Staff Biographies

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  • Kirstie Chadwick

    President & CEO
    Kirstie Chadwick is the President & CEO of the International Business Innovation Association, a global non-profit that serves over 2,100 small business incubators, technology accelerators and economic development agencies across 60 countries. Kirstie has over 25 years of experience at innovative technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Mentor Graphics and Lockheed Martin. She has also held executive roles at five venture-backed technology startups. She was the CEO and Co-founder of DigitalOwl, an Orlando-based educational software company, where she raised over $13M in venture capital and successfully navigated the company through the dot-com market crash. In 2004, Kirstie joined UCF as the Director of the Venture Lab where she facilitated the spin-out of three startup companies based on faculty inventions, and mentored hundreds of local entrepreneurs in business strategy and financing. In 2007, Kirstie was tapped to become the Executive Director of the Winter Park Angels, a 50+ member angel investment group. Kirstie also led the financing and management of Florida’s Igniting Innovation Accelerator program, which directly resulted in $43 million in follow-on capital by participating companies. Ms. Chadwick is the recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award, the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, and the Dr. W. Judson King Entrepreneurship Memorial Award. Ms. Chadwick graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from UCF, and holds an MBA from UCF.
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  • John Gaset

    Director of Operations
    John Gaset is a 30-year veteran in the high-tech industry. He joined InBIA in March 2015 to lead membership development efforts. He is also responsible for revamping InBIA’s systems and infrastructure to best serve the needs of its members. Prior to joining InBIA, he was VP of Sales Operations at Via Response, where he was responsible for all aspects of Via’s operational functions, including optimizing the effectiveness and productivity of the sales and customer support teams. Before that he held several senior management positions over his nine year tenure with Channel Intelligence, including Vice President of Performance Management, General Manager of SellCast, Vice President of Client Services and Director of Sales, Sales Operations. Gaset also held management positions with Pivotal Corporation and Seagate Software.
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  • Cheryl Brink

    Director of Business Administration
    Cheryl Brink has been at InBIA since January 1989, making her the longest-serving staff member. As business administration manager, she is responsible for InBIA's daily accounting procedures, including accounts receivable and payable, grant contract billing and travel reimbursements. She is a primary participant in InBIA's annual audit process. Cheryl also manages all conference and training event logistics, including staff travel, participant registration and on-site tours. She oversees staff payroll, vacation, personnel policies and purchase requisitions, and is the primary point of contact for insurance programs and equipment rental and maintenance. In addition, Cheryl facilitates work with the InBIA Board of Directors, such as meeting logistics, correspondence, and document preparation and distribution. Before coming to InBIA, Cheryl worked for the Ohio University Innovation Center providing support services to the incubator’s clients.
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  • Mary Ann Gulino

    Administrative Services Manager
    Administrative Services Manager Mary Ann Gulino has been with InBIA since September 2000. She maintains the association’s nonmember database and online bookstore; responds to inquiries regarding the bookstore, as well as more general requests through InBIA’s information e-mail address; researches “In the News” and the industry calendar for the InBIA Web site; works on special projects for InBIA’s administration and knowledge services divisions; and staffs InBIA’s on-site bookstore, both at the association’s own events and at events sponsored by other economic development and incubation organizations. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Ann earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College and her MBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining InBIA, she worked as a media buyer for a major retail chain and managed an independent bookstore. Mary Ann is an experienced knitter and quilter and sold her work at craft fairs throughout southeastern Ohio. She lived in InBIA’s headquarters city of Athens, Ohio, for 23 years before moving to Las Cruces, N.M., in 2012, where her husband Dan consults with New Mexico State University.
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  • Molly Mordocco

    Training and Events Coordinator
    Molly Mordocco joined InBIA in 2013 to provide administrative support across the departments. She now focuses her time in the events and training department, working with the hotel logistics and coordinating various event details. Prior to joining InBIA, Molly was an assistant manager for the Summit at Coates Run, where she worked with college students to make sure all of their housing needs were met. Molly also spent several years working in the hotel industry as a sales and catering manager. A 2005 graduate of Ohio University, Molly holds a degree in food service management. She and her husband live in Lexington, Ky.
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  • Lindsay Schuenke

    Events Program Manager
    Lindsay Schuenke has been the training coordinator at InBIA since 2004. In this position, she helps manage the logistics of InBIA’s training events, including the association’s International Conference on Business Incubation, Training Institute, Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals and online Web seminars. For each event, she coordinates hotel details, incubator tour planning, speaker recruitment and management, and session and program development. She has been involved in the inception and implementation of the InBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program and the Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals. Lindsay has also worked with international groups to coordinate hotel, travel and speaker details for U.S. incubator tours and trainings. Prior to joining InBIA, Lindsay was the communications officer for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, a regional philanthropic organization working to address the unique needs of Appalachian Ohio. In this position, she created materials and organized events designed to increase awareness of philanthropy in the foundation’s 29-county region. She also spent a year working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that provides care for high-risk foster children. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. She resides in Biddeford, Maine, with her husband and three children.
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  • Heather Deyrieux

