Board

Current Board of Directors
All board members are volunteers who serve without compensation. Coronado Ventures Forum board members are:

Lisa Adkins Pete Atherton Kevin Boberg
Lucrece Borrego Shandra D. Clow Matt Culler
Amanda Giannini Bill Hartman Kevin Holsapple
Todd Hunter Travis Kellerman Elizabeth (Lisa) J. Kuuttila
Zachary Lerner Javier Moreno Lee Rand
Gary Seawright Zedti Sloan Katie Szczepaniak Rice
Francine Sommer    

Lisa J. AdkinsLisa J. Adkins
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Lisa is an entrepreneur and award-winning IT professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of New Mexico, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University. She serves as Director of The BioScience Center, an incubator/accelerator for startups in life sciences, and Fat Pipe ABQ, a collaborative space for software developers, cybersecurity and digital media startups, and high-tech entrepreneurs. Ms. Adkins is also Chief Technology Officer and part owner of Food Sentry, LLC, which provides food safety information to consumers; owner of Q-mulus IT, an internet applications and services company specializing in Microsoft SharePoint solutions; and chairwoman of the New Mexico Technology Council.

She serves on the boards of Coronado Ventures Forum, the UNM Anderson Alumni Council, the Coalition for a Connected West, and Startup New Mexico. She is a mother, a coach and mentor, an avid runner, and an outspoken advocate for small business in New Mexico. As an active member and leader in the technology community, she is passionate about creating work environments in which professionals can succeed while loving their jobs and maintaining health, wellness and balance in their lives.

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Pete AthertonPete Atherton
Senior Manager, Sandia National Labs, Pete joined Sandia National Labs in 2012 as Senior Manager of Industrial Partnerships focusing on partnership development, intellectual property management and licensing, and economic development. Following several years of hands-on research and development, he has held executive leadership roles at GE’s Global Research Center, two mid-size manufacturing corporations and two successful venture-backed technology companies. Pete received a B. Arch from Penn State University, an MS from Cornell University and a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Kevin Boberg Kevin Boberg
Kevin currently serves as the Vice President for Economic Development at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Shortly after coming to NMSU in 1987, Dr. Boberg was appointed the Associate Dean/Director of the Center for Business Research and Services, a position he held until July 2013. In 2005, as a co-founder, he assumed the additional responsibilities as the CEO and a director of the Arrowhead Center, Inc. (AHC). AHC is a 501 (c) 3 corporation, which is the focal point for the University’s business and economic development efforts. The Center employs nearly three dozen students, approximately one dozen professional staff, and contacts with faculty as subject matter experts providing services to clients throughout New Mexico.

Dr. Boberg has bachelor’s degrees in economics and administrative sciences and a master’s in industrial administrative sciences from Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. in logistics with minors in accounting and economics from Penn State University. Since joining the staff of NMSU as a faculty member, Dr. Boberg has been the principal investigator on more than one hundred twenty sponsored projects, funded in excess of $20 million. In 2004, he was named the inaugural Garrey E. and Katherine T. Carruthers Chair in Economic Development at NMSU, holding the position until July 2013. Dr. Boberg was or is on several boards, including First Light Federal Credit Union; the Genetics Testing Laboratory, Inc.; Quality New Mexico; the Association of Commerce and Industry; the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance; and Coronado Ventures Forum.

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Lucrece Borrego
Founder of two revolutionary incubators, Lucrece is a business development pioneer with a proven track-record of successful start-ups and nearly ten years experience providing innovative advisory to businesses ranging from start-ups to global corporations. A Santa Fe native, Lucrece returned after a decade away to develop the nascent venture capital industry in the region. Having worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center prior to beginning her career in finance, she seeks to utilize her varied background to foster business development from local laboratory and associated innovations. At Camino Real Capital Partners, Lucrece currently sources and evaluates potential equity investments for seed and early-stage capital with a focus on transformative technology in the Southwest region. Lucrece began her career in Investment Banking for JPMorgan in 2006 after graduating with honors from the world’s leading Entrepreneurship program at Babson College with concentrations in Finance and Economics. A respected advocate of small business, Lucrece is dedicated to elevating and empowering entrepreneurs while fostering global change through innovative entrepreneurial development. Learn more about Lucrece and her entrepreneurial endeavors at lucrece.info or follow follow her on Twitter @caminorealcap.

