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Meet the Farley Center Staff

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Heather Aranyi

Farley Center Creative Entrepreneur in ResidenceSerial Entrepreneur in Creative Industries & Real EstateStaff Artist, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Heather Aranyi M.Ed., M.M. teaches at The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern. She is also the Coordinator for The Wildfire Pre-Accelerator Program at The Garage at Northwestern. Outside of Northwestern, she is on faculty at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, an ordained Cantor who serves at Congregation Beth Am, and the founder of Aranyi Enterprises, a consulting firm which specializes in personal branding and strategy. She is a noted keynote speaker and thought leader and has received numerous honors in recognition of her work, including a McCormick Fellowship.

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Billy Banks

Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at ProHabitsPresident at Windsor SteelAdjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Billy Banks is currently the Co-founder and CGO at ProHabits, President at Windsor Steel, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern. In the past, he has founded multiple companies, has extensive M&A experience, and advises numerous startups.  

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Mark Fisher

Principal, Mission Product Development LLCClinical Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Mark Fisher is a principal at Mission Product Development LLC. Fisher is also a Clinical Associate Professor within Northwestern's Biomedical Engineering program. He has more than 30+ years of product and service development experience and has over 25 patents issued and/or pending.

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Roozbeh Ghaffari

Director of Translational Research, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering
Dr. Ghaffari joined the Center for Biointegrated Electronics at Northwestern University as a Senior Research Associate in May 2017. He is currently Director of Translational Research and Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering. 
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Rich Gordon

Director of Digital Innovation and Professor at Medill School of Journalism

Rich Gordon is a professor and director of digital innovation. At Medill, he launched the school’s graduate program in new media journalism. He has spent most of his career exploring the areas where journalism and technology intersect. Prof. Gordon was an early adopter of desktop analytical tools (spreadsheets and databases) to analyze data for journalistic purposes. At The Miami Herald, he was among the first generation of journalists to lead online publishing efforts at newspapers. At Medill, he has developed innovative courses through which students have explored digital content and communities and developed new forms of storytelling that take advantage of the unique capabilities of interactive media.

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Johnathan Gunn, JD, PhD

CEO, Co-Founder at Briteseed LLCAdjunct Professor of Law, Pritzker School of Law
Jonathan Gunn participated in the Entrepreneurship Law course and in NUvention: Medical. The work he did as a student in the later led to the creation of an innovative medical device company called Briteseed, of which Gunn is now the Chief Executive Officer.
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Tran Ha

Founder & Principal at Tiny CollaborativeAdjunct Lecturer at Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Tran Ha leads the user research coursework for NUvention Web + Media. Her consulting firm, Tiny Collaborative, uses human-centered design to fuel innovation, digital transformation, audience development and business and product strategies for organizations. Ha also serves as an advisor to a number of digital media start-ups. 
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Joshua Lance

Managing Director at Joshua Lance CPA, LLC

Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA, is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Illinois, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with experience helping startups grow and develop through customized, value-added accounting, tax prep and coaching services.

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Gregg Latterman

EntrepreneurFounder/CEO at A squared Management

Gregg Latterman launched his independent record label, Aware (1993), now partnered with Columbia Records, on the basis of grassroots development. Latterman discovered and amplified the exposure of unsigned artists, including Train, John Mayer, and Matt Kearney. He later went back to school to earn a master’s degree in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches Positive Entrepreneurship: Profits and Meaning and NUvention: Arts at the Farley Center.

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Elizabeth Lukehart

Associate Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and InnovationLecturer, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Elizabeth Lukehart is the Associate Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University and a lecturer in the McCormick School of Engineering. She has a law degree from the Pritzker School of Law, as well as a master’s in journalism from Medill. She has practiced law in a boutique firm providing legal services for tech startup companies and has held a variety of positions in marketing and communications. Lukehart has worked extensively with clean tech and sustainability-focused startups and also has experience in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

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Marcelo Malakooti

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Marcelo Malakooti, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), and the director of Innovation-IGNITE. He is also an attending Physician Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Malakootie's research focuses on using innovation to improve patient outcomes and quality of care, while fostering dynamic strategies to minimize waste and optimize resources.

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Michael Marasco

Angel InvestorClinical Full Professor

After 20+ years as an intrapreneur and entrepreneur, Michael Marasco joined the faculty of the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a clinical full professor at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Curt Mastio

Founder of Founder's CPAAdjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Curt Mastio, CPA, is the founder of Founder's CPA, formerly known as Startup Accounting Advisors, an accounting firm that offers specialized accounting services to startups and small businesses. Previously, Mastio was a forensics accountant at Deloitte and served as Chief Financial Officer for Storage Squad. Mastio received his Bachelor's degree (2011) and Master's degree (2015) in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Peter McNerney

Venture Capitalist & EntrepreneurFounder, Thomas, McNerney & Partners

Pete McNerney specializes in early stage health care operating and investing. He co-founded two venture capital firms, Coral Ventures and Thomas, McNerney & Partners. He was also the founder and CEO of Memtec North America and worked for Baxter Health Care in a number of management positions. He received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University and is a CPA.

