Kim Barlag is NBIA's director of marketing.
She has been with the association since September 2010. Kim is responsible for membership marketing, as well as finding unique ways to market NBIA and NBIA events/programs. She is the editor of Insights (NBIA's monthly nonmember e-newsletter), manages the NBIA Mentoring Program and assists with the NBIA Incubation Awards. With desktop publishing experience, Kim often designs postcards, fliers, ads and catalogs.
Kim has a long background with associations, having served as an editor with the American Motorcyclist Association and director of communications and events for the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. She also worked for an association management company writing, editing and producing newsletters for numerous associations, including the Ohio Society of Association Executives and the Ohio Restaurant Association. Her background includes writing, editing, public relations, event planning and marketing. She is an alumna of Ohio University, having graduated with a degree in English/creative writing.
Cheryl Brink has been at NBIA since January 1989, making her the longest-serving staff member. As business administration manager, she is responsible for NBIA's daily accounting procedures, including accounts receivable and payable, grant contract billing and travel reimbursements. She is a primary participant in NBIA's annual audit process. Cheryl also manages all conference and training event logistics, including staff travel, participant registration and on-site tours. She oversees staff payroll, vacation, personnel policies and purchase requisitions, and is the primary point of contact for insurance programs and equipment rental and maintenance. In addition, Cheryl facilitates work with the NBIA Board of Directors, such as meeting logistics, correspondence, and document preparation and distribution.
Before coming to NBIA, Cheryl worked for the Ohio University Innovation Center providing support services to the incubator’s clients.
As director of development for NBIA, Sheila Buckley is responsible for event sponsorship, NBIA’s Partner Program and fund development efforts supporting NBIA. Sheila has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arena. She previously served as national executive director of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, a 15,000-member advocacy and education organization serving 200 affiliates in 44 states, headquartered in Pittsburgh. Sheila also served as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio, and prior to moving to Ohio, worked for a number of health and human-service organizations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.
Kate Erlewine is the Web services manager at NBIA. She graduated from Ohio University in 2001 with a degree in visual communications interactive multimedia. She began working for NBIA in October 2001. Kate’s primary role is to manage all content on NBIA’s main Web site and NBIA Events & Training sites. She also designs and formats NBIA’s biweekly and monthly e-newsletters and e-blasts.
In addition to Web services, Kate creates graphics, charts and ads for the NBIA Web site and various NBIA publications. She also designs print signs and posters for NBIA events and manages the shipping department of the NBIA Bookstore.
Administrative Services Manager Mary Ann Gulino has been with NBIA since September 2000. She maintains the association’s nonmember database and online bookstore; responds to inquiries regarding the bookstore, as well as more general requests through NBIA’s information e-mail address; researches “In the News” and the industry calendar for the NBIA Web site; works on special projects for NBIA’s administration and knowledge services divisions; and staffs NBIA’s on-site bookstore, both at the association’s own events and at events sponsored by other economic development and incubation organizations.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Ann earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College and her MBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining NBIA, she worked as a media buyer for a major retail chain and managed an independent bookstore. Mary Ann is an experienced knitter and quilter and sold her work at craft fairs throughout southeastern Ohio. She lived in NBIA’s headquarters city of Athens, Ohio, for 23 years before moving to Las Cruces, N.M., in 2012, where her husband Dan consults with New Mexico State University.
Tracy Kitts has been with the NBIA since May 2000 and is currently a senior advisor for the organization. He began working with NBIA as director of Web services, was promoted to vice president in 2003 and acted as the association’s president and CEO in 2012. As senior advisor, Tracy advises staff, works on special projects and represents the industry and association through public speaking engagements.
Before joining the staff at NBIA, Tracy was associate director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, a business incubation program working to revitalize rural economies in Appalachia, for nine years. While there, his primary focus was development and implementation of programs that used technology to promote networking of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial resources, schools and local government. Tracy has also been involved in numerous start-ups and worked in information technology, software development, finance and real estate management.
Tracy is a trained meeting facilitator and has been invited to speak and moderate discussions on topics related to business incubation and entrepreneur support at numerous events and conferences worldwide. He has also contributed work to various studies of the incubation industry and assessment of business incubation best practices. He is a graduate of Ohio University.
Bridget Lair joined NBIA as director of publications in 2010. As part of NBIA’s knowledge services division, she is charged with collecting, synthesizing and disseminating incubation and entrepreneurship information to NBIA members and stakeholders. She collaborates with NBIA staff, members and board to identify topics of interest for incubation professionals as well as qualified individuals who can lead discussions and trainings. Bridget also manages, edits and contributes to NBIA’s publications and training curricula including online and print newsletters, research reports, books, Web content and training materials.
