University Economic Development Association

Board of Directors

UEDA’s Board of Director’s is a group of committed individuals who work at all levels of higher education, including chancellors, presidents, directors, managers and professors. Each member brings their unique perspective and experience to round out our leadership and inform the direction of the organization. Those institutions and organizations who currently allow their employees to serve on the Board comprise the UEDA Leadership Council.

Executive Committee

Jeff Sachse

Jeff Sachse

UEDA President

Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Lakeland University

Jeffrey Sachse is Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lakeland University. He is also engaged with Jake’s Cafe, Lakeland’s entrepreneurial incubator.

He previously served as the Director of the Center for Customized Research and Services and Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has more than two decades of experience in higher education administration and applied research. Mr. Sachse also previously served as the Director of the Office of Economic Advisors for the State of Wisconsin.

During his tenure with UEDA Mr. Sachse has served as the Innovation Affinity Network Convenor, Awards of Excellence Committee Co-Chair, and Summit Committee Chairperson.

In addition to his service to UEDA, Jeffrey also serves at the President of the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council, is a member of the Entrepreneurship Committee for Progress Lakeshore and is a recent co-chair of the Friends of Two Rivers Snowfest. He is passionate about the intersection of talent, innovation, and place and its importance to rural communities.

Teresa Merriweather Orok, PhD

Teresa Merriweather Orok, PhD

UEDA President-Elect

Professor and Executive Director
Alabama A&M University – Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development

Dr. Teresa Merriweather Orok is an expert on economic and business innovation. While her career spans more than 30 years of experience across grants, government contract management, economic development, government, and higher education, she currently serves as the inaugural Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development at Alabama A&M University.

Carol Stewart

Carol Stewart

UEDA Vice President

Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona

University of Arizona

Carol Stewart, a long-standing authority on research parks, is the Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona. Carol Stewart leads the UA Tech Park at Rita Road and is developing the UA Tech Park at the Bridges. She is also president of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator network serving the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the international community.

Stewart’s expertise in university research parks spans decades and nations with more than 20 years of experience working with research parks, technology commercialization, business incubation, governmental relations and business development.

As a pioneer in the research parks world, she has driven national policy, standardized programs, created national and international networks, built technology clusters, engaged stakeholders, and assisted countries with the development of their national science and technology policies.

Stewart is passionate about her community and serves as a champion in university-based economic development. She is a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Flinn Foundation Steering Committee, a member of the Canadian Global Mentor Program and she also serves on the Board of Directors for Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, Pima County’s Workforce Investment Board, Sun Corridor Inc., Arizona Technology Council, Desert Angels, and is a member of the City of Tucson Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Council.

Juli Golemi

Juli Golemi

UEDA Treasurer

Director, Georgia Tech University Center; Senior Research Faculty
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ms. Golemi is the Director of the EDA University Center at Georgia Tech. The University Center (UC) program is specifically designed to marshal the resources located within colleges and universities to support regional economic development strategies in regions of chronic and acute economic distress. She is also Senior Research Faculty at Georgia Tech.

Margo Fliss

Margo Fliss

UEDA Secretary

Associate Director
University of Alaska Center for Economic Development

Margo leads facilitation, strategic planning, and client services for CED. Previously, she served as CED’s Lead Analyst and worked in the education sector for numerous school districts and universities in California and Alaska, as well as served as a VISTA volunteer with UCLA BruinCorps.

Dominique Halaby

Dominique Halaby

UEDA Past President

Associate Provost for Innovation and Commercialization & Founding Director, Business Innovation Group
Georgia Southern University

Dominique Halaby, D.P.A. is the Associate Provost for Innovation and Commercialization & Founding Director of the Business Innovation Group (BIG) at Georgia Southern University. BIG includes the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership, Small Business Development Center, Innovation Incubator and Fab Lab. In 2015, BIG was recognized as a Gold Award Winner in Entrepreneurship by the IEDC.

Members-At-Large

Melody Flowers

Melody Flowers

Assistant Vice President, Economic Development & Real Estate
University of Kentucky

Melody Flowers has engaged in strategic and financial planning, project management, and policy work for over twenty years in fields as varied as transportation, the environment, community and economic development, emergency preparedness, homeland security, healthcare, and higher education.

She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Economic Development & Real Estate at the University of Kentucky (UK), leading efforts across campus including community and business engagement, creative space and place making, and development of campus innovation spaces and economic impact programs. Melody co-Chairs UK’s Economic Development Collaborative.

Prior, Melody led integrated academic and financial planning at Harvard University and brings many years of experience from the non-profit and government sectors. She serves on the boards of CivicLex, Experience Learning, Fayette Alliance, the Downtown Lexington Partnership, the UK Art Museum, and the Gaines Center for the Humanities, regularly lectures on the economics of higher education, and mentors nationally competitive scholarship candidates.

She earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her B.A. from UK, where she was a Singletary Scholar, National Merit Scholar, Gaines Fellow, and Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Bruce Hunter

Bruce Hunter

Interim Chief Innovation Officer

University of Utah Technology Licensing Office

Bruce Hunter is the Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Utah.  Prior to joining the University of Utah, Bruce served at the University of California, Office of the President as Executive Director to the Office of Innovation Transfer and Entrepreneurship where he provided innovation and commercialization support to all 10 campuses in the UC system.

