Meet the Team

Meet the Team

We are a 60-person professional staff dedicated to supporting all University of Chicago students, faculty, staff, alumni, and outside small business owners in navigating the complex process of creating and growing a startup or bringing their idea to market. We also serve as an important gateway for industry partners, helping them access new research and technologies from the University of Chicago.

Operations

Operations

James Licklider

James Licklider

Executive Director of Operations and Chief of Staff

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James Licklider

Executive Director of Operations and Chief of Staff

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.834.5641
E: jlicklider@uchicago.edu

Executive Assistant:
Camille Andres
O: 773.702.0926
E: candres@uchicago.edu

James Licklider serves as the executive director of operations and chief of staff for the Polsky Center. In this role, he oversees finance, human resources, IT, facilities and space needs, and strategic planning.

Prior to Polsky, James spent over seven years at UChicago’s Institute for Mind and Biology as its administrative director. He managed the post-award operation for the Florida State University College of Medicine and guided its faculty practice plan as chief financial officer. James also held roles in central post-award administration at FSU, pre-award and department administration at DePaul University, and executive management in several Chicago nonprofits.

James earned an MS in accountancy, MS in public services management, and a BA in political science at DePaul University. He is a Certified Research Administrator and a former participant in the Executive Program for Emerging Leaders (EPEL) at Chicago Booth.

Camille Andres

Camille Andres

Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Camille Andres

Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
O: 773.702.0926
E: candres@uchicago.edu

Camille Andres serves as the executive assistant to the associate vice president and head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is responsible for support functions as well as special projects for the AVP and director of operations and chief of staff.

Prior to joining Polsky, Camille served as senior assistant to the associate dean, Psychology Department at Pepperdine University for 11 years. She supported the associate dean and also handled significant graduate program responsibilities, such as adjunct faculty hires, course schedules, payroll, and new student orientations. Before working at Pepperdine, Camille also served as administrative coordinator at another graduate school and has worked in various forms of healthcare. She began her career at Crain’s Communications in Chicago.

Camille earned a bachelor of arts in communications from Loyola University of Chicago.

Camille loves to travel both domestically and internationally, and in her spare time she enjoys working out, watching sports, and spending time with her family.

Carla Bradshaw-Murry

Carla Bradshaw-Murry

Patent Docketing Administrator

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Carla Bradshaw-Murry

Patent Docketing Administrator

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.834.3210
E: cbradshaw@uchicago.edu

Carla Bradshaw is patent docketing administrator for the Polsky Center, supporting the management of patent portfolios. Specifically, she handles patent docketing and event monitoring, license maintenance, financial review, government and private foundation compliance reporting, grant closeouts, as well as other intellectual property administrative matters. Carla plays a key role in organizing events and has been a member of several teams assembled to implement office-wide initiatives.

Prior to joining the Polsky Center, Carla spent several years in the banking industry and has also worked with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IIAO) in its Property Appraisal and Assessment Administration department, handling high volume inquiries, tracking progress and serving as liaison for different committees.

Carla has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is currently pursuing her Paralegal Certificate. She is a Chicagoan, born and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of the city.

Kim Chin

Kim Chin

Project Analyst

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Kim Chin

Project Analyst

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.702.2948
E: kimberlyc@uchicago.edu

As a Project Analyst on the Data Administration and Compliance team, Kim supports administrative processes related to technology commercialization, including arranging submission of formal documents and monitoring patent maintenance fees and annuity schedules.

Prior to joining Polsky, they managed operations for a curatorial department at the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus on interdepartmental relationship-building within the institution. Kim has a background in classical languages and literature with undergraduate and graduate degrees both from the University of Chicago.

In their spare time, they enjoy knitting and training regularly on aerial rope, straps, and handbalancing.

Katie Casey

Katie Casey

Director, Finance and Accounting

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Katie Casey

Director, Finance and Accounting

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago, IL 60637
O: 773-702.9040
E: caseyka@uchicago.edu

Katie Casey serves as director of finance and accounting at Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She oversees finance, accounting, budget and internal audit responsibilities. Katie also works closely with senior management to deliver high-quality information and perspective regarding financial performance, long range financial planning, risk mitigation, and enhanced internal financial controls.

Prior to joining Polsky, Katie held a variety of financial and operational roles with a broad range of corporate, nonprofit, and private foundation organizations, both domestic and international. She specializes in developing, managing and monitoring financial operations and internal controls. Most recently, Katie held positions at International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and Foundation Center in NYC. She worked in time-limited roles in Switzerland, Haiti, and Tanzania after spending a dozen years at Abbott Laboratories.

Katie earned her MBA from ESCP Europe (École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and dual bachelor’s degrees in French and Accounting from Indiana University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Katie sees her role in finance and accounting not only as a support function but also as customer service oriented where she strives to be a trusted business partner to those she serves. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, travel and supporting Chicago sports teams.

