People New

Lassonde Leadership

Taylor R.

Troy D’AmbrosioExecutive

Jack BrittianProfessor, Lassonde

Jay BarneyPresidential Professor, Lassonde

Kathy HajebAssistant Professor (Lecturer),

Lassonde Staff

Anne BastienProgram

Thad KellingMarketing and Public Relations

Katie EvansProject

Programs & Student Leaders (2016-17)

Art Entrepreneur


Anne ConnollyAssociate – Art

Caleb CutlerAssociate – Art


Savannah – Savannah was born and raised in Hildale Utah, home of the FLDS church. She graduated high school at the age of 16 with She is now Junior, new to the University of Utah, majoring in Operations Management. As the new Director of Ambassadors her main goal is to help mentor and guide the Ambassadors in taking this program to the next level.

Andrea SoletaAssociate – – Andrea was born and raised in the Philippines. She is currently pursuing her masters in international affairs & global enterprise program. She was Miss UN USA 2012, where she represented her country, promoted education empowerment and self-confidence to many youth.

Carlos RodriquezAssociate – – Carlos Rodriquez hold a Bachelor Degree in Technology Management that has equipped him with the knowledge and skills to foster scholarship investigation, ethical responsibility, creativity, and lifelong learning. Carlos is working toward becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, all-while pursuing entrepreneurial vision.

Christian IheanachoAssociate – – Christian Iheanacho, although raised in Sandy, Utah still hold strong ties to his African roots. His father is Nigerian, so he has had the opportunity of experiencing both American and African cultures. He loves to travel and make music. Christian is an undergraduate studying Entrepreneurship.

Elba GalvezAssociate – – Elba was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Rose Park in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School in 2013. She is majoring in Business Administration and Ethnic Studies. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently and she is studying French at the moment.

Garrett HolmAssociate – – Garrett Holm, a Utah native who is passionate about education, business, and bicycles! He is Currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree from the University of Utah and will live in the Lassonde Studios for the academic year 2016-2017.

Jacolby RoemerAssociate – – Jacolby Roemer is currently a Business Scholar and Lassonde Ambassador at the University of Utah with the goal of earning the Business Administration, Management, and Entrepreneurship degrees. He is passionate about soccer and is currently the youngest USSF C License soccer coach in the Western United States.

Connor CoxAssociate – – Connor recently graduated from Sentinel High School in Missoula Montana. He was born in Richmond Virginia. He is now studying Economics and Accounting from the University of Utah starting in Fall 2016.

Kai Ta SinAssociate – – Kai Ta Sin is originally from a Mae La refugee camp in Thailand. Her ethnicity is Poe Karen and Bilingual is Karen, Poe Karen, Burmese and English. Kai arrived in Salt Lake City in 2007 at the age of 14. Now she is currently a first generation student at University of Utah, Majoring in Health Society and Policy and Minor in Health.

Michelle GalvezAssociate – – Michelle grew up in Rose Park, right here in Salt Lake, and went to West High School, but I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She is a Business Scholar, and she is considering a double minor in French and Ethnic Studies.

Samira IbrahimAssociate – – Samira Ibrahim was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She was brought to America for a chance to get an education and to fulfill her father’s dream of building a career. Now attending the University of Utah alongside her twin Salwa, she and her twin are majoring in Business Entrepreneurship.

Center for Innovation in Banking and Financial Services

Sandra DarmawanStudent

Consulting Club – Finance Team


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Food Entrepreneur




Get Seeded



Hours with Experts







Nicholas MountzHousing

Shaykayla SmithHousing

High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge



Thomas “Gus”

Lassonde Internal Event

Ellie GarvinInternal Events Student

Emerson FordAV student

Lassonde New Venture Development





Michael – Michael Eixenberger is a third year law student at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Prior to entering law school, Michael graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. In the summer of 2016, Michael had the opportunity to work at a large law firm where he focused on intellectual property law. In addition to participating in the Lassonde New Ventures Development Program, Michael is a Fellow for the Center of Law and Biomedical Sciences and an Articles Editor for Utah Law Review. Michael has participated in several business startups, and enjoys the nexus between business, law and technology.

