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jen  Jennifer Simon 
740.593.1803  Director 
simonj@ohio.edu 

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.

 
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anna photoedit  Anna Jensen 
  Assosiate Director 
jensena@ohio.edu 

Anna Jensen joined the Innovation Center team as the Associate Director in May of 2013.­ Prior to this position, she worked as a Business Consultant and Operational Assistance Provider with TechGROWTH Ohio and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the George Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University since 2008. In that role, Ms. Jensen helped companies in all phases of their business life cycles from start-up to succession planning. Through her work with the Ohio University’s MBA program, Ms. Jensen guided students through the consulting process to make real and lasting impacts on businesses throughout southeast Ohio.

Ms. Jensen came to Athens from the world of corporate retail management serving the Bon Ton Stores, Inc. as the Director of Price Change Management. Ms. Jensen played key roles in the integration of the systems through two mergers utilizing considerable internal customer service and change management expertise. An educator by inclination and education, Ms. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and Secondary Education from Central College in Pella, IA and is currently completing a Master's degree in Sports Administration and Facility Management from Ohio University.­ Ms. Jensen is an active member of the community, serving on the board of Ohio Valley Summer Theater, as a Bobcat Club Representative and is a past-president and current board member of the Ohio University Women's Club. Originally from Iowa, Anna and her husband Packy Moran have called Athens their home since 2006.

 
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George_Bethany  Bethany George 
740.593.1895  Executive-in-Residence 
georgeb@ohio.edu 

Bethany George joined the Innovation Center team as Executive-in-Residence (EIR) in July of 2011. Ms. George is a native of Lancaster, Ohio, and earned a master's degree in business, economics, and political science from Ohio University. She also serves on Ohio University's Global Leadership Center Advisory Board. 

Prior to her role as EIR, Ms. George served as a business advisory consultant for Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the TechGROWTH Ohio program since 2006. She worked with pre-revenue/early-stage technology inventors and entrepreneurs, as well as lifestyle businesses. George also was responsible for managing teams of Ohio University's MBA and Center for Entrepreneurship students, guiding them through strategy consulting engagements with clients.

 
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susan bauman  Susan Bauman 
740.593.1778  Administrative Associate 
bauman@ohio.edu 

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).

 
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  Joe Jollick 
740.597.9018  BRDF Director 
jollick@ohio.edu 

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.

 
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headshot liz 2  Liz Doyle 
740.593.1818  Office Assistant 
Ed962710@ohio.edu 

Liz graduated from McAuley High School in 2011. She is currently a junior 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. 

 
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maggie  Maggie Lawlor 
740.593.1818  Office Assistant 
maggie.l.lawlor.1@ohio.edu 

Maggie graduated from Waterford High School in 2010. She is currently a Senior in Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, double majoring in Media Management and Communication Studies. Maggie has been working at the Innovation Center since March of 2011 and manages office inventory, accounts payable, and student employee scheduling.

 
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  Maggie Lawlor 
740.593.1818  Office Assistant 
maggie.l.lawlor.1@ohio.edu 

Maggie graduated from Waterford High School in 2010. She is currently a Senior in Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, double majoring in Media Management and Communication Studies. Maggie has been working at the Innovation Center since March of 2011 and manages office inventory, accounts payable, and student employee scheduling.

 
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  Liz Doyle 
740.593.1818  Office Assistant 
Ed962710@ohio.edu 

Liz graduated from McAuley High School in 2011. She is currently a junior 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. 

 
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  Joe Jollick 
740.597.9018  BRDF Director 
jollick@ohio.edu 

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.

 
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  Jennifer Simon 
740.593.1803  Director 
simonj@ohio.edu 

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.

 
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  Bethany George 
740.593.1895  Executive-In-Residence 
georgeb@ohio.edu 

Bethany George joined the Innovation Center team as Executive-in-Residence (EIR) in July of 2011. Ms. George is a native of Lancaster, Ohio, and earned a master's degree in business, economics, and political science from Ohio University. She also serves on Ohio University's Global Leadership Center Advisory Board. 

Prior to her role as EIR, Ms. George served as a business advisory consultant for Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the TechGROWTH Ohio program since 2006. She worked with pre-revenue/early-stage technology inventors and entrepreneurs, as well as lifestyle businesses. George also was responsible for managing teams of Ohio University's MBA and Center for Entrepreneurship students, guiding them through strategy consulting engagements with clients.

 
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  Anna Jensen 
  Associate Director 
jensena@ohio.edu 

Anna Jensen joined the Innovation Center team as the Associate Director in May of 2013.­ Prior to this position, she worked as a Business Consultant and Operational Assistance Provider with TechGROWTH Ohio and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the George Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University since 2008. In that role, Ms. Jensen helped companies in all phases of their business life cycles from start-up to succession planning. Through her work with the Ohio University’s MBA program, Ms. Jensen guided students through the consulting process to make real and lasting impacts on businesses throughout southeast Ohio.

Ms. Jensen came to Athens from the world of corporate retail management serving the Bon Ton Stores, Inc. as the Director of Price Change Management. Ms. Jensen played key roles in the integration of the systems through two mergers utilizing considerable internal customer service and change management expertise. An educator by inclination and education, Ms. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and Secondary Education from Central College in Pella, IA and is currently completing a Master's degree in Sports Administration and Facility Management from Ohio University.­ Ms. Jensen is an active member of the community, serving on the board of Ohio Valley Summer Theater, as a Bobcat Club Representative and is a past-president and current board member of the Ohio University Women's Club. Originally from Iowa, Anna and her husband Packy Moran have called Athens their home since 2006.

 
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  Taylor Davis 
740.593.1818  Office Assistant 
Td238512@ohio.edu 

Taylor graduated from Wellston High School in 2012. She is currently a sophomore 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. 

 
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  Susan Bauman 
740.593.1778  Administrative Associate 
bauman@ohio.edu 

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).

 
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Briagenn Adams  Briagenn Adams 
(513) 646-0541  PR Specialist 
abriagenn@gmail.com 

Briagenn Adams is a junior at Ohio University studying public relations, marketing and French. Briagenn is actively involved on OHIO's campus as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Hugh M. Culbertson Public Relations Student Society of America, and as the Cardinal Health Assistant Account Executive for OHIO's studen-run PR firm, ImPRessions. Briagenn is also on the Scripps Innovation Challenge promotional team at Ohio University and serves as the Director of Communications for the 2014 Bateman Competition. In her free time, Briagenn blogs for her personal website and other online publications. 

 
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