Ms. Simon has been the Director of the Ohio University Innovation Center (IC) since March, 2009. During her tenure, the client base for the University-based incubator increased from 3 to 25 member companies. Ms. Simon has won over $1,850,000 in grant funding for the IC, and spearheaded efforts to build a Biotechnology Research and Development Facility. Ms. Simon facilitates client access to capital through Angels, Venture Capital, and traditional lending institutions.
Ms. Simon's career prior to the IC Directorship included the Presidency of the Athens County Economic Development Council and the position of Athens Area Chamber of Commerce CEO. In her role, she also led the high-profile retention of Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc., an employer of over 250. Prior to these positions, as the Assistant Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia Ms. Simon managed over $60 million in grants.
Ms. Simon holds a BS in Political Science, an MA in Public Administration, and has recently completed a second Masters in Business Administration from Ohio University. She is a member of the National Business Incubation Association, the International Economic Development Council, Athens AM Rotary, and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Ms. Simon resides in Athens, Ohio with her husband, David.
Stacy Strauss joined the Innovation Center as the Associate Director in August 2014. At the Innovation Center, Strauss assists with facilities management, fundraising efforts, budget analysis, grant writing and other Innovation Center operations.
She joined the Innovation Center from Hocking College, where she has served in a dual role as a Student Affairs Coordinator and Career Services Director since April 2013. Prior to that position, she was Ohio University’s Head Soccer Coach for 13 years. During her tenure, the Bobcats won two Mid-American Championships, maintained a 3.4 cumulative GPA, and boasted a 97 percent graduation rate. In addition, Ms. Strauss was the founder and director of a small business - the Bobcat Soccer Club - in Athens from 2010 to 2013. Before her coaching years at Ohio University, Strauss worked as an assistant soccer coach at Dartmouth College and at the University of Rhode Island.
Ms. Strauss holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in education from Ohio State University. Ms. Strauss resides in Athens, Ohio with her husband, John.
Lauren McCullough joined the Innovation Center as the Client Services Coordinator in July, 2014. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Lauren is a graduate of Ohio University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Masters of Public Administration from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She is currently on the Board of Directors for ReUse Industries.
Prior to joining the Innovation Center, Lauren worked as a Graduate Assistant for TechGROWTH Ohio where she assisted companies and non-profit organizations in the validation of market opportunities and strategic business planning. Lauren is excited to join the Innovation Center’s team to work with new and partnering clients while providing supplementary support to transform local entrepreneurs and start-up companies into flourishing, successful businesses.
Susan Bauman joined the Innovation Center and the Technology Transfer Office in September of 2008.Her duties are split between the two areas.While wearing her Innovation Center hat, Susan maintains close contact with the member companies, often working with potential new tenants.
In conjunction with the Technology Transfer Office, her duties focus on database management and helping coordinate the patent and invention disclosure processes. Susan has been with Ohio University for 15 years, having worked for the Telecommunications Center (now the WOUB Center for Public Media) and the College of Business.She has a BSED from Ohio University, and holds the CAP designation through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
Sandy Colopy joined the Innovation Center and the Technology Transfer Office in October 2012 as a part-time Administrative Assistant. She splits her time between the Innovation Center where she works with member companies on leases and with the Technology Transfer Office where she assists with database management. Sandy is an Athens native and holds a Bachelor's degree from Ohio University. She and her family are owners/operators of 9 Tables Fine Dining restaurant on Shafer Street in Athens.
Joe Jollick joined the Innovation Center in August of 2011 as the Director of the Biotechnology Research and Development Facility. Joe is very passionate about helping small bio-tech businesses succeed in Southeast Ohio. He has lived in Athens since 1975, and received his BA in Biology from Ohio University and worked at the Edison Biotech Institute for three years. He has worked for Diagnostic Hybrids for the last fifteen years, where he was involved in the development and commercialization of multiple IVD products. Joe has extensive experience in the transfer of cell-based biological protocols and products from the research and development stage, through Manufacturing and Quality Control, to product launch.
Katie graduated from Worthington Kilbourne High School in 2011. She is currently a senior studying Strategic Communications in the Scripps College of Communications at Ohio University. Katie began working at the Innovation Center in June 2014. She promotes the Innovation Center by making the monthly newsletter, managing the social media and updating the website.
Taylor graduated from Wellston High School in 2012. She is currently a junior in Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, majoring in Health Communications. Taylor has been working at the Innovation Center since November of 2013 and manages Technology and Entrepreneurship events, client files, archiving, and Constant Contact.
Liz graduated from McAuley High School in 2011. She is currently a senior studying Business Administration in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Liz began working at the Innovation Center in February of 2013. She organizes the Client Networking Luncheons, assembles quarterly Metrics, and updates client logos in the Innovation Center display case.
Bridget graduated from Saint Joseph Academy in 2013. She is currently a sophomore in the College of Business, majoring in Accounting. Bridget has been working at the Innovation Center since November 2013 and manages office inventory, accounts payable, and student employee scheduling.