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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 Venture Partner
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

Advises management and staff on the proper accounting of all expenditures and the use of grant funding.
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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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