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Shandra Clow Shandra D. Clow, Secretary, Program Committee Co-Chair
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Shandra Clow is a Regional Development Executive within the Development Office at the Technology Transfer Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Since beginning with LANL full-time in 2001, she has been a part of a broad range of programs focused on regional economic development and technology transfer. Ms. Clow currently oversees the MBA Summer Internship Program where she recruits MBA students to provide business development expertise to entrepreneurs and LANL inventors. She also oversees the LANL-internal Technology Maturation Fund that provides funding to researchers to further develop technology with commercial potential. Ms. Clow is also a part of the Northern New Mexico Connect Initiative and is the Program Manager for Networking and Education Events. Through this program, she helps create and promote networking events to the entrepreneurial community in New Mexico.

Ms. Clow earned both a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Executive MBA from New Mexico State University. Ms. Clow was recognized in 2010 as one of New Mexico Technology Council’s Women in Technology. She also received a Distinguished Mentor Award from LANL in 2011.

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Matt Culler Matt Culler, Program Committee Co-Chair
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Mr. Culler is the VP of Finance & Operations at xF Technologies, a biofuels start up based in Albuquerque. Matt joined xF Technologies from Sun Mountain Capital, a venture capital firm. At Sun Mountain, Matt was a Principal who’s responsibilities included investment sourcing and management as well as valuations and reporting. Prior to Sun Mountain, Matt worked for Bank of America’s investment banking business. At BofA, Matt was an Analyst in the Private Equity Placements Group and part of a team responsible for deal sourcing and execution. Matt has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Amanda GianniniAmanda Giannini
Ms. Giannini has been involved with the Verge Fund since 2007. Giannini, a New Mexico native, has worked within the technology startup community for the last decade in a number of finance roles.  She has worked as Director of Finance, and now Chief Financial Officer, for Verge Fund for 9 years managing the accounting, finance and investor relations functions for the company. Giannini has been involved with the formation and management of five venture capital funds, and has served as interim Controller for two of the Verge portfolio companies, assisting in taking one through acquisition. Her extensive Fund management experience is a unique skill here in New Mexico. She served as founding CFO of ABQid, Inc. until February of 2016, managing the formation of their private equity fund, as well as formation and approval of the 501(c)3 organization.

Giannini’s many years of finance and accounting experience allows her to operate at a Director/CFO level while also maintaining and managing day-to-day finances for both private equity firms as well as venture back startup companies. She has been deeply involved with the New Mexico Tech Council, an organization which encourages technological innovation, entrepreneurship and community within New Mexico. She was chosen as one of New Mexico Business First’s 40 under Forty upcoming business leaders. She completed the Leadership New Mexico’s Connect New Mexico program. She has been an invited guest lecturer on venture capital and private equity for Entrepreneurial Studies classes at both Webster University and the University of New Mexico. Giannini is passionate about the startup community in New Mexico and is excited to be a part of moving the innovation forward as momentum within the community continues grow.

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Bill Hartman Bill Hartman
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Bill is the President and CEO of Ion Linac Systems, Inc., a seed-stage Albuquerque startup that is changing applications in cancer therapy, non-destructive inspection, isotope production and other markets with a patented ion linear accelerator that is the lowest cost, highest beam performance commercial system in the world. Bill is also a board member of ABQid, helping to bring the Steve Blank/Lean Launchpad process to private, non-profit, university and other entrepreneurial communities in central New Mexico.

Bill is the past President/CEO of tech startups in New Mexico, Nevada and Montana, including successful investor exits. He is a past Entrepreneur in Residence with Flywheel Ventures. In addition to leading startups, he has advised efforts in advanced materials, carbon fiber recycling, advanced battery management systems, and others. He received his BS from the US Naval Academy and his MBA from The Simon School, University of Rochester. Bill is a retired Captain, US Naval Reserves.

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Kevin Holsapple Kevin Holsapple, Treasurer
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Kevin is a CVF Advisor and Director since 1998, and is the Principal at Highline Associates, a resource to community-based businesses and organizations. He has served multiple terms both as President and Treasurer of the CVF Board of Directors. Kevin retired in 2013 as the Executive Director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), a non-profit corporation that promotes community economic development and supports small business development in Los Alamos and the region. LACDC was a founding member of CVF and has continuously supported CVF since its inception. Kevin is an alumni of Leadership New Mexico, holds a BA in Business Administration from The Indiana University School of Business, and an MBA from the College of Santa Fe. Follow Kevin on Twitter.

