Startup Mill Mentors

Paul Notaras

Paul has more than 20 years of diversified business experience as a senior financial and business executive. He began his career as a commercial lender. After several years Paul moved to his Client, Merrill Lynch to manage its global creditor relations, serve as its Treasurer for non USD funding and as Chief Financial Officer for Merrill Lynch’s global private equity business. After Merrill Lynch, Paul ran the North American business of a business process outsourcing firm. After several years, Paul moved to southern California as the Chief Financial Officer for Rustic Canyon, the largest venture capital firm in the region. In 2009, Paul started his own company dedicated to the financial wellness of consumers, which he subsequently sold.  Paul earned his A.B. degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University. He serves in Board level and Financial oversight roles for not for profit organizations in his community.


Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller is a career Chief Technology Officer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over 30 years in information technology.  He has extensive senior-level experience in both large corporations and start-ups, in which he has set and executed the technology strategy. Mr. Miller was with S&P Global (formerly known as The McGraw-Hill Companies) for 11 years.  Most recently, he was the Chief Technology Officer for J.D. Power, a unit of S&P Global and one of the world’s most recognized brands in customer satisfaction. Previously within S&P Global, Mr. Miller was the Chief Technology Officer for Equity Research Services, a business unit that provided independent investment research, news and commentary to the wealth management market. Earlier in his career, Miller was involved in several entrepreneurial ventures, including iClick, a software company he co-founded that pioneered employee and manager self-service for human resources. In the early 1990s, Miller helped create and grow ANS, the seminal national internet service provider that pioneered the commercialization and privatization of the NSFNet, the predecessor of the Internet. Mr. Miller received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Hamilton College in New York and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City. 



Ted Miracco

Ted’s high-technology experience spans 30 years in defense electronics, RF/microwave circuit design, semiconductors, electronic design automation (EDA), and cybersecurity. Ted is a co-founder and CEO of SmartFlow Compliance Solutions, a cyber security firm focused on protecting software intellectual property (IP) from unauthorized use. He is passionate about fighting software piracy and has been active in the EDA community, encouraging companies to better protect themselves from piracy of their IP and their customers from unfair competition. Prior to SmartFlow, Ted was a co-founder of the EDA company AWR Corporation, which was acquired by National Instruments in 2011. AWR is a leading high-frequency analog design company and has played an important role in the design of semiconductors used in wireless applications. Ted was responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and the company’s license compliance program. In addition, he has worked with both Fortune 500 software companies, including Cadence Design Systems and startup companies like EEsof Inc., which was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1994 and is now Keysight EEsof EDA. Ted holds a B.S.E.E. from Carnegie Mellon University.



Alan Crunkleton, PhD, MD

Dr. Alan Crunkleton is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience building companies from concept through commercialization, establishing regulatory approvals, reimbursement channels, global distribution and IP portfolios. Prior to joining TriFoil Imaging in 2016, Alan served as CEO of companies ranging from startup to turnaround in heart valve therapy, interventional radiology, preclinical imaging and cryogenic refrigeration for MRI. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Carina Reisin, PhD

Carina R. Reisin, Ph.D. is a technology executive with over 20 years of R&D management experience, including broad experience in class-2 and class-3 medical devices, and a track record of successfully bringing to market a number of market-leading products. Her experience spans large multinational companies and entrepreneurial ventures. Dr. Reisin held the role of VP of Advanced Technologies at Calhoun Vision and prior to that served in several executive leadership roles at Abbott Medical Optics. Her earlier experience includes leading research and development in cutting-edge technology companies, such as Corning. At present, Dr. Reisin provides consulting services to investors and medical device companies in technical due diligence, product/roadmap development, and strategic planning. She is also an EiR at UCLA and at UCI, where she offers her industry and startup experience to help guide and bolster entrepreneurial efforts across campus. Dr. Reisin is a co-inventor of 15 patents and has several publications to her credit. She holds a doctorate degree in Physics from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. degree with distinction in Physics from Tel-Aviv University.


