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MEET OUR TEAM

The Dawnbreaker team finds joy in helping others succeed! Whether you are working with one of our engineers or MBAs who serve as a business coach; a market researcher finding pivotal information on your behalf; or a graphic designer/writer clarifying what you do – we all have your success in mind. Dawnbreaker’s services are provided directly to federal agencies, as well as to the small businesses which they fund through grants and contracts. Our Evaluation and Outreach team measures the impact of services provided. Please take a moment to explore the resumes of the individuals who may be supporting your organization through one or more of the programs that we support.
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EXECUTIVE STAFF / BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jenny C. Servo, PH.D.
PRESIDENT
jcservo@dawnbreaker.com
P (585) 594-0025
BRENDA COVILL
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
bcovill@dawnbreaker.com
P (585) 617-9487
PAUL D. HAULER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
pdhauler@dawnbreaker.com
P (585) 594-5079
Jenny C. Servo, PH.D.  /  President
P (585) 594-0025    /    F (585) 594-8623    /  jcservo@dawnbreaker.com
Dr. Servo is the founder and president of Dawnbreaker. She has written extensively on the topic of innovation with articles appearing in The Futurist, Intrepreneurial Excellence, and Innovation in the Work Place. Dr. Servo is also the senior author on the books that are used with our clients including Business Planning for Scientists and Engineers; Knock Their Socks Off: Making Winning Presentations to Investors; and Indicators of Commercial Potential.

Within Dawnbreaker, Dr. Servo specializes in the design of programs for Federal and State Agencies and in assisting small, advanced technology firms with business planning, market research, strategic planning, and organizational development. She is a frequent speaker at many national and state-related SBIR Conferences.

From 1985-1988, Jenny worked as a consultant to Kodak's Office of Innovation where she was responsible for developing training programs for innovation facilitators and monitoring customer satisfaction with the Office of Innovation. Dr. Servo was also responsible for monitoring various aspects of Kodak's internal venturing process and providing recommendations on the training needs of new venture management teams. Dr. Servo is bilingual in Spanish and in the mid-80's consulted with the Organization of American States on issues regarding technology transfer.

Jenny received her MS from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
Brenda Covill  /  Vice President, FINANCE
P (585) 617-9487    /    F (585) 594-8623    /  bcovill@dawnbreaker.com
Brenda Covill is the Vice President of Finance and has been with Dawnbreaker since its inception in 1990. Under Brenda’s financial guidance the company has prospered and weathered periodic downturns in the economy. Brenda manages the finance department and is the contract administrator on all government contracts. She is responsible for invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, and fringe benefits. Brenda is also an integral part of Dawnbreaker’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, Brenda ran her own small business.
PAUL D. HAULER  /  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
P (585) 594-5079    /    F (585) 594-8623    /  pdhauler@dawnbreaker.com
Paul D. Hauler has been an integral part of the Dawnbreaker team since the company’s launch in 1990, bringing with him a rich and varied background in general management, marketing, business, and strategic planning. Mr. Hauler has personally and successfully run $3, $10, and $20 million dollar companies in both the start-up and mature mode for companies including Videk, Keuffel & Esser Co., Taylor Instrument Company, and Boeing Electronics.

At Dawnbreaker, Mr. Hauler is a member of the Board and specializes in assisting mature management teams with their business plans, strategic planning and negotiations. Mr. Hauler is also the co-author of Business Planning for Scientists and Engineers, the popular text written and distributed by Dawnbreaker.

Mr. Hauler is no stranger to the venture capital community and has frequently interfaced with venture capitalists when considering divestiture and acquisition activities. Prior to his role at Dawnbreaker, Mr. Hauler worked with NASA for 4 years where he served as the Director for Industry Affairs. His efforts were focused upon marketing the numerous technologies that NASA produced to various publics. NASA's Spin-Off magazine and TechBrief brochures are both consequences of those efforts.

Mr. Hauler has also served as the Director of Strategic Relations for The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology.
BUSINESS ACCELERATION

LYN BARNETT
PETE HUNT, P.E. MBA
CHRIS KAUFMAN, PH.D.
MITCH LAIRMORE, MBA
LYN BARNETT  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Lyn Barnett joined the Dawnbreaker team in 2001 and brings over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, planning, and management in organizations that include start-ups and Fortune 50 companies.

At Dawnbreaker, Ms. Barnett serves as a Business Acceleration Manager for the company’s National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR commercialization assistance programs. She previously worked with Department of Navy (DoN) clients as part of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and served as the liaison between Dawnbreaker and NAVAIR and SPAWAR. In addition, Ms. Barnett assists Dawnbreaker’s Federal Agency clients with business development and outreach efforts. Ms. Barnett has served as Program Manager for the NIST Technology Commercialization Assistance Program (TCAP), as well as the company’s private business contact with responsibilities for understanding requirements and drafting contracts. She has also assisted on data collection and reporting for the Navy Transition Assistance Program (TAP) follow-up efforts. Ms. Barnett has represented Dawnbreaker at tradeshows such as the National SBIR Conference and Beyond Phase II.

Ms. Barnett is skilled at developments in new and emerging markets and technologies. Prior to her role at Dawnbreaker, she led the marketing efforts for Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve Networking business to achieve the #2 worldwide market share position behind Cisco Systems. She has also led the server-based wireless technology initiatives at Compaq Computer Corporation where her team developed and marketed wireless enterprise solutions to reduce cost and improve profitability of businesses across the globe. Ms. Barnett's extensive experience in marketing and business development includes internal and external consulting, market strategy development, alliance and partner management, strategic planning, channel development, marketing plan implementation, customer identification, and team management of both large and small organizations. As an entrepreneur and CEO, Ms. Barnett was chosen to lead a start-up in the medical industry from concept design to product commercialization. She also was selected to manage a venture portfolio in small and multifaceted technology companies as part of an intrapreneurial initiative at Eastman Kodak Company.

