Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team

Meet the CIE Team

Learn more about leadership, staff, advisory board members, and affiliated faculty.

Center Leadership and Staff

  • George Mason University School of Business Staff Crystal Fickers

    Program Manager, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

    Crystal helps implement the Center’s programming for students, alumni and the Mason community. She creates a meaningful impact within innovation and entrepreneurship at Mason.
  • George Mason University School of Business Staff Rebecca Howick

    Interim Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Rebecca Howick is the interim director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the School of Business at George Mason University.
  • George Mason University School of Business Faculty James Wolfe

    Associate Professor, Management
    Additional Roles: Entrepreneur in Residence

    James Wolfe is an Entrepreneur in Residence and associate professor within the Management Area in the School of Business at George Mason University. Jim has been involved with over 50 Mason-related startups, such as WorthPoint and FirstGuard. In addition to real world experience, Jim also provides students with legal expertise.
Part of the CIE Mason team at the Business of Well-Being Pitch Competition, Photo by John Boal Photography

Part of the CIE Mason team at the Business of Well-Being Pitch Competition

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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council

The Advisory Board was established to support the Center’s mission and vision, and plays an instrumental role in expanding the center’s reach and impact. 

  • School of Business Community Partner | Stephanie Zimmermann

    Owner, Founder, and Chief Box Engineer, Lend A Box LLC
    Women in Business Initiative Chair

    Stephanie Zimmermann is co-owner and co-founder of Lend A Box LLC. Lend A Box offers one of the most innovative, easy, and smart ways to move in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Anne K. Altman

    Co-founder, Everyone Matters Inc. 

    Anne Altman is the former general manager of IBM Corporation's U.S Federal Government and Industries sector and the co-founder of Everyone Matters Inc.
  • George Mason University School of Business Partner Judy Curry

    Chief Creative Officer, Curry's Auto Service

    Judy Curry has been a creative leader in the auto repair industry for over 30 years. As the Chief Creative Officer and driving force behind the Curry's Auto Service brand, founded by her and her husband Matt, she took Curry’s Auto Service beyond the traditional boundaries of auto service marketing and established a variety of innovative programs that clearly distinguished Curry’s from its competition.
  • George Mason University School of Business Partner Matt Curry

    Serial Entrepreneur and Automotive Industry Expert

    Matt Curry is a serial entrepreneur and automotive industry expert. He started his flagship company, Curry’s Auto Service, in 1997 with one shop and grew the company to 10 locations. 
  • School of Business Community Partner | Eileen Ellsworth

    President, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

    Eileen M. Ellsworth has been the President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia since 2005. With $37 million in managed assets, the Community Foundation engages donors to help grow philanthropy in the region.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Michael Gallagher

    Executive Chairman, The Stevie® Awards

    To honor the millions of business executives and workers worldwide who quietly accomplish innovative and extraordinary things in the workplace every day, Michael Gallagher founded the Stevie® Awards in 2002.
  • George Mason University School of Business Partner Ibi Pashaei

    Founder and CEO, Northern Virginia Landscaping

    Ibi Pashaei is the founder and CEO of Northern Virginia Landscaping and a Mason alumnus (BS Kinesiology, 2015). As an undergraduate student, he engaged in CIE programming and studied entrepreneurship while earning his minor in Business.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Sumeet Shrivastava

    President and CEO, Array Information Technology

    Sumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than two decades of experience in the government IT industry.
  • Dale Wince | School of Business Community Partner

    Founder, Aligned2
    Immediate Past Chair, Dean's Council

    Aligned2 Founder Dusty Wince weds his real-world business acumen with executive coaching and advisory services to help entrepreneurs excel and their companies grow.
Stephanie Zimmermann, Judy Curry, Provost Mark Ginsberg and CIE Mason’s Entrepreneur In Residence, Jim Wolfe at CIE Council meeting held at Whitehall Farm in Clifton, VA.

Stephanie Zimmermann, Judy Curry, Provost Mark Ginsberg and CIE Mason’s Entrepreneur In Residence, Jim Wolfe at a CIE Council meeting held at Whitehall Farm in Clifton, Virginia.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Affiliated Faculty

Our Affiliate Faculty are critical to our ability to offer students compelling education experiences and speak authoritatively on a range of subjects. Affiliates bring a wide range of professional teaching and research experiences and provide input to help shape the future direction of the Center.

  • George Mason University Ali Andalibi

    Senior Associate Dean, College of Science and Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Infectious Disease Research

    Dr. Ali Andalibi has served as the Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science at George Mason University.
  • George Mason University School of Business Faculty Cheryl Druehl

    Interim Senior Associate Dean, Associate Dean for Faculty
    Additional Roles: Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management

    Cheryl Druehl is the interim senior associate dean, associate dean for faculty, and an associate professor within the Information Systems and Operations Management Area in the School of Business at George Mason University.
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Dan Lofaro, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering.
  • George Mason University School of Business Faculty Toyah Miller

    Professor, Management

    Dr. Toyah Miller is a professor within the Management Area in the School of Business at George Mason University.
  • Nathalia Peixoto

    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Affiliate Faculty, Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computing

    Nathalia was a technician in electronics and robotics before she decided to go to college. After attending universities in Brazil (Unicamp and USP) and Germany (Stuttgart and Bonn), she was a researcher at Stanford. She still likes to travel and her group collaborates with universities in Israel, Ireland, Peru, and Korea.
  • George Mason University Faculty Greg Unruh

    Arison Chair in Values Leadership/Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies

    Dr. Gregory C. Unruh is the Arison Professor of Values Leadership at George Mason University and an expert on sustainable business strategy.