The Mentors

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Terry Sivesind

Terry Sivesind

MERLIN Executive Director

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Jon Alling

Founder of Human Crafted, engineer and product designer

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Anthony Ascione

Global sales and marketing executive

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Geoff Baker

Corporate counsel at Renaissance Learning

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Diane Ballweg

Civic and nonprofit leader and owner of Endres Manufacturing

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Brooke Barney

Marketing & Creative Services Director at Kramer Madison & Pharm Fresh Media

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Dennis Barnum

Startup and growth specialist

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Jane Boutelle

Chief Customer Officer and co-founder of Digsite, an agile consumer insights platform

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Mike Bress

CFO and strategic advisor to venture- and private equity-backed companies

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Robert Brose

CIO at Blue Marble Payroll

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Tim Burland

Biotech management, product development, and marketing (retired)

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Lorie Candelmo

Sales and marketing executive in global rubber products industries

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Bryan Chan

President & Founder of SupraNet Communications, Inc.

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Fatou Ceesay

Owner and Manager of Cairasu Home Care

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Nicolas Cindric

Vice President at Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. providing M&A services

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Karen Crossley

Nonprofit executive

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Debby Deutsch

Founder/Principal Advocate-Patient Care Partners LLC

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Allen Dines

Executive Advisor at WICS Partners, longtime leader in the Wisconsin startup community

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Anne Donarski

Director of Finance and Administration at Esker

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Max Duckworth

Impact investor, Co-founder of MaSa Partners

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Roy Elkins

Founder & CEO, Broadjam Inc. and Between The Waves Madison Music Festival and Conference

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Randy Eppli

President & CEO at Columbus Chemical Industries

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Joe Flynn

C-Suite Pharmaceutical R&D Executive Leader, Principal at COMMEX Consulting

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Scott Forester

Fractional CFO and Founder of ThinkForward CFO

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Curt Frey

Senior Group Manager, Digital Experience & Product at Royal Caribbean

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Mark Gehring

EVP and CTO at ImageMover

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Eileen Goode

Job search strategist and biotech/biopharma/IT recruiter

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John Guequierre

Principal at I-OSC, LLC - expert on prefabricated structures

Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris

CEO of 6AM Marketing

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Susan Healy

CFO at publicly traded and private companies

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Josh Heling

CTO of Verve Industrial Protection

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Laura Hilty

Strategy, M&A, and partnerships in life sciences and healthcare

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Eric Horler

CEO at AIQ Solutions

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Christine Hughes

Specialist in the economics and business aspects of medicine

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Gregg Johnson

Biotech company founder

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Michael Judge

Marketing consumer insights & teaching faculty at UW-Madison

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Ralph Kauten

Biotechnology CEO and board director

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Nick Kiernan

Marketing, Business Development, Strategy, Media Management

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Jared Klingeisen

SVP at Medable / EMR & DCT Expert 

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Craig Klosterman

Financial/operational exectuvie at high-tech companies (retired)

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Ryan Knaack

CEO at Galland Henning Nopak, Inc.

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Allan R. Koritzinsky

Family law attorney (retired) and mediator/arbitrator and business consultant

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Dave Kruse

CEO, co-Founder of Augment

Susan LaBelle

Susan LaBelle

Strategy, product management, and marketing executive

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Linda Leikness

Operational and financial executive

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Scott Little

Principal at Focal Point International

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Dennis Lynch

Realtor & entrepreneur

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Darryl Mataya

Executive serving the serving the community bank and credit union industries

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Mike Mathews

Economic development consultant

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Tad Milbourn

Founder of RankedVote

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Jim Myrland

Product development & product management

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Kari Myrland

Business and technology executive

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Thanh Nguyen

Business executive

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Tony O'Hare

Entrepreneur and co-founder of software company for clinical trials

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Tom Oakley

Mangagement consultant with significant experience with contract research organizations

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Dan Olszewski

Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at UW-Madison

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Dan Paulson

CEO of IDI (InVision Development International)

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Robyn Perrin

Chief Communications Officer at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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Matt Peterson

Business executive

Raman Venkat

Venkat Raman

Principal at VR Advisors LLC

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Sheldon Rampton

Entrepreneur, software developer and journalist

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Monika Rogers (Wingate)

Senior Insights and Technology Executive

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Mark Rothwell

Vice President of Marketing at WPS Health Solutions

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Mike Sanders

Board Member, EVP at Blueprint Test Prep

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Rich Schifreen

Excutive in biotechnology and medical diagnostics industries (retired)

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Renee Schlick

Global Commercialization Marketing Manager at Promega

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Tom Schwei

Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Schweiger

Executive, advisor, entrepreneur

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Tim Seifriz

HR executive

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Rebecca Selzer

Biotechnology executive, SVP of R&D

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Hosung Shin

Strategic adviser to executives and entrepreneurs

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Mike Shoys

Business executive

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Toni Sikes

Co-Founder and CEO at CODAworx

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Kurt Sippel

IT services founder & board member

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Tamara Sondgeroth

Startup Advisor and Investor

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Eric Steege

Growth stage product development executive and advisor

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Laura Stewart

Executive Director of NAPCOR

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Gary Stone

Retail/e-commerce business owner

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Laura Strong

Vice President of Strategy and Healthcare at Datachat

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Jon Tatooles

Co-Founder at Sound Devices, LLC

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Derrick Van Mell

CEO of The Center for Management Terms & Practices

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Michelle Venturini

Director of Human Resources at Esker Inc 

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Krys Wachowiak

Hospitality industry director and consultant

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Hunter Wang

Operations and supply chain management professional

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Janet White

Executive and advisor to life sciences companies

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Jediah White

Managing Director, TASC Ventures

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Don Wolf

Product design engineer

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Bob Wood

Investor and advisor to startups

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Jiewen Ying

Global Scientific & Business Leader at MilliporeSigma

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Matt Younkle

Serial entrepreneur and experienced tech startup CEO

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David Zachman

Sales executive, mentor, board member, angel investor

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Jim Zellmer

Creator of technology applications that improve human lives

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Nancy Zellmer

Client Relationship and Software Implementation Manager

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Ben Zimmerman

Founder and CEO at Opterrix

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John Ziobro

Medical device consultant