Kimalon Dixon

As Chief of Staff, Kimalon Dixon is responsible for the strategic alignment of operations, programming and external partnerships to increase the organization’s ability to power initiatives driving economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem building across Northern Ohio. Kimalon recently served as Senior Project Director of Cleveland (CLE) Purpose Built Communities, a partnership between the Cleveland

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Adam Salon

Adam is the Director, Entrepreneurial Services for JumpStart’s Northwest Ohio office. He is responsible for all services and resources provided to our tech and non-tech entrepreneurs and business owners. He is heavily involved in entrepreneur engagement, collaborator and partner relations and deal flow management. Adam also runs Sabo Investments, which provides growth capital for small

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Amy Haschak

Amy is responsible for leading the Toledo office daily, providing local administrative and operational oversight, providing direct support to the JumpStart talented team, ensuring alignment and effective delivery of tech and small business services in Toledo / Northwest Ohio, and managing relationships with local stakeholders in the economic development ecosystem. She manages the Ohio Third

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Bethany George

Bethany George is Partner, Investments at JumpStart Ventures working across all of our funds on sourcing investment opportunities, executing due diligence and working with entrepreneurs post-closing to help them through the ups and downs of building a high growth business. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs in Ohio, she has deep empathy for the entrepreneur’s

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Bianca Rozenblad

In her role as Program Manager, Digital Learning Centers, Bianca is responsible for managing and supporting a community initiative aiming to bridge the digital divide in under-resourced communities. She manages and monitors key aspects of site development and launch in relation to the learning centers, which focus on Digital Literacy, Workforce Readiness, Entrepreneurship and STEM

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Brittany Hurt

As the IT Systems Analyst, Brittany provides cross-functional support to end-users at all JumpStart locations, sister companies, and tech centers. She assists with software/hardware troubleshooting, PC/Laptop configurations, and system security. She is also responsible for the monitoring, maintenance, development, and administration of cloud-based software as well as on-prem servers. As JumpStart grows and changes, she

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Camille Heard

As Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Camille Heard serves JumpStart’s entrepreneur clients by guiding them through market validation, customer discovery, creating a scalable business model, and navigating Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial resources. Camille also services The Urban League, The President’s Council, The Hispanic Business Center, and ECDI in efforts to support founders of color and build up Cleveland’s Black and

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Carli Calapa

Carli Calapa connects hiring managers and business owners with exceptional talent by recruiting professionals to fit their talent needs. Carli has 10 years of business experience and eight years of recruiting experience. Before coming to JumpStart, Carli spent two years recruiting scientific and engineering professionals at Lab Support. Carli spent two years prior to that

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith serves as the senior onboarding resource for applicants seeking services and/or investment from JumpStart and its network of partners. His role involves engaging with early-stage and small business clients, identifying their service needs, providing value-added feedback, maintaining continued engagement with clients and partners to track continued progress made and making referrals within JumpStart,

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Dana Allender

As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dana Allender provides one-to-one advisory assistance to high potential tech companies to help them realize their potential while taking a collaborative approach with all the resources in the network. Through a revenue-centric approach, Dana leverages past experience to help companies in Northeast Ohio answer questions such as “what’s the problem being solved,”

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Danielle Morris

Danielle (Dani) Morris oversees revenue and compliance functions for JumpStart’s venture funds and manages the organization’s internal control procedures for grant award funds and reporting (~$15M annually). She has extensive nonprofit financial expertise, ranging from large ERP systems to smaller customized homegrown systems, user guide design and training, leadership and managerial functions. Her responsibilities at

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Emily Ferline-Shreve

Emily collaborates closely with all functional team leaders to help empower users with suitable and secure technology for sharing information and efficient daily operations. She also manages JumpStart’s IT team for internal and external support operations for workstations, servers, networks and cloud-based software. Prior to joining JumpStart, Emily managed and engineered IT functions in the

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