Meet the Team

The University of Cincinnati’s Office of Innovation is headed by Chief Innovation Officer David J. Adams and his leadership team, which oversees community and industry alliances, technology transfer and commercialization, the Ground Floor makerspace, and the 1819 Innovation Hub.


Leadership Team


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David J. Adams

Chief Innovation Officer

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Headshot of Jason Heikenfeld

Jason Heikenfeld

Vice President, Operations

513-558-7632

Headshot of Michelle Altenau (JD, MA)

Michelle Altenau (JD, MA)

Director, Contracts & Compliance

513-558-5811

Headshot of Ken Stapelton

Ken Stapelton

Senior Director, Innovation Partnerships

513.558.4269

Headshot of Grant Hoffman

Grant Hoffman

Director of Startups

513-558-5695

Headshot of Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Makerspace Manager

513-556-5388

Headshot of Geoffrey Pinski

Geoffrey Pinski

Director of Technolgy Transfer, Technology Transfer

513-558-5696


Office Staff


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Tony Almaguer

Director, Outreach

513-556-4842

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Kara Anand-Gall

Makerspace Coordinator

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Missy Baines

Licensing Associate - CDA, MTA and Research Tools

513-558-5274

Headshot of Madison Bourbon

Madison Bourbon

Licensing Associate – Physical Sciences

513-558-4237

Headshot of Jim Currie

Jim Currie

Director of Operations

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Melissa Davis

Licensing Associate - Compliance

513-558-2651

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Tais Doll

Licensing Associate - Life Sciences

513-556-4546

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Pankhuri Hatfield

Contracts Administrator

513-558-4232

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Cara Kramer

Associate to Vice President, Operations

513.556.8029

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Jesse Lawrence

Assistant Director, Industry Partnerships & Alliances

513-558-4238

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Harry Lemaster

Computer & Information

513-556-4357

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Madison Owens

Executive Staff Assistant

513-558-6293

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Brent M. Peebles

Associate General Counsel

513-556-3483

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Rebecca Revalee

Executive Assistant, CIO Office

513-558-5849

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RJ Sargent

Senior Director, Industry Partnerships & Alliances

513-556-8043

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Matt Spetz

Makerspace Technician, Makerspace

1819 Innovation Hub, Suite 150

513-556-3272

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Jill Uhl

Senior Liciencing Associate - Life Sciences, Technology Transfer

513-558-5621

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Elizabeth Wetzel

Program Coordinator, Venture Lab

513-556-4585