Staff

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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
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
                Cheri manages outreach activities and projects associated with the EDA-funded Illinois University Incubator Network (IU ...
Outreach Coordinator, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Rebecca Motley first joined our team in Fall 2020, initially working on grant management and implementing the Illinois Reboot tech training program. As of March 2021, she is serving as Interim Enterpr ...
Interim EnterpriseWorks Operations Manager
Desiree executes economic development projects and leads economic development research. Through collection and analysis of data from activities and programs within Research Park and EnterpriseWorks, s ...
Program Coordinator
Sarah Shewan is the Accounting Associate at EnterpriseWorks and the Research Park overseeing financial aspects of our organization, including budgets, grant oversight, contract leasing and expense rep ...
Accounting Associate
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
Emily Neal joined the Research Park team in May 2021 as the Interim Assistant Director for Talent. She leads workforce development and recruitment programs for the Park, assisting companies with talen ...
Interim Assistant Director for Talent