Executive TeamSandra Cochrane, Board 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, Board 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, Board 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, Board 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.
Bonnie Dawdy, Operations Manager
Bonnie is a recent addition to the team to take care of daily operations of the association and provide administrative support to the board. Her responsibilities are to assist with the marketing, event planning & logistics, membership development & management, research and business outreach and the day to day accounting. Prior to MBIA, she was the Operations Director for GR Current/Grand Rapids SmartZone and also was a former MBIA Board Member. She prides herself on working with business incubators, accelerators, co-working labs, maker spaces and other ESOs (Entrepreneurial Support Organizations) in creating the right environment in order to generate entrepreneurial innovation. She is a TEAM player with people being her specialty. She thoroughly enjoys working with people of all avenues and cultures in order to continually serve and help entrepreneurs obtain their own goals both in life and in business.