Meet The Team


The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries is supported by professional staff, as well as a talented team of student entrepreneurs who serve as mentors and subject matter experts.

The Dean of SU Libraries is the academic champion for the program, and the LaunchPad is led by an Executive Director who is a seasoned professional, with a background in innovation and development.

The student team includes Global Fellows, Rubin Family Innovation Mentors, and Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars. The five Rubin Family Innovation Mentors serve as peer advisors to a portfolio of student startups, coaching them on strategy and venture development. Our Blackstone Global Fellows are subject matter experts in various disciplines such as engineering, software and data management, industrial design and product development, graphic design, web design and UX, digital media and content development, marketing, sales and finance. Our Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars focus on impact entrepreneurship and work with students who exemplify the "spirit of entrepreneurship."

Together, the LaunchPad team provides outreach, coaching, peer support, and multi-disciplinary skill sets to work with participants who are exploring innovation and entrepreneurship.

Executive Staff

David Seaman
David SeamanDean of SU Librariesdseaman@syr.edu
Linda Dickerson Hartsock
Linda Dickerson HartsockExecutive Directorldhart01@syr.edu

Global Fellows

Nick Barba
Nick Barba
Will DeVito
Will DeVito
Victoria Lawson
Victoria Lawson
Patrick Prioletti
Patrick Prioletti
Krishna Pamidi
Krishna Pamidi
Jalen Nash
Jalen Nash

The Rubin Family Innovation Mentors

Alec Gilinder
Alec Gilinder
Kelsey Davis
Kelsey Davis
Matt Shumer
Matt Shumer
David Fox
David Fox
Quinn King
Quinn King

Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars

Emma Rothman
Emma Rothman
Audrey Miller
Audrey Miller

Former Team Members

Amanda Chou
Amanda Chou
Global Media Fellow Spring '17—Spring '18
Amos Cohen
Amos Cohen
Global Media Fellow Spring '17
Avi Singhal
Avi Singhal
Intern Summer '17
Christian Medina
Christian Medina
Intern Fall '16
Elizabeth Tarangelo
Elizabeth Tarangelo
Global Media Fellow Summer '18—Fall '18
Emily Dang
Emily Dang
Intern Spring '17
Justina Hnatowicz
Justina Hnatowicz
Global Media Fellow Fall '17—Spring '18
Justin Lee
Justin Lee
Global Media Fellow Fall '18
Kate Beckman
Kate Beckman
Global Media Fellow Summer '17
Kennedy Patlan
Kennedy Patlan
Global Engagement Scholar Fall '17
Lawrence Lin
Lawrence Lin
Global Fellow Spring '17—Fall '17
Luz Perez
Luz Perez
Global Engagement Scholar Spring '18
Megan Swanson
Megan Swanson
Intern Fall '16
Michael McCormack
Michael McCormack
Global Media Fellow Spring '18
Quentin Rosso
Quentin Rosso
Global Fellow Fall '17—Spring '18
Saniya More
Saniya More
Global Media Fellow Spring '18
Sukhmeet Singh
Sukhmeet Singh
Intern Fall '16—Spring '17
Kayla Simon
Kayla Simon
Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar Fall '18—Spring '19
Bridget McDonough
Bridget McDonough
Global Media Fellow Fall '18—Spring '19
David Fox
David Fox
Global Media Fellow Spring '17—Spring '19
Jake deHahn
Jake deHahn
Global Media Fellow Spring '18—Spring '19
Sam Hollander
Sam Hollander
Global Media Fellow Fall '18—Spring '19
Emily Pearson
Emily Pearson
Global Media Fellow Fall '18—Fall '19

Learn more about the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars global network at blackstonelaunchpad.org.