Nathan – Nathan Firouzi is a third year law student at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. His legal interests include tax, securities, venture capital, and business law. While in law school, Nathan has clerked for the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Prior to attending law school, Nathan worked in forensic accounting constructing business valuations and cash tracings. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in corporate finance from Brigham Young University – Hawaii. Nathan’s non legal interests include the beach, motorcycles, movies, and hiking.


Arad – Arad Lajevardi-Khosh graduated with a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2013. He is currently a fourth year PhD student in the bioengineering program at the University of Utah. His research is in the field of rehabilitation engineering where he studies underfoot loading and activity monitoring. His ultimate goal is to create affordable medical devices that improve the quality of life for individuals. In his free time, Arad enjoys snowboarding, basketball, and soccer.

Ashley – Ashley Langell is a student at the University of Utah School of Medicine and is currently taking a year off between her third and fourth years of medical school in order to obtain a master’s degree in bioengineering. Ashley has a long history of research and has worked on various projects with the U of U’s surgery, emergency medicine, chemical engineering, and pediatric oncology departments. She was drawn to the field of biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship by the potential for quick translation of ideas and research into functional solutions. She has been involved with the medical device competition Bench to Bedside for several years, both as a student leader and a participant. During that time, she has worked on interdisciplinary teams to develop two medical devices, one of which recently received FDA approval. She is particularly interested in improving healthcare affordability and accessibility through medical device innovation. Outside of her academic pursuits, Ashley is an animal lover who enjoys yoga, hiking, and skiing.

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Garnet – Garnet is a first year MBA student originally from a rural lumber company-owned town in Northern California. Her passion for adventuring in the outdoors began with backpacking and fishing trips with her father and younger sister. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, she majored in Geoscience, focused on large scale database analysis and model forecasting for circulation patterns in the oceans and atmosphere. Meanwhile, her outdoor interest expanded to include rock and ice climbing and she had the invaluable experience of volunteering as an EMT and rescue technician with the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.

Since graduation, Garnet has worked as a Field Engineer in Drilling & Measurement for oilfield services provider Schlumberger, based out of St. John’s, NL, Canada – the eastern-most point in North America. Stationed on land and offshore oil rigs for several weeks in a row, she was responsible for operating well positioning and geological analysis technologies while drilling. Excited to be back out west, she has continued to explore the outdoors wherever she is and volunteers with the Utah STEM Action Center. As a student associate, she looks forward to the hands-on experience with the New Ventures Development team.



Jon “Russ” – Russ Haynie is a graduate student in the MBA program at the University of Utah. He completed a Business Management undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 2010. Russ started his career working as a Project Manager and has gained experience as a Business Intelligence Analyst and as a Procurement Specialist. He has a passion to use data analysis to solve complex issues for businesses. In the future, Russ wishes to work as a business consultant providing innovating management options and create a more efficient work environment.


Joshua – Josh Erramouspe graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently a second year MBA student focusing on operations. Following his undergraduate degree, Josh went to work for Intermountain Electronics Inc. a nationwide company which designs, manufactures, and sells electrical distribution equipment for the mineral extraction industries. He was responsible for all mechanical design within the Product Development department and was directly responsible for the development of six major products. Most recently Josh has been working as a project manager for a program providing energy efficiency services to the oil and gas industry in Utah and Wyoming. Josh hopes to merge the experience that he has gained from these industries to help companies use energy in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.


Kellen –Kellen received his undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University with a BS in Exercise Science. He is an MD candidate at the University of Utah School of Medicine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Bioengineering in the Bioinnovate tract to further facilitate his passion for medical device design and innovation. He developed his skills for design and innovation while spending eight years as a machinist, both designing and overseeing production of high precision parts for gas and aerospace industry applications. Kellen is also very interested in Global Health and has spent time in both Guatemala and Ethiopia where he performed research and helped found an ongoing research collaboration with Addis Ababa University. In his free time Kellen enjoys playing hockey, getting outdoors, and spending time with family.

