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.
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.
Jeff Doose is a part-time entrepreneur-in-residence for TechGROWTH Ohio and for the Innovation Center. For the past 35+ years, Jeff’s career has included roles as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and college professor. He has managed seed and venture capital funds and worked in high growth enterprises, development banks, and educational institutions in rural development contexts as diverse as central Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Native American communities in Minnesota. Jeff holds degrees from Southwest State University (BA), the University of Colorado (MA) and the University of Denver (JD).
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).
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
Beginning in 2012, Michael has served as our Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio. His expertise in accounting and experience as a CFO serves multiple early-development stage companies. Michael Tehan is a Senior Manager at The Lachey Company with a background in Ernst & Young LLP’s audit and attestation practice. Michael’s career began at Ernst & Young specializing in the audit and attestation practice within the financial services/manufacturing industries. His expertise spans from audit planning, design, and execution, a strong understanding of internal controls, and buy side due diligence through working with a Fortune 10 company in the M&A space. In addition to the CFO services line he also has extensive experience in serving medical practice clients and helping them find opportunities to increase their bottom line.
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.
Social Enterprise Ecosystem Entrepreneur in Residence
Social Enterprise Ecosystem Entrepreneur in Residence
Megan Weber joined TechGROWTH in 2017 as Social Enterprise Entrepreneur in Residence. She assists startup and existing social enterprises with business modeling and strategic planning, and also manages student efforts in early-stage entrepreneurial support research. Megan founded and owns Sycamore Run Early Childhood Center, a social enterprise in Athens County. Previously, she taught at Hocking College as well as two local private schools, and also worked as a professional development instructor with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD). Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and an MPA from Ohio University.