Carmel Ruffalo UW Milwaukee UW Parkside

Dr. Carmel Ruffolo, Director

Dr. Ruffolo is the Director of Corporate Engagement and Regional Development, holding a joint appointment at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

  • BA, Carthage College
  • BS, Monash University
  • PhD, Monash University

Sammis White UW Milwaukee

Dr. Sammis White, Co-Director

Dr. White is a professor of urban planning and Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • BA, Williams College
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Creech UWM UW Milwaukee

Ms. Kelly Creech, Project Manager

Ms. Creech serves as Project Manager for the WCCR. She is University Services Program Associate in charge of grant administration and coordination at UW Milwaukee. She has worked in administrative roles at both UW-Madison and UW Milwaukee, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Thomas E. Bray, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Mr. Bray is Dean of Applied Research, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Adjunct Senior Scientist, Clinical and Translational Science Institute. His responsibilities include the Applied Technology Center TM, the Fluid Power Institute TM, the Rapid Prototyping Center, the Center for BioMolecular Modeling and several other centers of excellence at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

  • MA, Syracuse University

Jim McPhaul UW Parkside

Mr. James McPhaul, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Mr. McPhaul is Director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside and possesses over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. He is an Associate Lecturer teaching Marketing, Sales, and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, Economics and Computing.

  • MBA, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Linda Reid UW Whitewater

Dr. Linda Reid, University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Dr. Reid is Associate Professor of Law in the Department of Finance and
Business Law at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is an active member of
the Milwaukee Water Council, and facilitates the University’s activities as a
signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

  • BS, Mount Senario College
  • JD, University of Arkansas School of Law

Alex Stewart Marquette University

Dr. Alex Stewart, Marquette University

  • B.A., Social Anthropology, York University
  • M.A., Social Anthropology, York University
  • M.B.A., Entrepreneurship Concentration, York University
  • Ph.D., Political Science with Social Anthropology minor, York University

Jeff Vanevenhoven UW Whitewater

Dr. Jeff Vanevenhoven, University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Dr. Vanevenhoven is an assistant professor in management and the coordinator of the entrepreneurship major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Vanevenhoven brings real world entrepreneurship experience to everything he does. This experience has been gained, in part, by having conceived, started,
successfully run and then sold his own businesses.

  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee