Purpose

The Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (EAB) at Marietta College consists of an external group of professionals with diverse range of knowledge, skills and abilities that guide the Director of Entrepreneurship Program (Director) in creating and maintaining timely and relevant curricular and co-curricular programs that aim to accelerate entrepreneurship education at Marietta College and encourage the development of an entrepreneurial mindset among all students.

Guidance and Feedback

EAB provides guidance and feedback on:

  • Curriculum. Relevancy and quality of the academic Major, Minor, and Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • Co-curricular. Relevancy and quality of co-curricular initiatives such as PioPitch, PioBiz, and Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo
  • Direction. The strategic direction of the Entrepreneurship Program

Assistance and Support

EAB assists and supports the Entrepreneurship Program by:

  • Funding Sources. Identifying funding sources for various entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Financial Contribution. Personally making a financial contribution of at least $250 toward the Entrepreneurship Program and/or engaging in fundraising activities
  • Role. Personally serving as judges, mentors, and guest speakers for entrepreneurship initiatives and/or recruiting other individuals to fulfill those roles

Promotes and Advocates

EAB promotes and advocates the Entrepreneurship Program by:

  • Visibility. Actively aiming to increase the visibility of the Entrepreneurship Program on and off campus
  • Networks. Using personal and professional networks and contacts to publicize the program
  • Opportunities. Identifying and suggesting opportunities for students to enrich their education through internships, service learning opportunities, shadowing, and other practical work experiences

Advisory Board Membership

Membership

EAB membership shall consist of the Director and 6 to 15 external members made up of individuals who have an interest in fostering the growth of entrepreneurship.

Internal Stakeholders

Internal stakeholders shall be invited to participate in Advisory Board Meetings such as the President, the Provost, the Dean of McDonough Center for Leadership, the Vice President of Advancement, and/or the Grants, Corporate & Foundation Gift Officer.

Compensation

The membership to EAB is voluntary and uncompensated

Terms

The members of the Advisory Board shall be elected to a three-year term. Advisory Board members can serve up to two consecutive terms after which an Advisory Board member must be off for at least one year before consideration as a future member

Rotation

To establish this rotation with a new Board, the members draw for one-year, two-year or three-year terms, with one-third of the external members of the Board in each category

Appointment

New members will be appointed as terms expire. Nominations will be accepted

Meetings

EAB meets at least twice a year

Special Meetings

Special Meetings may be called by Chairperson or Director of the EAB

Quorum

A quorum shall require attendance by two-thirds of the external Advisory Board Members to approve any actions that require approval by the board

Communication

Director shall be in contact with Advisory Board members electronically, periodically bringing questions to their attention and seeking their advice

Officers

Board Officers.

The Advisory Board shall consist of three officers including Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer

Terms

Each officer will be elected to a one-year term. Officers cannot serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. The three officers constitute the Executive Committee

Board Chair

The Chair of the Advisory Board will be appointed by the Director. The Chair shall be responsible for

  • Agendas. Prepare meeting agendas
  • Meetings. Preside over all meetings unless otherwise delegated, or in his/her absence the chair shall arrange for other members of the executive committee to preside at each meeting in the following order: Vice-Chair and Secretary / Treasurer
  • Committees. Appoint standing committees and subcommittees, and delegate tasks and follow-up work
Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair is appointed by the Director in consultation with the Board Chair. The Vice-Chair serves as the Board Chair in the absence of the Board Chair

Secretary

The Secretary is appointed by the Director in consultation with the Board Chair. The Secretary, with the assistance of the Director, shall be responsible for:

  • Records. Keeping records of Advisory Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all Advisory Board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Advisory Board member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained.

 

2021-22 Members

Michael Bond
Michael Bond (First Term Ends 2021-22)

Michael Bond is the founder of Spoken, a Marietta-based app startup that develops technology to help people with speech disorders. He’s spent over a decade working in design and tech, with multiple startups as well as brands like Harley-Davidson, John Deere, McDonalds, and BMW.


 
Faith Knutsen
Faith Knutsen (Second Term Ends 2021-22)
Faith Knutsen, Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, has served Ohio University’s Voinovich School since 2008. She directs the federally-funded Social Enterprise Ecosystem project and lectures on entrepreneurship and venture development in the U.S. and abroad.  Besides serving on the advisory board of the Entrepreneurship Program at Marietta College, Faith also advises on the boards of three regional social enterprises.  Previously, Knutsen worked for 12 years in an executive role at Sunpower, Inc. Her early career in international development began with a tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central Africa and segued into international consulting. Knutsen holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MA from Ohio University.

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Kristin Meeks (First Term Ends 2023-24)

Kristin Meeks is a 2004 graduate of Marietta College with a BA in Marketing and a 2007 graduate of West Virginia University with a masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. She has taught small business entrepreneurship, marketing and communication courses since 2005 at the graduate and undergraduate level at Marietta College, West Virginia University, Washington State Community College and WVU-Parkersburg. Meeks is the owner and founder of WV Social Media a niche marketing firm based out of the Parkersburg, WV area. She is actively involved in the area Chamber of Commerce, sits on the downtown PKB Board of Directors and is a past president of the Belpre Chamber of Commerce. She was also a part of the 2015 class for Generation Next 40 under 40 by the WV State Journal. Meeks is an active 4-H volunteer. She resides in Williamstown WV with her husband and daughter.


