Staff

enterpriseworks staff
A few members of the University of Illinois Research Park team.

The Research Park is managed by a tight-knit team that facilitates resources for tenants and cultivates community among employees. These University of Illinois professionals work on the continued development and growth of the companies within Research Park and the EnterpriseWorks incubator. Learn more about each member of the Research Park staff below. Not sure who to contact? Email research-park@illinois.edu and we’ll be sure to route your question to the right person.

Laura Frerichs oversees the University of Illinois Research Park operations and development, manages the entrepreneurship programs at EnterpriseWorks technology incubator, and supports the University ...
Executive Director at the University of Illinois Research Park and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Economic Development
Laura Weisskopf Bleill manages the community building portfolio of the Research Park at Illinois. She develops strategy behind the Research Park's events and programming; communications, branding and ...
Director, External Engagement
Roger oversees the financial aspects of our organization, including accounting, budgets, grant oversight, and contracts for EnterpriseWorks and UIRP LLC. Roger is a CPA with a background that include ...
Associate Director, Operations and Finance
                Sheri is often the first person people meet when they come to the Research Park, as you walk into EnterpriseWorks.  She ...
Administrative Aide
Rebecca Motley officially started as EnterpriseWorks Associate Director for Operations in October 2021.  She works directly with entrepreneurs to help connect them with resources available through th ...
EnterpriseWorks Associate Director of Operations
Jim manages the maintenance and operational functions of the EnterpriseWorks building and responds to tenant service needs. Jim Wells joined the EnterpriseWorks team as the Facility Manager in Oct ...
EnterpriseWorks Facility Manager
Cathy coordinates a rigorous schedule of more than 200 events a year, focusing on the community building efforts of the Research Park. Cathy joined the EnterpriseWorks team in November 2017, bringi ...
Corporate Events & Programming Coordinator
                Emily Neal officially joined the Research Park team as the Assistant Director of Talent in October 2021.  She leads wor ...
Assistant Director for Talent
                Desiree executes economic development projects and leads economic development research. Through collection and analysis ...
Program Coordinator
                Cheri manages outreach activities and projects associated with the EDA-funded Illinois University Incubator Network (IU ...
Outreach Coordinator, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Shelley Maves is the manager of the FAST Center at the University of Illinois Research Park.  She coordinates outreach, training, and individual assistance to entrepreneurs throughout the state of Il ...
FAST Center Manager