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

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

UEDA President

Chief Corporate Engagement & Economic Development Officer
Kansas State University
785.532.3955

Rebecca is the Chief Corporate Engagement & Economic Development Officer at Kansas State University Innovation Partners, where she leads the organization’s corporate engagement and economic development efforts, including the university/community economic development partnership, Knowledge-Based Economic Development, LLC in Manhattan, KS.

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Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.

Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.

UEDA President Elect

Senior Director
Center for Regional Development
Bowling Green State University

Russell W. Mills, Ph.D. is the Senior Director of the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Dr. Mills leads CRD’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center program that provides technical assistance, data, analytics, and applied research to local businesses and economic development professionals. He has significant expertise and experience in demographic and economic data analysis, economic impact analysis, economic development planning processes, workforce development initiatives, and grant writing.

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Dominique Halaby

Dominique Halaby

UEDA Vice President

Associate Provost for Innovation and Commercialization & Founding Director, Business Innovation Group
Georgia Southern University
912.478.2733

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.

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Marcela (Marce) Andrea Zuchovicki

Marcela (Marce) Andrea Zuchovicki

UEDA Treasurer

President and CEO
Jalima & Associates Strategic Management Solutions

Marcela (Marce) Zuchovicki is the founder of Jalima Coffee, Jalima Aranis and Jalima & Associates. Her passion for helping individuals and small businesses, as well as her background in working for large corporations and internationally renowned not-for-profits, created the desire to own businesses that would assist companies with business planning, strategic and financial solutions for their accounting and bookkeeping needs, as well as provide growth and quality control methodologies. 

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Margo Fliss

Margo Fliss

UEDA Secretary

Manager of Strategic Engagement
University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
907.786.5419

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.

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John Provo

John Provo

UEDA Past President

Director, Office of Economic Development
Virginia Tech
540.231.4004

John Provo is the director of Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development. Provo provides leadership for the university in the design and implementation of its economic engagement mission. A “pracademic,” he has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and government. He builds relationships between businesses, communities, and the university and leads a team that delivers applied research projects that create economic opportunities.

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Members-At-Large

David Gard

David Gard

Assistant Vice President
Economic Engagement
Indiana University

As assistant vice president for university economic engagement at Indiana University, David Gard is primarily responsible for implementing IU’s statewide economic development strategy through collaboration across the university’s seven campuses. He created, manages, and presides over the IU Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED), which extends and leverages the university’s resources and expertise to enhance economic engagement in areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, talent development, and quality of place.

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Juli Golemi

Juli Golemi

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.

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Matt Hebb

Matt Hebb

AVP Government Relations & Economic Development
Dalhousie University

Matt Hebb is an Atlantic Canadian leader, with a proven ability to bring together partners and organizations on transformative and innovative projects across the region.

Matt joined Dalhousie University in 2013 and serves on the executive team as Assistant Vice-president, Government Relations and Economic Development, where he co-leads Dalhousie’s strategic priority to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

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Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD

Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD

Manager of Economic Development Initiatives
University of Texas at Dallas

Jenny Mizutowicz is Manager of Economic Development Initiatives for the University of Texas at Dallas. In this role, Jenny builds meaningful partnerships between the university and North Texas employers, serves as a neutral arbitrator of workforce data for regional economic development partners, and helps position UT Dallas as an economic engine for the region.

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Eddie Pauline

Eddie Pauline

President & CEO
BioOhio

Eddie Pauline joined the BioOhio team as President and CEO in August 2021. Eddie previously served as the Director for Economic Development for The Ohio State University within its Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge. In this role, Eddie led the economic development and economic impact functions to attract new companies to Ohio and retain and expand Ohio businesses.

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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.

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Jeff Sachse

Jeff Sachse

Director
Center for Customized Research and Services University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Jeffrey Sachse is the Interim Director of CCRS.  In this role he is responsible for providing research and development support for several university initiatives, including the Oshkosh Community Success Coalition, Forum for Innovation, and Wisconsin Aerospace Partners.  He also works closely with the Center for Customized Research Services to serve a variety of client and partner needs. He is passionate about the developing the data analytics capacity of the University and broader region.  Finally, Mr. Sachse is affiliated with the Department of Public Administration and Office of Continuing Education through several teaching assignments.

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Lenore VanderZee

Lenore VanderZee

Executive Director for University Relations
State University of New York at Canton
315.386-7109

Lenore VanderZee is the Executive Director for University Relations at the State University of New York at Canton, where she oversees economic development initiatives (including the Small Business Development Center), public & community relations, and government relations. She is the campuslead for the creation of an innovative community-serving Entrepreneurship Center in downtown Canton. She is passionate about rural economic development and placemaking in her beloved North Country New York region.

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University Economic Development Association

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Pittsburgh, PA 15227
216.200.UEDA (8332)
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