2017-18 PioPitch Organizers

Julie Harding of Marietta College

Julie Harding: Head Organizer


Julie is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Marietta College. She is a certified facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation's Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. Julie worked with Atria Senior Living, a national provider of senior living services for nearly 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer for eight years and Chief Marketing Officer for four. She also previously served as a senior executive at Res-Care, Inc. Before joining Marietta College, she briefly taught undergraduate public relations and graduate-level healthcare marketing courses as an adjunct instructor. Julie holds an MBA from the University of Louisville and a B.S.J. (specialization in Public Relations) from West Virginia University. An active entrepreneur herself, Julie and her husband own a real estate rental business with holdings throughout West Virginia.

Hilles Hughes of Marietta College

Hilles Hughes


Hilles is the Director of Career Center at Marietta College. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Area Studies from The College of Wooster and an M.A. in Counseling & Human Services from John Carroll University, where she began her career in college career counseling. She is a subscriber to the theory that “all people today must learn to manage their own careers and that understanding oneself is the first step in this process.” When she’s not assisting students with their career planning, Hilles can be found practicing yoga, reading detective fiction or spending time with her family. Hilles and her husband opened The Buckley House Restaurant more than 9 years ago and enjoy the thrill and adventure of a family business in the heart of the MOV!

Pamela Lankford of Marietta College

Pamela Lankford


Pamela Lankford is the Director of the Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter – A Youth and Entrepreneurial Development Center. Previously she served with the Ohio Small Business Development Center in Marietta for 26 years. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Marietta College where she double majored in Entrepreneurship and Spanish. She received her MBA from Ohio University. She is also a Certified Business Analyst and was named 1999 and 2001 Director of the Year and 2001 Innovator of the Year for the Ohio SBDC Network as well as Ohio’s State Star for 2005. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Marietta College, teaching marketing classes, as well as Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Consulting. She has also been actively involved in two small family-owned businesses.

Debbie Lazorik of Marietta College

Debbie Lazorik


Debbie Lazorik retired from Marietta College after 38 years in higher education. During her lengthy career at Marietta College, she served as the athletics director for 18 years, as well as the College’s first associate professor of sports management, the chairperson of the Business & Economics Department, a head coach and a special assistant in the Office of Advancement. She has been a small business owner since 2009 after founding a lawn service business known as A Cut Above. In addition to running her business, she also serves as a consultant for Collegiateconsulting, serves on four non-profit Boards of Directors and works part-time in the Marietta College Office of Advancement.

Maribeth Saleem-Tanner of Marietta College

Maribeth Saleem-Tanner


“With an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peace building at Eastern Mennonite University and over a decade of experience working in non-profits, Marietta College Director of Civic Engagement Maribeth Saleem-Tanner is excited about the role entrepreneurship can play in community development and social justice. As Director of Civic Engagement at Marietta College, Maribeth Saleem-Tanner works on connecting the Marietta College campus with the local, regional, and global community and promoting student leadership development through community service, community outreach, experiential education, social justice programming, and service learning. She is trained as a facilitator through the University of Michigan's Intergroup Dialog Institute, as well certified as a facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation's Ice House entrepreneurship program. Saleem-Tanner also directs DRIVE (Dreams+Vision+Innovation+Resources=Entrepreneurship)at Marietta College, a entrepreneurship summer camp for middle and high school students, developed in partnership with Marietta City Schools and supported through the Ohio Young Entrepreneurs Consortium.

Sara Rosenstock of Marietta College

Sara Rosenstock


Sara Rosenstock received a Masters of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Graphic & Interactive Design. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest and upon her arrival to Marietta in 2009, she opened a letterpress and design shop, Just A Jar Design Press, with her husband, where they push the boundaries of traditional and modern methods of creating work. Their clients range from local clients, such as Marietta Adventure Company to multi-national companies like Jack Daniel's. Rosenstock has worked within many facets of design and has experience with poster design, branding, package design, as well as designing for the environment and web. Rosenstock uses these skills to approach visual communication problems and enjoys approaching intimidating subjects with the mindset that good design can help communicate more effectively. The result of this entrepreneurial philosophy has resulted in two published projects: "Talk Football" a mobile App that helps people have conversations about football, without being overloaded with too much information, as well as "Soil Mates: Companion Planting for Your Vegetable Garden," a stimulating dating manual for your garden, published by Quirk Books.

Student Organizer

Katie Hall, a student of Marietta College

Katie Hall


Katie Hall is a Marietta College senior from Belpre, Ohio. She is pursuing degrees in Marketing and Business Management, as well as minors in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies. She served as the Ely Chapman volunteer coordinator of Junior PioPitch last Spring and, after attending many sessions in previous years, is excited to serve as an organizer for PioPitch this year. Her future plans include attending culinary school and opening her own bakery.