Education, Research & Innovation Working Group
Education, Research & Innovation Working Group meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Dave Woolstenhulme - Co-Chair
Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Ed.D, became Commissioner of Higher Education on July 1, 2020, after serving as Interim Commissioner of Higher Education since July 2019 for the Utah System of Higher Education. Previously, he worked as vice president of statewide campuses for Utah State University and as the Utah Commissioner of Technical Education. As the CEO of the Utah System of Technical Colleges, he provided state-level leadership and oversight for the eight technical colleges in Utah. He also served as executive vice provost at USU and president of Uintah Basin Applied Technology College. Woolstenhulme received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Wyoming.
Steve Handy - Co-Chair
Representative Stephen Handy represents Utah’s 16th legislative House District after being appointed by Governor Gary Herbert in April 2010. He was originally appointed by Governor Gary Herbert in April 2010. Professionally, he owns a public relations and marketing business which he opened in 2002 after 17 years in newspaper marketing. He previously held marketing director positions for both the Standard Examiner and Deseret News.
Lisa Berreau - Utah State University
Dr. Lisa Berreau is a vice president for research and a professor of inorganic chemistry at Utah State University. She holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mankato State University. Her teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and various outreach activities with USU Chem Club.
Jonathon Bates - University of Utah
Jonathon Bates is the executive director of Real Estate Administration for the University of Utah. He was formerly the Property Manager of Williams in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He holds a Master of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Utah.
Diogo Myrrha - Album VC
Diogo Myrrha is a general partner at Album VC. Myrrha serves as a board member of Latitude Games. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree is Economics from Brigham Young University.
Keith Marmer - University of Utah Tech Ventures
Kelvyn Cullimore - BioUtah
Kelvyn Cullimore is the current president and CEO of BioUtah. Previously, he was the director and CEO of Dynatronics Corporation as well as the secretary and director of The Medical Device Manufacturers Association. Cullimore has served as the mayor of Cottonwood Heights, Utah since 2005.
Derek White - US Bank
Derek White is vice chair and chief digital officer at US Bank. He previously worked as the global head of client solutions for BBVA. He holds an MBA from the University of Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Arts from Utah State University.
Brenner Adams - Med USA
Brenner Adams is the chief innovation officer at Med USA, co-founder and CEO of The Link Group, and an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.
Donna Milakovic - Utah Valley University
Donna Milakovic is the senior director of community outreach at Utah Valley University. She previously served as the executive vice president of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. She holds an MBA from Utah Valley University and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Nathan Lee - Utah Department of Transportation
Nathan Lee is the director of technology and innovation at the Utah Department of Transportation. He has over 20 years of experience working with the public sector at the state and local level. Lee is a professional engineer and earned his degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University. He is also a graduate of the AASHTO National Transportation Leadership Institute at the Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Randy Rasmussen - BioFire Diagnostics
Randy Rasmussen is the president and COO of BioFire Diagnostics, Inc. He holds a PhD from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University.
Gary Crocker - Crocker Ventures
Gary L. Crocker is president of Crocker Ventures, an independent, privately held life science and healthcare investment firm that funds promising seed- and early-stage life science companies. He is also chairman of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, an innovative and rapidly growing predictive medicine oncology drug company. He received his BA and MBA from Harvard University.
Jeffery Nelson - Nelson Laboratories
Jeffery Nelson is the president and CEO of Nelson Laboratories, LLC. He also serves as a board member of the Talent Ready Utah Board. He earned his MBA from Westminster College.
David Bearss - Tolero Pharmaceuticals
David Bearss is the founder and CEO of Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He holds a PhD from UT Health San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University.
Carine Strom Clark - Banyan Software
Carine Strom Clark is the president and CEO of Banyan Software. She holds an MBA and a BA from Brigham Young University.
Chris Klomp - Collective Medical
Chris Klomp is the CEO of Collective Medical and Partner at Endurance Companies. He holds an MBA from Stanford and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
James Clarke - Clarke Capital Partners
James Clarke is the managing partner of Clarke Capital Partners, a global growth equity and alternatives investment firm headquartered in Provo, Utah. Clarke is an alumnus of BYU, Harvard Business School, and the University of Oxford.
Michael Lacourse - Dixie State University
Michael Lacourse is provost and vice president of academic affairs at Dixie State University.