 Mr. Hunter began his career as the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Digital Data Resources Inc., one of Iowa’s largest digital imaging companies. He took the company from a startup in the University of Iowa’s Research Park to acquisition by a publicly traded market leader. He is credited with bringing electronic imaging technology to Midwest companies.

He then joined the Madison Development Group, LLC, a Denver-based private real estate firm specializing in condominium conversions. As the Senior Vice President, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of multi-million-dollar real estate ventures.

 Mr. Hunter subsequently founded CORE Magazine and in less than one year established it as the fastest growing retail-based business and lifestyle publication in Colorado. Mr. Hunter is an executive coach and has designed and provided business innovation training to Fortune 500 companies.

 Mr. Hunter possesses a Juris Doctorate, Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD

Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD

Industry Engagement Consultant

University of Texas at Dallas Office of Research and Innovation

Jenny Mizutowicz is an industry engagement consultant for the University of Texas at Dallas Office of Research and Innovation. In this role, Jenny develops partnerships between local industry and UT Dallas researchers that could lead to industry-sponsored research. 

Jenny previously served as Manager of Economic Development Initiatives for UT Dallas from 2019-2022. She has also served as Economic Development Director for the City of Richardson, Economic Development Manager for the City of Carrollton and Director of Marketing for the former Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), where she launched and managed the region’s first young professionals talent attraction campaign, “The Real Richardson.”

Jenny has a BBA in marketing from UT Austin and an MA in emerging media and communication from UT Dallas. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and past Chair of the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Young Professionals Advisory Committee and IEDC Education and Certification Advisory Committee. She currently chairs the UEDA Awards of Excellence Committee. In 2023, Jenny was selected by DCEO Magazine as one of the 500 most influential business people in Dallas. Jenny has one daughter and enjoys traveling to new places with her husband Cameron, Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys football, and reading books.

Tyler Reinagel

Tyler Reinagel

Associate Vice President for Economic Development
Kennesaw State University

Dr. Tyler Reinagel is Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta. Only 60 years old, KSU has grown to a 45,000+ student institution and was elevated to a Carnegie R2 institution in 2018. KSU’s economic impact on the Atlanta region eclipsed $2.0B for the first time last year, and funded research has reached a record high, growing nearly 70% over the past five years.

Tyler is the first appointee to this role and is responsible for leading KSU’s investments in the region and state, serving as the primary conduit to the state’s Department of Economic Development, local government leadership, local and regional Chambers of Commerce, business associations, and industry partners throughout the region.

Prior to joining KSU, Tyler served as Director of Planning and Research for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In this role, he worked directly with local governments, development authorities, regional commissions, and other economic development stakeholders throughout Georgia. He earned his MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia, where he served five years in UGA Public Service and Outreach. His research and teaching include work in state/local finance, tax policy, economic development financing, and intergovernmental relations.

 

Mary Frances Postupack

Mary Frances Postupack

Vice President for Economic Development and Research Support
East Stroudsburg University of PA

Mary Frances Postupack is the Vice President for Economic Development and Research Support at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She manages the ESU division of Research and Economic Development (RED) which includes an award-winning Business Accelerator Program, the Office of Workforce Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, and the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research which secured in excess of $38 million from FY02-11. Mary Frances has over 20 years of experience in the areas of education, business, community and economic development. She received a BS from the Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg University, and Corporate Entrepreneurship Certification from Lehigh University. She is a certified Stephen Covey Trainer and was recognized as one of the top 25 women in business in NE PA by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Lenore VanderZee

Lenore VanderZee

Vice President for Strategic Relations & Communications
State University of New York at Canton

Lenore VanderZee is the Vice President for Strategic Relations & Communications at the State University of New York at Canton, where she works on economic development, workforce, and innovation/entrepreneurship initiatives, including oversight of the Center for Community, Workforce, & Industry Partnerships, the Small Business Development Center, and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. In addition, she also serves as the chief public relations & government relations officer for the college. She is passionate about rural economic development and placemaking in her beloved North Country New York region. In addition to her day job, she serves on several community boards and committees, including the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the North Country, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, the Canton Community Fund, the St. Lawrence County Small Business Group, and the Canton Economic Development Steering Committee. In her spare time, she also loves to hike in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, play board games with her family, and perform with her folk/Americana band, Uprooted.

Tonya Witherspoon

Tonya Witherspoon

Associate Vice President, Industry Engagement & Applied Learning
Wichita State University

Tonya Witherspoon is known for being an Innovator, Strategist, Entrepreneur, and connector. Her passion for innovation, education and technology has helped her succeed in connecting Industry leaders with faculty and students at Wichita State University. Tonya has helped engage, create, and expand education and career opportunities for students at Wichita State University. She has taught courses in robotics, clay animation, new media, and online education. Tonya is an analytical problem solver with the ability to drive strategic projects while managing competing priorities, deadlines, and financial goals. She has founded multiple companies and served in executive roles building hardware and software for enterprise customers. Tonya is a published author and keynote speaker.

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