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Tom is the Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement
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He is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250m portfolio to top-quartile returns. His board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State. Tom co-chairs the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council’s Innovation Culture workgroup.
Tom has an AB and MBA from Cornell, where he was a recipient of the MBA program’s Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Per is the Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at Binghamton University.
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Dr. Stromhaug has a lot of experience in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, business incubation, and economic development on the business and administrative side; at the hands-on and at the executive level. Prior to Binghamton University, Dr. Stromhaug has worked as an assistant professor and licensing associate at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the University of Florida – Gainesville, conducting research in the area of molecular and cell biology. He has been also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, with a fellowship from the Norwegian Cancer Society.
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Seth is Senior Director for Innovation and Partnerships at Griffiss Institute
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Seth Mulligan is the Sr. Director of Innovation and Partnership at the Griffiss Institute
He specializes in leading innovation and venture development programs, with the related management disciplines, and developing business systems, to grow organizations and startup companies. He has been a partner to innovators as a startup incubator operator and at other times, who roll up his sleeves and operate as a key leader inside private, scalable companies.
Seth Mulligan’s specialties: defense dual-use technology, sales technology, economic development, business planning and strategy, creative marketing plans, forecasting, coaching, mentorship, leadership, alternative energy systems and biofuels, technology commercialization, early-stage growth capital funding, venture development, entrepreneurship, and go-to-market planning.
Thomas (Tom) Murdock is GM of the Western New York Incubator Network (WIN)
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Ebony is Director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) at Rochester Institute of Technology
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Ebony is the Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE), which is a co-working space that helps support low- to no-tech businesses that are invested in revitalizing and growing the economy in downtown Rochester.
At CUE, she:
Solicits foundations, state, and federal agencies for support of incubator activities.
-Assist high-potential ventures to grow effectively
-Promote matchmaking between early stage ventures and capital markets.
-Develop youth programs
-Provide key incubation services and resources
-Responsible for program assessment, evaluation, and reporting.
-Recruit, select, and evaluate training consultants.
-Mentor program participants based on individual needs.
Thomas J. Grech
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Thomas is the President & Chief Executive Officer at Queens Chamber of Commerce
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When he was the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, he grew the total number of chamber members by 30 percent and strengthened businesses in the different communities of Queens who are in fields like advertising and media, arts, culture and entertainment, home and garden, health care, business and professional services, among others.
At CCI Energy Solutions LLC, he was the Director of Sales / New Business Development where he helped owners, developers, co-op boards, etc. take advantage of sustainable energy solutions.
He was a Professor of Business at Farmingdale State College, specializing in Entrepreneurial Studies and Small Business Management.
He also was the Managing Director of JJT Energy, an Energy Service Company.
Tom is a graduate of the Univesity of Scranton where he was Class President and later received an MBA in International Busines from Manhattan College.
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Jamey is the Director, Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University
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Deborah Schondorf Novick
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Deborah is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Westchester County
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Deborah is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the Westchester County Office of Economic Development, where she directs the Element 46 incubator program and oversees the Biosciences Accelerator program. In addition, she looks for opportunities to grow the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Westchester.
Novick was most recently Director of the Biotechnology Incubator at New York Medical College, a position she held since late 2017. Among her responsibilities was creating a collaborative community within the incubator and recruiting new start-ups. She was also responsible for overseeing the design and physical expansion of the incubator, which doubled in size.
Her background also includes having served as an instructor for a course on entrepreneurship at the Women’s Enterprise Development Center; co-founded a successful real estate staging firm and served as fund manager for several venture capital funds. A resident of Larchmont, Novick earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s College of Industrial and Labor Relations. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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Ariella is Executive Manager of the New York I-Corps Hub
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She is also the Executive Manager of the New York City Regional Innovation Network (NYCRIN), a public-private partnership led by the City University of New York (CUNY) with New York University (NYU) and Columbia University.
As a part of her NSF I-Corps duties, she is a Cohort Instructor, leading the Teams Programs.
