Meet The Team

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

The student team includes Global Fellows, Rubin Family Innovation Mentors, Todd B. Rubin Diversity and Inclusion Scholars, a Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar and a Syracuse University Hult Prize Campus Ambassador.

With the support of generous donors, it also includes other roles that have included Launchstars, Orange Ambassadors and Zaccai Foundation Fellows who support the Intelligence ++ program.

Together, the LaunchPad team provides multi-disciplinary skill sets and mentoring services to help the Syracuse University community explore innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and build professional and personal skill sets to succeed.

Executive Staff

David Seaman
David SeamanDean of SU
Linda Dickerson Hartsock
Linda Dickerson HartsockExecutive
Sam Hollander
Sam HollanderProgram

The Rubin Family Innovation Mentors

Rubin Family Innovation Mentors serve as peer advisors to a portfolio of student startups, coaching them on strategy and venture development.

Bruno Gonzalez Hauger
Bruno Gonzalez Hauger’21 G'22 Whitman, Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises
Kelly Davis
Kelly Davis’23 Whitman, Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises & Newhouse, Television Radio and Film
Selim Dangoor
Selim Dangoor‘23 Newhouse/Whitman, Advertising and EEE
Jackson Ensley
Jackson Ensley’22, Whitman, Marketing
James LePage
James LePage‘22 Whitman, Real Estate and EEE

Global Fellows

LaunchPad Global Fellows are subject matter experts in various disciplines such as engineering, software and data management, industrial and interaction design and product development, graphic design, web design, UX-UI, all forms of digital media and content development, as well as marketing, sales and finance.

Sasha Temerte
Sasha Temerte‘23 Arts & Sciences / Maxwell, Economics, Writing & Rhetoric
Jack Lyons
Jack Lyons’22, Newhouse, Whitman
Matt Keenan
Matt Keenan‘22, Whitman, Marketing Management
Claire Howard
Claire Howard‘23, Maxwell, Economics and International Relations
Ben Ford
Ben Ford‘23 Whitman, Marketing Management & iSchool, Data Analytics

Blackstone LaunchPad Community Managers

Kelly Davis
Kelly Davis’23 Whitman, Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises & Newhouse, Television Radio and Film
Claire Howard
Claire Howard‘23, Maxwell, Economics and International Relations
Justin Gluska
Justin Gluska‘23, ECS, Computer Science


Brandon Henry
Brandon Henry‘24 Maxwell, Economics
Diego Luna
Diego Luna‘22/Arts and Sciences/Biotechnology
Fardin Nasir
Fardin Nasir‘23, Whitman, Marketing Management
Andrew Kim
Andrew Kim‘24, Whitman, Marketing Management and Finance
Alexandra Santagelo
Alexandra Santagelo‘23, VPA, Industrial and Interaction Design
Joshua Alter
Joshua Alter‘22, Whitman, Finance

Todd B. Rubin Diversity and Innovation Scholars

Todd B. Rubin Innovation and Diversity Scholars, funded through a generous gift from Todd B. Rubin ’04 School of Architecture, Minister of Evolution and President of the Republic of Tea, work to broaden diversity and inclusion outreach and programming, expand participation in entrepreneurship by underrepresented groups and support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Ze Zing
Ze Zing‘22 Whitman, Finance and Business Analysis
Natalie Lui
Natalie Lui‘22 Visual and Performing Arts, Fashion Design and History

Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar

Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars are supported through a generous gift from the Hunter Watson Memorial Fund.  It is Inspired by Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar program, and was established as a way to honor the life and entrepreneurial spirit of Hunter Brooks Watson, a Syracuse University student who passed away after injuries suffered in a tragic 2016 distracted driving car accident. The Syracuse University Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar peer mentors students and builds the pipeline of innovative students who exemplify the "spirit of entrepreneurship."

John Ramza
John Ramza‘23, Whitman, Business Analytics

Hult Prize Syracuse University Campus Ambassador

The Syracuse University Hult Prize Campus Ambassador helps organize the campus Hult Prize competition at Syracuse University.  It is part of a global competition that is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of student impact entrepreneurship.

