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Our Team

The J. Orin 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.


Michelle Barker

Administrative Specialist

Jared Byrne

Director, W. P. Carey Center for Entrepreneurship & Open Entrepreneurship Studio

Gabriela Chacon

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Sheri Charles

Program Coordinator, Training and Development

Ji Mi Choi

Associate Vice President

Lauren Dunning

Senior Program Manager, Student Outreach and Engagement

Bailey Gading

Program Coordinator, Student Outreach and Engagement

Roberto Garza

Business Operations Specialist

Jessica Givens

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Risk Innovation Nexus

Courtney Huynh

Program Manager, Special Projects

Brian Ipema

Operations Director, Instrument Design & Fabrication Core

Heidi Jacobson

Director, Youth Entrepreneurship

Amanda Jordan

Program Coordinator, Resource and Innovation Solutions Incubator

Jeff Kunowski

Associate Director, Innovation Programs, Global Sport Institute

Sabrina Sue Le

Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Tracy Lea

Associate Director, Venture Development

Alejandro Lozano

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Shannon Lunsford

Assistant Director of Operations

Carolina Marquez

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Brittany Martin

Program Manager, Venture Development

Carrie Herrera Niesen

Project Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Chase Norris

Program Manager, Venture Development

Victoria Paulino Silva

Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Brandon Rast

Management Intern, ASU Chandler Innovation Center

Kimberly Reynolds

Program Manager, Youth Entrepreneurship

Linda Ricchiuti

Senior Director

Jackie Roberts

Executive Director, SparkLabs Frontier-ASU

Joe Ryan

Senior Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Marissa Scragg

Program Manager, Risk Innovation Accelerator

Brent Sebold

Director Liaison for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Taylor Silverstein

Program Coordinator, Health Entrepreneurship Accelerator Lab

Kristin Slice

Senior Program Manager, Peoria Forward, Community Entrepreneurship

Nyasha Stone Sheppard

Program Manager, InnovationSpace

Brandon Tran

Management Intern, Youth Entrepreneurship

Victoria Vinke

Program Coordinator, ASU Chandler Innovation Center

Vera Von Esse

Coordinator, 1951@SkySong

Christopher Wilkes

Project Manager, ASU Chandler Innovation Center

Kylie Winn

Program Coordinator, Youth Entrepreneurship

Affiliated Staff + Faculty

Emily Bilbao

Chief of Staff

Skysong Innovations

Viktor Brandtneris

I-Corps Facilitator

Jared Byrne


W. P. Carey Center for Entrepreneurship

Eli Chmouni


W. P. Carey Management and Entrepreneurship

Steve Cho


Polytechnic School Technological Entrepreneurship Management, Startup Village Advisor

Aram Chomina-Chavez


Polytechnic School TEM Programs

Bennet Dwosh

Associate Director of Venture Acceleration & Strategic Initiatives

ASU Enterprise Partners

Nicholas Ferraro

Career and Industry Specialist

Career & Professional Development Services

Richard Filley

Academic Professional

Polytechnic School TEM Programs

Rick Hall

Senior Director

Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Chris Hayter

Assistant Professor

School of Public Affairs

Cheryl Heller

Director of Design Integration, Professor of Practice

W. P. Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

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

Eric Newton

Innovation Chief, Professor of Practice

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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 Initatives

College of Health Solutions

Venture Mentors