People & Programs

Browse this directory to find people who manage our programs. We want to hear from you! We are a big team composed of a handful of staff members and a large group of student leaders.


Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Leadership


Taylor R. Randall

Dean, David Eccles School of Business – taylor.randall@eccles.utah.edu, 801-581-3074


Troy D’Ambrosio

Lassonde Executive Director, Assistant Dean – troy.dambrosio@eccles.utah.edu, 801-587-3836


Jack Brittain

Professor, Lassonde Chair – jack.brittain@utah.edu, 801-581-8791


Jay Barney

Presidential Professor, Lassonde Chair – jay.barney@eccles.utah.edu, 801-585-2456


Kathy Hajeb

Associate Professor (Lecturer) & Director – kathy.hajeb@utah.edu, 801-587-3836


Todd Zenger

Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy – todd.zenger@eccles.utah.edu, 801-585-3981


Brad Williams

Director, Entrepreneurship Program, Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy – brad.williams@eccles.utah.edu, 801-213-8750


Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Staff


Anne Bastien

Program Director – anne.bastien@utah.edu, 801-585-3198


Alicia Vess

Administrative Officer – alicia.vess@utah.edu, 801-587-3836


Pat Jones

Program Manager – pat.jones@utah.edu, 801-585-0722


Thad Kelling

Marketing and Public Relations Director – thad.kelling@utah.edu, 801-587-8811


Tori Matthews

Marketing Assistant – tori.matthews@utah.edu, 801-587-3836


Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy

We partner with the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the David Eccles School of Business to provide academic opportunities. Learn more and find faculty at eccles.utah.edu


Housing & Residential Education

We partner with Housing & Residential Education (HRE) at the University of Utah to manage residential opportunities at Lassonde Studios. Contact HRE employees and learn more at housing.utah.edu.


Programs & Student Leaders (2019-20)

Below you will find contact information and our student leaders for our programs. We have new students managing most of our programs each academic year.


Utah Entrepreneur Challenge & Opportunity Quest

For general inquiries, use the program emails: lassondeuec@utah.edu (Utah Entrepreneur Challenge) and lassondeoq@utah.edu (Opportunity Quest).

Kearsa Hodgson

Chair – Competitions


Suraj Ramkumar

Vice Chair – Competitions


Tobi Yoon

Director – Outreach


Peyton Williams

Director – Judges/Mentors


Kristen Kessler

Director – Opportunity Quest/Utah Entrepreneur Events


Brad Wilcox

Director – Marketing


Meg Lee

Associate – Events


Treyvon Sidberry

Associate and Judge – Marketing


High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

For general inquiries, use the program email: hsuec@utah.edu.

Sam Hirsch

Director


William Web

Associate


Company Launch

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondelaunch@utah.edu.

Alex Chandler

Chair – Startups


Mitchell Wulfman

Vice Chair – Startups


Kepler-Sticka-Jones

Director


Taren Rohivit

Associate


Addison Hunter

Associate


Get Seeded

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondegetseeded@utah.edu.

Lindsai Gren

Director


Trevor Newsom

Director


Make Program

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondemake@utah.edu.

Josh Martin

Chair


Alexis Koopman

Director – Operations


Jack Ronnie

Director – Shop


Sam Steele

Director – Prototyping


Laycee Brown

Lead Tool Mentor


Skyler Chase

Lead Tool Mentor


James Eckstein

Lead Tool Mentor


Isaac Hale

Lead Tool Mentor

Gnimdo Tako

Lead Tool Mentor


Wolfgang Allred

Tool Mentor


Jackson Dean

Tool Mentor


Tren Hirschi

Tool Mentor


Lauren Kochaver

Tool Mentor


Liz Lara

Tool Mentor


Cole Laulis

Tool Mentor


Louis Livolsi

Tool Mentor


Eric Marsh

Tool Mentor


Zack Roberts

Tool Mentor


Clarissa Seebohm

Tool Mentor


William Watkins

Tool Mentor


Kelton White

Tool Mentor


Lassonde New Venture Development

For general inquiries, email the Lassonde Institute: lassonde@utah.edu.

Cynthia Louie

Director


Ben Hubbard

Student Director


Deniz Kaplan

Student Director


Samuel Mehr

Student Director


Heath Murdock

Student Director

David Pinnock

Student Director


Danny Powell

Student Director


Lauren Anderson

Associate


Lauren Boone

Associate


Brandon Brewster

Associate


Benjamin Campbell

Associate


Nathan Davis

Associate


Ryan Fontanesi

Associate


Ryan Fyfe

Associate


Audrey Higgins

Associate


Ryan Hutchings

Associate


Brandon Powers

Associate


Dominic Skinner

Associate


Sam Warrick

Associate


Jamon Winegar

Associate


Networking and Outreach

Skills programs include: Cowork, Meetups and Ambassadors.

For general inquiries, email the Lassonde Institute: lassonde@utah.edu.

Jeffrey Wang

Chair – Outreach


Shaykayla Smith

Vice Chair – Outreach


Kayla Navarro

Director – New Student Outreach


Ainu Kaufusi

Associate – New Student Outreach


Shelbie Larsen

Associate – New Student Outreach


Cowork

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondecowork@utah.edu.

Parker Andriese

Chair – Lassonde Student Leadership


Annie Connolly

Vice Chair – Lassonde Student Leadership


Lauren Hash

Director


Karlee Chipman

Associate


Brenda Garcia

Associate


Brian Huy Pham

Associate


Jolly Karungi

Associate


Carson Kolb

Associate


Tyler Luu

Associate



Cameron Stack

Associate



Jaxon Stuart

Associate



Meetups

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondemeetup@utah.edu.

Rosario Bibiano

Director


Lauren Davis

Associate


Aleksandra Szuszkiewicz

Associate


Ambassadors

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondeambassadors@utah.edu.

Alex Fender

Director


Liliana Tyler

Director


Andrea Cazares

Ambassador


Taylor Ellis

Ambassador


Aspen Francis

Ambassador


Taju Gowda

Ambassador


Natasha Haslam

Ambassador


Teasha Luu

Ambassador


Carson Smith

Ambassador


Cynthia Wang

Ambassador


Jevin Warren

Ambassador



Skills Programs

Skills programs include: Workshops, Hours with Experts, Food Entrepreneur, Arts Entrepreneur, LSND 400.

For general inquiries, email the Lassonde Institute: lassonde@utah.edu.

Julia Dominesey

Chair


Christine Baczek

Vice Chair



Workshops

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondeworkshop@utah.edu.


Jake Peters

Director


Gaurav Mishra

Associate



Hours with Experts

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondeexperts@utah.edu.

Emily Wagstaff

Director


Michael Hart

Associate


Dakota Rose

Associate


Arts Entrepreneur Program

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondearts@utah.edu.

Sam Dalton

Director


Andrea Gaspartini

Associate


Elisa Mackelprang

Associate


Food Entrepreneur

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassondefood@utah.edu.

Alex Johnson

Director


Brianna Bernhardt

Associate


Vanessa Villanes

Associate


Lassonde 400

For general inquiries, use the program email: lassonde400@utah.edu.

Mia Berenguer

Director


Carley Cooper

Associate


Tosh Davis

Associate


Residential Advisors

Visit the Housing & Residential Education (HRE) website for more information: housing.utah.edu.

For general inquiries, email HRE: info@housing.utah.edu.


Lassonde Studios Front Desk

For general inquiries, email lassondefrontdesk@housing.utah.edu or call 801-213-8700.