Mentors

Lynn Buchinsky – Staff
Lynn Buchinsky is an entrepreneur and the Manager for the Weston Ideation Lab and Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State University.  She created, ran and sold Little Racquets and has advising experience from start-ups to small businesses (<5 M).  Lynn has successfully grown regional and national brands: Weston Ideation Lab-Cleveland State University, Goldman Sachs 10KSB, LaunchNET-Kent State, Young Launchers, Little Racquets, Sealy, Rubbermaid and Cystic Fibrosis.  She holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, a master’s degree from the Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Michael Dever – IT
Michael holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cleveland State University. He is a systems administrator for the IS&T department at Cleveland State, where he manages projects, supports enterprise hardware and software, and coordinates, focuses and customizes services for the campus community.
Anthony Gasparo – Finance
Anthony was a winner of Startup Vikes in 2015 with his company, PuppyMatch. In a year and a half of business he successfully matched 49 families and revenue exceeded $100,000. In 2017 he decided to focus on completing his degree and paused business operations. He then completed a 9 month internship with the Veale Entrepreneurship Forum, an organization committed to supporting high school entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. Anthony graduated in December with his bachelors in Finance and is currently an accountant at MAI Capital Management.
Colette Hart – Staff
Colette Hart is Senior Director of the Centers for Outreach & Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her capacity as Senior Director, she is responsible for establishing Centers of Excellence in the College of Business that provide responsive and strategic business educational programs for the Northeast Ohio business community. Colette was instrumental in establishing the Global Business Center and securing over a million dollars in funding to develop interdisciplinary academic, research and outreach programs focused on applied international business education.  The Global Business Center is the 2006 recipient of the Ohio Governors Export Award and the 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the 2011 President’s “E” Award.   Colette brings a global frame of reference to her work through her extensive experience engaged in economic development, small business, trade, and education initiatives throughout Europe, China and Chile. Colette serves on the Northern Ohio District Export Council, NASBITE International Board of Governors, Jumpstart Higher Education Council, and the Corporate Sustainable Network Steering Committee. She obtained her MBA at Cleveland State University and her BA in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin.
Charles Hubbard – Generalist
A serial entrepreneur all my life and full-time for the last 12 years building multiple ideals and businesses; currently I am the founder and CEO of Crystal Clear Solution Inc. – Commercial Cleaning Service, Hubbs Pics 4U – Photographer and newly launched EnDepth Data Inc. – Software Technology Company. The link between them all is my ability to understand, connect and deliver to my client’s wants and needs!   Started my educational journey at Cleveland State University until my Junior year; completed my degree at the University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus in Business Management. In the process of completing my degree, I accumulated a 20 years career in Inventory Control, Supply Chain and Operations Management at Allen Telecom, Agilysys Inc. and Swagelok Company.   My life passions are my family and helping others see and grow to their potential!   In my opinion, failure is one of the greatest gifts and lessons life can give you!
Jeremiah Landi – Engineering
Jeremiah Landi has worked in the computer industry field for twelve years. In the industry he has led various sizes of projects and teams ranging from small intimate teams by five to large teams of over fifty. He has worked in extensive Microsoft, VMware, and Cisco environments, monitoring and managing them as well as designing proactive defense systems. Often as a Network Administrator, he found himself designing high end solutions for low cost budgets without compromise. This helped Jeremiah transcend into Project Management, allowing him to use his extensive knowledge of IT architecture to lead many IT projects on a very detail orientated basis. He combines a magnitude of talents that stretch many fields of study, which gives him a unique advantage over others. He is very calm under pressure and gets excited by complex projects.
Chris Mapus – Graphic Design
Strategically focused + creatively driven graphic design and marketing professional. Specializing in comprehensive print + digital collateral design, logo design and brand management. Designing over 2,000+ print and digital pieces. Leading over 200+ projects, collaborating on over 1,000+ projects.
Dan Maxymiv – Graphic Design
Dan Maxymiv is a graphic designer and jeweler. He graduated from Cleveland State University in 2015. He has worked as a graphic designer for Pat Catan’s Craft Store, Duck Tape, and is currently with Kay Jewelers. Dan also studied in Florence, Italy. He runs his own small business, Green & Silver Jewelry. He has been a mentor for StartUp Vikes since 2016.
