About Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio

Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio Board Of Directors:

Dr. Julian M. Earls, EEO President  

Dr. Earls is the 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 and Special Advisor to the President 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.  Mr. Keller was also formerly 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 is currently Service Director and Economic Development 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 an 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 Director of Research, College of Engineering at University of Akron.  Formerly, he was Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Akron, 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.  

James Phipps

Mr. Phipps is a long-time serial entrepreneur and early stage business consultant with experience in manufacturing, licensing intellectual property and service business globally. Mr. Phipps has helped build a number of enterprises, including as Founder/Executive Director of TECHudson, a business incubator located in Hudson, Ohio, Co-Founder of an International Help Desk Call Center business, and part of a management team of an International Consumer Electronics company that successfully completed an IPO. Mr. Phipps 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, former small business owner, entrepreneur, former non-profit organization executive director, and author.  He is currently EEO Executive Director and Co-Director of the Believe in Ohio Program.


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.

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Suzanne (Suzie) Dills

Ms. Dills is the President and Owner of SD Consulting Services, specializing in financial and non-profit consulting. She is also a counselor at The Small Business Development Center at Lorain County Community College.  Ms. Dills sits on the Boards of Leadership Lorain County, Lorain Preparatory Academy, Monroe Preparatory Academy, Hard Hatted Women Ohio, Cleveland Astronomical Society, and is on the Finance Council for the Lorain County Urban League.

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