Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development
Jake actively supports economic development projects at the University of Maine and in partnerships with many state and non-profit programs. Originally from Saco, Maine, he holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to his current position at the University of Maine, Jake worked at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and in private industry both in software and manufacturing. Click for full Bio.
Kris focuses on transferring knowledge and technology from the university to organizations and companies that can put it to profitable use. Contact her if your company has an interest in commercializing university technology, using university facilities, or collaborating with the university to complete a research project. Kris is the point of contact for faculty and staff who are working with industry or who have developed intellectual property with commercial applications. Kris received a B.S. from Texas Tech University and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has prior professional experience in academia, government, small business and fortune 50 companies.
Fiscal & Administrative Officer
Jonnie oversees and supervises all departmental bookkeeping and accounting of over 200 project accounts with annual revenues exceeding $2.5 million. She also manages office staff personnel and is the contact person for the department.
Director of Economic Development Initiatives
Renee serves as a liaison to the state’s economic development community. She works directly with innovation-driven businesses to help them reach their potential in the State of Maine. Kelly also co-directs the University’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, which gives students the tools, knowledge and inspiration to become innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the University, she developed and administered training programs for Manpower of Connecticut’s employees and clients and served as an aide to then U.S. Representative Olympia J. Snowe. She received her A.B. from Smith College and has worked at UMaine since 1997.
Karen is responsible for reviewing industrial contracts, purchasing materials for all DIC projects, and managing grants received in the department. Raised in Saco, Maine, Karen is a 2005 UMaine graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Music. She has worked at UMaine since 2006, and currently works remotely from Boise, Idaho.
Theresa is responsible for managing financial accounts for the Target Technology Incubator, Foster Center for Student Innovation and the Technology Commercialization Office as well as processes travel related expenses and invoices for projects. Theresa is a proud UMaine graduate since 2005 and has worked for DIC since 2008.
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