MRUN Board of Directors | MRUN


In the interest of developing a network of Midwest leaders actively engaged in fostering startup formation, funding and growth, MRUN has created a board that is broadly inclusive of this leadership across the region.  Each entity represented by a full or associate MRUN member may nominate one representative to the MRUN Board.  Board members serve a two year term and may be re-appointed.  Board members may elect to serve on standing or ad-hoc committees.  The Board meets two to four times per year, ideally in conjunction with other events where members are likely to be present.



Gaylene Anderson
US Director, Contracts and Alliance
Management, MRUN Treasurer

Richard Cox
University of Notre Dame

Allen Dines
Executive Partner
WISC Partners

Joan Dunbar
Associate Vice President
Technology Commercialization
Wayne State University

Darren Fast
Director, Technology Transfer Office
University of Manitoba

Jennifer M. Finefield, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Innovation and
Commercialization Office
Indiana University

Jane Garrity, Ph.D.
Associate Director for
Outreach and Engagement
University of Iowa

Timothy Honaker
Director, Finance and Operations
University of Chicago

Jacob Johnson
Founder, Principal

Gary N. Keller MsB
CEO, MRUN President
Xomix Ltd.

Steven C. Kuemmerle, Ph.D.
Special Advisor for Innovation and Industry
Rosalind Franklin University for Medicine and Science

Lisa Lorenzen
Executive Director, Iowa State University Research
Foundation and Office of Intellectual Property and
Technology Transfer
Iowa State University

Nichole Mercier, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Washington University in St. Louis

Manu S. Nair
Vice President
Technology Ventures
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)

Taunya Phillips
Associate Director
University of Kentucky

Brad Roth, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NuTech Ventures
University of Nebraska

Kristel Smith
Executive Director, Innovation and Commercialization Center
Eastern Kentucky Univ, KY Innovation Network

Jolynne Teschetter
Executive Director
North Dakota State University

D. Graeme Thomas
Director, Office of Technology Management
St. Louis University

Shrjay (Jay) Vijayan
Associate Director, Intellectual Property Office
Rush University Medical Center