Lindsay Robillard

Fund Development Officer

Lindsay RobillardFund Development Officer Biography As Fund Development Officer at TechTown, Lindsay collaborates with our generous donors and sponsors to ensure that Detroit’s entrepreneurs have the resources and expertise they need to succeed. She previously served as Development Officer at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and gets her arts and culture fix as…
Lawrence Jackson

SWOT City Portfolio Manager

Lawrence JacksonSWOT City Portfolio Manager Biography Lawrence F. Jackson has been an advisor and business advocate to profit and nonprofit businesses. His strength is the development and implementation of solid action plans by analyzing the financial profiles of the enterprise. His customer service orientation is the basis for his knowledge and expertise in: Commercial and…
Micah Loucks

SWOT City Portfolio Manager

Micah LoucksSWOT City Portfolio Manager Biography Prior to joining TechTown, Micah Loucks worked with the Michigan State University Product Center. Based at Eastern Market, Micah provided technical and strategic consulting to hundreds of local food businesses ranging from early-stage startups to well-seasoned businesses to generational, family-held companies. Before coming to Detroit, Micah spent two years…
Mary Aviles

Director of Strategy Development

Mary AvilesDirector of Strategy Development Biography Mary is an associative thinker with 20 years expertise encouraging economic development in industries like consumer electronics, data security, financial services & banking, grocery, healthcare, insurance, retail and small business. As a strategist and researcher, she connects marketing with the insights that make it matter through her consultancy, Connect…
Sergio G. Rodriguez-Valenzuela

Program Manager, Ask an Expert

Ed Nisnevich

Facility Engineer

Ed NisnevichFacility Engineer Biography Ed moved to the Detroit area in 1992 and began working for the Wayne State Facilities, Planning and Management department. He continues to work for the university, and serves numerous other buildings in addition to TechTown. He joined our team in 2016 and ensures that all our systems work efficiently and…
Sarah Balmer


Danielle Manley

Director, Economic Development Fundraising

Danielle ManleyDirector of Economic Development Fundraising Biography Danielle’s fundraising experience is diverse, spanning from non-commercial media to the arts. After more than a decade specializing in raising money from the corporate sector, she developed unique and memorable ways to deepen the connection between nonprofits and their funders by highlighting sponsor products in creative ways. Though…
Kate Scheible


Kate ScheibleDesigner Biography Kate serves as the graphic design lead for TechTown's print and electronic collateral and ensures consistency and currency of the organization's visual branding. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Kate is recognized by clients and the design industry for her creativity, quality of work and her ability to develop and execute strong…
Marlin Williams

Chief Program Officer

Marlin WilliamsChief Program Officer Biography Marlin has more than 20 years’ experience as a Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for two Fortune 500 organizations. She has also served as Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Detroit, and she led collaboration across ten agencies to support the technology and infrastructure for Super Bowl XL.…
Kim Colón

Director, Finance and HR

Kim Colón Controller Biography Kim has more than 15 years as an accounting professional with most of these years in the nonprofit industry. She oversees all financial activity at TechTown including grants, coworking space and rental activities. Prior to joining TechTown, Kim worked for several Detroit nonprofits specializing in the human service and culture enrichment…
Heather Levine

SWOT City Portfolio Manager

Heather LevineSWOT City Portfolio Manager Biography Heather is an attorney who previously worked at Taubman, where she oversaw leasing processes, including developing and maintaining relationships with small business owners, Fortune 500 companies and luxury European retailers. Heather is also a co-owner of two small businesses: Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails in Detroit and The Oakland Art…
Charlotte Comstock

Executive Assistant

Charlotte ComstockExecutive Assistant Biography Charlotte ensures the smooth functioning of the TechTown administrative office and serves as the liaison to the TechTown Board. She previously worked as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of the Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute and as Administrative Assistant for Behavioral Therapy. She loves gardening (and anything home) and caring for her pug…
Bridget Barnes Espinosa

SWOT City Portfolio Manager

Bridget Barnes EspinosaSWOT City Portfolio Manager Biography Bridget Espinosa is TechTown’s SWOT City bilingual (English-Spanish) Portfolio Manager supporting small business development in Southwest Detroit. She is passionate about providing equal access to resources for immigrant business owners. She is a former educator who has provided corporate cross-cultural training for almost 20 years. Bridget is an…
Ashleigh Dandridge