She volunteers as a mentor to the $40 million Biodefense Commercialization Fund that accelerates the development and commercialization of innovations targeting infectious disease threats, and is an Instructor at the Griffis HUSTLE Defense Accelerator.
She is a graduate of Baruch College in Public and International Affairs and participated in the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York.
Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, is Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships at the CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC)
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As Director of CNYBAC, Kathi promotes effective and transparent operational procedures for the 60,000 square foot specialized multi-use biotech facility, CNYBAC. The infrastructure supports innovation commercialization. Kathi develops biotech innovation-oriented programs, coordinates resources and promotes educational and investment opportunities for clients and the startup community. Kathi mentors medical device innovators relative to Good Clinical Practice regulations, FDA submission requirements and device classification as well as human factors usability testing. Kathi created the Medical Device Innovation Challenge supported by a five-year $625,000 Empire State Development NYS Certified Business Incubator grant. The grant also funds in part the Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp developed in partnership with High Tech Rochester and NYS Science+Technology Law Center.
Kathi volunteers as a GCP Instructor for the not-for-profit 15,000-member educational organization Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and is founder and chair of the SOCRA NYS Chapter and SOCRA Annual Medical Device Conference, now in its 12th year. Kathi is also a member of the Business Incubator Association of NY (BIANYS) Board of Directors, a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering Committee and has been nominated to the Volunteer Faculty at Upstate Medical University (appointment in process) and the MedTech Advisory Board.
Kathi holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Business. Previously, Kathi was employed at Welch Allyn, a medical device manufacturer, as Manager of Clinical Affairs and as Director, Clinical Trials at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Kathi is married to Pete Durdon, has 3 wonderful daughters who live in the area and has 5 energetic grandchildren.
Ann-Marie is the Director of Economic Development and Research Professor of Technology and Society, Stony Brook University.
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Director of Economic Development and Research Professor of Technology and Society,
Stony Brook University.
Chair: Business Incubator Association of New York State, Long Island Innovation Hot Spot Steering Committee, Stony Brook Incubator Selection and Review Committee. Moving spirit behind creation of the Long Island Angel Network. Founder of Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge, which has awarded more than $450,000 to 29 student start-up businesses half still in existence — as of 2017. Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency trustee, serving New York’s third largest town. Manager and Instructor, Stony Brook’s NSF I-Corps Site, since 2015.
Board of Directors: Long Island Angel Network, region’s only public organization of early-stage investors; Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA-LI), representing the largest industrial park in the Northeast; Long Island Forum for Technology, trade association for high technology manufacturers and businesses; Long Island High Technology Incubator Inc., the region’s first new business incubator facility; and Community Development Corporation of Long Island (Vice Chair), the region’s largest affordable housing and community development not-for-profit. Past president of Women Economic Developers of Long Island.
Author/co-author of proposals that have brought more than $25M in federal and state economic development funding to Long Island. Invited speaker on technology-based economic development, International Association of Science Parks, International Economic Development Council, state and regional economic development and business organizations.
AB magna cum laude, English and American literature, Brown University.
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
MAT in the Teaching of English, Yale University
Ph.D., History of American Foreign Relations, Stony Brook University
Certified Lean LaunchPad Educator, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance-Venturewell/Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Terms expiring 2024:
- Jamey Hoose (Clarkson University Shipley Center Incubation Programs)
- Thomas Murdock (University at Buffalo Incubator Programs and Western New York Incubator Network)
- Per Stromhaug ( Innovation and Economic Development at Binghamton University)
Terms expiring 2025:
- Tom Schryver (Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, Southern Tier Startup Alliance)
- Ariella Trotsenko- Executive Manager of New York Icorps Hub
- Thomas Grech- CEO- Queens Chamber of Commerce
Terms expiring 2026:
- Ebony Miller-Wesley, Director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) at Rochester Institute of Technology
- Seth Mulligan, Senior Director for Innovation and Partnerships at Griffiss Institute
- Deborah Schondorf Novick, the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Westchester County