The Council serves as an integral part of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at UNCG and represents all 8 areas of the program: Creative Industries Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Family Business Entrepreneurship, Franchising Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, and Science, Technology, and Innovation Entrepreneurship.
Faculty appointed to and serving on the ECDP Coordinating Council perform activities that may include but is not limited to:
- Assisting the Director by making recommendations in all matters related to cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship curricula and policy,
- Serving on ECDP committees or task forces,
- Regularly teaching entrepreneurship cross-disciplinary courses,
- Supervising students’ research or internships,
- Serving as active liaisons to relevant campus and community programs and entities,
- Actively advising and mentoring entrepreneurship majors and minors, and
- Engaging in outreach and public relations activities for entrepreneurship cross-disciplinary programs.
The ECDP Coordinating Council Faculty consists of all Coleman Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows in addition to those teaching entrepreneurship across campus or involved in entrepreneurship projects.
Dianne H.B. WelshDirector & Hayes Distinguished Professor, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism, Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program
Dianne H.B. Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Coleman Fellows Director, and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is the 2015 Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship for Central Europe. Her newest books are Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship, published by Palgrave-Macmillan, and the 4th edition of Global Entrepreneurship and 3rd edition Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship.
Adam CarlinDept: Director of Community Engagement and Director of Greensboro Project Space
Adam Carlin is a curator, arts administrator, and social practice artist that lives and works in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently the Director of Greensboro Project Space, an off-campus contemporary art center at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, and Director of Community Engagement for UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts where he creates and supports community engaged programs and advances partnerships between the college and the community. He is also a lecturer at UNCG in art and social change and arts entrepreneurship (ENT/ART 276). Carlin is co-Founder and co-Director of Creek Colleges, an organization that creates schools on the banks of rivers, lakes, and creeks that are going through active restoration. He has a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University.
Amy AdamsonAssociate Dean for Research
Dr. Amy Adamson holds a Ph.D. in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Amy is also a Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where her NIH-funded research program focuses on the discovery and understanding of intracellular virus/host interactions and their roles in pathogenesis.
Bonnie CanzianiDept: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism; Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality
Dr. Bonnie Canziani holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Hotel Administration. She is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Bryan School of Business and Economics, specializing in the management of customer service relationships and business profitability in various sectors including hospitality, tourism, wine, and transportation. She teaches ENT/STH 451 & 354.
Bonnie Thames Yarbrough, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, is a Lecturer in the Department of English at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and teaches Writing for Professionals and Entrepreneurs. She has served as a Fellow in the University Teaching and Learning Commons for Communication Across the Curriculum, was an i3UNC Fellow in Instructional Technology Innovation, and is author of Leading Groups and Teams. She teaches ENT/ENG 327.
Cedric PearceChemistry, Synthetix, Inc.
Cedric Pearce – Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Southampton in the UK, followed by 12 years in academia teaching chemistry and pharmacy, and then a decade working for large and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies. As one of the original Coleman Entrepreneurship fellows at UNCG, developed and taught Entrepreneurship for the Sciences (ENT/CHE 615) a total of three times.
Channelle D. JamesPhD, RP, Lecturer, Social Entrepreneur, Trainer
Channelle D. James Ph.D. is a faculty member at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches and does research in social and sustainable entrepreneurship. She serves as the University’s Faculty Senate Parliamentarian. Dr. James is also the President and Executive Director of Community Ventures Inc., a nonprofit startup focused on creating social good in Greensboro North Carolina through entrepreneurship and social innovation. She teaches ENT/BUS 201, 240, 340 and 440/640.
David obtained his PhD in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and currently teaches microbiology to UNCG biology majors. He also supervises the team of lab managers who support the department’s laboratory-based coursework. His interest in entrepreneurship is rooted in companies he co-founded that focus on applied microbiology research and development with SBIR phase I and II funds from the USDA and USEPA.
David Holley has been the Director of Opera at UNCG since 1992 and was appointed as the Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera in June, 2013. Mr. Holley is also the founder and Artistic Director of Greensboro Light Opera and Song (GLOS). David was in the first group of Coleman fellows and created the ENT/MUP 402/661 classes.
