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@utah.edu, 801-581-3074


Troy D’Ambrosio

Lassonde Executive Director, Assistant Dean – troy.dambrosio@business.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

Lassonde Director, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) – 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


Deborah Marzano

Program Manager – deborah.marzano@eccles.utah.edu, 801-585-0722


Alicia Vess

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


Thad Kelling

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


Bennett Graff

Marketing Assistant – 801-587-3836 (Lassonde office)


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 (2018-19)

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).

Parker Andriese

Chair


Emily Reichmann

Vice Chair


Gus Osimitz

Director – Outreach


Suraj Ramkumar

Director – Judges/Mentors


Tobi Yoon

Director – Opportunity Quest/Utah Entrepreneur Events


Youngjae Shin

Director – Marketing


Cynthia Grissom

Associate – Events


Dakota Rose

Associate – Marketing


High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

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

Kearsa Hodgson

Director


Sam Hirsch

Associate


Company Launch

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

Kelsey Roderick

Chair


Mitchell Wulfman

Director


Anh Cao

Associate


Kepler Sticka-Jones

Associate


Get Seeded

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

Ethan Annis

Director


Lauren Beall

Director


Make Program

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

Chris Holland

Chair


Kaila Lemons

Vice Chair


Elizabeth Porter

Director – Operations


Joshua Martin

Director – Shop


Marciano Preciado

Director – Prototype


Collin Teng

Lead Tool Mentor


Jack Ronnie

Lead Tool Mentor


Kalie Leavitt

Lead Tool Mentor


Nathan McBride

Lead Tool Mentor


Alexander Bowen

Tool Mentor


Laycee Brown

Tool Mentor


Annie Connolly

Tool Mentor


Derek Dayton

Tool Mentor


James Eckstein

Tool Mentor


Isaac Hale

Tool Mentor


Matthew Holland

Tool Mentor


Bradley Kloos

Tool Mentor


Alexis Koopmann

Tool Mentor


Jamie Law

Tool Mentor


Eric Marsh

Tool Mentor


Zack Roberts

Tool Mentor


Erick Solum

Tool Mentor


Sam Steele

Tool Mentor


Gnimdo Tako

Tool Mentor


Lassonde New Venture Development

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

William Thomas

Director


Niloofar Farhang

Student Director


Kyphuong Luong

Student Director


Joseph Peterson

Student Director


Danny Powell

Student Director


Dane Cannon

Associate


Siyu Chen

Associate


Kristin Dahlin

Associate


Ryan Fontanesi

Associate


Laura Gardner

Associate


Katy Halverson

Associate


Brandon Hellberg

Associate


Jason Huang

Associate


Benjamin Hubbard

Associate


David Jaynes

Associate


Michael Kane

Associate


Deniz Kaplan

Associate


Ezzy Khaosanga

Associate


Michelle King

Associate


Fatemeh Koohestanmahalian

Associate


Cynthia Louie

Associate


Samuel Mehr

Associate


Finn Melanson

Associate


Heath Murdock

Associate


Tim Nielsen

Associate


David Owen

Associate


David Pinnock

Associate


Donald Clark Ragsdale

Associate


Jasminder Rajput

Associate


Alexander Rose

Associate


Kapil Sharma

Associate


Rami Shorti

Associate


Hema Sulkar

Associate


Andrew Taibi

Associate


Jennifer Wolken

Associate


Yuan Yang

Associate


Networking and Outreach

Skills programs include: Cowork, Meetups and Ambassadors.

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

Michelle Galvez

Chair – Outreach


Cowork

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

Kaique Moura

Director


Rahma Ahmed

Associate


Lauren Hash

Associate


Addison Hunter

Associate


Carson Kolb

Associate


TK Polevoy

Associate


Ryland Robinson

Associate


Madison Rogers

Associate


Sofia Sotelo

Associate



Meetups

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

Kayla Navarro

Director


Joselyn Galvez

Associate


Ashley Hekking

Associate


Ambassadors

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

Jeffrey Wang

Director


Shaykayla Smith

Director


Ilham Batar

Ambassador


Lucy Beltran

Ambassador


Rosario Bibiano

Ambassador


Alexander Fender

Ambassador


Ainu Kaufusi

Ambassador


Shelbie Larsen

Ambassador


Amerique Phillips

Ambassador


Emily Schmutz

Ambassador


Liliana Tyler

Ambassador


Lily Yu

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.

Megan Glasmann

Chair


Workshops

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


Julia Dominesey

Director


Jake Peters

Associate


Keaton Quinn

Associate


Hours with Experts

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

Eduarda Rocha

Director


Elise Saarela

Associate


Emily Wagstaff

Associate


Arts Entrepreneur Program

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

Davis DuBose-Marler

Director


Hannie Smith

Associate


Food Entrepreneur

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

Cole Montello

Director


Baylea Clayton

Associate


Rafaela McFarlane

Associate


Lassonde 400

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

Celine Cavanaugh

Director


Jenny Aylward

Associate


Sam Lagoy

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.

Coming soon.


Lassonde Studios Front Desk

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

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