Instructors and Experts
Baker Institute Innovator in Residence, Chris Kauzmann '13, '14G has served as faculty managing director for LehighSiliconValley for the past four years. Chris works with the programs lead instructors and guest experts to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our cohort of students every year.
These experts work with Chris to develop a robust program filled with guest CEOs, VCs, founders, and more within the startup ecosystem
Tim Eades, CEO of vArmour
Tim Eades joins LSV in a wide-open no-holds barred rapid-fire delivery to introduce us to Silicon Valley! Whether it's knowing how to scale a business and lead a venture team to transform a languishing startup - or knowing the smart way to raise capital and how to stay on top of your so-called VC partners - or knowing when and to whom to sell and getting your price - or knowing what irreversible mistakes to avoid in living the dream in Silicon Valley, Tim tells it straight and unscripted.
vArmour Systems is a billion-plus dollar market cap data security company founded in 2011 that serves the world's largest banks, telecom service providers, government agencies, healthcare providers, and retailers. Such notables as Highland Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Citi Ventures, Draper Nexus Ventures, Redline Capital, Telstra Capital, Vanedge Capital, Work-Bench Ventures and Allegis Capital back this Silicon Valley startup.
Previously Tim was the go-to CEO of SilverTail Systems, a website fraud detection and prevention software company founded in 2008 which was acquired by NYSE-listed EMC in 2012 for reportedly $400+MM. Tim holds advanced degrees in business, international marketing, and financial analysis from Southampton Solent University in the United Kingdom.
Tom Gillis '14P, '16P, '17P, SVP & General Manager, VMware
Tom Gillis is the General Manager of the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware. Tom's background gives him a keen understanding about the direction of cloud, security and enterprise computing, making him an ideal leader to drive VMware’s networking and security strategy. Prior to joining VMware, Tom Gillis was CEO of Bracket Computing, a company he founded in December 2011. Gillis started Bracket with a vision to re-imagine enterprise computing. Before starting Bracket, Gillis was VP/GM of the Security Technology Group at Cisco Systems. This Technology Group included the business units responsible for Cisco's entire Network and Content Security product portfolio, including firewalls, IPS, VPN, and email security and web security gateways.
Paul Martino '95, General Partner, Bullpen Capital
Paul is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world's first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data.
Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.
Sandy Stelling '91, Vice President of Strategy, Analytics and Transformation, Alaska Airlines
Sandy Stelling is the Vice President of Strategy, Analytics and Transformation at Alaska Airlines. A Pacific Northwest aviation leader, she uses her experience in commercial and airline operations, technology and culture to develop guest experience and operations strategies. Sandy is a catalyst for change, and she builds teams to drive execution and deliver results for guests, employees and the airline.
Sandy joined Alaska in 1999 as a project manager and in her 22 years has held various leadership positions in Technology, Airport Operations & Customer Service, Maintenance & Engineering and Marketing. In her current role, she works with the Executive team to develop and execute Alaska's multi-year strategic plan. She also leads the Enterprise Project Management Office, and Analytics & Data Science practices which deliver multiple programs and initiatives throughout the organization.
She is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In July 2021 Sandy was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Lehigh. She volunteers with Lehigh University's Alumni Admissions Office, the Baker Institute's LehighSiliconValley program, and Lehigh's Professional Women's Alliance
Emeritus Faculty: Dale Facinelli '70 '72G, Founding Faculty Director, LehighSiliconValley
A longstanding member of the Lehigh MBA faculty, Dale is the creator and director of The consulting Practicum, the centerpiece in Lehigh's one-year fast-track 1-MBA program. He is also the creator and director of VentureSeries, the graduate-level entrepreneurship curriculum that makes up a popular track in Lehigh's part-time Flex-MBA program. Dale was formerly the director of LehighSiliconValley, an immersion program he founded in joint efforts with the Baker Institute that explores the world of the venture capital-backed startup. For many years,
Dale advised hundreds of CEOs and boards of early stage and emerging growth companies. No stranger to capital raises and company exits, he still finds time to serve as an investment banker with a Philadelphia-based boutique merchant and investment bank. Dale has sat on numerous boards of both public and privately-held companies as well as made guest appearances on A&E, PBS, and Fox Business. He has also lectured in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs at The Wharton School in Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses. An alumnus of Lehigh University, Dale is widely recognized for his many contributions to the betterment of the business community in the greater Lehigh Valley.
These talented professionals will share their stories, insight, and wisdom through their variety of experiences.
Bob Abbott, Venture Partner, NorWest Ventures
Kevin Albert ‘04, Founder and CEO, Canvas
Joe Blair '05 '07G, Principal, Cota Capital
Lisa Boyd ’10, Director, Social Impact at Lyft
Gabriella Contro ‘11, Principle, Crosslink Capital
Nicola Corzine, Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Nadine Elsayed ’18, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Adobe
Alita Friedman ‘87, Founder, Alita’s Brand Bar
Charles Hudson, Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures
Ali Kaminetsky ’16, Founder, Modern Picnic
Ann Lewnes ’83, Executive VP and CMO, Adobe
Steve Neiers, Former CISO of Chevron
Sandy Stelling ’91, Vice President - Strategy, Analytics & Transformation, Alaska Airlines
Maria Yap, Vice President of Digital Imaging, Adobe