The Think Tank

 

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.

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.

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 and executing, logistics, finance and communications for the Centers numerous programs, workshops, conferences and special events.

Katie VanDyke

Director
Small Business Development Center
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

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.

Danielle Vath

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

Danielle Vath, M.Ed., is the Manager for External Relations and Communications for the Washkewicz College of Engineering. In this role, Vath is 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.