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TechSTL Leadership Team

Emily Hemingway, Founding Executive Director

Ellie Scott, Lead Project Manager

Monique Levy, Operations Advisor

Vikram Lakhwara, Equity Capital Advisor

Kieran Blanks, Emerging Markets & Workforce Advisor

Christopher Kolar, Data Strategy & STEM Education Advisor

David Weaver, TechSTL Attorney

Board of Directors

Board President: Brian Matthews

General Partner, Cultivation Capital

Board Treasurer: Lance Knuckles

Deputy Executive Director, SLDC

Board Secretary: Tony Bryan

Executive Director, CyberUp

Devon Moody-Graham

Chief Strategy Officer of CEOMom Empire, LLC

Tim Alexander

Senior Director, Business Research & Analysis, Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Christopher Kontes

Co-Founder & COO, Balto

Mary Louise Helbig

Executive Leader

2022 Advisory Team

  • Alison Niermann, CEO of Tilley Workforce Solutions
  • Tony Furhmann, Director, Madison County Employment & Training Department
  • Eduardo Platon, Executive Director of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Stacey Fowler, Director of Strategic Workforce and Business Inclusion, St. Louis Development Corporation
  • John Unger, Vice President of Data Services at Alliance Advisors, LLC
  • Kieran Blanks, Chief Growth Officer at OHUB
  • Dan Lauer, Founding Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate
  • Dana Lorberg, Executive Vice President of Mastercard
  • Lori Becker, COO, Starkloff Disability Institute
  • Mary Gay, Connected Communities Broadband Fellow, Leadership Council SWIL
  • Michael Gallagher, Senior Strategic Advisor at World Wide Technologies
  • Michael Holmes, Regional Vice President of Economic Development, Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships Urban League
  • John Parker, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Public Relations & Human Resources, Evolution St Louis
  • Jeff Coburn, Co-inventor and Chief Strategy Officer, Total Orbit
  • Tori Gonzalez, Adjunct Professor at Washington University

2022 Digital Infrastructure Team

  • Erik Lutenegger, CEO, Tenacity
  • Dave Costenaro, Crypto Economist, Protocol Labs
  • Michael Lamb, CEO, nativeMSG
  • Jomo Castro, Regional Director, External Affairs, State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
  • Brian Duffner, Solutions Engineering, Bluebird Network

2022 Founder Friendly Committee

  • Chris Cardinal, COO, Amptify
  • Devon Moody-Graham, CEO, CEO Mom Empire
  • Edwin Williams, CEO, Zenhammer
  • Ken Mocabee, Senior Strategist, Alliance Systems
  • Michael Margraf, CEO, Total Orbit
  • Ryan Richt, CEO, Well Principled
  • Tara Kraus, CEO, Breakwell
  • Marvin Francois, CEO, oneKIN

2022 Tech Talent Committee

  • Darren Jackson, Founder, Equity Studios
  • Koran Bolden, Founder, Bold Moves Agency
  • Rory Beelek, Director of Grants, and Institutional Development, St. Louis Community College
  • Brooke James, SummerSalt
  • Ebony Williams, Associate Director of Technology Development Program (TDP), AT&T
  • Kate Polokonis, Executive Director, STEMSTL

