Mentors and Staff

 

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Cal Al-Dhubaib

Healthcare Data Scientist and Entrepreneur
Pandata LLC

Cal Al-Dhubaib is a data scientist and entrepreneur. For over five years, he has delivered analytics solutions that solve complex business challenges. His background in systems engineering, digital product development, and management puts him in a unique position to provide data analytic solutions for diverse organizations. Through his career, Cal has cultivated a wide range of skills spanning research and development to fundraising and product management. He loves learning about emerging technologies and commercialization strategies for data driven products.
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Victoria Avi

Manager
Sustainable Business Center
Cleveland State University

Victoria Avi manages programs for the Sustainable Business Center, and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In this role, she supports the Outreach and Engagement Centers work in sustainability, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. She joined the Outreach and Engagement Centers team in 2012 and has been a part of the Cleveland State University community since 2002. A transplant from Baku, Azerbaijan, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at CSU, and a Masters in Environmental Studies at the CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. She is also a recent graduate of the Center for Social Impact Strategy Certificate Program at University of Pennsylvania. Victoria’s research, teaching, and work centers on creating sustainable businesses and communities through social innovation and ecosystem building, and she is devoted to making Cleveland a better, more prosperous and equitable place. Her favorite pastimes are hiking with her dog, gardening, travelling and being an active civic member of Cleveland.
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Chris Blue

Awareness Agent
Blue Karma Coaching

With 17 years of experience as a financial professional, Chris is taking his career in a new direction.  As an Awareness Agent (executive coach), Chris facilitates a journey of deeper awareness and helps his clients be with ‘what is’ in the present moment.  From this place of self-awareness, clients are able to overcome blocks and resistance, think more creatively, be open to all potential opportunities for growth, and bring focus and clarity to their decision-making.  Chris also uses his passion for conscious capitalism, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability to help his clients lead their organizations in a way that brings greater awareness to all aspects of the organization, from relationships with stakeholders to their impact on society and the environment.

As a finance professional, Chris has extensive experience with cash flow modeling, financial statement analysis, and presentation of complex financial matters to C-Suite executives.  Most recently, Chris was Director of Corporate FP&A for a Fortune 500 public company.  In this role, he was responsible for monthly management reporting, quarterly earnings and Board reporting, annual planning and quarterly forecasting, as well as various ad-hoc corporate finance projects – often working directly with the CFO and CEO.

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James Deiotte

Retired Partner
Ernst & Young

James Deiotte, CPA, CMA, JD and MBA, two-time Cleveland State University College of Business alumnus (BBS Accounting in 1980 and MBA in 1984) and recently retired partner of EY. Jim has been an ambassador for EY throughout his career working closely with many of the largest companies in the world, a variety of U.S. governmental agencies and EY colleagues in over 50 countries. Jim most recently served as EY’s Regional Tax Leader of Africa and was on EY’s EMEIA and Global Tax Leadership teams. Jim was responsible for driving the localization of capabilities and independence of EY tax operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, spanning more than 30 countries. He may be one of the most traveled alumni from Cleveland State University, having previously led EY’s Central and Eastern European Compliance and Reporting practice.
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Michael Dever

Systems Analyst
Cleveland State University

Michael Dever, MBA, runs a help desk at Cleveland State. The help desk coordinates support from multiple areas across campus, and is a single point of contact to arrange technology services for the university community. Previously, Michael was a systems administrator who arranged project and technology service support at the enterprise level.
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Anthony Gasparo

Anthony was a winner of Startup Vikes in 2015 with his company, PuppyMatch. After a year and a half of growth, and revenue exceeding $100,000, he decided to focus on completing his degree and put business operations on hold. In that year and a half he personally assisted 49 families in 4 states responsibly add members to their families. He graduated in December with his bachelors in Finance. He has also completed a 9 month internship with the Veale Entrepreneurship Forum, an organization committed to supporting high school entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio.
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Michael Goldberg

Assistant Professor
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management. With support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Goldberg created a massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 135,000 students from 190 countries with subtitles in 16 languages (most on Coursera platform). Inc.com named Beyond Silicon Valley one of the top online classes that “will make you smarter and more interesting.”

Goldberg co-founded the Bridge Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli medical device companies that have synergies with the leading health care industries and institutions in Cleveland.

Goldberg is active in the entrepreneurship community in Cleveland, serving as a mentor to entrepreneurs through Jumpstart and FlashStarts. He has appeared as a frequent guest panelist on MSNBC’s “Your Business” and written on international entrepreneurship for CNBC, Entrepreneur.com and The Huffington Post.

Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray has been a freelance designer for 5 years and a Cleveland State alum with a B.A. in Graphic Design. He specializes in front-end web development and brand/identity design and has worked for the past 5 years with clients locally, nationally, and internationally. He strives to be self-sustaining by growing strong and long-lasting client relationships, being versatile enough to fulfill a wide breadth of projects, and continuously improving networking strategies.
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Colette Hart

Senior Director
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

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.

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Clinical Operations Manager
Neuros Medical, Inc.

Matthew is a champion of the start-up community in Cleveland. Currently, he works at Neuros Medical Inc., a neuromodulation company developing an implantable medical device focused on the elimination of chronic pain in lower limb amputees. At Neuros, Matthew is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of clinical research processes, guidelines, tools, and their implementation. He also manages day-to-day clinical trial execution, including clinical site support, data collection and analysis, and clinical materials logistics. He has a broad skill-set and experience in medical devices, clinical research, operations, market research, open innovation, technology transfer, and venture capital. Matthew holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in medical devices and algorithm development as well as an MBA from Cleveland State University with a focus in marketing.

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Raj Javalgi

Associate Dean
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Raj Javalgi is Professor of Marketing and teaches the International Business Strategy course. His areas of interest are International Marketing, International Business, Marketing Research, Multivariate Statistical Methods, and Marketing Management. Raj Javalgi has published in such journals as Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Research, International Business Review, Thunderbird International Business Review. Some of his articles have received best paper of the year awards. Recently, Raj has received two Business International Education grants in a row, totaling $380,000, to build and sustain international business programming. His broad work experience includes assisting SMEs with their International Marketing strategy.
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Roger Klee

Assistant College Lecturer
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Originally from Toledo, OH, Roger obtained his education from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! He has worked as a financial analyst, accounting consultant, and as a Manager of Financial and Strategic Operations. He teaches corporate finance, investments, derivatives, insurance, and personal finance in the Monte Ahuja College of Business.
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Joshua Koszewski

Entrepreneur

Joshua Koszewski is an aspiring entrepreneur and an MBA student at Cleveland State University. He is a U.S. Army Sniper Vet and served two deployments overseas. After completing his service, Joshua received his B.A. from Cleveland State University where he majored in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Throughout his undergrad, he worked several co-ops and in his free time developed his idea for a startup. Joshua is now guiding that startup through the building process and into its pre-launch stage. As an entrepreneur, he has taken on a number of different roles and became most captivated by developing growth strategies as well as refining his leadership philosophy.
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Dan Maxymiv

Graphic Designer – Darice, Inc.
Owner – Silver & Green Jewelry

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Kyle McKee

 
 Kyle has over 13 years of experience building software and teaching others. For the last five years, his career as an independent consultant and Agile Engineering Coach with LeanDog has focused on helping teams level up their coding practices and collaborative skills within medium to large enterprises.

He is a polyglot developer who passionately believes in using the right tool for the right job. As such, he has professional experience working in numerous different tech stacks including .NET (Desktop & Web), Ruby, Node, and more JavaScript frameworks than you could shake a stick at.

In the community, Kyle has volunteered teaching about coding at events like RailsBridge, NodeSchool, the Great Lakes Science Center, and to elementary school students. He’s led meetup groups, won the Cleveland Medical Hackathon, and he’s a frequent speaker at software conferences and a number of local meetup groups.

In 2017, Kyle was nominated to be the Conductor of the Ohio StartupBus, a volunteer role in which he led 30 entrepreneurs and developers in a cross country entrepreneurial immersion that culminated in a Shark Tank style competition against other cities from across North America.

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Jon Nemecek

Director of Finance
Sequoia Financial Group

Jon heads up the finance and accounting team at Sequoia Financial Group.  He also advises small business owners in Cleveland on start-up and early stage accounting, budgeting, and financial matters through the SBDC. Previously Jon has provided CFO/Controller services as a consultant to companies ranging from start-ups to the middle market in the technology and government contracting industries.  He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Professional Accountancy at West Virginia University, and is a licensed CPA in the state of Ohio.
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Ed O’Donnell

Lead Mentor

Adjunct Professor
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

 Ed O’Donnell is an Adjunct Accounting Professor at Cleveland State University, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ed is a practicing CPA with a firm located in Westlake, Ohio. Recently retired from PPG Industries where he spent 27 years, Ed earned his BBA degree from Cleveland State University in 1979 and his MBA from the University of Georgia in 1983.
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Rachel Pankiw

