Our Team

Karen Davis
Executive in Residence
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Karen Davis
Executive in Residence
Karen A. Davis is an Executive-In-Residence focusing on providing financial and accounting solutions to startup companies. She works with companies building their financial model to strategically show the growth of their business from inception to market stabilization. She helps them identify and build their go-to-market strategy by using cash flow and budget modeling. Accounting systems are set up to allow for solid financial reporting and internal controls. Ms. Davis has extensive experience in CFO and management roles in accounting and venture capital. Ms. Davis earned a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from The Ohio State University and holds an active CPA license in the state of Ohio.
Lynn Gellermann
Executive Director
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Lynn Gellermann
Executive Director
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 more than $500M 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.
Aaron Kirby
Business Development Associate
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Aaron Kirby
Business Development Associate
Aaron is a 2016 graduate of Ohio University College of business majoring in Entrepreneurship. During his time at Ohio University, Aaron worked as a small business consultant for a number of local businesses in Athens, Ohio. He also participated in the Global Consulting Program through Ohio University in Ancona, Italy where he was a consulting intern. Before joining TechGROWTH full-time, Aaron worked on a venture to start and manage a new restaurant in his hometown of Jackson, Ohio.
Jeff McElroy
Data Analyst
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Jeff McElroy
Data Analyst
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.
Ron Moss
Executive in Residence
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Ron Moss
Executive in Residence
Ron Moss has more than thirty years of hands-on advisory experience as an investment banker working with growth-oriented companies on equity and debt capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic financial advisory services. He has helped startup companies in their financing needs and worked as part of a team that has taken companies through the initial public offering process. Ron’s financial roots were grounded by spending eight years with a big four public accounting firm where he was a CPA. He is a graduate of Ohio University.
Jane New
Manager, Investments & New Venture Development
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Jane New
Manager, Investments & New Venture Development
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 Oakley
Finance Coordinator and Contract Manager
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Gregg Oakley
Finance Coordinator and Contract Manager
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).
Jonathan Sowash
Executive in Residence
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Jonathan Sowash
Executive in Residence
Jonathan Sowash is an Ohio attorney and business consultant who advises inventors, entrepreneurs, farm and woodland owners, and businesses on commercialization strategies, intellectual property management, succession planning, licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, cooperatives, social enterprises, and other collaborative endeavors. He is also a small business owner with a focus on historic preservation and farm and woodland conservation. Jonathan is legal counsel for, and a founding member of, Rural Action, a southeastern Ohio based charitable organization
Michael Thompson
Executive in Residence
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Michael Thompson
Executive in Residence
Michael started in the restaurant business when he was 15 years old and spent 36 years in that industry, completing his career as a vice president and officer of a billion dollar company. He spent a couple years in college, getting an associate degree in business, but he learned how to run a business by doing it. Currently he is owner of an executive coaching company, works with the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, and is an executive and organizer of the Tri-State Angel investment group.