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Todd Hunter Todd Hunter
Todd Hunter is CFO & Director of Operations for Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC). TVC accelerates the growth of globally competitive, high-tech companies by bringing together entrepreneurial talent, innovative federal research, dynamic capital investment and relevant community involvement. Todd joined Technology Ventures Corporation in 2014. Todd has a strong focus on exceptional leadership and setting the standard with respect to business delivery and increased partnership.

Prior to Technology Ventures Corporation, Todd worked for Sandia National Laboratories, Wachovia Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Transamerica Corporation in a number of business and financial operations management and executive roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1985 and holds two certificates in project management.

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Travis Kellerman Travis Kellerman, Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair
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Travis is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Bandojo, which seeks to musically empower the disability, education, and general consumer communities through data musification and music creation technology. He worked extensively in the world of politics and organizational startups before joining the early core team of Lavu Inc, a successful ABQ-based startup, and continuing through a high growth phase in many capacities. His past government and political experience varied from campaign management and public policy to non-profit startups and multi-body lobbying on many levels. He has filled a number of executive management roles ranging from corporate strategy and international business development to branding, public relations, and high-level operations. In addition to an active PR, software, and tech business consultancy, Travis specializes in early stage startup advisement. Current adventures include the space of international payments, solar energy site-mapping and permitting, improving the group travel experience, predictive data technology for congressional policy and lobbying, and smart packages for transportation infrastructure with fresh algorithms, software, and talented humans.

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Elizabeth J. (Lisa) Kuuttila Elizabeth J. (Lisa) Kuuttila
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Lisa Kuuttila joined STC.UNM (STC), the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer program, as President & CEO in 2003. She is currently CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer of the organization. She works with the STC.UNM Board of Directors in developing strategies for implementing STC’s vision to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization. Under her leadership, STC.UNM is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest model to develop an innovation ecosystem in New Mexico. In 2013, STC.UNM was tasked by the University with implementing its economic development initiatives under Lisa’s leadership. Lisa has more than 20 years of prior leadership experience in technology commercialization and licensing. This includes positions as Assistant Vice President for Technology Commercialization at Purdue Research Foundation; Director, Technology Commercialization, University of Georgia; and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, Center for Advanced Technology Development, Iowa State University.

Her prior experience also includes a consulting practice that provided strategic marketing and technology-transfer consulting services for a wide variety of well-known technology corporations, universities and foundations, including Stanford University. She began her career in industry in several engineering and technology-marketing positions. Lisa received a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Public Administration from Iowa State University. She is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

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Zachary Lerner Zachary Lerner
Zachary is the principal attorney of Lerner Venture Law, a boutique Albuquerque, New Mexico law practice specializing in legal support for startups and entrepreneurs. His practice focuses on entity formations, early-stage financings and general corporate and LLC matters. Zachary began his legal career in as a transactions associate with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco, where he gained experience in a variety of corporate transactions, ranging from secured credit facilities, mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, restructurings and bankruptcies. In 2010, he joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. and specialized in corporation finance for venture-backed companies. He holds a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he earned membership into the Order of the Coif. As an entrepreneur himself, Zachary has a passion for helping founders navigate the legal issues associated with launching a successful software startup or other business venture.

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Javier Moreno Javier Moreno
Javier is a Senior Manager at Moss Adams LLP, a national accounting firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 10 years in public practice. He leads the Technology and Life Sciences industry group within the Moss Adams Albuquerque office. Javier focuses on private and emerging growth companies in the technology and manufacturing industries. He has an extensive background in revenue recognition, share-based compensation, complex equity transactions and internal controls over financial reporting. Javier is a graduate of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of CPAs.

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Lee Rand Lee Rand
Mr. Rand is a partner at Sun Mountain Capital. Has over 19 years experience starting and managing technology related businesses at both startups and large corporations as well as investing in companies and funds both in the US and abroad. Prior to joining Sun Mountain, Mr. Rand founded Knogee a semantic search company, ran business development for Intel’s consumer electronics group, launched and managed the product marketing and standards team for Intel’s blade based server initiatives and led product management at semiconductor start-up Netboost (acquired by Intel). Mr. Rand also has extensive business consulting experience having worked at Ernst and Young early in his career and as an independent consultant brought in by investors and the board to work with start-ups on strategy and operations. Mr. Rand has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a dual BA in computer science and mathematics from Cornell University.