Marketing Communications Manager
Speedeon Data

Rachel is a marketing communications professional with expertise in branding, media relations, content marketing, and marketing strategy. She is a proud CSU alum where she received her MBA in Marketing along with a graduate certificate in Marketing Analytics in 2016. She’s worked in a variety of account management roles at different agencies and marketing vendors with a focus on retail and consumer brands.  She currently works as a Marketing Communications Manager at Speedeon Data, a databased marketing firm in Cleveland, where she’s responsible for driving the implementation of all marketing content. She’s also hosting the 14th annual JemCon in Cleveland in August 2018 so if you’re a fan of the 80s be sure to talk to her. This is her third year helping with StartUp Vikes.
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Jason Perz

Founder / CEO
Thriller BMX

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Ben Richards

Business and Communications Librarian
Cleveland State University

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.
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Christine Rinto Mapus

Communications Design Specialist
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Chris is the Communications Design Specialist at the Monte Ahuja College of Business. In this role, she is responsible for “making things look good”: developing and designing marketing collateral and assets to support the College. She also has extensive experience designing comprehensive print and digital collateral for large organizations such as University Hospitals and startups such as Forest City Brewery. She is responsible for the StartUp Vikes “look and feel” and extends her talent to assisting event participants with logo design. She has a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.
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Blaise Roncagli

Associate College Lecturer
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Dr. Roncagli has been a lecturer with the Department of Finance at CSU since Fall 2011. Prior to that, he spend 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.
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Meghan Salkin

Special Programs Coordinator
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Meghan Salkin is the Special Programs Coordinator for the Centers for Outreach Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. She obtained her BA in Political Science and her MAGI (Master of Arts in Global Interactions) from Cleveland State University. In her role, she is responsible for planning, logistics, finance and communications for the Centers numerous programs and special events.
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Jay Schach

Management Instructor
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

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Heather Schlosser

Manager, Marketing & Communications
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

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.
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Lauren Smith

Manager of Entrepreneurial Education

ECDI

Lauren has personally worked with nearly 1,000 aspiring entrepreneurs in 5 years working as a start-up coach and instructor. Currently acting as Manager of Entrepreneurial Education at ECDI and the Women’s Business Center, Lauren develops curriculum, teaches training courses, and follows up with clients individually to develop unique and viable strategies to start and grow their businesses.
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Katie VanDyke

Director
Cleveland State University
Small Business Development Center

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.

In her spare time, Katie supports the local economy by shopping and eating locally, cooking plant based meals, and enjoying time with her husband and children.

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Danielle Vath

Manager for External Relations and Communications
Washkewicz College of Engineering
Cleveland State University

Danielle Vath, M.Ed., is the new Manager for External Relations and Communications for the Washkewicz College of Engineering. In this role, Vath will be responsible for the external relations program for the College that includes public relations, communications, alumni relations and the senior design program. Vath previously served as the Coordinator for Cooperative Education Program for the Washkewicz College of Engineering. She earned her undergraduate degree in communication from the University of Toledo and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and College Student Personnel from Kent State University.
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Nate Ward

Director
SBDC Export Assistance Network
Cleveland State University

As Director of the Global Business Center and the SBDC Export Assistance Network, Nate Ward, has extensive international experience within manufacturing and banking industries. His international business experience includes sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research and product development. In addition to his diverse cultural knowledge, Nate speaks multiple languages including French, Spanish and Japanese.
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Brett Woodard

Associate Director of Entrepreneurship and Internships
The College of Wooster

Brett enjoys helping The College of Wooster students explore and connect their personal, professional and academic interests through a variety of experiential and entrepreneurial programs, from CityTreks and APEX Fellowships to Startup Weekends and pitch competitions. He also helps students apply their liberal arts experience in hands-on learning as consultants for the Applied Methods Research Experience (AMRE) each summer. Brett received his B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Wooster, he worked with students and alumni in a variety of Career Development roles at Appalachian State University, UNC-Greensboro, Elon University and Saint Joseph’s University.
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Claude Zoghzoghi

Financial Analyst

Claude is a recent alumnus of Cleveland State University. He currently works as a Financial Analyst at a startup company, Latitude Airlines and Aladdin’s Eatery. He is a motivated professional skilled in fundamental and technical analysis, leveraged finance, LBOs deals, financial modeling and team-building. In the summer of 2016, Claude interned in Leveraged Finance-Middle Market Group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in New York, one of the largest financial institutions in the world.