Ms. Barnett currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Houghton College from which she earned a BA in Business Administration.
PETE HUNT, P.E. MBA  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Pete Hunt joined Dawnbreaker in September of 2007 as a Portfolio Manager. He has a strong background in project management, strategic planning, research and development, and customer service with over 10 years experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical capital equipment industry. Mr. Hunt brings with him a solid end-user's perspective of technology development and first hand knowledge of working for a large manufacturer. He held several positions at Pfaudler, starting as a Reconditioning Engineer and progressing to designing multi-million dollar reactor systems as a Product Engineer and most recently working as a Senior Product Engineer concentrating on new product design and development. Once development was complete, Mr. Hunt worked with both the sales and marketing groups to commercialize the product.

At Dawnbreaker, Mr. Hunt is a Business Acceleration Manager (BAM) providing guidance to small businesses that have won SBIR/STTR awards through the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Mr. Hunt is the Program Manager for Dawnbreaker’s contract with the DOT, executing their Commercialization Assistance Program for small businesses.

Mr. Hunt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, business honor society and he holds a Professional Engineering license in the State of New York.
CHRIS KAUFMAN, PH.D.  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Dr. Kaufman joined Dawnbreaker in March of 2014 as a Business Acceleration Manager (BAM). He has a strong background in scientific research, market opportunity analysis, intellectual property assessment, entrepreneurship, business development, and venture capital. He has over a decade of research experience in molecular and cellular biology while at the University of Rochester, Northwestern University, and the Max Delbruck Center. Most recently Dr. Kaufman was a Venture Analyst at Excell Partners, where he evaluated pre-seed and seed stage businesses for investment potential.

At Dawnbreaker, Dr. Kaufman serves as a Business Acceleration Manager for the company’s National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR commercialization assistance programs. In this role, he provides commercialization assistance and product development guidance to small advanced technology businesses enrolled in those SBIR/STTR programs. For the DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, Dr. Kaufman is responsible for interviewing and determining the eligibility of DOE Phase 0 applicants and recommending the appropriate services to be provided by Dawnbreaker. He also assists eligible small businesses to submit a successful and compelling Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to the DOE. Additionally, Dr. Kaufman conducts outreach trips to universities and university associated organizations in under-represented states to promote awareness, recruitment, and partnership opportunities with the DOE Phase 0 program.

Dr. Kaufman earned his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics from the University of Minnesota, and a M.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Medical Management from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.
MITCH LAIRMORE, MBA  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Mitch Lairmore has a strong background in Business Development, Strategic Planning and Market Research. He has extensive experience working with product development teams and small companies in the commercialization of technology. As a Business Development Director at Eastman Kodak, his activities included strategic plans for new products, development of intellectual property licensing plans and collaboration with partners. He has also worked as a consultant providing commercialization assistance to small companies for a very diverse range of technology development projects sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DoE), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

At Dawnbreaker, Mr. Lairmore is a Business Acceleration Manager (BAM). In addition to providing commercialization assistance as a BAM, Mr. Lairmore is spearheading new Dawnbreaker initiatives. Mr. Lairmore is leading the operations of the Dawnbreaker Commercialization Toolkit Services. Dawnbreaker Commercialization Toolkit Services are agency funded support for SBIR technologies such as the Discretionary Technical Assistance program offered by a number of agencies and the NSF Supplemental Commercialization Assistance Program. Mr. Lairmore is leading an effort to identify and refine new Dawnbreaker service offerings such patent landscape analysis and international partner searches. Mr. Lairmore is currently in training for a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification through National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE).

Mr. Lairmore has been a principal in three different new business startups; in these startups, he has taken on different roles, including cofounder, marketing manager, and board member. He has helped these startups to secure three rounds of funding, to identify and capitalize on market opportunities via partnerships, and to transition to profitability. He holds an MBA from the Willam E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa.
VERNON MOORE, MBA
STEVE ORTH
CAROL RABKE, PH.D.
Jenny C. Servo, PH.D.
VERNON MOORE, MBA  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Vernon Moore is a results-driven business professional and career military officer with over 29 years experience in the DoD and Defense IT industries combined. He joined Dawnbreaker in 2013 with extensive expertise in DoD operations, electronic warfare, tactical communications systems, program management, business development, and strategic planning.

At Dawnbreaker, Mr. Moore is a Senior Executive Consultant where he provides strategic guidance and commercialization assistance to small businesses on several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects from the U.S. Navy, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. Vernon has also served on the successful Amphibious Combat Vehicle Technology Concept Identification Effort, a U.S. Marine Corps System Command (MARCOR SYSCOM) funded project.

At his previous post as a program manager at Harris Corporation, Mr. Moore directed multi-disciplinary teams to develop and deliver high value technology solutions to meet the mission critical needs of US Army Brigade Combat Teams fighting in Afghanistan.

He completed a successful career as a rated US Air Force Navigator and Electronic Warfare Officer; flying a number of aircraft including B-52G/H strategic bombers and various electronic warfare platforms. Mr. Moore also served in various key leadership and management roles at the Squadron, Wing, and Higher Headquarters levels. He has directed combat support operations and has prepared war fighters at all echelons for the full spectrum of armed conflict.

