Current Board of Directors
All board members are volunteers who serve without compensation. Coronado Ventures Forum board members are:
Lucrece Borrego, Co-Chairman
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.
As the Lead Strategist and Technologist of his own consultancy, Travis specializes in building and scaling market-tested, New Economy businesses and technology. He calls on a proven decade of experience as a founder, senior executive, and advisor to architect and optimize solid technology and product with growth-focused strategy. He has delivered high-value development in a range of industries and roles, from groundbreaking software launches and campaigns to Fortune 100 partnership deals and executing 4000% annual revenue growth. Travis listens, learns, and writes at traviskellerman.com
Dan Brooks, House Committee Chair
Dan Brooks is an associate with Sun Mountain Capital. Dan joined Sun Mountain after working for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. Dan is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico and has spent the entirety of his career working in financial roles in New Mexico. Dan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico.
Shandra D. Clow
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.
Amanda Giannini, Program Committee Chair
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.
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.
Todd Hunter, Treasurer
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.
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.
Tom Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, having started, successfully commercialized and sold three companies in the computer software sector. With a background in advertising from J. Walter Thompson Company, he led product development for Activison, Inc., was CEO of Cytation, Inc., a leading CD-ROM company, Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, and co-founder of Mammoth Micro Productions and MSHOW.COM. For the last decade, he has acted as an angel investor and advisor to a number of high-technology startups and serves on several corporate boards of directors.
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.
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.
Katie Szczepaniak Rice, President
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.