Meet the CIE Team
Learn more about leadership, staff, advisory board members, and affiliated faculty.
Center Leadership and Staff
Program Manager, Center for Innovation and EntrepreneurshipCrystal helps implement the Center’s programming for students, alumni and the Mason community. She creates a meaningful impact within innovation and entrepreneurship at Mason.
Interim Director, Center for Innovation and EntrepreneurshipRebecca Howick is the interim director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the School of Business at George Mason University.
Associate Professor, Management
Additional Roles: Entrepreneur in ResidenceJames Wolfe is an Entrepreneur in Residence and associate professor within the Management Area in the School of Business at George Mason University. Jim has been involved with over 50 Mason-related startups, such as WorthPoint and FirstGuard. In addition to real world experience, Jim also provides students with legal expertise.
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council
The Advisory Board was established to support the Center’s mission and vision, and plays an instrumental role in expanding the center’s reach and impact.
Owner, Founder, and Chief Box Engineer, Lend A Box LLC
Women in Business Initiative ChairStephanie Zimmermann is co-owner and co-founder of Lend A Box LLC. Lend A Box offers one of the most innovative, easy, and smart ways to move in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Co-founder, Everyone Matters Inc.Anne Altman is the former general manager of IBM Corporation's U.S Federal Government and Industries sector and the co-founder of Everyone Matters Inc.
Chief Creative Officer, Curry's Auto ServiceJudy Curry has been a creative leader in the auto repair industry for over 30 years. As the Chief Creative Officer and driving force behind the Curry's Auto Service brand, founded by her and her husband Matt, she took Curry’s Auto Service beyond the traditional boundaries of auto service marketing and established a variety of innovative programs that clearly distinguished Curry’s from its competition.
Serial Entrepreneur and Automotive Industry ExpertMatt Curry is a serial entrepreneur and automotive industry expert. He started his flagship company, Curry’s Auto Service, in 1997 with one shop and grew the company to 10 locations.
President, Community Foundation for Northern VirginiaEileen M. Ellsworth has been the President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia since 2005. With $37 million in managed assets, the Community Foundation engages donors to help grow philanthropy in the region.
Executive Chairman, The Stevie® AwardsTo honor the millions of business executives and workers worldwide who quietly accomplish innovative and extraordinary things in the workplace every day, Michael Gallagher founded the Stevie® Awards in 2002.
Founder and CEO, Northern Virginia LandscapingIbi Pashaei is the founder and CEO of Northern Virginia Landscaping and a Mason alumnus (BS Kinesiology, 2015). As an undergraduate student, he engaged in CIE programming and studied entrepreneurship while earning his minor in Business.
President and CEO, Array Information TechnologySumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than two decades of experience in the government IT industry.
Immediate Past Chair, Dean's CouncilAligned2 Founder Dusty Wince weds his real-world business acumen with executive coaching and advisory services to help entrepreneurs excel and their companies grow.
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Affiliated Faculty
Our Affiliate Faculty are critical to our ability to offer students compelling education experiences and speak authoritatively on a range of subjects. Affiliates bring a wide range of professional teaching and research experiences and provide input to help shape the future direction of the Center.
Senior Associate Dean, College of Science and Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Infectious Disease ResearchDr. Ali Andalibi has served as the Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science at George Mason University.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research
Additional Roles: Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations ManagementCheryl Druehl is the senior associate dean for faculty affairs and research and an associate professor within the information systems and operations management area in the School of Business at George Mason University.
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, VolgenauDan Lofaro, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering.
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Affiliate Faculty, Bioengineering, College of Engineering and ComputingNathalia was a technician in electronics and robotics before she decided to go to college. After attending universities in Brazil (Unicamp and USP) and Germany (Stuttgart and Bonn), she was a researcher at Stanford. She still likes to travel and her group collaborates with universities in Israel, Ireland, Peru, and Korea.
Arison Chair in Values Leadership/Associate Professor, School of Integrative StudiesDr. Gregory C. Unruh is the Arison Professor of Values Leadership at George Mason University and an expert on sustainable business strategy.