Mr. Moore is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Academics. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
STEVE ORTH  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Mr. Orth joined Dawnbreaker in 2003 and has worked as business mentor with over 240 small businesses funded through the various government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of Energy. Steve assists clients in opportunity assessments, development of commercialization plans, business plans, licensing assessments and investor/partner presentations and introductions. He develops value propositions, provides advice on commercialization, market development and business strategy; analyzes intellectual property position; conducts primary and secondary market research targeted towards investors and strategic partners; develops Pro Forma financial models (P&L, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet) and operating plans; and creates company positioning strategies and marketing materials.

Mr. Orth uses his 20 years of previous experience in sales, sales management, strategy, marketing, business development, forecasting and customer service to help his clients with strategic business development thought processes. Steve brings with him a strong background in sales, marketing and business development and a unique combination of business strategy and sales experience. As sales manager for the eastern half of the US for New Focus, he managed domestic field sales activities, managed top-level account strategies and developed new business in optical communications, semiconductor manufacturing and biotech markets. At Burleigh Instruments, he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing of the company’s laser characterization, nanopositioning and surface probe microscopy product lines, including Regional Sales Manager, International Sales Manager and Director of Worldwide Sales. As a Sales Engineer for the EG&G Fluid Power Technology Group, he was responsible for US sales of solenoid valves for aircraft engine fuel control, propeller control and hydraulic applications; and as a Mechanical Engineer in the Aircraft Engineering Department at Grumman Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), Mr. Orth designed and analyzed fluid power components and assemblies for multiple aircraft programs.
CAROL RABKE, PH.D.  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Dr. Rabke joined Dawnbreaker in 2000. She has a Ph.D. in Physical/Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah and a BA in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA. Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, Dr. Rabke worked at Burleigh Instruments in Rochester, NY, where she held multiple roles as Interim Director of Marketing and Sales, Director of Marketing, Application Laboratory manager, and Independent Consultant on Surface Metrology. Many of these roles have required data gathering from customers, development of training materials to be used with reps and distributors, development of marketing communications materials, and the development and nurturing of strategic business relationships and scientific collaborations.
Jenny C. Servo, PH.D.  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Dr. Servo is the founder and president of Dawnbreaker. She has written extensively on the topic of innovation with articles appearing in The Futurist, Intrepreneurial Excellence, and Innovation in the Work Place. Dr. Servo is also the senior author on the books that are used with our clients including Business Planning for Scientists and Engineers; Knock Their Socks Off: Making Winning Presentations to Investors; and Indicators of Commercial Potential.

Within Dawnbreaker, Dr. Servo specializes in the design of programs for Federal and State Agencies and in assisting small, advanced technology firms with business planning, market research, strategic planning, and organizational development. She is a frequent speaker at many national and state-related SBIR Conferences.

From 1985-1988, Jenny worked as a consultant to Kodak's Office of Innovation where she was responsible for developing training programs for innovation facilitators and monitoring customer satisfaction with the Office of Innovation. Dr. Servo was also responsible for monitoring various aspects of Kodak's internal venturing process and providing recommendations on the training needs of new venture management teams. Dr. Servo is bilingual in Spanish and in the mid-80's consulted with the Organization of American States on issues regarding technology transfer.

Jenny received her MS from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
JOHN G. SERVO
JON SIENKOWSKI, MBA
RICHARD SMERBECK
ALEXANDER D. STOYEN, PH.D.
JOHN G. SERVO  /  VICE PRESIDENT / BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
John Servo is the Vice President of Dawnbreaker, a professional services firm specializing in commercialization assistance to advanced technology firms. Since 1990 Dawnbreaker has conducted the highly successful Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Approximately 50% of the participants in the last four programs received private sector investment within 18 months of program completion. The company has also worked with over 100 small R&D firms funded by the Department of Defense's (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), assisting them to create sound commercialization plans.

Mr. Servo is an active member of Dawnbreaker's commercialization team and works with small and large firms participating in programs that the company conducts for DOE, DoD, and DoC. Most of Dawnbreaker's programs culminate in an investment event referred to as the Commercialization Opportunity Forum, attended by Directors and Vice Presidents of large corporations and venture capital firms. Mr. Servo has primary responsibility for the company's interface with the investment community and for participation by investors at these Forums.

John has a strong background in sales, acquired over a 20 year career as a master salesman, sales trainer, sales manager, and general manager. He assists private clients with gathering market research, strategic planning, and contract negotiations.
JON SIENKOWSKI, MBA  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Jon Sienkowski joins Dawnbreaker with 13 years of manufacturing, product development, commercial, and finance experience in the automotive and fuel cell industries.

Mr. Sienkowski began his career in product engineering and manufacturing at General Motors, working at the vehicle proving grounds and a high volume manufacturing plant. Subsequently, he joined GM's Fuel Cell R&D program where he progressed to a position as a Systems Engineer, responsible for development of the hydrogen delivery subsystem. In this role, Mr. Sienkowski gained solid experience in technology selection and requirements development and his work resulted in five patents in control strategies and component innovations. Most recently, Mr. Sienkowski worked on GM's fuel cell commercial development team as a Senior Cost Engineer where he was involved in supplier selection, strategies for technology cost reduction, and forecasting fuel cell technology cost over a 15 year horizon.