2022 Steering Committee

  • Andy Dearing, President, Spatial STL Advisors
  • Anjie Sanford, Manager, BioGenerator
  • Aurora Bihler, Coordinator, Building Upon Diversity
  • Benjamin Johnson, Vice President of Programs, BioSTL
  • Chris Cardinal, President & COO, Amptify
  • Christian Johnson, CEO, Respond AI
  • Courtney Corman, County Data Officer, St Louis County Government
  • Courtney Breckenridge, Specialist of Alternative Credentials and Grants Development, Southern Illionois University Edwardsville
  • Cyril Loum, Assistant Director of Venture Development, Skandalaris Center at Washington University
  • Daniel Schaub, CEO, SF Advisors
  • Danish Nagda, Founder & CEO, Rezilient Health
  • Darcella Craven, President & Chief Fear Conqueror, VetBiz
  • Darren Jackson, Founder, Equity Studios
  • Dave Costenaro, Chief Data Officer, Capacity
  • David Reddick, Executive Director, Gateway Higher Education Cybersecurity Consortium (GHECC)
  • Deann Donohue, Vice President of Technology Hub, Mastercard
  • Don Harvey, CEO, Harvin AR
  • Edwin Williams, CEO, ZenHammer
  • Eric Moraczewski, CEO, NMBL Strategies
  • Frank Hopper, Managing Director, Capital Innovators
  • George Holmes, CEO, Hire Henry
  • Greg Laposa, Director of Workforce Development, St Louis County
  • Hayley Johnston, Community Manager, Spark Coworking St Louis
  • II Luscri, Assistant Vice Provost/Managing Director, Skandalaris Center at Washington University
  • Jack Scatizzi, Executive Director, Missouri Technology Corporation
  • Jack Bader, Chairman, 1904Labs Inc.
  • Jason Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Greater St Louis, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Mazur, Executive Director, The LaunchCode Foundation
  • Jerod Williams, Leasing Manager, WeWork
  • Jessica Maurer, Director of External Partnerships, Rung for Women
  • Jimmy Cornbleet, Founder, Network for You
  • Jomo Castro, Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T
  • Joseph Blanner, Partner, McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, LC
  • Justin Raymundo, Manager of Regional Workforce Strategy, BioSTL
  • Kara Corches, Vice President Governmental Affairs, Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Missouri Technology Alliance
  • Karla Roeber, Vice President Public and Government Affairs, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Kevin Wilson, Executive Director, Small Business Empowerment Center
  • Kieran Blanks, Chief Growth Officer, OHUB
  • Kimberly Erskine, Workforce Development Strategic Partnership Manager, Ameren
  • Koran Bolden, CEO, Bold Moves Agency
  • Kyle Anderson, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  • LaKricia Cox, Director of Programs, The Little Bit Foundation
  • Laura Burkemper, CEO, The Catalyst Center
  • Lewis Sheats, Director, Chaifetz Center of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University
  • Linda Harris, Vice President of Impact Strategies and Systems, United Way of Greater St Louis
  • Lindsey Forsythe, Director of Employee Relations, STL Youth Jobs
  • Lori Becker, COO, Starkloff Disability Institute
  • Mary Brice, Board Member, St Louis Arch Angels
  • Mary Gay, Connected Communities Broadband Fellow, Leadership Council SWIL
  • Matt Menietti, Executive Director, Conflux Co-Learning
  • Melissa Grizzle, Director of Entrepreneurship, ITEN
  • Michael Margraf, CEO, Total Orbit, Inc
  • Natalie Self, SVP Equitable Economic Impact, Cortex Innovation Community
  • Neal Richardson, Executive Director, St Louis Development Corporation
  • Nicole Mathern, Community Partners, K-Careers, Inc
  • Olakunle Ayeni, President & Founder, Claim Academy
  • Patty Hagen, Executive Director, T-REX
  • Paul Sorenson, Director, St Louis Regional Data Alliance
  • Peter Davidson, CEO, P. Davidson & Company
  • Phyllis Ellison, Vice President of Partnerships, Cortex Innovation Community
  • Pravina Pindoria, Co-Founder, Tallyfy
  • Quentin Ortega, Executive Director, ITEN
  • Richard Schumacher, Manager of Tech Initiatives, St Louis Community College
  • Rikki Henry, Program Manager, Center for Emerging Technologies
  • Robert (Bob) Guller, Founder & Board Member, Arch Grants
  • Rory Beelek, Director of Grants, and Institutional Development,  St Louis Community College
  • Ryan Richt, CEO, Well Principled
  • Scott Chadwick, Chief of Corporate Partnership Acquisitions, Maryville University
  • Simon Huang, Chief Technology Officer, City of St Louis
  • Stacey Fowler, Director of Strategic Workforce and Business Inclusion, St Louis Development Corporation
  • Stefani Weeden-Smith, Director, St Louis Anchor Action Network
  • Stephanie Regagnon, Executive Director Innovation Partnerships, Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Steve Bryant, Career Pathways Manager, MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Tara Kraus, Founder, BreakWell
  • Thad Simons, President, The Yield Lab Institute
  • Thomas Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum
  • Tina Haberberger, Coordinator of Talent Development and Skilled Workforce, Regional Business Council
  • Tony Furhmann, Director, Madison County Employment & Training Department
  • Wendell Covington, Executive Director, NPower Missouri
  • Weston White, Project Management & Marketing Communications Coordinator, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  • Will Werner, Director, UMSL

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