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Staff & Leadership

  • Jennifer Simon

  • Director

  • Ms. Simon became the Director of the Ohio University Innovation Center (IC) in March 2009. During that time, the incubator client base has increased from 3 to 25.  She raised over $2 million in grants expanding services and facility improvements. Ms. Simon led efforts to provide nearly $1 million in shared Biotechnology Research & Development equipment.  She facilitates client access to capital through angels, venture capital, and traditional lending institutions.


    Prior to the IC, Ms. Simon was the President of the Athens County Economic Development Council and held the position of Athens Area Chamber of Commerce CEO. Prior to these positions, as the Assistant Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia, she managed over $60 million in grants. 
She holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in Public Administration and an MBA from Ohio University.


    Ms. Simon resides in Athens, Ohio with her husband, David.


  • Stacy Strauss

  • Associate Director

  • 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.


  • Joe Jollick

  • Lab Director

  • 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, received his BA in Biology and MBA from Ohio University, and worked at the Edison Biotech Institute for three years. Prior to the OUIC, he worked for Diagnostic Hybrids for 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.


  • Lauren McCullough

  • Client Services Coordintaor

  • Lauren McCullough is currently the Client Services Coordinator for the Ohio University Innovation Center, working directly with various startup companies to provide mentoring and support services from ideation to market entry. In this role, Lauren provides assistance with market/industry research, customer validation, financial forecasting, capital access plans, investment preparation, marketing and more. Lauren is a graduate of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs where she received her Master’s in Public Administration. During this time, Lauren served as a Graduate Assistant for TechGROWTH Ohio where she assisted companies and non-profit organizations with research and strategic business planning. Previously, Lauren worked across sectors with various non-profit and public agencies including the U.S. Department of State and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.


  • Susan Bauman

  • Administrative Associate

  • 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).


  • Mollie Khanna

  • Accountant/Grant Accountant

  • Mollie Khanna joined the Innovation Center in September 2015 as the Accountant/Grant Accountant.  Mollie administers all accounting responsibilities and researches grant opportunities for the Innovation Center and the Technology Transfer Office.  Prior to joining the Innovation Center, Mollie worked within the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  Currently she is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.  Previously she has worked within nonprofit fundraising and clinical research business development.


  • Bridget Kilbane

  • Office Assistant

  • Bridget Kilbane graduated from Saint Joseph Academy in 2013. She is currently a junior 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. 


  • Phalen Kuckuck

  • Office Assistant

  • Phalen Kuckuck graduated from Talawanda High School in 2012. He is currently a Senior studying Criminology and Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University. Phalen has been working at the Innovation Center since December of 2014 and manages archiving the newsletters, constant contact, updating conference room calendars, tracking event data and assembling metrics. 


  • Alexis Milesky

  • Public Relations Specialist

  • Alexis Milesky graduated from Jonathan Alder High School in 2013 where she served as treasurer of the National Honor Society.  She is currently a junior studying Adolescent Young Adult Education at Ohio University and is a member of Ohio University's NCAA Division I Soccer Team.  Alexis began working at the Innovation Center in May 2015.  She promotes the Innovation Center by creating the monthly newsletter, managing social media, applying for awards and updating the website. 


  • Dan Mylett

  • Graphic Designer

  • Dan Mylett graduated from Fairview High School in 2012. He is currently a Junior studying Graphic Design in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University. Dan has been working at the Innovation Center since May 2015 as a Graphic Design Intern who helps companies with their identity, branding, website and logo design. 


  • Sydney Marrs

  • Office Assistant

  • Sydney Marrs graduated from Athens High School in 2015. She is currently a Freshman in the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, majoring in Early Childhood Education. Sydney has been working at the Innovation Center since August 2015 and contributes to PR duties, events and workshops, and various building signage.


  • Molly Schindler

  • Office Assistant

  • Molly Schindler graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 2012. She is currently a Senior in the College of Business, majoring in Marketing and Management Information Systems. Molly has been working at the Innovation Center since December 2014 and manages the tenant list, signage, client files, and organizing events and workshops.