Cindy Domecki

Cindy Domecki

Receptionist

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Cindy Domecki

Receptionist

1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd floor 
Chicago, IL 60615
O: 773.795.0075
E: cdomecki@uchicago.edu

Cindy Domecki is responsible for all visitors’ first impressions of the Polsky Exchange both in person and through telephone. Additionally she assists with various administrative tasks.

Beatriz Gonzalez

Beatriz Gonzalez

Executive Assistant

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Beatriz Gonzalez

Executive Assistant

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.834.3209
E: gonzalezb@uchicago.edu

Beatriz Gonzalez is the executive assistant for Bill Payne, executive director for science and technology at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She support executive administrative functions and special projects for the technology commercialization and operations teams.

Prior to working at the Polsky Center, Beatriz spent a dozen years as an assistant at a law firm in the West Loop. She enjoys working on projects at home, revamping spaces and creating new ideas.

YaQuavia Gooden

YaQuavia Gooden

Compliance Manager

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YaQuavia Gooden

Compliance Manager

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
E: ygooden@uchicago.edu

YaQuavia (Yaya) Gooden is the Compliance Manager at the Polsky Center. Yaya will support Polsky’s compliance strategy, by optimizing invention reporting for technologies spawned from federal grants and sponsored research agreements, in partnership with the Polsky Technology Development and Data Management teams. Yaya will also manage a strategic grant compliance initiative with the Office of University Research Administration (URA) ahead of introducing a PI compliance education program. 

Prior to joining the Polsky Center, Yaya held several roles in compliance and contracts management at the Chicago Housing Authority and CVR Associates. She is well known in Chicago compliance for thorough asset audits that align internal procedures with federal and state regulatory policies. Yaya earned a master’s in public administration from the Keller School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting from Columbia College of Chicago. 

Yaya is driven by being able to utilize her knowledge of compliance to help departments grow and understand how what they process effects other departments. In her spare time she is a basketball mom, enjoys to cook and spend time with her family.

Kyle Hanna

Kyle Hanna

Data Administrator

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Kyle Hanna

Data Administrator

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.834.3205
E: kylehanna@uchicago.edu

Kyle Hanna serves as the data administrator at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He works closely with colleagues from the tech commercialization and operations teams to manage data, complete reports, and monitor compliance related to invention disclosures, patents, and contracts. He will also be responsible for business process development of the aforementioned data, reporting, and compliance activities.

Prior to joining Polsky, Kyle served as the assistant director, data management at UChicago’s Alumni Relations and Development office, developing engagement data strategy for Harper Lectures and other special events. Before coming to UChicago, he worked in Washington DC in various levels of government, including the DC Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Obama White House. While working for the White House, he became interested in science and technology policy and the application of data science in public institutions.

Kyle is interested in how technology, innovation, and design thinking can support sustainable development and social impact in international communities. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys video editing, international travel, and reading about how technology, politics, and entrepreneurship influence society and culture.

Kyle earned a BA in international economics from the George Washington University and a certificate in data analytics from the University of Chicago.

Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson

3D and Fabrication Fellow

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Jane Johnson

3D and Fabrication Fellow

1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd floor 
Chicago, IL 60615
O: 773.702.2952
E: janej@uchicago.edu

Jane Johnson serves as the 3D and Fabrication Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She assists members with prototyping and ensures lab equipment is properly functioning. Prior to joining Polsky, she was in the Metal Fabrication industry as a CNC Machinist where she worked on projects for aerospace and other projects related to the Department of Defense. Jane recently completed the robotics training program at Building Self Determination, and is also certified by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

Jane joined Technology Manufacturing Aligned in 2013 and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council in 2017. In her spare time, she serves the homeless in her community and is part of a motorcycle club. She also practices yoga.  

Shakira Jones

Shakira Jones

Disclosure Administrator

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Shakira Jones

Disclosure Administrator

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.834.3048
E: sjones18@uchicago.edu

Shakira Jones is the disclosure administrator at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She manages invention disclosure, patenting, and license agreement data and processes. Shakira brings to the team a strong background in customer relations and administration. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with her church’s food pantry, and has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana to rehabilitate homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

HR and Financial Coordinator

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Wendy Jones

HR and Financial Coordinator

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.702.1966
E: jonesw@uchicago.edu

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Elizabeth Koprucki

Elizabeth Koprucki

Assistant Director, Fab Lab and Design

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Elizabeth Koprucki

Assistant Director, Fab Lab and Design

1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd floor 
Chicago, IL 60615
O: 773.795.0558
E: ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

Elizabeth Koprucki serves as the assistant director, Fab Lab and design at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She manages the Polsky Center’s Fab Lab where she mentors entrepreneurs and researchers through the prototyping process. She oversees the Fab Lab’s programming and staffing and connects Polsky Exchange members with resources on campus and across Chicago. 

