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Dawnbreaker Expands its Team to Meet Growing Demand

Rochester, NY, November 2020 – Dawnbreaker, Inc. has added three new members to its team. Chris McCray, Karen Mesolella, and Jill Porter joined Dawnbreaker to provide its clients with more top-notch talent to meet the demands of working with over 600 advanced technology companies each year.

Chris McCray, MBA brings years of experience in several industries as a U.S. Navy veteran in cryptology, an experienced healthcare clinic manager, an IT entrepreneur, and a small business consultant. Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, McCray leveraged this experience as a Business Consultant at the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Southern Florida (USF) where he provided one-on-one confidential counseling to current and potential small business owners. In his role as a Business Strategist at Dawnbreaker, McCray will work with a variety of clients to fulfill their diverse commercialization needs.

Karen Mesolella, MBA, MS has a background in Healthcare IT and chemistry applied to both materials science and healthcare coupled with extensive experience in marketing, sales, IT, supply chain and manufacturing. Most recently, Mesolella was the U.S. Commercial Operations Manager for a leading global provider of products and systems that contribute to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare and life sciences – her commercialization expertise comes from working across four fortune 500 companies leveraging DMAIC Six Sigma principles. As a Business Strategist at Dawnbreaker, Mesolella will assist small, advanced technology firms by leveraging her strong background in healthcare informatics, software, lifecycle management, and manufacturing as they transition their technologies to the market.

Jill Porter brings years of management experience to Dawnbreaker in her new role as the Contract Administrator for Dawnbreaker’s Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) services – a component of the business that is growing quickly. TABA provides SBIR/STTR awardees the option of selecting a vendor of its own choice to assist in the commercialization of agency- funded technology. Through her extensive experience in contract administration, Porter interacts directly with small businesses and the Dawnbreaker team to facilitate the processing of TABA requests, as well as the record keeping associated with this initiative.