Phyllis works to increase sources of deal flow, outreach and brand awareness. Prior to joining the Voinovich School in 2007, she was the director of real estate services for a national franchising company and has more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience in the real estate and franchise development industries. Phyllis holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University and a Project Management Professional Certificate from the Project Management Institute.
Mr. Gellermann is the Executive Director of TechGROWTH Ohio, a public/private partnership managed by Ohio University, which provides seed capital and venture development services to start-up technology companies and entrepreneurs in southeast Ohio. Under his direction, as part of the Ohio Third Frontier-supported entrepreneurial ecosystem, TechGROWTH Ohio has been responsible for nearly $350M in regional economic activity. Mr. Gellermann also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The Center provides academic programs, experiential student learning activities and technology commercialization support for faculty and student innovators. The Center was awarded the “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program” in 2015 by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
In these capacities, Mr. Gellermann provides significant leadership to Ohio University and the State of Ohio for important statewide initiatives, including the I-Corps@Ohio program and the Ohio Innovation Fund. Lynn brings decades of venture capital, banking and economic development experience to these endeavors; he earned his Bachelor’s from Hastings College and his MBA from the University of Colorado.
John has overseen TechGROWTH Ohio program planning and implementation since 2008. He is a recognized professional in technology-focused entrepreneurialism, dedicated to economic development in underdeveloped regions of the US and abroad. John began as a university lecturer, and then eventually became President and CEO of Little Professor Book Centers, Inc. He was also the founder and CEO of four additional startup companies, one international. John holds an M.A. and ABD Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Lee provides operational assistance to validate opportunities and prepare companies for investment. He has venture development and financing experience in life sciences, biotechnology, medical devices and software. In the past 10 years, Lee has been involved in more than 100 technology-based ventures and $65 million of syndicated venture financing. He has led technology commercialization efforts at University of North Dakota and University of Iowa. Lee holds a B.B.A. and MBA from the University of North Dakota.
Faith has been TechGROWTH’s Associate Director of Operations since 2008 and periodically provides seminars at OU and internationally in grantwriting and venture development. Previously, Faith was an executive for more than a decade at Sunpower, Inc., a Southeastern Ohio startup engineering firm. She began her career in international development with the Peace Corps and international consulting. Faith holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, a master's degree from Ohio University and an M.A. Certificate in federal government contracting.
Jeff provides data analysis and reports to various stakeholders as the Salesforce administrator. Previously, he has worked with CGI Inc. in Athens, Ohio as a Programmer/Business Analyst, and with the Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources as a Programmer Analyst. He received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio.
Michele, an advisor, coach and mentor to multiple startups, has co-founded five technology companies. He has 25 years’ experience as an executive in manufacturing and sales of scientific capital equipment and analytical instruments, bridging technologies from the physical sciences to the life sciences. Recently Michele was Commercialization Alliance Manager at Innovation Works where he took the lead on accelerating technology transfer of federal research performed at the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. Michele received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Rochester
Jane serves as a business advisor to various entrepreneurial endeavors and brings experience in both incubation and fund management in the area of technology-based economic development. Employed for 10 years at The Ohio State University, Jane is an expert in technology commercialization and intellectual property protection and management, particularly in the specialty fields of life sciences. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and earned her MBA and master's degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas.
Gregg is the TechGROWTH Ohio Financial Coordinator. Before joining TechGROWTH, he worked with the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, where he served as the deputy director. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.A. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).