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Leadership/Administration

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.  

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. 

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.

Karen Taylor, Ann Arbor SPARK
Executive Assistant to Paul Krutko, President & CEO

Karen joined SPARK in April 2014 as a temporary Executive Assistant to Paul Krutko. She has over 25 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant, supporting top management in public and private companies. 

Call: 734-527-9140

Business Development

Luke Bonner Ann Arbor SPARK
Vice President of Business Development

Luke Bonner is Ann Arbor SPARK's Vice President of Business Development. Luke's extensive economic development experiences include serving as economic development manager for the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and as a development specialist for the City of Taylor, Mich.

Call: 734-527-9176
Katrina Campos Ann Arbor SPARK
Virtual Business Advisor Coordinator

Katrina joined the staff of Ann Arbor SPARK as the Business Development Coordinator for the Livingston Office and currently serves as the Virtual Business Advisor (VBA) Coordinator. 

Call: 810-588-6378
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
Phil Santer SPARK Livingston County
Senior Business Development Manager

Phil Santer is a senior business development manager for Ann Arbor SPARK’s Livingston office. In this position, Phil is responsible for business retention, attraction and expansion in Livingston County.

Call: 810-588-6382
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

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, Entrepreneur 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.

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. 

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 Data 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. 

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 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.