Ian Mooers joined CEDET as the Executive Director in January, 2009. Ian comes to the position with almost 10 years of experience in linking the resources of a university to the needs of communities, businesses, and industry.
Ian recently held the position of Director, Entrepreneurial Programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he frequently worked with senior administration to help the university connect with community leaders, business leaders, legislative officials, and state government officials to promote program collaboration related to entrepreneurship, economic development, and applied research activities. Ian spent several years working in Career Services at George Mason and Georgetown University which built a strong understanding of employers and their hiring trends as it relates to the University community.
Ian has worked in Sales as a Senior Corporate Recruiter identifying candidates for major corporate clients and then developing new client accounts.
Ian was born in Potomac, Md., and now resides in Irvine, Ky., with his wife Katie (a native of Kentucky) and their daughter, Alise. Ian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. Ian is a 2011 graduate of the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development.
Kristel Smith serves as the Executive Director for Entrepreneur Services at CEDET for the Eastern Region Innovation and Commercialization Network. In her role, Ms. Smith prepares businesses, communities, and industry clusters for strategic growth and development. She creates companies and business models, and integrates innovation and intellectual property to deliver solid financial business positioning and growth. Kristel is skilled in developing key partnerships, advisory boards, and educational models for startups, businesses, and other organizations. Entrepreneurial in experience and thinking, Kristel connects universities, communities, businesses, and government leaders. Her educational background includes a bachelor of computer science, an MBA, and an international economics study at the School of Economics in Austria. She completed Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaching and Leadership Institute (Scotland) administered by the University of Kentucky and Venture Capital Institute at Emory University, and is a certified FastTrac Administrator and a facilitator through the Kaufmann Foundation. Among other accomplishments, her strong background and experience at Procter & Gamble and IBM provide Kristel with a well rounded and exceptional ability to analyze and lead and position organizations for growth and change.
Cassie Williams joined the CEDET staff in June 2009 as the administrative assistant. Cassie comes from a background that identifies with the point of view of a small business entrepreneur, as she was employed by a small "Mom & Pop" family owned photography studio in Lexington, Ky. for 25 years. In addition to her administrative experience, customer relation skills and an appreciation of the importance of the entrepreneur, she brings a background rich in portraiture as a photographer for the studio. She received several awards from the Kentucky and National Professional Photographers Association as one of the youngest recipients. One of her Pet Portrait images was part of a traveling exhibit with the PPA which hung, at one point, at the Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition, she was the creator and editor of a small Women's magazine and has several writings in progress which she hopes to have published someday.
Michael Rodriguez brings over 10 years experience in healthcare management to this position, including tenure with long-term care, hospitals, wound care clinics and community mental health agencies. He also has previous experience working in public accounting firms and school districts and has consulted with numerous businesses in eastern Kentucky including businesses in the agriculture, metal fabrication, printing and education industries. He also has experience as a small business owner, having been a Subway restaurant franchisee for three-and-a-half years. Rodriguez, who earned his MBA from Morehead State University, said that his prior experience is a good fit for the SBDC, noting he served MSU as a consultant for nearly two years. The Small Business Development Center serves 15 counties in eastern and south central Kentucky: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne and Whitley. SBDC offices are located in Somerset and on the EKU campus in Richmond. Offering services at no charge or minimal cost, the SBDC can help business owners and entrepreneurs in numerous ways: business start-up procedures, business and strategic plan development, financial resource development, management support, record management, accounting systems, governmental relations and marketing. This is accomplished through one-on-one consultations as well as training sessions throughout the service area on a variety of topics.
John Preston joined the EKU SBDC as the Business Coordinator in January, 1999. The SBDC became part of CEDET in 2007. John is based in the SBDC’s Somerset office which serves the Center’s 15-county service area as a general management consultant, working one -on-one with clients and coordinating training workshops. He has over 28 years’ experience in business, mostly in banking, mortgage and consumer lending and personnel management. He managed his own insurance agency for five years. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.
I learned beekeeping from my grandfather and have kept hives for more than ten years.
After writing Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped America (2005), I was named NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College where I supervised a small honey bee monitoring project (2006-2007).
Since becoming the director of Coal Country Beeworks in 2008, I have collaborated with both academic and private sectors to develop a long-term beekeeping infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky. My second book, Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets was published in 2012.
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