(DETROIT – July 15, 2014) TechTown Detroit announced today that it recently added seven members to its Board of Directors. Each new member will serve a three-year term.
- Kate Bordine, executive director, Ponyride
- Mark Coticchia, vice president and chief innovation officer, Henry Ford Health System
- Saunteel Jenkins, former president, Detroit City Council
- Stephen M. Lanier, vice president for research, Wayne State University
- Gabe Leland, councilman, Detroit City Council
- Paula Sorrell, vice president of entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC
TechTown is pleased to add these highly respected and experienced individuals to the Board of Directors, and it looks forward to working with them in the coming years. They reflect an intentional focus on developing a board rich with cultural diversity and experience in community development and entrepreneurial programming. The board in its entirety meets twice a year, and its committees meet every other month. Board members help guide all strategic decisions, including operations, programming, fundraising and finance.
Kate Bordine, executive director of Ponyride, has an education from Miami University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Over the past four years, she has developed her entrepreneurial venture, Bordine by Design, a handmade collection of jewelry. Upon completing her Master of Fine Arts in Design Management at Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to Detroit where she is currently focusing her thesis work around the value of arts and culture to inspire grassroots community renewal at Ponyride as executive director.
Mark Coticchia, vice president and chief innovation officer of Henry Ford Health System, has more than 30 years of institutional, venture development and technology-based economic development experience. He has served as vice president for research, technology management and economic development at Case Western Reserve University, and as director of technology transfer and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. His venture development experiences include co-CEO of Redwind Innovations, LLC, and Senior Director of Redleaf Group, Inc., an early stage venture capital firm.
Saunteel Jenkins, former president of Detroit City Council, is a lifelong Detroiter with an extensive understanding of city politics. Jenkins served six years as a policy analyst and chief of staff to Maryann Mahaffey while Mahaffey was president of Detroit City Council. Jenkins was elected to Detroit City Council in November 2009 in her first attempt at elective office. In July 2013, her colleagues voted her to serve as council president, a position she held until December 2013.
Stephen M. Lanier, vice president for research at Wayne State University, received his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of TennesseeCenter for Health Sciences and received post doctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the Cardiac Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and continued his research in the Cardiac Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1991, he was recruited to the Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lanier accepted the position of chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in March 2001. He has served as the chief scientific officer, associate provost for research and professor of pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina since December 1, 2006. He joined WSU in June 2014.
Councilman Gabe Leland resembles the strong leadership that is apparent with many young professionals of today – a commitment to the resurgence of this great city. He was elected to the Detroit City Council in November 2013 at the age of 31. Leland serves as the District 7 Council Member. With ample experience, he aims to create dialogue and affect positive change among a wide variety of constituency groups, including neighborhood, religious, business and labor organizations.
Paula Sorrell, vice president of entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), oversees $70 million in programs to support Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university research and tech transfer, technology service providers, business incubators and seed funding programs. She is also responsible for $150 million in portfolio company investments and $800 million in venture capital investments. Prior to the MEDC, she held full and interim senior management roles at seven early to mid-stage technology companies.
Carla Walker-Miller is president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC (WMES). Since 2000, WMES has been dedicated to providing traditional, renewable and sustainable energy systems and solutions for utilities, corporations, organizations and institutions. Under her leadership, WMES has experienced double-digit growth, earning both local and national recognition as an innovative company to watch. WMES has expanded to offer renewable and sustainable energy products, energy audits and efficiencystudies, asset management, procurement support, and other energy-related systems and services.