Claire Howard
Claire Howard’23, Maxwell, economics and international relations

Innovator in Residence

Paul Hultgren

Zaccai Foundation Fellows

Season Chowdhury
Season Chowdhury‘23 College of Engineering and Computer Science
Sydney Groso
Sydney Groso'23 Falk and Maxwell
Carlos Magdaleno
Carlos Magdaleno‘23, Newhouse, Advertising
Samba Soumare
Samba Soumare‘24, Maxwell, International Relations

Former Team Members

Nick Barba
Nick BarbaProject Management Consultant Summer '20 - Fall '21, Global Fellow Fall '19 - Summer '20, LaunchPad Mentor Emeritus
Alec Gilinder
Alec GilinderRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '20
Alesandra (Sasha) Temerte
Alesandra (Sasha) TemerteOrange Ambassador Fall '20—Spring '21
Amanda Chou
Amanda ChouGlobal Media Fellow Spring '17—Spring '18
Amos Cohen
Amos CohenGlobal Media Fellow Spring '17
Audrey Miller
Audrey MillerHunter Brooks Watson Scholar Spring '20
Avi Singhal
Avi SinghalIntern Summer '17
Bridget McDonough
Bridget McDonoughGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18—Spring '19
Bruno Luiz
Bruno LuizRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '20—Spring '21
Chris Appello
Chris AppelloGlobal Media Fellow Fall '20
Christian Medina
Christian MedinaIntern Fall '16
David Fox
David FoxGlobal Media Fellow Spring '17—Spring '19
Emily Pearson
Emily PearsonGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18—Spring '21
Emma Rothman
Emma RothmanHBW Scholar & Fellow Fall '19—Spring '21
Elizabeth Tarangelo
Elizabeth TarangeloGlobal Media Fellow Summer '18—Fall '18
Emily Dang
Emily DangIntern Spring '17
Gabriela Holliman-Lopez
Gabriela Holliman-LopezDiversity and Innovation Scholar Fall '20—Spring '21
Jackson Siporin
Jackson SiporinGlobal Media Fellow Spring '21
Jake deHahn
Jake deHahnGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18—Spring '19
Jalen Nash
Jalen NashGlobal Media Fellow Spring '19—Spring '20
James Rudman
James RudmanOrange Ambassador Fall '20—Spring '21
Justina Hnatowicz
Justina HnatowiczGlobal Media Fellow Fall '17—Spring '18
Justin Diaz
Justin DiazOrange Ambassador Fall '20—Spring '21
Justin Lee
Justin LeeGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18
Kaizhao Zero Lin
Kaizhao Zero LinGlobal Media Fellow Spring '21
Kate Beckman
Kate BeckmanGlobal Media Fellow Summer '17
Kayla Simon
Kayla SimonHunter Brooks Watson Scholar Fall '18—Spring '19
Kelsey Davis
Kelsey DavisRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '20
Kennedy Patlan
Kennedy PatlanGlobal Engagement Scholar Fall '17
Krishna Pamidi
Krishna PamidiGlobal Media Fellow Fall '20—Spring '21
Lawrence Lin
Lawrence LinGlobal Fellow Spring '17—Fall '17
Luz Perez
Luz PerezGlobal Engagement Scholar Spring '18
Matt Shumer
Matt ShumerRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '20
Megan Swanson
Megan SwansonIntern Fall '16
Michael McCormack
Michael McCormackGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18
Nick Barba
Nick BarbaGlobal Fellow Fall '19—Spring '20
Patrick Linehan
Patrick LinehanGlobal Media Fellow Fall '20—Spring '21
Patrick Prioletti
Patrick PriolettiRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '21
Quentin Rosso
Quentin RossoGlobal Fellow Fall '17—Spring '18
Quinn King
Quinn KingRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '20
Russell Fearon
Russell FearonOrange Ambassador Fall '20—Spring '21
Sam Hollander
Sam HollanderGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18—Spring '21
Saniya More
Saniya MoreGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18
Season Chowdhury
Season ChowdhuryOrange Ambassador Fall '20—Spring '21
Sukhmeet Singh
Sukhmeet SinghIntern Fall '16—Spring '17
Sloane Sexton
Sloane SextonGlobal Media Fellow Fall '20—Spring '21
Tyra Ambroise Jean
Tyra Ambroise JeanDiversity and Innovation Scholar Fall '20—Spring '21
Victoria Lawson
Victoria LawsonGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18—Spring '20
Will DeVito
Will DeVitoGlobal Media Fellow Spring '19—Spring '20
Zain Edeen Elwakil
Zain Edeen ElwakilOrange Ambassador Fall '20—Spring '21

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