Betsy is the Senior Director of Operations and Programming. She has over 30 years of experience in Business Development & Marketing and helps entrepreneurs navigate the creation of entry strategies for a wide variety of organizations - from start ups, SMB, Non - Profits to Fortune 100 companies.
Lindsay Ryan is Venture Development Director for the University System of Maryland, which coordinates among 12 public institutions and 3 regional higher education centers throughout Maryland. Lindsay leverages the collective expertise and resources of the System to provide even more support for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development throughout the System and State. Previously, she was the Founding Manager of Harbor Launch at IMET, a business incubator within a University System of Maryland research institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Lindsay began her career at the National Science Foundation, leading program assessment and communications for the Small Business Innovation Research program and working with other innovation programs such as I-CorpsTM. Lindsay received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland College Park and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, studying Marine Microbiology.
Mark VanderZyl is the Senior Operations Manager for FastForward at Johns Hopkins University. His primary role is to interface with current and prospective tenants in FastForward, and to direct all external request for use of innovation hub spaces. Mark manages the relationships with sponsors of FastForward, and acts as liaison between the sponsors and startups & entrepreneurs. Mark also hosts informational tours for high-profile visitors, investors, and industry collaborators to tell the story of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and FastForward. Mark received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Mike is the executive director for Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC), a private-sector, non-profit organization having a mission to advance and develop the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In this position, Mike plays a leadership role in ensuring that the Eastern Shore is connected to the rest of the Maryland statewide ecosystem of entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, and investors. Mike has been instrumental in starting a network of coworking spaces, called hotDesks, which now has four locations throughout the region. These spaces serve as the backbone for the delivery of accelerator programs, business competitions, and numerous programs and events targeted to creating a stronger and better connected ecosystem. Mike is also part of a group kicking off the PinOak Capital investor group which is a result of the increased deal flow opportunities developing on the Eastern Shore.
Bret Schreiber has worked for 20 years in the field of government and community relations, driving policy and economic development initiatives and developing strong ties to local, state and national legislators and policy leaders. Currently, Mr. Schreiber is Vice President for Life Sciences and Technology for Fulton Bank. Fulton Bank is a $22 billion financial institution based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bret oversees the development of a new division for Fulton Bank, creating disruptive, innovative initiatives to support and grow the life science and technology industries in Fulton’s five state footprint.