Mr. Sienkowski has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and received his MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester concentrating in Competitive Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship.
RICHARD SMERBECK  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Richard Smerbeck brings 25 plus years of R&D experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries to Dawnbreaker. Over the course of his career, Richard has played key roles in the development and launch of more than 50 new products. These include Rx and OTC pharmaceutical products, contact lens care products, nutritional supplements and, skin care products. Additionally, he is an inventor on 25 patents.

At Dawnbreaker, Mr. Smerbeck heads the Phase 0 program for the Department of Energy (DOE). As the Program Manager for Phase 0, Mr. Smerbeck assists eligible small businesses, mostly women and minority owned, and those from underrepresented states, to submit a successful and compelling Phase I SBIR proposal to the Department of Energy. Mr. Smerbeck travels across the U.S., spreading the word on the program, and finding strategic partners. Mr. Smerbeck also manages the Technology Foraging Initiative for the Department of Homeland Security. Here, he is responsible for research efforts gathering information on a variety of topics as requested by DHS. In his role as a Business Acceleration Manager for Dawnbreaker, Richard provides commercialization and product develop guidance to small advanced technology businesses enrolled in SBIR/STTR programs through the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Smerbeck has held a series of increasingly responsible positions at Warner Lambert, Schering Plough and finally at Bausch and Lomb where he retired as Vice President, Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development. In this role, Richard was responsible, at the corporate level, for the development and launch of all new pharmaceutical products. During his tenure at Bausch and Lomb, he has also held the positions of Vice President, Research, Development and Engineering, Europe; Vice President, New Product Commercialization and; Director of Product and Process Development. Additionally, Mr. Smerbeck was the principal of RVS Pharmaceutical R&D Consulting providing product development expertise to clients ranging from start-ups to established corporations. Over the course of his career, he has worked successfully along the entire product development continuum - from basic/applied research to pre-clinical efficacy methods development, business development; program management, product and process development, to executive management.

Mr. Smerbeck has a B.S in Biology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
ALEXANDER D. STOYEN, PH.D.  /  Business Acceleration Manager
Dr. Stoyen joined Dawnbreaker in 2007 to lead the Strategic Initiatives area and to serve on the Business Acceleration team. He has expert knowledge of software technology and product development, business development, funding, marketing and program management, interrelationships among academia, industry and government sectors, and government relations as pertaining to budgeting, planning, authorizations and appropriations. Dr. Stoyen's strong organizational and communications skills accompany the foregoing credentials in the technology field.

Previously, Dr. Stoyen was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Systems Inc. (21CSI®), a pioneer in agent-based decision support systems for time and mission critical Department of Defense and Homeland Security applications. Under Dr. Stoyen's leadership, 21CSI grew to nearly 150 employees. 21CSI's products, such as the High Resolution Situational Awareness system being used by the Marines in Iraq, transformed the way people and computers work together. Use of intelligent agents enabled these systems to adapt to changing environments and improve crucial decisions and response time by continually assessing multiple data streams. In both 2005 and 2006, 21CSI was named to Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing private companies. 21CSI has been named to the Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 2006 List for Virginia. In 2006, 21CSI was honored by the prestigious 2006 Tibbetts Award, which recognized the company as a leader in small business innovative research (SBIR).

Dr. Stoyen's other prior appointments included the University of Nebraska and the Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. Dr. Stoyen has contributed significantly to a number of key technological concepts in real-time systems, complex systems and decision support systems. He has published more than 130 articles in journals, books and conference proceedings. Dr. Stoyen has served as an organizer of many professional events, chair of IEEE Technical Committees, and editor or guest editor of book series and archived peer-reviewed journals, including the IEEE Computer, J. Real-Time Imaging and J. Real-Time Systems. Dr. Stoyen is a recipient of an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award.

Dr. Stoyen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
CAROL VAN BUREN, MS
CAROL VAN BUREN, MS  /  BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Carol Van Buren has been with Dawnbreaker for over 9 years and has worked with over 300 companies helping with transition assistance as a Business Acceleration Manager. At Dawnbreaker, Ms. Van Buren has served as a Portfolio Manager, providing commercialization/transition planning assistance and market research deliverables to over 60 National Science Foundation Phase I and 30 Navy Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees. She has worked with several government agency clients, including Department of Energy, Navy, and NSF, as well as many clients in the private sector.

Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, Ms. Van Buren served as Strategic Marketing Manager for PACS/Digital Medical Imaging Solutions at AGFA’s Healthcare Informatics Division in Waterloo, Canada. Ms. Van Buren has made her mark in the biotech and health care industries, in roles spanning new business development, strategic marketing and sales, product management and medical R&D across companies such as Kodak, MEDSTAT and Preferred Care.

Ms. Van Buren holds a M.S. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Rochester and a B.A. in Biology-Chemistry from Skidmore College. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical & Chronic Disease Epidemiology combined with Health Policy, Finance & Management at the Johns Hopkins University. Her passion and focus is the ever-evolving biotech industry.
EVALUATION AND OUTREACH SERVICES

Judy davis, MBA
ERICK LITTLEFORD, MS
JOHN K. SERVO, MM
ROB SEWAR
Judy Davis, MBA  /  DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR / ANALYST
Judy Davis joined Dawnbreaker in 2006, bringing with her many years of experience in assisting small businesses with their finances, accounting and bookkeeping needs. At Dawnbreaker, Ms. Davis maintains the data-quality and management of the company’s extensive contact management database consisting of over 100,000 contacts. The contacts are comprised of experts in a wide variety of technical fields including business advisors, potential investors and clients (former and current), and existing small business clients.