Krishna – Krishna is a PhD student in the Computer Engineering department at the University of Utah since Fall 2015. His research interest lies in “Human Computer Interaction“, which brings together knowledge from multiple disciplines including computer science, psychology, and design among others. Overall it deals with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use. His present work is based on analyzing the influence of online repute while using a network of web pages as a source for content creation in education technology and education psychology domains. Prior to joining the U, Krishna was running his own start up creating custom web solutions for clients across the world. In summer 2016, he completed an internship designing financial trading software for Fidessa in New York. He lists Steve jobs and Bob Dylan as major influences in his life. When not working on his code files, he enjoys listening to jazz, classical music, cooking pasta and reading philosophy.

Being associated with Lassonde, he hopes to be involved in brave ideas and interact with daring people.

Krishna – Krishna received his undergraduate degree in Instrumentation Technology from Bangalore, India. Soon after graduating, Krishna received a position as a Distributed Control System (DCS) Engineer from Yokogawa, an industrial automation company. At Yokogawa he developed software for the DCS. He also travelled to the UAE to meet with the clients and participate in the Factory acceptance test. There he developed strong interpersonal skills and gained experience in a diver cultural background. Krishna is now a graduate student pursuing MS Information Systems at the University of Utah. The Lassonde New Venture Development at the university has provided an ideal opportunity for him to further his interests in data analytics by working with the local entrepreneurs. He enjoys practicing yoga as it maintains his health and peace of mind. He is also an avid tennis player and hiker.


Mark A – Mark was born in St. George, Utah. He served a two-year mission in Tampico Mexico. He got his undergrad degree in international business, while doing track and field at Utah Valley University. He was awarded Walk-On of the Year and was a Conference Champion in the Javelin. He has 7 years in Logistics and Operations. He is currently attending the University of Utah and is on the 2nd year of his MBA. He is also the founder of a tech startup called Timesent. Mark, his wife and daughter love all outdoor adventures.

Matthew – Matt Byrne is an M.S candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His thesis work involves the regionally dependent, mechanical property testing and computational modeling of retinal vasculature. Matt received a BS in Economics with a Business minor from the University of Utah. While he worked on that degree, he had the opportunity to work as a Business Administration Intern with Northrop Grumman. After graduation, he immediately re-enrolled at the University of Utah and earned a second BS degree in Applied Physics. It’s no surprise then, that Matt finds a great deal of interest where the worlds of science and business intersect.

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Nikita – Nikita Bagri is pursuing her MS in MSIS at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Nikita was an entrepreneur. She successfully started her own venture in 2010 after she refined her business skills with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in marketing. Nikita was able to gain invaluable experience running her venture. As a student with the Lassonde New Venture Development program, Nikita wishes to improve her entrepreneurship skills further by learning how to apply her skills to startup businesses across various domains. In her spare time, Nikita is looking forward to exploring all the recreational activities Utah has to offer.

Paul –Paul Holman graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Spanish Language and BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. He is currently pursuing joint Masters degrees in Bioengineering (MS) and Business Administration (MBA) with graduation expected in May 2017. Most recently Paul has worked in regulatory affairs at Bard Access Systems (CR Bard), creating strategies for new product market entries. He enjoys implementing design, marketing and operations to solve business problems. Paul is excited to share his MBA experience to develop and commercialize impactful technologies at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute.

Rainey – Rainey Cornaby is currently pursuing joint Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering (MS) and Business Administration (MBA) at The University of Utah. She obtained her Bachelors of Science (BS) from Emory University in 2013 where she studied Biology and Spanish. Having worked in the varied fields of Emergency Medical Services, Surgical Research and Device Prototyping and Commercialization, Rainey has acquired diverse professional experience related to medical and research technologies. Her work and studies have given her opportunity to work with many interdisciplinary teams and she enjoys working alongside other impassioned individuals. Upon graduation, she hopes to use this experience in conjunction with her affinity for problem solving to develop and commercialize technologies within the medical field.

