Our Board Members are distinguished and experienced professionals who strive to develop the incubation industry:
Sandra Cochrane, President
Assistant Dean/Director of the WMed Innovation Center
Sandra is the director of the WMU Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine Innovation Center (WMedIC), a 68,600 s.f. technology incubator in Kalamazoo. Sandra coordinates entrepreneurial training programs, and assists start-up and early-stage high-tech companies. Services she provides to client companies include business plan development, accessing capital, strategic planning, and general business guidance. She works with pre-seed funds, angel groups, and venture capital firms to connect companies to capital. Sandra served six years on the board of directors of the National Business Incubation Association. She also serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s SBIR/STTR Program and teaches at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. Sandra earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University and holds an InBIA Certificate in Business Incubator Management.
Chris Moultrup, Vice-President
Program Director, Midland Tomorrow Innovation Center
At the Midland Tomorrow Innovation Center, Chris leads member engagement and works with all state programs and partners, including the Business Accelerator Fund and Pre Seed Capital Fund. He assists new businesses in gaining access to capital, facilitates workshops and competitions, manages business development and customer discovery programs, and routinely facilitates contacts on behalf of MTIC member companies. Chris is also a liaison with the BlueWater Angels investment group, supporting membership and deal flow development. Chris is president of Elpis Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of special effects pigments and performance additives for the paints and coatings industries. Chris also serves on the board of directors of the Midland Academy for Advanced and Creative Studies and the Entrepreneurship Curriculum Advisory Committee for Northwood University. He received a BBA in Entrepreneurship Management from Northwood University in 2007 and completed the InBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program in 2012.
Harry Blecker, Treasurer
Senior/Growth Business Consultant, Michigan SBDC
Harry Blecker is responsible for one-to-one counseling of a regional client portfolio as well as training activities with a heavier ratio of assisting growing companies. He is also responsible for actively recruiting and building a growth company portfolio that result in high economic impact. He also assists the MI-SBDC with legislative, veterans, and microenterprise issues. Harry earned a BA and Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan.
Madelyn Pinder, Secretary
Business Services Manager, WMed Innovation Center
Madelyn has been with the WMed Innovation Center (WMedIC) since 2004. As Business Services Manager, Madelyn serves as the first point of contact for the client company employees. Madelyn manages the day-to-day business activities of WMedIC, receives guests and solicitors for client companies, and serves as the face of WMedIc for visitors who come to the facility, working to ensure that the Innovation Center is a positive experience for all. Madelyn previously served as Community and Investor Relations Specialist at Southwest Michigan First and participated in the planning and build-out of WMedIC. She also gained development experience at Kalamazoo College and as Program Manager for a private foundation.
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Operations Manager at Midland Tomorrow Innovation Center
Sandra manages marketing events and office operations and provides organizational efficiency. Before joining the Midland Tomorrow Innovation Center, Sandra worked with the Saginaw Public Schools for more than 30 years, where she managed large fundraising events, multi-media marketing, publications, web design, and board and community relations. Sandra serves on the boards of the Saginaw Promise Zone and the Saginaw Public Schools Foundation. She received her B.A. in Art and Design and her M.A. in Communications and Multimedia, from Saginaw Valley State University. Sandra completed the Incubator Management Certificate Program through the National Business Incubation Association in 2014 as well as the Non-profit Best Practices in Management Certificate at Saginaw Valley State University in 2014.
Director, Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Adrian College
Oded is a Professor of Business Administration and the Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Adrian College, he is also responsible for Adrian College Innovation Center, Adrian College's business incubator. Oded has more than 30 years of experience in academia and business. He was formerly on the faculty of the University of Michigan Business School in Ann Arbor. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as The Journal of Marketing Research and The Journal of Psychology. Oded had spent several years with Bain & Co. an international consulting firm, in Europe and the United States, where he designed and helped implement business strategies for key clients. Subsequently, Oded served as CEO of a manufacturing company and as a founder of several entrepreneurial ventures. Over his career Oded has served on a number of corporate boards and is presently a director of Safe Auto Insurance Co.
Carmen Wells Quigg:
Project Manager, University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy
Carmen has personal experience in small business management through her background as a partner in both a small manufacturing firm and a start-up real estate investment company. She is a member of the iNBIA and regularly participates in workshops, conferences, and events through the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw, an organization supporting women in business in southeastern Michigan. Carmen received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Purdue University Calumet in 2004.
Lawrence Molnar, Immediate Past President
Director, EDA University Center for Economic Diversification at the University of Michigan
Larry Molnar has worked on economic development, business acceleration and incubation and technology transfer and commercialization initiatives at the University of Michigan for over 25 years. He has conducted numerous market and feasibility studies for business incubation programs and research studies of the incubation industry throughout the state of Michigan, nationally and internationally. He was the principal investigator on a recent national study of best practices funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration "Incubating Success: Best Practices that Lead to Successful New Ventures".