Prior to joining NBIA, she was an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center in Henderson, Nev., and held an adjunct position in the Ohio University Department of Geography, teaching statistics and geographic information systems to undergraduate and graduate students. An avid traveler, Bridget has worked on economic development projects in Ecuador and Kenya and has visited 16 countries, and she hopes to continue the trend. A graduate of Ohio University, Bridget earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology, a master of arts in geography and a master of arts in international affairs with a specialization in development studies. She is also a co-founder of several successful start-ups with her husband in Athens, Ohio.
Randy Morris has been NBIA’s director of member services since he joined the association staff in March 2006. Randy responds to member requests personally, or when appropriate passes the requests on to other staff who have the expertise needed by members. He is responsible for maintaining the member database including the online membership directory. He is also the primary point of contact for the NBIA Incubation Awards and the NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator programs.
Prior to joining the NBIA staff, Randy served for over 29 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in October 2005 in the rank of colonel. He was a pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours – as an instructor pilot in the T-38 and flying worldwide cargo missions to every continent but Antarctica in the C-5 Galaxy. He is an alumnus of Capital University with a degree in physics and from Central Michigan University with a master’s in business management and supervision.
Dennis E. Powell, senior writer, is responsible for Memberabilia and contributions to the NBIA Review and other NBIA publications. Before coming to the organization in 2011, he worked for a variety of newspapers and publications, was a radio network news editor, and worked for the last three years of her life with financial expert Sylvia Porter as principal author of her thrice-weekly syndicated personal finance column and compiler of her final book, Sylvia Porter's Your Finances in the 1990s.
He has published under his own name or ghostwritten four books, and has been published in periodicals as varied as Smithsonian Air & Space, Yankee Magazine, National Review and The New York Post, primarily on technological and public policy issues.
Lindsay Schuenke has been the training coordinator at NBIA since 2004. In this position, she helps manage the logistics of NBIA’s training events, including the association’s International Conference on Business Incubation, Training Institute, Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals and online Web seminars. For each event, she coordinates hotel details, incubator tour planning, speaker recruitment and management, and session and program development. She has been involved in the inception and implementation of the NBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program and the Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals. Lindsay has also worked with international groups to coordinate hotel, travel and speaker details for U.S. incubator tours and trainings.
Prior to joining NBIA, Lindsay was the communications officer for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, a regional philanthropic organization working to address the unique needs of Appalachian Ohio. In this position, she created materials and organized events designed to increase awareness of philanthropy in the foundation’s 29-county region. She also spent a year working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that provides care for high-risk foster children.
Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. She resides in Biddeford, Maine, with her husband and three children.
Tom Strodtbeck is the director of international programs and the director of events and training for NBIA. He oversees the development, programming and execution of the International Conference on Business Incubation, the largest conference on business incubation in the world. Additionally, Tom is responsible for the development and management of NBIA’s other large training event: the Training Institute, a three-day educational event featuring nine full- and half-day workshops.
Tom also leads NBIA’s international programs department, where he has worked on training and capacity-building projects in Russia, China, Singapore, Mexico, Ghana and Malaysia, among others.
Tom is the author of five training workshops on business incubation: The Fundamentals of Incubator Management, Serving Client Companies, Facilities Management, Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship, and International Business Incubation.
Jasper Welch is an experienced entrepreneur, business incubator manager, thought leader, strategic thinker, team leader and public speaker. He directed the San Juan College Enterprise Center, a mixed-use incubation program in Farmington, N.M., for 12 years. A longtime NBIA member, the Enterprise Center was featured in NBIA’s 2010 publication, Best Practices in Action, Revised 2nd Edition. Jasper also serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Incubation Collaborative and has been a frequent presenter at events sponsored by the National Business Incubation Association and the International Economic Development Council.
In addition to his background in business incubation, Jasper has received training and certifications in business planning, personnel assessments, quality management and local governance. Jasper has diverse experience in the fields of printing, office supplies, advertising, retail, coworking and management consulting. He has served as a twice-elected council member on the Durango, Colo., City Council, including two one-year terms as mayor. In the nonprofit sector, Jasper has served as a local chamber executive and as a volunteer on local boards. Most recently, he co-founded DurangoSpace, the first coworking facility in micropolitan western Colorado. Click here to read Jasper's complete bio.
As assistant director of events and training, Elizabeth Willy works with fellow NBIA staff, members, supporters and board of directors to develop and market the organization’s events. Her primary responsibility is to manage details related to NBIA’s marquee event, the International Conference on Business Incubation, as well as the execution of its Training Institute.
Prior to joining NBIA, Elizabeth worked in event planning, marketing and science writing for Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. At UD, she helped organize and promote a public outreach event that annually attracted more than 10,000 visitors. Her favorite part of working at NBIA is providing people who are passionate about what they do with the professional development and networking opportunities they need to excel in their programs and careers.
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