University Economic Development Association

UEDA 2021

SUMMIT

September 19 - 21, 2021

2021 UEDA SUMMIT THEME

Transformation: Forward Thinking in a Changing World

 

UEDA Summit 2021 Speakers

Trent Armbrust

Trent Armbrust

Chief Strategy Officer, Kansas Department of Commerce

Trent Armbrust joined Commerce following seven years in Economic Development for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Armbrust is leading efforts to develop…

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James M. Bailey

James M. Bailey

President and CEO, Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE)

Committed to living by his personal motto,“Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader, entrepreneur and emerging philanthropist…

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Kimberly Ballard-Washington, J.D.

Kimberly Ballard-Washington, J.D.

President, Savannah State University

Kimberly Ballard-Washington was appointed president of Savannah State University by the The Board of Regents May 13, 2021…

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Richard (RJ) Berry

Richard (RJ) Berry

Former Mayor, Albuquerque

Former Mayor Richard (RJ) Berry served as the mayor of Albuquerque from 2009 to 2017. Known for his nonpartisan approach …

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Camille Burnett

Camille Burnett

Vice President of Education and Health Equity, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Burnett Dr. Burnett received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, her Masters at the University of Western Ontario, and her BScN from the University of Alberta…

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Daniel Calto

Daniel Calto

Global Director of Solution Services for Research Intelligence, Elsevier

Daniel Calto is Director of Solution Services for the Research Intelligence group at Elsevier Inc. He currently oversees a global consulting team and works on special projects internationally…

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Matt Colvin

Matt Colvin

Director of Economic Development, University of Georgia

Matt is currently the director of economic development at the University of Georgia. He connects UGA’s research expertise with economic development efforts that help communities across Georgia….

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Alex Cooley

Alex Cooley

Director of Economic Development, Dallas College

Alex Cooley currently serves as the Director of Economic Development at Dallas College. In this role he is responsible for overseeing…

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Rosanna Cruz-Bibb

Rosanna Cruz-Bibb

Archway Professional, UGA Archway Partnership

Rosanna Cruz-Bibb has been with the Archway Partnership for nine years. She currently serves as the Archway Professional in Hart County…

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Matt Dunne

Matt Dunne

Founder and Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation

Matt Dunne is the founder and executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), a national nonprofit action tank committed to…

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Blake Flanders, Ph.D.

Blake Flanders, Ph.D.

President & CEO, Kansas Board of Regents

Blake Flanders serves as President and CEO for the Kansas Board of Regents. The Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six

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Margo Fliss

Margo Fliss

Manager of Strategic Engagement, 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…

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Andrew Frazier, CFA

Andrew Frazier, CFA

Founder of Small Business Pro University (SBProU)

Andrew Frazier is an expert business coach, consultant, and trainer who has worked 1-on-1 with 500+ business owners and taught thousands about business….

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Kent Glasscock

Kent Glasscock

President, Kansas State University Innovation Partners

Kent Glasscock is the president of the Kansas State University Innovation Partners (KSU-IP). KSU-IP deploys technological…

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Bernadette Grafton

Bernadette Grafton

Program Analyst and University Center Coordinator, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Bernadette Grafton supports communities facing economic challenges and environmental burdens, such as brownfields, in a sustainable process that facilitates understanding….

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Dominique Halaby

Dominique Halaby

Director, Business Innovation Group, Georgia Southern University

Dominique Halaby, D.P.A. is the Director of the Business Innovation Group (BIG) at Georgia Southern University. BIG includes the Center for Business Analytics and…

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Suzanne Hallman

Suzanne Hallman

Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Education, Business Innovation Group, Georgia Southern University

Suzanne Hallman organizes and manages many of the Business Innovation Group’s student events and programs…

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Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges

47th Mayor, Minneapolis

Former Mayor Betsy Hodges served as the 47th mayor of Minneapolis. During her time as mayor, Hodges focused on entrepreneurial support…

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Genna Hurd

Genna Hurd

Associate Researcher Institute for Policy and Research, University of Kansas

Genna Hurd is an Associate Researcher for the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas and Co-Investigator for the KU University Center, KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas…

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Angel Jackson

Angel Jackson

Public Service Associate, UGA Archway Partnership

Angel Jackson joined the Archway Partnership in January of 2010. She has served in various capacities and has been responsible for communications, budget and finance, human resources…

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Sly James

Sly James

54th Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Former Mayor Sly James served as the 54th mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 2011 to 2019. James was the second African American…

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Michelle Johnston, Ph.D

Michelle Johnston, Ph.D

President, College of Coastal Georgia

On July 23, 2018, Dr. Michelle Johnston became the sixth president of the College of Coastal Georgia. Her top priorities for the College are…

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Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D.

Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Education and Chief Economic Engagement Officer, James Madison University

Melissa Lubin became the Dean for Professional & Continuing Education at James Madison University in 2016. In this role, she oversees a broad and deep portfolio…

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Dr. Kyle Marrero

Dr. Kyle Marrero

President, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Kyle Marrero began his tenure as Georgia Southern University’s 14th president on April 1, 2019. As president, he leads the Eagle Nation…

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Sheila Martin

Sheila Martin

Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities

Sheila Martin is Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. She works with university leaders…

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Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.

Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.

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…

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Kena Nicol

Kena Nicol

Data Visualization & GIS Analyst, Dallas College

Kena Nicol began her career with Dallas College in 2019 as a Department Assistant in the Labor Market Intelligence Center, where she gained the skills to use labor market…

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Sam Perren

Sam Perren

Archway Professional, University of Georgia

Sam Perren joined the Archway Partnership in January 2017, working with Colquitt and Pulaski counties. He became the Archway professional in McDuffie County in 2018...