Mr. Rand is a Board Member of Sun Mountain portfolio companies Skorpios Technologies, TriLumina Corporation, Comet Solutions, JackRabbit Systems, KiwiLimon, iD90t, Underdog, Plenummedia, and WePow and is also actively involved supporting SBA Materials and xF Technologies. Mr. Rand also serves on the Limited Partner Advisor Committee of a number of private equity funds and is a member of the Arrowhead Innovation Network Advisory Council at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

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Gary Seawright Gary Seawright, House Committee Chair
Gary is a CVF Director since 2005, and has 34 years of experience in entrepreneurship; technology and business management; and biomedical research. Gary was the founding President and CEO and is now the Chairman of AmeriCulture, Inc., an aquaculture company which uses sustainable technology and renewable energy to cultivate tilapia, one of the most consumed seafood species in the US. Prior to AmeriCulture, Gary was the founding CEO of Amtech Corporation (now a division of TransCore), which develops, manufactures and markets the world’s leading line of radio-frequency identification (rfid) products for the transportation industries. Gary participated in the rfid development project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and led the research team in transferring the technology out of Los Alamos into the private sector. In five years, Amtech went from a garage startup to a public company and eventually grew to more than $100 million in annual sales and 300 employees in its Albuquerque, NM facilities.

During his career, Gary has also served as a Captain in the US Air Force, Assistant Professor of Virology, Veterinary Officer at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, and Project Leader and Program Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has conducted research and published papers in the fields of virology, microbial and diagnostic immunology, radio-telemetry, and various applications of rfid technology, and has been a speaker at numerous scientific and entrepreneurial meetings and conferences in the US and abroad. Gary holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University and MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Virology/Veterinary Science from the University of Wisconsin.

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Zedti Sloan Zedti Sloan
Zetdi Sloan serves as Director for Arrowhead Center’s Technology Incubator at New Mexico State University (NMSU), accelerating the growth of scalable water, energy, and agriculture startups. She is responsible for overall incubator operations, including the development and implementation of business support programs to help start-up businesses maximize growth and success. Zetdi also oversees the EDA University Center for Regional Commercialization and the NM FAST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Proposal Development Assistance programs.

She is a current board member for the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, and the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. She earned a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from NMSU, a Masters of International Business Certification from Université d’Angers, Angers, France and an MBA from NMSU.

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Katie Szczepaniak Rice Katie Szczepaniak Rice, President
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Katie Szczepaniak Rice is a Senior Associate and head of the New Mexico office for Epic Ventures, an early-stage technology venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in software and technology, and she is on the boards of Lavu Inc., DOTGO and Figaro. Prior to joining Epic, Katie was a strategic market analyst at Cabot Corporation in advanced materials for alternative energy markets. Before Cabot, Katie was a consultant with Kline & Co., a management consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging businesses. Before Kline, Katie was a field engineer in the energy sector for Schlumberger in France.

Katie is the president of the Coronado Ventures Forum, and she has advisory and board positions with several industry and community organizations including WESST, NMVCA, the UNM Economic Development Advisory Group, and the Los Alamos National Labs Venture Acceleration Fund. Katie has taught a class in technology entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Business, and she has been selected as a New Mexico “40 Under Forty” business leader.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is based in Albuquerque, NM.

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Francine Sommer Francine Sommer
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Francine is a CVF Director since 2006, and is a Special General Partner of Village Ventures Fund II, responsible for investments in New Mexico. She is a founder of the predecessor to newyorkangels.com and is a past President of the Venture Investors Association of NY. She was during the Giuliani administration on the Board and Executive Committee of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She is a Board member of the NMVCA & was Chairperson of the Board of New Mexico Angels. She also serves on the the Board of Directors of The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. She was formerly Senior Vice President, Head of the Angel Funds Group, Wit Capital, General Partner, Gabelli Multimedia Partners, Managing Director, First Security Management, President of 655 Associates and Vice President, Research & Science Investors. Ms. Sommer is a graduate of the Columbia Business School.