Coordinator

Valerie Baker

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Michelle Barker

Administrative Specialist

Rick Beitman

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Stephanie Birdsall

Program Manager, National Security Academic Accelerator

Sandra Castro

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Gabriela Chacon

Assistant Director, Youth Entrepreneurship

Sheri Charles

Program Coordinator, Training and Development

Ji Mi Choi

Vice President, Knowledge Enterprise; Founding Executive Director

Gere Raná Clark

Program Manager, ASU Chandler Innovation Center, Place-Based Innovation Spaces

Keith Coles

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Lauren Dunning

Director, Student Outreach and Engagement

Desiree Figueroa

Senior Program Coordinator, Venture Development

Bethany Forero

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Bailey Gading

Program Manager, Student Outreach and Engagement

Roberto Garza

Financial Manager

Eric Heimbecker

Senior Program Manager, Community Entrepreneurship

Heidi Jacobson

Director, Youth Entrepreneurship

Robert Jewett

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Matthew Kohlbeck

Senior Program Coordinator, 1951@SkySong, Place-Based Innovation Spaces

Jeff Kunowski

Associate Director, Innovation Programs, Global Sport Institute

Neelam LaBrue

Senior Financial Specialist

Sabrina Sue Le

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Tracy Lea

Director, Venture Development

Jesús López

Senior Program Coordinator, Fusion on First, Place-Based Innovation Spaces

Shannon Lunsford

Director of Operations

Amber MacRobbie

Assistant Director, Youth Entrepreneurship

Sarah Mattson

Assistant Director, Youth Entrepreneurship

Kelly McNeil

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Maggie Mills

Senior Program Coordinator, Onboarding, Youth Entrepreneurship

Carrie Herrera Niesen

Project Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Valerie Ramos

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Kimberly Reynolds

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Linda Ricchiuti

Senior Director

Jose Rodriguez Pizarro

Program Manager, Operations

Marissa Scragg

Senior Program Manager, Program Development Support

Brent Sebold

Director Liaison for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Robin Shapiro

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Kristin Slice

Director, Community Entrepreneurship

Nyasha Stone Sheppard

Senior Program/Community Manager, The Studios at Mesa City Center

Brittany Sullivan

Assistant Director, Venture Development

Entrepreneurship Catalysts

Entrepreneurship Catalysts are current ASU students available to meet with you to discuss your idea, to navigate entrepreneurship at ASU or to learn more about events, resources and tools. These students are available throughout the academic year during fall and spring semesters.


Amani Jaramoga

Entrepreneurship Catalyst

Lance Lim

Entrepreneurship Catalyst

Emily Mogel

Entrepreneurship Catalyst

Shafaq Siddiqui

Entrepreneurship Catalyst

Quinn Stalcup

Entrepreneurship Catalyst

Affiliated Staff + Faculty

Steve Cho


Polytechnic School Technological Entrepreneurship Management, Startup Village Advisor

Aram Chomina-Chavez


Polytechnic School TEM Programs

Richard Filley

Academic Professional

Polytechnic School TEM Programs

Rick Hall

Assistant Dean

Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Chris Hayter

Assistant Professor

School of Public Affairs

Mark Henderson

President's Professor Emeritus

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Retha Hill

Director and Professor of Practice

New Media Innovaton and Entrepreneurship Lab, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Carolyn Hirata

Lecturer and Program Chair

Polytechnic School TEM Programs

Zachary Holman

Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Entrepreneurship

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Charlie Lewis

Senior Vice President of Venture Development

Skysong Innovations

Michelle Lyons-Mayer

Assistant Director

Memorial Union, Changemaker Central Advisor

Andrew Maynard

Associate Director for Faculty, Lead, Chair

ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Risk Innovation Nexus, ASU Master of Science and Technology Policy

Eric Menkhus

Associate Dean, New Education Initiatives, Clinical Professor

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Jeff Mindlin

Vice President of Investments

ASU Enterprise Partners

Donald Siegel

School Director and Professor

School of Public Affairs

Eva Vazquez


Global Family Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Thunderbird School of Global Management

David Waldman

Professor of Management

W. P. Carey School of Business

Chris Wharton

Assistant Dean of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives

College of Health Solutions