Within Dawnbreaker’s Outreach program, Ms. Davis is responsible for extensive research to identify and locate government and private sector points of contact, data gathering, data collection, data analysis and reporting. She is also responsible for creating email, mailing, and contact lists to support the efforts of the Outreach and Marketing teams. She works with our Outreach and Evaluation team providing support to the Navy, DHS and DOE programs. Her responsibilities include collection of follow-up data on Dawnbreaker programs and Forum outreach. Additionally, she provides assistance for the SBIR Road Tour – a national outreach initiative to increase SBIR/STTR applicants from underrepresented states.

Ms. Davis has extensive experience in the Nutrition field, receiving her AAS Degree in Food Service in 1999, with a focus on Nutrition and Diet Therapy from Monroe Community College. An avid learner, Ms. Davis received her Bachelor's degree in Information Technology in 2006 before obtaining her MBA in 2009. She is also a Notary Public and Emergency Medical Technician, both licensed by the state of New York.
ERICK LITTLEFORD, MS  /  ANALYST
Erick Littleford joined Dawnbreaker in 2006 and heads the company’s Phase III Evaluation efforts, as well as serves as the Program Manager for the Small Business Administration (SBA) project. As Manager of the Evaluation Team, Mr. Littleford develops research designs, identifies secondary and primary sources of data, and oversees execution of evaluation projects. Having primary responsibility for the company’s internal quality control process, Mr. Littleford oversees the collection of project commercialization data from more than 200 projects annually at 6-months, 12-months, and 18-months post Navy Opportunity Forum. For government agency clients like USSOCOM, he provides outreach support to the SBIR office.

As the SBA Project Director, Mr. Littleford manages a diverse internal team in the execution of multifaceted outreach initiatives focused on improving participation from underrepresented areas and populations; qualitatively demonstrating SBIR/STTR effectiveness; sourcing and recommending SBIR/STTR success stories; and other activities in support of SBA. Mr. Littleford also identifies and secures state-based partners for the SBIR Road Tour – a national outreach initiative to increase SBIR/STTR applicants from underrepresented states.

Mr. Littleford earned his BS in Public Policy from RIT in 2004. There he was the recipient of numerous leadership awards/scholarships and recognized as one of the University’s only two-term President of Student Government. In 2014, he received his MS in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from RIT.
JOHN K. SERVO, MM Vice President, Operations
Mr. Servo has worked with Dawnbreaker since 1998. John assumed the responsibility as Director of Outreach in 2013 and in October of 2015 became Dawnbreaker’s first Manager of Operations. As Director of Outreach John was responsible for coordinating efforts related to the Navy Opportunity Forum®. As part of this effort he and his team annually reached out to thousands of potential attendees via phone and discussed with them the SBIR funded technology’s presenting at the event and how these technologies could potentially be commercialized and integrated into their existing platforms. Needs of the potential attendee would vary greatly depending on whether they represented a DoD prime contractor, potential partner, or venture capitalist. Having a comprehensive understanding of the SBIR technologies that were presented at this event, and how a potential relationship with the presenting firm could help in the success of their company, was essential in securing their attendance. John’s unique experience has allowed him to view SBIR from many different perspectives. As a contract specialist for a Woman Owned Small Business, John is intimately familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, small business set-asides, and government regulations. Mr. Servo has presented many tutorials as a content expert as part of the DOE SBIR Phase 0 Program Learning Management System. Similar tutorials have been performed for the Small Business Administration.
ROB SEWAR  /  Research Analyst
Rob Sewar brings many years of small business experience to Dawnbreaker after spending the last 10 years as the owner/operator of a specialty computer & network retail establishment. He works with Dawnbreaker's outreach and evaluation team providing support to the Navy and Department of Energy programs. His responsibilities include collection of follow-up data on Dawnbreaker programs and Forum outreach. For the DOE Phase 0 Program and the SBA initiative, Rob is the lead cameraman/producer of the Online Tutorials, and has shot dozens of tutorials aimed at educating small businesses on the SBIR/STTR process. His experience with sound and light enable him to produce high quality videos for our various government clients.
MARKET RESEARCH

TINA ALLEN, MLS
ELIZA GOUGH, MLS
KRISTEN JOHNSON, MLS
KEVINE K. LIDORO, MLS
TINA ALLEN, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Tina joined Dawnbreaker in 2014. She earned her MLS degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2012. Tina also holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Economics from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She has prior experience as a paralegal, as a reference librarian in public libraries, and as a title searcher for the title insurance industry. Tina works as a market research analyst.
ELIZA GOUGH, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Ms. Gough joined Dawnbreaker in 2007 and has worked with over 300 SBIR/STTR funded firms providing them with a variety of deliverables as a part of both the market research and marketing communications teams.

Ms. Gough has prepared reports including Transition Information Packets (TIPs), Commercial Potential Assessments (CPAs), Competitor Analysis Reports (CARs), Developing Network Contacts (DevNCs), Primary Market Research (PMR), Customized Market Research reports (CMRs), and Licensee Analysis’ (LICAs) as part of Dawnbreaker’s Navy Transition Assistance Program (TAP), NASA Glen Infusion Assistance Program (IAP), the Department of Energy CAP, the Virtual Business Accelerator for the Silicon Prairie program (VBA-SP), the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and the National Science Foundation’s Commercialization Planning Program, and Technology Foraging for the U.S. Marine Corps Advanced Combat, and the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Gough has also assisted with searching the FedBizOpps database for solicitations and potential business opportunities for Dawnbreaker.