    Director of Strategic Development
    Heather Deyrieux, MSM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR now serves as the Director of Strategic Development. She is responsible for memberships, partnerships and sponsorships for the organization. Heather also serves as a volunteer on the Executive Committee for the HR Florida State Council. She is currently serving as Treasurer and has previously served as the Secretary, Emcee, Conference Director and other roles for the conference. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science in General Business and a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resources at the University of Central Florida. Go Knights!
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  • Michelle Kepple

    Director of Training
    Michelle Kepple, Ph.D., is responsible for overseeing InBIA’s Training Institute, which provides a diverse array of professional education curriculums and training environments to support InBIA members, entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders in the business incubation industry. Dr. Kepple earned her doctoral degree in Education with a focus on Instructional Technology in 2015 from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Kepple’s research areas included learning theory, epistemology, and research methods, both quantitative and qualitative. She also participated on a senate-funded project that analyzed longitudinal data on student reading achievements to close the reading achievement gap in Florida. Dr. Kepple is also a published author in educational research; most recently she collaborated on a handbook focused on alternative methods of assessment for students with learning disabilities through learning analytics. Prior to her doctorate, she taught as an interim faculty member at Central Connecticut State University where she worked with students in education programs on learning theory and applications that support retention while reducing cognitive load. Michelle is actively involved with community research projects in the STEM field and sustainable resources for under severed populations through local schools in the Orlando area.
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  • Jeff Janelle

    Manager of Digital Marketing and Creative
    Jeff Janelle joined InBIA in 2015, bringing with him years of experience in marketing, graphic and web design, and front-end coding. In his role with the association, Jeff is responsible for making InBIA look good – literally. Jeff helped establish the new corporate brand identity and ensures that the association's brand standard is followed across all of the websites and printed materials. In addition to his duties with InBIA, Jeff also serves as an adjunct professor in the Graphic & Web Design department of Valencia College where he teaches the latest web and design techniques and best practices. Prior to joining the association, Jeff served as a graphic designer and web manager at a design agency in Orlando, and served as both a brand manager and interactive marketing manager in the travel industry. A native of Florida, Jeff is an avid artist, focusing mostly on pen and ink, scratchboard and digital painting. He has sold many pieces and has had his work featured in an international design competition.
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  • Jean Hilmes

    Membership Marketing & Events Specialist
    Jean started her career on LaSalle Street in Chicago learning the commodity futures industry, working for the renegade futures commission merchant Refco Inc. In her nearly 25 years in the futures market she collaborated with industry legends and rock stars who helped to shape her world view and high regard for networking. Jean excels in bringing groups together, creating memorable events all the while making lasting connections. Three years ago she married her best friend and moved from Chicago to Melbourne, FL. She is pleased to find a role in the invigorating business incubation industry with the InBIA and can’t wait to make each and every event more transcendent than the last. When not planning that next outrageous conference, you’ll find Jean toiling away with her camera trying to capture that perfect nature shot or sunset photo. She is looking forward to meeting you at our next event!
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  • Ana Greif

    Director of International Programs
    Over the course of her career Ana has visited 30 countries, lived in 3, and started businesses in 2 of them. She is passionate about experiencing new cultures and working internationally. As InBIA’s Director of International Programs, Ana is expanding InBIA’s influence, through membership, consulting, and education services, around the world. She works to further the international interest of InBIA's membership through government and private programs that build cross border connections. Ana leads InBIA’s Global Ambassadors program and manages the Global Connectors designation. An experienced trainer, Ana leads InBIA’s Incubator Manager Certificate Program workshops around the world. Ana has been involved in entrepreneurship development for 20 years from positions in both the private and public sectors. She holds a bachelor degree in business administration form the University of Arizona and graduated with Highest Distinction with a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. But it is her own experience as an entrepreneur that has given her a deep understanding of the challenges faced by business owners and the many solutions and alternatives that can lead to startup success.
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  • Matt Melloy

    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Matt Melloy joined InBIA as the Director of Strategic Partnerships in March of 2016 where he is the primary point of contact for InBIA’s corporate, content, and entrepreneurial ecosystem partners. Matt brings nearly ten years of experience working with international startups, primarily in Asia. He will utilize this experience to implement a comprehensive international event plan in conjunction with InBIA’s executive team. Prior to joining InBIA, Matt was the Director of Business Development for Blue Startups, a startup accelerator in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to identifying and securing new overseas partners, he also launched East Meets West: an international tech conference hosted by Blue Startups. As an entrepreneur, Matt co-founded a venture backed company that connects American travel activities to online travel agencies in China. He holds a bachelors degree from Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business.
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