William Dolphin, PhD

I’ve run businesses that range from raw start-ups to publicly listed, international companies spanning a number of industry sectors. I’ve lead the development, introduction and launch of new products in the US and internationally and been intimately involved in all aspects of business strategy, fund raising, product development and market execution. I have significant M&A experience having sold four companies and bought three. Most importantly, I’ve made more than my share of mistakes and like to think I’ve learned something in the process.


Patrick Holmes

Pat Holmes was founding VP Technology for IPC Healthcare (NASDAQ:IPCM), a leading national, venture-capital backed, healthcare group practice. Over 17 years, Pat helped IPCM scale from 0 to over 4,300 employees in 28 states, 7M annual patient visits, and $700M annual revenue. Pat helped IPCM go public in 2008, and helped lead the integration into a larger public company when IPCM was purchased by TeamHealth (NYSE:TMH) for $1.6B in 2015. Pat is a technologist with hands-on technical skills & experience in problem-solving, data analysis, programming, application design, software architecture, system design, business process design and redesign, and technical management. Pat is also an angel investor and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Angels. Pat is also an experienced computer programmer and trainer specializing in Oracle products, and he was president of the Los Angeles Oracle Users Group for eleven years. Previously, Pat managed software development for nine years for an Inc. 500 company that sold computerized accounting and management systems into the printing industry.


David Shapendonk

David Shapendonk is a 27-year IT veteran in the Entertainment Industry, based in the Los Angeles and Toronto metropolitan areas.  He currently serves as CTO of Maestro Games and is a Principal at Willdotek a telecommunications and Cybersecurity consultancy company.  Previously, he was the Director of Technical Operations, after serving as the Director of Information Systems, at IMAX Corporation.  His previous development work includes virtual reality (VR) and Hollywood content distribution systems for commercial use.   David has researched, evaluated and recommended technologies and strategic technological partnerships.  He has experience complying with required MPAA, ISC, PCI, and SOX regulatory standards and corporate strategic direction.  He also has experience to hire, train and supervise IT, PMO, product development, coding, and operations staff, as well as outside consultants.  Mr. Shapendonk earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management and Industrial Relations from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada.



Kwame Ulmer

Kwame Ulmer is a MedTech executive with nearly 20 years of government and private sector experience. He integrates his time working as an operating company executive, evaluating over 1,000 technologies at the FDA, advising early stage companies, and formal business education to help clients set a clear regulatory strategy and deliver on key milestones.  Kwame holds his MBA and MS in Materials Engineering from the University of Virginia and B.S. in Physics from Lincoln University. Kwame is based in Southern California with his wife and two children.




Alex Vayser

Technology Entrepreneur with over 25 years of innovation insight. Comprehensive experience in technology incubation, strategic business, corporate and clinical development, clinical marketing, tactical commercial execution and successful team building and empowerment. Extensive technology landscape background in areas of illumination, optical, 3D and stereoscopic imaging, fluorescence, BioPhotonics, AR/VR, computer guided surgery and sensing. Multidisciplinary in-depth procedural exposure to Surgical Oncology, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Oncology, Urology, Gastroenterology, Neurosurgery, Gynecology and General Surgery. Inventor of over 85 granted US and Foreign patents with experience in execution of Intellectual Property prosecution, portfolio management and strategy, technology and IP due diligence, licensing opportunities, competitive IP landscape, freedom to operate analysis and trademarks. Experience in fundraising and board of directors participation.


Craig Glynn

Mr. Craig Glynn is a financial expert with 30 years experience managing the financial aspects of dynamic organizations.  Mr. Glynn has a track record of success with both start-ups and established businesses. He has held numerous Chief Financial Officer positions and consultant roles with companies in a variety of fields including technology, e-commerce, online media and advertising and manufacturing and distribution.  He is a strong business development professional skilled in Strategic Planning, Accounting, Venture Capital, Business Process Improvement, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act.