Prior to joining Polsky, Elizabeth designed and co-taught a maker program at the Ancona School, as well as working as a maker educator at the Art Institute and the Chicago Public Library. She served as CNC area host at Pumping Station:One and has done graphic design for a number of South Side businesses and nonprofits. 

Elizabeth earned a BA in graphic design from Bradley University. 

Elizabeth is passionate about getting people involved in prototyping and making. In her spare time, she continues to be active in the Chicago maker community. She volunteers as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and enjoys making jewelry and traveling. 

Renee Lowers

Renee Lowers

Financial Analyst

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Renee Lowers

Financial Analyst

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago, IL 60637
E: rlowers@uchicago.edu

Renee Lowers serves as a financial analyst at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Renee supports the finance team with a particular focus on financial maintenance of license agreements and related royalty reporting, accounts receivable, and revenue distribution.

Prior to joining Polsky, Renee worked at Fidelity Investments in Westlake Texas. During her time at Fidelity, Renee worked on the Transfer of Assets and International Settlements team as a senior representative where she assisted clients in transferring numerous assets from their brokerage accounts at competitive firms to their accounts with Fidelity. In addition to her transactional responsibilities, Renee created training materials and onboarded new associates.

Renee earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at Howard University located in Washington, D.C.

Outside of work, Renee enjoys music, video games, cooking, and traveling. She is looking forward to exploring the food scene in Chicago and seeing all the activities the city has to offer.

Doreen Mitchell, MBA

Doreen Mitchell, MBA

Controller

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Doreen Mitchell, MBA

Controller

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.702.0304
E: dmitchell@uchicago.edu

Doreen Mitchell manages the Polsky Center’s assets through the development, input, analysis, and continuous improvement of financial systems and reports required to provide accurate financial information to the Polsky Center’s stakeholders, and she ensures adequate controls are maintained to safeguard assets and that financial and human resource-related business processes comply with University of Chicago policies.

Prior to joining Polsky, Doreen spent her career working for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. She was the controller for The American Dietetic Association and The American Dietetic Association Foundation, a Professional Association of over 70,000 members. She went on to become the Controller for Casa Central, the largest Hispanic social services agency in the Midwest. At Casa, Doreen worked with many different Federal, State and Local Agencies and was responsible for accurate reporting and recording of grant monies. She was the vice president controller and chief complianceofficer for Ibbotson Associates (now a wholly owned subsidy of Morningstar), a leading authority on asset allocation and registered investment advisor with the SEC. In addition to her accounting and financial management responsibilities, she was instrumental in creating and implementing Ibbotson’s SEC mandated compliance policies and procedures.

Doreen received her bachelor’s of science  degree in accounting from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in finance from DePaul University. She is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore

Receptionist

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Danielle Moore

Receptionist

1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd floor 
Chicago, IL 60615
O: 773.834.5168
E: daniellem@uchicago.edu

Danielle Moore is responsible for all visitors’ first impressions of the Polsky Exchange both in person and through telephone inquiries regarding membership. Additionally she assists with various administrative task.

Nick Neu

Nick Neu

Financial Analyst

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Nick Neu

Financial Analyst

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.702.2470
E: nneu@uchicago.edu

Nick Neu serves as a financial analyst for the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In this role, Nick performs comprehensive reviews and analysis of financial statements and financial data. He has previously served as operations manager at the Polsky Exchange where he played an integral role in maintaining the most community facing component of the Polsky Center footprint, overseeing all physical aspects of the Polsky Exchange and managing logistical support for events, programming, and Polsky staff working within the facility. 

Prior to joining Polsky, Nick managed the inventory team as a member of the Facilities Services department at the University of Chicago. In addition to providing sourcing, procurement, and planning support, while also assisting with various department wide analytics projects.

Nick earned a BA in chemistry from Michigan State University. Since graduating from MSU, he has continued to explore additional educational opportunities, earning a certificate in supply chain management from MIT and becoming increasingly involved with APPA, the leading industry group for educational facilities management professionals.  

Teana Stocco

Teana Stocco

Licensing Administrator

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Teana Stocco

Licensing Administrator

6054 S. Drexel Ave., Suite 405
Chicago IL 60637
O: 773.834.0272
E: tstocco@uchicago.edu

Teana Stocco supports the patent and licensing portfolio as licensing administrator. She also helps to manage the team’s relationships with several University and non-University organizations including University Research Administration, the University of Chicago Investment Office, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Prior to joining Polsky, Teana worked for several law firms in the areas of litigation, personal injury, and employment law.

Teana received her bachelor’s in science degree in legal studies from Grand Valley State University, and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Teana resides in the near west suburbs with her husband and three daughters.

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