David L. WyrickPublic Health Education, Prevention Strategies, LLC
Presently an Associate Professor of Public Health Education, he has received more than a dozen NIH funded grants and was recently awarded funding from UNCG through the BELL initiative to develop a new graduate course in Public Health Education titled “Promoting and Protecting Health through Entrepreneurship.” Dr. Wyrick is also the founder and President of Prevention Strategies, LLC, an official affiliate of UNCG. He teaches ENT/HEA 701.
Debra HolzbergVisiting Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Specialized Education Services, School of Education
Debra G. Holzberg, Ph.D. is a clincial assistant professor and research associate at UNC Greensboro. Her research focuses on the self-advocacy and academic skills relative to the transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary education. Dr. Holzberg is involved with the Council for Exceptional Children on a national and local level. She teaches ENT/SES 396 transition planning & school-based entrepreneurship. Debra was a Coleman Fellow from 2018-2019.
Duane Cyrus is an Associate Professor of Dance in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. In addition to teaching performance related courses in technique, choreography, and repertory he teaches ENT cross-listed courses to connect performing arts majors to useful entrepreneurship skills. ENT/DCE 455/661: Career Strategies for Artists is one of those courses. Mr. Cyrus is a North Carolina Arts Council Choreography Fellowship recipient and a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow.
Falcon MilazzoDepartment of Philosophy
Falcon, Senior Partner, The House of NyghtFalcon. Known throughout the world for its emotionally powerful visual imagery, Falcon established the firm with JD Milazzo in 2003. Awarded a Computerworld-Smithsonian Medal for his accomplishments in IT, nominated by Michael Dell. Former consultant to AT&T Bell Labs Advanced Network Products Group. He teaches ENT/PHI 362 Ethics for Entrepreneurs.
Hannah Grannemann IsaacCollege of Visual and Performing Arts
Hannah Grannemann is an Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and the Director of the Arts Administration Program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to her appointment in the CVPA. Hannah holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Hannah was a Coleman Fellow from 2017-2018. She teaches ENT/AAD 202.
James MilaneseAccounting and Finance
James Milanese is a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance, specializing in corporate finance, financial markets and investment strategies. James has been a faculty member at UNCG since 1999; and is the 2007 recipient of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics Teaching Excellence award. He teaches ENT/FIN 200, 335.
Jennifer A. ReisArts Administration and Entrepreneurship
Jennifer A. Reis is a creative entrepreneur, artist, educator and gallery director who has over twenty-five years of experience in arts business, administration, and higher education. Currently Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship at UNC-Greensboro, her research and practice focuses on empowering creative entrepreneurs with the mindsets and skills to survive and thrive. She is a trained Facilitator for the AIR Institute of Berea College, Etsy’s Craft Entrepreneurship Program, and a Master Facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Program, and consults for community development, trade and cultural organizations. She teaches ENT/AAD 202.
J. Scott YoungCounseling and Educational Development
J. Scott Young is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. He teaches CED 616 Entrepreneurship in Clinical Settings which is designed to help counselors and related helping professionals develop a plan for launching a successful clinical practice. Scott was a Coleman Fellow from 2018-2019. He teaches ENT/CED 574.
Joshua RitterLecturer, Theatre Manager
Joshua S. Ritter, MFA, brings 15 years of experience in arts leadership and education to UNC Greensboro School of Theatre. His responsibilities include managing marketing, front of house operations including ticket services, development, and the financial aspects of a complex academic theatre program. Josh directs and mentors thirty plus students on the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as teaches theatre management related classes or Drama Appreciation each semester. Additionally, Josh is proud to be a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow for the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Josh was a Coleman fellow from 2018-2019. He teaches ENT/THR 486 and ENT/AAD 498.
Keith Debbage is a Professor of Geography with research interests in urban economic development. He is the author of more than 60 research publications including a book, book chapters, contracted reports and various academic journals. His principal research interests include airline networks and regional economies, and the economic impact of tourism. He teaches ENT/GES 402/410, 602.