Ms. Gough has written and prepared content for several editions of the Transitions Newsletter for the Navy TAP, written SBIR Success Stories and Tibbetts awardee profiles for the Small Business Administration (SBA), developed Spotlight stories highlighting successful SBIR firms in Nebraska as part of the VBA-SP program, and written Capabilities Brochures as part of the Department of Energy CAP. She has provided support at the Information Booth and other areas at several Navy Opportunity Forums, attended a National SBIR Conference, and received professional development training through professional associations and numerous webinars on SBIR and technology transition topics.
KRISTEN JOHNSON, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Kristen Johnson joined Dawnbreaker in 2009 after receiving her Masters Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At Dawnbreaker, Ms. Johnson works with SBIR companies funded by the Navy, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation. She develops customized primary and secondary research reports and also focuses on market sizing analysis.

In addition to her work with SBIR-funded companies, Ms. Johnson is involved with technology foraging efforts, which focus on highlighting key technologies in specialized sectors based on a particular area of interest to the contracting agency. She has worked on technology foraging projects for the Department of Homeland Security and the Marine Corps.

Ms. Johnson has previous experience working in corporate, medical, and academic libraries. While pursuing her MLS, she worked at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, providing reference and research services. Ms. Johnson also holds a BA from Canisius College.
KEVINE K. LIDORO, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Kevine joined Dawnbreaker in 2001, after 3 years at the University of Rochester, where she worked at Rush Rhees Library. Kevine has an MA in Anthropology, with a research focus on information resources for small businesses and her MLS degree from the University of Buffalo.
DIANE MEADE, MS
NICHOLAS MONIN, MLS
TIM MULHOLLAND JR., MLIS
EVA M. PATRY, MLS
DIANE MEADE, MS  /  MARKET RESEARCHER
Diane joined Dawnbreaker in September 2007. As a Market Research Analyst, her duties include searching databases to generate Transitional Information Packets (TIPs) for Navy Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Transition (SBIR/STTR) award recipient companies.

Diane received her B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.S. from Nazareth College.
NICHOLAS MONIN, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Nick joined Dawnbreaker in 2009. He received a MLS degree in 2009 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds a BA in Classics from the College of Wooster. Nick has experience working in academic libraries and has used a variety of databases for information retrieval including Dialog and LexisNexis. In addition to his experience in academic libraries, Nick has worked on and helped create several digital libraries. Nick works as a market research analyst.
TIM MULHOLLAND JR., MLIS  /  MARKET RESEARCH ANALYST
Tim joined Dawnbreaker in 2014. He holds a B.A. in History from St. Bonaventure University and received his M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He has experience in law and academic libraries as well as research experience in non-profit development.
EVA M. PATRY, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Eva holds an MLS from Syracuse University's Information Studies Program, with an educational focus on reengineering, process redesign, user behavior, information flow and retrieval. Eva's professional focus has primarily been in the field of information searching and retrieval.

With over twenty years experience working in libraries, Eva has worked in various library cultures that include Academic, Corporate, Small Business, and Nonprofit library environments.
THERESA M. PIPHER, MLS
KRISTIN STINER, MBA
RACHEL WERTH, MLS
THERESA M. PIPHER, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Theresa Pipher joined Dawnbreaker in 2004 as a Market Research Analyst and has been working with a growing portfolio of federal agency and private clients for over ten years. For the U.S. Navy, Ms. Pipher conducts primary and secondary market research with the goal of identifying customer needs and assessing transition opportunities within the fleet as well as commercialization opportunities in the commercial sector. She has worked with the Navy, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to her work with the federal agencies, Ms. Pipher performs private client research, specific to industry analysis, competitive intelligence, commercial potential assessments and customized market research.

Ms. Pipher earned her MLS Degree from the University at Buffalo, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She has both corporate information resource center experience and international business experience.
KRISTIN STINER, MBA  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Kristin Stiner joined the Dawnbreaker team in 2008 as a Market Researcher. In this role, Ms. Stiner provides custom primary and secondary market research for companies funded through the Navy, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation SBIR programs. In support of the Department of Energy SBIR program, Ms. Stiner also presents an annual series of webinars focused on a range of critical technologies, as well as instructional webinars for conducting basic database research. For the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Stiner provides technology foraging support for customized projects. To date, Ms. Stiner has worked with nearly 250 small research and development firms.

In addition to market research activities, Ms. Stiner also serves as Dawnbreaker's Public Affairs Office (PAO) Liaison to Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCOR) for the Navy Transition Assistance Program (TAP), and is also involved in preparing specialized materials, including Platform Maps, for the Navy TAP portfolio. Ms. Stiner is also a contributing writer for Dawnbreaker’s website content, and has written the entire content for the very popular Space Portal.

Ms. Stiner received her MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She also holds a B.S. in Business Administration and International Relations from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. ​
RACHEL WERTH, MLS  /  MARKET RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Rachel joined Dawnbreaker in 2009. She received her MLS from the State University of New York at Buffalo in February 2008. Rachel also holds a B.S. in Journalism from the State University of New York at Brockport. Rachel has prior experience working with numerous databases including the Rochester City Newspaper database at RIT, as well as subject cataloging at the academic level. Rachel works as a market research specialist on various agency programs.
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

BRIAN BOUCHERON
ANNIE BROWAR
DAVID HUNT
JULIE SCUDERI, MA
BRIAN BOUCHERON  /  GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Brian earned his Graphic Design BFA from RIT in the spring of 2002. While there he also received an AAS in Photography and a concentration in philosophy. Brian focuses mainly on print design at Dawnbreaker.
ANNIE BROWAR  /  GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Annie Browar graduated with a BFA degree in Graphic Design at RIT in 2007, as well as a concentration in psychology. Annie enjoys creating aesthetically pleasing work that communicates well to the target audience. She has been with Dawnbreaker since September 2007 focusing on print design as well as assisting interface design.
DAVID HUNT  /  WEB/GRAPHIC DESIGNER
David Hunt graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2010 with a BFA in visual arts and new media, concentrating in graphic design. He joined Dawnbreaker in February of 2013 after spending 2 years as the lead designer for a non-profit organization in Chicago. David focuses on both web and print design.
JULIE SCUDERI, MA  /  BUSINESS/TECHNICAL WRITER
Julie joined Dawnbreaker in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience writing for multinational corporations.

