Local Leadership

Officers of the Board

Lisa Lucarelli Chandler

Dr. Lisa Lucarelli Chandler serves as Managing Partner of Blue Sky, LLC. Formerly, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University in the Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership department where she helped to architect a Master’s of Organizational leadership online program based on Communities of Learning . She has worked in the telecommunications industry where she designed, and directed merger and acquisition integration programs for both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. She continues to advise organizations and coach individuals. She specializes in the effects of disruptive innovation. She also serves as Practitioner Liaison for the Management of Education division of the Academy of Management. Lisa holds a Bachelor degree from Eastern Connecticut State, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Lisa currently serves as Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut.

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.

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.

Brian Kelleher

Brian Kelleher is a Partner at Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP (FML) and is responsible for managing public and private financial statement audits and other business advisory services. Brian has over ten years of public accounting experience, which includes assisting early phase companies with their unique accounting and auditing issues. Prior to joining FML in January 2003, Brian worked as a Senior Financial Analysis at CIGNA and as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young LLP. Brian received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He is a Certified Public Accountant, serves on the Advisory Council of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is the Treasurer of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut.

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.

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.

Robert Barbieri

Robert Barbieri is a member of the Robinson + Cole’s Business Transactions Group, where his practice involves all aspects of corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, commercial finance transactions, corporate governance, and securities law and compliance. He has experience representing public companies with respect to capital markets transactions and SEC reporting requirements, as well as advising emerging companies on entity formation, financing, and general corporate matters. Mr. Barbieri is also a member of the Finance Group, where he advises clients on commercial and consumer finance and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Barbieri served as corporate counsel for a publicly traded financial technology growth company, where he was responsible for corporate, securities, and select regulatory matters.

Jeffrey Scepanski

Jeffrey Scepanski is a member of the Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle Trademark Practice Group. His practice focuses on all facets of trademark clearance, prosecution, infringement, due diligence, and domain name matters, as well as prosecuting and defending trademark opposition, infringement, and domain name proceedings.

Before attending law school, Mr. Scepanski was a patent paralegal at OGRP. His practice focuses on all facets of trademark clearance, prosecution, infringement, due diligence, and domain name matters, as well as prosecuting and defending trademark opposition, infringement, and domain name proceedings. Before attending law school, Mr. Scepanski was a patent paralegal at OGRP. Mr. Scepanski holds degrees from Bucknell University, BA, Political Science & Sociology, magna cum laude and Quinnipiac University School of Law, JD, cum laude

Guergana Rangatcheva

Guergana Rangatcheva, CPA, is a senior audit manager at CohnReznick. 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.

Mathew Storeygard

Mathew Storeygard is a Senior Investment Associate at Connecticut Innovations. Matt is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring new investments and monitoring portfolio. Matt’s extensive experience includes five years at Cross Sector Consulting, where he provided strategic consulting services including planning, financial analyses, competitive analyses and implementation strategies for a variety of clients, including health care, education, community development finance and workforce organizations. Previously, he worked at the Urban Institute, where he developed predictive models to analyze the effects of health policy legislation

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.