Ryan – Ryan Coombs graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business Administration and emphasis in marketing in 2010. There he was awarded the global management certificate which is the highest form of academic achievement in international business that the Marriott School awards. He also helped in facilitating BoomStartup, a seed capital and mentor-focused investor program for tech and web entrepreneurs. After graduation, he moved to Boston and worked as the primary liaison between Harvard Business School Publishing and Harvard Business School. He is currently a second year MBA student at the University of Utah and an intern sales support manager for several brands at Amer Sports Corporation. Upon graduation, he hopes to be a marketing manager for a global organization. He enjoys team and action sports such as soccer, skiing, mountain-biking, and fly-fishing.

Ryan – Ryan Long has considered himself an entrepreneur since his lawn mowing business was featured in the Wall Street Journal at the age of 12. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Oregon in 2005. In 2007, he implemented a business plan that he developed while attending UO for an all-star cheerleading gym and dance studio in Tigard, Oregon. During that time he also helped start the first special needs cheerleading team and associated non-profit in the Northwest and coached Portland State University’s cheer team. In 2012, he began working for Fidelity Investments as an investment advisor and retirement planner. He earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) certification in 2014, shortly before starting in the Professional MBA program at the U. Ryan enjoys bicycle touring, mountain biking, snowboarding and watching college football in his free time.


Sarah – Sarah Broderick is a dual degree student, earning a master’s in Bioengineering and a master’s in business administration. She has been very involved in and successful in several Lassonde programs. She developed an award winning medical device for treating postpartum hemorrhage through Bench to Bedside and designed the first place Corporate Wellness app in Games 4 Health. Both of her projects earned extra funding through Get Seeded. She is a selected professions fellow with the American Association of University Women and brings a unique perspective to what she does with her technical expertise and business training.

Sarah – Sarah Fallon is in her third year of the Doctoral Physical Therapy program at the University of Utah’s College of Health. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology with a publication in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and a minor in Philosophy at Gonzaga University followed by 2 years of volunteer work in Lima, Peru. Since acceptance into the DPT program at the University of Utah, Sarah has worked in the University Rehab and Wellness clinic aiding in re-evaluations of patients who had suffered from cerebro-vascular accidents. Sarah has volunteered for free pro bono physical therapy care through the U of U, tutored students, interned at outpatient and neuro PT clinics, volunteered for an intensive stroke camp, all the while enjoying the nature and recreational activities in the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.


Sid – I received my Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Idaho State University and a minor in Mathematics. Currently I am a doctoral student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. I have always been passionate about business and entrepreneurship and LNVD program is one place for me to grow and learn about business that I may miss out as a scientist. I plan on getting a MBA and a JD l after I have my PhD degree. During my free time I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and snowboarding. Any outdoor activities or sports you can always count me in.

Thomas – Thomas Kessinger is a second year law student at the University of Utah. This past summer Thomas clerked for the Utah Office of the Attorney General in the Department of Natural Resources. His coursework focuses on natural resources, intellectual property and new ventures. Prior to attending S.J. Quinney, Thomas co-founded a local music festival, Crucialfest, worked for local tech startup Instructure (Canvas) and received his B.S. in speech communications. Currently, Thomas’ interests include building bridges between business and conservation, updating the American legal system to contemporary standards of communication as well as understanding the interplay between media, technology, and culture.







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Utah Entrepreneur Series

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Brody KingDirector – Outreach/Opportunity

Jordan Brooke HolmanDirector –

Nikita SiddamsettiwarDirector –

Braden HallAssociate –

Carlee HoughtonAssociate – Judges and

Christopher AshbyAssociate –

Kyler HodgsonAssistant Chair & Director of Judges and Mentors –

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Kris HawkinsChair – Networking and

Sara GoodwinDirector – Networking & Skills

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