Brenda McCabe

Brenda McCabe has over 25 years’ experience in senior operating roles in domestic and international markets in VP positions in Sales, Operations, Business development in pharmaceuticals; clean technology and retail and consulting with McKinsey & Company. Since 2012 she has served as an Independent Board Director on privately held and public company Boards in the US and Spain. She is a NACD Governance Fellow. Over the last eight years she has worked in regulated industries – pharmaceuticals, digital health and energy. Multicultural experience and total fluency in Spanish having lived and worked in Spain, Italy and US. From her own firm, she provides advisory and consulting services for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of technology. 

Brenda holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business as well as B.S. and B.A. degrees in Business Administration and  Spanish from Berea College in Kentucky.




David Franklin

David has over 10 years of experience in business management consulting, corporate strategy, operations, marketing, business development, sales, and venture capital. He recently served as Executive Vice President at Consumer Media Network (CMN), LLC, a lead generation company. Previously, David was Co-founder and Managing Partner at DCF Ventures, LLC. DCFV provided feasibility analyses, market analyses, company incorporation, university licensing, startup consulting, interim management, grant writing, and fundraising services. In this role, David also served as CEO pro tem for CytoScale Diagnostics, LLC, RadMit Pharma, LLC and FloVision, LLC.

At DaVita, Inc. David served as a Corporate Strategy Associate where he formulated market growth and strategic operations plans, led the national clinical outcomes team for @Home, increased IT and clinical research resources and created new clinical reports/scoring. He also acted as Interim VP of Marketing for @Home. Prior to DaVita, David was a Business Management Consultant at Accenture. David holds his MBA from UCLA Anderson and received his B.S.E. in Bio-Medical & Electrical Engineering with minors in Economics & Chemistry from Duke University.



C. Lamont Gibson

A mid-career academic pivot from the Purdue Krannert School of Management, took Lamont to the Purdue College of Pharmacy. After graduation, he accumulated years of clinical experience, in both community, and clinical pharmacies in metropolitan Los Angeles.  The primary areas of interest include personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, and bioinformatics, as they relate to pharmacotherapy. He later earned an Executive MBA from the Purdue Krannert School of Management. Management is his primary focus.

Later he was part of the Inaugural Class of Minority Real Estate Finance and Development at USC. [The program was modeled after a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)]. That was followed by participation as founder of the Trade Point Los Angeles (Affiliate of UNCTAD), inspired by two decades of pharmacy management experience. The post required international strategic planning, marketing, and business development. During the same period Lamont served as Technology chair for Southern California at the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995. In addition, he served as a delegate in the U.S./South Africa Energy Summit. He has since served as a management consultant to the largest pharmacy firms in the United States, and small independent pharmacies, as well.


Michael K. Barnoski, PhD

Dr. Barnoski is a seasoned business executive with vast experience in technology and volume manufacturing. His expertise spans the optical interconnect; disk drive; film and electronic imaging; optical transceiver; photo device; and tool, die and stamping industries.  Barnoski began his career at Honeywell, Hughes Research Laboratories and TRW, becoming a recognized expert in the field of photonics over little more than a decade. In the 1980s, he founded and was President & CEO of PlessCor Optronics, Inc. (PCO), an integrated electrical-optical interface supplier built from investments by Corning, Inc.; Plessey, Plc; and IBM.  In 2002, he founded  and was President, CEO and CFO of nanoPrecision Products, Inc., the world leader in ultra-precision 3D stamping with nanometer tolerances and accuracies. The concept for nanoPrecision products was born from Barnoski’s decades of experience leading entrepreneurial ventures in the fields of fiber optics and contract manufacturing. Later, as a consultant, Barnoski was an active member of the senior leadership at Polaroid Corp. for six years, reporting directly to the chairman and CEO on the assessment of the business and technology impact of electronic imaging on the company’s business.

A recognized expert in fiber optics, Barnoski was the recipient of the second John Tyndall Award, given jointly by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He has written numerous books and journal papers and taught university-level courses in this subject area. Barnoski earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Dayton. He graduated from Cornell University with masters and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with majors in Microwave Electronics and Applied Physics, respectively. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program in Management.




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