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Joseph Moskal

Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Join appointment with Neurological Surgery (MED)Director of the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics

Joseph Moskal is founder and chief scientific officer of Naurex, an Evanston-based drug discovery company that develops therapies for difficult-to-treat depression and other central nervous system diseases. Its therapeutics include two rapid-acting antidepressants currently in clinical development.

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Mike Moyer

Author and Entrepreneur

Mike Moyer is the founder of product development and merchandising company Bananagraphics, as well as outdoor clothing manufacturing company Moondog and In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Moyer also has extensive experience in senior-level marketing He is the author of “How to Make Colleges Want You” and “Slicing Pie.”

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Rich Padula

EntrepreneurVolunteer, Mentor, Investor, Technology Geek

Rich Padula is the founder Syclo, a premier mobile app creator that has worked with over 750 companies.

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Chris Riesbeck

Chris Riesbeck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1974.

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John Rogers

Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University
John Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems.
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Neal Sales-Griffin

CEO of CodeNow

Neal Sales-Griffin is the CEO of CodeNow, a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit that hosts coding workshops for students from low-income backgrounds in six cities across the US. Before heading CodeNow, Sales-Griffin was the CEO of The Starter League, an institution determined "to teach everyone to code," with an innovative cirriculum and strong alumni connections. He also serves as a coordinator to the non-profit International Game Developers Association (IGDA®). Sales-Griffin lends his mentorship to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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Cory Sandrock

Managing Director of Pareto & CompanyAdjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University - School of CommunicationsAdjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Cory Sandrock is an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches “Intro to Creative Enterprise Finance” and “Business Models in Creative Industries” for Northwestern’s School of Communication and "Startup Accounting and Finance for the Gig Economy" for Northwestern's Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
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Birju Shah

Adjunt Faculty, Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering

Birju Shah is currently a Group Product Manager at Uber Technologies LLP. He leads the product group for the sensor inference & vision platform teams at Uber. Prior to Uber, Birju was a product lead at Climate Corporation where he led the Yield Analytics team. Birju is also a board & product advisor to several start-ups, fortune 500, and venture capital firms. Birju draws upon 15 years of building enterprise and consumer products that are used by over 1+ billion users daily in 190 countries.

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Donna Wang Su

Associate Director of Operations, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & InnovationAdjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Donna Wang Su is the Associate Director of Operations/Program Manager for the Farley Center at Northwestern University. Prior to higher education, Donna worked in corporate finance as part of a startup sports agency. She has been at Northwestern University in different capacities since 2006 and while working full-time, she has earned various graduate certificates and a degree. Her teaching of finance includes a strong focus on financial literacy for the freelancer/gig economy, non-profit funding and small business administration.
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Verinder Syal

Author and EntrepreneurCEO of Syal Consult

Verinder Syal is a consultant and adjunct lecturer in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences. Syal founded Syal Consult in 2004, which helps companies refine their vision, priorities, and culture. In the past, he worked at Quaker Oats company, served as the CEO of Rymer Seafood, and co-founded Filterfresh Company.

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Trish Thomas

Co-Founder and CEO of Evanston-based Whole & Free FoodsDirector of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Adjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Trish Thomas is the Co-Founder and CEO of Evanston-based Whole & Free Foods. Their Every Body Eat™ brand is making it possible for everybody to enjoy delicious food with the people they love – regardless of dietary restriction or preference. Trish is a serial entrepreneur and entrepreneurship educator. She is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Lake Forest College.
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Todd Warren

Venture CapitalistManaging Partner of Divergent Partners

Todd Warren is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and teaches NUvention Web. He is also an advisor to and an investor in Divergent Ventures, focusing on early-stage companies. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management.

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Mark Werwath

EntrepreneurFarley Center Interim Director

Mark Werwath, a certified project management professional (PMP), has been an engineering project manager for 15 years, managing complex system (software) and product development, IT, and manufacturing and radio network system implementation projects in four continents. He currently operates, Werwath Portfolio Group, a consulting business in the portfolio management space. Werwath now teaches full time at Northwestern University as a clinical associate professor and is also the director of the Masters in Engineering Management program at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering.

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Tom LaMantia

Adjunct Lecturer


Tom LaMantia is an investor and serial entrepreneur who has built and led multiple award winning National IT Firms and completed several successful exits. Over 30 years of information and business experience spanning: network engineering and design, to designing and developing strategic business applications, to designing and securing critical assets for Fortune 100 Companies and Government institutions.  He has held various roles in his career from CIO, CTO, CISO to CEO. He is also a Certified Security Professional, CISSP. Currently, he serves as CEO of Magenium Solutions and is a trusted advisor to a number of fortune 500 leaders. His firms have won various accolades ranging from Federal Partner of the Year, to World Wide Partner of the Year, and he and his firms are repeat winner as Crain’s: Best Places to Work.

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