Wendy Keenan Myers
 
Wendy Keenan Myers (Chair in 2021-22, Second Term Ends 2022-23)

Ms. Myers is a 1992 graduate of Marietta College and graduated in 1996 and 1997 from Marshall University with masters degrees in English and Business Administration. She has taught courses in writing, business and leadership at WVU-Parkersburg, Marshall University and Marietta College. She is the founder and owner of Mitcham Group Apartments and Superior Rent-to-Own. She volunteers time with her church and the Fountain Foundation, a non-profit that aims to improve playgrounds in the Mid-Ohio Valley. 


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Steve Parks (First Term Ends 2023-24)

Steve Parks is the Executive Director of the Ritchie County Economic Development Authority located in Harrisville, West Virginia.  Steve also serves as the Project / Grant Coordinator for the Ritchie County Commission. Steve has over 40 years of non-profit and community development professional experience working for the Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and the Ritchie County EDA. His current position with the Economic Development Authority includes various aspects of infrastructure development, grant writing, small business start-up, marketing and business retention support. Parks serves on the board of directors of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Development Council, Harrisville Lions Club, 1st Microloan of West Virginia, Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute Business Advisory Council & their Local School Improvement Council, West Virginia University at Parkersburg Business and Economic Division Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Valley Council, BSA. Steve is an Eagle Scout. Steve and his wife Sheila have two sons and 5 grandchildren. In his spare time, Steve is active in the Boy Scout program and enjoys, camping, hiking and fishing.


Jared Perry
Jared Perry (Vice-Chair in 2021-22, First Term Ends 2021-22)

Jared is a 2008 graduate of Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and serves as the Director of Operations for Sixmo Architects & Engineers. He is an avid entrepreneur with investments and co-founder roles in software/tech, real estate development, and others. One such venture is a co-founder role in IncSwell, a micropolitan based collaborative workspace and business incubator that has it’s roots in Marietta, Ohio. Additionally, Jared sits on the Finance & Executive Boards for First Baptist Church of Williamstown and is an active participant in the economic planning and redevelopment for downtown Marietta, Ohio.


Tres Ross
Tres Ross (Second Term Ends 2022-23)

Mr. Ross plays several roles within the nonprofit arena. He is Executive Director of The Ross Foundation, a family foundation located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, serving Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Pleasants and Jackson counties. The foundation funds projects with a primary emphasis in the fields of Education and Community Development. The foundation also supports some initiatives in the fields of Animals, Arts and Disabilities. Tres serves as a member of Philanthropy WV’s Board of Directors and West Virginia Nonprofit Association’s (WVNPA) Advisory Board. He also plays an active role with several of the nonprofits within his service area, including DowntownPKB, an ON TRAC program, and Nonprofits LEAD, a nonprofit capacity building program. His previous employment was in the Internet / Database Development arena at Simonton Windows. He has a BA in Management with a minor in Economics from Marietta College and an MBA from West Virginia University.


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Leah Seaman (Honorary Member, Term Ends 2021-22)

Leah Seaman is the owner and founder of ArtaBella LLC and is a recent graduate of Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Studio Art. In 2020, Leah competed in and won the Pio Biz Entrepreneurship Competition and soon after established her business. She now works in West Virginia as a full-time studio artist, muralist, and illustrator. She is currently looking to expand her work into regional art shows and commercial licensing, as well as reach a wider audience through various social media platforms.


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Jeremy Turner (First Term Ends 2023-24)

Jeremy Turner is the Founder and Managing Director of EPIC Mission, a Huntington-based coaching and consulting firm that exists to help build and restore thriving, resilient, hope-filled communities across Appalachia and beyond by providing strategy, sustainable innovation, and capacity building services to community change agents across the United States. A native of Huntington, WV, Turner holds a BA in Psychology from Marshall University and an MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Jeremy is a DISC-Certified Behavioral Consultant and holds additional certifications in LEAN Stack, GrowthWheel and InBIA’s Entrepreneurship Center Management program. Jeremy is a sought-after coach, consultant, speaker, and trainer, and he has worked with many organizations on topics related to developing leaders at all levels, building healthy organizational cultures, and launching, scaling, and sustaining for-profit and nonprofit ventures. In addition to his work with EPIC Mission, Jeremy is an Executive-in-Residence and an adjunct entrepreneurship instructor at the Brad D. Smith Undergraduate School of Business within the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University, and he has served as a Business Coach and Faculty member for the West Virginia Governor's School of Entrepreneurship since the school’s inception in 2016. Jeremy is also the Co-Founder of Huntington’s first coworking space, CoWorks, and Jewel City Jumpstart, a 12-week program where entrepreneurship students at Marshall design and launch new ventures with a goal to pitch to local angel investors for funding to fuel their passions. His personal mantra is to serve others and those who serve others, and Jeremy looks forward to learning how he and EPIC Mission may be of service to you and those you know.


Venessa Watson
Vanessa Watson (First Term Ends 2021-22)

Ms. Watson is President of Gator Enterprizes & Document Shredding Inc. which has been in business for nineteen years and is a Certified Woman Owned business. Gator Shredding Inc. offers on-site confidential document shredding to customers in the state of Ohio and West Virginia with a plant location in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Vanessa oversees the day to day operations and works with clients on record retention and shredding needs. In addition, to working with local businesses, Vanessa has also had the company certified as a government contractor and works with many government agencies locally and across the United States for their shredding needs. Vanessa is one of ten women in the United States that holds NAID Certification in the shredding industry since 2004. Gator Enterprizes Inc. has also done many construction projects locally and was the general contractor that built Glenwood Senior Living Community in Marietta, Ohio. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.