Francis Achampong, Penn State Mont Alto chancellor
With 37 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Achampong has served as director of academic affairs at Penn state Mont Alto, chancellor at Penn State Fayette, and chancellor at Mont Alto since 2013. Prior to Penn State, he taught at Howard University and Norfolk State University, where he also served as interim dean of the school of business. He has authored many articles including a book on Workplace Sexual Harassment Law. He is active in the community and serves on several community boards.
Linsey Covert, CEO and founder, TEAMology LLC
A former educator turned entrepreneur, Covert spent her time in graduate school at Penn State researching how a schoolwide TEAMwork model might have positive impact on school climate. After years of piloting and research and a lot of support from Penn State’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, she formed TEAMology LLC. The company now offers a first-of-its-kind customized cloud-based platform to schools that delivers school-wide programming, curriculum, resources, and training to help build positive school climate while also promoting social and emotional learning and school safety for student success. Covert is also an instructor in the Penn State College of Education.
Kathyrn Gratton, Founder & Chief Strategic Officer for her business, Red Lips Mentor
Through her company, Kathyrn works with businesses to help them develop strategic plans to achieve growth.
Richard Heddleson, Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners southcentral regional director
Heddleson is responsible for identifying and working with promising tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers who need Ben Franklin funding and business support services to start or grow their business. As a former member of the Ben Franklin Transformation Business Services Network, he has worked with clients to help develop business strategies and to diagnose major company issues in areas such as financial planning, cash management, market research, marketing strategy, corporate strategy, accounting operations, and software training.
Tim Henry, F & M Trust president and CEO
Henry has extensive experience in commercial lending, loan workout, retail management, private banking, trust and investment services, operations, risk management and compliance. Franklin Financial is the largest independent, locally owned and operated bank holding company headquartered in Franklin County with assets of more than $1 billion. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, F&M Trust, has 22 community banking offices.
Steve Holoviak, retired Penn State Mont Alto professor of management and Shippensburg University professor of human resource management and Dean of Grove College of Business
With over 35 years of experience, Holoviak is an academic, researcher, administrator, and finance professional with an expertise in metrics-based management and program evaluation — a topic upon which he has researched and published extensively.
Mike Labalokie, CPA, Penn State Mont Alto instructor of accounting and finance
Labalokie is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (P.I.C.P.A.), the American Accounting Association (AAA), and a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (A.I.C.P.A.). He has taught accounting, finance, and statistics at Penn State Mont Alto since 1996.
Kristen Joy Laidig, author, entrepreneur, and owner of InterACT, LLC, parent company to Chambersburg's Nerdvana Outpost
Kristen Joy Laidig was “unemployable” at the tender age of 6 when she started her first business making and selling pet rocks with nothing but a Sharpie® marker, gravel, and ingenuity. She’s been a serial entrepreneur since, launching over 52 publishing companies, five LLCs, three retail establishments, and building and selling two multi-six-figure businesses. She's learned what to do and what not to do with the goal of being a guide to help entrepreneurs build their own successful six-figure empires.
Nathan J. Neil, Co-founder and COO, Purple Deck Media, Inc.
LaunchUX is a web and digital marketing company that specializes in big data research. Neil specializes in website and user experience management, in addition, to being a certified Project Management Professional. Neil is a serial entrepreneur, operating four companies as of 2019.
Mike Ross, FCADC president
Mike Ross has served as president of the FCADC since its start-up in 1986. The Corporation is responsible for initiating, implementing, and promoting a comprehensive economic development strategy, which is centered on the retention/expansion of existing companies, the selective attraction of new industries, and the start-up of new businesses in Franklin County.
Mike Unruh, Director, Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship, Mount St. Mary's University
The Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship is an innovative student resource that provides skill building, mentorship and real-world experiences vital to the development of creative critical thinking.