Local Leadership

Officers of the Board

Guergana Rangatcheva

Guergana Rangatcheva, CPA, is a senior audit manager at CohnReznick and serves as Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut’s board. She has extensive experience auditing both public and private companies in a broad range of industries, including technology; manufacturing; health care; financial services; educational institutions; and employee benefit plans. Guergana also works with clients in our private equity and venture capital industry group. Her areas of expertise also include providing internal audit services and identifying opportunities for improvements. She works closely with clients to develop a customized service approach in order to deliver the highest level of service.

Daniel Boyle

At CI, Dan helps to identify and support investments in the digital health, mobile consumer, and enterprise SaaS areas. As an analyst, Dan works closely with founders and deal managers in conducting due diligence and writing investment memos for prospective seed and series A venture investments. He came to CI in 2017 as a former intern on their venture investment team, where he began learning the skills needed to identify and support the most promising early-stage companies. Dan’s first exposure to the world of startups and venture capital came as an intern at Coastal Enterprises Inc.’s venture capital arm, a socially-responsible venture firm based in Brunswick, Maine.

Marina F. Cunningham

Marina F. Cunningham is a Managing Partner with McCormick, Paulding & Huber, an Intellectual Property firm with offices in Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA. Marina worked as a design supervisor for AT & T Bell Laboratories and, subsequent to obtaining her law degree, as an intellectual property attorney for United Technologies Corporation. She is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts of Connecticut and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Marina is also Co-Chair of Technology and Intellectual Property Committee of the Hartford County Bar Association; Advisory Board Member for UCONN School of Law Intellectual Property Clinic; Committee member for INTA; and member of CPLA; AIPPI; and AIPLA. Marina has experience in domestic and foreign patent prosecution, trademark and copyright matters, e-commerce related issues, negotiation of licenses and other types of agreements relating to intellectual property, and litigation. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. Marina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She received a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut’s School of Law. Marina has served as Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut 2000 – 2013 and now serves as Director.

Richard Harris

Richard (“Rick”) Harris is a Partner in Day Pitney LLP’s New Haven office where he leads the firm’s Technology, Telecommunications, and Outsourcing practice group. Rick’s practice includes structuring, negotiating, and documenting the acquisition, disposition, and recapitalization of technology-related business enterprises. In addition, Rick advises leading technology companies in connection with computer and other technology licenses; technology transfer and joint venture agreements; system development agreements; and copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters. Much of Rick’s technology licensing practice is devoted to the transfer and commercialization to private industry of technology from research universities around the United States. He has been on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut since 1992, is a former Chair of the Board and also serves as a Director and Secretary of the Connecticut Technology Council. Rick received a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut’s School of Law. Rick currently serves as Vice- Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut.

John Ireland

John is President of Upfront Analysis. Upfront Analysis provides business development solutions and services to all size companies all over the world. Prior to forming Upfront Analysis, John was CFO/CEO of Sightlines, LLC. John currently serves as Treasurer of he MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut.

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Alan Mendelson

Alan Mendelson is the Founder and Managing General Partner of Axiom Venture Partners, which invests in both information technology and life sciences. As Head of Life Sciences, Alan has invested in a number of successful biotechnology companies. Prior to founding Axiom, he spent 25 years at Aetna Life and Casualty, where he was a Vice President. He ran Aetna’s venture program, generating significant profits, helped create MBIA, the country’s largest municipal bond insurance company, and helped Aetna develop strategy and policy for their commercial mortgage loan portfolio. Alan has been involved in technology policy and development in Connecticut for over 20 years. He was the Finance Committee Vice Chairman of the state’s first High Technology Task Force in 1984, where he created the Connecticut Seed Ventures and two Centers of Excellence. He has also been on the Advisory Board of Connecticut Innovations since 1989 and is currently on the Board of the Connecticut Technology Council and the MIT Enterprise Forum. In his industry roles for the State, he has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Venture Group of which he was a past president. Alan has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from Trinity College and a Doctor of Law (LLD) from the University of Connecticut.

Cheryl Rice

Cheryl Rice is the founder and principal of Rice Communications, a public relations and brand strategy firm. She began her career as a writer and producer of TV commercials and local television programming, and after stints in management at stations in Tennessee, West Virginia, and Connecticut, she transitioned to corporate marketing communications and was responsible for developing strategic marketing programs for prominent Connecticut-based businesses including Kaman Industrial Technologies and Loctite Corporation. Her experience on both the client side and the media side gives Cheryl a unique insight into the priorities of both. She holds a degree in Broadcasting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She serves on the Board of Directors of APICS Hartford County, and is the Chair of Marketing Communications for MIT Enterprise Forum.

David R. Wilson

Dr. David Wilson is a principal with DRWilson and Associates, providing product and business development services for small and mid-size companies. David has 30 years of experience in the development and manufacture of high technology products for instrumentation in the gas detection and photonics industries. His prior experience includes Director of Engineering for Honeywell Life Safety, Engineering Manager of the Precision Positioning Solutions Department at Zygo Corporation, and Vice President of Operations at three startup companies, two of which were acquired. He has been on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of CT since 1992 and has also served on the national board. David has served two terms on the MIT Corporation, MIT’s board of trustees. He received a Bachelor’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering.

Sherwin Yoder

Sherwin is a partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, where he leads the firm’s Data Privacy and Security practice. He focuses on helping organizations mitigate data privacy and security risks and manage incident response, including related litigation and regulatory compliance. As a member of the start@Carmody team, he also counsels start-ups and emerging companies on their privacy and security obligations in designing and launching e-commerce sites, mobile applications, IoT devices, and other technologies or transactions involving the flow of sensitive data.