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JumpStart Senior Leadership

Supporting entrepreneurs and regions, including those in and out of Ohio, this team brings that work to bear.


Ray Leach Chief Executive Officer
Ray Leach

Works every day to strengthen the economic vitality of Northeast Ohio and the U.S.
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Cathy Belk Chief Operating Officer
Cathy Belk
Manages JumpStart’s community engagement through marketing, development, strategy and outreach activities.
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Jerry Frantz Managing Partner, Entrepreneurial Services and Investing
Jerry Frantz
Manages the team that provides JumpStart’s portfolio companies with guidance and resources to help them grow.
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Lynn-Ann Gries Chief Investment Officer
Lynn-Ann Gries
Manages the process of investing in companies, from intake to due diligence to document review to post investment governance and monitoring.
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Duke Jankura Chief Financial Officer
Richard E. "Duke" Jankura

Ensures proper accounting of all expenditures, use of grant funding and reporting.
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Michael Jeans Senior Partner
Michael Jeans

Responsible for creating a lending platform for JumpStart, which will become a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
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Hrishue Mahalaha Senior Partner, Solutions Delivery
Hrishue Mahalaha

Works with an array of domestic clients to help define, analyze and deliver solutions to improve regional entrepreneurial networks.
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Lee Poseidon Senior Partner, Entrepreneurial Services & Investing
Lee Poseidon
Assists entrepreneurs in building enterprise value by helping them identify, focus on and execute against the key, value driving, business priorities.
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Caroline Taich Senior Partner, Solutions Development
Caroline Taich

Leads the design and growth of a portfolio of products and services to help regions realize their entrepreneurial potential.
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Scott Thompson Senior Partner, Partnership Development & Marketing
Scott Thompson

Focuses on fundraising, relationship management and building partnerships that enable JumpStart to deliver on its mission.
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