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President and CEO Paul Krutko Ann Arbor SPARK
President and CEO

Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO. In this role, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through business attraction, retention and initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential to benefit the region. 

Donna Doleman Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications

Donna Doleman serves as the senior vice president, operations and communications for Ann Arbor SPARK. In this role, Donna will provide oversight across SPARK, support the management of all operations, and continue to grow the Ann Arbor SPARK brand.

Skip Simms Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President

Skip Simms joined Ann Arbor SPARK in 2006 as Director of Entrepreneurial Services and was its second employee. In 2011 he was named Senior Vice President.  Skip oversees all the entrepreneurial activities including incubators, business accelerator programs and all capital programs.  

Phil Santer SPARK
Vice President of Business Development

Phil Santer is the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK.  Most recently, Phil was the Senior Business Development Manager for the Livingston office.

Call: 810-588-6382
Liz Perpich Ann Arbor SPARK
Director, Finance

Liz joined SPARK at the end of April 2012, and is responsible for the accounting operations of the company. This includes the production of monthly financial reports, maintenance of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results.

Lisa Bies Ann Arbor SPARK
Staff Accountant

Lisa currently holds the role of Staff Accountant. In this position she is responsible for financial accounting, internal financial reporting, overseeing SPARK’s accounts receivable and payables, billing and payroll. 

Business Development

Phil Santer SPARK
Vice President of Business Development

Phil Santer is the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK.  Most recently, Phil was the Senior Business Development Manager for the Livingston office.

Call: 810-588-6382
Senior Business Development Manager

Jennifer joined the staff of Ann Arbor SPARK in October 2014 and serves as the senior business development manager.  A Michigan native, Jennifer recently moved back to Michigan after working in economic development in St. Louis, Missouri.

Call: 734.527.9142
Donna Shirilla Ann Arbor SPARK
Director, Research and Business Information

Donna Shirilla is Ann Arbor SPARK’s director, research and business information. In this role, Donna manages all demographic, site availability, incentives and fact-based information necessary to support Ann Arbor SPARK’s business attraction and retention efforts throughout Washtenaw County.

Call: 734-821-0077
Business Development Manager

Anna joined Ann Arbor SPARK in January of 2015, and serves as a business development manager in Livingston County and Washtenaw County. As a member of the business development team, Anna is responsible for aiding with business development and attraction within our region. Anna’s expertise includes building strong relationships between organizations. She has experience as a legislative aide, as a fundraiser, and as a member of the marketing team at a consulting firm.

Anna is a graduate of the Honors English Program at the University of Michigan.

Entrepreneurial Services

Skip Simms Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President

Skip Simms joined Ann Arbor SPARK in 2006 as Director of Entrepreneurial Services and was its second employee. In 2011 he was named Senior Vice President.  Skip oversees all the entrepreneurial activities including incubators, business accelerator programs and all capital programs.  

Bill Mayer Ann Arbor SPARK
Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services

Bill Mayer has founded and exited multiple startups in the technology and finance sectors. His areas of expertise are in finance, securities and quantitative analysis. He has founded and worked with numerous businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors ranging from start-up ventures through Fortune 500.

Charlotte Dillard Ann Arbor SPARK
Coordinator, SPARK Central Incubator

Charlotte Dillard is the coordinator for the SPARK Central incubator. In this position, Charlotte coordinates all SPARK Central events, manages the incubator and tenant space and day-to-day operations.

Ben Harrington, Ann Arbor SPARK Entrepreneurial Services Data Analyst
Entrepreneurial Services Analyst

Ben serves as the Entrepreneurial Services Data Analyst. As a member of the Entrepreneur Services team, Ben is responsible for the analysis and reporting of Business Accelerator and Incubator operations, and assisting with the intake of clients.

Call: 734-372-4079
Joe Licavoli
Manager, SPARK East Incubator

Joe Licavoli serves as the Business Accelerator Manager for SPARK East. In this role, Joe will provide on-site support and facilitate community relationships at our incubator located in Ypsilanti, while overseeing SPARK's current loan efforts. Prior to joining Ann Arbor SPARK, Joe was Senior Director of Ramsoft Systems. 

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations for Entrepreneurial Services, Travis is part of the team that provides business acceleration services that drive the development of innovative technology start-ups. Travis works to support client education and training, incubator operations and serves as a liaison between Ann Arbor SPARK and various internal and external stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Call: 734.527.9153
Alissa Carpenter Ann Arbor SPARK
Events Manager

Alissa joined the SPARK staff in 2013 as the Events Manager. She works closely with Entrepreneurial Services to coordinate monthly events aimed at assisting start-ups and early entrepreneurs. Alissa is responsible for all event coordination and sponsorship opportunities. 

Marketing & Talent

Donna Doleman Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications

Donna Doleman serves as the senior vice president, operations and communications for Ann Arbor SPARK. In this role, Donna will provide oversight across SPARK, support the management of all operations, and continue to grow the Ann Arbor SPARK brand.

Shannon Beeman Ann Arbor SPARK
Marketing & Talent

Shannon Beeman joined Ann Arbor SPARK in early 2013 as part of the Marketing and Talent team. In her position, Shannon will work to develop and implement targeted strategies for Ann Arbor SPARK’s marketing and talent divisions.

Danielle Jones, Ann Arbor SPARK Development Manager
Development Manager

Danielle Marie Jones joined Ann Arbor SPARK in 2014 and serves as the Development Manager. In this role, Danielle is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to secure revenue for the organization. 

Call: 734.585.0320