Meet The Team


The Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars 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 Dean of SU Libraries is the academic champion for the Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars program at Syracuse University.  It is led by an Executive Director who is a seasoned professional, with a background in innovation and development, and the program is supported by an independent consultant in a project management role who is graduate of the LaunchPad program and a venture founder.

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

Together, the LaunchPad team provides multi-disciplinary skill sets and expansive services to help all members of 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 Librariesdseaman@syr.edu
Linda Dickerson Hartsock
Linda Dickerson HartsockExecutive Directorldhart01@syr.edu
Nick Barba
Nick BarbaProject Management Consultantnicholasbarba18@gmail.com

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.

Claire Howard
Claire Howard’23, Maxwell, economics and international relations
Emily Pearson
Emily Pearson’21, VPA, environmental and interior design
Patrick Linehan
Patrick Linehan‘21, Arts and Sciences, newspaper and on-line journalism and policy studies
Sloane Sexton
Sloane Sexton’21, VPA, communications design
Hanna Seraji
Hanna SerajiG’22, iSchool, library and information science
Chris Appello
Chris Appello’21, Newhouse, advertising

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.

Patrick Prioletti
Patrick PriolettiG’21 iSchool, graduate program, applied data science
Emma Rothman
Emma Rothman’21, Falk College, food studies
Sam Hollander
Sam Hollander’22, Whitman, finance and Newhouse, advertising dual major
James LePage
James LePage’23 Whitman, real estate
Bruno Luiz
Bruno LuizG’22, iSchool, graduate program, applied data science

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.

Tyra Ambroise Jean
Tyra Ambroise JeanG ’21, Maxwell, public policy
Gabriela Holliman-Lopez
Gabriela Holliman-Lopez’22, VPA, communications and rhetorical studies

Orange Ambassadors

Orange Ambassadors, also funded through a generous gift from Rubin, compliment the skills sets of our Global Fellows, supporting outreach and engagement with entrepreneurial students across campus.

Justin Diaz
Justin Diaz’23, College of Engineering and Computer Science, civil engineering
Alesandra (Sasha) Temerte
Alesandra (Sasha) Temerte’22, Arts and Sciences, economics, writing and rhetoric
Russell Fearon
Russell Fearon’19 and ‘G22, College of Engineering and Computer Science, mechanical engineering
Jackson Ensley
Jackson Ensley’22, Whitman, marketing management
Emma Rothman
Emma Rothman’21, Falk College, food studies
Zain Edeen Elwakil
Zain Edeen Elwakil’21, School of Architecture
Sam Hollander
Sam Hollander’22, Whitman, finance and Newhouse, advertising dual major
Season Chowdhury
Season Chowdhury’23, College of Engineering and Computer Science, computer science
James Rudman
James Rudman’21, iSchool, information management and technology
Krishna Pamidi
Krishna Pamidi’21, Whitman, finance
Ellen Jorgensen
Ellen Jorgensen’23, Arts and Sciences, earth sciences

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."

Emma Rothman
Emma Rothman’21, Falk College, food studies

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

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Kelly Davis
Kelly Davis’23, Whitman, marketing

Former Team Members

Alec Gilinder
Alec GilinderRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '20
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
Christian Medina
Christian MedinaIntern Fall '16
David Fox
David FoxGlobal Media Fellow Spring '17—Spring '19
Emily Pearson
Emily PearsonGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18—Fall '19
Elizabeth Tarangelo
Elizabeth TarangeloGlobal Media Fellow Summer '18—Fall '18
Emily Dang
Emily DangIntern Spring '17
Jake deHahn
Jake deHahnGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18—Spring '19
Jalen Nash
Jalen NashGlobal Media Fellow Spring '19—Spring '20
Justina Hnatowicz
Justina HnatowiczGlobal Media Fellow Fall '17—Spring '18
Justin Lee
Justin LeeGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18
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
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
Quentin Rosso
Quentin RossoGlobal Fellow Fall '17—Spring '18
Quinn King
Quinn KingRubin Family Innovation Mentor Fall '19—Spring '20
Sam Hollander
Sam HollanderGlobal Media Fellow Fall '18—Spring '19
Saniya More
Saniya MoreGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18
Sukhmeet Singh
Sukhmeet SinghIntern Fall '16—Spring '17
Victoria Lawson
Victoria LawsonGlobal Media Fellow Spring '18—Spring '20
Will DeVito
Will DeVitoGlobal Media Fellow Spring '19—Spring '20

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