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Stephanie Pierce

Stephanie Pierce

Economic Development & Entrepreneur Relations Manager, K-State Innovation Partners, Kansas State University

Julia Potter

Julia Potter

Retired, California State University, Northridge

Julia recently retired from her 14-year career at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). During her tenure at CSUN, Julia served in several roles…

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John Provo

John Provo

UEDA President & Director, Office of Economic Development, Virginia Tech

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…

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Dr. Stuart Rayfield

Dr. Stuart Rayfield

Vice Chancellor of Leadership and Institutional Development, University System of Georgia

Dr. Stuart Rayfield is the Vice Chancellor of Leadership and Institutional Development for the University System of Georgia….

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Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Chief Corporate Engagement & Economic Development Officer, Kansas State University Innovation Partners

Rebecca is the Chief Corporate Engagement & Economic Development Officer at Kansas State University Innovation Partners, where she leads the organization’s corporate engagement…

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Jeff Sachse

Jeff Sachse

Director, Center for Customized Research & Services and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Jeff Sachse serves as the Director of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services and Economic Development…

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Brittany Standifer

Brittany Standifer

Archway Professional

Brittany serves as the Archway Professional in Griffin + Spalding County. She joined Archway in December 2020 after working for the State of Georgia’s Office…

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Danielle Stellrecht

Danielle Stellrecht

Senior Director, Customer Relationship Management, Dallas College

At Dallas College in the Economic Opportunity division, Ms. Stellrecht serves as the Sr. Director, Customer Relationship Management…

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Andy Stoll

Andy Stoll

Senior Program Officer, Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Andy Stoll is a senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s ecosystem…

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Dr. T. Ramon Stuart

Dr. T. Ramon Stuart

President, Clayton State University

Dr. T. Ramon Stuart assumed the role of Clayton State University’s fifth president on July 1, 2021. As the first African American to hold this position…

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Nicholas Swartz

Nicholas Swartz

Associate Dean, James Madison University School of Professional & Continuing Education

I began my career at JMU in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Administration in the Department of Political Science…

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David Tanner

David Tanner

Associate Director, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

Mr. David Tanner is the Associate Director of the State Services and Decision Support Division at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia…

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Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office

Lee Thomas is the Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development….

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Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji

Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji

Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science, California State University, Northridge

Dr. Houssam Toutanji, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Prior to joining CSUN, he served….

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Paul Umbach

Paul Umbach

Founder, Tripp Umbach

Paul Umbach founded Tripp Umbach in 1990 and serves as President overseeing a skilled team of respected and trusted consultants...

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Dr. Marti Venn

Dr. Marti Venn

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Board of Regents-University System

Dr. Marti Venn is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the Board of Regents-University System of Georgia. She has 19 years as an academic administrator from department…

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George Ward

George Ward

Executive Director, University of Kentucky

George Ward leads the University of Kentucky’s economic development activities and oversees development at the Coldstream Research Campus. George interacts…

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Cecilia Wessinger

Cecilia Wessinger

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder and Founder, Mass Collaboration

Cecilia Wessinger is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and founder of Mass Collaboration. Her work is centered on collaboration…

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Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson

Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)

Pat Wilson was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) by Governor Nathan Deal in November 2016…

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Tonya Witherspoon

Tonya Witherspoon

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

Tonya Witherspoon’s passion for innovation and education has fueled her success in connecting industry leaders with faculty and students at Wichita State University…

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Jim Woodell

Jim Woodell

Principal, Jim Woodell & Company

Dr. James K. (Jim) Woodell helps higher education institutions to demonstrate their value to economic and societal growth within their communities and regions

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Bohsiu Wu

Bohsiu Wu

Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, Northridge

Bohsiu Wu is the Associate Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University Northridge

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Marcela (Marce) Andrea Zuchovicki

Marcela (Marce) Andrea Zuchovicki

President and CEO, Jalima & Associates Strategic Management Solutions

Marce is an experienced business owner with clients ranging from universities, not-for-profit organizations, F2000 companies, government institutions to start-ups…

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Awards of Excellence Presenters

Michael Aikens – Director, Tennessee Tech University, Office of Research and Economic Development
Lynn Allendorf – Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Iowa
Failautusi Avegalio – Director, University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program
Jessica Beaver – Associate Director, Florida Atlantic University Tech Runway
Shannon Blevins – Vice Chancellor, Administration, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Kelly Brozyna – America’s SBDC New Jersey (NJSBDC)
Mike Davis – Executive Advisor to the President, James Madison University
Alan Durham – Manager and IEDC Economic Development Course Director, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
Debra Franklin – AVP Strategic Initiatives, Wichita State University
Suzanne Hallman – Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Education, Georgia Southern Business Innovation Group (BIG)
David Hensley – Executive Director & Clinical Professor, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Iowa
Leigh Hopkins – Sr. Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
Julia LaVigne – University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
Eric McRae – Associate Director; Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Jenny Miller – Senior Director of Ecosystem Development, UMKC Innovation Center
Michael Park – Program Manager, Western Illinois University
Julia Potter – Retired, California State University, Northridge
Jeff Sachse – Director, Center for Customized Research and Services University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Arjun Sanga – President, WiSys
Renee Shelton – Commercialization Specialist, University of North Dakota Center for Innovation
David Tanner – Associate Director, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
Dana Vouglitois, J.D., CLP – Assistant Director, Office of Technology Development, Florida Atlantic University
James “Jim” Walker – FabLab Shop Manager, Georgia Southern Business Innovation Group (BIG)
George Ward – Executive Director, University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus

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