Justin Meineke – Engineering
Ed O’Donnell – Finance
Ed is an Adjunct Accounting Professor at Cleveland State University teaching in both undergraduate and graduate business programs. Additionally, Ed is a practicing CPA located in Westlake, OH. Ed is recently retired from PPG Industries with 27 years of service. Ed received a BBA degree from Cleveland State University in 1979 and a MBA from the University of Georgia in 1983.
Jason Perz – Generalist
Ben Richards – Research
As a librarian, Ben Richards works with students and faculty at Cleveland State University to connect them with the wealth of information available through the Michael Schwartz Library and elsewhere. He serves as a resource to the College of Business through instruction, reference services, and managing the library’s collections. Ben received his MLIS in 2014 and has been working at Cleveland State University since 2015.
Blaise Roncagli – Finance
Dr. Roncagli has been a lecturer with the Department of Finance at CSU since Fall 2011. Prior to that, he spent 30 years in the software industry working for firms like Hyland Software, Rockwell Automation, Sensormatic Electronics, Digital Equipment Corporation and Thorn Automated Systems. He has also worked for several startup firms, one of which was an IT consulting firm he founded with two partners in the early years of his career. Working with small startup firms established his interest in how small firms make their financing and investment decisions, which was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Dr. Roncagli teaches courses in Corporate Finance, International Finance and Financial Markets and Institutions. He has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 1998.
Meghan Salkin – Staff
Meghan is the Program Manager for the Centers for Outreach and Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. Meghan is a two-time alumna of Cleveland State University having earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Global Interactions.   In her role, she is responsible for providing exceptional operational support to the Centers for Outreach and Engagement, Small Business Development Center, Global Business Center, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Weston Ideation Lab. Meghan manages planning, logistics, finance and communications for many of the Centers for Outreach and Engagement’s programs, workshops, conferences, special events and day-to-day operations. Meghan is also instrumental in coordinating, planning and providing support for the Centers for Outreach and Engagement larger, university-wide events such as Startup Vikes and TEDxClevelandStateUniversity.
Heather Schlosser – Staff
Heather is the Marketing Communications Manager at the Monte Ahuja College of Business. She is responsible for internal and external communication on behalf of the college including six academic departments, six centers and two advising units. She collaborates with University Marketing, Admissions, Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Web Operations on university-wide initiatives in addition to planning, managing and executing promotional efforts for College of Business programs, events and other initiatives. She has over 20+ years of experience in marketing communications strategy, advertising management, media planning and buying, public relations, social media, copy writing and digital marketing. Most of all, she enjoys working with students at Startup Vikes (of course!) and in her role as advisor for Cleveland State’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Nick Stevovich – Engineering
Nick Stevovich is the Founder and CEO of the Nikola Innovation, a bike component manufacturer and designer. Nick accumulated 18 years of experiences working in the relocation industry overseeing sales, operations, product development, and customer relationship before launching the Nikola brand.  He is an avid innovator and owner of two US Patents.  Experiences include overseeing several clinical trials researching kinematic motion and human performance benefits for cyclists. Building an idea from concept to market is a passion and enjoyment.   Nick speaks fluent Serbian and English and studied economics and mathematics at The Ohio State University and, Executive Leadership at the Kelly School of Business. Nick Stevovich is originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin currently residing in Rocky River Ohio with his wife and three daughters. 
Cameron Tolbert – Past Participant
Katie VanDyke – Staff
Katie’s main mission is to support local small businesses that are a critical component and major contributor to the strength of local economies. Focusing on the amazing entrepreneurs in our beloved CLE, her time is spent on supporting their successes. For the past 9 years, she has worked in the entrepreneurial world; currently as the Director of the CSU Small Business Development Center, and previously as an Entrepreneur Advisor, providing assistance, training and advising to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. She has also created many entrepreneurial experiential learning opportunities and training for entrepreneurs, corporate and academic entities. Katie has developed curriculum in entrepreneurship, as well as taught business and marketing classes for ten years as an adjunct faculty member of the Business Division at Lorain County Community College.   She earned her MBA from Cleveland State University and got her start at Ernst & Young as an eLearning Consultant and Instructional Designer and new hire trainer.