At Dawnbreaker, Ms. Scuderi works with federal agency clients with the goal of helping SBIR/STTR funded companies communicate their technologies and proficiencies. She works on company capability brochures for both the Navy and the Department of Energy, in addition to producing several publications on SBIR success stories for the Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, and the Small Business Administration. Ms. Scuderi also handles the marketing and public relations efforts of the new DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program. For private clients, Ms. Scuderi assists with website development and copywriting, construction of marketing materials, as well as Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and social media initiatives. She also assists with Dawnbreaker’s public relation efforts and internal corporate communication.

Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, Ms. Scuderi worked as a Business Writer for ManpowerGroup, where she developed extensive research papers and insight reports on topics such as youth unemployment, refugee rights, entrepreneurship and workplace mentoring. She has also worked in the financial sector, where she specialized in producing editorial and technical content for a full range of financial services companies, as well as reported on breaking news within the hedge fund industry.

Ms. Scuderi received her M.A. in Journalism from the University of Miami. She also holds a B.A. in Technical Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology.
TOM STORM
TOM STORM  /  GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Tom concentrates in both Graphic Design and Animation. He received his BFA in Visual Arts & New Media from SUNY Fredonia in 2011. Design intrigues him both on the printed page, in interactive form, and in motion. Having worked as a lead designer and animator in the Digital Signage industry for over 3 years, Tom joined Dawnbreaker in April of 2015.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE

EVELYN (EVIE) CRAWFORD
VERONICA SMITH
EVELYN (EVIE) CRAWFORD  /  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Evie has been with Dawnbreaker since 1996. She is primary support to Dawnbreaker's outreach team and is also responsible for purchasing. Her responsibilities include general database management, fulfilling book orders, and providing back-up support to the outreach team for Dawnbreaker's Forums.
VERONICA SMITH  /  EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Veronica Smith is a seasoned Executive Assistant and brings with her over 20 years of secretarial and managerial experience. Ms. Smith joined Dawnbreaker in 2007 and provides administrative support for all agency clients including Navy, DOE, NSF and DHS, in addition to providing direct support to Dawnbreaker President Dr. Jenny Servo. She assists with the coordination and execution of government-funded tradeshow/business events, including the annual Navy Opportunity Forum®, which averages 1,300 attendees from the public, military, and private sector.

For the company’s many Business Acceleration Managers located both locally and around the country, Ms. Smith provides administrative support, allowing them to assist thousands of SBIR-funded companies. She composes and maintains multiple spreadsheets and reports on a daily basis. Her database management skills extend to proprietary company information in a variety of formats including web-based, Excel and Word. She assists in the preparation of agency client meetings by creating and managing agendas and meeting notes, as well as creating and updating organizational materials.

Ms. Smith obtained her AAS in Secretarial Science from Bryant & Stratton College in 1993.
FINANCE / HUMAN RESOURCES

CHARITY Bontadelli, MS
BRENDA COVILL
NAZNEEN RASHEED, MBA
Charity Bontadelli, MS Human Resource Manager
Charity Bontadelli joined Dawnbreaker in October of 2015 as a Human Resource Manager. She has earned an AS degree from MCC in Marketing, BS degree in Business Studies and a MS degree in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology. Charity has worked in the human resources and recruiting fields for over 11 years in organizations from large-sized corporations to family-run businesses in a variety of industries. Charity is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and National Human Resource Association.
Brenda Covill  /  VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Brenda Covill is the Vice President of Finance and has been with Dawnbreaker since its inception in 1990. Under Brenda’s financial guidance the company has prospered and weathered periodic downturns in the economy. Brenda manages the finance department and is the contract administrator on all government contracts. She is responsible for invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, and fringe benefits. Brenda is also an integral part of Dawnbreaker’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, Brenda ran her own small business.
NAZNEEN RASHEED, MBA  /  PAYROLL/CONTRACT SPECIALIST
Nazneen Rasheed joined Dawnbreaker in 2006, bringing over 15 years of experience in General and Payroll Accounting. At Dawnbreaker, Ms. Rasheed manages payroll, fringe benefits, 401K administration and worker’s compensation compliance for more than 70 employees nationwide and serves as the liaison between employees and Automatic Data Processing (ADP). She assists with preparations for audits by the General Services Administration and prepares annual Incurred Costs Electronically (ICE) reports as per DCAA requirements.

Ms. Rasheed holds an MBA in Financial Management from South Eastern University in Washington, D.C.
NETWORK ADMINISTRATION

DAN CAMPBELL
JOHN VAN TASSELL
DAN CAMPBELL  /  SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Dan Campbell joined Dawnbreaker in 2007 and serves as the company’s Systems and Network Administrator. Computer networks are critical to every aspect of our work and Mr. Campbell is responsible for the day-to-day operation of our internet and intranet networks. He continually monitors and assures the integrity of our systems, gathers information from network users to define and fix problems, troubleshoots system hardware and software, and is a liaison with vendors. For Dawnbreaker’s Federal Agency clients, Mr. Campbell facilitates the launch of program specific websites and monitors network performance. He has maintained a 99.9% uptime rate. Mr. Campbell’s programming expertise is also utilized in the launch of private client websites for emerging research and development firms.