Marketing Coordinator

Ashleigh DandridgeMarketing Coordinator Biography Ashleigh has worked with numerous Detroit-based organizations as a public relations consultant, focusing on media relations and brand awareness. Before joining TechTown, she worked as the Digital Media Manager for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. A Wayne State alum, Ashleigh is also a graduate…
Warren Galloway

SWOT City Portfolio Manager

Warren Galloway, Jr.SWOT City Portfolio Manager Biography Warren has worked for some of the largest national and regional financial institutions, including E*TRADE Bank, Charter One Bank, Standard Federal Bank and NBD Bank, holding positions in Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Community Reinvestment, Community Development, Personal and Mortgage Lending, Investments, Small Business Lending, and Retail Branch Operations. He…
Sarah Donnelly

Retail Services Director

Sarah DonnellyRetail Services Director Biography Sarah Donnelly is the Retail Services Director at TechTown Detroit, where she leads the Retail Boot Camp program and other retail incubation initiatives. With a tenure of leading flagship retail environments for lifestyle brands in both New York and Detroit, an inspiring customer experience is at the forefront of every…
Wendy Wilson

Building Manager

Wendy WilsonBuilding Manager Biography Wendy joined TechTown as a volunteer in 2009 and joined the staff later that year as Receptionist. She knows the building inside and out and, as Building Manager, oversees all aspects of building operations. She enjoys playing softball and ballroom dancing.
Paul Riser Jr.

Managing Director, Tech-Based Entrepreneurship

Paul RiserManaging Director, Technology-Based Entrepreneurship Biography Since joining TechTown in 2014, Paul has worked with a wide range of entrepreneurs focused on starting and expanding tech-focused business in areas such as alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, mobile/web-based apps and med-tech companies. Prior to joining TechTown, Paul worked at Sun Microsystems and served as the Chief Technology…
Ned Staebler

President & CEO

Ned StaeblerPresident and CEO Biography Ned serves concurrently as TechTown’s President and CEO and Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University. He previously served as the Vice President for Entrepreneurial and Capital Services at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of the Michigan Strategic Fund…
Michelle DiMercurio

Events and Marketing Manager

Michelle DiMercurioEvents and Marketing Manager Biography Michelle works across TechTown teams to ensure all events are executed with keen attention to detail. She got her start in event planning by helping friends plan their weddings and then planned events as a volunteer for several Detroit nonprofit organizations, including Detroit Dog Park, where she is on…
Kristin Palm

Managing Director, Communications

Kristin PalmManaging Director, Communications Biography Kristin has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, educator, fundraiser and communications professional, with a focus on community development and the arts. She leads communications, marketing and branding efforts for TechTown and the WSU Office of Economic Development and also oversees TechTown’s events and coworking programs. Prior to…
Jonathan Colo

Junction 440 Community Manager

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James Merriweather

Building Safety Officer

James MerriwetherBuilding Safety Officer Biography James joined TechTown in 2010 as a security contractor. As Building Safety Officer, he ensures the security of the TechTown building and our tenants, coworkers, staff and visitors. James also oversees fire and safety procedures and supports facilities and customer service functions. Prior to joining TechTown, James served as Security…
Graig Donnelly

Chief Strategy Officer

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Gerry Roston


Gerry RostonEntrepreneur-in-Residence Biography Gerry’s experience ranges from the development of microscopic biological sensors to the redesign of diesel-electric locomotives. He serves as the CEO of Civionics, a University of Michigan startup that delivers intelligent, wireless sensor systems to manufacturers to help them minimize unplanned downtime. He has previously served in an executive capacity for a…
Francis Glorie


Francis GlorieEntrepreneur-in-Residence Biography In more than 25 years of executive leadership, Francis has participated in multiple technology startups, four large-scale turnarounds and three large financial exits and post-merger restructurings. Throughout, he gained a reputation as a skilled strategist, negotiator and business developer, driving partnerships and large transactions. Francis recently served as president and CEO of…
Davit Nadirashvili

Facilities Technician


Davit Nadirashvili

Facilities Technician


Davit joined TechTown in 2009. He oversees all facilities and maintenance functions and keeps the building running smoothly. Prior to joining TechTown, he oversaw facilities for Kimo in Madison Heights. He is an excellent cook, and his specialty is Georgian Xachapuri. He is also TechTown’s ping pong champion.
Amy Rencher

SWOT City Director

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Andrea Pitcher

Community Coordinator

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Anne Marks

Labs Program Manager

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Betsy Creedon

Director, Entrepreneurial Services

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