About Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio

Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio Board Of Directors:

Dr. Julian M. Earls, EEO President  

Dr. Earls is a former Center Director – NASA John Glenn Research Center, a lifelong scientist, nationally recognized University guest lecturer and motivational speaker, former Co-Chair of the Science & Mathematics Education Policy Council for the State of Ohio, and youth education advocate.   He is currently an Executive in Residence at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University.

Bruce J. Keller, EEO Vice President

Mr. Keller is a former Superintendent, Vermilion Local Schools, education entrepreneur and youth education advocate.  He also was also the Director of the Student Academic Success Center at Ashland University

David B. Schroedel, EEO Treasurer     

Mr. Schroedel is a former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, former small business owner and manager, entrepreneur, youth and community education advocate.  He was formerly the Economic Development Director and now is the Service Director for the City of Broadview Heights, Ohio.

James A. Montaquila, EEO Secretary

Mr. Montaquila is a former principal of Streetsboro High School and other schools, former small business owner and manager, entrepreneur, and youth education advocate.  He is currently a EEO  Executive in Residence.

Dr. Katrina Cornish

Dr. Cornish holds an Endowed Chair and is an Ohio Research Scholar in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio

Dr. Brain L. Davis

Dr. Davis is Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Akron. Formerly, he was Vice President of the Medical Device Development Center at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, and Vice Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 

James Phipps

Mr. Phipps is a long-time serial entrepreneur and early stage business consultant. Formerly he was the Founder/Executive Director of TECHudson, a business incubator located in Hudson, Ohio.  He also currently serves as an EEO Executive in Residence.

Read Wakefield

Mr. Wakefield is the former Director of the Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University.  He was also the Treasurer & Past President of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium, which is a consortium of Northeast Ohio colleges and university that provide entrepreneurship education opportunities to college students.

Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr.

Dr. Whitlow is the former Associate Administrator for the Mission Support Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.  Prior to holding that position, he was Director of the NASA John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and Deputy Director of the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Dr. Whitlow was formerly an Executive in Residence with Cleveland State University's Washkewicz College of Engineering. He currently serves as the Technical Director - National Aerospace Solutions, LLC.

John M. Klipfell III, EEO Executive Director

Mr. Klipfell is a retired CPA, retired American Greetings Corporation Senior Executive and Internal Entrepreneur, small business owner and entrepreneur, former non-profit organization executive director, and author.  He is currently EEO Executive Director and Co-Director of the Believe in Ohio Program.

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Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (EEO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is:  

1) to promote student and community awareness as to the challenges and opportunities the changing regional, national and global economies present for the future; and


2) to provide educational instruction, curriculum, research, training, mentoring and other information that helps develop the entrepreneurial, economic, business, and scientific literacy of students and the community, and other 21st Century skills that may be needed for the future.