Megan (Delph) CaytonHealth and Human Sciences
Megan Delph is a Student Success Navigator and Instructor in the School of Health and Human Sciences with a passion for helping others find their path through mentoring and leadership experiences. She teaches life coaching and professional development courses as well as personal leadership courses. Megan was a Coleman Fellow from 2018-2019. She teaches ENT/HHS 275.
Pete PetersChair Emeritus and Designated Speaker at Gateway Venture Mentoring Service
Pete Peters was awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees by the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He spent five years at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, in Alberta. In 1981 he joined the Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. From Houston, Pete joined Vega Biotechnologies in Tucson, Arizona. He moved to St. Louis joining Sigma Chemical Company where he headed the Food and Drug Division. Then he was the Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health. Pete returned to St. Louis, where he spent 14 years at the Mattson Jack Group, an international pharmaceutical consulting firm. Pete joined BioGenerator as the VP, Sourcing, and then Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies as Life Science Collaboration Coordinator, before becoming Executive Director of Innovate Venture Mentoring Service.
Steve CramerAssociate Director, Library
Steve is the UNCG Business Librarian and winner of the PrivCo Prize for Excellence in Business Librarianship in 2015. He teaches ENT/GEO/LIS/MKT 430, 530, and 630: Researching Opportunities in Entrepreneurship & Economic Development in the spring semester. This is an active-learning, hands-on class that meets in a computer classroom.
Tamaki OnishiAssociate Professor in the Master's of Public Affairs
Tamaki Onishi is an Associate professor and teaches courses in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program including Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Philanthropy and Resource Development. She also advises our nonprofit management certificate students. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her current research involves entrepreneurial and institutional theories on social entrepreneurship and investment. Tamaki was a Coleman fellow from 2017-2018. She teaches ENT/PSC 309.
Terry L. Kennedy is the Associate Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and Editor of the online journal story South. He teaches ENT/ENG 535 with courses in poetry writing and Entrepreneurship and Independent Press Publishing.
William JohnsonLife Planning & Personal Development, School of HHS
Bill Johnson serves as the Student Success Navigator, Life Design Coach, and Instructor in the School of Health and Human Sciences; he also facilitates UNCG’s Design Your Life/Success Navigator Certification Train-the-Trainer program. He teaches the ENT/HHS250: Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship course.
Zhiyong YangProfessor and Department Head
Dr. Zhiyong Yang joined UNC Greensboro as Professor of Marketing and Head of the MEHT Department in 2018. Previously, Dr. Yang was a Professor of Marketing at the University of Texas-Arlington and played an instrumental role in: (1) community engagement with active learning projects, and (2) supervising doctoral students. Before entering academia, Dr. Yang spent over 10 years in industry. His entrepreneurial experiences include being the founding director of a new division and taking initiatives for numerous research and consulting projects.
Henry OrozcoStrategic Sourcing Mgr, ConvaTec
With more than 20+ years working in Europe, Asia, and Americas for domestic startups and multinational companies in multiple sectors, I've spent my career turning around non performing businesses, finding new markets, developing and launching new products, and restoring profitability. What I enjoy the most is executing strategic initiatives that balance short term ebit improvement with the creation of long term competitive advantage. Have a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering and a MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Currently work in Convatec, as Global Procurement Mgr for strategic initiatives, dealing with organic/inorganic growth and new product launching initiatives.
David HeenanPrincipal at Cone Health Ventures
David Heenan has been involved in healthcare policy, research, and innovation over the past decade while serving at Argonne National Laboratory, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Centers for Disease Control. In 2015 David left the CDC to form Aces Health, a digital health company. Aces Health successfully raised multiple rounds of venture funding, including investment from Nicklaus Children’s Health System, and was acquired in 2018. Prior to joining Prinnovo, David managed BrightEdge, the philanthropic impact fund of the American Cancer Society. David brings deep knowledge and expertise in health IT, disruptive delivery models, digital health strategy, and innovative funding platforms to the Prinnovo team.
Mark YoungPresident of CEO Club
Mark Young is the President of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO). He is a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Prior to holding the President’s position, he was Vice-President of Marketing for three years for CEO. He completed an internship at the Nussbaum Center in the summer of 2021, developing a feasibility analysis for the Center.