Mr. Campbell holds an A.S. in Computer Systems and Network Technology from Genesee Community College, as well as a B.S. in Network and Systems Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he simultaneously interned at Dawnbreaker while completing his degree.
JOHN VAN TASSELL  /  Facility and Security Manager
John W. Van Tassell joined Dawnbreaker in 2007, and currently serves in multiple roles including Facility Manager. Mr. Van Tassell manages day-to-day general facility operations across two office locations and storage facilities. He interfaces with building owners and contractors, as well as liaises with contractors for facility remodels, expansions, upgrades and overhauls.

As network admin support, Mr. Van Tassell builds and maintains telecommunications systems and programming including corporate telephone systems, and server rooms while consistently monitoring network integrity. Mr. Van Tassell is also a member of the Evaluation and Outreach team and assists with webinar production as needed.

Mr. Van Tassell brings with him 20 years of small business experience to Dawnbreaker, after spending much of that time as the owner/operator of a computer retail and service establishment specializing in high-end performance PCs. He has also spent time in the performance automotive industry, designing and manufacturing turbo, supercharging and fuel management systems for high-horsepower applications with an education in Automotive Technology 1 + 2 and Precision Machining from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York.
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

DAN CAMPBELL
DANIEL HUDY
TOM MILLER
DAN CAMPBELL  /  SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Dan Campbell joined Dawnbreaker in 2007 and serves as the company’s Systems and Network Administrator. Computer networks are critical to every aspect of our work and Mr. Campbell is responsible for the day-to-day operation of our internet and intranet networks. He continually monitors and assures the integrity of our systems, gathers information from network users to define and fix problems, troubleshoots system hardware and software, and is a liaison with vendors. For Dawnbreaker’s Federal Agency clients, Mr. Campbell facilitates the launch of program specific websites and monitors network performance. He has maintained a 99.9% uptime rate. Mr. Campbell’s programming expertise is also utilized in the launch of private client websites for emerging research and development firms.

Mr. Campbell holds an A.S. in Computer Systems and Network Technology from Genesee Community College, as well as a B.S. in Network and Systems Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he simultaneously interned at Dawnbreaker while completing his degree.
DANIEL HUDY  /  SOFTWARE DEVELOPER CO-OP
Daniel Hudy is a fifth year software engineering student at RIT. He is aiding Dawnbreaker's Software Development team through RIT's cooperative education program. Hailing from Colorado he enjoys many outdoor activities such as golf, snowboarding, and hiking/camping. His focus is in mobile application development, specifically iOS.
TOM MILLER  /  SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEAD
Tom Miller joined Dawnbreaker in 2015 as the Software Development team lead. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently completing a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Florida.
TECH AND WEBINAR SUPPORT

MICHAEL K. BAUER
KYLE CHRISTENSEN
MICHAEL K. BAUER  /  IT SPECIALIST
Mike Bauer is a Computer Support Specialist, providing technical support to Dawnbreaker staff members and clients. His range of specialty includes computer hardware and popular applications for both the PC and Mac platforms. Mike also work on the delivery and support of new web-based tools. He has been with the company for over 10 years.
KYLE CHRISTENSEN  /  TECH SUPPORT MANAGER
Kyle manages the Technical Support team, which he has been a member of for over 5 years. He and his team are responsible for the deployment and maintenance of all employee workstations at Dawnbreaker along with all software installed upon them.

Kyle also helps Dawnbreaker connect virtually with offsite employees and clients using the Adobe Connect web conferencing platform.
RETIRED

ROBERT L. LOCKWOOD, MSIA
TERRY M. MCMAHON, MBA
TALLAM NGUTI, ESQ.
JACK THATCHER, PH.D.
SHERRY HOSTETTER, MBA
BOARD OF ADVISORS

REAR ADMIRAL
STEPHEN A. TURCOTTE
VICE ADMIRAL
JOSEPH W. DYER
REAR ADMIRAL STEPHEN A. TURCOTTE
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VICE ADMIRAL JOSEPH W. DYER
Vice Admiral (Retired) Joseph W. Dyer is currently a consultant in the tech, aerospace and defense markets. He operates at the intersection of technology, finance, and risk mitigation.

From 2003 through late 2012, he was an executive at iRobot Corporation serving consecutively as the President of the Government and Industrial Division, Chief Operating Officer, and as Chief Strategy Officer.

He served as Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command from June 2000 until his military retirement in July 2003. He previously was assigned as Commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Patuxent River in July 1997 and a month later assumed additional responsibilities as the Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering of the Naval Air Systems Command.

From January 1994 to April 1997, Admiral Dyer served as F/A-18 Program Manager, leading engineering and manufacturing development efforts on the new F/A-18E/F, continued production and fleet support of the F/A-18C/D, and all F/A-18 foreign military sales. Under his management, the F/A-18 program won the Department of Defense Acquisition Excellence Award and the Order of Daedalian. Earlier in his career, he served as the Navy’s Chief Test Pilot.

Vice Admiral Dyer is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California with a degree in financial management.

He is an elected Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He was awarded the James H. Doolittle award in recognition of outstanding engineering achievement in aerospace.